With the iPhone app store heading towards the 200,000 application mark and other platforms with thousands of applications to choose from do you find yourself suffering from application overload? Most phones come with a basic set of applications to handle day to day tasks. Outside of the phone application itself starter apps usually include a contact manager, email program, messaging application, maps and calender.
With so many other applications to choose from where do you go next? Let me get you off to a great start by sharing my current must have list of mobile applications.
Google Voice – Multifaceted telecommunications service from Google that allows you to route your inbound calls to one or many phones simultaneously depending on the rules you set for your calls. You can also set different call behaviors depending on who the caller is and what time they call. Another nice feature is that you can choose to preview your voicemails as sms text messages.
Currently only available as invitation only beta, will soon be available publicly.Now available to anyone with a U.S. Phone number at www.google.com/voice For more information see our post here.
Splash ID – is an encrypted password and login manager that provides a secure backup of your passwords, Web logins, registration codes, credit card numbers, banking information, PINs and more.
On most platforms it also offers a convenient way to synchronize information between a desktop and mobile client. In short a convenient and secure way to carry all your important information on the go.
Dropbox / Zumodrive – cloud based file storage, sharing and syncing services. Allows you to access your files stored within your virtual Dropbox or Zumodrive from any other device (PC, Mac, Phone etc…) that has the software installed. Great way to share files across devices and platforms. I use this software everyday to share files between my office mac and home PC without the need to carry flash drives or disks.
Twitter – social networking and micro blogging service that allows you to send and read messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts limited to140 characters or less. Popular with both businesses and end users Twitter has become for me a quick way to check on any topic of interest, or get first hand reports on breaking news stories from a variety of sources.
Shopsavvy – Barcode scanner that allows you to quickly and easily check prices locally and on the web. This app allows you to scan the bar code directly off of the product you are considering purchasing and checks it against its database of stores in your area and Web prices. Many stores offer price matching and being able to show a lower price from a competitor has saved me some substantial cash on several occasions. If this application is available for your mobile platform it’s a no brainer download it.
Pandora – is a music jukebox and recommendation service. You enter a song or artist you enjoy and Pandora recommends other similar songs/ artist. You then vote on the suggestions which Pandora incorporates into future selections.
Netflix – is a service offering flat rate DVD and Blu-ray disk rental by mail and video streaming in the United States. Some type of Netflix manager application follows me on any mobile platform. Its just a convenient way to browse available titles and set up or re-order your movie queue.
Evernote – a note-taking and archival service that allows you to save text, web pages, photos, or file attachments into sortable folders that can be annotated , searched and saved. The “notes” are then synchronized and made available to any web browser or device that has the Evernote application installed. A very convenient method of archiving information for future retrieval.
Flixster – Movie previews and reviews of upcoming movies and DVDs. Incorporating rotten tomatoes reviews to help guide your selections.
Facebook – Social networking website targeted at youth and young adults but popular with users of all ages. Not one of my favorite sites but I maintain a Facebook page mostly to keep up with what is going on with some family members, friends and coworkers. So a Facebook mobile application rounds out my must have mobile apps list.