August 3, 2012 by Will Ray
There’s a reason people joke about your iPhone “cleaning your house for you” or “making you a sandwich” and literally doing everything for you. That reason being, it’s almost true.
I have 140 apps (applications, or small software programs) as of this writing on my iPhone 4. You may, like my sweet wife, feel like that is a bit excessive, and that’s fine. I just know I’ll be prepared for most situations where an electronic option is viable.
– Need to look up traffic on your route, or want to pitch in and warn others about it? Waze
– Want walki-talkie-like instant connection with another person? Voxer
– Find yourself in a scholarly debate about the Constitution? Constitution App
– Wondering what song that is playing? Shazam or SoundHound
– Need to entertain a 4-year old? Angry Birds, Doodle Jump, or Temple Run
– Need to look up a verse reference or need to do a daily reading on the go? YouVersion
– Need an exercise tracker w/ GPS capability? Nike+ Running
– Looking for good restaurant recommendations in a new city? TripAdvisor
– Want to pull up a file on the go that you were working on your computer earlier? Dropbox
– Looking for the best deal on that item in the store? Amazon Price Check
– Need to check into your SouthWest flight? SouthWest App
– Suddenly find yourself in charge of spinning off some sweet tracks at a party? djay
Need I go on? Ok, maybe the last one is a little less likely, especially for someone like me, but I couldn’t pass it up when it went on sale for 99 cents.
Humor is best when it contains an element of truth. And the element of truth about the iPhone (and the app world in general) is that it’s starting to do almost anything for you. The rise of smartphones has opened up nearly endless possibilities for what a small electronic device can do for you.
I might be a little app crazy. But I’m pretty sure I’ll have the “app for that” when the situation arises – whatever that may be.
Question: How many apps do you have on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android? (Settings -> General -> About on iOS device). What’s the most unique/unusual app, and what’s your favorite one right now?