Lifestyles Archive

eBay

eBay brings the web’s most popular auction site to the palm of your hand with full functionality.  You can search for products, make bids, and sell items.  You can view lists of items you’re watching, bidding, won, didn’t win, selling, sold, unsold, and scheduled to sell.  You can also browse through the day’s best deals, which will show you the percentage of money you’re saving.  eBay is for the auction shopper that wants even more…the ability to buy and sell directly from the phone.  Download this app if you frequent eBay.

Groupon

Groupon is a simple app for groupon.com.  The app presents you with one great deal per day, specific to your current location.  Groupon gives you a lot of information about the deal, as well as the ability to buy it directly through the app.  Additionally, it shows you the exact location of the deal, as well as how many other people have purchased it.  Groupon is a great app for those that enjoy getting good deals.

ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner

ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner is the perfect tool to accompany comparison shoppers.  You can either scan an object’s barcode, or search for it online.  By doing so, ShopSavvy will pull a list of prices for the object, filtered by either online or local stores.  Additionally, you can read reviews about the product.  You can also add items to your wish list to purchase later, or search through your history.  Bonus feature – ability to set price alerts, so your phone will email you when an item drops to the price you specify.  Download ShopSavvy if you comparison shop or like to read reviews before you buy.

Endomondo Sports Tracker

Endomondo Sports Tracker is the perfect running partner.  It keeps track of your time, distance, and speed, as expected.  You can also set a distance goal, and change the sport from running to waling, cycling, blading, etc.  The coolest feature of Endomondo Sports Tracker is its ability to display your route using GPS, which is awesome.  By creating a free account, you can fully experience all this app has to offer.  You can keep post all of your runs online through endomondo.com, as view everyone else’s routes.  This is a great motivational tool, especially if you have a friend also using the app.  Additionally, the app features an audio coach, that will provide vocal motivation for your runs.  This is a great app, and as many of the comments mention, we’re lucky its free.  Grab Endomondo Sports Tracker for free while you can if you run.  You’ll be surprised how cool it is to watch your routes progress over time.

HeartRate

HeartRate is a very simple app that calculates your heart rate using your Android’s touch screen.  By tapping the screen for about 15 seconds based on your pulse, it gives you an accurate reading of your Beats Per Minute.  Additionally, it will tell you what zone your BPMs are in based on your age.  The ability to display a real heart is a nice touch, and looks really cool when you tap it.  Furthermore, you view your history of readings, and name them, allowing to track your heart rate over time.  If you want to know your heart rate down to the beat, you can purchase a Zephyr HxM, and the app will read your heart rate using bluetooth, assuming your running Android 2.1.  However, this option is very pricey at $99.  HeartRate is great if you want to keep track of your heart rate after a run, or if you just want to know your heart rate.

Calorie Counter by FatSecret

Whatever your diet plan is, whether its to cut calories or to pack on the protein, Calorie Counter by FatSecret is the perfect tool to help you achieve your nutrition goals.  This app will help you out whether you’re looking for the right food at a supermarket, or trying to pick out an appropriate meal at a restaurant. The Barcode Scan is easily this apps coolest feature.  By scanning any food item’s barcode, you are immediately presented with all of its nutritional data.  Additionally, you can sort through most major supermarket chains and find the item you’re looking for manually.  If you are out to eat at any chain, odds are the dish you plan on ordering is listed.

Once you find your food option, you can add it to your Food Diary, which will keep track of all your nutritional information for the day.  By also using the Exercise Diary, which keeps track of the calories you burn for each activity performed throughout the day, you can compare your daily calorie intake vs. output.  The Diet Calender will combine these two statistics over a monthly view, to paint you the big picture.  Furthermore, using the Weight Tracker, you can keep track of your weight and see how close you are to achieving your goals.  Calorie Counter by FatSecret is a phenomenal app, and is perfect for you if you have specific nutritional goals, or if you simply want to get a general idea of the nutrition behind the food you’re eating.  For those who want to take it a step further, you can sync all your data with fatsecret.com, giving you access to a wide array of info, as well as a supportive online community.

DroidFit – Workout, Fitness, Gym

Whether your squatting 450 pounds or curling a 2.5 pound barbell (yes, they exist), if you go to the gym, DroidFit is for you.  DroidFit puts the knowledge and resources of a bodybuilder in the palm of your sweaty hand.  Once you create a profile, you can set your fitness goals for each muscle group.  You can also edit your weekly routine, and your daily routine for each muscle group.  The app comes loaded with an extensive library of exercises to choose from, each with an animated action video.  For those of you who already have a routine, you can add exercises to the list.

Once your ready to hit the gym, DroidFit allows you to log each exercise you do, and will graph what should be your improvements.  DroidFit also has a rest timer, so you can accurately pace yourself through your routine.  Another sweet feature is the app will project your 1-rep max using a complex formula for every exercise, and you use the metric system, DroidFit has you covered with kilograms and centimeters.  DroidFit is a phenomenal app that will both educate and motivate you to achieve your fitness goals.  This is a must download for all gym-goers.

Livo Recorder Pro

Livo Recorder Pro is an app for those who want to record music, events, or even conversations on their phone.  With the app, you can take high quality recordings, and organize them by title, name, date, or length.  Additionally, you can schedule a recording, or enter Stealth mode which will disable all of Livo’s notifications.  It’s no wonder this is President Nixon’s favorite app.  Livo Recorder Pro is a great app, and will fulfill all of your recording desires.

Mobile Metronome

Mobile Metronome can take care of all your tempo needs.  Not only is it accurate, but it is also easier to use than a physical matronome.  You can choose any tempo between 30 and 230 bpms, or you can tap in your own beat and it will tell you the tempo, which is a lot of fun.  Additionally, you can choose a time signature as well as the beat subdivision.  You can also choose among 4 different sounds to pace yourself.  If you need a metronome to play an instrument, this is the app for you.

Tuner – gStrings+

Tuner – gStings+ is far and away the best tuner on the market.  It works for piano, string instruments, and wind instruments.  gStrings+ allows you to play the target note (or its sharp), and then tune your instrument precisely down to a tenth of a Hertz using your phone’s microphone.  It can also tell you what note you are currently playing if you are unsure.  Additionally there are a wide variety of setting, enabling you to adjust the tuner to your exact needs.  You can specify your instrument for optimal precision, change the scale range, or even tune specifically for an orchestra.  Also, there are multiple skins allowing you to adjust the color if you are so inclined.  With gStrings+ in your pocket, you are always prepared to tune any instrument.