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6 products phone apps can replace

6 products phone apps can replace

Think app stores are just full of stuff you have no use for? Wrong you are. Here are six items that can replace essential products that you pay hefty sums to buy, maintain and repair.

If you’ve been using your smartphone only as a camera, portable gaming device, mp3 player or GPS device, you still haven’t discovered its full potential. Although dedicated devices always have something more to offer, your smartphone is a good enough replacement for a few essential products you may be spending money on. Read on to find which apps and accessories can be used to accomplish a variety of tasks with your phone.

CamScanner
With this app, you can scan your documents, photos, bills and invoices instead of using a dedicated scanner. CamScanner allows you to crop and save your scanned files either as a JPEG or PDF. The ‘optimize scan quality’ feature of this app always makes sure that all scanned documents are clear and sharp. The only limit with a free version is you get 200MB of space to save your documents.
Price Free
Supported platforms Android, Windows phone and iOS

Pocket Light Meter
All photographers know that a light meter is essential to capture perfectly exposed images. But these devices are expensive. The luxi device, which fits on to your iPhone, costs a mere Rs1,800. With the help of this app your phone can give you accurate exposure settings for your camera. Although it is slower than a dedicated light meter and needs calibration to get its readings right, the Pocket Light Meter turns out to be much cheaper for photographers.
Price Free
Supported platforms iOS

Dijit Universal Remote
This app helps you to control your television from any supported Android or iPhone device. The interface of Dijit is very user-friendly and you can even customise which remote buttons you need the most. Besides Dijit, a number of other apps also let you control your computer, gaming consoles and music players. The latest Samsung Galaxy S4 has a great remote control app with IR blasters to control other devices.
Price Free
Supported platforms Android and iOS

Baby Monitor
Many apps are available which can help lull your baby to sleep or that can transform your smartphone into a baby monitor. The only drawback about these apps is that you will need to leave your phone in your baby’s room. But these apps notify you if the baby makes a sound and also lets you remotely view your child’s crib. Camera sensors are also available which sends an alert to your smartphone when it detects motion. Our picks are the Baby Monitor app for Android and iSitter for iTunes.
Price Free
Supported platforms Android and iOS

Cleartune
The Cleartune app is designed to replace your instrument tuners. The app comes with a note wheel display to allow you to tune perfectly and can be used for various instruments like guitars, tubas and cornets. A tone generator also allows you to tune your instrument by ear. Cleartune is hugely popular and even professional musicians and bands use this app to tune their instruments.
Price $3.99
Supported platforms Android and iOS

Flashlight
All smartphones can download and run various flashlight apps. These apps usually use the camera flash or the screen light to illuminate any dark areas. If your phone does not have an inbuilt flashlight app, you can use the Brightest Flashlight app for Android or Flashlight – X for Windows phones. After iOS 7, all iPhones have a flashlight app in the control center.
Price Free
Supported platforms Android, Windows phone and iOS

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