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19 Smartphone Optimizers You Shouldn’t Live Without

Smartphones are an extension of over 2 billion users worldwide according to Statista. Now, more than ever, technology is becoming a part of the user to the point where most couldn’t imagine a life without it. In the palm of your hand sits a tool that can become anything you want it to be. Our iPhones and Androids are chameleons that can morph into a communication tool, GPS, mobile transaction system, projector, and even a blood pressure monitor. Straight out of the box a smartphone is indeed smart, but it’s true potential is unleashed when you personalize your phone with apps and accessories.

There are millions of apps and accessories to better optimize your smartphone experience. Here are a few of the best and most unique apps to get you on your way to a symbiotic relationship with your smartphone.

Communication

Chat, Calls & Messaging

Whatsapp

WhatsApp is an app that allows you to message and call friends and family using your smartphone’s internet connection. If you have international calls to make or want to text friends out of the country, try this app!

Photo and Video

Fisheye Photos

iPhone Accessories Death Lense

The Death Lens Fisheye has been praised as the widest and highest quality fisheye lens available for smartphones. For about $40.00 you can get this product that comes with a case and screw on lens. Take videos and photos with a wider perspective as well as added drama and humor.

Video Editing

iPhone Apps Video Replay Editor

Replay Video Editor is an easy way to create a movie with editing effects and music! Share memories and tell stories with features like slo-mo shots, 25 customizable video styles, music sync, emojis, text, and more.

Photo Editing

Snapseed Photo Editing App

Snapseed is one of the best photo editing tools available for your phone. The app has nine effects that can be individually customized to your liking. It takes a little bit of time to learn how take advantage of all the app has to offer, but it’s absolutely worth it! Make your photos go from drab to fab with this fun to use photo app.

Business

Mobile Credit Card Transactions

Square Reader

The Square Reader turns your smartphone into a secure mobile transaction system. If you need to make a quick sale or are tired of the difficulties associated with cash and check transactions, try this payment method for immediate cash collecting. Square charges 2.75% per swipe, and it’s easy to use. Experience the future of payment methods!

Notes

Evernote-Productivity-App-iPhone

Evernote has many functions to make you more efficient throughout the day. You can write short lists or long reports, collect information from the internet, capture handwritten notes, and present your notes and ideas on any of your devices. Get your whole team on the app and revolutionize the way you work together. Organize your ideas to help execute overall goals.

Verizon

Your Account

My-Verizon-Mobile-App

My Verizon Mobile helps you manage your Verizon account. Upgrade your plan, pay your bill, make sure your aren’t exceeding your usage and more!

Cloud Storage

Verizon-Cloud-App-iPhone

2. Verizon Cloud allows you to backup your most important contacts, photos, music, videos, and even text messages. When it comes time to upgrade to a new phone the cloud can make content transfers fast and effortless. Register today!

Mobile Power

Energizer Cup Inverter

Energizer Cup Inverter is available for $39.99 on Verizon’s website. This compact charger is designed to fit into a cupholder and plugs into your car’s lighter socket. Power your devices on road trips with ease!

Health and Fitness Aids

Workout

Fitstar Training App

FitStar is different from most fitness apps because it allows you to input information about yourself to tailor workouts for your age, weight and performance after each workout. You can also use Fitbit software with the app to increase the data you provide it. Get motivated to workout without feeling overwhelmed by boring static routines.

Blood Pressure Monitor

Blood Pressure Monitor for smartphones

Withings Blood Pressure Monitor keeps your health in check. just wrap the device around your arm and plug it into your iOS device. The app will pop up and initiate cuff inflation. Within seconds you can track your progress of lowering high blood pressure. You can also link your findings with Google Health to help analyze your data. What will they think of next!?

Travel

Photo Postcards

Postgram-App-For-iPhone-Postcards

Postgram is a fun app that turns your smartphone photos into real postcards that can be sent around the world. Stay in touch with grandma on your next adventure with tangible memories for $0.99.

Productivity

Task Management

ANYDO task management app

Try organizing all of your life’s tasks with the helpful app ANY.DO. ANY.DO syncs your tasks across all your devices making it easy to get things done faster.

Entertainment

Music Streaming

Spotify digital music service app

Spotify is a digital music service that has over 24 million listeners. If you have yet to try this app download it now! You can build your own library of songs, browse staff picks, and even upload your own music. Explore new artists and access your library wherever you have service or internet connection for free (ads will play periodically), or Go Premium for the low price of $9.99/month. If you choose to Go Premium you will be able to download music and listen to it offline and without ads, while experiencing a higher quality of sound.

Karaoke

Karaoke-iPhone-App

Sing! Karaoke by Smule is a nonstop global karaoke party that offers 30,000 songs, special effects, duets, and sharing. Meet and connect with other singers, sing with friends, or entertain yourself when nobody is around to hear you!

Creativity

Touch Screen Pencil

Pencil-For-iPhone

The Pencil from FiftyThree lets you think with your hands. The Pencil sports incredible versatility of function and techy features that include surface pressure, eraser, blending, and palm rejection. Replicate the feeling of taking paper notes on your iPhone or tablet.

TED Talks

TED-App-iPhone

TED talks have been inspiring listeners for years. If you haven’t joined the TED movement, you can for free with this app. TED has thousands of talks by fascinating people who focus on technology, entertainment, and design of today and the future.

Astronomy

Pocket Universe App

Pocket Universe is an award-winning astronomy app that put a virtual sky in the palm of your hand.

Finances

Virtual Wallet

Google-Wallet-App-iPhone

Google Wallet is revolutionizing the way we send and receive funds. You can send money from your debit card, bank account, or Wallet balance to anyone you want. You can instantly spend money you receive via Google Wallet or cash out and have the funds transferred to your bank account. Easily pay back friends for concert tickets, nights on the town, or whatever expenses pop up. Splitting the bill at dinner is now easier than ever.

What are your favorite apps and accessories?

Know of some awesome tools that we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add them to our list!

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Disclosure: As a Verizon #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger, I’m a member of a team of influencers who share information about mobile living. I was provided a device at no charge and compensation for my participation. There has been no editing by a third party, nor any promise of positive feedback. All opinions are my own.
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