The five apps I couldn’t live without


Yes, the title of this post is a little dramatic, I know. As much as I wish I wasn’t one of those people that depend on their phones, I can’t deny how heavily I rely on it. The funny thing about my relationship with my phone is I now see it as something that makes my life easier, rather than a communication device. And to me, anything that helps me get through the day faster, easier and more efficiently deserves a big thumbs up.

All of this got me thinking about the features of my phone that I use every day, and the apps that in my opinion have real purpose. And by real purpose, I mean those that make a difference to me. So with that, here are five apps that I couldn’t live without:

1. Wunderlist – I am a list person. Scratch that, I am the list person. I have lists for absolutely everything and Wunderlist is by far the best app I’ve found for keeping all of my lovely lists in a nice, tidy way. I can also share lists, which means Rob and I can both access the same grocery list and tick things off as we get them. The days of us both picking up milk and bread on the way home from work are long gone.

2. Pocket – We all have busy jobs and busy lives, which makes it hard to read blog posts, jot down recipes and admire new fashion arrivals on the go. This is why I love Pocket, an app that keeps a note of your links so you can go back and read them later. I find it particularly useful when browsing Twitter – I used to email myself the link, only for it to get lost in my inbox. Now Pocket keeps it safe for me so that I can read it later.

3. Shazam – You might think this is a bit of an odd app to have a love affair with, but I use it almost every day. I am really into music and whenever I hear something I like, I no longer have to spend weeks humming it to friends in the hope they recognise the song (when you are as tone deaf as I am, this is an utter disaster). But within seconds Shazam tells me what the song is and links straight to a buy option on iTunes. I’ve discovered a whole lot of new music this way and I’ll forever be thankful to Shazam for that.

4. Twitter – How would I keep up with all of your lovely blogs without Twitter? Out of all of the social media channels, this is the one I use the most. It acts as my news feed during the day, keeping me up to date with what’s going on in the world. It inspires me with recipe ideas, beauty products and new lines in fashion. And it allows me to communicate with you, my readers, and through talking to some of you on Twitter I really feel I’ve got to know you better.

5. Runtastic – I’ve been hooked on this app for a while. You can use it to track a range of fitness activities, and you can create prompts. When I’m out running, I have a voice prompt set up to tell me every time I clock up a kilometre and how long it’s taken me. The data is presented in a really easy to understand way and overall this app is just a pleasure to use.

Do you use any of these apps? Which apps would you struggle to live without?


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  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    LOVE the idea of Wunderlist and list sharing – going to download right now!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It definitely makes things like sharing grocery lists so much easier Holly. I love this app and can’t recommend it enough x

      • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

        Downloaded and love it!

  • http://www.tapeparade.wordpress.com Laila

    I use Twitter a lot, it’s great. And Shazam is so useful for whenever you hear a catchy song! I haven’t heard of Wunderlist but am going to download it – I have a ton of reminders, notes and Evernote and I’d like something a bit cleaner and simpler, which sounds like what this app provides. :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I have to admit, Laila, I find Evernote is a bit too much for what I need. Wunderlist is far more geared towards my needs, which is why I like it so much. And you’re right about Shazam, it is really useful :-)

  • http://pyreflies.org Jessica Pyreflies

    Twitter is my favorite app. It’s definitely the one I use the most! Pocket sounds like an app I need to download. There are always links that I see on Twitter that I want to read later but I end up forgetting about.


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I agree Jessica, Twitter is fantastic. Pocket works really seamlessly with it too, making it all the easier to save those links :-)

  • http://www.simplysaratravel.com/ Sara

    I love to make lists too – I just downloaded Wunderlist to try it! I always am interested in what apps people like. I use Google Music all the time to listen to music. I have the monthly subscription, and I love the playlists. I also use Fourquare a bunch to research restaurants / coffee shops / etc on the go.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I’ve never tried Google music of Foursquare so thank for pointing those out Sara. I’ll give them a go x

  • http://www.brookemeaganjones.com/ Brooke Jones

    I think it’s so cute that you would both end up picking up milk and bread. Our problem is that neither of us picks it up haha I love the sound of the Pocket app. I usually end up with a million windows open on my phone because I’ll just open things and then plan to read them later. But then they add up and my phone becomes a mess and I just end up closing all of them without reading them.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I used to do that exact same thing Brooke until I started using Pocket. Now, I don’t necessarily get around to reading them any quicker but I do get to them in the end :-)

  • http://littleturkishgirl.blogspot.com Ashley J

    I am totally with you on Shazam. I used to try to make out the lyrics of new songs I had heard, and then look for them on google. haha! Shazam is a godsend!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Indeed a godsend! It genuinely might be the most used app on my phone x

  • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

    You are very welcome Bailie, I hope you like using it x