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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Whether you’re unloading kids’ clothes through Craigslist or you’re making extra cash on eBay, you probably have multiple apps installed to help you sell items online. Quickable Marketplace consolidates these and other tools — including the ability to sell through Facebook and Twitter — into a single app that lists your sales across multiple venues all at once. While the app itself charges nothing, you’re still responsible for seller fees on eBay and PayPal, and if you’re buying rather than selling, you can search for items either locally or nationally, too. We especially love the app’s built-in messaging, which lets us handle all buyer and seller correspondence without having to use multiple sites.
Get it for Android, Free