Now you may be asking, what’s a foodie doing giving app advice? Fair question. In my day to day life I’m a Digital publisher, Web Designer and Social Media Specialist. In my “spare” time (really who has spare time any more?) I’m designing a Jane Austen based book app for a part of my Master’s curriculum and getting ready to graduate this winter. So trust me when I say I’ve done the leg work for this kind of thing. Still the apps I picked today are for everyone, as the iPhone continues to pick up in popularity, I thought it’d be nice to share some of the apps I find myself using often.
- Messenger– I’ll admit that I’m remiss in checking my Facebook other than a glance or two when I get a chance. So when my coworkers at America’s Test Kitchen started asking me why I wasn’t coming to fun food events they’d invited me too I was a bit baffled. Turns out that they’d been asking me via Facebook message. This lovely little app keeps me updated on my Facebook chats and my inbox, without the hassle.
- Wunderkit– I LOVE and I mean LOVE this app. If you’re anywhere near as busy (and as a result perpetually lost as to what needs to be done) as I am, you make to do lists. I have tried app after app to find a to-do list I like and this is the current winner. Wunderkit can be accessed online as well and can assign tasks to friends (even via email), take notes and you can have a different list for work, home, class, heck even dinner if you want to.
- WordPress– Yes, I there is a W app for the iPhone, so all you bloggers out there, if you’d like to track your stats, hit publish on that post you forgot about or want to easily post an Instagram, this app is for you. I personally love to see where my stats are at and have the ability to approve comments from afar.
- Flixster– This app is a godsend if you decide spur of the moment that you want to see a movie. Flixster uses Rotten Tomatoes as a rating system and provides access to photos from the movie, cast lists, trailers and reviews from critics and the general public. It’ll also search your area for the nearest theater (and save your favorites) and give you up to date movie times.
- Pic Frame– Wondering how people make those great Instagram collages? Pic Frame can do it. Just set up your collage in Pic Frame and then run it through an Instagram filter for dynamic and fun photo collages every time!
- Emoji– Yes it may seem obvious, but unless you know someone who figured out how to put cute little smiley faces, buildings, cars, and ice cream cones into their text messages then chances are that you haven’t seen this app. Setting it up is easy. Just download, then go to your general settings–>General–>Keyboard–>International Keyboard–> Add New–> select Emoji and you’re good to go!
- Street Food– This app is Boston specific but if you’d like to find where the food trucks are parked in your town you should find out what your app is called. Street Food Boston is the best for finding the most mouth-watering food trucks, their schedule and even a Google Map leading you to it.
- Hubba Hubba– This just for fun photo booth makes taking pictures fun. Want a mustache, bowler cap and a monocle without the wait? Look no further. Add captions to make a good thing great and then share your photos with your friends. Sigh I sound like a commercial now… but I do love it, it’s just getting late.
- Instagram– Yes with all its mentions it was bound to be in here. I do love Instagram, I used to love it only for its filters but now that there is a web viewing component called Pinstagram I can better enjoy the social networking aspects of it too.
- HopStop– This app has been a lifesaver for me both in New York and in Boston. Any major city with public transportation can be found in this convenient app. It’s perfect for travel and will tell you what stops/trains/buses to get on, which stops to pass and what stop to get off. It will even give you walking directions between stops and calculate how much CO2 you’ve saved. Useful and makes you feel eco-friendly. Why not?
So there’s my top ten everyday apps. I’ve excluded some of the extra obvious (like Facebook and Twitter) and some of those more attuned to my personal taste (Viz Media, Marvel Comics and Werdsmith immediately come to mind…). But I hope you’ll enjoy and ask questions!