Best android apps for university students

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Being a student can be a tough at times. Not because of what it entails as a whole; by most accounts including my own it pretty much rocks. But at times studying, assignments, exams, part-time jobs and a hectic social life can really pile on the stress.Flicking through the apps I have on my phone the other day I couldn’t help but realise that my college life is helped by so many of them. I wouldn’t know where I’d be without them. So I’ve picked out the top 20 apps that I think would be of use to college students all over the world, no matter where they live or what course they’re doing!Nowadays, getting into college is challenging. Unless you have a scholarship, there are chances that you will have a hard time financing and keeping up with your college life and studies. Gone are the days when your backpack carried heavy books and timetables so that you wouldn’t miss anything. Today, technology has helped immensely in simplifying college life. From simple timetable management apps to complete eBook readers and student finance calculators, these Android apps are here to help and make it easy for you to manage your college routine. There are many free and paid apps that can help you sail through college, and below is our humble effort to bring together the best apps for college students:


Evernote

Evernote is a great note taking application which works in conjunction with a web app and the desktop program. So if you take a note using your phone (text, voice recording or snapshot) it will sync to both your online Evernote account and your PC.
The organization is terrific. You can have different ‘notebooks’ for different subjects and can tag notes. The app itself works a treat, looks nice and best of all is free!
Market: Evernote
Price: Free
Requires: Android 1.5+
Developer: Evernote Inc.


GDocs for Android

Like many students I’m an avid user of Google Docs for numerous reasons. You can access you work on any Internet enabled computer, work saved every few seconds and it’s easier for organisational purposes.
I’ll start off by saying that the GDocs app isn’t going to be your primary way of typing up assignments. It is however handy for studying notes you have uploaded, making quick changes to documents and viewing your work in different formats such as in PDF. It’s not what I’d call powerful but it helps a lot and can make bus rides and time between classes extremely productive. A must for any GDocs user.
Market: GDocs
Price: Free
Requires: Android 1.5+
Developer: Google

DroidScan

This is a neat app and one of the handful of paid apps I’ve reccomended in this article. The main purpose of DroidScan is to enable you to take pictures using your phone’s camera and save them as high resolution documents (mostly PDFs). The app automatically corrects whatever angle you took the photo at and uses contrast enhancing technology to eliminate unwanted aspects of the photo so you get a crisp, clean ‘scan’.
There is a free version. I’ve tried it and found it to be very sluggish. Having switched to the paid version which gives you a few extra bells and whistles, more file formats and better quality scans I honestly recommended it to anyone who likes to digitize notes. It can also be synced with Evernote and Google Docs!
Market: DroidScan
Price: $6.99
Requires: Version 3.8.1 works with ‘All Android versions’ and supports Apps2SD
Developer: Transcode Design

The Virtual University
In case you missed your chance of going to either Harvard, Berkeley, or Stanford, then don’t beat yourself up over it. Thanks to this app, these great universities can come to you. Virt U: The Virtual University is a great app that lets you watch lectures from leading universities right from the comfort of your Android device. In order to complement your current college studies, Virt U offers you the flexibility to skim through scores of graduate and undergraduate lectures available on various subjects. The lectures, available via this app, are also available for offline viewing.
The app also boasts of being a “community of on-line learners” and provides limited social media interaction that allows the user to connect via Facebook and share their favorite lectures. Users of this app can also interact via the community discussion board. Of course the app has some design flaws, but this certain app is a must-have for all college students.

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