Android apps for college campuses

Aug 31, 2010
Education
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Summer’s not quite over, but college campuses are filling back up. Between shopping for dorm necessities and preparing for a semester of studying, there’s a lot to take care of when heading back to school.

Here are some Android apps that can help college students prepare for the new year, whether they’re frenzied freshmeat or seasoned fifth-years.

Shopping and socializing

Shop for text books and dorm-room decor from a single app. Search Amazon’ Shopping using its bar-code scanner or image-capture tool to find exact or similar products, or do a keyword search. Free, the app displays product reviews and easy purchasing options to order everything you need.

Staying organized

A+ Timetable’s Android app will keep you on track with its useful organization features. Mark the days and times for your courses, which are categorized for easy input. Color-code your schedule for easy viewing, with separate tabs for odd and even weeks. The free app supports text-to-speech recognition, a home screen widget for quick overviews and more.

For more easy listening, try OverDrive Media Console. This free app will play audiobooks from various retailers and libraries, so you can listen to books as you walk through campus. Features include bookmarks, table of contents and in-app sound options.

Study buddies

Simplenote is a note-sharing tool that keeps you in sync with your course. Organize your notes according to your classes, with support for audio, video and text files. This free app acts as a mobile library, where notes can be shared publicly or privately. You can even sell your notes within the app’s network.

Build your bibliography automatically as you read course books, by scanning their bar codes into the free Mendeley Android app. You can also enter book information manually. The app provides a running list of book information, including cover art, publisher, ISBN and more.

handyCalc turns your Android phone into a calculator, so you can do basic or advanced calculations. Free, the app has an auto-suggest tool to help you solve the problems you get stuck on. Chart graphs, solve equations, run conversions (including currencies) and more.

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