So now I have an iPhone I'm wondering how the heck I've lived without it! Well OK, that's an exaggeration but more accurately how I could live without one now..
The apps that I'm loving
For the OCD in me
I've just downloaded Things. Things costs money ($13) but for a compulsive list maker who has a tendency to take on too much it is worth it.
You tap in your tasks, due date, when you want a reminder and then you can categorise it with tags - so if I have a recipe which I'm doing for say KleenexMums - I tap in the recipe and then categorise it as KleenexMums and then tap in the ingredients I need to buy to make it and then tag it as shopping too. Then I can bring up the tag shopping whilst I'm out and pick up those things.
It then groups your 'things' or to-do list on the landing page into 'due', 'next' etc. You can also tap in future projects that are on your radar when you have a brainwave like I do on occasion and feel the need to jot it down. Loving this app already!
For the foodie in me
I'm loving KitchenUnits - it's free and will translate ingredients from metric to imperial, mass to weight etc. Great to have on hand. Also has a kitchen timer.
For my frugal/financial side
How good is it to have your banking on the iPhone? I love the ANZ app, it's so easy and where-ever I am I can find out how much is in the bank, make a quick transfer between accounts - love it. (I so wish that account was mine..!)
Well this is a bit pre-emptive but this shopping app you can plug in your list, or the barcode and then where you shop and will tell you where in the shop to find it, so you don't miss an aisle (totally OCD!) but in the future they are looking to have pricing in there too and compare where your shopping list will cost less - I am SO looking forward to that! Hope it's not too far away
Facebook and Twitter apps are so convenient and although it's useful I love the maps app too - the GPS component (for those of us who don't own one) is really useful when plotting directions - UNLESS you are in a remote area without 3G access. I wouldn't be throwing away those street directories yet.. The Flashlight app is fun too. All of those are free. I am using echofon for twitter and previously used the generic twitter app but if anyone any other social media app that would be great.
My most favourite app at the moment is Pocketbooth - it's like an old fashioned photobooth and I get the girls to pose in it - you can change the developing settings to be sepia, black and white etc. At $1.19 I think it's great fun!
And I obviously love retro because Hipstamatic ($2.49) reminds me of the old Kodak Brownie camera pics. (showing my age there....) you can choose film, lens, flash etc to get the look you want:
For the kids
Now I'm going all out and planning to buy my kids iPod Touch because I want my phone back! But really if you weigh up the cost of a console game with the $ amount of the cartridges/games it's actually quite cost effective. I love the fact that they can be educated whilst 'playing'. It's great for car/bus trips and also as a reward for good behaviour (that's what we use it for now)
For fun - they love Barbie Fashionista - you can swap heads, headwear, jewelry, handbags, shoes and importantly hairstyles and outfits and then let the kids take numerous pics to your photoroll (oh I am deleting these often ;) ) it's free and literally a the easiest way to play Barbie without having to step on and finding those little Barbie shoes all over the house...
For education - we're loving Clockmaster because there is a huge push at our school to learn to tell time. It's great reinforcement - it does analogue and digital on three competency levels.
For Kindy and first grade kids I have downloaded both version of TeachMe: Kindergarten and TeachMe: First Grade - both focus on sight word as well as mathematics - the first grade one requires writing also. Each three questions they get right they are rewarded with 'coins' to 'buy' stickers (or stamps) to place on blank scenes - also learning the value of money- subtraction etc. Love these. Both are $1.19
So tell me what are YOU loving iPhone app-wise.. is there something you can't live without?
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