We're living in a digital age where our phones are a huge part of our lives. For better or for worse, that's totally the case, so we might as well deck 'em out with the coolest and best apps. Besides the usual requirements---Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram---here are some absolute must-downlaods.
Acorns: This app takes your loose change---if you spend $32.75 at bar with your debit or credit card, it will round up and snag the remaining $0.25 cents---and puts it into a professionally managed investment account. Basically, it's just an easy way for your money to make more money without any extra work from you.
Delectable: This app instantly recognizes wine from any label and allows you to rate it, jot down any quick tasting notes, and buy via one of their online e-commerce partners.
Push For Pizza: This app is brilliant in its simplicity. You legitimately just push a button and pizza is delivered to your home. Takes two seconds once your information is inputed when joining.
Uber: The last thing you want to do is be stuck waiting for a cab or be one of the mindless clowns who gets behind the wheel after one too many cold ones. Always use Uber and try opting for the black car every once in a while. It's a few bucks more but the awesome factor and comfort make it worth it, especially when on a date.
Audible: This will probably be the most game changing app on your phone. If you're a busy dude with work, family, and tons of other calendar-filling activities, you probably don't read as often as you should. However, you can crunch out a book or two a month pretty easily by using Audible. Instead of some tired Spotify playlist during your morning commute, crank out a few chapters of an incredible read. If you sign up now, you get one book for free, so it's a can't lose opportunity that's worth trying.
Venmo: In a world where less and less people cary cash, this thing is a game changer. It allows you to send and receive money from your friends instantly, making things you probably have to deal with often a total breeze. Splitting a tab? No problem. Owe a friend cash for those concert tickets he bought? Boom---money sent in four seconds. Splitting the cable bill with your roommate? Done. Lost a bet? Pay up immediately.
Digg: This app (and website) curate a bunch of really interesting reads from across the web. A great time killer with a beautifully simplistic app design. You'll love this thing.
Podcasts: If you haven't gotten into podcasts yet, now is definitely the time. They're a great thing to listen to while at the gym, doing chores around the house, or sitting in traffic with nothing on the radio. Some goods one are The BS Report With Bill Simmons, WTF With Marc Maron, anything from the Grantland team, and The Tim Ferriss Show.
Headspace: This is a well designed and simple app that helps people meditate. If you haven't given it a try, it's definitely worth scoping out. This app will get you hooked on the mental exercise.
120 Sports: For sports fans, this app is pretty awesome. They're basically trying to be an ESPN type network but with its content and business created purely for mobile devices. Cool analysis that's short and sweet.
OpenTable: At this point, if a restaurant isn't on OpenTable, you shouldn't even bother. This thing couldn't be easier to use and makes setting up reservations as simple as can be. Sure, you've probably already heard of it, but if you're not using the app, you totally need to be.
GrilleTime: This is a really easy to use grilling guide and timer app that can turn even the weakest of culinary gents into BBQ masters.