One of the best things about owning a smartphone or tablet is the ability to download applications. The perfect way to tailor your mobile device to your individual needs and interests, web developers have certainly risen to the challenge, with fresh app being released every day. With apps for everything from work to play, it’s safe to say that there’s an app out there to please everyone. And, with that in mind, here’s our round up of the best mobile apps to download and use in 2021.
Best app for getting ahead
Crumblyy is a brilliant app that is sure to help you get on top of the many areas of life that we all sometimes struggle with juggling. Formally known as Life Hacks, the rebranded Crumblyy covers a range of topics such as health and fitness, food and drink, and technology. It describes itself as a content platform, but one which differs from other similar platforms by offering an immersive visual storytelling experience, with the information shared in the form of images, illustrations, videos, and infographics. With an emphasis on providing useful life hacks, laid out in a picture card format. You can customise the app, meaning that you can tailor your experience, and the clever algorithm also brings you the most relevant hacks for your needs.
Best app for time management
Especially useful for anyone currently struggling to balance the demands of home working with their domestic life, the app Forest takes an unusual approach to helping users to manage their time. A motivational tool, Forest works by creating a game-like environment, in which you plant and grow virtual trees over the course of each working session. You plant a seed at the start of your session, and it grows whilst you work, and dies if you log out before your work session is finished. The more trees you grow, the more coins you earn, which can then be used to fund the planting of real forests in the developing world. Forest users have already helped contribute to the planting of over a million trees.
Best app for podcast fans
If you enjoy listening to podcasts, then you might like Pocket Casts. This app both allows you to manage your current listening playlists, and introduces you to new podcasts, too. You can browse podcasts across a wide range of topics and categories, and add them to your list immediately. With automatic downloads, you never need to worry about missing an episode, and other features such as silence trimmers and playback skippers truly improve the listening experience.
Best for customisation
If you really want to make your smartphone or tablet uniquely your own, then you will definitely want to look at Zedge. This app is the perfect customisation assistant, with an eye-wateringly vast range of wallpapers and sounds to choose from. From notifications to individual ringtones for each of your contacts, you can tailor your phone with sounds as diverse as TV themes, pop songs and sound effects, there are fun options available for everyone. The wallpaper choices are similarly extensive, with images covering everything from Star Wars to simulated cracked screens available.
Best for reminders
Definitely an invaluable tool for anyone who thinks of things that they want to remember, while browsing other apps. Remindee is an app with a simple concept, but it’s certainly a powerful organisational tool. By tapping the share icon, followed by the Remind Me button, and your reminder is created. Add a date and time for your reminder, and you can be safe in the knowledge that you won’t be forgetting this information — a pop-up will appear at the appointed time. There’s the option to copy and paste in chunks of text into your reminder, too, saving you the time spent re-scanning lengthy articles for the relevant details.