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Top 5 time-killing apps to slay your boredom

For those idle moments when you're waiting for someone to arrive, traveling for ten minutes on the bus, or bored before bed, it's good to have an app or two at the ready. Here I've tried to collect some of the best apps for killing time that aren't just time-wasters.

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Let Android amaze you when you're bored. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. Quoter

Quoter gives you a daily quote on a contemplative background. There's also a list of the most popular quotes that you can scroll through at your leisure. If there's one you particularly like, you can customize the font, and background and text color, and then share it with friends or use it as a background. A little heart button lets you save your favorite quotes to a dedicated page. 

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Make a quote as garish as possible and share it with discerning friends. / © ANDROIDPIT


Quoter Install on Google Play

2. Today's Word and VoLT

In a very brief spare moment, e.g., while waiting for a lift, Word of the Day is there for you. Set a time and the app will send you a daily notification with a word and definition. Take a look at the word of the day and have a little think about it; internalize it; enter the lift.

Words from the previous 30 days are stored on a separate page, and you can save words that you particularly like or wish to return to.

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Today's Word slowly builds your vocabulary. / © ANDROIDPIT
Today's Word Install on Google Play

VoLT offers a deeper way to expand your vocabulary. Swipe through cards that offer a definition, a memory key, a selection of synonyms and antonyms, and usage examples to see how much your brain can store. Star word cards for later revision or share a particular word with friends, if you feel so inclined.

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VoLT offers visual cues to help you remember new words. / © ANDROIDPIT
VoLT - Vocabulary Learning Install on Google Play

3. StumbleUpon

Make your free time a place for serendipitous discovery by installing StumbleUpon. Select a few areas of interest and the app will feed you articles, images, videos and more that you can swipe through, like or dislike, share, or save for later in custom lists. It's the perfect app for when you're not sure when you're about to be interrupted, as you can zip through material at a pace of your choosing and save any longer or more interesting bits for later.

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StumbleUpon offers a wide range of interests and easy way to share content. / © ANDROIDPIT
StumbleUpon Install on Google Play

4. Memrise

Why not learn a language in idle time? Memrise is a totally free memorization tool that tries to wheedle words and phrases into your long-term memory using cards with prompts, which the app calls Mems, to help you remember. Once you've gone through a few, you can revise what you've covered by attempting a variety of test modes. 

There are almost 100 languages available in Memrise, as well as other topics, like famous works of literature, art history, geography, JavaScript, the list goes on. Suffice to say, the range is extensive.

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Memrise is great for internalizing nuggets of knowledge. / © ANDROIDPIT
Memrise: Learn Languages Free Install on Google Play

5. Slide for Reddit

Many of you no doubt know all too well the time-killing potential Reddit has to offer. An official Reddit app was launched recently, but my favorite way to browse remains Slide. As the name suggests, the app works through slide gestures, letting you access menus from the side of the screen and flick through different subreddits with a swipe gesture from the center of the screen. It's smooth and handsome, with customization options included, allowing you to change the colors of different subreddits.

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Slide is one of many Reddit apps and my personal favorite. / © ANDROIDPIT
Slide for Reddit Install on Google Play

What apps do you turn to in times of ephemeral boredom? Let me know in the comments.


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  • Mark 5 months ago Link to comment

    I like the idea of Memrise. Being able to learn a language on the phone is great. I tried Rosetta Stone which was recommended by some one. Having to be at my computer to use it made it hard to find the time, this will be great.

    • Warren JB 5 months ago Link to comment

      Ditto. I was thinking of brushing up on what little I remember of high school french, maybe learn a few words of spanish too. Something to ease into a proper course.

      My timekiller is 'only' a game: Hex War. Turn-based strategy and tactics game. Send your 'armies' (resources represented by numbers) out across a hex grid, capturing new hexes to build up your resources, 'cos the game-controlled opponent on the other side is doing the same, and headed your way. Turns and auto-saves make it easy to put down and come back to.

      Also, Artflow. Partly why I bought a Note 4 recently, after trying out art apps with a stylus on my Note 10. I've seen it said about digital cameras vs. phone cameras that the best camera is the one you have with you when you need it. I guess, for sketchy people, the same could be said for sketchbooks.

  • trying out Qouter, for a myriad of ephemeral moments..

  • Alex R. 5 months ago Link to comment

    seems so informative and interesting ,I will download them all!

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