All of these come with specialised tool-sets. Each rendering additional costs and practical difficulties.
Most people don’t realize how powerful their smart phone really is – and how diverse the applications are.
It’s often hard to find the right applications for the job. To get you started, here are four incredible Google Android phone applications that every student should know of.
Evernote is, or should be, known to practically every computer-user. It’s a cross-platform note-taking application that knows no equal. There are mobile Evernote clients available for your iPhone, Windows Mobile and Android, allowing you to create new, or view older notes, literally wherever you are.
Apart from regular text notes, you can also create audio notes, upload a file, or take a snapshot. The most remarkable is Evernote’s ability to recognize, and make text in images fully searchable. There’s only one downside; the capped monthly bandwidth.
Mark reviewed Evernote in full detail a few months back in December.
That phone you’re holding has a power exceeding many older computer systems. And yet there’s an incredibly simplistic calculator, hardly allowing you to do anything more complicated than division and multiplication. If you’re allowed to use your cell phone in class, your Android can be a nifty replacement for that (almost as expensive) scientific calculator.
RealCalc, a free Android application, does everything you’d expect from your HP or Texas scientific calculator – and often a lot quicker as well. Some of the features include trigonometry, factorials, permutations and combinations. As a surplus, RealCalc also comes with a multi-purpose unit converter.
Taking notes or making scientific predictions doesn’t cover all there is. If you’re studying languages, it doesn’t even come close. A lot of your time will actually be spent trying to memorize heaps and heaps of data. Flashcards are an always-popular simple studying system. Read the notes on one side of the card, and try to guess what’s on back.
StudyDroid doesn’t do away with this time-tested system, but rids you of the need for pen and paper. With your Android phone in your pocket, you can continue studying at any given time – in the car, or in another (admittedly boring) seminar.
Additionally, registering for an account allows you to download other people’s flash cards, or synchronize your own sets.
Another hugely popular studying (and note-taking) system are mind maps – diagrams used to represent words and ideas. These aren’t limited to studying. Whenever you can’t manage to jot down your thoughts in a linear fashion, try graphically. It has helped many to see through otherwise confusing theories.
Thinking Space works very intuitively, better even than a lot of PC and web alternatives. It allows you to create schemes unrestricted by your worksheet. Zoom in, out, or use colored nodes to create order out of that chaos.
Do you know any other cool Android phone applications that could be of use to fellow students? Tell us what you’re using, and why, in the comments section below!