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With the OED now recognizing ‘dumbphone’ as a word, I thought it would be a good idea to do an app roundup for those of us who can’t tear ourselves away from our smartphones. I’m guilty of geekdom, being evenhanded at Mac/iOS, Android, and Windows (and can do a little Unix and Linux too) so functionality is kind of a big deal.
Some of my faves:
Spotify (free, $9.99/mo. premium | iOS, Android, Windows Phone, desktop) - Spotify saves me from financial ruin. Being the music addict I am, I can get my unlimited music fix at the price of one iTunes album. Considering I’ve probably spent well into the thousands of dollars on iTunes since it’s inception, a measly $9.99/mo to listen to practically anything is worth it.
Evernote (free, premium $5/mo or $45/yr. | iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, desktop) - Initially, I was a Springpad user and the concept of a taggable notebook revolutionized how I took care of business. Springpad went and changed their use interface on me and drove me into the arms of Evernote. For good. It was indispensable for planning my wedding since I could snap pictures, tag them and save them. It also kept all my contracts and papers organized. I consume and hoard far less paper with Evernote.
Lemon Wallet (free, premium $4.99/mo or $39.99/yr. | iOS, Android, Windows Phone) - Receipt scanning apps? Yessir! This makes tax time a breeze when I need to pull up the receipt from the emergency toner cartridge I bought at 11:23pm on August the 5th at Walgreens. Just snap a photo or email a receipt and OCR reads the amounts and vendors You fix any errors and it’ll even log how much you’ve spent.
JustWink (free | iOS, Android, desktop) - I like American Greetings cards more than Hallmark (when I don’t get a chance to get some cutesy locally made letterpress deal) and JustWink allows you to send cheeky customized cards with pictures and your signature electronically by email, SMS, or my fave - real post (for a fee). You can do this all from your phone and it’s great when you have that “Oh Shit It’s My Mom’s Birthday” moment and you forgot to send a card.
Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile ($1.99 | iOS, Android) Sketchbook Mobile is designed to work on smaller screens while Sketchbook Pro is designed to be used with tablets 7” or larger. It took me a while to get used to the interface, but coupled with the stylus on my Note 2, I have a lot of control and can easily make graphics and illustrations on the go.
Feedly (free | iOS, Android, desktop) - I don’t know how I got through life without a RSS reader. I do my daily reading of blogs and other news sources through Feedly’s super easy and attractive user interface. My Google reader account is linked to Feedly, so once Google Reader is done for good, I’ll be able to keep all of my content in one place. Feedly has options to share content, group RSS feeds, read items later, and quick add from within your browser (I use Chrome).
What are your favorites?