At 104 West, we love our smartphones because they give us the flexibility to check email, review projects and update clients. Sometimes, we even use them to make phone calls. But a smartphone can feel a bit like a tether making it hard to breakaway from work.
Fortunately, there’s an app store that makes using a smartphone a little more fun.
Below is a roundup of some our favorite apps that we use so that it’s not all work and no play around here. What is your favorite app?
“If you scroll through my apps, you will find they are heavily dominated by the likes of princesses, Dora, birds, painting and football. My phone has become the domain of my three kids. These apps come in handy on the way to school, soccer, or any long car trip being derailed by three children stuck in a confined space. While screen savers of Ariel and Dora now adorn my phone and cause looks of question from my colleagues, I have grown to love all of these apps for the fun they bring my kids.” ~ Jen Roane, vice president
“Epicurious is one of my favorite sources for stellar recipes so the Epi app was one of the first apps that I downloaded. This is my favorite app on my phone. The homepage makes it simple to search for easy-to-follow recipes from Bon Appetit, Gourmet and other sources. The interactive shopping list is the app’s best feature. By tapping the plus sign on any recipe, you can create a shopping list and check off items as you shop.” ~Joanie Kindblade, account director
“We love to use lots of recipe apps to come up with new ideas for meals and snacks for the family. We also love to use Skype to share our daily adventures with friends and family who can't be with us.” ~Johanna Erickson, account director
“I’m a sucker for loyalty cards and the discounts that they so faithfully provide, but no one likes holding up a line of people while you flip through your wallet or keys to find the right card (or even worse, being that poor person waiting in line). Enter Key Ring. Key Ring lets me store and access all of my loyalty cards on my phone, and also let’s me receive mobile coupons. It has made signing up for and using loyalty cards an immensely easier process. Bring on the discounts.” ~Kelli Flores, account executive
“I truly love Open Table and The Daily Beast. I travel a lot and entertain so Open Table lets me discover and reserve restaurants simply from hundreds of miles away. And I love the curated content model of the Daily Beast. I get a great cross section of news in one easy-to-navigate place.” ~ Patrick Ward, CEO
“I love to start my mornings with a Skype video call to my daughter and 7-month-old grandson in England. He has just started crawling and standing and when “grammy” makes her special goofy sound, he is all smiles. We have come such a long way since the pioneers who left their homes and rarely, if ever, saw their loved ones again. Alexander Graham Bell helped tremendously with the phone, but Skype has brought intimacy to my daily communication. The broad smiles and impish grins set the tone for my whole day! Thank you, Niklas Zennstrom!” ~Susan Sage, operations manager