Saturday, June 5, 2010

What's on your Pod?

I recently acquired a new Apple iPad as part of an experiment we're running at work.  In addition to my iPhone, I now have a couple of connected devices that are meant to make my life better.  I've been taking a look at the dizzying number of applications available for both devices and it got me wondering what applications do the folks I know have on their devices.

In addition to the built in applications for email, browsing, contacts, calendars, photos, and tunes here's how my devices are kitted out.

On Both

I think it's pretty well known that iPads can run iPhone applications.  Some applications are written to be resolution independent and look stunning on either device (yay!).  Others are meant strictly for the lower resolution of an iPhone (or iPod Touch).  They are functional on an iPad but look pretty bad when pixel doubled (anyone working at my old company can attest to the poor visual results of pixel doubling).
  • Evernote (Free) - essential for anyone like me who needs their brain backed up and/or extended.  Evernote syncs your notes seamlessly between all your devices and computers.
  • OmniFocus ($24.99) - the best Getting Things Done (google "David Allen GTD") application I've come across.  Synchronizes your todo information across all devices and computers.  No iPad version yet though (pixel doubling -- puke).
  • Tweetdeck (Free) - by no means am I a media socialite but Tweetdeck does a great job at presenting your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, foursquare (and other) feeds in one UI
  • Dropbox (Free) - the more computers and connected devices we get the more important it is to have access to your important files no matter where you are in the meatsphere.  Dropbox seamlessly synchronizes your files across all computers and provides access to your files on mobile devices.  Comes with 3G storage for free.  (Oh Apple, why the $99 charge for MobileMe?)
  • Net Portal ($1.99) - I don't really know why I bought this app.  It lets you access the files on your computers from your iPhone or iPad.  But if my important files are in DropBox why do I need to get at my computer you ask?  Good question.  Don't buy this app.
  • Remote (Free) - Apple's remote control allows you to control your iTunes library or Apple TV
  • Skype (Free) - 'nough said
  • Flixter (Free) - Movie reviews no matter where you are
  • Urbanspoon (Free) - Restaurant reviews and recommendations no matter where you are
  • IM+ Lite (Free) - Nice multi-IM client with support for MSN, AIM, GTalk, Yahoo, and others.  Supported by ads unless you purchased the paid version.
  • Mocha VNC Lite (Free) - Control your computers from your iPad or phone (although the phone resolution is a bit tiny for this to be practical).
On iPad
  • iBooks (Free) - Apple's book reader.  Fantastic.
  • Noterize ($2.99) - Note taking ala the built in Notes application but with many more features including the ability to do freehand annotations, and load PDF and PPT files.
  • Marvel (Free) - Marvel's comic book reader.  Does a great job at providing the comic book experience in electronic form (don't tell kimota94 though). 
  • Adobe Ideas (Free) - freehand sketch tool from Adobe.  Works better with a stylus such as the Pogo Sketch
On iPhone

My iPhone apps tend to be applications take either deal with photography (the iPad doesn't yet have a camera) or that leverage the high mobility of a phone over the iPad.  
  • PS Mobile (Free) - Adobe Photoshop Mobile.  Simple photo touch ups right on your phone.
  • FX Photo Studio ($0.99) - Photo effects on your phone.
  • Stanza (Free) - A free ebook reader.  Before the iPad and iBooks I read books on my phone using Stanza.
  • Momentile ($4.99) - Momentile is a social media site that, as far as I can tell, really hasn't taken off but I like it.  The idea is that you take a photo every day (or as near to every day as you can) and upload it to your Momentile site as a kind of photo diary.  The iPhone client lets you upload from your phone (which is really essential given that you are trying to capture an image every single day and in unpredictable situations).
  • foursquare (Free) - Ok, so I foursquare.  Shut up.
So iPhone, iTouch, and iPad compadres... what's on your pod?

1 comment:

Jimmy said...

Just got an iPad last week. Here are some of the goodies I downloaded:

Kobo (free) - Reader. iBooks looks nice, but without any new content not as useful. I chose kobo because bookstore prices are Canadian and I found the digital version of the book I was reading for $7 (Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett)

TWC Max+ (free) - Weather channel app - nice graphics

World Atlas HD (1.99 I think) - Bought it for graphical candy to show off the iPad

TouchCalc (free) - Calculator with programmers mode for Hex/Dec translation etc. Which it was RPN - or better yet a decent HP48[SG]X emulator

Labyrinth 2 HD ($9.99) - Game. Roll marble into a target hole. Fun for the kids. Another iPad demo app

Idea Boards ($2.99 I think) - Whiteboard/chalkboard app

Virtuoso (free) - Piano emulator. For kids to play

Remotescape ($74.99) - Kaleidescape remote.