Here is a compilation of my favorite apps. I have chosen to leave out the obvious essentials such as YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest, because we all know about them already. Instead, I have gathered (what I believe to be) lesser-known apps, in hopes that you might discover something new to download on your phone.
1| Wattpad (eReader) FREE
I first discovered Wattpad in 2012 and have been a loyal reader ever since. The app enables you to read other’s stories and post your own. The site is of course for amateur writers, but there are many examples of books actually getting published and such. Unfortunately, when they happen to be published they will have to remove the book from Wattpad. It is great way to start posting stories and get feedback on your work.
You can also vote on chapters of book, to show your support to the author. Wattpad also host an annual Watty Awards, where the readers vote for books in different genres and themes. This is also a great way to show your support. Moreover, you can make reading list compiling your favourite books all over or books you like in different genres.
2| Polyvore FREE
If you are a fashion enthusiast and love to make collages this is app is perfect for you, as it combines both. Polyvore allows you to put together outfits and make them into stylish collages. You can inspire other’s with your sense of style and follow other’s and in turn get inspired by them.
Polyvore also host contests where you can win prizes (most often the contest that give prizes are sponsored and only available for user in the US and Canada). The contests can be about anything from how to style a knit-dress or how to wear pantone’s colours of the year. If you read my last post, 4 Ways to wear Rose Squartz and Serenity, I originally made the sets for a contest and thought it would be nice to have them in one post.
3| Assembly FREE
This is app is for you who like to put together shapes to make shapes that actually look like something. The app is what is would consider perfect for those who are by no means a graphic designer, but want to make something for yourself (right up my alley!).
The app is easy to use, and it is a great way to get started on making graphic designs. I would like to point out that I am not an educated/professional graphic designer or anything like that – I just like to make simple designs (that I believe are aesthetically pleasing). The apps has helpful tutorials to get you started, and once you get the hang of it you will not be able to stop (unless you run out ideas that is!).
I also use this app to make some of my blog post headers, much like the header of this post.
4| Canva FREE
The perfect app (and website) for you who want to make graphic designs, but is a beginner. The app has templates for everything from business card to YouTube thumbnails. Moreover, it is free to use and the best thing is that it does not leave a watermark!
I used both the app and website to make my blog post headers in conjunction with the Assembly app. While I make the design in the Assembly app, I add the title and texts in the Canva app or website.
5| Paper by 35 FREE
The best drawing app out there! I first downloaded this app back in 2013, when I got my first (and only) iPad. When I first downloaded the app I only had some of the tools available and had to purchase the rest. However, I am not sure if most of the tools have to be bought or that you get them free when you download now.
Anyhow, it think this is a great app for those who like to draw and especially for those who does not like to drag around a notebook and all kinds of pencils. The app has different tools like a pencil, paintbrush, marker and much more. Like I mentioned before I first downloaded this on my iPad, but recently they made the app available on the iPhone.
6| Afterlight $0.99
Now, if you have read the reviews on this app in the App store, you have probably seen many people saying that you could get a better app for free, so “don’t bother”. I am not going to lie; there are probably photo-editing apps out there that have the same features without any cost. However, I decided to get it anyway because of the other people talking good about it. Besides, it is not as if you waste a lot of money if you do not like the app anyway.
I should probably tell you why I like this app, as it is included in my favourite apps! Well, the app is easy to use. There is no complicated settings or anything and it has just all the features that you would need to edit a photo (excluding the option to add text, like quotes).
7| Bonjournal FREE
Bonjournal is a great app for you who want an easy way to document your travels. It is a journal, where you make entries in which you can add pictures as well. The entries will be dated and you can add your location and a title for each day or time. I first used this app for my summer holiday to Singapore and Malaysia last year.
What I like about the app is that it is so easy to use because of the minimalist layout. You can also post things on the go, so no internet connection will not stop you from sharing you adventures.
That was my favourite app for the time being. I will update this or make a second post of I find any new apps worthy of sharing. I am considering starting a series called “App Spotlight” where I focus on a specific app throughout a blog post. I will dwell deeper into the app, tell you the pros and cons of it, and most likely add screenshots as well. Let me know if you are interested.
I hope you found any apps that you want to try out, and as always thank you for reading.