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Most USEFUL iPhone Apps For College Students (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 05/25/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:55 PM ET

We're living in an increasingly app-obsessed world, our eyes and fingertips eternally glued to the screen. Especially tech-savvy, time-constrained college students, thousands of them married to their iPhones.

So here are the MOST USEFUL iPhone applications. Use wisely!


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  • For the Thrifty

    1) GasBag (left): Ready to get off of campus and take a road trip somewhere far, far away? Then cut down your costs with this handy dandy little app, which lets you find the cheapest gas and includes a gas purchase logbook and mileage tracker. 2) BudgetBuster (right): A free app that lets you track your daily, weekly, and monthly expenses from your iPhone. For the overworked and underpaid college student, BudgetBuster is a must.

  • For the.. Ahem.. Forgetful

    1) Logical Dimension (left): Long night? New to campus? Forgot where your school is? Logical Dimension has mapped more than 200 colleges around the U.S. Get the app., find your way home. 2) PosiMotion's G-Park (right): Find your car! Once parked, it can be easy to lose. PosiMotion lets you park your car, press the Park Me! button, then do whatever you want. When you're ready to return to your ride, press the "Where Did I Park?" button and you'll get turn-by-turn walking directions back.

  • For the Stressed (And Sleep-Deprieved)

    1) Sleep Diary (left): Loud dorms, late nights, lots of work: all these things can throw off your circadian clock. This app lets you keep track of how much (and how well) you sleep by answering questions when you first wake up and before you go to bed. The report shows how many hours you sleep as compared to factors that affect sleep such as diet, exercise, and use of medications. Eventually, identifying the problem helps you get back on a normal, healthy sleep schedule. 2) Ambiance (right): Marketed as an "environment enhancer," this app helps you create the perfect ambient atmosphere to focus or relax.

  • For Party-Going iPhone Users

    1) Shot On Us Ajax Bartender (left): Ajax provides you with a list of over 40,000 alcoholic drink recipes. It also lets you pick your ingredients and get a list of mixed drinks that can be made from them. 2) iFlirt (right): iFlirt is “your fearless dating companion," offering pickup lines and tips for dating. Warning: Use pickup lines discerningly ("If I could rearrange the alphabet, I'd put U and I together"... not so much).

  • For the Bored and Easily Amused

    1) Pandora (left): Pandora Radio streams music to your iPhone, enabling you to listen to your own free, personalized music. Like the website, you just type in your favorite artist or song and Pandora creates a "station" that plays similar music. 2) F-MyLife (right): This popular app lets you commiserate with others who’ve had a bad day.

  • For the Freshman 15

    1) Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner (left): Get ideas for cheap, healthy and/or comfort food meals. Dinner Spinner gives you recipes, nutritional information, and recipe ratings and reviews. 2) Pizza! (right): This app identifies your location, provides you with a list of pizza shops nearby, and allows you to call them with one tap on the screen.

  • For Those Who Don't Want the Freshman 15

    1) iMapMyRun (left): Especially good if you're new to the area, iMapMyRun uses the iPhone's built-in GPS technology to track your run and mark your path, letting you save your data so that you can upload it to MapMyRun.com. There you can view your route, run data, and workout history. 2) Restaurant Nutrition: It's not always easy to eat smart in college. If you don't mind ordering out, this app allows you to view nutritional information about restaurant menus and track what you've eaten. You can also keep track of calorie, carb, protein, and fat to help follow and quantify your dieting progress.

  • For the Organized

    1) TouchCloset (left): Keep your closet organized on your phone by cataloging photos and shopping lists and picking out your party clothes ahead of time. 2) SnapTell (right): Compare book prices by simply pointing your iPhone at a book jacket. The phone instantly provides a price comparison of everywhere that book is available online. We're in awe.

  • For the Studious

    1) Sparky (left): Marketing itself as he “ultimate portable study guide,” Sparky lets you browse SparkNotes easily on your iPhone. 2) Cram (right): Study with flashcards on your iPhone and use multiple-choice tests to quiz yourself on the material. Cram grades and records your test performances so you can track your progress.

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Filed by Lindsay Dittman  |