10 Cool Apps for Your Smartphone

Miranda Moore

Nvate Smartphone apps for Android and Apple, Shazam, Mixir, Bargain Bin, SitorSquat

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One of the more popular things that people like to do with their smartphones is add apps. Apps are add-ons for your smartphone that can do certain tasks. For example, if you don’t have a Kindle, there is a Kindle app that can be added onto your smartphone. This app may be more familiar since Kindle is a well-known brand. But there are other more obscure apps out there that cost very little and are sometimes even free. These apps can range anywhere from weird and silly to being quite useful. Here is a list of some of the more obscure, but cool apps.

Metal Detector: Measure Magnetic Field Values

The Metal Detector is the third set of apps from a collection called the “Smart Tools” collection. According to Google Play, this app measures magnetic field values using a magnetic sensor that is built into the phone. If there is any metal in the area, the strength of the magnetic field should increase. The Metal Detector App is also useful in other ways such as finding studs in walls.

All you have to do is open the app and move it around. Watch for the increase in numbers as you get closer to your metallic target. This app is free of charge.

Mixlr: Host Your Own Radio Show

Have you ever wanted to be heard by a magnitude of people? Whether you do music or just want your ideas heard, this simple app lets you start hosting your own live radio show online. Invite friends over social media or send the link via Web and email; built-in messaging gives you a way to instantly connect with your listeners. You can even save all of your broadcasts. This app is free and available for Apple phones and tablets.

Bargain Bin: Get Apps on Sale

Are you feeling the need to buy a new app for your phone, but you’re short on cash? No problem. Bargain Bin is specially designed to let you know when certain apps are on sale. The app sorts all of the apps by two types, “bargain” and “free.” The best thing is that the Bargain Bin App itself is free. Bargain Bin is only available for iPhones.

The Band Namer

The Band Namer is an app that is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The app contains over 17 billion random band names to choose from. Even if you don’t end up using a name for your band, it can help give you some good ideas. The app is free but you have a limited amount of names you can generate as well as limited saves. Get unlimited names and saves for 99 cents each.

Shazam: Name that Song

Picture this, you are out and about and an awesome song comes on. As fate would have it, you are not by any source of Internet and your smartphone is out of data for the month or there is no Wi-Fi connection. Fear not, for you have Shazam.

Just hold your phone with Shazam running to the music and it will identify the song and artist. You can also buy and download the song, as well as save the 30 second preview and get streaming lyrics.

Regular Shazam is free and available for iPhones and Androids. Shazam Encore, which allows the user to do more such as stream Youtube and TV shows costs $5.59 a month. Both versions of Shazam hold four and a half stars on Google Play.

To download on an Android device, regular Shazam and Shazam Encore.

To download to an Apple device, regular Shazam and Shazam Encore.

How to Text A Girl

Just like the title says, How to Text a Girl is an iPhone app that helps users with their texting flirting techniques. The app contains tips and pick-up lines provided by girls and guys of all ages and even categorizes them by the situation. The app has tips for if the user wants a new girlfriend or just a friend. Met the girl at a party? No problem. Icebreakers are at your disposal. This app costs 99 cents a month.

101 Pick Up Lines

This app may not be as useful as How to Text a Girl, but it can be good for a laugh. Besides some women are suckers for cheesy pickup lines, myself included. All you have to do is double tap the screen and a new pick up line will appear. Hopefully, she’ll laugh when you tell her she must be a parking ticket because she’s got fine written all over her. The 101 Pickup Lines app is available for the iPhone and is 99 cents a month.

SitorSquat: Restroom Finder

Sure, at first I giggled at this. But when you think about it, this is actually very useful. SitorSquat allows the user to search for restrooms nearby via map or in a list. You can also rate the restrooms with either “sit” for good or “squat” for bad. Users can even add a restroom to the list by adding information and pictures through Facebook. SitorSquat is available in Spanish and English and is for Android, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This app is free.

For Android and for Apple.

Virtual Zippo Lighter

I liked this one because I go to concerts a lot. Basically, it’s a zippo lighter that you can pull up on your tablet or Android. It opens with a flick of your wrist and ignites with your thumb, just like a real lighter. It will also sway with your hand and even flutters when you try to blow it out. The bonus is it’s free and you can sign up for concert updates.

For Android and for Apple.

Anywake: The Sound of the City

The catch about this app is that it is only available for iPhone and Android users in Sweden. It was created because of the cold temperatures and darker atmosphere in Sweden, so that it would be easier for people to get up early.

Every morning the alarm will sound with noises from a different city. To shut it off the user must guess which city it is with the choice of three options. If the user guesses right, they get discounted plane tickets to that city. If wrong, the user has to wait until the next day to try again.

For Android and for Apple.

As you can see, there are many things phones can do nowadays. We have come a long way from basic telephones. Not only are these apps entertaining, but a lot of them are useful as well. The key is to keep looking for more. You never know what you may find.

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