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Top 10 Back-to-School Smartphone Apps

Aug 16, 2011

It’s that time of year again. Backpacks and binders are coming out of the closet and commercials for back-to-school clothes are popping up on every channel. While you may not be thrilled about leaving behind the endless days of summer, there is one thing you can take with you into fall: your cellphone! Since you are outfitting yourself with some new gadgets and accessories, you might as well treat your smartphone to the same. These useful apps will help you relieve boredom and may even make learning seem like fun.

No. 10: Facebook Messenger

Top 10 Back-to-School SmartPhone AppsChat with friends on Facebook Messenger

Once classes begin you may feel some separation anxiety with your friends (unless you are lucky enough to be in the same home room!).  Thankfully, you can ensure you don’t miss any of the latest gossip and news with Facebook Messenger (free). This new app functions separately than the original Facebook app and allows you to message any of your Facebook friends whenever you’d like. Paying for texts? Such a thing of the past.

No. 9: WhatsApp Messenger

Top 10 Back-to-School SmartPhone AppsKeep in touch with friends across the world with WhatsApp

Did you do some traveling this summer? Want to keep in touch with out-of-country friends you made at camp? WhatsApp Messenger ($0.99) is a cross-platform messaging app that lets you send unlimited messages to your friends across the world. All you have to do is pay a one-time fee to download and the rest is free!

No. 8: Flashcard Touch

Top 10 Back-to-School SmartPhone AppsUse Flashcard Touch to make personalized flashcards

No one will disagree that tests are one of the most unfortunate parts of school. But, if you have to study, you might as well let your phone help you! If you have an iPhone, Flashcard Touch ($4.99) will help you ace that next quiz. This handy app lets you create flashcards for any subject, and then store them in your phone.

No. 7: StudyDroid

Top 10 Back-to-School SmartPhone AppsStudyDroid lets you make unique cue cards

Own an android phone? The StudyDroid app (free) will basically accomplish the same thing as Flashcard Touch and even allow you to customize your flashcards with different colors and styles! StudyDroid can also be synced to your computer so you can use your laptop or phone to test yourself.

No. 6: Dictionary.com

Top 10 Back-to-School SmartPhone AppsCheck the spelling of more than 2,000,000 words with the Dictionary.com app

How do you spell ‘hippopotamus’? The Dictionary.com app (free) offers trusted reference information from their popular website. The app includes 2,000,000 words, definitions, synonyms and antonyms.

No. 5: Wikipedia

Top 10 Back-to-School SmartPhone AppsUnleash a world of knowledge with Wikipedia

When did the American Civil War end? Who was the first president of the USA? Get the answers to these questions and more with the Wikipedia app (free). Wikipedia offers the same wealth of knowledge that can be found on their online site. Just make sure you don’t reference them in your paper!

No. 4: iHomework

Top 10 Back-to-School SmartPhone AppsiHomework helps you organize assignments

So little time, so much to do (especially if you want to sneak in a trip to the mall after school). Make sure you spend more time playing and less time on homework with the handy iHomework app ($1.99) for the iPhone. Available on all Mac devices, iHomework lets you organize assignments, keep track of readings and record important class info.

No. 3: HomeWork

Top 10 Back-to-School SmartPhone AppsNever miss a deadline again with HomeWork

Of course, there is an alternative for you android lovers. The HomeWork app (free) also lets you manage and sort your homework and keep track of which assignments have been started or completed. Never miss a deadline ever again.

No. 2: iFormulas

Top 10 Back-to-School SmartPhone AppsiFormulas is the ultimate math cheat sheet

If you are having a hard time wrapping your head around the latest formulas in math class, pay a visit to the iFormulas app (free). With everything from basic addition and subtraction to complex numbers and algebra, this app is the ultimate cheat sheet.

No. 1: CueBrain

Top 10 Back-to-School SmartPhone AppsLearn languages using CueBrain

More into languages? CueBrain ($3.99) will help you learn French, Spanish, Italian or any other language you desire. Brush up on your vocab or quiz yourself for Friday’s test. Learning has never been so easy.

Have Your Say

Will you be downloading any of these apps? Do you have other favorites? Let us know which apps will be on your smartphone the first day of school.

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