Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yeah, There's an App For That!

Wow, one day I am Blackberry user, and the next I am not. Like my mentor and friend, Tony C. who actually dumped his Blackberry for another phone, my break up was covered by a prenuptial agreement with Sprint.

I really like technology, but only when it works. In the late 60s I traveled to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. It was there the Ma Bell was showing off their push-button phones, the replacement for the rotary dial phone (above right).

My new phone is an HTC EVO operated by Google's Android OS. It's a phone that allows you to do a lot more fun stuff than old fashioned talking! It's a mini-computer, and there are some applications that make your handheld device something out of Star Trek. But who cares about that, what can one do for you?

Keep in mind that I have had my phone for two days, while my wife has had hers a bit longer. She has the fully touch-screen model, and mine has a shift out Keyboard. You would have thought using the web, texting, chatting, phone calling, calendaring, looking up sports scores and using the Blackberry as a GPS would have been enough - but its not even close to the iPhone/Android world! Without further ado, here is are some free apps/trials which I discovered in the last 24 hours.


Please note, if you are reading this from your Android device, links go directly to the Market Place where you may download for free. If you have an iPhone or Blackberry, you need to Google them.

- YouVersion Bible: Just a great app which allows you to download all your favorite versions from the King James to The Message. Of course you can access any of the online Bible sites too. Speaking of access, your phone can use you home WiFi too. That means that your gadget can download as fast as your home PC! It's 5 times faster than 3G, and as good as 4G. YouVersion offers spiritual protection, but then there is digital protection...


- Lookout: Android's can get viruses, therefore I downloaded Lookout. There is a free version, and a paid  version which backs up your phone's data including your pictures, contacts, documents, and some other important stuff. Your smart-phone is really a handheld computer, and one that is easy to misplace. Speaking of misplacing your phone, you can send it an ear piercing 95 db SCREAM message from the online site, GPS its location anywhere in the world, lock it, or wipe all the data off it.


- GroceryIQ: My wife and I try to keep groceries in the house. Because we like fresh food and we have a snacking 23-year-old, we shop more than once a week. We often end up calling each other from aisle 7 to ask if we need anything from the store. Sometimes we send a text message, while other times, like today, we just stop and get what we need. Yes, we both bought Greek yogurt and now we have enough for 2 weeks.

Well GroceryIQ is THE app to end all this insanity.

With it you may share a grocery list for everyone in your family sorted by store name! It even allows you to compare prices and provides coupons based on what you are buying!

Oh, but who has time to type in all that stuff? Not me. So you simply scan the bar code and shazam, your Ritz crackers in the list!

- Shazam: No more walking around all day with that song in your head driving you NUTS! If you like music, this one can take a 15 second sample from the tune playing on your radio, PC, friend's iPod, or the elevator, then look it up as well as providing a link to purchase it! Come on, can I get an amen!? Speaking of music, mine holds about 500 CDs worth!

- Swiss Army Knife: It is just what you'd expect, a bunch of nearly useful survival tools. It has a flashlight, a compass, a stopwatch, a ruler, a bubble level and a couple of other nifty things!

- Hungry Shark and Hungry Sharl 2 (Free): If you can hear Quint's brogue in the movie Jaws during your nightmares, this game is for you. Guaranteed to reduce your stress while waiting for your mate to get ready to leave the house, or kill time at the airport after a full-body pat down. It's very entertaining, though not for those the faint at the sight of blood or get queasy from an occasional scream.

- Paper Toss: A virtual office game. You flick toss a wad of paper and try to get it into a virtual wastebasket. Amusing. Or yo can download Angry Birds Rio!

Those are the essential apps for your first 24 hours. Although, as a certified nerd and musician, I also downloaded a Sound Pressure level meter, an Audio Frequency AnalyzerPandora, a Metal Detector, an FM Radio, TV, a virtual Rotary Dialer, and oh you probably don't want to know the rest...

I am going to look into some Christian apps in the next week or so and report back. And my wife is leaning over the keyboard reminding me to add the Honey Dew List app....

There now, doesn't that beat the Royal Wedding (Which I am sure you are not surprised, there is an app for!)?

How about you, besides phoning family, friends, and business contacts, what do you do with your phone?

3 comments:

photogr said...

What do I do with my phone other than talk?

Always tempted to slam it up against the wall. It has so many features but it is all touch screen and it is really touchy so with my big fingers, guess what?

Arny said...

Is there an app that turns your phone into a rocket pack and you can jet into the sky....

that would be cool...

just saying...

Im not much of a teche....I still don't have a smart phone...i think they are the mark of the beast!!! NO, Im just kidding....lol...

Tony C said...

Just about everything! Us lod dogs and all the new tricks...go figure.

I like the app Cozi to keep all the family scheduling neat and in one place. You input from mobiles or any computer once you create the account.

You need to get Words Free too. We can show off our stellar vocabularies...

BTW, Angry Birds is of the devil.

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