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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- #2 Family Fun
No matter what your genre of choice, Netflix lets you stream thousands of movies and TV shows from anywhere you have a wireless signal. And, thanks to the app’s new “Just for Kids” section, you can bypass movies with adult themes and browse a huge selection of family-friendly fare. You’ll need to sign up for a $7.99 monthly subscription before you can start using the Netflix service itself, but when you consider that you can log into the same account on any mobile device you have (as well as your TV, if you have a media-playing device like an Xbox 360, PS3, or Roku player), the service’s value quickly becomes clear.
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