Anything you can do, my phone can do better

Applications, applications, applications. No, not job applications, phone applications. With the constant advances in technology, smart cellular phones are an essential part of getting information, as well as a hub for thousands of useful tools in one place that can go with you anywhere.

The application nation started its takeover and there is no going back now.

Here is a small list of the most useful and popular free smartphone apps among students at California Baptist University.

MAPS:
Whether you are lost, need directions to a certain destination or are just curious as to how long it will take you to arrive to American Samoa on a jet-ski, all smartphones come with maps that can assist you in your quest.

FIRST-AID:
During a crisis, phones in the Droid family have a downloadable first-aid app that can give you a possible diagnosis as to what is happening and a solution to the problem. However, common sense to call 911 in certain circumstances is needed as well.

PANDORA:
While you are waiting for your next class, bored in your living area or just trying to kill time, Pandora can help. Not everyone can afford an iPod, and sometimes your own playlist can get old. Phones, such as iPhones and Droids, can download Pandora. With Pandora, all you have to do is type in an artist or the name of a song and Pandora acts as a radio and puts together a playlist for you.

MYFITNESSPAL:
Here is a tool that tracks your weight, exercise routine and calorie intake. This helps Droid owners who are on diets and is also ideal for athletes who are on a strict regiment. By creating a profile you can enter any food and find out how many calories you have consumed that day, making it easier to get the right amount of daily calories for your specific body type.

MOVIEFONE:
Need to find times for the newest flick that you are just dying to see? AOL’s online and telephone service for movies is now mobile through many smartphone brands. Users can now find times, book tickets and read synopses for multiple movies at different theaters all with the tap of their finger.

SLEEP TRACKER ALARM:
iPhone users who want to track their sleep patterns and avoid being jolted awake by an alarm during a great dream, look no further. My Sleep Tracker tracks your sleep patterns during the night and wakes you up around the time you set, when you are the most awake.

FACEBOOK:
Unanimously the most popular app for mobile phones these days is Facebook. You can now update your status, write on a friend’s wall and upload pictures all from your mobile device.

“I love my Facebook app because sometimes my friends and I plan things over Facebook and I can see what’s going on even when I’m on the go,” sophomore Tricia Amantia said.

In the argument between smart-phones and what can now be called “stupidphones,” the mere ability to talk and text is not enough.

About Cassie Wyatt

I am a junior at California Baptist University pursuing a career in Journalism/Public Relations, I have been with Banner for a year and a half and I am also working on the Angelos team this year. I have a huge passion for writing, so having the opportunity to spread news and share my gift with my peers is a huge blessing for me.