Our top 5 Android and iOS apps to keep your New Year’s resolutions
A new year is always a time to hope for new beginnings, and we trust you’ll have a bright start to 2023 no matter how crazy your New Year’s party was. Now that you’re recovering from that nasty hangover, it might be time to check out our pick of the week’s 5 apps for Android and iOS.
This week I’ve picked out 5 apps that will help you keep your eyes on the prize when it comes to resolution. Want to help charities while getting more active? Check. Deepen your mind and broaden your horizons through books? Check. Do you have things you want to get rid of and start the new year on a fresh note? Check.
In the process of hunting for these apps, I made sure that these Google Play Store and Apple App Store offerings don’t breach your data or end up as black holes for microtransactions. In addition to my own research, I also looked at previous recommendations from the The NextPit Community to get a better idea based on the forum posts. This picks of the 5 best apps for iOS and Android are published on a weekly basis, so check out previous suggestions here.
Scribd (Android and iOS)
It is often said that cultivating a reading habit is essential to helping young and impressionable minds grow and mature. In fact, reading is the perfect escape for anyone who wants to grow without having to leave their room. Over the years, however, we’ve seen physical book sales decline as more and more people give up reading and settle for mindless videos on social media, or opt for e-books. Scribd is a highly recommended e-book service that offers a wide range of genres to tickle your imagination.
You will also be able to read the downloaded books offline, in case you decide to go to a deserted island where there is no internet connection, leaving you, the book and the gentle sound of waves lapping against the golden shore. Now that’s pure happiness! Bury your nose in digital books with Scribd for the price of a couple of handcrafted lattes every month. In addition to regular e-books, there are also audio books that you can consider.
- Price: $9.99/month / Advertisements: No / Purchase in the app: No / Accounting: Mandatory
Charity Miles (Android and iOS)
Live is best lived if it is purposeful. That said, those who are already avid joggers or runners and want to make sure your exercise not only benefits you, but also others around the world, can check out the Charity Miles app. This app allows you to earn money for the charity of your choice when you get off the couch and start moving. You can choose to run, walk or even cycle, where a better you is not the only result!
When you take your dog out for a walk, or just walk the extra two blocks to work, you will be able to help others in need. It really is a win-win situation, with more than 40 world-changing charities to choose from. You can run this app alongside your other running apps so your physical activity record stays spotless elsewhere, and what better way to get healthier in 2023 than with this?
- Price: Free / Advertisements: No / Purchase in the app: No / Accounting: Mandatory
Skyscanner (Android and iOS)
What better way to start a new year than planning your trip? With Skyscanner you have an all-in-one app that allows you to search for flights, book hotels and arrange your car hire even before you arrive at your intended destination. This is a proven app, which also takes the mickey out of all the guesswork.
It certainly beats having to book the same route from several airlines and make a comparison yourself, since Skyscanner presents all the relevant information in a clear and readable way. Best of all, you can keep track of past trips, so the longer you use Skyscanner as your primary travel app, the bigger your database of travel memories will be. At the end of the year, it’s nice to scroll through the list of places you’ve visited.
Go ahead, with more and more countries reopening their borders, it’s time to let the travel fever bite you for far-reaching adventures in exotic lands!
- Price: Free / Advertisements: Yes / Purchase in the app: No / Accounting: Not obligatory
Habitica (Android and iOS)
Want to create a brand new habit for the new year? They say that doing the same thing for 21 days in a row will ingrain the habit, but that can be a tough ask for those of us who lack the kind of self-discipline required to do that. Perhaps approaching the matter from a gaming perspective could help. This is where Habitica comes in.
The app works on a gamification process, where you start with an avatar that is fully customizable in terms of appearance. From there you can list down activities or things you want to do to form a habit in the long run. Achieve that and you can unlock in-game credits, which can then be used to buy better gear and items to dress up your character.
Over time you can also collect pets apart from gold which adds to the flavor of the game. The graphics take on a heavy 8-bit pixel art look that might be disconcerting to some, but it sure looks cute enough to keep you going!
- Price: Free / Advertisements: Yes / Purchase in the app: Yes / Accounting: Mandatory
Quiet (Android and iOS)
Avoid stress in 2023 with Calm, an app for sleep, meditation and relaxation. This app aims to help you manage stress, balance moods, get better sleep and ensure your attention is focused on the right things. You’ll require an account to get started, and the annual fee is nothing to sneeze at, but what price would you put on your overall well-being, especially when it comes to emotional and mental health? There are a number of guided meditation programs to go through based on mood and goals, including stretching and breathing exercises.
Heck, you can even take a walk as recommended and listen to the correspondingly recommended track as you embark on a self-healing journey and discover a happier you. Hopefully, this app will come in handy when you want to treat yourself to a guided meditation session that is able to work around your busy schedule. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert, Calm has something for everyone.
- Price: Free / Advertisements: No / Purchase in the app: Yes / Accounting: Mandatory
What do you think of this selection for the year? Have you already been able to check out any apps on this list? What would your recommended Android and/or iOS apps of the week be, and What are your resolutions for 2023?