Top Apps for TorontoniansFeb 10, 2017
Using smartphone applications has seemingly become part of our everyday lives. Want to check the weather? There’s an app for that. Need to make restaurant reservations? There’s an app for that. Looking to learn a new language? There’s an app for that. There are apps that answer your questions, apps that solve your problems and apps that cure your boredom. If you live in or around the Greater Toronto Area, there are more than a few must-have apps that will make your everyday life easier with just a tap on your screen. Here are the five apps every Torontonian should have on their phone:
Toronto is home to many professional sports teams, and keeping track of all of them can be challenging. This extremely customizable app for the successful Toronto-based website of the same name makes it easy to stay up-to-date with scores and standings. It will even send news and score push notifications for your favourite teams to your device, so you’ll never be out of the loop.
With more than a dozen locations across the GTA, the Cineplex chain of theatres are popular destinations for moviegoers. The app allows you to check showtimes for the locations in your closest proximity using GPS, watch trailers, read synopses and skip the line by purchasing tickets on your device before you head to the theatre.
Tired of digging under your car seats for change to put into parking meters? The Toronto Parking Authority’s Green P app makes it easy to park in a pinch. Once you have signed up with your license plate and credit card information, when you park in on-street or in an ungated Green P lot all you have to do is punch in the location code (posted on signs near your spot), select how much time you want and voila! No coins necessary. The app also alerts you before your time expires and gives you the option to remotely add time to your meter if you aren’t quite ready to leave yet.
When it comes to dining in Toronto, the options are endless. There are so many restaurants in the city that choosing one to go to can be difficult. The Open Table app provides a comprehensive list of Toronto-area eateries, sortable by neighborhood, cuisine, price and rating. You can also read reviews for restaurants written by other Open Table users and even make a reservation for the destination of your choice, all from the palm of your hand.
Navigating the streets of the GTA is tricky to begin with, and even more so during Toronto’s infamous daily rush hour traffic. Waze is a navigation application that will help you get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible, often using side streets and other lesser known routes. Here’s a bonus: Waze even lets you know when there’s an accident, red light camera or police officer ahead, making for the smoothest commute possible.