In our technically developed times we can’t imagine life without gadgets anymore. Even though Beijing restriction policy makes it hard to access Facebook and the phrase “Google it” would be more fair to be changed to “bing it”, still we can’t make a step without phone-in-hand.
App developers were the first who understood the phone’s integration into life, and there is wide variety of family-oriented apps that would lighten life for Beijingers.
This is the app that brings together all your family plans in one place: from hiking to the Great Wall to grocery shopping at Apple Gourmet to the dumplings recipe you tapped out while talking to friends. So far, the creators of Family Organizer offer sharing calendar, to-do list, journal, shopping, recipes, and photos. All the reviews say that it’s almost perfect – however, there’s no feature for sharing the app across devises, which makes it a bit uncompleted. Free, available in the app store and Google play.
Mom’s Daily Planner App
This is the app from another developer but with pretty similar features. The app is designed in pink colors, making it look pretty nice and appealing to those inclined to the color. One of the pros of Mom’s Daily Planner App is that it connects to Wallet, enabling you to plan and manage your budget with simply organized pictures. For an extra $5.99 in the app store you can get access to some premium features – such as sharing it with other devices.
Cozi Family Organizer
This one recently got a lot of awards, as the system enables to share all important information within your family circle. This way you can always put an alert for your child, to, for example, wear a mask if the pollution level will get too high, or correct the items in lists in real-time – which is really practical. The notification and online editing features make this app outstanding. The sour spoon here is that the subscription for this app will cost $19.99 to $29.99 on app store and Google play markets.
Hub Family Organizer
In the Hub, you can add events to a sharing calendar, so that none of you will forget about city or school events and project deadlines. Hub Family Organizer also has a chat for family members and a photo section. The design comes in a simple and blue design, reminiscent of careless non-VPN days. The app is not free: subscription will cost $4.99 per month or $49.99 for a year. Find it in the app store and Google play.
This app looks pretty much like all the above: syncing to-do lists, calendars and grocery plans. However, the minimalistic white design and no extra cost features make it one of our favorites. All family photos from the Forbidden City and the World Park walks can be kept together, and even if one of you will occasionally loose pictures or an important note, it’d always be available from another device. App store and Google play both have available downloads.
Checklist Parent: Mom and Dad Family Calendar
The idea of this app is a bit different from all others: it is dedicated to help parents find some free time just for themselves. Here you can find ready to-do lists and just try to follow them, noticing by the same time (as the developers say) how your own life becomes more colorful and organized. There are ready plans for many family-related occasions, such as travel packing, birthday celebration, cleaning, or even baby showers, which should definitely save some time and nerves. These list will cost $0.99-5.99 each though from the app store.
Photos: kirov-portal.ru; app store.