6 Essential Phone Apps for Back to School

Going back to school can be a tough transition, but these phone applications will keep you organized and help reduce

Going back to school can be a tough transition, but these phone applications will keep you organized and help reduce back-to-school stress. Not only are these apps available for iPhone and Android users, but they are also free!

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1. SnapTell

Free on iPhone and Android
When it comes to buying supplies for school, textbooks tend to be very expensive. Download SnapTell and you can instantly get information regarding prices and where to buy a textbook. Just scan the barcode or snap a picture of the cover to quickly compare prices, buy the textbook, or simply remember the product for later. It’s the smart way to complete your textbook shopping.

2. Dictionary.com

Free on iPhone and Android
Keep your vocabulary sharp with the Dictionary.com app. This application provides nearly 2,000,000 words, definitions, synonyms, and antonyms from the reliable reference site. The application also features audio pronunciation and a “Word of the Day.”

3. Remember the Milk

Free on iPhone and Android
Think of this application as the ultimate to-do list, so you will never forget school assignments, events, or the milk!  Sign up at rememberthemilk.com and prioritize your duties, assign due dates, create repeating reminders, make lists, and be alerted to nearby task locations. You can also get reminders sent to you via email, text, or instant messenger.. Sync it all online so your to-do list is always available.

4. Evernote

Free on iPhone and Android
With all the activities, assignments, and technologies in a student’s life, things tend to get hectic. Evernote organizes anything and everything that you need to remember. Save notes, ideas, photos, and recordings and instantly sync them with your desktop. Think of it as a back-up drive for your brain, wherever you need it.

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5. Skype

Free on iPhone and Android
Between school assignments, on-campus events, and an all-around busy schedule, it can be difficult to stay in contact with your friends and family at home. Download Skype on your phone so that you can instantly video chat, call, or instant message anyone who has a Skype account, for free!

6. Pandora Radio

Free on iPhone and Android
When you are in need of relaxation at school, Pandora’s mobile app will provide you with streaming music from your own personalized radio station. Start with one of your favorite artists or songs and Pandora will construct a “station” that plays their music, as well as other music of a similar genre. The more you listen and give your input, the better the app will be at selecting an accurate playlist for you.

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Sources: Walletpop.com, Phonedog.com, Android Market, Apple Store

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest