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 Social
Nothing against electronic greetings, but sometimes you want to send friends and family a card they can really feel. With Apple’s Cards app, you can do just that — and even mail your cards — without having to set foot in a post office. Snap a photo, create a customized message in a template of your choice, and choose a recipient from your address book. Prices for individual cards mailed in the U.S. start at $2.99 (internationally mailed cards start at $4.99), and you can pay for and mail Cards’ 100-percent cotton-paper cards right from your iPhone or iPad. With more than two dozen templates available, it’s a great way to customize cards for birthdays, holidays, and more.
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