Not all of you have the same phone I do, but don't go running away quite yet.
A lot of the same apps I'm learning to love on my iPhone are available, or will be soon, on other phones too.
Several of my friends have recently purchased new phones and asked me to share with them which apps I find myself using the most. Since I've had the same conversation four times in the last month, I thought I'd write my thoughts here. Next time someone asks me what apps I like, I'll just send them a link.
Of course, I always love to hear what other people like too. I've found all my favorites from friends and readers.
You people are the best!
I use the Twitter app a lot, Facebook less, and the Weather Channel at least once a day. Go ahead and laugh at me about using the Weather Channel. (I want to know if it's going to be in the 70's or 80's … is that okay?)
I've, of course, tried a lot of photography apps. I know Instagram is the trendy social media photo app right now, but it doesn't thrill me the way it seems to thrill everyone else. I think it's great for sharing photos, but the photo quality doesn't do a whole lot for me. Photo quality is important to an obsessive photo person like me.
My favorite photography app right now is Camera+. I love the ease of use with it, and I love the variety of filters, etc. It was initially recommended to me by a Twitter friend who is a professional magazine photographer and editor. It's the photo app I come back to most frequently. (My second favorite is 100 Cameras.)
If you're new to photography and want a basic how-to guide, Photo Caddy might be a helpful app. It gives tips, suggestions, and typical settings for different situations.
The app I use the most every day, however, is a productivity app called Things. Things is expensive as apps go (I think it was $9.00), but I live and breathe it – all day, every day. Things is, so far, the best to-do list, get yourself organized, don't forget anything, app I've seen. Are there better apps out there? Maybe, but I haven't found them. (I have, however, found several productivity apps which don't work as well for me.)
I've had an insanely busy few weeks and Things is the thing keeping me on track.
My two favorite music apps are Pandora and Shazam. I don't think I need to explain those, do I? (Maybe I do?) Briefly, Pandora is like a personalized radio station in your pocket and Shazam identifies music and tells you what you're listening to.
My favorite vice app is Wine Ratings. Oh, how I love this app. I used it when BevMo recently had their five cent wine sale. It's worth every penny if you like to try new wines and step out of your wine rut.
You ARE in a wine rut, aren't you?
(I knew you were!)
I keep a running grocery list on Grocery Gadget and do my grocery (and pharmacy) shopping off of it. I no longer make a "regular" grocery list … it's all done through this app. I love using it when I'm out and about and suddenly remember I need something on my next trip to get groceries. I add it to my Grocery Gadget list immediately because it's always with me. (Fewer forgotten items means fewer trips to the store.)
I'm really not that much of a game player, but when I'm waiting for PR to come out from baseball practice, or sitting in a waiting room somewhere I'll play them. What am I playing? Well, most of the time it's Angry Birds, Tiny Wings or DoodleJump. Again, I don't play games enough to need a lot of them.
I find myself using Lifestyle apps a lot on the weekends. I like Yelp, AroundMe, Wikihood, Where and YPmobile best. They each have different strengths, and all of them have been valuable to me at different times.
FlightTrack is a must-have travel app if you, or someone in your family, travels by plane a lot.
Educational. My dad spent his career working for NASA, which rubbed off on me a little. I like both the NASA app and Star Walk. I realize these are nerdy apps, and not everyone would be interested in them.
I have other apps I like a lot too, but the ones I've mentioned today are the ones I use the most on a day in, day out, basis.
What am I missing?
What are your favorites, or the ones you rely on the most?
I love hearing from you, because you have the BEST ideas!
© Twenty Four At Heart