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Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

I purchased an iPhone last June. I had been waiting for my Verizon Wireless contract to end for nearly six months and the iPhone 3GS had recently been released. It was as if the planets were aligning.

At the time, I had iPhone envy.  Quite a few people I knew had an iPhone and they always had this neat toy wherever they went.  Now that I've been using one for four months or so, I suppose I'm now a brainwashed Steve Jobs follower bent on supporting Apple's plan to take over the world.

Well maybe I'm not that bad, but it is what I consider to be one of my best purchases.  Since I've been taking the bus to work this semester, it has been quite useful for keeping me entertained on my ride.  I do wish DART had an app for the bus schedules though.  Instead they have these huge PDFs that are frankly a pain in the butt.  But, I'm getting a little off track.  This post isn't about DART (although I do appreciate the service they run).

I have found some nifty apps.  I'm sure some folks have ten times as many apps as I do.  I don't go app hunting that often and I try to stick to the free ones when I can.  In no particular order, some of my favorite (or most used apps) include..

  • MyWeather
  • Prowl & iNag (love/hate relationship of getting server alerts)
  • iDisk
  • Facebook
  • NPR News
  • Pandora
  • FlightControl
  • Unblock Me (free)

Some of the built-in apps are pretty nifty too.  Seeing the traffic on the Google Maps app is awesome.  Syncing the Calendar app to my Google Calendar is great.

Speaking of syncing, that has been one of the best things I've done since getting the iPhone.  All of my contacts are synced on the phone to MobileMe.  I then sync my MobileMe contacts to my Google (gmail/gvoice) contacts automatically with the Address Book application on my iMac.  Having everything in sync is a wonderful thing.  I do have to be careful though.  I'm relying on two cloud type services and you never know when one could do something stupid.  Making backups is always important.

Anyhow, enough Apple worshiping for one evening.  If anyone has any awesome apps to check out, feel free to leave a comment.