Yes, everyone downloaded TikTok this year. But there are plenty of other iOS and Android apps worth using.
Whether we needed to chill out, do some work, or get some fresh air, here are the best apps that the Mashable staff used in 2021.
Best app for getting prescription drugs
Capsule (iOS, Android)
When I had oral surgery in 2021, I didn’t want to walk up and down the five flights of stairs that lead to my apartment in order to pick up the medicine I needed to recover. So, I downloaded Capsule, a pharmacy on your phone, and it revolutionized the way I picked up my medications. Now, instead of walking to my pharmacy, my prescriptions get delivered right to my door.
In a world where COVID-19 variants continue to reshape how we exist medically, Capsule became a much-needed way to get the medicine I need without having to interact with people face-to-face. The app is super easy to use, every doctor I’ve had knows exactly how to send me my meds, and, overall, it’s a much less painful experience than attempting to get what I need from a packed Walgreens.
— Christianna Silva, Reporter
Best app for new homeowners
Angi (iOS, Android)
Angi launched in March 2021, but it may be familiar to some. Formerly known as Angie’s List or HomeAdvisor, the app connects people with local contractors and home services such as plumbing, landscaping, and electrical work. Shopping for contractors is an absolute pain, but Angi makes the process just a little bit easier, and lets you see real reviews and ratings from professionals in your area. The quotes are free to you, but keep in mind that Angi charges contractors every time they bid on a project.
— Brian Koerber, Culture Editor
Best app for rejecting algorithms and putting your faith in human DJs
KCRW (iOS, Android)
Every city thinks its local radio station is the best in the world. But L.A. locals might be right. KCRW DJs spotlight both local and international artists, play live shows, and serve as music supervisors for movies and TV shows.
Luckily, anyone around the world can listen to KCRW programming for free with the station’s app. What does that get you? The KCRW app features the excellent “Eclectic 24” channel. As the DJs note on air, this is curated by humans, not algorithms — and …….