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3 Essential Apps That Replace Your Phone's Basic Features

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Molly Holt
3 Essential Apps That Replace Your Phone's Basic Features© 2018 humin


You take a photo with your camera, then switch to Instagram of VSCOcam to edit it, or maybe onto WhatsApp or Facebook to share it, sometimes both. Ok so there’s still bigger problems in the world, but this issue is kind of annoying. And that’s where Camu comes in. The app combines snapping, editing and sharing in order to replace the old-school camera icon you’ve been using since you got that Motorola Razr aged 15, as well as an added chat feature so you can discuss those all important photos. The app also packs in some intriguing extras, such as a “super-focus” mode to add depth to images, the ability to add text to your pics or turn them into collages, a “selfie” mode which will capture you as soon as it stops detecting movement. and of course, some filters (everyone’s favourite).


Contacts List

It’s the app we wonder how we ever lived without. Humin have totally rethought the traditional contacts grid, and not only combined contacts, voicemail and calling into one slick app but also organises their information by your relationship to them. Simply type phrases such as “met last weekend” or “lives in New York” or “works at Apple”, and Humin will use the information it has gathered from your email, calendar and social media accounts, to find people using the snippets of information you remember about them - even if they aren’t saved in your address book. And its been well tested too. Beginning as a private beta back in January for around 20,000 people from all areas and ages around the globe, including high school students and Will.I.Am. Although only currently available on iPhone, an “even smarter” Android app is currently in the works, and will hopefully also be integrated into wearables and automobiles sometime in the future.



There’s not much in the world we hate more than our alarm tone. It’s a stomach churning feeling that stays with you for life. Hearing a Blackberry alarm fills us with as much hatred as it did when it used to wake us up every day five years ago. So someone has finally created something to make early mornings a little bit better. Basically, it uses the accelerometer inside your iPhone (the bit of it that knows when its being turned on its side), in order to detect when you move in your sleep. Then it will use this information to wake up at the most optimal point in your ‘wake up phase’ (a period of time you set for your designated wake up thats between 90 and 10 minutes long). For example, if your ‘wake up phase’ is set at half an hour and your alarm is set for 7am, Sleep Cycle will register you turning in your sleep at say, 6.52 (indicating that you’re experiencing light sleep), and wake you up. Waking you up in moments of light rather than deep sleep will result in you feeling a lot more relaxed and a lot less angry, and if sleep statistics really excite you, there’s even a feature that lets you track your data (I know, I know, don’t all scream at once).


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