With the analytical techie sitting on my left shoulder screeching, “NOOO!” I’m going to tell you how to get to the fun stuff because the fun stuff is what makes the iPhone worth getting. (The phone service ain’t so bad but with all this more fun stuff to do, you won’t want to chitchat so much anymore.) I’m willing to bet you’ve probably already figured out how to turn it off and on, so I’ll just skip ahead to the fun.
These are my most frequently used apps – all of them are FREE!
Most of these applications will work on iPod Touch as long as you can hook up to wireless Internet. NOTE: Oftentimes, you cannot hook up to wireless Internet (as I found out at my gym), so if you want to use these apps, all the time, best to get an iPhone. Additionally, some of these apps require a microphone, which are very inexpensive, for the iPod Touch. The iPhone has built-in microphone (which you use for phone calls)
Jott Voice recognition notes. Try it, you’ll see. So much better than Voice Notes, or the old Keyboard Notes Bug. Free (however it does require a paid Online account). You could also try Evernote: Anything you need to jot down fast, be it in text, a photo, or a voice note, Evernote will keep it, index it, and sync it to the online subscription service.
Dragon Dictation Dictate voice messages and have them translated while you watch. Need to add microphone to iPod Touch for this to work.
Forsquare Super cool way to let friends know where you are by “checking in.” Also a good way to find reviews for wherever you are. Uses GPS in your mobile device. Avail for Android, Blackberry, Palm and others.
Paper Toss Very low tech game. You get to throw a piece of paper in the trash. Hours on mindless fun. One of my favorites!
Baby Scratch. Who doesn’t need to scratch records hiphop style while waiting for public transportation? The least expensive DJ equipment available for $0.00! If scratchin’s not your thing but music still is, check out Karajan Beginner – Free, fun music lessons, tuning ear to music.
We plan on doing many of these “best of apps” blogs. What are you favorites and why? Which apps are you regretful you purchased. Leave a comment with your favorite app and of course, feel free to put a link to your blog or website.