My Favorite iPod Touch Apps
Now that I have been using my iPod Touch for over a month, I can't imagine being without it. Â I've found it more useful than any of the PocketPC's that I have owned, and far more useful than any of the cell phones I have had in the past. Â But what makes it so useful? Â Simple: Â the apps. Â It's all about the apps, and mostly about the free apps. Â So here is my list of favorite apps that I use on a regular basis:Â Stanza: Â I would be lost without Stanza! Â I have a long commute to work using the Bus and Traxx system, and as such a good read is necessary. Â But most books that I want to read are very bulky and difficult to haul around between stops (particularly when the bus is late and I have to run to catch the train). Â Having (currently) 107 books in my pocket is wonderful. Â And all the books are free, as they have long been in the public domain. Â Stanza is a good app, and even if they should require a purchase, it would be well worth it.Â Scriptures: Â Because Stanza can't support eBooks with DRM, I needed an app to carry my scriptures with me. Â Scriptures is a free app, and allows me to do my daily readings while on commute.Free RSS: Â As I no longer have a radio to listen to NPR in the morning and evening, I get my news through the free RSS reader. What's nice about this reader is that I can completely customize it, catching the feeds from specific segments of the news world, those that I feel are least biased one way or another. Â Last.fm: Â While in WiFi country, if I don't want to listen to the music I currently have, I can listen to a radio of sorts. Â Last.fm has all my favorite genres, and it's all on my iPod. Â Facebook: Â Yes, I finally caved in and joined Facebook. Â This way I can keep up with friends I haven't seen in years, and know what they are up to. Â It's fun, and helps me feel somewhat more social than I ever have been. Â Evernote: Â I was going to give this a miss entirely, because my uses for Evernote would be the same as my uses for Google Docs.... Â Except you can't use Google Docs from your iPod Touch. Â Argh! Â But Evernote allows me to throw together a quick list of notes that I want to keep for a long period of time. Â The good news: Â I have another writing project in the works once I finish my first one. Â Now if there would only be an app that would help for a writer on the go...Fring: Â This was the clincher app for me, because it allows for VoIP with SIP or Skype. Â That's huge, as it gives me a phone in my iPod Touch. Â Since I rarely stay outside of a WiFi connection, it gives me an alternative to a cell phone, which I rarely use anyway. Â And it's a heck of a lot cheaper. Â ^_^ Â It also ties in Twitter and my various IM clients, so I don't have to have more apps than one. Â I love consolidation.Files Lite: Â I can transfer documents to my iPod, and view them all within Files. Â I can read any Office doc, which makes reviewing a presentation very handy. Â It also supports iWork documents, which is better than other alternatives.To-Do: Â A great to-do list that let's me check off items as they come due. Â I can also use it as a shopping list, to the great relief of my wife who sends me to shop and finds I forget at least one thing.Â iStethescope: Â Now that I'm trying to lose some weight and get to a more healthy me, I find monitoring my pulse to be important. Â This is a handy app to do just that, as long as I have an iPhone headset. Â Good thing I bought one for fring. Â ^_^Tally Counter: Â As my new calling in church is ward clerk, it's my responsibility to count the number of people attending each meeting. Â Tally counter has been invaluable in that, since it's noiseless and accurate. Â Games: Â Yes, I do play games from time to time to relieve stress, when I'm not reading or jotting down ideas. Â My favorite games are Rolando, Armado, Spore Origins, Topple, Toy Bot Diaries, Solitare, and Bubbles for my son. Â So that's about it for now. Â I'm looking into another applications, and there are new ones coming up all the time. Â I do have several that I don't use a lot, but I have on hand as a "just in case" scenario. Â Do any of you have favorite apps for your iPhone or iPod Touch that you use?