With millions of smartphone apps out there today, how do baby boomers pick the best ones to make our lives easier, healthier, and safer? Here is a curated list of apps you should check out to make you life easier, save money or just have fun!
GasBuddy. This App helps you save money showing you the cheapest gas when you travel or just need gas in you are. Plus you can report prices, leave and read station reviews, complete fun challenges and win gas cards in our giveaways. All in one convenient app. Available for iPhone and Android.
Learn More at: http://www.gasbuddy.com/App
Yelp App: Offering over 50 million reviews for businesses across the world, you can easily search for nearby restaurants, read plenty of reviews, and even view great local deals and photos of the place.
Search filters ensure that you can narrow things down according to distance, price, and rating, so you know exactly what you’re getting into. It works well for plenty of other establishments too.
OpenTable: OpenTable takes out all the hassle of booking a reservation at your favorite restaurant. You can simply choose a date, time, and party size to see available tables at your desired location, then hit the book button. It’s easy enough to find a restaurant based on your location or cuisine needs, and OpenTable offers plenty of helpful reviews and rating options. You can even invite your friends through the app, as well as add reservations to your calendar.
Skype. Stay connected with family and friends for free. Available in separate versions for the iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets, Skype makes it easy to stay in touch, and it’s usually pretty reliable. The app is free, though depending on your type of call, you may have to pay for usage.
Magnifying Glass/Flashlight – As we age, it can be increasingly tough to read a menu in a dimly lit restaurant or even to read labels or cooking directions on packaged foods. There are a number of apps that give you both a magnifier and a flashlight altogether. Among the most highly rated is the Magnifying Flashlight from Bzing.
Closest Emergency Medical Facilities – EMNet findER – A medical emergency can happen anywhere. It’s always frightening, especially if you are away from home. There are a host of geographically based hospital locators out there. One of the most comprehensive national directories is put together by Massachusetts General Hospital. EMNet FindER is available for both Android and iOS and it’s free.
Navigation – Waze Traffic – Getting there is not half as fun if you’re stuck in traffic. Waze will help you find ways around it. Owned by Google, it does a great job of informing you about current traffic conditions and alternate routes. We’ve found it more timely and accurate than the information often provided by the live traffic feeds offered by the in-car navigation systems. That’s because it gathers data from people who are stuck in traffic in real time. It’s free and available for both iOS and Android.
ZocDoc Finding a doctor in your area that accepts your insurance can be challenging. The ZocDoc free mobile app allows you to select a doctor or dentist with a specific specialty within a close proximity. After reading patient reviews, you can book your appointment time and date instantly. It also provides appointment notifications to remind you of upcoming appointments. Learn more at https://www.zocdoc.com/
ShopSavvy. If you are wondering if you’re getting the best price on anything from a can of tuna to a new iPad? There are a number of shopping apps out there that will scan product barcodes and QR codes.
ShopSavvy gets consistently strong reviews for its ability to scan a product and compare pricing. It’s free and runs on both iOS and Android.’
Hotels.com App Whether you’re already looking to escape the cold start of 2017 or planning ahead for the next adventure Hotels.com’s mobile apps might be all you need to find a great place to stay. The list of hotels is presented in a clean, clear fashion with the name, hotel star rating and nightly price along with the left side of the list view. With a powerful review system and the possibility to get a free night for every 10 nights purchased this app can help you save a ton of cash.