I’ll get straight to the point: I love my iPhone. I held out for a while before getting one in early 2010, because I knew once I went smartphone I’d never go back. I was correct — I’m hopelessly hooked.
I check my email compulsively (sorry, Kevin — I know that gets annoying) and also have a slew of favorite apps that I use frequently.
Here’s a selection of some of my most-loved apps:
- CardStar: This app has been a lifesaver for both my key chain and wallet. It’s allowed me to move all my loyalty cards (everything from my grocery cards to my CVS card to my Delta SkyMiles card) into a virtual format. I just call up the card I need within the app and have the cashier scan that. Plus, it even lists deals that are going on at each store — how very convenient!
- USAA: Because my dad was a Marine, our family (Kevin included) is able to bank with USAA, which is wonderful. USAA has exemplary customer service and outstanding banking and insurance options. Also, since they don’t have physical bank locations, they’ve created a great system for depositing checks via smartphone. I just snap a photo of the check with my phone and there’s money in my account. It’s pure digital magic. (USAA plug: If you have a close military connection, I’d strongly recommend looking into USAA for banking or insurance.)
- This American Life: As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big This American Life fan, and the corresponding app helps me keep up with episodes on the go. I especially love listening at the gym. As it turns out, Ira Glass is a wonderful elliptical companion! (This app isn’t free, but I think it’s worth the $2.99.)
- Redbox: This is such a great app. Not only can you see what movies are available at a Redbox near you, but you can also reserve and pay for a movie from your phone. Cool stuff!
- Scramble: I know most folks are Words With Friends types, but I prefer the Scramble With Friends app. (Then again, in real, non-app life, I prefer Boggle to Scrabble, so it makes sense.) I paid for this app because the free version drives me crazy. Totally worth it.
- Scoutmob: Since I no longer live in Atlanta, Scoutmob doesn’t do me any good these days. (I actually deleted it from my phone not too long after we moved, because it was making me slightly depressed seeing it there, going unused.) If you are fortunate enough to live in a Scoutmob-friendly city, though, do yourself a favor and download this app immediately if you haven’t already done so. You’re welcome.
- Easy Bake Oven: I know, I know. This seems out of place on a 26-year-old’s phone, but this app is SO MUCH FUN! You can “bake” cookies or cupcakes by mixing the batter, then decorate them and “eat” them. It’s way more fun than it should be. (I know what you’re thinking, but please don’t judge until you’ve tried it.)
I’m always on the hunt for new apps, though, so please send suggestions my way! Happy smartphone-ing!