Gadget,  Software

5 Weird Smartphone Apps

Samsung Vibrant SmartphoneIf you are one of the millions of people around the world who owns a smartphone, then you know precisely how life-enhancing it can be. Before phones were for calling and texting. Now, they serve as mini personal assistants. They entertain us, they keep us organized, and they help us do everything from finding directions to giving us detailed weather reports. But in this heavenly cloud of convenience, smart phones are also purveyors of junk and wasters of time. Here are a few of the most useless and strange smartphone apps on the market today.

1. iSteam

This may entertain a four-year-old, but it is highly unlikely that your small child owns a smartphone. The iSteam simulates an activity that many bored kids participate in. You blow on the screen, and the screen fogs over. Then you draw on the screen with your finger, much the way you would after a on your bathroom mirror after a steam shower.

2. Police Light Pro

Although the legality of using this particular app is uncertain, it’s premise is interesting to say the least. After you select this app, you press a button, set your phone on the dash, and it flashes and makes siren sounds that simulate a police car’s sound effects. It is ostensibly used as a joke to trick your friends or strangers into thinking you’re a cop. If you happen to use this app, know that impersonating a policeman is illegal.

3. iBeer

iBeer is perhaps one of the most useless apps in existence. Much like related apps like iMilk, the iBeer app enables users to drink a virtual beer. And that’s it. You gulp down the drink that fills your screen by tilting your smartphone, and in a few seconds it’s all over. You can drink as many of these as you want, and you’ll still be able to drive.

4. GottaGo

While this app was mostly designed for spineless people who cannot tell a boring date goodbye, it can certainly have its uses. The app essentially makes incoming calls to your phone at a set time that you select, much like setting an alarm clock. This way, if you are with someone whom you would rather not be with, you can receive a fake call from “your boss” (it employs fake caller ID too), and you can say that you “gotta go.”

5. National Threat Advisory

Here is yet another example of an app that is mostly useless, unless you are a specific type of person (paranoid conspiracy theory believer). The app enables you to see at any moment at what level the national threat advisory is set by the government. It can be useful in case you do much international travel, so that you’ll know in advance that going through security might take longer than expected at the airport.

Finding good apps may take some time when you have to wade through so much junk, but at the same time, it can be entertaining to find these hidden gems that don’t have much value except to adhere to the saying that there is an app for literally everything.

Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about technology. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be posted in the comments below.

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