10 mobile apps you should be using this summer

You could be an app hoarder, neglector or completely clueless to the app world around you. Whichever you are, slide and tap your fingers over to an app store near you and check out our latest suggestions.

Feedly

Feedly

Feedly

While Feedly is not new to the app world, it continues to be a favorite at Sparkloft. Some use it as a Google Reader replacement, while others were early adopters. We love Feedly’s simplistic yet efficient user interface and its responsiveness to its user base. Use it to stay up to date with your favorite blogs, websites and more web content than you could consume in a lifetime.

Cost: Free

Rating: Usability: 5/5 Design: 4/5 Innovation: 3/5

Foursquare

Foursquare

Foursquare

Foursquare is another oldie but goodie. While it may have lost its luster for local check-ins, it’s a lifeline for finding local favorites in new places. It’s pretty amazing that you can be all the away across the country and your friends can help you find the best local dives without so much as a phone call. Need to remember which restaurants and local businesses are nearby for extended stays so you can quickly get walking directions to and from your hotel? Foursquare lists are your new best friends.

Cost: Free

Rating: Usability: 5/5 Design: 5/5 Innovation: 3/5

Pocket

Pocket

Pocket

Previously known as Read It Later, Pocket allows users to save articles, videos, recipes and web pages that can be accessed later on, even without an Internet connection. We love it for saving our online trip research and social media news articles. Added bonus, it has a seamless integration with Evernote.

Cost: Free

Rating: Usability: 5/5 Design: 4/5 Innovation: 3/5

Untappd

untappd

untappd

Being headquartered in Portland, OR, a city with the nickname ‘Beervana,’ we can’t help but give a nod to an app for craft beer lovers. Discover nearby breweries, bars and new beers. Rate beers you’ve tried and get hoppy with a cheers to your friends.

Cost: Free

Rating: Usability: 3/5 Design: 4/5 Innovation: 3/5

Duolingo

Duolingo

Duolingo

Planning international travels? While you won’t pick up a new language overnight, you will be able to get quick a refresher on that Spanish you last left off with in high school -- or at least pick up a few common phrases to help get your trip off on the right start. Take on friends, challenge a bot or practice by yourself in a series of mini-games to start brushing up those long lost skills.

Cost: Free

Rating: Usability: 5/5 Design: 5/5 Innovation: 5/5

Snapseed

Snapseed

Snapseed

We can’t all be professional photographers, but with Snapseed you’ll get the help you need to fake it. Now owned by Google, it not only provides the standard suite of mobile photo-editing features but its Auto Correct feature provides suggestions to common issues and transforms your photo into a piece of mobile art.

Cost: Free

Rating: Usability: 4/5 Design: 3/5 Innovation: 3/5

GetYou

GetYou

GetYou

GetYou is an app of first impressions. What person hasn’t wondered what others think at first-sight? Now you can see exactly that while meeting new people and adding existing friends, family and colleagues. Start out by answering a few questions about yourself and then move on to guessing personality traits of others. Tindr may not have given you enough and Facebook, too much. GetYou is the perfect in-between and we love its sentiment analysis based concept.

Cost: Free

Rating: Usability: 4/5 Design: 3/5 Innovation: 5/5

CARROT To-Do

Carrot

Carrot

If you’re a chronic list-maker there’s a chance you need some humor in your life, CARROT delivers exactly that. Yes, to-do apps are a dime a dozen but with CARROT features are added gradually so that you’re not distracted or overwhelmed early on. Plus, it encourages you to come back for more with challenges and rewards. It accomplishes what it sets out to do: help people get stuff done.

Cost: $1.99

Rating: Usability: 5/5 Design: 5/5 Innovation: 5/5

All Trails

Alltrails

Alltrails

Skip the hours you’ll spend wandering the city looking for the hidden and often unmarked trail entrances and get lost in nature without getting lost out on the trail. Track your adventures and save your favorite paths.

*Upgrade to AllTrails Pro for offline access to National Geographic maps, save maps for offline use, access the map editor or print maps in advance at home for $29.99 a year.

Cost: Free

Rating: Usability: 4/5 Design: 4/5 Innovation: 4/5

Pixotale

Pixotale

Pixotale

Storytelling is our job at Sparkloft so naturally we’re excited about Pixotale. Its beautiful interface prompts users to create photo-rich stories by choosing a centerpiece photo and options to add additional photos, text or maps. It’s yet another unique way to share stories over social and we can’t get enough.

Cost: Free

Rating: Usability: 5/5 Design: 4/5 Innovation: 3/5

What are your must-have apps this summer? Let us know via @sparkloft