It’s an exciting time of year for you students out there. Even though you’re leaving the summer behind, and likely facing monotonous lectures, stressful assignments, and a long list of expenses, it comes along with plenty of rewards: making friends, and who knows, maybe you’ll even enjoy learning a thing or two. You’ve already got your shiny new BlackBerry 10 device, but you’re not sure which apps to load up to face the school year. Here are a few pointers.
Let’s face it: you’re going to be on a budget, and living lean means keeping an eye on your pennies and nickels. The built-in Documents to Go app would certainly let you lay out your expenses in a straightforward spreadsheet, but for the truly organized, MyAccount can break down all of your expenses and income into various categories and dates. Make sure to get this one early - you’ll want to make sure you can make rent at the end of the month after picking up textbooks.
BlackBerry’s native Remember app is nice and all, but that can get really cluttered really quickly as the assignments pile up. SlickTasks kicks things up a notch by providing embedded sub-tasks, Hub, native calendar, and Active Frame support, priorities, and the usual stuff like tags, due dates, recurrences, and more. There's even a great web component so you can manage everything on the big screen when you have the chance. You may still want to use Remember since flagged e-mails populate the app, but SlickTasks will definitely help you keep the vast majority of your assignments front and center.
Sick of the library? Getting out for a run will do wonders for clearing your head. Plus, uh, the cafeteria food probably isn’t doing your waistline a lot of good. Endomondo is the top fitness app for BlackBerry 10 and will help you set targets, plan routes, and track long-term progress. You even get audio cues every mile or kilometer. Though Endomondo is mainly built for runners, it can equally be used for walking and cycling.
Odds are you’ll be going to at least a few parties this year. The built-in pictures app has plenty of editing capabilities for fine-tuning everything and tossing on artistic filters if that’s your kind of thing, but apps like PicMix provide the option to assemble those pictures into some great frames, and adding additional effects if you’re feeling goofy. PicMix is a great way to put together a bunch of classic shots from a fun night out into a single picture.
If your campus is particularly sprawling, you’ll want to know how to get around. BeMaps 10 is the best mapping solution available on BlackBerry 10, complete with transit, walking, and biking directions. Most major universities are going to be covered, so even on your first day, you shouldn’t have any issues getting lost, plus it’ll help you get around town after class.
That's just a quick look at some BB10 apps that will make life at school a little bit easier. Students, which apps have you relied upon to get you through the school year alive?