As I mentioned previously, I recently got an iPhone 4. (Yes … I was one of those dorks who got up at 3:00 a.m. to preorder the iPhone when it came to Verizon.) I never had a smartphone before, but after a year of feeling like Mr. Jenners was cheating on me with his iPhone, I felt like I had to take the plunge.
And I love it!
I really really love it.
So now that I have officially drunk the iPhone Kool-Aid (yes … that was a rather bizarre and unfortunate reference to the Jim Jones cult in Guyana), I thought I’d list my Top 10 iPhone apps that have been dominating my life since this past Monday. (And I believe you can use quite a few of them on an iPod Touch if you want.)
1: Toodledo: A really nifty to-do list app, Toodledo has basically been given the responsibility for reminding me to do everything. I’ve scheduled my housekeeping chores (although Mr. Jenners thinks “Every 2 weeks” for dusting the upstairs should be adjusted), my work tasks, errands and even blog posts! I’m a person who responds really well to a to-do list. Without one, I tend to end up reading or blogging. There is also a Toodledo web site.
2: Reeder: This is a pretty nifty little feed reader that I found and use to do my blog visiting. It even syncs up with Google Reader! If you are a blogger who likes to use your iPhone to catch up with your favorite blogs, I think this is a pretty good app. The fact that I was able to catch up on my favorite blogs while sitting at the Little One’s swimming lesson was awesome. (I suppose you could use it to read other things as well but I just use it for blogs.)
3: Facebook: Neither Mr. Jenners or I were big Facebook users. But when Mr. Jenners got the iPhone, he started posting stuff all the time (usually unattractive photos of me). I downloaded the Facebook app for the iPhone and was pretty impressed with it. They got it right. It is easy to read and catch up on stuff. I was so impressed that I decided to create a Facebook page for this blog. If you want to “like” this blog and follow it on Facebook, just click on the Facebook icon on my sidebar. (In addition, I promise to add up to 2% exclusive new content on the Facebook version!) And just to let you know: Due to security restrictions imposed by Mr. Jenners, I don’t mix my personal Facebook page with my blog stuff so I have probably rejected any friend requests you may have sent me in the past on Facebook. Now I’ll accept them!
4: The Onion: I’ve always been a fan of this satirical newspaper—at one point I even had a subscription to the paper version. Now I can read it on my iPhone whenever I’m in need of a laugh. (By the way, have you seen their news show? Mr. Jenners was watching it the other day while I was blogging and I heard “They are calling this storm the Snowlocaust…” and I went whipping around saying “Did I hear that right?!!? Is a news station calling something a Snowlocaust? That is horrible!!!” It actually would not surprise me if a real newscast used this term one day.)
5: Angry Birds: If you haven’t played this game yet, what are you waiting for? It is ridiculously addictive, oddly satisfying yet darned difficult. I am currently stuck on a level and have little hope of getting past it. (I think I’ll have to turn to the Little One, who completely rocks at this game.)
6: Unblock Me: Whenever I’m sick of Angry Birds, I play this game, which involves moving brown blocks around to get a red block out. Sounds simple but it can be difficult. (Or that could just be me … I stink at these kind of puzzle games.)
7: Teach Me First Grade: OK, this isn’t for my app. I downloaded it for the Little One for “his” iPod Touch (I had to do something about the fart noise app he was using!), and I’m very impressed with it. It combines reading sight words, spelling, addition and subtraction in a fun little app that actually has him writing with this finger. Highly recommended. And it only cost 99 cents!
8: Moron Test: My neighbor turned me on to this. I don’t want to tell you how far I’ve gotten in it as I’m rather embarrassed. (Hint: I may actually be a moron.)
9: App Shopper: This is a great little program for finding new apps. Plus you can find apps that have been discounted or offered for free for a limited time. I like checking it out to see if there are any good deals. (It was how I found Toodledo. They were offering at a discount as a welcome to Verizon folks like myself.)
10: MobileTag: Have you seen those little “smart tags” that have started showing up in magazines? I was always curious about them. Well, now I can scan them and read them. This app blew the Micrsoft Tag reader app out of the water. I’m sure I’ll tire of this soon but right now I’m just having fun with it. You can also use it to scan UPCs and barcodes to get price comparisons.
And now the real purpose of this post: What are your favorite iPhone apps? What app can’t you live without?