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Smartphones are driven by apps that add ease life for a mobile user. These apps offer various ways for you to go about your everyday routine, and with the plethora of apps available on competing platforms, you never really run out of things to try out. As a smartphone user, I have my own set go favourite apps, though lately I have come across some new ones that, at first, I never realized I would need. However, after using them for a couple of days these apps definitely added a level of convenience. So check out my top 5 apps that I never thought I’d need. You might have some use for the, as well.

1) Pocket (Available for Free on iOS and Android)

My mornings usually include browsing headlines online and on Twitter. Problem is most of the time I do not have time to read what is on these links. Pocket offers a way of letting you save a link you have seen and conveniently view it at a later time. What I love about Pocket is that I can install it on any iOS and Android device so I can easily integrate any apps to check them out later – all completely synched no matter what device I am using.

2) Trapster (Available for Free on iOS, Android, BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone)

Trapster is a free service that maps out all traffic related data straight to your smartphone. These may include radar locations, speed traps, and red light cameras. Data is collected from users that verify if a certain trap exists and is presented in a GPS-like interface. Maps are provided by HERE Maps, which is powered by Nokia. What I like about Trapster is that it can give you audio alerts, thereby letting you concentrate more on the road.

3) Clear (Available for $4.99 on iOS)

Realmac Software’s Clear has been on everyone’s top apps list for quite some time now thanks to its simple and easy to use interface and minimal design. You can create multiple lists from the main screen and from there you can create individual tasks. The latest version added support for reminders so you can add a time and a date with each task. The app is gesture-based, so you can simply swipe away each task once it’s done. It connects via iCloud so if you have installed the app across all your iOS devices, everything is in sync. As a bonus, there is also an application made for Mac OS X.

4) ImageTransfer (Available for $2.99 on iOS)

My constant frustration on iOS is that I can’t really transfer images from my computer using a simple copy and paste method. The only way for you to copy images to your iOS device is to sync them using iTunes. ImageTransfer provides a way to let you transfer files from your computer to your iOS device using the local Wi-Fi network. It also works both ways, where you can send any picture on the Camera Roll of your device straight to the computer. It also supported file transfers between iOS devices, though that feature has been made redundant with the introduction of the AirDrop in iOS 7.

5) PasswordBox (Available for free on Android, includes in-app purchases)

Managing passwords is often a tiring task. And with online security no longer a laughing matter, it’s best that we keep private information as safe as possible. PasswordBox lets you store passwords from any account, accessible in an easy to use interface. It can also generate new passwords for creating new accounts, and all of this is protected in 256-bit encryption. The app lets you save 25 passwords for free, and unlocking it to an unlimited number requires an annual $11.99 subscription.

Agree with the list? Any apps you can recommend? Let us know!

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