My Top 11 Must Have Phone Apps In 2019

Between working a 9-5 job and running a blog I manage to keep myself pretty busy. I barely have time to cook, do the dishes, do the laundry, and goof off a little bit. Between all of that, you need some type of diversion. I’m sure most of us have a few favorite apps that we like to escape into. I’m probably not much different from most other people out there. However, I’m hoping that my taste in apps are just quirky enough that I’ll be using a few you may not have heard of. I have a real penchant for trivia, photography, and fake gambling. I may have played some of these points down, but I can confirm that the actual apps are way more interesting than that.

It’s especially important for me to have a few fun diversions on my phone nowadays. If I didn’t, then all I would ever do is think about blog related topics. I already use apps like Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, etc. quite a bit throughout the day. At this point, I need a diversion from the diversions. I’d be the first to admit that I might have been better off making this a blog about gaming apps I enjoy. However, not everything I do is about playing games. There are a other helpful apps that I want to spread the word about too.

Reward The Fan

This app might be one of the best kept secrets around. If you like going to live sporting events, concerts, or theater, then this is the app for you. Every evening at 8pm this app broadcasts a live, interactive trivia gameshow from their studio in New York City. They ask ten trivia questions based on the topic of the day. If you get a question right, you earn 5 cents towards an event you choose attend in the future. This may not sound like much, but the money adds up pretty quickly if you play everyday. If you answer all
ten questions correctly, you will not only split the reward money with all other winners, but you’ll also be eligible to win free tickets to an event of your choosing. If you win the tickets, you will need to pick an event within 24 hours after your victory. That is pretty much it. Simple, but awesome.

The hosts add a lot of fun to the games as well. Each one of them have a very unique, fun personality that keeps players engaged game after game. They also hold a live “tailgate” on their Facebook page about an hour before the game on the app begins. They usually ask 2-3 questions that might be in the main game in order to give players an edge. You can also earn rewards like free lives and Superfan stars by attending the tailgate events as well. If you earn enough Superfan stars over a period of time, then you will be eligible for a big prize during their Superfan game without having to play at all. As you can tell, Reward The Fan specializes in rewarding you, the fan, for playing their game.

Lucky Day

Do you enjoy playing a good scratch off ticket at the grocery store? Then this is the app for you. This app gives you several scratch off tickets to play everyday plus a $100k lottery drawing as well. Some tickets give you the opportunity to win as little as $2 and as much as $10,000. You can also earn tokens in order to play extra spins on the daily raffle. The only downside is that this game is every bit as hard as the real lottery. You also have to endure several ads in order to complete all of the tickets. Personally, I’ve only won $8 so far. But, as I always say, you can’t win if you don’t play!


Here is an app that functions much like Instagram. It’s an app I wouldn’t know much about if it weren’t for a brand ambassador offer I received in my email last year. Unfortunately the person who emailed me never got back to me. However, I am happy they informed me about this app. Although Instagram is the world of social media photo sharing, I have to say that the product here is good. I also feel like I get very good engagement on my photos. This is much harder to come by on the almighty Instagram app. If you want to have a fun photo sharing experience that doesn’t contain all of the games and baggage of Instagram, then this is a good app to invest some time in.


If you’re looking for a mobile replacement for Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop apps, then I can’t necessarily say I’ve found the solution. However, when it comes to photo editing apps you can use on the go, then this is probably the cream of the crop. I’ve tried many different apps for photo editing purposes and I can’t think of one that comes close. This includes the features that come with an iPhone. When it comes to actively changing the filtering on your photos, this one does a really great job of giving you all of the tools you need. I often find that I can put just the right touch on all of my pictures. The difference between this app and others (including options on the iPhone) is that the darks and lights become a little too extreme. This app finds a nice middle ground. If your photo is too dark, it will find the grass, leaves, etc and bring them out. If the photo is too bright, it will do a nice job of toning it down and maintain the integrity of the photo. With a little bit of practice you’ll be editing photos like a pro in no time.


This app is so addictive that I don’t even play it as much as I used to. If you have a good ear and memory for music, then this is the app for you. Play against other “SongPoppers” from around the world and prove that you are the most knowledgeable in any genre you’d like to play in. Whether you prefer group tournaments or an individual matchup, this app has it all. This is especially great for music fanatics who have a wide array of knowledge about different genres of music. A small blurb on this blog doesn’t even
say it all. This is one of the most fun apps I’ve ever used. I highly recommend it!

