Topic: Smartphone apps I cannot live without!
Confession: I was a "dumb-phone" holdout. I only got my first smartphone back in July, in preparation for San Diego Comic Con. I wanted to be able to Tweet from the con floor without relying on the convention center's internet connection.
But in spite of my fondness for flip-phones, I am quite familiar with iOS and which apps I like because I have been using the iPod Touch since the first generation and I have an iPad mini. If I hadn't switched to the iPhone, I would probably be writing this post based on how much time I spend on my iPad - which is way too much time!
1. Twitter - iTunes - Android
It is the reason I switched to a smart-phone, after all, so it had to make the list. I hate pretty much every social network site, but I love Twitter. It's ephemeral; you post something and it fades into the background pretty fast. But it's also engaging; anyone else can reply, start a conversation, answer a question, or retweet to boost the signal.
Despite never being really into clothes, I have had so much fun with this app. It's like playing dress up. By playing around on Polyvore, I'm discovering what styles I really like, which will be useful since I really need to overhaul my wardrobe.
But my favorite thing is to look at the closet cosplays people make - check out Leslieakay (DisneyBounding), TheNerdyGirlie, and Fandom-Inspired-Fashion for some great sets. There is a lot of creativity and inspiration to be found in this app.
This is my favorite way to waste time. My favorite version is Tap! Sudoku, which I've been playing since I got my first iPod Touch, and I can beat the hardest setting in less than 3 minutes. If I could only have one game on any device, it would be sudoku. (A close runner-up would be Mahjong.)
4. Alien Blue
The (recently) official app for Reddit, I only just started using this, but I really like it so far. It works much better than the iReddit app I used to use, and it's easier to stay logged in and look at links without losing your place in a thread than when I used Safari. I don't spend much time on Reddit anymore, and when I am it's to look at the subs for my favorite hobbies, look for cosplay tips or Comic Con links, or check out the fashion/makeup/skincare subs, but this app makes it more enjoyable.
5. FitBit/MyFitnessPal - iTunes - Android
Like lots of people, I struggle with my weight. And of all of the diet trackers I've used, I like MyFitnessPal the best. They have a huge database of foods for tracking, the interface is uncluttered and easy to use, and there are no fake points or forced social aspects like other sites. There is also a barcode scanner, which I LOVE.
It's also compatible with my FitBit One - so I track my food in MFP, which then imports to the FitBit app. It's really nifty, and this is the first time since starting my PhD that I am losing weight instead of gaining it.
What are your favorite apps? Am I missing anything that will blow my mind or make life easier?
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