I have 209 apps on my Nexus 6 smartphone but according to my memory stats I only use on average about 35 of these apps daily. So here is a quick list of my 7 favorite apps. I have intentionally skipped apps like email, facebook, maps, photos, calendar etc. because they are in everyone’s daily usage. All these apps run on the iPhone too.
- Pocket – a fantastic “read later” way of saving important data
- Feedly – a superb “News Feed” App.
- Merlin – Daily Esoteric news
- Moves – a great pedometer
- Prisma – My absolute favorite photo editing app
- IMDB – great info on movies and tv shows
- Flickr – Connecting with my photo buddies around the world
What are your favorite apps?
WARNING!, WARNING! Do not load Prisma Photo App if you have an immediate appointment because you’re going to be immediately addicted to this great photo filter editor. This app could not be simpler.
- Load your photo
- Choose your filter
- Adjust the intensity
Here are is the Prisma App link (runs on IOS and Android) Here are some great results. Learn more at the iPad Users Group Meeting Thursday
Pop Quiz CTL subscribers. You take a photo with your smartphone and you need to tune it up. What app do you use? There are some very easy and powerful apps. My favorite is Snapseed that is available on both Android and IOS. Snapseed has all the usual tools
- Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Highlights, Shadows
- Crop, Rotate, Sharpening,
Snapseed also contains several powerful tools
- Healing – taking out blemishes and objects
- Transform – Vertical and horizontal perspective
- Filters – Changing the mood of your photo
Below are three photos. The first is untouched. The second is a change in the perspective and the removal of the graffiti. The third is the addition of a mood changing filter.
Run, don’t walk and get your free copy of Snapseed.
I’m a big fan of using “Ok Google” which is a voice activated command to instruct your Android Phone or Table to execute a command. It also works on iPhones and iPads using the Google App.
Last year in August I reviewed some Google Now Commands On average, I use “OK Google 6 times a day. Here are some of my typical Google Now Commands in the last day
- What time is the next NBA Finals Game
- Show me my last 10 messages
- Call my wife
- Create a calendar event
- How do you say “sometimes” in Spanish
- How far is it from my house to Cuenca Sunrise Cafe
You can see the complete list of commands here
The quintessential question among Smartphone Users :”Is the iPhone platform superior to that of the Android system? Having used both platforms I can say I prefer the Android operating system. I find it easier to customize and Android has some features the iPhone is lacking. Below are some of them.
- Better Battery Stats And More Efficient Battery Saver
- More information from the home button. – Marshmallow’s Now on Tap tries to solve this issue by offering related information and links, based on its understanding of your texts.
- Back up unlimited photos using Google Photos – My favorite option
- Voice search without unlocking your phone
- Lost your phone – Google it
- Access your phone on a friend’s phone
A very good article and these hidden features and more at this link
These Apps also run on iPads and iPhones.
Here are my top five apps
- Pocket: Previously known as Read It Later, is an application and service for managing a reading list of articles from the Internet. It runs on my Android Phone, iPad Mini and Macbook Pro. I now subscribe to the Pro Version and can search from a list that has 2 years worth of entries
- Google Photos – Do you want an easy 1-2-3 photo editing program as well as unlimited storage and the ability to create movies and stories from your photos – then run don’t walk and download the app
- WhatsApp – Facebook acquired this super texting and VOIP program. You can send free texts to individuals or groups all around the world. A skype type video conferencing will be introduced within the next year
- Moves – A great app to record your steps, walking, cycling etc. You also get a map of your travels and you can save and share in miles or kilometers.
- PocketCasts: Live in Ecuador but want to listen to Terry Gross on NPR- No problem with the Pocketcasts App. You can stream or download your favorite Podcast or TV Show and automatically have them queued for playback
This was a tough call. Here were all the apps in contention:
- Amazon Music
- Yahoo News Digest
- What’s Ap
Drum Roll Please. And the winner again is Pocket. Simply stated Pocket saves your favorite web sites and app picks to a cross platform database. I pick up Pocket favorites on my phone, ipad and computer or anybody elses computer if I sign in to my Pocket account.
I did a video screencast in May on Pocket
Pocket is even better because everyday they send you sites via email that you might be interested in saving and they also supply these recommendations on their app. Run, don’t walk and get Pocket