The emergence of smartphones have made life much more convenient for us, especially in Singapore, where the adoption of mobile technology is very rampant. The use of apps have become almost synonymous with our lives: from ordering food, to checking when the next bus arrives or even shopping online. That being said, we have put together a list of 20 must have phone apps to keep you going!
Food: Deliveroo, GrabFood, Eatigo
As Singaporeans, we love and take pride in our food. However, there are some days where we would prefer to stay in the comfort of our homes and avoid the sweltering heat: which is where food delivery apps come in handy.
Deliveroo and GrabFood can be used interchangeably to compare between food options, prices and the time taken for your food to arrive. Moreover, if you are a frequent user of Grab, you can also earn GrabRewards when you pay for your food with GrabPay.
Eatigo is another great app to have on your phone. Talk about eating out and saving at the same time! This restaurant reservation app offers stunning time-based discounts (sometimes as much as 50% off) daily at all of the registered 3000+ restaurants.
Taxis: Grab, Gojek
Taxi and ride-sharing applications have changed the cab industry world over. Despite Uber’s withdrawal, taxi-sharing apps are massively popular with Gojek and Grab dominating the scene. Grab has steadily won over Singaporeans mainly due to its fairer fares (fares are displayed clearly upfront) with Gojek following closely.
Public Transport: SG BusLeh, Singapore MRT Map
It helps to know when your next bus will be arriving in order to better plan your journey. SG BusLeh can show users 3 bus arrival timings rather than the usual two from other local bus service apps. It also presents you with the option of bookmarking your most frequented bus stops, and naming them for added convenience.
With more MRT lines in construction and some of them already up and running, there is also the Singapore MRT Map app which shows users an overview of Singapore’s current LRT and MRT map. This makes it easier for users to plan the fastest route to their destination.
Bike-Sharing: Ofo, Mobike
Bike-sharing has also been expanding especially since the bike-sharing apps started their wars. Ofo offers cushy bikes for short trips, though the Bike seats detach easily, its design makes the bicycle a popular choice even among those the taller riders. MoBike is generally greater for kids and shorter people. Its bikes have gears, are lighter and superb uphill.
Finances: Mint, Paynow, Dash Singapore
Rather than spending hours on end trying to reconcile personal finances, an increasing number of Singaporeans are using apps to track expenditure. Mint remains one of the best money apps ever thanks to its assembly of great features. Users can easily come up with a budget, and while at it, browse suggestions to save money based on their spending.
It also comes with spot-on bills tracker which issues alerts on top of scheduling payments for each bill, and provides constructive ideas on how to improve one’s credit score.
As a peer-to-peer funds transfer service, PayNow provides its users with that added convenience of transferring and receiving dollar funds almost instantly using the recipient’s telephone number or their NRIC/FIN. The app serves account holders from up to nine Singaporean banks.
Those who prefer to go cash-lite can withdraw cash from their banks to their Dash Singapore app wallet to help pay for transactions easily while on the move. The Dash app provides users with a visa virtual account which allows you to pay at places (Fairprice, KOI, Zalora, etc.) that accept Visa payWave payments. The best part is that users get to enjoy 5% cashback when paying with Dash.
Shopping: Ezbuy, Zalora, Lazada, Shopee
Just like food delivery apps, online shopping apps have saved us a thousand times over. Especially when you’re feeling lazy and have no intention of braving the heat.
Ezbuy is a massive marketplace and frequently offers promo-codes on various products- ranging from home appliances, gadgets, and clothing. Then there’s Zalora, an app which enables one to shop from hundreds of reputable brands names (Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, etc.) It also offers free deliveries, with a minimum spending of $40 within the island. Lazada and Shopee also offers amazing deals and boasts thousands of electronics, health, home, living and beauty products, at affordable prices.
Video and Entertainment: Singamovie, Musical.ly, VIU
We all need some form of entertainment in our lives from time to time. For movies, Singamovie, has a livery user interface and advanced film filters. Users are able to book movies based on the available showtimes, view trailers, movie synopsis and parental ratings. Music diehards have Musical.ly, a fun-filled and super user-friendly app offering not just music videos but much more. For instance, users can create and share their own short creative videos, sample new artists and even rate great music. There are also creative filters plus editing tools. Lastly, users can share their favorite videos on social media. Viu is yet another popular app among TV followers. One can access all the latest trending shows and TV series. The app also broadcasts the latest programs from the wider Asia.
Property and Business: PropertyGuru
People looking for top-rated studio apartments, condos, or properties near MRTs can easily locate ideal accommodations from the comfort of their phones. PropertyGuru has always led the market in terms of listing and visitors to their websites. Like the website, their app brings together all the properties in addition to the useful real estate informational guides found on the main web portal.
With these 20 must have apps on your phone, you’re all set. From shopping, ride-sharing, entertainment and property hunting apps, conveniently achieving multiple tasks is simply just a click away!