In the Toolbox: Phone Apps

Toolbox: Phone Apps | Dizana

Two of my favorite blogs are Lifehacker and Cool Tools; both offer a plethora of information on apps, software and various other tools that basically make life easier. I love to discover new tools so I thought I’d start a new series where I can share some of my favorites. I have a bit of a phone app addiction. I’m always trying out new ones and frequently have to clear out the unused apps because they tend to clutter things up. The three apps I am featuring today are ones that I use almost daily.

Track My Mileage is an app that does just what its name implies, it keeps track of your mileage. If you travel for business or have some other reason that you want to track mileage, this one is a must. The thing I love about it the most is that if you have a trip that you make frequently, it allows you to copy the information from that trip and create a new entry for today. I originally downloaded the free version. The ads in the free version are annoying; not so much the ads really, the reminder that you can get rid of them, it’s annoying. I used it so much that I didn’t mind paying the $3.99 to rid myself of the annoyance. The app will keep a running total of your mileage for the month. You can email yourself a spreadsheet which is particularly useful if you turn in your mileage to someone at work. Track My Mileage is available for iOS, Android, and Windows.

While we’re talking mileage, I have to mention MPG.  As my Dad was teaching me to drive, he trained me to monitor my gas mileage. He kept a small notebook in the glove box of each car that needed to be updated upon each refuel. It’s a taught compulsion; it really bugs me if I don’t have information on each tank of gas that goes into my car. This compulsion has become a lot easier to deal with since I installed this app. It allows me to enter the mileage on the car, the gallons of gas, and the price. It then calculates my gas mileage for me. It’s nice information to have, doing this has tipped me off to issues with my car like low tire pressure or the need to replace the air filter. At $9.99, it’s a little expensive, but I’ve been using it for a little over 4 years and it’s served me well. MPG is available for iOS.

Wunderlist is an app that I had on my phone and took off because I didn’t use it, I’m not sure why. I guess it just got lost in all the other apps. I had been using the Notes app on my iPhone to keep track of my shopping lists but wasn’t really happy with how it worked. I decided there had to be something better that would allow me to keep separate lists and allow me to cross things off. I reinstalled Wunderlist and have been using it faithfully ever since. I like that it allows me to cross something off the list and it moves it to the bottom. It makes it so much easier to see what I still need to pick up. It also has a web interface and can sync between devices. So if you share a shopping list with others, it’s easy to do so. Wunderlist is free and is available as an app for iOS, Android, Windows, and also on any web enabled device via their website.

I’m sure I could survive without my smart phone but if it weren’t for it and these apps, I would have a purse or car full of notes and lists. Do you use apps to make your life easier? What are your favorites?

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