More often than not, your phone is never too far from you wherever you’re at. If you’re on your motorcycle in the middle of nowhere or on your recliner in the middle of your living room, there’s an app you could be using for entertainment or real-life situation purposes.
Being able to quickly access your phone accounts on the go (email, Paypal, banking, etc.) is important, and taking the time to reset passwords only because you can’t remember them is so unnecessary (not to mention a pain in the keister). Keeping a close eye on the sky is also important if you’re out in the elements, for more reasons than worrying about getting wet. Your phone can help you keep tabs on what kind of weather you can expect to be riding into before you even get there.
These are just a few things phone apps can do, and this short list of some of 2017’s best releases are sure to make a positive impact on your day in some way or another. Take a sec to read up on them and then download them to use later while you’re busy living life.
One of the most aggravating, time consuming, cuss word inducing things that you can ever go through is getting logged out of an app and then forgetting your fu@*ing password. Who can remember all those passwords for all those different accounts? If you want them to be secure, you’d ideally want each unique account to have its own unique password. Great in theory, but it would be impossible to remember them all. Well, the 1Password app allows you to create the most secure, most unique passwords for all your accounts (sorry, using “123456” to log into everything isn’t as bulletproof as you once thought it was). All you have to do is remember one password to log into the 1Password app, and boom—you’re in to all of your other accounts. It’s worth a shot, right?
They say that the journey itself is just as important as the destination. While you’re en route to wherever the heck you’re going, stop for a second and grab for your phone, especially at night. The SkyView app shows the locations of stars, planets and constellations through an augmented reality-like interface. All you have to do is point your cell phone in any direction and the display on your screen will show the names of the stars and planets that you can see right there in front of you. This would make for a romantic impromptu pit stop for you and your sweetie, or a moment for you and overly spiritual pal to stare up at the sky together and trip out on how small and insignificant humans are in the grand scheme of things.
Another app geared towards what’s going on in the sky around you, DarkSky is able to predict weather in your exact location down to the minute, not just within an entire city hour-by-hour, as the built-in weather app on your phone does. Take Los Angeles for instance—it’s a huge city, and the part you’re in could be bright and clear while a storm cloud is pissing down rain on your friend on the other side of town (sucker). It’s worth a look, since it may, one day, just save you from getting drenched while out on the highway.
This app is great for the camera-happy rider. Snapseed allows for pretty awesome, basic photo editing from your phone. We aren’t talking about adding cat ears to your selfies (don’t let the “snap” part fool ya). In this app, you can adjust exposure levels, mess around with highlights and shadows, play with white balance—all kinds of cool editing abilities are included in this app. Get your photos of the day looking their best and ready to post on Instagram or Facebook, or hell, even Snapchat (don’t worry, we aren’t laughing at the rabbit nose filter you like to use so much).
We aren’t sure what you like to listen to while cruising around—guess it all depends on what mood you’re in. But whether you’re on your bike or relaxing at home, the Overcast app makes it easy to browse around and find a podcast to tune into. There’s much to hear out there on the airwaves, and this app helps you find the stuff you really want to pay attention to.