Smartphone’s are changing the way college students order textbooks, purchase gas and experience the world. In a technology-driven society, these devices can be educational and lifestyle tools that use and share data in very cool ways. Mobile apps can help tech savvy students with data discovery that enhances their college experience inside and outside the classroom. Just in time for back to school season, here are six great apps that can help complete basic tasks and enable busy college students to track, capture, and pull data from anywhere to be more productive. —Hajj Flemings
Amazon Student: Looking for a textbook? Now you can now use the Amazon Student barcode scanning feature to comparison shop. Simply scan the textbook barcode to validate if your campus bookstore is charging you too much and then purchase it from the lowest cost source. Perfect for the student on a budget, which applies to you all.
Evernote: This is an app that allows you to capture class notes, projects and Web pages and then seamlessly synchronize them across all your devices. Efficiency and its finest.
Mint (Personal Finance App): Most college students have to make their money stretch and they don’t have a budget? Mint is a personal finance app that allows you to set a budget and track expenses. This gives students the ability to input the data at the point-of-transaction and get a better grip on their spending.
Gas Buddy: Need to find the cheapest gas in town because you’re on a budget? (Noticing a budgeting trend, here?) We have just the app for you, Gas Buddy allows you to locate gas stations near you and compare their current prices. With this app, you’re sure to always get your money’s worth.
Nike + GPS: How do you track your walks on campus or record the distances that you run? Nike + GPS can map your runs, track your progress and personalize your running experience with power songs. This way you can stay fit and make improvements all to your own personal soundtrack.
TechCrunch: Do you have the entrepreneurial spirit? If you have aspirations of launching a tech startup keeping up to date on the latest in the tech world is essential. TechCrunch focuses on profiling startups and reviewing new Internet properties. Hey, it’s never too early to start thinking about your business.