Samsung's newest flagships are out, and thanks to the clever combination of hardware and software specs, the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the S21 Plus are great out of the box. But if you ask us, the pre-installed apps are never enough to get the most out of your phone. Sure the casual ones (yes, Instagram, I am looking at you) help jazz up the phone experience, but you also need your share of productivity apps to amplify your productivity.
However, picking apps for your smartphone is never an easy job, especially with spurious apps making their rounds. Worry not, we are here to make the job easier for you.
This post will line-up the best apps for the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21 Plus to help you use your phone like a pro.
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1. Never Forget Reminders: Notepin
Are you someone who often forgets to complete their tasks even after placing a reminder? If yes, you should definitely give Notepin a try.
Notepin is one of the best productivity apps out there. Unlike the other reminder apps, this one not only lets you set reminders and add tasks but also lets you pin your important notes into the notification bar. Cool, right?
This way, you'll be reminded of the task whenever you pull down the notification window. And given the times we pull down the notification bar, it will be more than once trusting me in a day. In short, it will be like having a sticky note attached to your phone.
You can even customize your notes based on their priority and how you would like them to appear on the notification bar.
Signal Private Messenger comes from Open Source Systems' house, the company that powers the end-to-end encryption technology in WhatsApp Messenger and Facebook Messenger. This messaging apps is the one for you, especially if you want something secure.
Like most modern apps, this one offers many features such as self-destructing messages, quote messages, screen security (prevents anyone from taking screenshots), and even lets you unsend messages.
Plus, your data on the message, including your calls and data, is encrypted.
It would not be wrong to say that the keyboard app is one of the most used apps in your Samsung Galaxy S21 series phone. And it would be only natural that you'd want the keyboard app to predict your words correctly.
Typewise is a keyboard dedicated to two-handed usage. Wait, let that not deter you from trying this keyboard app, for the features are definitely appealing.
Not only do you get larger keys (yeah!), but you also get tons of customizable actions in the form of swipes. For instance, you can use swipes to delete text, capitalize text, open emojis, among others. Cool, no?
More importantly, Typewise doesn't take any permissions, so yeah, your data stays secure. And well, the honeycomb layout may seem weird, but trust me you won't regret the change.
Another great app for your new Samsung Galaxy S21 series phone is the AIO launcher. It doesn't follow the stock drawer approach of other launcher apps. Instead, it shows everything possible on the home screen.
So yeah, from your frequently used apps and notifications to time and weather information, you can find everything here. And don't be surprised if you also find your Google feed or your Twitter feed on your home screen.
And yes, there are tons of customization options.
It's a great productivity hack since you do not have to search for any app in particular. All the ones that you frequently access are just a press away.
Now, the Galaxy S21 series smartphones come with an amazing set of cameras, and it would be a shame if you couldn't use them to their maximum potential. Apart from the usual features like 108MP photos and the ability to shoot vertical panoramas, the Galaxy S21's camera can shoot RAW images. That's when Snapseed comes into the picture.
This photo editing app from Google lets you tweak these RAW images (as well as other photos) to your heart's content. In fact, if you know your way around the app, it wouldn't be wrong to say that it gives desktop-grade photo editors a run for their money.
It's intuitive and packs a slew of features. From HDR Scape to Selective Adjust, it gives you a lot to work your magic on. Cool, no?
If you do not want to spend a lot of time on photo editing and want instant results, the PicsArt app is the perfect match for your Samsung Galaxy S21. This one has plenty of ready-made filters and photo-effects to make your work easier.
And that's not the end of the story. In fact, one of our favorite tools is the sticker tool. Yep, you read that. With this one, you can make a sticker out of any photo. And to take things a bit further, you can place this 'sticker' on other photos as well.
Besides these, PicsArt has a lot to explore, and if you are one who loves capturing and tweaking photos, Snapseed and PicsArt should be on the top of your list.
The Galaxy S21 and S21 comes bundles with Google Messages. While that's a decent messaging app in itself, but if you really want a messaging app with a dash of intelligence, then Microsoft's SMS Organizer is a great pick.
As suggestive of its name, it helps you organize all your incoming messages and make your inbox clutter-free.
It categorizes the messages using machine learning and sorts them into dedicated tabs. For instance, promotional messages go another a different tab, so do all the bank's transactional messages. And just so that you do not miss out on your personal messages, there's a dedicated personal tab as well.
And that's not the end of the story. The good part is that SMS Organizer doesn't notify you of spam messages. In short, no distraction and full productivity. Win-win, right?
Now, if you want full-fletched customization and a community for like-minded users for home screen customization, you can't go wrong with Creative. This apps lets you find thousands of wallpapers, ringtones, and home screen builds designed and shared by other users.
You can also share your content and, more importantly, download other users' content. Most of the content is free, and the best part is that even if you are apprehensive of downloading things off the app, you get the idea of designing your phone's home screen or lock screen and giving a quirky twist.
Given that the Samsung Galaxy S21 has such a gorgeous display, it would be a shame to let that handsome home screen sport a plain run-of-the-mills look, right?