While there’s tons of apps out there, there’s a handful that have changed the way we run our day-to-day lives. From calling a taxi to requesting a service, everything is done through our smartphones; but which apps are the go-to picks in their respective fields? We take a look the top 5 must-have apps that every gal needs on her phone.

Uber (transport)

It may seem like every woman and her dog uses Uber, but it’s amazing how many people are yet to jump aboard the transport revolution. Having taken public transport by storm, Uber is now available in more than 50 countries. Simply download the app, create a profile, punch in where you need to be and the Uber app will calculate the cost. You can also track where your driver is while you’re waiting. Amazing!

Download on Android and iOS.


AirBnb (travel accommodation)

There is nothing like the comfort of home. But how can you achieve that same feeling when you are traveling the globe, and pay less than you would at a hotel? The answer is Airbnb. Airbnb allows you to search through over 600,000 private residences or single rooms real people are renting out across 34,000 different cities worldwide. Stay a week, or stay just a weekend; you are able to see when/how long certain residences/rooms are available in your preferred travel destination. Travelling has never been this easy!

Download on Android and iOS.


Hey Presto (handymen/repair services)

What if hiring a reliable, vetted, handyman, electrician, or painter was as simple as calling an Uber car? The great news is it is, thanks to brand new local South African handyman app Hey Presto! Here’s why you need to give it a try the next time you need a little help at home. The genius app takes the stress out of finding trusted suppliers in your area when things go wrong and it’s super easy to use! All you need to do is download the app from your Google Play or iOS App Store, create a profile and you’re ready to go. You can either book a job for a few days in advance or use the app to hail a reliable handyman near you in an emergency. Once you’ve logged your problem the app shows you a list of all the suppliers near you as well as their call out fees, hourly rate, and community rating. So, before you make a DIY blunder, check out Hey Presto.

Download Hey Presto from the Google Play or iOS App Store.


Pocket (content saving)

You know when you’re on the go and scroll past an article you want to read but don’t have the time to? Pocket is one of the best article-saving apps out there. It has a no-frills interface and easy-to-use mobile and desktop bookmark tools and browser extensions for saving everything you don’t (and maybe never will) have time to read. All you need to do is hold down on the article link and a “Pocket” button will appear, allowing you to save the article to your offline Pocket account, which can be accessed via the mobile app or on desktop. Now, if we could just get it to order Chai Lattes at the press of a button, life would be complete.

Download on Android and iOS.


Google Now (personal assistance)

Google Now is arguably the most powerful personal assistant software available. It first debuted a few years ago and has since grown into an always-on personal assistant that can set alarms for you (seriously, try it), tell you the weather, give you news articles about your relevant interests, manage things like plane flight information, and give you access to quick information via voice searching. Sure, when you first start using this app it’s scary to realise just how much Google knows about you but, just like Pringles, once you pop you can’t stop! Life is just so much easier with Google Now in your life!

Download on Android.


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