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My Favorite iPhone Apps

I have one of the original iPhones, it’s an 8 gig sweetheart that runs on the good old Edge Network. In owning it for just over a year, I have to say that I probably use 80% of the “stuff” on it. It’s just a shame that I can’t use 100% of the phone’s features, but I’m sure we will get there with time. When that time comes, I’ll have to ask my friend about how to manage all of the different apps that I’ll have because she’s a professional at being able to manage her applications. You see, she runs her own business, and so she has to have a Mobile App for every situation imaginable. As the successful business owner that she is, the last thing that she will want to worry about is missing a call or email because she doesn’t have the best app installed. This is why she makes use of all her storage to make this possible. Unlike me. With that being said, when applications come out, I get so excited and I figured its good to share thoughts on some of them.

Before I go any further, I’d just like to interject to say that the following apps are my favourites of the ones that I have used. Some of my friends suggested me these apps even before I started using it on a regular basis. I was given a brief information about how these apps became popular. App developers, creators, or anyone who wants to promote their brands, this information might help you! Some say that the popularity of several apps can depend on the quality of advertisement and the strategies of monetizing. These can be the key elements in creating a large user base. Hence, you can avail the facilities of mobile marketing platforms, which offer user acquisition solutions (like AdAction). It might just prove beneficial for generating revenues (from apps) as well.

I am also aware that you can jailbreak iPhones using bootra1n LiveCD with Checkra1n on Windows and get a whole host of different apps, but I haven’t done this so I cannot rate those. If you’ve used any, I’d love to hear from you on your favorites. It’s also great if you are trying to unlock a phone if have forgotten your password, although I’ve heard that might be easier.

So, my top three favorite iPhone Apps:
1. Astro Tilt by Jirbo – this one started as a free download with just 9 levels to complete. The game play is similar to the old “break out” idea, there is a ball that you bounce upwards to clear game pieces. You bounce the ball by using a small paddle that you control with your finger on the screen itself. Once you’ve cleared the game pieces, you move on to the next level. There are also static/permanent pieces that can’t be cleared that make the game harder.

The new version has 23 levels, which I still have yet to complete, and its still a free download. This is a great game to play when you have a few moments to kill or you would love some mindless entertainment. I love it!

2. Camerabag by Nevercenter – This little app costs $2.99 and takes the camera part of your PiciPhone to a new level. You can modify any photo (new or ones you’ve already taken) to have several different looks – including Helga, Mono (black and white), Fisheye, Lolo, 1974, Instant (like a Polaroid), 1962, Infrared, and Cinema. You can also crop photos, and choose what resolution to save them at. When you combine Camerabag with Flickr you can autopost pictures on the go by emailing them to your Flickr account.
Check out this Mono version of a picture I took when cruising the bay this summer on the right!

3. Phone Sabre by Macbox What you may not know is that I am a huge Star Wars fan. So, I downloaded the free Phone Sabre early in the game and have used it many many times. One coworker and I had a Sabre fight in the hallway at work, which was both intense and hilarious. The latest version (Lightsabre Unleashed”)of the app has music, better graphics and a space to add a picture of yourself. Super cool.

Missed the Mark:
1. Facebook – I installed the Facebook app and used it for about one day. I found the functionality limited, and it made me feel “too” connected, if that’s possible. Then again, I’m trying to pull away from the Facebook cult. It seems like people are just re-organizing themselves into the same groups they’ve always been a part of, except this time, its online. Remind me of the point? It’s like The Sims … fun, but why would I want to sit around and play a game that mimics what I do all day? OK, sorry, that got a little ranty.

2. Yelp – Also, very limited functionality. I find the “send a text message to my phone” function from within Yelp to be more helpful, as it sends you a link to the business. From there you can map your location and find a route to the business with the maps and Safari programs in the iPhone. I don’t find that I need the Yelp app, though.

So, what Apps have you downloaded and do you love? What’s helpful for you to have on your mobile device?

Helga from Window
The Helga setting from Camerabag