iPhone and iPad Self Improvement

8 Things You Thought You Couldn’t Learn On A Smartphone

Mark O'Neill 27-10-2014

Smartphones have become such an essential part of our lives that it is getting rather difficult these days to find something that the phones don’t do. The classic phrase “there’s an app for that” has never been more true. A smartphone can pretty much take over your brain with something like Evernote How to Use Evernote: The Unofficial Manual Learning how to use Evernote on your own takes a long time. This is why we've put together this guide to show you how to take full advantage of the most important Evernote features. Read More  and become an extension of your arm, taking care of your every need.


So today we are going to take a ride through the App Stores and find 8 things that you maybe don’t realise that your smartphone could do for you.

The Bible

8 Things You Thought You Couldn't Learn On A Smartphone bible

Anyone who is religious will find this one invaluable (obviously not all religions, who have their own separate book). You can brush up on your disciples, have a different verse every day, or you can dive right in [iTunes | Android] and choose what you want to read.

This is obviously a HUGE app, so expect a slightly longer download/installation time. The app also crashes occasionally, when you open it. Apart from these slight disadvantages, this is the perfect app for anyone wanting to read the Bible.

And never let it be said that we are biased. Here is the Muslim Quran [iTunes | Android], and also the Jewish Torah [iTunes | Android [No longer available]].


How To Tie a Tie

8 Things You Thought You Couldn't Learn On A Smartphone tieatie

Don’t worry boys. You don’t need to run to your mother anymore to get your tie tied. Even better, this app doesn’t only cover tying a tie. It also covers other important style problems such as tying a bow-tie (useful if you are suddenly invited to a James Bond theme party), scarves, Ascot ties, and pocket squares. Now you can look your stunning best 7 Men’s Fashion & Style Blogs That You Should Follow Ever since the proliferation of services like Blogger (formerly Blogspot) and Wordpress in the mid-2000's, blogging has grown to become one of the largest corners of the Internet. Recently, this corner has been dubbed the... Read More and walk out the door with confidence.

However, some of the tie instructions are locked and can only be unlocked after making an in-app purchase.

[iTunes | Android]



8 Things You Thought You Couldn't Learn On A Smartphone artkick

There are quite a lot of art apps available for the smartphone.  So you can take a quick look and then impress your friends at the dinner party about Van Gogh or Rembrandt.

8 Things You Thought You Couldn't Learn On A Smartphone lourve

A good one is Artkick iTunes [No longer available] | Android [No longer available] which enables you to send the artwork shown on your smartphone to your television set. A lot of art galleries also have their own apps, such as the Lourve [iTunes [No longer available] | Android [No longer available], which is fantastic. Other good ones to try are the Hermitage [iTunes | Android [No longer available]], and the Metropolitan Museum of Art [iTunes [No longer available] | Android not yet available].


How To Kiss

As Monty Python was fond of saying, now for something completely different. Learning how to kiss is a radical departure from such lofty subjects as reading the Bible, or brushing up on your art (no pun intended). But kissing is still a life skill which must be mastered. We humans are born to mate, and kissing is the first step to first base.

The Kissing Test is a “perfect” app for practising your kissing. You start with choosing your gender, and then the big lips come up on the screen.

8 Things You Thought You Couldn't Learn On A Smartphone kisslips1

Simply pucker up your lips and kiss the lips baby. As sexy as you can. Get that tongue in there. Move it around. That’s it.


You will then get your results. Here’s mine :

8 Things You Thought You Couldn't Learn On A Smartphone kisslips2

Ahem….well what can I say? This is a fun app, and intended for entertainment only.


The Body

8 Things You Thought You Couldn't Learn On A Smartphone skeleton

Now for those of you who like to know the difference between your tibular and your fibular. Medical students, and anyone with an interest in the human body will love Essential Skeleton 4. Using the zoom in and zoom out function with your fingers, you can look up really close at a section of a skeleton. You can tap on a particular bone and it will light up, with the name of the bone underneath. Pressing “isolate” will bring up that bone only, along with a detailed description.

[iTunes | Android]

How To Make Origami

8 Things You Thought You Couldn't Learn On A Smartphone snowflake

Now it’s time to make something. And what could be better than paper folding? Don’t trash the waste paper lying around; turn them into neat paper crafts Don't Toss Old Printouts! 19 Uses for Used Paper Don't throw that old paper in the bin! Try these amazing and practical DIY projects to reuse scrap paper and reduce waste. Read More with a fold here and a fold there.

How to Make Origami gives you all the plans you need to make cool stuff like snowflakes, boxes, boats, and birds. You’ll never be bored again.

[iTunes | Android]

Learn To Fly

8 Things You Thought You Couldn't Learn On A Smartphone learntofly

I believe I can fly….I believe I can touch the sky…..”. Ooops sorry, I fell into my R.Kelly mode there. Truth is, your smartphone can also teach you how to fly with Private Pilot Learn to Fly Test Prep Course.

A course like this has its free sections and its paid sections. The free sections are enough for you to get a taste of what’s on offer. Watch the videos while the nice pilot man tells you all about airplane call signs and what a wing is. Then decide if you want to open the wallet to unlock the paid sections.

[iTunes [No longer available] | Android]

How to Hypnotise

8 Things You Thought You Couldn't Learn On A Smartphone hypnotise

We finish this fine article with something to blow your socks off – hypnotising someone or yourself. Imagine making someone suggestible – “you WILL take out the trash, and wash the dishes!“. How to Hypnotize has lots of information on how to hypnotise. Don’t let the above screenshot make you think that the app is crap. It’s actually very good.

[iTunes ($0.99)] [No longer available]

Your Favorite Picks?

Are there any other apps for the smartphone that show you how to learn an essential life skill? With 1.2 million apps on the iTunes App Store alone, we are spoilt for choice. But what else could we install?

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  1. vkn
    October 31, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    You got biased anyhow, you left out the Bagavad GIta :-P :-D

    • Mark
      November 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      I was waiting for someone to find something I missed :-))

  2. tallship
    October 28, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    You said fixed the link to the how to hypnotize, but where is the android link?

    I only see an itunes link and can't find this app in the Appstore. I found. Your article from a Drippler notification, which is exclusively for Android.

    Is there an Android app?

  3. Dann Albright
    October 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    While the idea of someone learning to fly via their smartphone makes me a big nervous, I love the idea of learning about art. I've always wanted to learn more about art history (especially as I have a very large pre-Raphaelite tattoo), and I might have to give app-based learning a shot!

    • Mark
      October 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      I'd love to see your tattoo. Do you have a picture of it?

    • Dann Albright
      October 31, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      You know, I actually don't have a great picture of it! Fortunately, I have my nice camera with me this weekend, so I'll try to get some better shots of it. For now, though, you can check out the painting that it's based on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Siren_%28Waterhouse_painting%29

      I'll see if I can get the pictures up soon!

  4. me
    October 28, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Please fix hypnotise link

    • Mark O'Neill
      October 28, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      It's fixed.

  5. ahh
    October 27, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Yep its wrong links

  6. err
    October 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    the links for "How to Hypnotise" lead to the Study Buddy - pilot app

  7. DonGateley
    October 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Knot Guide - $1.99 iOS or Android - 100+ catagorized knots and how to tie them. I've used it often and find the how-to to be plenty adequate for the task.