A few people I’ve know have gotten either an iPhone or an iPod Touch in the last little bit. I thought I’d do a post about some of my favorite apps and include links for your convenience.
There are a few websites, I’d recommend checking often. The first one is Free App Alert. Each day they tell you which apps have become free. You can get some good apps there. The other website is App Shopper. At this website you can see whether the price has dropped or increased as well as have them e-mail with app updates, if you put the apps you want on your wish list. This is useful so you can know what updates were included for the app. Also if you want to read someone else’s must have iphone apps you can read about them here on App Advice.
Now on to my favorite apps. When you are just starting out, you will need to expect to spent a little money to get some apps.
Groceries – The Grocery Shopping List ($1.99). This app is the best. I like that it has a lot of groceries already programmed in it. Also, you can have lists for different stores and change it around so the groceries are listed in order of how you get them. For instance, I always get my produce first, so that is on top of the list.
A To-Do list. I use OmniFocus, which is only on the Mac and a super expensive app. I really like it and use it all the time. You should look at the to-do apps on App Advice for some other ideas.
Weather Bug (Free). I have both weather apps on my phone. I like weather bug because it gives me an accurate feel for what the weather is currently at home. There is a weather bug station at a nearby school.
Darkroom Pro ($0.99). I got this free, but it is a great photo app that helps with taking better pictures. This is an iPhone app.
Evernote (Free). This is a great little note taking app and can be used on the web as well as on the desktop.
Facebook (Free). If you are on facebook, this is a must.
Flashlight (Free). This app is perfect for when you are up in the night and need a flashlight. I use it when I need to go help the kids.
RedLaser ($1.99). This is an app that I feel all iPhone users need. With this app, you can take a picture of any UPC code and it will tell you if you can get it online and if so, the price. This is a very useful app.
Church Apps – I have several free church apps, that are great.
LDS Radio (Free). This app lets you listen to anything on the Mormon Channel. You can also listen to things like General Conference as well when it is on. It does use up a lot of battery.
You should have a scriptures and hymn app. I use this scriptures app. Although I don’t use it in church. For hymns, I like this one. Both of these apps are free. Also, very useful is the iWard ($3.99) app. It gives you the ward directory on your phone. I like this better than iStake because I don’t have a need for iStake. I’m waiting for the new Gospel Principles manual to come out, but I understand that it is coming soon.
As far as games. You just need to decide why types of games you like. My favorites right now are: Phase 10 ($2.99), Angry Birds ($0.99), and Tap Tap Revenge (Free for now – get now it before the price goes up). I have a lot of other games. There are a lot of games for kids. Just check some out to see if they will work for your kids.
I’ll put in here the podcasts that I listen to. I regularly listen to This American Life and Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, both of which are NPR podcasts. I also listen to a myriad of church podcasts. You can subscribe to them here. You can decide which ones you’d like. I also listen to audiobooks. You can download some for free at Project Gutenberg. I also get books from the library and them put them on my phone. You can also do this with any audio items you download off the internet and make them into an audiobook. If you want instructions on how to do this in iTunes please contact me and I will e-mail you.
There are apps for basically anything you could want. I have a lot more apps, but these are a few of them. If you have any other questions about any of my apps or which other ones I have, please let me know.