Switching to a new phone recently made me realize that I haven't mentioned a couple of particularly useful apps I've installed over the last year.
The old ones, which I posted about previously -
CNN, Soundhound and Shazam (song recognition apps), Xmarks (which synchronizes my laptop bookmarks with the phone), Flickr, Facebook, Pandora, and Spotify.
A voice recorder, a flashlight app, a calculator.
OpenTable and Yelp. (I don't use Yelp for the reviews but it can be useful to find nearby restaurants and bars.)
A decibel meter so I know exactly how loud the shrieking table sitting next to me is.
Adobe, because if I click on a PDF menu I need this to read it. (That really ought to be pre-loaded.)
A coin flip app so I can play heads or tails when making important decisions..
I read a number of "best apps" articles and got a few more ideas - specifically Pulse and Zite. Both are aggregator apps and once you tell them the type of things you're interested in they do a nice job presenting articles that appeal to me.
The new ones -
A compass app. I thought it might come in handy some day. So far it hasn't.
Google Keep - it lets you store notes, to do lists, etc. in the cloud. Evernote is probably better but I figure in time Google will integrate the app with their other services.
MyCar Locator – this is particularly nifty. After you park your car you tell this app to save the location via the phone’s built in GPS. It displays it on a Google map and later it provides navigation instructions showing the route back. The location is accurate within 15 or 20 feet - all you need.
Readability – this one is really nice. There are matching desktop and smartphone apps. From your desktop or laptop you click on the Readability icon that’s displayed on your browser menu when you find an article that you want to read later. The app copies it to the cloud. Then, on your phone, you call up the app, tell it to refresh your article list, and it copies all your new articles to your phone.
You don’t have to be on line to read them, a really nice thing when you need something to read on the subway. (There is one catch – the articles you copy to the cloud aren’t available for download for about 2 hours. You need to plan ahead.)
NYC MTA Bus Tracker – another really good one. A few years ago the MTA equipped all its buses with transponders. This app taps into that. You enter in the bus number (M23, B63, etc.) and the the phone prompts you to pick the direction (heading to Bay Ridge or heading to downtown Brooklyn.) The app then tells you how far the nearest bus is. There’s also a neat online map showing the bus location which is updated in real time. The app is quite accurate. I wish they had something like this for subways.
ESPN – besides access to articles the app also provides a scoreboard for every game which automatically updates in real time.