Friday, November 14, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: November 14th, 2014

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.

2. Polyvore
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.


3. Sudoku
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.

Haha 1337!

What are your favorite apps?  Am I missing anything that will blow my mind or make life easier?

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing my Polyvore!! I LOVE that site, I haven't used the app yet, but I am so addicted to making collages there! I cannot believe it took me so long to do it, it is so simple!! xx

    1. Yes! And so fun! The app lacks a few features found on the full site, but if all you're doing is looking at sets and items, it is so easy to use. But for creating I definitely prefer the full site.

  2. Twitter was my number 1 too and also for the reasons you listed! Your comment at the start of this post about smart phones is so funny because I was kind of a hold out too. I had a smart phone before I switched to iPhone, but I didn't get super sucked into the whole smart phone thing until I switched to iPhone... and I also did it for Comic Con, lol. It was 2013 SDCC, my first one and I was like - yeah, I need an iPhone + internet for Tweeting and Instagramming.

    1. That is so funny that you're an SDCC iPhone convert too! It definitely made SDCC that much easier to navigate and I used it to participate in a few contests too.