Being a woman in my late twenties, I like my tech gadgets to be fashionable, yet I also expect them to be functional, intuitive, and worth every penny I pay for them. Thankfully, there are many accessories and apps that suit my lifestyle, and don’t compromise substance for style. Have a peek at some of my selections below.
Atomic Bass Aluminum Earphones
Looking for some superb, well fitting earphones that are not only totally trendy, but affordable? Check out the Radius Atomic Bass Aluminum Earphones for the iPhone. They include a microphone, so they can be used for phone calls, and they provide crystal clear sound quality and impressive bass output. They ship with three different-sized pairs of silicone ear pieces, so you’re guaranteed a perfect fit—even if you have a smaller ear canal. In terms of quality and style, the Atomic Bass Earphones are on par with $150 competitors. They are available in silver, pink, black, and red.
A little celebrity news
When she’s not chasing around her eight little ones, Kate Gosselin (of Jon and Kate Plus 8) can often be spotted with her iPhone 3GS adorned in a case that’s just about as wild as her haircut—a fluorescent pink Incase Fluro Slider ($34.95; goincase.com). This hard-shell, protective, plastic case is 1 mm thick, so you don’t have to worry about adding extra bulk to your iPhone. And it lets you access all of your iPhone’s controls and ports, so you can keep it on your device 24/7! You can also pick up the Fluro case in lime green or orange. (A review of the Slider is in “Protect your iPhone,” page 50.)
Favorite, fun apps
When it comes to iPhone apps, I do have my favorites. Most of them are for play, but the ones that I really enjoy are the ones that provide services and simplify my life. Here are some of my personal favorites—perfect for any iPhone-obsessed female!
I already thought the Whole Foods Web site was pretty cool, but it just got a lot cooler with the release of this iPhone app. If you have special dietary requirements (low fat, vegetarian, gluten free, etc.) you can enter those into the app, and it will display a list of recipes that meet your needs. It will also whip up recipes based on the ingredients you have on hand! In addition, if you’re really struggling for some ideas, you can peruse their extensive directory of favorite recipes—all delicious and ridiculously healthy! Finally, if you’re new to a neighborhood and wondering where the nearest Whole Foods Market is, the app will access the online store locator and tell you where the market is.
Whole Foods Market Recipe
In the movie Clueless, Alicia Silverstone portrayed Cher Horowitz, a hip, high-tech woman with so many clothes packed in her closet she had to catalogue them on a computer. Now we have an iPhone app that lets you do that and more. Install TouchCloset, create an account, and add items to your online wardrobe inventory. Then you can effortlessly put together outfits and send ideas to your friends for their feedback.
Even the best of us have had laundry accidents. Whether it’s a red towel in with the whites or a wool sweater shrunk to mini-me proportions in the dryer—we’ve all “been there, done that.” Laundry Pal is like a decoder ring for clothing tags. Located on all clothing are tags with fabric care symbols that tell you how to wash and dry the item. Laundry Pal tells you what the symbols mean and how to properly handle the article. If you’re ever on the fence about whether that new cardigan should be washed with the rest of your delicates, consult your Laundry Pal!
- $0.99 (free Lite version also available)
Whether you’re moving into a new apartment or doing a living room makeover, one of the most important decisions you make will be the selection of the right color of paint. As luck would have it, you’re visiting a friend’s house and you see the perfect color. Unfortunately, he doesn’t remember its name or where he got it. What do you do?
Go to the App Store and download Benjamin Moore’s free Ben Color Capture app for the iPhone. You can then take a picture of the color and use the app to match paints that most closely resemble it. The app also displays lighter and darker shades of the matched color and provides you with coordinating hues, so you can get your entire painting palette squared away. The app can access over 3,300 colors in the Benjamin Moore database, so it’s very likely that you’ll find the one you want.
Ben Color Capture
People have some pretty amazing photos stored on their iPhone, and some of them are very personal—to be shared with a loved one only, or with no one at all! In addition, some people keep sensitive work-related photos on their device. The iPhone is a very portable device, easy to lose or leave lying on a table at your mom’s house. Private Pics provides a password protected area on your iPhone to store sensitive or very personal photos. (Also check out Find My iPhone, a new OS 3.0 feature that will help you locate your device if you ever lose it.)
- $1.99 (free version also available)