Check out some of our favorite apps below:
Sound Shaker – Sound making game that lets children create and play with chime, whistle, drum, animal and mystery sounds. This app is recommended for ages 3-5 and helps children practice listening skills, learn about sounds and improve their concentration. It is $1.99 and available on iTunes.
Intro to Letters – Pricey app at $4.99, but worth it. Intro to Letters won honorable mention at the 2010 App Awards for best education app and brings the alphabet to a child’s fingertips. Kids can learn to trace, read, write and sound out letters. Perfect for pre-K and kindergartners. Available for the iPhone, iPod and iPad.
Google Sky Map – Download this free app to any Android phone and explore the night sky with any budding astronomer. Point your phone at the sky, and Google Sky Map will show the stars, planets, constellations, and more to help you identify the celestial objects in view. You can also browse the skies in manual mode. Totally space age!
TurboTax SnapTax – This app is only for those who have simple tax returns (think, no kids, don't own a home or don't need to itemize your deductions), but the thought of taking a photo of your W-2 with your cell phone and filing your taxes with your mobile phone is pretty darn cool. It’s free to download the App, but costs to file with TurboTax. Perfect for those filing a 1040EZ.
Mint - Track your accounts via an iPhone or Android phone, with up-to-date information about your finances on-the-go. This app syncs to your mint.com account and makes it easy to make financial decisions anywhere. It's password protected and free to download. Not signed up for Mint? Click here to learn more.
Nike Training Club - This free app, available on iTunes, gives you a personal trainer right on your smartphone. Select your goal, level and then from a series of workouts that meet your criteria. You can sync music from your iPod and track your results. The best part is you are rewarded along the way with special smoothie recipes and new workouts.
Lose It! - This free app provides a super easy and streamlined way to count calories and track your weight loss goal. Track your food intake and exercises by selecting from a large library, or enter customized information.
Fast Food Calorie Counter - The Fast Food Calorie Counter provides nutritional information for over 9,000 menu items from 73 fast food restaurants. It’s also available on every platform and ranges in price from $.99 to $2.99. Curious about the calorie count for the cheeseburger from Burger King or that chicken egg roll from Panda Express? With this app, you will know before ordering.
ICE (In Case of Emergency) - The ICE app provides first responders with access to your name, emergency contacts and your key medical information to allow for proper, informed care during an emergency. It's free to download via the iTunes app store.
Currency - Get up-to-date currency exchange rates while you travel. Currency rates are available for over 180 countries, and the app is available for the iPhone and Android platform for free.
Tourcaster – Turn your iPod/iPhone or other mp3 player into a tour guide. All you need to do is download a tourcast of the place(s) you are visiting and upload the file to your device. Many of the professionally recorded tours are completely free, and are available for cities all over the world.
Urbanspoon - Having trouble deciding where to eat? Urbanspoon likens itself to a "restaurant slot machine" helping you decide what local restaurant to visit. The App also offers reviews, a search function and GPS technology. No smartphone is left out either – it's available on the iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry.
Do you know of any useful or entertaining apps? Let us know - email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy R., of Overland Park, KS wrote:
I like Evernote. I use it on my Droid. I can also download apps for my laptop and iPod Touch to access the same notes. It is easy to use and very functional.
Nancy, thanks for sharing! What a great suggestion. Evernote is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Web Clipper, Android, Blackberry, Palm Pre & Pixi, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Windows Mobile.
Stephanie C., of Topeka, KS wrote:
Well i actually wanted to suggest that capital federal get there own banking app. i would love if there was one. I could check my balance FAST and on the go.
Thank you for your interest, Stephanie. We have a mobile banking service, which you may access at mobile.capfed.com from your smartphone. This site allows you to do all of your online banking in a format fit for a mobile device. We do not have a specific CapFed mobile app at this time, but are hoping to release one this year. Follow Capitol Federal on Facebook and/or Twitter to be among the first to hear when we do.