Whether we’re using our smartphone to organize play dates or handing over the iPad to keep the kids entertained, we can’t live without our mobile gadgets. But with more than a million apps available in Apple’s iTunes Store and Android’s Google Play market, our smartphones and tablets are useful for a lot more than calls and games.
From baby monitors to vacation planners to virtual assistants for mom, our annual guide to the 50 best apps for parents has everything you need to get the most from your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. Best of all, most of these apps are free or available with free equivalents, so you can give them a whirl without having to put a dent in the family budget.
We hope you have as much fun checking out these apps as we did testing them. Be sure to tell us about your favorite apps, too — we can’t wait to see what you find! — Aaron Burgess
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- #1 Family Fun
Whether you’re looking for a new iPad game for the kids or a productivity-boosting app for yourself, AppsGoneFree makes it easy to find the best daily freebies in the iTunes Store. The app — itself a free download — features a hand-picked selection of only the best apps that have either been discounted or are temporarily being offered for free. It also has an at-a-glance calendar, so you can flick back through the week to see whether previously price-slashed apps are still free today. We love AppsGoneFree’s clean, colorful design, too — with its easy-to-browse snapshots and well-written synopses of each app, it makes choosing as easy as one, two, three.
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