Guest Blogger Christie offers up today's top 5...
We all have smart phones (and those who don’t get ridiculed and mocked … I applaud that). I knew I would get addicted to mine. I put off getting one for a bit, but now wish my iPhone were permanently glued to me. Here are the top 5 reasons I love it:
5: Checking my email. In my former job, I had to constantly check my email. If I wasn’t near a computer, I could still check on my phone. Now that I’ve moved on career-wise, I still find it easier to check my (multiple) email accounts on my phone than otherwise. They are all in one place and there’s no logging on and off—it’s all right there in one neat little package.
4: Crazy and Practical Apps. When it comes to apps, there are both the practical and the insane. I have an app for nail polish art. You heard me! I like to get creative with my nails every now and then and there are too many blogs dedicated to it to follow, so I searched the App Store and lo and behold—Nail App! There is also a daily Fortune Cookie app, which saves me from ordering Chinese delivery—it even lets you “pull apart” the cookie! Every now and then you should do an app search for something bizarre. You will be surprised at what you will find. (Hint: the Taco Finder is a favorite too.) More practically, check your bank balance while shopping, set the dvr when you lost the remote (again), make sure Jeter is in tonight’s lineup, and check the weather from your fingertips. You can be productive wherever you are. They also help you out when you need it—I use the flashlight app constantly. But it doesn’t end there—there’s an app to help your job search, stay connected with friends, and scan bar codes to see if you can get that bottle of soda cheaper someplace else. Finally, check if your favorite stores have apps of their own—they post sales and coupons in the apps that aren’t found anywhere else.
3: iBooks. Using my phone as an e-reader is great. I am not a fast reader, but reading on the iPhone makes me feel like I am since the pages are small and go faster than a book. This comes in handy at the Doctor’s office, lunch hour, or whenever you need a break. And not buying a separate device is a huge bonus.
2: Settling bar debates. If everyone at Cheers had a smart phone, Cliff Clavin wouldn’t have had a prayer. You know the drill: you and your friends are hoisting a few and then it starts… “remember that movie with that guy and the car chase?” At least once a week, the phones are brought out to settle who starred in a movie, when McDonald’s sells the McRib, or what the dirty term for that “position” is. (Yes, these examples are all from real and recent debates.) And of course, the later the evening, the more these precious instruments of information are needed. Thanks to my phone, we’ve determined that Mr. Dobalina was in fact originally done by the Monkees, and Meatloaf and Jim Steinman are two different people. My phone has saved friendships, but more importantly it has saved us nights of trying to think of the name of that 80’s cop show was that was only on a short time and the guy who starred in it has been on Law and Order. (Oh yeah THAT narrows it down. Answer at the end of this post.)
1: Scrabble. Hello, my name is Christie and I am a Scrabble addict. Admitting it is always the first step right? Well over the last few months, I have used this app more than any other on my phone. Sure, I got hooked on Angry Birds and a few others, I always come back to my Scrabble. It saved my brain from going complete to mush while recovering from an illness, and now I play it every night before I go to sleep. If Scrabble isn’t your thing, there are millions of different games out there. Press Your Luck is a great one! (Big Bucks, no whammies… STOP!) And if you had a Commodore 64 as a kid (yes, I’m dating myself here) you may remember Montezuma’s Revenge, which you can play in all it’s low res graphical glory! Action games, retro (GALAGA!), even bar games (think darts and Monkey Bash) can all be found for your phone and can feed any addiction. You can play like you did when you got home from school and a whole lot of them are FREE! So play on!!
So there it is. My top 5 reasons I love my iPhone. Notice Siri did not make the list. Sorry Siri but you never understand what I’m saying and always just defaults to a web search. Useless. I also didn’t mention actually using the phone as a phone (I don’t like talking on the phone; I text or email more that I call, so it doesn’t make the list). I love my phone and now that baseball season is starting, I have the feeling I will love it even more!
So how do you use your phone? Games, business, a little from column “A” a little from column “B”? Or have you decided against smartphones and want to stay true to your flip phone (prepare to be mocked)? Share your thoughts below, and like us on Facebook or share us with a friend. Cheers!!!
|(Oh yeah, the 80’s cop show was called Sledge Hammer.)|