From the desk of Elaine Schoch...
There are only three good ideas in the world, it’s just a matter of who gets to them first. In this case Brad Feld beat me to it (go figure). I had started writing this post regarding some of the teams favorite iPhone applications when I saw his post come through today doing the same. Oh well, I’ll still share...
Meredith recently asked me what my favorite iPhone applications were so she could start building her arsenal of apps. (She FINALLY made the switch from the BlackBerry to the iPhone – yeah!) I compiled my list for her but went a step further and asked the team what theirs were too. Clearly, the main apps the phone came with – email, maps, calendar, Safari, photos, clock, etc. - are some of our most used applications but here is a run down of some cool ones we really like.
Maps: While this is one of the basic apps that comes with the iPhone, we can’t tell you enough how many times it has gotten us places and saved us from being late.
Facebook: We all use it but don’t love it since its interface really isn’t that great. Hopefully the updated version being released will be better.
TweetDeck: This is a newer app and if you use TweetDeck on your desktop you’ll understand how helpful it is. It mirrors the TweetDeck columns so you’re never out of sync.
Twitterific: Why Patrick still likes this one is crazy, but he does... It used to be on my top five list until TweetDeck came out.
YellowPages: Yes, people still use them just not in their traditional form.
iTriage: Full disclosure, they’re a client but they can save your life (according to The New York Times). It helped Patrick get some quick information at a doctor's appointment last month.
At Bat Light: As a baseball fanatic, Patrick uses this app to keep up-to-speed on what’s going on in the world of baseball.
NYC Subway Map: One of our teams essential iPhone applications; we have a few clients in NYC that we regularly visit.
The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and AP Mobile (Associated Press): Duh...
Shazam: Ben and I love this one! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve impressed my know-it-all music husband by rattling off the artists name of a song playing on XM.
OpenTable: This app has been a great help when traveling and making reservations ASAP. We also like Yelp for reviews.
Where: This is an awesome app that helps you locate things around you – restaurants, Starbucks, movie theaters/showings, cheap gas, etc.
Crazy Penguin Catapult and TowerBloxx: These are two of our favorite games by Digital Chocolate, another client. They are also two of the five games Digital Chocolate has produced that went to #1 on the iPhone. We all spend time playing these when there is time to kill or need a mental break.
Recorder: We use this for press briefings, meetings and I personally use it to record my little girl laughing. It helps to listen to when you’re having a bad day.
WeatherChannel: Unlike the weather app that came with the iPhone, this app has a lot more information and provides the forecasts a few days out.
AccuTerra by Intermap: These guys have a few maps (and more coming) that hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will love. Not only can you explore and view maps of national parks like Yosemite, but you can map your hikes in real-time, view elevations, add notes and pictures you took along the way. And then you can SHARE it with your friends. This is my new favorite app (I’ve had a sneak peek at at few maps coming out soon that I’ve been playing with this summer. As a client, we get some perks...) Check out their quick video.
What are some of your favorite apps??