Five groundbreaking phone apps

Mobile phones have come a long way since the first one was created in 1973. Since its introduction, the mobile phone has evolved from analogue to digital and beyond, to the app heavy smartphones we see today.

This is why we took a stroll through the app market and put together a short list of the 5 most groundbreaking applications out there right now.

1. Google Maps – Apple (not iPhone 5), Android and Windows
Remember the old days when you had to stop a stranger on the street just to ask for directions? The days when you had to print out directions of places on the computer before a road trip? The Google Maps app changed all that. With this handy app in our pockets, we are free to explore without ever getting lost.

2. Instagram –Apple, iPad, and Android
Where do we begin? With this photo sharing app that allows users to take pictures and apply digital filters, everyone can be a pro photographer.

3. eBay mobile – Apple, Blackberry and Windows
Gone are the days where you were out-bidded in an auction for a useless item that you probably will get no use out of because life got in the way and you had to leave your computer screen. With the eBay mobile app, you can beat the eBay novices.

4. The Trainline – Apple, Windows, Android, Blackberry and Nokia Ovi
With this app you never have to queue again. It allows you to plan your train journey, get train times, and buy your train ticket easily and securely from your mobile phone.

5. University apps – Depends on the university
Universities are finally stepping out of the dark ages and embracing technology. Depending on the university, this app allows you to access your university email, renew library books, access module notes and much more.

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