Cleaning out the App Closet

Ever thought, “hmm…this might be an interesting app, I’ll download it now and check it out later…“, but in actuality forgetting about the app and letting it take space on your phone…

I previously had 8GB smartphone, and that meant I had to be selective of my apps. On the day when I finally upgraded to a 64GB phone, I felt like I was in a whole new world. I was able to download all the apps I wanted and still have plenty of space left over. But, with mo’ apps, mo’ problems… Over the months I had accumulated so many apps, it became difficult finding apps that wasn’t on the home screen.

This week I thought I get rid of the clutter and share some of the apps that I use frequently.

Financial Apps
  • Ally
  • Betterment
  • Chase
  • Mint
  • Simple

Having worked on financial products I find it very fascinating how much variation there is in financial companies. There are some really behind the ball in providing a good apps experience. While other financial companies who truly understand the value of the customer experience.

As you grow older, more responsibilities come your way. Learning to deal with money becomes important. A co-worker recommended me a book by Ramit Sethi, I will teach you to be Rich. And ever since, I became really interested in tracking my personal finances.

Social
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin

I use to have a lot more social apps on my phone. But knowing how addictive these apps are, I decided to limit these types of apps in order to reduce distraction. My main purpose with Twitter and Linkedin, to get a small glimpse of the news every so often, while I stay focused on what is important to me.

Communication
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Snapchat
  • Slack
  • Whatsapp
  • Wechat

I mainly use these apps to communicate with friends and family. Everyone has their own preference of communication. And I would use a variety of apps depending on the friend or family member.

Fitness
  • Clock
  • Fitbit

I use the clock fairly frequently for a lot of things. It is my alarm clock to wake me up in the morning. And at the gym, I frequently use the timer for my rest periods.

Fitbit is my go to fitness app. It keeps track of my steps, sleep, and weight. The feature I enjoy most, is tracking and monitoring my sleep habits. The quality of my sleep affects the performance of my workouts.

UX Apps
  • Marvel
  • Invision

I use these tools to quickly show the prototypes that I make.

Google
  • Gmail
  • Google Drive
  • Google Doc
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Music

I thought this needed to be in a category of its own. With an android phone, I use a lot of apps in the Google ecosystem for productivity and entertainment. I really enjoy how everything is accessible from anywhere.

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