Sometimes winning UX is all you need. We've collated a list all the digital tools that we think just work, tools that make life easier and features which are a clear cut above the rest. This isn't an exhaustive list and we love to know what else makes the grade and if we've missed your favourite tool.
1. Netflix Cross-device
Everyone's favourite on demand online streaming service, has the ability to remember where you are up to on a programme or movie and streams it cross device. So multiple device users can stream anywhere without having to select an episode or fast forward - easy!
In a similar way to Netflix, Pocket also works beautifully over different devices. For those who don't know it, Pocket allows the user to save a link or article to their "Pocket" to view at more convenient moment. One of its best features is it's ability to remember which point you are up to in a document, so you never get muddled with where you were up to in a half read piece of content again!
3. Uber's Credit Card Sign Up
When setting up Uber account, you can now register your card details quickly and simply using a photo capture of your physical card details using your smart phone's camera.
Google Now is all the right information at the right time. It's basically just Google, but when you need it the most. One of it's best features is how it hooks up with your calendar and Gmail and providing relevant information (travel times, etc) AND it even learns where ‘Home’ and ‘Work’ are.
Twitter for mobile has never been easier to use. One of the most frustrating things about Twitter on a Desktop is the inability to toggle between different accounts with ease as you can only be signed into one at a time. The Twitter mobile app, on both Android and iOS, enables you to simply switch between different accounts at the touch of a button all in one place.
Google Docs is the Chrome staple which gives the likes of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint a serious run for their money. One of the smallest but most valuable features is its Hyperlink finder. Instead of laborious process that hyperlinking is in Word, Google Docs allow you to just highlight the word or phrase and select from the top search results on Google.
There's nothing worse than a shabby looking update on social media, especially from a company account. Both Facebook and Linkedin have rolled out the Auto Link feature. When posting an update which includes a link, both sites generate a preview of the link, it's meta description and an image. Once the preview has loaded, you can get rid of the link in the update! When will Twitter follow suit?
With The Guardian having one of the best digital strategies of all the big UK newspapers, it's no wonder they've developed the simplest but brilliant features. Any article you've read is automatically greyed out, so you won't read an article twice and miss any of the latest news.
9. Instagram Photo Map
Instagram's Photo Map is one of the best and probably least known features within the app. Photo Map allows you and your followers to see where your memories were created. It recognises where a picture was taken (not your current location) as you add an image to the Photo Map. So posting a recent photo from your holiday at home, will still show up in the place you took it!
10. PayPal Instant Receipt
When buying in-store via Paypal, their app will automatically send an instant receipt directly to your email address - so you can easily keep track of all your spending!
11. Buffer Highlighted Text
Buffer is our favourite social media tool at Leighton and one its best features is how easy it is the schedule content for multiple social media channels. Like most other social media management tools, Buffer enables you to link to different articles - but Buffer goes one step further and lets you link to a certain piece of text on a web page.
Google Hangouts is one of Google's best ways to keep in touch, for both personal and professional accounts. It seamlessly integrates with all aspects of Google, especially Gmail, which gives you the power to search through any of your Hangout conversations, using key words or phrases!
Another one for the list, courtesy of Google (with tools this useful we're unashamed fans of Google!) is Google Photos. This is one of the newer features of your Google+ page. A place where all your photos can be uploaded and stored across your Google account. One of the best features is it's ability to group photos by certain phrases - and you can search by phrases - without ever actually linking the phrases to the photographs yourself!
Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It's real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams. When downloading the Slack app on Android or iOS, it recognises if you're enabled notifications from this device and turns off email notifications automatically. Nice!
Google Ads originated as a place where businesses could advertise their service within your Google Search. Nowadays, its branched into the world of online streaming and tells you where you can watch a programme after searching for it!
The Delectable App is one of the best apps for wine lovers! It enables you to scan the label on a bottle of wine and get instant ratings, reviews and information!
The Amazon Fire TV App enables to search for your favourite TV programmes using only your voice and your Amazon Fire TV Voice Remote to search for any movie title, genre, or actor.
The latest version of the health monitor can not only track your heart rate or steps you've taken, it can now track how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed in a day!
As everyone knows, Airbnb is one of the easiest and quickest ways to find a place to stay just about anywhere in the world. It's handy saved searches tool saves your specific searches and requirements automatically, so when you return - perhaps to confirm a booking you were interested in - you don't have to start back at square one.
Clementine is a collaborative, communications app, recently acquired by Dropbox. Clemetine gives you the your own private, mobile conference calls. One of the best features is its ability to dial in to a conference without even having someones mobile number, creating a slick and easy way to communicate with colleagues.
Amazon Cart allows you to add products to your Amazon Cart direct from Twitter, simply by replying with #AmazonCart to any tweet containing an amazon product link, that you want to buy now or save for later.
Dominos latest update makes fast food even faster with the ability to order a pizza with one, single pizza Emoji. All users need to do is sign up to their Easy Order service with credit card details and then they can send Dominos an emoji and wait for your tasty delivery! Simple as that - if you live in the US that is! UK Dominos customers are yet to get their hands on such a fun tool.
Drinks manufacturer Diageo have started using smart labelling to identify when a bottle has been opened, enabling them to follow up with great content such as cocktail recipes to make the most of your favourite drink. The technology collaborates with any smartphone, meaning users can receive special offers and further information on a particular brand, straight to their device!
With over 20 million users, Spotify keeps growing from strength to strength. With their recent new look colour scheme and their constant development, users have recently been treated to 'the most entertaining Spotify ever'. A latest addition to their offering is their Discover feature which creates a personalised playlist for you based on tracks you've previously listened to and favourites of other users like you, added to your playlist automatically every week.
Have we missed anything? Let us know if we've missed out on your favourite digital tool or feature.