In many ways, your smartphone is more powerful than the computers of Apollo 11. While it won’t get you to the moon, you can be lightyears ahead if you use your phone to its full potential. That includes using it when you have no mobile or data connection.
Listen to podcasts
You can listen to music to pass the time or you can go with informative podcasts. One Android app that is yet uncovered is Podcast Addict. Using this app, you can search audio and video podcasts by keywords or networks, subscribe to your favourites, manually add RSS feeds or YouTube channels, import OPML files, and download episodes for listening or watching them offline.
Catch up on your reading list
If you’re like most people, you hardly have time to read all the interesting articles you come across on a daily basis. Maybe you can get through some of them if you started reading during your commute. While doing nothing or reading novels can be very relaxing, it’s not always the best use of your time. Plenty of applications support offline reading and syncing between your desktop and your smartphone, it’s just a matter of finding what works best for you.
Pocket, formerly known as Read It Later, lets you save pretty much anything you can view in a browser, including articles and videos. You can even email content to your Pocket. When you have some Internet downtime, check your Pocket for entertainment.
Download: Pocket (free) for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and more.
Do you already use the Kindle app to read books? With Readability, you can send articles from your desktop or its mobile apps to your favourite e-Book reader and read them on the go. Simply add firstname.lastname@example.org to your Kindle approved email list, then send articles to your Kindle email address.
If you’re using RSS, you can go through your feeds with an add-free Android app that supports offline reading and Feedly. You’ll find more mobile RSS apps for various platforms in the Unofficial Feedly Guide.
Did you know the web clipping service, Evernote, had an offline feature for mobile devices? It’s only available to Premium subscribers, but if you happen to be one, this is a feature you should take advantage of!
Improve your foreign language skills
Whether you’re a bloody beginner or have some basic skills, practising a foreign language has many benefits. Apart from being able to eventually speak a few sentences or even have a conversation, it’s also a great way to sharpen your memory and expand your horizon. With new words and phrases come new insights.
The question is, can you learn a new language using your phone? Absolutely! If you’re lucky, the language you’re interested in is offered by Duolingo. You can learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Portuguese with the most engaging, fun and best tool out there. And it’s completely free!
If you’re not so lucky, give Babbel a try. Here, you can currently pick from 13 different languages. You can try the tool for free.
Play games to improve your memory
Is it possible to have fun and be productive at the same time? Kill two birds with one stone by playing games that sharpen your memory. Be sure to set an alarm, as time will fly as you are drawn into these brain teasers.
Edit your to-do lists
You can be all low tech and do this on a digital or even physical notepad, or you can employ an app. If you pay for Premium, you can use Evernote to manage your ‘To Do’ list, while your phone is offline. A free alternative that offers unlimited offline editing and one free sync per 24 hours is Remember The Milk.
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