I really do consider my phone to be my mini computer. It's crazy how much it can do, especially compared to my Nokia phone from middle school (complete with interchangeable covers, and hours worth of 'Snake" play).
Primarily, I'd say I use my phone mostly for taking photos, e-mails, and social media. For phtography alone, the application options are endless. All sorts of photo editing, cropping, collage-making, and sharing.
What to choose, what to choose... You may be familiar with what I have listed here, but I thought I would share my favorite apps currently on my iPhone with you. With the new iPhone and iOS7 coming out, I was in the mood!
Who doesn't like a little Instagram in their life? It's kind of what started it all with smartphone photography. A small, but good assortment of filters and frames, and easy to use upload features, posting, etc. Since I'm a visual sort of gal, I love the idea of seeing what people are up to by pictures alone.
This is a great overall basic photo editor. You can adjust things like exposure, colors, and contrast, as well as apply a variety of filters (they have a lot to choose from, so there should be one to fit any mood!). In addition, they have all kinds of frames and crops for your photos. You can add a polaroid frame, or crop your photo in a heart, geometric shape, or even your favorite letter.
My favorite app for adding text to your photos. They have the largest, and best, selection of fonts to type whatever you'd like, in whatever size and color you want as well. This app also has a large variety of pre-made phrases, simple graphics, and shapes to stick on wherever you want.
Feeling a little artsy? This turns your photos into a tiny piece of art in one step. Popsicolor turns the photo you upload into a watercolor image. You can choose which color tones to use, and how much detail is displayed. I think this could be something you could print out and display somewhere!
If you want to consider yourself a San Francisco foodie, you should be well aware of the amazing food truck options that graze the greater Bay Area. Off the Grid organizes these mini gourmet takeout restaurants to form gatherings every day of the week around SanFrancisco and surrounding cities. This app tells you when and where the Off the Grid get togethers will be. They list all of the vendors, as well as a sample menu, and where you can find them. Making it even easier to find tasty food in the city? A foodies dream!
Since were on the topic of food, this one deserves a mention as well. Munchery is even easier than tracking down food trucks. They bring food to you! Gourmet delivery where you can choose what dishes, sides, dessert, and even wine (yes, wine!), you want for dinner the next day, and they will have it at your door for you to re-heat at the time of your choosing. The menu items are classy, and the prices are super affordable! This too however, is just open to San Francisco and surrounding cities.
Window shopping and day dreaming of a new wardrobe definitely occupies some of my internet browsing time, but it always helps to have a little inspiration, or maybe a look you are trying to re-create. Polyvore makes it super simple to make fashion collages. You pick a category, the items, and then arrange them in whatever form you'd like, and then share them, or keep them to yourself. A great way to get inspiration before going shopping, or a way to share with others what trends you look forward to sporting.
For anyone who has a small business, food truck, an event, or something similar, this is the best thing to come along (for collecting payments) since sliced bread. You can download the app for free, and either request the free square reader there, or you can also purchase the Square at many retailers, and it will come with a rebate for the cost. The application is really easy to set-up, and then all you have to do is plug in the tiny Square credit card reader to the headphone jack, and boom! You're ready to start swiping plastic and gaining assets. For anyone collecting payments for services or selling merchandise, this is super convenient!
There are so many great applications out there for whatever you are looking for (on both Androids and iPhones). These are just a few of the ones I use the most, and I hope you found something new to try!
What are your favorite phone applications?