My favorite iPhone apps

2315918082_e12530cf73jpg1So someone requested that I do a post on some of by iPhone apps (and apparently I am also a go-to app guy).

I will confess- I have 6 pages of apps, most of which I never use. Here are the ones I use the most:

  • Safari – and my most used site is Google Reader – all of my browsing stems from there
  • Mail – while it has it’s shortcomings – I communicate mostly with the iPhone’s mail app.  It’s great – except if you have more than 1 mailbox.  Then it kinda sucks.  A simple fix, but not one that has
  • Phone – eh.  Lot’s to like, hate the network though.  NYC is fine, LI is hit or miss.
  • Amazon Kindle – I read a lot.  First I used Stanza, but their purchasing process was tough, though the app itself was nicer (more options, etc.).  Amazon is going to sell a boatload of books thru here – purchase on the computer, immediately shows up on the phone.  Loads quickly and easily, and is very legible (for me).
  • Weather Channel – love this app.  It has replaced my local news for weather forecast – can check within 30 seconds the weather for the day – plus constantly update video forecasts (and recently updated for live radar maps)
  • Card Shark solitaire – easy to play on the subway, mindless classic entertainment.
  • Touch Tennis – for some reason, I love tennis games (see: Wii Tennis).  This one is about as good as it gets in terms of leveraging the iPhone’s unique control characteristics
  • WordPress for iPhone (website admin) – As a matter if fact, I actually wrote this post on my phone.  Gives me access to create and edit articles, approve comments, etc.

That’s really it. All other apps are used rarely (including oddly enough the New York Tmes app - mostly because it’s so god-damn slow).

I have a bunch of other apps that I rarely use, so I may do another app store post at some point in the future.

6 thoughts on “My favorite iPhone apps”

  1. Thanks for the post, Josh. MTCW on Kindle is that have a long way to go to catch up to eReader as an app. In fact, the only thing it has going for it is Amazon’s catalog (granted, that’s a big thing to have going for you).

    The problem is that beyond changing the font size, Kindle offers no customization whatsoever.

    On eReader you can:
    1. Change the background color (view white text on black background – a big one for me, as I prefer this at night)
    2. Change the orientation landscape (personal preference – no reason).
    3. Turn off justification (left align – again, personal preference)
    4. Change the “flick” direction that turns a page (Kindle only offers right to left – I prefer down to up).
    5. Search text (very handy).
    6. Highlight text (eReader is great with this – save the highlighted text, look it up in the dictionary, make a notation).
    7. Autoscroll. (I’ve never used it and probably never will, but it’s there.)
    8. Probably 10 more things – just take a look at eReader’s preferences panel.

    For me, for the moment, eReader is leaps and bounds better than Kindle. However, I’m *probably* not the only person who feels this way, and given Amazon’s resources, I’d expect all this stuff soon. And there is that catalog….

    D

  2. David- completely agreed. The lack of customization is nothing compared to eReader or Stanza (and I’m a big white text on black background guy – take a look around :)).

    However as the iTunes store proved – it’s ALL about the content. And Amazon kills it in this respect (despite fictionwise – stanza’s store being purchased by B&N I believe).

  3. With respect to eReader and Amazon, have you compared the prices. I have 10 or 12 times and Amazon is significantly cheaper in almost every case … some 30 – 40%. With a bigger catalog. No small advantage that — their Kindle reader is just fine thanks ;-)

  4. The e-reader definitely has more features and is somewhat more user-friendly than Kindle, but Amazon just beats it on prices. I have price checked several books in both places and Amazon is significantly cheaper.

  5. Mousumi and D. Currie- agreed on both fronts. Again – see my content is king argument. With the large amount of content, amazon wins. With the large distribution channel that amazon is, they can push low prices. The more apps, devices, etc. that amazon can get their catalog on – the better.

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