Posted By Heather Rusick on 1/23/13 5:00 AM

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Were you one of the lucky folk who scored a smartphone for Christmas? Congrats! Now that you have your shiny new device, it’s time to load it with Apps. In this article, we’ll cover the basic apps you’ll want to secure right away to bring your phone (and your digital life) into 2013. 

Stop emailing yourself files!
Store your stuff in the cloud and access it from anywhere on any connected device. Google Drive.  SkyDrive, and Dropbox, all offer free storage that should yield plenty of storage for the average user. Upgrade options are available.

To Do List
We’re crazy about Wunderlist. It’s just been re-designed from the ground up to help you stay productive. Tap away at your to-do-list with this handy app.

Upgrade the Camera
Camera+ is a great app for iOS users and adds tons of filters, functionality and features to the camera software. Of course, Instagram is a photography hit; allowing you to share photos and memories with a couple of taps. Be sure to follow us @SheaApartments to join in the fun!

Learn Everything!
Don't want to find someone to do your project or are short on funds? Do it yourself with Howcast. Learn how to do pretty much any DIY project with ease. 

Buy a home
Our friends at Shea Homes have terrific iOS apps designed to showcase their beautiful communities. Each app is targeted to a specific region of the US. Just search the App Store for Shea Homes and you’ll be on your way to happy house hunting.

We hope you enjoy your new smartphone and that this handy guide puts you well on the path to becoming a savvy smartphone savant!

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