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I’ll reluctantly admit, the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy tablet and the Motorola Moto G has turned me into an App-a-holic! I keep searching for apps that will make my life easier. As I indulge in my newfound addiction I’ll share my opinion on some of the apps I’ve found and use. Below I write about a few of my latest addictions:

Game Apps:

  • 2048  – Why oh why did the young man at work mention this app? It’s a numbers game where the object is to build a block equaling the number 2048 starting with 2. When two like numbers are adjacent they may be combined. I.e., 2 +2 =4. 4+4 = 8, 8+8= 16 and so on until you’re able to get up to the number 2048. I downloaded this addicting game recently and haven’t gotten very far. It is fast becoming my go-to app during periods of waiting.2048
  • Mahjong Solitaire  – Prior to downloading 2048, this was my go-to “waiting” app (waiting in the dentist office, waiting on line at the department of motor vehicles, waiting at the chiropractor’s office, etc.). It’s great on a tablet, but not so good on a Smartphone. Maybe someone with younger eyes can play it just fine on the smaller screen, but this gal saves Mahjong for her tablet.
  • Sudoku –  Sudoku is my third runner-up when it comes to waiting. Not as much fun as 2048, or Mahjong, but will keep me occupied in a pinch. Also, this is easier to play on a Smartphone.
  • Word Pyramid – With Word Pyramid you’re given 9 letters and the object is to make as many words out of the letters as possible. To win you must unscramble the winning 9-letter word within the allotted time. While racking your brain to figure out the 9-letter word, you have the option to build a word pyramid. The apex of the pyramid is an unscrambled 3-letter word and the base is the ultimate 9-letter word.  You don’t have to use all of the bricks when building the pyramid. As long as you unscramble the 9-letter word, you’re golden. I found this app to be entertaining until I won a time or two using non-words. It’s my guess that English isn’t the native language of the app’s creators.

Financial Apps:

  • Banking software – I know I said this before, but I cannot stress how much of a time saver my banking apps have been. I especially like the ability to deposit checks.
  • Quicken 2014 I feel obligated to mention this app. Why? Well, because it is useful. You see, I have a love-hate relationship with Quicken. No, let me rephrase that. I have a hate-hate relationship with Intuit’s Quicken. I need it to organize my finances, but I’ve never warmed up to the software, so I’ve already got a chip on my shoulder when it comes to the app.

The app is functional and has many useful features. The one feature I like most is the ability to take photos of receipts and synch it with the line item in the software (I haven’t done this yet, but I like the idea of being able to do it). In all fairness, I need to spend more playing around with the app. After all, I do use Intuit’s tax preparation software each year and have no complaints. I’ll do a more in-depth review after I remove the chip from my shoulder and actually give it a fair chance.

Communication Apps:

  • My SMS –  I downloaded this app to synchronize texts between my computer, tablet and Smartphone. I still spent quite a bit of time on my computer and would like to receive texts that are sent to my phone. My daughter has chastised me because I’m so “unavailable” for spending so much time on my computer, which causes me to miss her plethora of texts.my SMS on 3 Devices

With mySMS I can always access texts no matter which system I’m using. The app has to be downloaded to the cell phone first, then to the other devices.

Prior to downloading mySMS, I downloaded Mighty Text. It didn’t function properly. I didn’t receive texts on all my devices so I was accused of being “unavailable” again. The problem wasn’t me, but the app, so I got rid of it in favor of something more reliable.

So there you have it. Those are the latest objects of my new addiction. If you have any favorites that have made your life easier, I’d love to hear about them.

FeliciaFelicia (aka Low Tech Grandma) is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance writer and low tech blogger.