Best Wedding Apps for Wedding Season Aug 08, 2014 | NextWorth

Planning a wedding can be a stressful experience. Your to-do list can pile up quickly, and time is usually limited. This is where your smartphone comes to the rescue. In the spirit of the summer wedding season, we’ve found the best apps to help you plan the most important parts of your big day. WEDDING-PHOTO-APPS Appy CoupleThis app allows couples to design a custom app, just for their wedding. Appy Couple lets users create groups to communicate with, such as the bridal party or the DJ and photographer. It also allows users to manage their guest list and compile a photo gallery from the big day. The Knot The bride’s dress is one of the most important parts of a wedding. The Knot features a wide selection of wedding dresses, including pictures and links to the websites they came from. The app also includes ideas for flowers, decorations and venues. TopTablePlanner TopTablePlanner allows you to digitally create and organize your seating chart for the wedding. You can import your guest list from an Excel document and then drag and drop guests to any table, allowing you to create the perfect seating chart. This app simplifies what is often one of the trickiest aspects of planning a wedding. – This app allows you to manage gift registries from multiple stores all in one place. Instead of searching for products online or creating a registry in multiple stores, the app’s barcode scanner allows brides and grooms to scan items from any store and load it onto the registry. The registry is automatically updated after a guest purchases something from the list. Whether you’re getting married on the beach in front of your closest family and friends, or in a church filled with hundreds of people, these apps are the best way to keep things organized and make your wedding day one to remember.

Trade-in Tips Prior to iPhone 6 Aug 04, 2014 | NextWorth

Last week, reports surfaced that Apple had begun mass production of the 4.7 inch iPhone 6, meaning they are on schedule for the rumored late-September release date. As anticipation builds for the launch of the iPhone 6, it is expected that pre-orders will reach an all-time high of 80 million units. This forecast is likely to mean a very busy launch for Apple, but also for companies in the smartphone trade-in industry. [caption id="attachment_2804" align="alignnone" width="578"]Photo courtesy Photo courtesy[/caption] If you are one of the millions of people planning on getting the iPhone 6 when it is released, now is the time to start thinking about trading in your old phone. NextWorth has a few tips for getting the most out of your trade-in:

  1. Sell early. The longer you wait to trade your phone in, the more its value will decrease. In addition to the natural depreciation in value over time, you also run the risk of the phone getting damaged and decreasing the return you would get from a trade-in.
  2. Look for phones that carry a higher than average resale value. Your best bet here is the iPhone. According to Wall Street Journal, iPhones retain the most value of any smartphones. In fact, some models of the iPhone that are two or three years old have retained more value than the newest model of other phones.
  3. Trade-in your phone from the convenience and comfort of home. allows you to sell your old smartphone online to get some cash to put toward your upgrade to the iPhone 6 this fall.
With a record number of pre-orders expected for the iPhone 6, these trade-in tips will help you get the most value for your old phone as you prepare for the upgrade.

