Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I Need Some App Advice

Drum roll, please...I'm the new owner of a cell phone (it's OK, you can go ahead and laugh). Yes, everyone, I'm officially mobile. It's funny when I think about how many people could really not believe me when I would say that I didn't have a cell phone. While having a phone is extremely convenient, it just wasn't a necessity for me. And it still really isn't, but we had a family plan already, I just didn't have the phone for it for the longest time.



My daughter decided to give me an "early Mother's Day" gift after Christmas. She bought me a phone. The last time I had a phone was a really long time ago (I'm talking pre-touch screen smartphone era). Yep, it's been that long. But I can honestly say that I've been just fine without a mobile phone. Honestly. 

With her birthday/Christmas money, she bought me a phone identical to hers (color and everything). She didn't have to, and I really didn't want her to, but she wanted to do it. I feel real honored, because she usually only likes to match with her lil sis. Now we're iPhone twins. She has a case and stuff, though, and I don't, so it's easy to tell which one is hers and mine. Although, I did order a screen protector like hers. You can read about that here.

Now that I have this cool new iPhone, I really don't know how to use it all that well yet, and I have to get used to having a phone again (I forget that I even have it lots of the time). I did add some games for the kiddos (and me - I love Bejeweled, had that on my old phone way back when).

But as for apps, I'm a little in the dark! So I'm asking you - 
What are some apps that you absolutely can't live without? What do you recommend? I need some App Advice!




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14 comments :

Harlynn said...

Haha, congrats on joining the smartphone era! ;P

Apps:
Jelly Splash
Quiz Up
Egg Baby (more so for the kiddos)
Angry Birds
Angry Birds Space
They also have an Angry Birds Star Wars!

Social:
Pinterest
Facebook
Facebook Pages
Etsy
Blogger (not the best quality)

Take a browse through the app store. c: You can select only to view free apps, fitness apps, social apps, etc...
Have fun!!

<3
Harlynn
mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

Lulu G said...

I don't like too many apps. I just have all my social media apps, FourSquare and Angry Birds Star Wars for my eldest son!

Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

Veronica Franco Sierra said...

I totally agree: we think that there's no way we could possibly live without a phone, but I did when I lived in Germany for a year, surprising myself a whole lot!

As for apps... here are some:

For photos, definitely try:
- PopAGraph
- PicsArt
- Camera+
- Hipstamatic

I also love the very useful scanner app, "Genius Scan".

If you like coffee or just having a nice brunch, "Find A Coffee" finds caf├ęs in ANY part of the world!!! I also love food apps, because I am not (in the slightest) the most inspired person when it comes to cooking, so I have "Jamie Oliver Recipes" and "Big Oven" .

And finally...

"TuneIn Radio" is great for listening to radio stations from the whole world... "Houzz" for some decor inspiration... and "FlipBoard" for a light read while waiting in line or at the doctor's...

Pamela Bates said...

I held out on the cell phone for a ridiculously long time too.but i love my droid.

my favorite apps:

boston bruins (it alerts me when game is about to come on, when we score, etc)

pandora

google sky (shows you what stars/planets are above you)

have fun with your new phone!

Lisa D. said...

Just to name a few of my favorites.
Google+
Pinterest
Bloglovin
MyfitnessPal
TinyScan
Etsy
SnapChat

Marieken Hoefnagel said...

I love the sound the Etsy app makes after making a sale!

Other than that, I use the Google, Wikipedia and IMDB app a lot.

Have fun with your phone!

Caitlin Lassley said...

If you shop at Target, Cartwheel is a must!

Denysia Yu said...

Some of my favorite apps:
Shazam - For your music needs.
TV Guide - To check out when my favorite shows are on.
Paypal Here - When I sell items, it's easier to accept payment.
Slice - A good app for tracking your packages.
RetailMeNot - A good app that has good coupons.

Erica D said...

Congrats! I have an ipad and a Galaxy S4 cell but on my ipad I like Camera awesome for photos, evernote, dropbox is a must, zino if you have any magazine subscriptions, feedly for reading some blogs.

-Erica
http://diaryofatrendaholic.blogspot.ca/

Lilacs Lambirth said...

I have the droid my son got me before he left for the army 1-1/2 yrs ago. My time is coming up for a new phone, or I could get one now off of my husband's plan since he didn't get one yet. Anyway...I have been looking at the iPhone myself the 5s, or I considered the Galaxy too. Leaning towards the iPhone, but am going to wait it out I think till spring/summer/fall when the iPhone 6 comes out.

With the iPhone you could also get that mosie (sp) cover that has a built in battery too. Son uses it, and when he has been home he charges his phone maybe once in the time he's here.

I am not much for using apps on the phones. Nice when I pic up wifi when I am out thrifting, to compare prices on some items before I buy them, and things like that. I do have FB, Google+ and my gmail, Maps, Etsy, Ebay, and I am sorry...but I am not a game person.

Good Luck with the new phone, and have some fun with it!:-)

Kim
LilacsNDreams

Rea T said...

yay to you kim!! it is hard for me to believe that you just had a phone.. :)

anyway on the apps, make sure you have:
blogger
pinterest
fb
candy crush
pandora if you like listening to music
youtube

Memories for Life said...

How sweet that your daughter used her own money to buy you a phone :) And a matching one at that :)
I only have the Square app for credit cards at shows and a couple games. I use my phone mainly for checking email while out and about.

Barb S. said...

Kim,
Hi! BTW, got the dog tag! Thank you!!
I use Twittlelator Pro for twitter (~$5, but worth it), Instagram, A Beautiful Mess (for embellishments on pics for Instagram--$1.99), Pocket God-- a fun game---can't remember how much I paid for it, though. Also, Etsy, Paypal, Amazon, to name a few!!

Holly via ahappytoday.com said...

That was so sweet of her! Bet you are loving it. For Apps, I use feedly to read blogs (opens text/photos in the app versus having to open each webpage), instagram and tmz for celeb gossip haha. For my 4 year old I have Talking Tom, which he loves, where you have a cat you have to feed and take care of.