Thursday, January 28, 2010

Men Who Love Women Who Love Their iPhones

My husband used to tease me about my iPhone ... which started when I bought it for myself for Valentine's Day last year while he was deployed. No box of chocolates for me! I got myself the latest and greatest in modern technology. =) After he got home and we took our Block Leave vacation (using the iPhone without ceasing to find restaurants, directions, reviews, and more), he has teased me less, but still considers it a bit frou-frou and my adoration for it a bit overboard.

Well, Hubby's been gone for a couple of weeks now to Fort Sill, OK. Apparently there is some bad weather getting started up there today so he called to tell me that he gets to come home a day early … and will be home tonight! I'm very excited! When I told my 1st grader that Daddy was coming home today instead of tomorrow, he jumped up and said, "Great! Where is he now? Can your iPhone track him?"

Crazily, I think there is an app that can do that ... but we don't have it. Not that I'm in any deficit of iPhone apps. I'm the kind of iPhoner that uses all eight pages for apps ... although right now I have one almost blank page just to save room for new ones I discover. For example, I was listening to Kelly Ripa on "Live" the other day and she was talking with her (adorable!) Hubby about her iPhone. He is definitely a man who loves a woman who loves her iPhone! She kept saying she was addicted (actually that may have been his word, not hers ...) to an iPhone game called "Bedazzled."

Naturally, I had to search to see what "Bedazzled" was all about, and -- before you fire up your App Store -- there is no "Bedazzled" app. Later, she tweeted that "Bejeweled" was the app she was crazy about. Clearly, this was an app I needed to try! And I am hooked. I love it! It is a battery-muncher, though, so I try to limit my play time on that one (usually while waiting in line to pick kids up from school).

But I do have my favorite apps, and if you’re interested, continue reading …

Facebook, of course. This should be required on all iPhones. =)

For Twitter, I use Tweetie and Hootsuite ... there are different things I like about both.

For photos, Shutterfly (for easy access to my online account), and PS Mobile to do fun stuff with photos on my phone.

For books, I love Amazon's Kindle! You can download just about any book with a single click and it is billed to your account (um, that's the good news and the bad news!) I also have the Barnes & Noble app and a copy of the Bible on my phone.

Google Earth is cool, but takes forever to download.

For music, Pandora online radio is neat, and free (I always look at free apps first; I'm stingy with my iTunes funds). Shazam is another must-have app. You can let your iPhone 'listen' to any song and it will download all the information for you! Song title, artist, reviews, lyrics, link to iTunes, link to that song's video on YouTube, and lots more. I love it because I can save the songs I want to eventually purchase on iTunes here.

I have several "To Do" and "Shopping" apps, but there are lots of good ones out there.

For searching, Google and Wikiamo are good.

I haven't fallen in love with any of the social media apps yet (probably because I'm on my computer so often I don't need to post from my phone), but enjoyed trying Whrrl and Pingle. LinkedIn has a good app, too.

LOVE Bump! If you haven't tried this app, you must. It's too cool. Simply turn it on, 'bump' phones with another iPhone (that has the app on) and you instantly have each other's contact information! It's very fun.

Now I'm starting to worry all readers of this blog have been bored to tears so I'll wrap it up with a few final suggestions to try: Fandango, PhoneFlicks (for Netflix), Yelp, Starbucks, USArmy, and Skype.

My kids favorite apps (I use the term "favorite" loosely here; these are the only apps I've downloaded for them so they don't have much to compare):

MazeFinger, Trace, TowerFree, Labyrinth, and TicTacFree.

I also downloaded a few educational apps for them and they will play:

FlashTables, MathRaces, BBMultiply, Coin Math, Mathemagics, A+ Matchup, and US Capitols.

Do you have favorite apps I should try? Or fun games for my kids? I’m always looking for a fun educational app to entertain them during any long-wait sessions (usually at the post pharmacy). I’d love to hear about them.


  1. You are making me really want an

  2. I think it should be an amendment to the Constitution ... iPhones for every American! =)


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