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Simply App-tastic

by Briana Campbell (@MsMatchGirl) I’ve been thinking a lot lately, as evidenced by last Wednesday’s post, about apps. The ones you need and the ones you don’t need. The ones you thought you’d use and the ones you download and never use again. So, I’ve got my new iPhone and I’m starting to download apps. Read more

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by Briana Campbell (@MsMatchGirl)

I’ve been thinking a lot lately, as evidenced by last Wednesday’s post, about apps. The ones you need and the ones you don’t need. The ones you thought you’d use and the ones you download and never use again.

So, I’ve got my new iPhone and I’m starting to download apps. As you can see from the above screenshot, I’ve got Angry Birds (need) and Camera+ (recommended by a friend, but one I so far use in a re-touching/editing way. And one I reach for after Instagram.) And maybe it’s because I’ve already owned a smartphone, but I’m just not going nuts for the app store like I thought I would be.

That’s not to say I’m not doing a bit of exploration of the app store. I’m just not going gangbusters.

Below, however, are my five must-have (for now) apps:

Evernote: After hearing Dan Licht talk about how great it is for the past few months, I was excited to check it out. I ove the way that I can sync it with my computer. I can write blog posts on the subway. I can make to-do lists for home and work. I can photograph a recipe and search for it by text written in the photo. Anything that can help me be smarter about the way I use my time, I’m really excited to adopt as part of my daily practice.

Reason: productivity.

 

Instagram: Though there are a few really fun Android photo apps, I was really stoked to (finally!) be able to download Instagram. And, as many predicted, I’ve been using it pretty much non-stop. A recent trip to the wedding of friends in New Orleans had me capturing the Marigny and the French Quarter and the Garden District with all sorts of amazing filters, making me look like a snapshot taking pro. And it allowed me to share those photos not only with my friends who also use the service, but with friends on a number of social networks that I could allow access to.

Reason: sharing, creativity.

 

iTrans NYC: This app is a lifesaver. After extensive research, it seemed that of all the transit system apps for NYC, and there are many, that iTrans would be the one for me. I select the subway lines I use the most and it will push alerts to my phone if there are any unexpected delays. I can view a map of the entire NYC subway system and I can get directions, based on the best route and the alerts. So far, it’s been well worth its $3.99 price tag.

Reason: timeliness.

 

Sonar: Though not a huge FourSquare user, I like this check in app, which works in conjunction with FourSquare, LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter, to give you relevant connections. The way it works: You open Sonar and it scans your area to see who is nearby. You can locate your location and the app scans to see if anyone in your social network is at that location. And, even better, it scans to see if anyone that is connected to your social network is nearby. If there’s someone you’ve been meaning to say “hey” to, you can Tweet at them via the app and meet IRL. For someone working in tech in New York, this is pretty awesome. We spend so much time speaking to each other online all day, and it’s pretty cool to be able to connect real bodies to those avatars.

Reason: networking.

 

Epicurious: I had this app for my Android phone, too, and it was one of the first I wanted to download to my iPhone. It’s simple to use and offers you access to an amazing number of recipes. You can choose by a type of food, a type of dish or even your competence in the kitchen. Find the recipe, add it to your favorites and even save a shopping list. We cook a lot at my house and we’re always looking for new things. I find this app pretty handy when thinking about menu planning or even when I’m baffled at the farmer’s market.

Reason: sustenance.

 

So, those are the apps that have, so far, made themselves useful in my day-to-day life. What apps do you find yourself going to day after day?

Any you think I need to check out? Share ’em below!

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