Ball Blast

This app was a random find by my wife. After spending a few weekends playing Space Invaders Frenzy at Dave and Busters my wife and I found that we were still craving more of that frantic gaming action at home. However, a game similar to Space Invaders Frenzy is hard to come by outside of the arcade. Somehow my wife managed to find this amazing game. On first glance it may not look like much, but it is actually a very fun game. You play as a zapper that needs to run all of the balls numbers down to zero. Some start at really low numbers while others start at 1k or more. It’s very addictive and also very easy to pick up and put down rather quickly. That’s one of the things that makes this game so good. It’s fun, simple, and can either be played a few times for a quick fix or can be played over and over for a long period of time. This app is a must for those who grew up playing Galaga, Space Invaders, etc.

Bit Life

I would be the first to admit that this app is a little strange. Especially since their icon artwork is a picture of a sperm. However, don’t let this deter you from checking this addictive app out. For those who like The Sims and/or text based games, then this one is for you. The object of this game is to start a “new life” with a random person born into a random situation (some are pretty normal, some are more untraditional) and try to make the best of their life. By randomizing your life, you can literally come from any part of the world and any type of background that one could imagine. Much like The Sims, it is your job to make sure relationships are managed, your happiness and wellbeing are kept up with, and you make the right decisions in life. It’s a lot of fun to play around with the possibilities and see what direction your character’s life goes in. I’ve found this to be yet another fun way to waste time and have fun.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

I spent a lot of time trying to find a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire mobile game. I’m surprised that it took until 2018 for me to find a good one. Much like a lot of mobile game show games, this one can be played against other opponents at any given time, there are plenty of rewards for progress, and you more than likely won’t come across the same question twice. You get all of the lifelines and other stuff you might expect from a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire type of game. If you watched this game back in the late 90’s or have caught it in syndication, then you won’t be disappointed with this adaptation. They definitely got this game right!

Hot Shot Casino

I want to start this one off by saying that this game (and other variations of it) don’t cost any out of pocket money (unless you want to buy more credit). Not only have I found many of the slot machines on this and other games like it to be fun and addictive, I’ve also found them to be helpful when going to a real casino. I’m not by any means a hardcore slot machine player, but a game like this will definitely help you to become more aware of the games you might expect to see there. Much like in real life, machines can get hot or go cold. You can also compete against others for extra prizes and rewards. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t need to spend real money and can accept the fact that you are “fake gambling” then a game like Hot Shot Casino can be a very fun experience.


I put this one on my list for all of my blogger and book writing counterparts. I’ve mainly used this app for writing my first novel (which I’ll finish sometime this century, haha!), but I have to imagine that it would be good for blogging too. They do a great job of keeping all of your outlines, notes, chapters, etc organized nice and neatly. It has really helped me to keep the contents of my future novel organized and has allowed me to make more progress on this project than I ever have. Even if you’re not an author, this app could give you the organization you need in order to move forward with your own writing projects. Much like the other apps, it makes jotting down your thoughts quickly an easy task.


Much like SongPop, this app is an oldie that doesn’t seem to be as popular as I think it should be. I am by no means an artist. However, DrawSomething is a game that everybody can enjoy. While I have seen some pretty good artists out there, I can state for a fact that I’ve seen just as many, if not more people who can draw about as good as I can (which isn’t very good!). DrawSomething comes with tons of opportunities to compete against others and enter competitions. You can either pick the level of difficulty of your drawings when playing against somebody. Sometimes the more “difficult” option is actually easier while the “simpler” option seems harder. It all depends on how confident you are in your ability to draw the objects they’ve given you. Guessing your competition’s drawings can be even more complicated than drawing your own. If you can play this game without taking your drawing abilities too seriously, then you will have a blast playing this game.

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2 Responses

  1. “I need a diversion from the diversions.” I can totally relate to these words!

    I just downloaded Writer. I guess this app will come handy whenever inspiration strikes and I can just write down my thoughts.

    • Marc Schmidt says:

      Writer has been a very valuable tool for me! I can’t recommend it enough. Most of my book ideas and musings are on there. They do a good job of keeping everything organized for you.

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