2010-01-28

Technology: Yes, me too...

I'm generally not very interested in technology and I'm never first to buy new stuff. This time is no exception but now I've finally succumbed to the iPhone craze and got myself one. (I felt I should get a new cell phone and there was a massive campaign in Sweden with reasonable prices, I guess)

So I'm an iPhone newbie and I thought I'd just ask you what your favorite applications and uses for the phone are. Tell me, please, I'd like to know.

PS. I like free stuff ;)
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UPDATE 1:

Bishop says: "Stanza (for downloading/reading public domain stuff), NPR (stream whatever station you want anywhere in the world), Sheep Launcher (for sheer silliness), Echofon (for twitter), Classics2Go (56 public domain goodies and counting - nicer interface than Stanza, but limited selection. Good, but limited).

Welcome to the KoolAid!"


The Subtle Rudder said: "I love what I get from the iphone camera, especially when I use Camerabag to make shots to look like they were taken with old toy cameras or on polaroid film. "Helga" is my favorite filter--it's the Camerabag version of the Holga style. This is my absolute favorite app. You can also download photoshop to crop your pix in-camera.

I use the Amazon app way too often, but my god, how satisfying (and dangerous) to research products, then make your purchase right there on your phone. There's also an ebay app, but I am no longer allowed to use that.

You can access all your social media: echofon for twitter, FB, Flickit to upload pix to Flickr.

I love wordle and the NYTimes xword puzzle app.

I downloaded Huffington Post and AP News, just to have something to read in lines, but HuffPo is a little unserious and all over the place, and AP just means I'm reading the same headlines across many sources. I now prefer McSweeney's for time-killing content.

Enjoy your iCrack! And learn from my sorry example and try not to get a rep as someone who takes his iphone into the bathroom with him, because he can't be away from its delights for even that long. ;)"

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7 comments:

Bishop said...

Stanza (for downloading/reading public domain stuff), NPR (stream whatever station you want anywhere in the world), Sheep Launcher (for sheer silliness), Echofon (for twitter), Classics2Go (56 public domain goodies and counting - nicer interface than Stanza, but limited selection. Good, but limited).

Welcome to the KoolAid!

The Subtle Rudder said...

I love what I get from the iphone camera, especially when I use Camerabag to make shots to look like they were taken with old toy cameras or on polaroid film. "Helga" is my favorite filter--it's the Camerabag version of the Holga style. This is my absolute favorite app. You can also download photoshop to crop your pix in-camera.

I use the Amazon app way too often, but my god, how satisfying (and dangerous) to research products, then make your purchase right there on your phone. There's also an ebay app, but I am no longer allowed to use that.

You can access all your social media: echofon for twitter, FB, Flickit to upload pix to Flickr.

I love wordle and the NYTimes xword puzzle app.

I downloaded Huffington Post and AP News, just to have something to read in lines, but HuffPo is a little unserious and all over the place, and AP just means I'm reading the same headlines across many sources. I now prefer McSweeney's for time-killing content.

Enjoy your iCrack! And learn from my sorry example and try not to get a rep as someone who takes his iphone into the bathroom with him, because he can't be away from its delights for even that long. ;)

P-E Fronning said...

Bishop and the subtle rudder: Thanks both for taking your time to write!! I'm sure I'll try some of your suggestions. Thanks again!

Ruby said...

For chat apps, I really like Beejive. It's $10, but it's much more robust than any of the free ones, allows you to load AOL, Gchat, Jabber, etc. contacts all at once (like Adium or Pidgin on the desktop) and most importantly, it runs in the background so you can switch to other apps without signing out from chat. It's been a life saver when I'm stuck in airports or on long car rides and just want to feel connected. I think it's the only app I've ever paid for.

Shazam is another fun, free time-waster. Analyzes music playing on the radio or at a bar, then returns the song info with lots of other trivia and links.

Seconding Camerabag, too. Fun to play around with.

Michiel said...

The game Bad Apples :)

Lex10 said...

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P-E Fronning said...

Ruby/Michiel/Lex: Thank you all for your suggestions!