I know I’m a tad bit late, but we’re finally in a new decade 🎉 🎉 🎉 .
At the start of the decade, I was in JSS3 and life was entirely different then. I didn’t have to adult or even think about it.
10 years down the line and things are wayyyyyy different.
On the bright side, one thing that was different at the start of the decade and now is that I didn’t have a phone then 😂
I didn’t even have a phone until I was at 200 or 300 level (side-eye at Gen Zs). However, when I eventually started getting phones, one thing that I took very seriously were the apps I had on my phone (oh, and wallpapers).
You can check out my Wallpaper board on Pinterest
I’ve gone through a whole lot of apps, and I’m here to compress a decade worth of app experiences for you.
This post will be split into 2 parts because I have so many apps I have come across in the past 7 or so years since I could have a phone.
If you use an Android device, you can search for apps in the Google Play Store, while iOS users can search for apps in the App Store.
Keep Notes 📚
I spoke about this app in my post here
I didn’t start using Keep Notes until about 3 years ago, but so far the experience has been great. Keep syncs to your Google Calendar, and has a lot of other functions. You can set reminders, create shared notes/lists with your partner or friends, create grocery lists, have separate notes and reminders for each of your Google accounts and do other stuff.
The coolest part…there’s the option to switch to dark mode.
One sad part is that updates have taken away some really cool functions, but new ones have been implemented as well. Hopefully, things get better with future updates.
I’d give Keep Notes a 4.5 out of 5.
Deezer is a music streaming app that is available to both iOS and Android users. I’ve always had Android devices, and the struggle to use Apple music has never appealed to me.
My first encounter with Deezer was 5 years ago in undergrad. I used the free one month trial on all my email accounts, and I wasn’t about to pay the full amount for access 😂
A couple of years down the line, I joined a Deezer family plan and now I only have to pay ₦450 ($1.24) monthly for full access. It might seem like a lot, but I’ve come to realize that making music is hard work, and artists need to be paid for what they do.
Deezer also has loads of playlists and I can play songs I have Shazamed in Deezer.
I’d give Deezer a 5 out of 5.
If you’re Nigerian, you definitely know Piggyvest. This app/company is one of the best things that happened to Nigerians youths in the 21st century.
I came across the app in 2017, when they were still Piggybank and I was very skeptical about them. I wasn’t about to keep my money with a random group of people that just popped up out of nowhere.
2 years down the line and now Piggyvest can have all my money (for safe-keeping of course). I’ve been able to make investments, save in both Nigerian Naira and in US dollars with this app.
If it was possible, I’d give this app an 8 out of 5 because of convenience and an excellent UI.
Making better financial decisions was something I set out to do this year. After reading ‘The Smart Money Woman’ by Arese Ugwu some years ago, I realized the importance of tracking my expenses.
I went to my app store and searched for expense trackers and every single one I came across offered a horrible user experience, and all seemed to have really ugly user interphases.
Last month, I decided to try one more time, and I came across Sprouts. The clean, minimal UI was what won me over before I even started exploring the functionality of the app.
Some functions Sprouts offers are –
– You can create budgets and track them in the app.
-You can create projects (i.e your thrift shop), and track your income and expenses within that particular project.
– View daily trends, weekly spend reports, monthly & annual category stats, and more.
You could also switch to dark mode if you purchase the premium version.
I’d give Sprouts a 4.7 out of 5.
My Calendar 🗓
No, this isn’t a Calendar app. It’s an app that helps you track your cycle.
I started using this app about 5 years ago, and it’s been accurate 99.5% of the time. Although it doesn’t have the prettiest UI, it’s performed excellently at its job and for that, I’ll probably use this until the app goes extinct or crashes 🤷🏽♀️
I’d give this app a 5 out of 5.
Google Podcasts 🎙️
In my last post here, I wrote about Castbox being my podcast app of choice. Well, the app turned out to be a bit buggy over time. I would be listening to a podcast and it would just shut off.
When I had had it with Castbox, I started looking for a smaller, much more convenient app. Thankfully, my app store recommended Google Podcasts to me.
Although it was hard to see Castbox go, I have thoroughly enjoyed my Google Podcasts experience, and I won’t be looking back in the nearest future.
However, one thing Google Podcasts does not offer is the option to create playlists or to like podcast episodes. Fingers crossed that they implement this pretty soon 🤞🏼
I’d give Google Podcasts a 5 out of 5.
I took one of those Adobe Photoshop courses in undergrad and failed in flying colors 😂
I never bothered trying to learn photo editing or graphic design afterward. Even using the editing options when trying to upload a photograph on IG is a hassle for me.
Thankfully, a brilliant human being built the Canva app, and life has become so much easier for myself and a whole lot of people in the last few years.
I’d give Canva a 5 out of 5.
Ever since Canva gave me the boldness to attempt photo editing and graphic design again, I downloaded some apps that focus on that.
My most used, and probably my most loved app right now for picture editing is Glitchcam.
I’m working towards exploring other creative areas in terms of photo editing and product photography in the new year, and Glitchcam has upped my game by like 2%.
I also have 2 other apps I very recently downloaded Lomo and Pomelo. I’ll share my experience with them once I’ve used the apps well enough.
In February 2017, I took the bold step and started my first blog on WordPress. If WordPress didn’t exist, I might have never started a blog.
Let that sink in.
I’ll give WordPress a 5 out of 5.
I’m excited about this new decade and the planning and productivity apps it’ll bring with it.
Have you used any of the apps on this list?
If you have, please share your experience in the comments section.
App recommendations are welcome too 💞