Best android apps part 5- Health, money, and banking
A reader recently asked what the best android apps were to save time and money with your smart phone. This is the final article in a series of articles to answer that question. The first article explained how to install and use widgets to make the information you want to see the most instantly available on your screen. The second article looked at the most used apps and communications apps. The third article was about entertainment apps. The fourth article was about travel and shopping apps. Here are the best apps to keep you healthy, and keep your wallet healthy, too.
1. Cardio Trainer– This app helps to track your exercise and even makes it fun. I take this with me whenever I go on bike rides or walks. The built in GPS in your phone tracks your path, your speed, and your time. This creates a log of your activity so you can see how successful you have been in keeping up with your fitness goals.
2. My fitness pal– If you are on a diet, this app is great for counting calories. First, tell the app what your weight loss goals are. Then record all the food you eat in a day and this app will tell you how close you are to your calorie goals. Recording calories is easy with the large database is fairly simple, and the website allows you to enter your own recipes which will then calculate how many calories you have eaten per serving.
Apps to save you money
3. Republic Wireless– What does this app do? Not, much really. But if you know somebody with this app on their phone, you know they are saving huge amounts of cash. That’s because this is the my account app for the company with the best deal you can possibly get on a smart phone. You can find the full review of Republic Wireless here.
4. Calculator- This app comes standard with your phone and is invaluable when shopping. I use this to compare the per unit prices of products that come in different sizes.
6. Avast mobile security and antivirus– Think about all the confidential data you have on your phone. Pictures, emails, banking information, etc. It is important to protect that information, and an app such as Avast will help you do that. First, it scans your phone to make sure it is free of viruses and spyware. It also protects you if you lose your phone. You can use the GPS feature to find the location of your lost phone. If you are worried you won’t be getting your phone back then you can remotely lock your phone so others can’t get to your information, or remotely erase all the data on your phone so it will be gone forever.
Mobile banking apps
5. Google Wallet- Another app that comes standard with your phone. This app stores all of your credit card information and (in theory) lets you make purchases with the phone that are processed through your credit card. I say in theory, because you can’t really use it very much at the current time. Currently there are very few merchants that have the equipment in place to process these payments. However, I am excited about what this app can do in the future. Once merchants catch up to this technology, I will be able to leave my credit cards at home and not worry about carrying around a bulky wallet when I go out.
7-9 Banking apps- It is my belief that mobile banking makes banking safer because being able to check your account each day in a manner of a few seconds helps you identify any suspicious transactions and notify your bank about them immediately. Features vary by bank, but many banking apps make your life easier with features such as on the go bill pay, transfers, and even remote deposit capture which allows you to make deposits just by taking pictures of checks you receive. Please note that the banking apps picture above are not necessarily banks that I use, and I am not recommending them. I only included them in the picture as a representation of apps that many people will use.
10. Mint– Finally there is mint, the must have app for anybody interested in having a budget. Mint tracks all of your online accounts, lets you set a budget, then quickly shows you are in relation to your budget. Having mint on your phone is a great tool when shopping to figure out if you can afford a purchase or not.
Photo by MIKI Yoshihito. Link to Republic Wireless is an affiliate links