Things to do to Preserve the Value of Your Phone Jul 18, 2014 | NextWorth

In this day and age, there is no question that a smartphone is a prized possession for most people. They are our primary means of communication and many of us would be completely lost without them. Smartphones are also a significant investment. Between the contract, data plan, apps and music, monthly smartphone bills can get pretty expensive. Accidents happen, and since most of us can’t afford to replace a broken smartphone before we’re eligible for an upgrade, it is important to know how to protect it. Another benefit of protecting your smartphone is an increase in trade-in value. While NextWorth accepts broken phones, you’ll have an even better payday if your phone is in pristine condition. Here are a few products to help protect your phone and preserve its value: Protective cases   When it comes to phone cases, brands such as Otterbox and LifeProof are often considered the best means of protection. All smartphone cases today are designed primarily to absorb shock (Phone gets dropped, stepped on, etc.), but some options are specially designed to be waterproof or water resistant as well. Otterbox Preserver Features a screen protector and covers over headphone and charger ports. This case can be submerged as deep as 6.6 feet for up to 30 minutes and your phone will be safe. Foam cushions on the inside of the case help absorb shock if your phone is dropped. Photo courtesy Photo courtesy LifeProof Nuud – What makes the LifeProof Nuud case different is that it does not include a screen protector, but hugs the phone tight enough to create a waterproof seal that prevents water from entering. This case is slimmer than other high-protection cases, making it sleeker and easier to store. Photo courtesy Photo courtesy Screen protectors Many phone cases do not include a screen protector. These are often considered the best options when shopping for screen protectors. invisibleSHIELD – Zagg’s invisibleSHIELD offers a variety of screen protectors. Options range from the original to the high definition protector to glass. The original protector is the most popular and sticks to your phone’s screen to protect it from scratches, dirt, and dust. Photo courtesy Photo courtesy RhinoShieldThis screen protector is considered one of the best. In addition to protecting from scratches and dirt, RhinoShield flexible glass design is meant to absorb shock. This helps to protect the screen from cracking upon impact. Any of these products will instantly increase your phone’s chances of surviving some kind of accident. Buying a protective case and a screen protector is the smartest way to protect your phone from damage and preserve its value when it’s time for a trade-in.

Top Reasons You’ll Need to Trade-In Your Smartphone This Summer Jul 14, 2014 | NextWorth

Summer is always a fun time of year. When it comes to your smartphone, however, it can be the most dangerous time of year! Being out in the heat and spending time around water can be hazardous to the life of your phone. brokeniphone Luckily, NextWorth understands this and allows you to trade those phones that were casualties of summer fun. Here are some reasons you might need to trade-in your phone this summer:

  1. It fell into the water. You may have enjoyed hanging by the pool or catching some waves, but your phone wasn’t having as much fun with the water. It might be time to trade it in and get something a little drier.
  2. It got scratched by sand. That game of beach volleyball was great exercise, but your game-winning play didn’t end up so well for your phone’s glass screen. NextWorth will accept your scratched phone.
  3. It was danced on at a music festival. Things got a little crazy when your favorite band took the stage. Your dance moves may have impressed your friends, but you accidentally stepped on your phone in the process. NextWorth has you covered.
  4. It got a little too close to the campfire. Sitting close to the fire is great for making s’mores and warming up on a cool summer night, but your phone overheated and won’t turn on. Time for a trade-in.
  5. It fell off your favorite rollercoaster. The ride took an upside-down turn and your phone went flying. You were able to find the phone but the big crack in it makes it pretty much useless to you. will give you a fair quote. There are all sorts of things that can happen to your phone during the summer.
All you need to know is that NextWorth has you covered. Have a fun summer!

The Best Apps for Summer Jul 03, 2014 | NextWorth

Summer is officially in full swing. Hopefully you’re planning vacations, going to the beach, and eating more barbecue than you ever thought was possible. It’s a busy time of year and things can get disorganized fast. Thankfully, there’s an app for that. summer 2014 Here are NextWorth's favorite summer apps:

  1. Grill-It! XL - Recipes for the Grill. Rain or shine, something needs to be grilled. No matter whether your party will be celebrated inside or outside, Grill-It XL provides tons of recipes to satiate friends and family. 
  2. TripIt – TripIt is a great app for planning your next vacation. This app allows you to set the itinerary for your entire trip. You can forward email confirmations from things like hotels, flights, rental cars and more, and TripIt will organize it all in one convenient place. &<br&>
  3. Weber's On the Grill – This is another great app whether you’re hosting your first barbecue or a master griller. This app gives you proper cooking times and temperatures for different types of meat, and lets you create a grocery list right from a recipe. &<br&>
  4. The Weather Channel – This is one of the most important apps to have this summer. Whether you’re going to the beach, a concert, or hosting a cookout, you need to know what to expect from the weather. The Weather Channel app gives you hourly, daily, and weekly forecasts to help you plan ahead. Summer is the season of thunderstorms, so it is best to be prepared.
This collection of apps will help you hack your summer and enjoy every minute of it.