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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- #4 Social
Stuck on where to take the family this weekend? Yelp eliminates the confusion by making it simple to find (via search or GPS) and learn about (via user ratings and reviews) local fun spots, as well as see whether anyone you know has checked-in there lately. The above features are accessible through the app’s simple, well-organized home screen, as are regularly updated deals for area businesses. The app’s location-aware Monocle feature, however, is one of our favorite parts of Yelp: Point your phone’s camera into the air, and Yelp displays all the attractions that are a stone’s throw away. Cool, right?
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