As you join the hordes of other young people flocking back to college campuses across the country, there’s no doubt you’re looking for ways to use your smartphone to make college that much easier.
With hundreds of thousands of apps in the AppStore and Google Play, how do you decide which apps will actually help you get through the semester? You come to RadioShack, of course – we’ve scoped out the top 5 FREE apps for students here, but feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments for a chance to win an HTC One X or an HTC EVO 4G LTE.
This is an easy first choice. No matter what device – laptop, iPad, or smartphone – you can use the free Evernote app to organize your notes across your entire class schedule. We recommend making good use of the ability to attach photos and voice clips to your notes – it’ll be much easier to understand your own notes if you’ve got a photo of the chalkboard to reference.
Another app you can use on pretty much any gadget you can name, Kindle is a great way to lighten your load and quit toting books all over. True story: one class I took in college had 17 books that I needed to buy. Sure would have been nice to have them on my Kindle app instead of falling out of my backpack all semester. WhisperSync keeps your bookmarks in sync across devices, too, so you can start reading on your phone and finish on your Kindle Fire.
This might be better used at the end of the semester, but it’s definitely a must-have. They’ve been around since 2004, and the Cash4Books mobile app makes it super easy to offload your old textbooks for a little summer spending cash.
Make studying easier with digital flashcards and tests, right on your mobile device. Even better, you can create your card sets in Google Docs and then sync them over to the app, making it really easy to share study guides with others in your group.
Forget carrying around a USB stick, just throw all your docs on Dropbox’s 2GB of free storage and access them anywhere. With support for nearly every gadget under the sun, Dropbox makes it easy to always have access to the right files. Side benefit: Dropbox can automatically upload a backup of your photos when you snap them with your phone. Never lose a party pic again.
If you need a new smartphone to try these apps on, RadioShack has a large selection of FREE Android smartphones available. We’ve also got more high-end phones, and you can use RadioShack’s Trade and Save program to get INSTANT savings when you trade in your old phone!
Tell us YOUR favorite smartphone app for college students in the comments below – we’ll pick 5 random winners to get their choice of an HTC One X from AT&T or an HTC EVO 4G LTE from Sprint from RadioShack!
One comment/entry per person. To enter, leave a comment below, telling us your favorite app for college students. Contest begins at 6:00 am CST on August 14th, 2012 and ends at 5:00 pm CST on August 16th, 2012. Winners will be chosen randomly by RadioShack and announced after 12:00 pm CST on August 17, 2012. Winner will have their choice of an HTC One X from AT&T or an HTC EVO 4G LTE from Sprint. No substitutions for prizes.
No payment or purchase necessary to win. Neither a purchase nor payment will improve your chances of winning. While you’re pretty cool in our book, you are not a winner of this contest yet. Void where prohibited. Must be a resident of the 50 United States to win. Employees of RadioShack and their families are ineligible.