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In this day and age, there is an abundance of smartphone apps that suit every possible human need, and the good news is, chances are, it's free! Did you know that there are about 1.4 million available apps for download in the Google Play Store? Crazy, right? But sadly, a lot of these are are mostly badly-designed and pop up-filled apps. Don't worry though, for every pile of bad apps, there's always a gem or two tucked somewhere there. 

I've aggregated a brief list of Android apps that, basically, I never knew I would need until I had them on my phone. All of these are free but some of them offer premium/paid versions. Most are "Ooh. I didn't know there's an app for that!" types, and a bonus one that, personally, would be a life saver for me in some situations. LOL. Here's the shortlist:

1. CamScanner

I'm one of those people that when asked for scanned copies of documents, notes or other forms of paperwork, I just take photos of it then do some editing until it looks like it actually came out of a scanner. I am just so thankful for this app! All you need to do is take a snap of the document or the receipt or whatever it is and the app auto enhances the image to make it readable! It also recognizes texts in images so it's easier for you to search through all the documents. Best of all, you could instantly share it to social media, through e-mail or just save a copy of it in your phone!

Also available in the Apple App Store.

2. PackPoint


I've been doing a lot of traveling lately but I have to admit, I hate packing. I always think that I'll forget something important or I don't know if I have enough clothes thrown in or what articles of clothing I should actually bring because of different activities. I actually forgot to bring our boarding passes during our flight to PPS for our El Nido trip which defeated the purpose of web check-in. Hahaha, PackPoint, for me, is heaven sent. It will organize and generate a list of things you would need to bring based on how long the trip is, the weather, the activities you planned and the location. Now I'll never leave anything out! I love their interface too! :)

Also available in the Apple App Store.

3. Shazam

This is my go-to app for my movie soundtrack needs. The developers of this app are geniuses. Ian was the first one who introduced me to this app. We were inside a cab, a song played that we ended up liking but have no idea about. Instead of deciphering the lyrics and Google-ing it, he whipped out his phone and launched Shazam, and after a few seconds, the app was able to identify the song and the artist. After witnessing that feat, I immediately downloaded it at my phone. Now I use it to find out the song titles when watching films and my favorite TV series.


4. GrabTaxi/Easy Taxi/Uber

Any of these three cab-booking apps is wonderful. Of course, Uber is still the best (guaranteed top of the line vehicles and friendly drivers) but since I've sworn never to touch another credit card again, I've been mainly using GrabTaxi, and if the need comes, Easy Taxi. It's just that there are way more GrabTaxi cabs than Easy Taxi ones. Commuting at night became easier thanks to these booking apps. You don't have it in your phone? Why? Download it now.


At the end of every lunch or dinner with friends is that task of splitting the bill. Lucky for us, Muffet (whether she wants it or not haha) takes that role. I found this simple app that equally splits a group's bill complete with tax and discount calculation. Now, no one has to have accounting of the bill as their dessert! There are a couple of other Google Play apps that does this kind of thing but so far, Advanced Bill Splitter's interface is the best for me.

BONUS: Fake Text Message

You're probably saying "Why would you need that?" Hahaha. Indeed, this app looks and sounds like trouble. But you see, I'm a little bit on the introverted side. And small talks with me are usually painfully awkward, and there are times that I just want to get out of the conversation without appearing rude. Not you, it's really me. Seriously. I haven't used this yet but I think it will be useful for me in the future if ever I'm met with sticky situations.

That's it! Have you tried any of these? Do you have any more recommended apps for Android users?

8 comments

  1. Wow I haven't heard any of these apps (well except for the cab-booking apps)! They really sound so helpful. Will download them later. Thank you, Trish! <3

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  2. Of all the apps you've listed, I only use/know of GrabTaxi! I use it a lot especially that they still have promos in Cebu. But if they'll stop their promos, I don't think I'll use it again, except maybe for situations that call for it. :))

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  3. I shuffle between GrabTaxi and Easy Taxi because usually, there's an ongoing promo for one or the other. Ang mahal kasi ng booking fee! Haha.

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  4. I LOVE GRABTAXI! Haha. It makes going to work super convenient. And downloading PackPoint right now. Hope I like it as much as you do.
    Angel | kleypas.wordpress.com

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  5. Tell me what you think after you've used it! :)

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  6. I already downloaded it and I love it! Perfect siya for my upcoming Bohol trip. I've always used the good old pen and paper listing when I pack and this is a welcome change.

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  7. Yey! I'm so glad to hear that. I haven't used it yet pero from the looks of it, I think it will get the ball rolling for me when it comes to packing for trips. :)

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