It's true that we waste too much time looking at our phones instead of experiencing the world around us. But it's also true that, in recent times, mobile phone applications have developed a lot more functionality than simply producing farting noises or tracking down a cheating spouse. In fact, developers, in conjunction with mathematicians, neuroscientists, psychologists, and other scientists have found clever ways to create Apps that boost brain power, improve intelligence, increase IQ levels, and provide tools to retain memory while maintaining the animated graphics and sound effects we love so much.

The apps below are compatible with both smartphones and tablets.

1. Elevate

This is, I think, one of the best training apps ever developed. It is a daily cognitive training game that is designed to improve concentration, sharpen memory, build vocabulary, develop logic, and improve math, reading, writing and speaking skills. Users receive a personalized training that, ultimately, improves their interactions and analytical skills, daily.

2. Kindle

It's no secret that those who read are often open to a whole new world, something non-readers do not get to experience.

Ebooks have changed how we consume books and the Kindle app has made it even easier. Find all the literature you've been dreaming about, on a Kindle, including the books you can't find in your local bookstore. Check out this article on how to save money on Kindle books.

3. Lumosity

With over 50 games, Lumosity is one of the best cognitive training tools around.

It was designed by neuroscientists to boost memory, improve language, problem-solving skills, and more. The app has features that are suitable for all ages.

4. Eidetic

This app could probably help you get an eidetic memory like Sheldon Cooper. It focuses on improving memory retention by using a technique called repetition to help you remember anything - from big facts to little facts and everything in between.

5. Ted

Ted Talk has been the hub of inspiration for many years. You can browse through their library and access over 2,000 videos from remarkable people all over the world.

It's a great way to gain knowledge and learn the secrets from those who have found incredible success in their field. The app is currently available for only IOS devices.

6. Today In History

This is a great app for history lovers and the curious ones who are only interested in light reading. Like the name suggests, users are given quick facts about past events that happened on today's date. It's a great way to learn a little about everything without feeling like you're back in high school.