Monday, March 15, 2010

Fun with iPhone - iPhone App Selection

If you're new to the iPhone scene, you might want to jump right into the fun stuff without reading the whole manual.

With the analytical techie sitting on my left shoulder screeching, "NOOO!" I'm going to tell you how to get to the fun stuff because the fun stuff is what makes the iPhone worth getting. (The phone service ain't so bad but with all this more fun stuff to do, you won't want to chitchat so much anymore.) I'm willing to bet you've probably already figured out how to turn it off and on, so I'll just skip ahead to the fun.

These are my most frequently used apps -  all of them are FREE!

Most of these applications will work on iPod Touch as long as you can hook up to wireless Internet. NOTE: Oftentimes, you cannot hook up to wireless Internet (as I found out at my gym), so if you want to use these apps, all the time, best to get an iPhone. Additionally, some of these apps require a microphone, which are very inexpensive, for the iPod Touch. The iPhone has built-in microphone (which you use for phone calls)

Amazon Mobile Read reviews, buy stuff, compare prices on Amazon. Kindle Who needs to buy $199 Kindle, when you can buy Kindle Books from Amazon this way. Just read books on your iPhone. Books are so 18th century!

Epicurious Free. Awesome recipe consolidator for the recipe collector. Also helpful: Woman's Day Cooking Assistant includes a cook time calculator, prep guide and spice dictionary.

DizzyBeeFree Fun Crazy Game.

Jott Voice recognition notes. Try it, you'll see. So much better than Voice Notes, or the old Keyboard Notes Bug. Free (however it does require a paid Online account). You could also try Evernote: Anything you need to jot down fast, be it in text, a photo, or a voice note, Evernote will keep it, index it, and sync it to the online subscription service.

Dragon Dictation Dictate voice messages and have them translated while you watch. Need to add microphone to iPod Touch for this to work.

Forsquare Super cool way to let friends know where you are by "checking in." Also a good way to find reviews for wherever you are. Uses GPS in your mobile device. Avail for Android, Blackberry, Palm and others.
Paper Toss Very low tech game. You get to throw a piece of paper in the trash. Hours on mindless fun. One of my favorites!

BMW M Power Meter Very cool way to watch speed, distance and other car measurements - for BMW owners and BMW wannabe owners ;-)

Fring - All the Instant Messenger Products in one cool program, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Chat, MSN.

Tap Tap Revenge Probably the best free game available now. Guitar hero for your fingertips.

AOL Radio This is the game changing app and the paradigm shifter in mobile. Free streaming radio, including internet radio stations (all Pearl Jam, all the time, anyone? Anyone?). Just wait until they have TV. AOL is cool again.

Yelp. Nice implementation of the restaurant, doctor, gym, coffee shop, bar, favorite IT Company (:-)) (and other companies as well) reviews site.

Loopt. Ping your friends and see where they are. Loopt Pulse, a newer feature, helps you find and plan events in your area.

Weather Bug. More accurate weather, weather web cams, and radar maps than the apple's built in app, Weather.

SportsTap. Also free. Sports scores from all sports. (You could get At Bat for $5 program lets you track games in progress, which is no big deal. The big deal is that you can actually watch video clips of key plays before the games are over. But SportsTap is freer and better.)

Baby Scratch. Who doesn't need to scratch records hiphop style while waiting for public transportation? The least expensive DJ equipment available for $0.00! If scratchin's not your thing but music still is, check out Karajan Beginner - Free, fun music lessons, tuning ear to music.

 We plan on doing many of these "best of apps" blogs. What are you favorites and why? Which apps are you regretful you purchased. Leave a comment with your favorite app and of course, feel free to put a link to your blog or website.

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