The use of applications on cell phones has grown astronomically. In fact, according to an October 2011 report by Berg Insight, the number of mobile app downloads will exceed an astonishing 98 billion by 2015.
College students are using apps on their phones to do everything from getting an edge in their academic lives to staying engaged with social media. Not only are they using this technology, but Spelman students are also creating apps, like the award-winning HBCU Buddy, created by Jazmine Miller, C’2011, and Jonecia Keels, C’2011, when they were undergrads.
Here is a sampling of the favorite apps that keep cell phones a necessity for Spelman students:
Shantel Collins, C’2015, Undecided
Fave Phone App: Dictionary.com.
Why: In high school I was the girl to carry around Webster’s Dictionary to look up any word that was not familiar.Since I have my phone at my side all the time, I have no need to carry around that thick book any more.
Lakeisha Gardner, C’2015, Psychology
Fave Phone App: Bank of America
Why: I love this application because it’s very simple to use and I can check the balance of my checking and savings accounts in no time. I have the chance to make transfers very quickly and stay updated on how I’m managing my money.
Tonia Iwule, C’ 2014, Biology
Fave Phone App: Pandora
Why: I love it because I don’t have to worry about updating my iTunes frequently, and I’m always listening to something new instead of hearing the same old stuff on my phone all the time.
Zora Adams-Williams, C’ 2015, Psychology
Fave Phone App: Words With Friends
Why: Most engaging and addicting game. It’s like playing Scrabble with more slang and nondictionary words. You can play with Facebook friends as well as random online players.
Kristen Daniels, C’2013, Psychology
Fave Phone App: GPS Navigation
Why: I greatly lack a sense of direction and without it I would be completely lost! It gets me from point A to point B without any problems.
Renatta Landrau, C’2015, Sociology/Psychology
Fave Phone App: SoundHound
Why: This app listens to whatever song is playing at the moment and then tells you the name of the song, the name of the artist, the album it’s on, and even the year it was produced. It even lets you download the song from iTunes or Amazon straight to your phone. It comes in handy all the time.
Kyla Gaines, C’2013, International Studies
Fave Phone App: Scout Mob
Why: It helps you find new places to eat and shop for a discounted price. Unlike Groupons you do not have to purchase a coupon in order to reap the benefits. All you have to do is go to the restaurant or shop listed on Scout Mob, show the vendor your phone with the discount, and you automatically get the 50 percent off.
Ene Ekoja, C’2015, Biology/Premed
Fave Phone App: Temple Run
Why: Temple Run is a fast paced arcade game where the character is running away from wild beasts. The main object of the game is to beat your score. It provides me with a good study break and a stress reliever.
Brittany Magee, C’2014, Psychology
Fave Phone App: Draw Something
Why: Draw something gives you a chance to compete against your friends, Facebook friends and Twitter friends. You don’t have to know how to draw to play. But it’s fun when both players don’t know how to draw because it makes it harder to guess each others’ item being drawn.
Briana Houston, C’ 2015, Psychology
Fave Phone App: Advanced Task Killer
Why? It helps preserve my battery. All I have to push is a button that says “Kill Selected Apps” and I can see the amount of memory used increase. — Joyce E. Davis is editor of Inside Spelman and associate director of publications for the Office of Communications.