In a rapid series of events, 4 members of the Feinberg family are now iPhone converts. Having disparaged the iPhone and it’s obsessive owners for years, I’m humbled to admit I’ve packed all my blackberry bags and fully joined the Apple bandwagon.
Now I’m not too proud to admit its faults. Typing is a pain. I miss the clickity clack of a keyboard, and auto-correct is my worst enemy. Google Maps, my best friend and savior, does not have the full functionality you get with a BB. And when you purchase an iPhone you’re beholden to spend a tedious amount of loot on accessories. $25 for a plastic screen protector? Are ya kidding me??
Anywhowho, in the end the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. The camera! Good lord do I love the camera! It can do this:
But best of all are the Apps. If not careful you can spend untold hours lost in the cavernous offerings of the App store. To avoid such a fate, here’s a few of my recommendations, from the musical to the foodtastic.
As mentioned before, 8tracks has replaced Pandora as my lazy listening go-to. Users curate their own playlists, which are sorted by a wide range of categories, from “fat blasting” to “chill French.” There’s literally something for every mood, time, and place.
This app creates your own pesonal concert calendar based on the artists in your playlist. Open it up and a red “laser” scans your playlist to deliver a shockingly useful list of shows in your area for several months. Songkick is a game-changer.
When you live in NY you rarely drive a car. When you rarely drive you hardly listen to the radio. Hard to believe, but I actually miss good ol’ Q104 on occasion. iHeartRadio streams live radio stations in your area and across the country. Now I can get my weekly fix of Two for Tuesdays!
Gotta give it to these guys, they’re good. Real good. The content from the site is organized into a handy “Nearby” feature, while a “Hit List” keeps track of all those izakayas/speakeasies/gastropubs you’ve been meaning to hit up.
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There’s a lot of camera/photo enhancement apps out there. Too many, almost, although there’s many levels of photo proficiency (point and shooters/Leica fanboys/lens enthusiasts). I don’t like getting too complicated on that little screen, makes me cross-eyed. tap tap tap has an easy lightbox feature that fixes any shot. Fussy, finished.
Everyone seems to like Words With Friends. Maybe I’m dim, but I find it confusing. WordMole is a holdover from my blackberry days. This bare bones game came pre-installed on every RIM device. 6 letters down, 6 letters across. Just start putting words together. Keeps me sharp.
If you ever plan on having a vacation fling with a bartender of a different nationality, Translator is key. I foresee the Feinbergs living and dying by this app on our grand tour of the Loire Valley. ¿Por favour dar una Libre Cuba?
Village Voice Best Of . . .
So good for besting friends with NYC “in the know” snobbery. And a great source for weekend activity planning. Sample Best Of: “Best Decaying Robert Moses Landmark.” Or “Best Make-Out Spot” (they say Doyers Street but I disagree, way too many 22-yr old chickenheads stumbling out of Apotheke). Anywho, entertaining and informative.
This is the app for Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines. The Browse feature includes useful catgories like “Low-Carb Mains” and “Main Course Salads,” as well as seasonal offerings like “Winter Salads’ and “Oscar Party Snacks.” While I don’t strictly follow most of their recipes, it’s a good source of inspiration during the weekday cooking doldrums.