Recent App Reviews
I recently stopped in the Apple store and was admiring all of the shiny new laptops, iPhones and iPods when I was approached by one of the ever present Apple staffers. My husband and I were shopping for an new iPhone case for him to use when he runs, and in the name of research, I asked the young man what the most popular accessory was for the iPhone.
I was surprised when he answered “Apps. “ When pushed, he acknowledged that cases and car chargers are also popular, but then he reiterated that Apps were the most popular accessory.
Shake it out is an app that chooses a random line item from lists you create. I use EVERY day for one reason or another. It's a staple that I'm so glad I found & is quick & simple to use.
One of the featured apps in Apple’s iPhone 3.0 release announcement this past March was Smule’s Leaf Trombone, their second music app (see my review of Ocarina in the Spring 2009 issue of iPhone Life) that leverages both the iPhone’s touch screen and “peer to peer” capabilities of the iPhone. It’s very cool. . .
After trying most of the calendar & PIM apps out there, I ALWAYS come back to the Calendar app that CAME with the iPhone. It's the best & most reliable.
I've been meaning to write for a while now about Scott Mullin's blog, PowerCycle, as he bicycles solo from Florida to Alaska, and specifically about how much gear his iPhone has replaced. Last night my wife and I hosted four bike tourists on their way to DC, also with an iPhone, so I'll take that as a sign that it's time to write!
With over 5 million downloads, AroundMe must be one of the more popular apps. It's free, and it directs you to the nearest banks, bars, coffee shops, gas stations, hospitals, hotels, movie theaters, parking, pharmacies, pubs, restaurants, supermarkets, taxis, and theaters. Plus it gives you three-day weather and other features. It's amazingly easy to use.
When one has tasted it [watermelon] he knows what the angels eat.
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, portable database, the Bento app wins hands down. You can catalog your DVDs, plan a party, create a recipe file, keep track of upcoming events, photograph and inventory your home, and maintain a vehicle maintenance log. You can create invoices, file documents for easy retrieval, and keep track of expenses.
When I’m using my PC at work, I’m able to quickly open Outlook and call up an e-mail group, for instance to send out a tech-support bulletin to our field sites, or maybe report a bug to our development team. At home, I use mostly Gmail, and also have a few helpful contact groups configured (like for our bloggers), but I have yet to find a way to sync the grouping to my iPod touch.
As a resident of Texas & someone who is generally interested in watching the weather, I was very happy to see WeatherBug for the iPhone. There are 2 versions available: WeatherBug (FREE) & WeatherBug Elite (.99c). Both are very good apps. I 1st had the free version, then upgraded to the Elite version so I could have ALL of the features.