Ian Stacy · May 13, 2012 at 06:30 am

Top Five Apps for the Hard Working Mom

Today is Mother’s Day, the day each year that we dedicate to honoring our mothers, without whom none of us would exist. As many of our mothers join the smartphone revolution and less ‘dumb’ phones are available as upgrade options, we power users should get used to setting up smartphones and tablets for our parents. And since summertime is when US carriers tend to offer the best upgrade deals, now might be a good time to go over some of the most crucial apps for the busy moms in our lives.

This list is in no way meant to be comprehensive since everyone has different needs, but after some light market research these apps stood out as mom-friendly. Let’s dive in, shall we?

1) Evernote

Moms everywhere should be using Evernote. With the ability to make quick ordered lists, check lists, to-do lists, and notes-to-self; Evernote is an organizational tool that everyone can take advantage of. The concept is no doubt familiar by now; upload and edit notes on your device, those notes are synced and shared across all the platforms and devices you have. Moms can take advantage of Evernote for things like task lists, grocery lists, gift lists, ingredient lists for recipes, and a host of other uses. Those functions are enhanced by Evernote’s ability to add pictures, web page clippings, video, and sound to notes—making Evernote one of the most versatile note-taking apps available, and a must have for any on-the-go mom.

2) Mint.com Personal Finance

Mint.com is an organizer for all things finance. It allows you to connect all of your bank accounts, online finance accounts, and recurring bills to one smooth, easy to use interface. Monitor spending, track bill payments, and even transfer money between accounts, all for free. It automatically reports how much money is spent in each of many possible categories, including groceries, entertainment, and gasoline. Any mom who brings home the bread and bakes it too needs something like Mint.com, if only for the sake of convenience. A few easy steps to set it up, and users are ready to manage money like Donald Trump—well, hopefully with fewer bankruptcies.

3) The Weather Channel

Unless your moms new smartphone has a decent built-in weather provider like the ones found in HTC Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz, an additional app may be required to get the upcoming forecast for your area. Between soccer games, office meetings, birthday parties, and everything else our moms handle every day; having an accurate 5-day weather forecast is a must for many moms. The Weather Channel app is perfect for delivering that forecast, and it’s intuitive and easy to use—two of the most important features for an app for your mom. It even offers the ability to check traffic. It’s perfect for busy moms who need to plan their day!

4) TuneIn Radio

This handy little app is for playing live radio broadcasts, and it’s crucial for moms who like NPR, classic rock ‘n roll, east-coast hip hop, or even moms who like techno. It is capable of streaming many local and national radio stations, and it does so with near-perfect speed and quality. Combined with The Weather Channel app, TuneIn Radio provides an excellent way to start the day. Catch your local news, listen to your favorite talk radio shows, or just jam to some classic tunes. It’s all easy to do, and that’s perfect for moms who don’t have time to set up Google Music or who don’t need a paid radio service like Last.FM.

5) MyCar Locator

This one is a must-have for the mom on the go. Using the app is simple. Find a parking spot, press the park button, go about your business. When you return to the lot, a simple multi-directional arrow will lead you directly to your vehicle. Perfect for shopping, sporting events, school functions, and a host of other occasions; this one is sure to be used almost daily. The app is available as a free ad-supported version or as a paid premium version, something its competitors can’t claim.


That concludes the list of must-have apps for a busy mother. Those of you who get the opportunity to spend some time with your family this Mother’s Day, don’t forget to show your mom your appreciation for all that she does and has done. Keep these apps in mind when you set up that shiny new Android phone for her. And don’t forget to be patient when you are undoubtedly recruited to explain all it’s new features and uses. Happy Mother’s Day to all the XDA Community, and the mothers who brought us into this world!

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Ian Stacy

Ian Stacy is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. View Ian Stacy's posts and articles here.
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