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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- #10 Organization
We’ve highlighted a number of robust organization and shopping apps in this roundup, but if you’re looking for a bone-simple way to keep yourself on-task, Clear is it. The app’s sleek, minimal interface displays all your to-dos at a glance — no complicated entry forms or syncing with other apps needed. Simply pull or pinch your home screen to enter a new task, and swipe to check off a task you’ve completed.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, $2.99