We all use apps to make our life easier, and if you’re a Washingtonian, by any stretch of the word, your iPhone is full of perfectly curated apps to maximize convenience. Here are three more top apps to add to your list.
Unless you’ve been living under a very large rock with absolutely no cars or cell service, you’ve probably heard of Uber. But have you heard about Via? With Via's new launch in D.C., you can now get in on this easy ride-sharing app.
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"How does it work?" you ask. "Is it another Uber?" Both good questions. Via is a ride-sharing service similar to that of Uber and Lyft, but works more like a bus rather than a taxi. You sign up, are matched with riders traveling in a similar direction, and then picked up (not at your exact location, but at the nearest street corner). There’s always a flat rate, and you can use an array of commuter benefits. Think of it as the more community-friendly, affordable version of the ride-sharing apps currently plagued with scandals and rude drivers, making it one of the top apps on this list.
Shapr is an app that works very much like Tinder -- but for your professional life! You create a profile, identify your location, and pick 10 keywords that describe what you do or what you’re looking to do. Then you check out your daily batches and begin to swipe.
The great thing about Shapr is that it emphasizes quality over quantity by limiting the amount of matches you receive per day, and it allows you to make genuine connections with people that want to help you, work with you, or learn from you. And for the internship-crazy, the career ladder-obsessed, and those constantly working to make their side hustle their real hustle, this app is gold
Food is important in D.C., and while there’s a ton of food delivery services out there, there are few as streamlined as UberEATS. The nice thing about UberEATS is that you get a lot more options besides the typical restaurants that would offer delivery. Because lots of cool, trendy places are on the app, you no longer have to settle for bad Chinese or pizza that’s way too greasy.
You can get your Spanish tapas fix and fulfill all your hipster cravings for poke, sushi wrapped in burrito format, and even overpriced ice cream without ever leaving your couch. The process couldn’t be simpler: you pick your spot, you order, and since -- as mentioned earlier -- you most likely already have the Uber app downloaded on your phone, you track your delivery guy as he makes his way to your apartment ... or house ... or, if you’re really lucky, row house. Delivery fees are lower, and everything is already connected to your card so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
So there you have it -- the top apps for the DMV! If you've download all three, you’re officially part of that exclusive millennial crowd that lives between Logan Circle and Petworth, attends networking happy hours, and owns a little dog. And in D.C., can you really want anything else?
What other apps are essential in D.C.? We'd love to hear your ideas in the comments below!