By Gail Suberbielle
With thousands of apps out there for your smartphone or tablet, it can be hard to make a choice without cluttering up your phone or cutting into your wallet with apps you’ll never use. To take some of the guesswork out of app selection, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites. Most are available for iPhone or iPad, although some also are offered for Android or other smartphones.
Heading to Paris this summer but haven’t brushed up on your French lately? Featuring more than 60 languages – 17 of which you can translate by simply speaking the text – this awesome app is one of the handiest travel apps out there. There are no frills to Google Translate, which is incredibly easy to use: Choose the language you want to translate from and the language you want to translate to. Type the phrase you want to know into the box or simply speak into the microphone (“Where’s the nearest coffeeshop?” or “How do I get to the bus stop?”), and presto! The translated phrase pops up in the box below. Press the speaker button, and you even can hear the translated phrase spoken aloud. Bon voyage! Cost: Free.
We keep a list of movies we’d like to see, but not of ones we’ve seen. With Limelight, users can create a comprehensive database of all the movies they’ve seen, as well as ones in which they are interested, with simple “To Watch” and “Watched” lists. Users also can follow their friends to see which movies they are watching or share their own movie recommendations with friends; simply click on the “share” button and select “Suggest to Friends,” then share to all or a select number of friends. Limelight also lets users sort their “To Watch” list with categories such as title, release date, or date added. The app is visually appealing, with a bookshelf-type appearance, and easy to navigate. Cost: $1.99.