iPhone Life magazine

Best Apps for College Students

College Students: Bright and eager young things that roam college campuses all over the world in search of greater knowledge. In reality, they spend most of their time taking notes, looking for cheap meals, and trying to make it to class on time. Here are some handy free or inexpensive apps that can improve the lives of starving students.

Bigwords1Bigwords.com (free, app2.me/2971) helps keep college costs down by helping you find the best price on college textbooks.

iStudyz Pro ($2.99, app2.me/129) is an award-winning, easy to use app that will help any student get organized and stay organized.

AwesomeNoteAwesome Note (+Todo) ($3.99, app2.me/220; free "Lite" version, app2.me/2970) is a beautifully designed and easy to use note taker/to-do list app that helps students stay on task. Everything can be backed up to Evernote or GoogleDocs.

Evernote (free, app2.me/130) lets students store research and information in the "cloud" and access it from any computer.

Note Taker HD ($4.99, app2.me/2974; iPhone version: $1.99, app2.me/2975; free "Lite" version, app2.me/2976) makes it easy to take and organize handwritten notes.

BrowserNotes1Browser Notes ($1.99, app2.me/2973) has a split screen that makes it easy to write notes while surfing the Web or reading PDF files.

Dragon Dictation (free, app2.me/111) Dictate notes or e-mail messages on the fly; it's great for when your hands are full.

AdvEngDictAdvanced English Dictionary & Thesaurus ($0.99, app2.me/2891) is far superior to any free dictionary out there. It's easy to read and navigate, and words have extensive links to help you understand the word and how it is used.

FringFring (free, app2.me/2329; version for the visually impaired, app2.me/2972) adds free video and voice chat capability to your iOS device.

Web MD (free, iPad version, app2.me/2977; iPhone version, app2.me/2791) lets you check out your symptoms and possible treatments before you make expensive visits to the emergency room. It also includes a first aid guide and local health listings.

How to Cook Everything ($4.99. app2.me/2969) is based on the bestselling book of the same name and contains over 2,000 recipes and 400 how-to illustrations; it's great way to eat right when you're on a budget.

This is the first full college term since the release of the iPad. It will be interesting to see how many students will replace their laptop and books for an iPad and eBooks.