Carole speaks. I listen. I understand that all she REALLY wants is what cool apps to download onto her new iPhone. But that is fine with me, because who isn't an app 'ho?
1. Don't Look Outside. Uses GPS to figure out where you are, and gives you several days of high/low temps and predicted precipitation. I love it. I like knowing what temperature it is RIGHT NOW. When the day comes that I use it to figure out where I am, you may take the iPhone away from me.
2. Moon Phase. More data. Useless data. But how many times do you look up at the night sky, scratch your head, and ask your companion, "Does it look like a full moon to you?"
3. Ski Report (from skireport.com). Love! Not just inches of snow, but also when it last snowed, and when it last snowed the time before that, and how many inches each time. I'm probably completely alone with this love.
4. Shazam. Everyone knows about Shazam. This prevents me from more head scratching, and trying to remember to look up the playlist on the radio station's website when I get home. That NEVER happens. Now I know what the song is. I wish it did classical.
5. Gate Guru. So cool. Where is the nearest Dunkin Donuts at the airport? You can choose the airport you are in, or one from the list. It sorts by terminal. Where is the mailbox for that last minute bill mailing I always need to finish? Where is the nearest....fill in the blank. More love.
6. Occasions. I paid for this. Now I finally have all my reminders in one place. It links with your contact list. I can finally remember birthdays and Yahrzeit dates. (Look it up.)
7. Epocrates. Free drug information at your fingertips. When I graduated from my institute of higher education, we really COULD keep it all in our heads. No more. Too many competing manufacturers, generics, substitutions. Every doc I know has some version of this. (Tarascon is the other, and I'm not sure they are digital yet. Probably.)
8. Peak.Ar. Uses GPS and compass, tells me what the mountains' names are around me. You view the skyline through the camera. The locator is only so so in terms of putting the name right on the peak, but it is close enough. Very fun.
9. UYH. You can make notes in Your Own Handwriting. Your finger draws the letters. Very clever. Frees me from having to tap the pseudokeyboard. Nicely done. Fairly rudimentary organization, but that is all I need from this app.
10. Cor.kz. Best for last. Costs a small amount of money. SO worth it. Just like the drug app, no one can be encyclopedic on all wines, all regions, all vintages. Tasting notes from the wine community, assessments of when the bottle might be drinkable. Clearly this is only as good as the taster posting the note, but the group slant is usually spot on.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a good travel app? Is TravelPro worth the $$?
One of the most fun things on the iPhone 3Gs is the video capability. Saturday, Divine Bird Jenny casually plyed while walking and talking, at Connecticut Sheep and Wool.