As a new iPhone 4 user, I have been blown away by its ease of use and functionality. This cute little phone must be made for people like me – the proud-parent-who-takes-too-many-pictures-social-media-junkie-looking-for-the-latest-time-saver type. Yes, Apple, you have made this girl happy.
And all the apps! Like Kori said, “there is an app for everything!” and there are over 425,000 apps for the Apple iPhone alone. Many are free, or just a couple bucks. I can fit that into my budget. I also like the option of trying out the free “Lite” version when I can, to see if the app fits my needs, before buying the full version.
- Ask a tech-savvy friend about their experience with the app
- Look at the reviews and ratings of the app
- Google search for more reviews, videos, and blogs on the app
Besides amusement like taking retro photos with creative apps like Instagram (sorry it’s just for iPhones right now), mobile apps can make your mobile life more productive and social.
Here are a few things that my mobile apps helped me do, while on-the-go last weekend:
Update the Blog
If you have a WordPress blog, it is a must to download the WordPress App for your smart phone. While sitting lakeside this weekend, I got an email about something that had to be changed on my WordPress Blog. Within 5 minutes, I had researched and downloaded the WP app to my phone, logged in, and made the correction to my page. You can easily manage multiple WordPress.com or self-hosted blogs.
Make New Connections
There was a whole conversation happening on Twitter during the weekends that I never became a part of before. Now I can connect with people about rock concerts, grilling, and kayaking, who usually just talk about social media during the week days. Who would have thought we had so much more in common? Whether you use the Twitter app or m.twitter.com on your mobile browser, or apps like HootSuite or Tweet Bot, there are many great apps to support your mobile tweeting habits.
Bring People Together
Location-based apps such as Foursquare, Facebook Places, and the up-and-coming Google+ check-ins bring customer loyalty to a whole new level. By checking-in at favorite businesses and places, a person can make recommendations to friends by letting them know where they are. When I checked-in on Facebook Places to a local restaurant, a friend from out of town commented that she was in the area. We were able to meet on the spot!
By scanning a bar code or QR code with the Red Laser app, a person can see all the pricing from both online retailers and some of the larger local retailers. I was even able to scan a QR code on a “For Sale” sign to get all the details about the item for sale, including the seller’s contact information and email address, all saved on my phone. What a time saver!
And you thought that mobile apps were just for games and weather? What mobile apps can you not live without? What apps have you found to be amusing, helpful, or just plain fun?