Since I did a post where I said that one should not be concerned about how many apps they can use on their phone, I thought I might mention how many apps I DO happen to use these days.
Here’s what my two home screens look like. I found the wallpaper at Poolga . It seems to suit me and I think it works well with the icons. I’ve tried to restrict how much stuff I have installed, so that I can minimize the number of screens I use. It’s working so far but it’s still a relatively new phone for me. I upgraded to iOS 5 last weekend. It seems solid, although I have a small bit of lagging on some screens.
Stuff I use regularly:
Life Balance: This is my old standby and part of the reason I went with an iphone. They talked me into a Mac at one point too. It’s been several years since I used this on a regular basis. I used to be a heavy Palm user and it was my main planning application.
YNAB: I’ve followed this budgeting software since they first started out. I finally decided to buy it, since it will run on Linux. The iphone app is just great. I’m still struggling with my budgeting, but it’s so easy to keep track of my transactions with this.
Wonderful Days: Okay, so it’s sort of goofy but fun. It’s a journaling app that lets you add pictures and sync with your Evernote account. You can email an entry, post to Facebook or save as a .pdf file. I prefer to write a daily journal, but it’s been hard to find the time the last few years. I’ve been able to make a daily entry with this, since I bought it. It’s not as detailed as my regular morning pages were, but it’s definitely better than nothing at all. I like to post pictures taken with Hipstamatic, to give it that moody feel.
I just found this! It’s like a window shade that pulls down from the top bar. Must be something new with ios5, since it’s integrated with the new Reminders app. Anyway, thought I’d post a screenshot of my latest discovery.
Hoot Suite: Just started using this recently. It pulls together Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter streams. Now, I do have a Twitter account but I’m not a big user. I also am on LinkedIn. I use Facebook mainly to see what my friends have to say. I also have the separate iphone apps for those sites, but I do like the looks of this one.
Hipstamatic: This is a fun app. It puts filters on your camera, to take pictures like the old point and click cameras. (There’s a touching story behind the name Hipstamatic, which you can read at the website.) The app starts out like this:
Beautiful Tarot: This is a recent addition. I used to play around with this back in the 70s and I’ve always loved the imagery of the Rider Waite deck. This is an excellent tarot app and really seems to be close to doing a traditional reading. You tap on the cards to read the meaning.
Fuji Leaves: It’s hard to describe this. It’s a music app. You arrange the leaves and drop the stones onto them. It makes a sound. You can also load “songs” that other people have created. It can be very hypnotic. This is the daytime side but there’s also a nighttime side. Fun and mindless.
Many apps are basically just the company websites. I have several of these. A couple are for banking. There’s Ebay and Craigslist. I have the Dominos app so I can order pizza from my phone. I use Pandora a lot but it’s not interesting enough to do a screen shot of it. Right now, I have 53 apps installed, and that doesn’t include the built in apps. I may thin this down again. Most are free but I do buy apps if I like them. It’s cheap enough that I can afford to buy something that doesn’t get used (like Egretlist. Love the looks of it, but still don’t use it.) I definitely have not spent as much on these apps as I did on Palm software. This has been a fun post and I hope it hasn’t been too boring for those of you that aren’t into iphones.