While I canceled my Google Play Pass subscription and no longer browse the app section of the Play Store, I’ve amassed a number of cool and unique apps that I’ve come to rely on over the past year. I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting experiences, and ever since I got my Pixel 6 Pro from Google, I’ve taken the time to load it up with my favorites.
Today, I wanted to share some apps that I enjoy on my phone that you may have heard of before today. The following intentionally leave out the usual Google games and apps and other big-name titles, as writing about what you already have installed on your devices would be kind of a waste of time. Without further ado, let’s take a look!
Track my workouts
I love Google Fit, but there’s one thing that doesn’t really work as well as I’d hoped. Yes, it tracks your steps, lets you measure your breathing, heart rate, and more, sucks a bit by letting you track sets and reps while weight training (thanks for removing that, Google), as well as letting you build schedules. of training.
For that reason, I turned to GymKeeper. It uses a very Google-like layout, with each of your workouts on the calendar represented by a different colored dot. The only thing I must have with my apps is good design, easy navigation and if possible Material Design. In this case, I got as close as I could, and no other app really fit the bill. I was so pleased that I came across GymKeeper and use it several times a week at the gym to track my gains.
Track my game backlog
As someone obsessed with tracking everything in his life (often to the point of failure), I’ve attempted to complete many a video game build-up tracker only to end up hating it for its lack of polish. Again, it should look good and be exciting, automatically incorporating game art, metadata, and more. Stash does all this and more.
Now, you have Play Books and TV to keep track of your reading and viewing experiences, and you can use Stash to keep track of what you play. Google really needs to buy these guys out or build something similar to fill that gap within their own ecosystem. If you want, you can try using Google Collections as a game backlog tracker, but it’s not ideal!
Reflecting daily on life.
I try to use my Bullet Journal every day to gain insight into my life, how I’m living, and ultimately to be more productive over time. However, for journaling the experiences that occur in your life, using paper isn’t always best, as you can’t search your entries, and that means larger, more analytical observations are harder to make.
Take it from someone who has already installed and tried all diaries and diary apps on Play Store – Journey is hands down the best. It is easy to use, beautiful and very comfortable to use. In fact, it had the photo memory map long before Google Photos, and there’s something about seeing all your entries in a calendar that Google can learn from.
Create a budget (and try to stick to it!)
While I’ve tried every journaling app available on the market, I’ve also spent an obsessive amount of time using every budgeting app available. Spendee is one of the best and most beautiful apps that you can install. You Need a Budget is much more popular, but Spendee makes managing your money much less intimidating. You can also share wallets with loved ones and link the app directly to your bank for automatic transaction categorizations. You’ll need to adjust them periodically, but sitting down once or twice a week and doing it (or better yet, when you spend some money!) will keep this from getting out of control.
Learn Japanese (or any other language)
I’m technically breaking my rule of installing and using only Google’s most beautiful and Material Design inspired apps by promoting AnkiDroid, but as I learn Japanese and start to interact with “SRS” (spaced repetition) systems, Anki is the Go-to experience to practice your language learning on the go.
Anki means “memorizing” in Japanese, but the app can be used to help you learn any language, study for a medical or law exam, memorize people’s names or faces, review geography, poetry, or even guitar chords. You manually load smart card decks that automatically and periodically recall incorrectly identified cards to increase your knowledge retention in a more effective way than traditional study.
If you are interested in more articles like this, let me know! I love to share my favorite apps, but I never really have. I went through my apps, web apps, and all the experiences I’ve tried over the last few years and realized that accumulating all that great information is a waste.
What are your favorite apps to use on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro? Do you use another phone entirely? If so, what are you rocking right now? Do you tend to keep track of your life and “life log” through apps, or do you just throw it together and use the basics? Let’s talk about it next!