Last month we did a company wide transition from Blackberry over to iPhones as the Taos handheld device of choice. We all got our shiny, charged, brand new iPhones ready for use and I gotta say, I love the thing. I was an iPhone user for years but due to the horrible cell phone service here in S.F. this past summer I moved over to an Android, which honestly, has been great to me. However since peeling off the cellophane and opening the box of my new iPhone two weeks ago (with a different service provider than my previous iPhone) I have been reminded why this particular smartphone is so popular; it’s because it is simply awesome in most every single way. The size, the ease of use, the interface, the speed-it’s all so flawless. The only question I now have is which applications to download? I am starting out with I Pandora, Salesforce’s Chatter, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. What else can’t I live without but don’t even know about yet?
so many options choosing which ones are worth to download is a bit overwhelming. I did some digging to see what’s out there for apps. that will no doubt, make life way, way better.
Spotify is one of the newest music websites that now offers mobile accessibilty and for $9.99 a month it is supposed to be the best thing since Pandora. Admittedly, I love Spotify on my laptop so I imagine it’s only a matter of time before I shell out the money for the subscription. Supposedly, another great music app. for streaming radio is called TuneIn Radio Pro by Synsion Technologies which seems pretty great since you can record radio shows which would come in handy for when I miss NPR’s This American Life .
According to Gizmodo’s list of Apps Everyone Should Have, Angry Birds is for the birds (sorry, I had to) and Infinity Blade, by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC. is a game that will blow us away because of it’s graphics, action and storyline. Apparently, graphics so groundbreaking that reviewers boast the game has, “the best graphics available on the iPhone.” Plus, with a price tag of only, $5.99 it’s a pretty safe gamble if you end up absolutely hating it. Tiny Wings by Andreas Illiger is supposed to be a challenging flying game (after all it is hard to fly with tiny wings) plus the main characters are really cute looking-it’s a steal at $.99.
Truth be told, I tend to steer more toward free apps. For a complete list I studied, Techradar’s Top 50 Best FREE iPhone apps of 2011 apps and immediately felt like I had found the ticket I have been looking for. Worth checking out as I was inspired to immediately start downloading a slew of new ‘get cool quick’ tools. RunKeeper by FitnessKeeper, Inc. is an excellent way to track your exercise history, love the GPS function for long distance running. The level from iHandy Soft, Inc. proved very helpful this past weekend when I was hanging a large mirror by myself-I stood back after positioning it knowing that it was absolutely, 100% level. Dropbox appears to offer storage that quite honestly seems almost too good to be true by automatically saving data to multiple devices? I mean…c’mon, where am I, Heaven? Turns out life has gotten better since downloading new apps and I no longer feel completely lost when it comes to hitting, “Download Now.”
Which iPhone apps do you love? Any that we absolutely NEED to have?
This week’s VHF goes out to Brian Pate! Thanks for the comment! Did you end up using any Thanksgiving kitchen gadgets after-all?