Apps that add value

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About this list

Most apps are trash and/or time-wasters. Of course there are also ones that can really provide value and so this list contains the ones that currently add value to my days.

Note: I only use the free Android versions of all these apps (except Blinkist) and that works absolutely fine for me.

Pocket (Android, iOS)

The Pocket app is essential to my way of consuming blog posts and longer texts on websites, as I’ve described here.

SLOWLY (Android, iOS)

SLOWLY is an instant messaging app without the instant (that’s why it’s called slowly). You quickly create an account by listing your interests and the languages you speak and can then be matched to digital pen pals. Sending and receiving letters takes time depending on the distance between sender and receiver. This way the amount of work that goes into each message is highly increased and you get to experience more excitement than if messages were exchanged instantly. I think it’s a great way to practice foreign languages too.

Deepstash (Android, iOS)

I just downloaded the Deepstash app, but it looks promising. After I had to let go of Blinkist because its free month ended, I was looking for another app to quickly consume good information. I don’t believe this kind of information in any way replaces reading books or intensely researching stuff, but why not try to quickly go for the gist of some topics?

Screen Time (Android, I think iOS has this built in)

I use the Screen Time app to monitor my phone usage and it’s the best one I’ve seen for doing so.

Goodreads (Android, iOS)

Goodreads is my go-to for determining if a book I’m interested in is worth reading. Their app is somewhat slow, but it’s still pretty good.

a decluttered launcher (Android)

a decluttered launcher is my favorite launcher as it’s, well, decluttered. I like having less distractions on my phone and this app - right after blocking all notifications - helps me with that.

Voice (Android)

Voice is a great, free as in freedom app for listening to audiobooks (which you will have to provide by yourself though).

Duolingo (Android, iOS)

Duolingo is great for learning new languages; it’s fun and easy. They also provide podcasts for some languages, which I really recommend too!

Blinkist (Android, iOS)

Blinkist provides summaries of a great amount of non-fictions books. They usually take 15 minutes and can be either read or listened to (or both if you would want that). I think it’s a bit expensive, so I only got to use it during a free period, but even the free version gets one (sadly random) summary per day.

AnkiDroid (Android, iOS)

AnkiDroid is a flash card app. It supports LaTeX! It can also easily be connected to the desktop version of Anki.

KptnCook (Android, iOS)

KptnCook offers you three recipes each day. This way, you won’t be overwhelmed with an infinite amount of recipes to choose from. You can still save your favorites and exchange them with friends though. In fact, by now I think most of their recipes are too fancy (regarding ingredients and time) as I’ve grown to prefer more basic ones. Still, they have some delicious stuff!

BurgerKing App (Windows phone)

This is a joke.


Android also has an inbuilt screen time app which google calls “digital well being”. It’s limited in that it displays stats only on a daily/hourly basis, and doesn’t give weekly/monthly cumulative stats (yet), but it still suffices for my use case.

– subru

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