My iPhone Apps – Page One

December 2, 2010

I was asked recently to list the iPhone Apps that I use. Here are a few that are on my iPhone that you might also find useful. This is just page one. I’ll save page two (perhaps three and four as well) for another post.

Page One

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1. Facebook: This one has been listed in the App Store’s Top 25 Free Applications for as long as I’ve been paying attention. I use it to keep up with your status and to update my own. It’s not perfect but like with the desktop user interface they continue to tweak the experience. Sometimes they make it better. Sometimes not.

2. Twitter: This app was once called something else but changed it’s name to Twitter when it was bought by the actual company. It’s been so long now I don’t even recall what the original pre-twitter purchase name is anymore. Best mobile Twitter application for its simplicity and for being so easy to use.

3. LinkedIn: I don’t use this application very often but since it rounds out the business end of my social networking experience I have it installed.

4. Foursquare: Location based social networking leader. However, it is sometimes a slightly awkward conversation tying to explain the appeal of this app. I’m not even sure sometimes how to describe it other than when you go somewhere, out to eat at a restaurant for example, you can “check in” to the location, get “points” for checking in, and if you check in often enough become the “mayor” of that location. Truth is I might not still be using this app if it weren’t for their special four square deals. For example, a local sushi restaurant offers free edamame when you check in. You can also use it as a sort of digital journal of all the places you’ve been. If you’re into that.

5. Solebon: They call it “For Refined Solitaire Players”. Okay dokey. It does have a lot of solitaire games. I’ve played more hours of Yukon than I’d care to mention.

6. Best Camera: The camera application brought to you by Chase Jarvis. It’s almost as easy to use as your native camera app but has a few really cool, yet still simple to use, editing features.

7. Evernote: I don’t use this as much as I could / should. A lot of folks that use this app swear by it but admit that at first they “just didn’t get it”. I’m sort of stuck somewhere in between. I get it but don’t use it as much. What is it, you ask? Oh, it’s a an app that lets you capture your thoughts, ideas, and inspirations (i.e. notes to self) via text, snapshot, or voice.

8. Netflix: Lets you manage your dvd and streaming account from your phone. As if that weren’t enough, you can also stream video right from your phone. Yes, sports fans, you can now watch Netflix at the gym.

9. Dropbox: Download the app to your desktop, drag files to the folder it creates, share the folder and its contents with yourself via another desktop or your phone, and share specific subfolders and their contents with friends, family, and business associates.

10. Feeds: Google Reader feeds.

11. Weather: Duhh. While this is a native (an app that comes installed on every iPhone) I have every city I’ve been to since I’ve owned an iPhone listed here. There’s a few.

12. Tip Calculator: I can sometimes go overboard in an attempt not to stiff wait staff on their tip. This allows me to do the 15-20-25 percent and round up to the nearest dollar without all that messy math business.

13. Shazam: Best application ever. There’s a song on the radio and you can’t quite remember who the artist is or the name of the song. Open this app, click a button, and Shazam will not only tell you the artist and song title but give you the opportunity to buy it on iTunes.

14. NY Times: I’m not a big news guy for my own personal reasons but when I do read the news I go to the NY Times.

15. Contacts: This is also a native app, true, but here’s a tip. You’re sitting having lunch with your new business contact and you want to give them your phone number and email address. Did you know that you can go into Contacts, navigate to your listing, open up to the listing info, scroll to the bottom of your contact listing, click Share Contact, and text the contact info to them? So easy.

16. iPod: This is also a native app but since it’s the one I use the most it’s worth mentioning. Now that I have 16G of space, on my phone, the one device I always have with me, I hardly every use my iPod classic anymore. I guess that’s why they no longer produce them anymore. Makes me happy and sad all at the same time.

That’s it for page one. Do you have a favorite iPhone application? Please share.

PS: I have a few stories and lots of pictures from my recent trip to Nashville. They’ll be up soon; they just aren’t quite ready yet.

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