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Ting Staff Picks: Top five apps for teens

jessiToday’s top five apps comes from a new up and comer here at Ting.

As part of “take your kid to work day,” Jessi is here in the office to learn more about Ting and lend a hand. As a fourteen year old with an iPhone 5c, she loves using her smartphone so we thought we’d ask her to share her five favorite apps and explain why.

Here are the five apps that I can’t live without. I think they’re great for teens because you can have a lot of stress at our age, and whenever I’m stressed I need to blow off a little steam.

These apps are always the first ones I go to. Not just when I’m in a certain mood, but whenever I turn on my phone. I highly recommend them!

image-1Netflix [Android | iOS]

Lately I’ve been obsessed with Netflix. I can’t seem to find anything good on TV, and Netflix is a great app that lets you watch your favorite movies and TV shows whenever you want.

Just make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi – streaming video is one of the biggest data suckers out there.


Instagram [Android | iOS]

Instagram is a fun social networking app that lets you communicate with your friends. You can post pictures on your account and catch up with anyone you follow.

I really like how easy it is to keep in touch with friends who’ve moved to different schools. I can see how their day is going and what they’re up to just by checking out my feed.


Don’t Touch The Spikes [Android | iOS]

This game is made by the same company as 2048. It’s very simple: you tap the display to make the bird fly across your screen and avoid touching the spikes or you lose the round.

I find this a fun game to play in between classes when I’m pressed for time, or when I want to play a game that doesn’t require much thinking.

iTunes Music [iOS]

When I get home, I can find it really hard not to look at my phone when I’m doing homework. If I play some music, I have a reason not to get distracted as easily.

It’s also nice that every once and a while, I can sit down, and listen or lip-sync to the songs in my playlist.

Orbital [Android | iOS]

This was the first game I ever played on an iPhone, and years later it’s still one of my favorite games.

In Orbital, you shoot a laser beam into the space-themed screen and try to get rid of as many obstacles as you can before the laser comes back past the blue line. It’s not very common, but easily addictive.