I love to share the basics of tech to show what you can get done quickly and easily with tablets(like the iPad), smart phones and PCs from the point of view of someone who has vision difficulties as I am legally blind. I avoid "geek speak" as I share the great things you can get done with new technology. It is more important to get things done with tech than the tech itself.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Top 10 Most Useful iPad Apps (July 2012)
Author's Note: This is a repeat of a previous post with one change.
Evernote. Available for iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, PC and Windows Phone. This is where I keeps notes for anything I need to remember. Examples, monthly vehicle mileage, prescriptions, copy of important documents (passport and drivers license). Lately I use Evernote every day to jot down thoughts for blog posts. I begin my blog posts in Evernote and copy the text to my blog software. FREE
E-mail. iPad and iPhone. I use Apple's e-mail app that comes with the iPad. It allows for multiple e-mail accounts that can be seen all at one time. This saves time. I check e-mails many times throughout the day. FREE. No charge for this one.
Nightstand Central for iPad. Available for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. Since I charge the iPad every evening, why not leave it on the nightstand propped up to show a really large clock. Virtually all alarm clocks have small text and too difficult to red or too bright. Nightstand Central allows for easy dimming too. Alarms are easy to set and one can have pleasant sounds to fall asleep by. It even shows updated weather. I use this app every day. FREE for iPhone and iPad.
Any.Do. A very easy to read and use Task Manager. I am back to using a task manager every day to make sure I get things done when they are supposed to be done. This app is so very elegant it is fun to use. No kidding. Any.Do is available for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch as well as Android. Task even synchronize between them. FREE.
Informant HD. Sometimes referred to as Pocket Informant, this is my integrated Calendar and Contacts. Pocket Informant has a Task Manager but i've switched to Any.Do. Because all 3 are in a single app, it saves time and energy. I look at my calendar about once per day. It fully integrates with Google Calendar, Google Contacts, iCal for Mac and Toodle Do for tasks. I have used this app for many years dating back to Pocket PCs. $12.99 for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, $11.69 for Blackberry, $12.99 for Android.
AP Mobile. This is the Associated Press and my favorite news source since I can enlarge the text to make it readable for me. I read the AP news once or twice per day. Other news service apps are good but for me, if I can't enlarge the text then I am not able to read it. Available for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch and Android. http://getapmobile.com/. FREE.
Echofon for Twitter. This is a twitter app this is easier for me to read as I can enlarge the text and get a white background. I read tweets on Echofon multiple times per day. Twitter is much more useful than i originally thought FREE.
Kindle. In my opinion the best book reader since it saves your place to the cloud. This means you can resume your book at the same page on any device that has the Kindle app. iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, Android, PC, Mac and Windows Phone. Books are purchased on the Amazon.com site. http://www.amazon.com/. FREE
Instapaper. I love to read but my vision disability makes it virtually impossible to read things with small text or with normal contrasting backgrounds. This means web sites are impossible to read. Instapaper allows me to send the website content, excluding ads, to the Instapaper site. The iPad Instapaper app brings the sites together in a single place where I can then adjust the text size and background so I can read them without effort. I can surf the web or tweets and share them to Instapaper for later reading. I read in Instapaper about twice per day. $4.99 for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, FREE for Android, Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers.
Movies by Flixter. This is where I check for movies at my local theater. It shows movie times and trailers. It even shows theaters wherever you are. I look at Flixster once or twice per week. FREE for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch and Android smasrtphones.
Words with Friends. I have to admit I am hooked on Words with Friends. This game is almost identical to Scrabble except Words with Friends is FREE. After each move your opponent is notified it is their turn. They open Words with Friends to see what your last move was. It is addicting. FREE for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, Android and within Facebook for the PC and Mac.
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Syncs with Evernote and Google Calendar, and also comes with mobile version, and Android and iPhone apps.