Most Useful iPhone, iPad and Smartphone Apps for College Students

These 12 smartphone apps can help college students be more productive, and make their iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device an even more valuable part of their college experience.

By U.S. News University Directory
Posted 2011

Smartphone Apps for College Students
Smartphone Apps for College Students

Most Useful iPhone, iPad and Smartphone Apps for College Students. With the exploding popularity of smartphones and tablet computers, new mobile applications, more commonly known as apps, are popping up on the market every day. Application developers continue producing new ways to help users become more productive and connected, or to keep themselves entertained – and users are responding. In fact, according to an October 2011 report by Berg Insight, the number of mobile application downloads will exceed an astonishing 98 billion by 2015.

A great number of these downloads will be by college students, eager to improve their productivity, improve study habits, or make college life easier in and out of the classroom. While these smartphone apps can help improve productivity for busy students, or even working professionals, sorting through all of the choices can be overwhelming.

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Here, we review some of the most useful education apps on the market for your iPhone, iPad or Android device to help you decide which will work for you. No matter which mobile device you prefer, start here, download some new apps, and begin enjoying increased productivity.

Six Useful iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Apps for College Students
Apple iOS users are the heaviest app users, with an average 48 downloads per phone, compared to 35 per Android phone and 15 per Blackberry phone, according to an August 2011 report by WebPageFX Weekly. Here are some of the most popular, best-reviewed education apps that college students may find they can't live without.

  1. iStudiez Pro: This organizational powerhouse allows for easy planning, management, tracking and synchronization of class and activity schedules, deadlines and more. Plan your schedule, organize assignments, set reminders and track your grades. Syncs with iCal to keep all of your activities in one place. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. $2.99.
  2. Science Glossary: Fast access to definitions of several hundred scientific terms, as well as links to the meanings of related technical terms. Connect to online learning modules and bios of significant people in science history. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Free.
  3. 100 Words Almost Everyone Mispronounces: Learn about 100 tricky or controversial words that trip up even the most well-read students, selected by the editors of American Heritage Dictionaries. Hear the correct pronunciation anytime, wherever you are – with no Internet connection required. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. $2.99.
  4. Evernote: Millions use this popular app every day to create text, audio or image notes, and access them anytime, anywhere. You can take a photo of a whiteboard, and Evernote will create searchable text. Premium features allow synchronization and sharing of Word, Excel, PDF and PPT files. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Free.
  5. Chegg Inc.: Chegg is the top textbook rental company. Their free app allows you to search for textbooks by title, author, ISBN or by scanning a book's bar code with your iPhone. Compare prices and complete the rental or purchase transaction right from your mobile device. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Free.
  6. Instapaper: Find something on the web you'd like to read later? Instapaper saves blog posts, articles or any web page to your phone or tablet, ready to read offline. You can also browse content shared by your social network on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. Customize fonts, text size and line spacing to your preferences and preview links without leaving the app. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. $4.99.

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Six Top Android Apps for College Student Productivity A Nielsen Company survey from April 2011 reveals that Android leads the U.S. in marketshare, with 36% of the smartphone market. It also indicates that Android users consume more mobile data each month, with an average of 582 megabytes of data usage; iPhone users average 492 megabytes per month. Here are six useful Android apps for college students that could bump up that usage figure.

  1. gFlash+: With gFlash+, you can create flashcards and share them with fellow students, plus study and quiz yourself. Random multiple-choice questions increase the difficulty. Use images, foreign language characters or text-based cards to test your knowledge of dozens of subjects. Compatible with Android. Free.
  2. Pulse: Pulse enables you to catch up on news in a fun and engaging way. Make mosaic style pages of your favorite sites, so you can collect and read stories from news sources, blogs, social networks and more. Compatible with Android. Free.
  3. Google Voice: Transcribes voicemail so you can check it through your email, on the web or via the Android app. Instead of a voicemail, you'll receive an email or text message, which can help save on mobile minutes. Or, you may opt to stream the audio message from the web. Use Google Voice to make international calls and send texts showing your Google number. Compatible with Android. Free.
  4. Droid Scan: Use this app to turn your mobile device into a portable document scanner. Converts images captured with your phone or tablet camera into high-quality JPG or PDF scans. Record whiteboard presentations, documents or receipts, and share via email, SD card and more. Compatible with Android. Free, with available $4.99 upgrade.
  5. 3banana: Capture notes, jot down ideas, and synchronize photos. Sync with your PC or share with Twitter and Facebook friends. You can even organize your notes using Twitter-style hash tags, like #todolist or #chemistry, and pin notes to your home screen for quick access to reminders. Compatible with Android. Free.
  6. Cole's Calculus Review: No more digging through notes looking for a derivative formula! Cole's Calculus Review lists all the important formulas and evaluation techniques, like limits, derivatives, integrals, and products and quotients of trigonometric functions. Compatible with Android. Free.

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Improving Productivity: As Easy As Downloading a Smartphone App
Smartphones have quickly moved beyond such basic tasks as checking email or pointing you to the nearest Thai restaurant. For college students and working professionals, they are becoming lifelines for connecting with friends, sharing news, organizing schedules and quickly accessing important information. These 12 smartphone apps can help college students be more productive, and make their iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device an even more valuable part of their college experience.

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