Try to think back to the days of the Nokia 3210, when playing snake and paying for the ‘Friends’ theme tune as a ringtone were the most fun things you could do with your mobile phone (ok, let’s not kid ourselves, this was actually very fun).

How things have changed. Today’s mobile phone user is spoilt for choice, not only by the plethora of smartphones available, but by the sheer choice and range of apps that are on the market. From banking, to dating, to one that actually helps you manage your relationship (you heard right), it can sometimes be confusing knowing which apps you should use your data for. Here we have devised a list of apps that will improve your life.

BBC News

Knowledge is power, and that is certainly true when it comes to the BBC News app. Not only is it effectively set out to make it easy for you to get to specific news areas, it will also flash with an alert when there is breaking news (the highlight of this being the BBC News jingle), so you can always be the first person to know what is happening in the world.

If you like to get involved with the news, there is also a ‘send photo’ feature, which allows the app to access your camera roll, so you can share your photos.


Keep in touch with your fellow smartphone users with this popular app. WhatsApp allows you to send messages for free without paying for SMS.

It works with iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Android and Nokia, and you aren’t limited to messaging those who own the same device as yourself. If your best friend has a Blackberry, but you’re an avid iPhone user, you can still message them using WhatsApp. It’s also a great way to keep in touch with friends when they go abroad.

WhatsApp also offers a group messaging platform, perfect for organising group activities.


It may be a very basic thing that we should do on a daily basis, but for those of you who tend to drink more coffee and soft drinks than water, this is an app for you.

Waterlogged charts how much water you’re drinking and sends reminders in a bid to prevent you from becoming dehydrated. It is encouraging without being annoying, and is available for free – what more could you want?

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Prepare to never be asked if you ‘woke up on the wrong side of the bed’ anymore once you download the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock. It acts as an intelligent alarm clock that analyses your sleeping patterns so that it can wake you up in a more natural way, during your lightest sleep phase.

Simply place your smartphone in your bed, and the app tracks your movement, determining which sleep phase you are in. Anything that makes mornings easier is a winner in our eyes.

Snake ‘97

There was no way that Snake wasn’t going to be included in this list. Head down memory lane with this fantastic remake of the original Snake game.

The app, which is available on Apple and Android devices, includes retro dot-matrix display graphics, as well as monotone sounds, to really give you the full experience.

One of the most frustrating, yet fun games of the late 90’s and early 00’s, if there is one thing you do today to improve your life, make sure it is to download Snake ‘97.ADNFCR-2155-ID-801751628-ADNFCR

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