The iPod touch and iPhone have such a bevy of apps that sometimes it feels unmanageable, especially when you’re desperate for FREE applications. If you’ve ever tried to root around the ‘top free’ application section on the iTunes store, you know it can be more than a little bit messy. I’ve rated five of my favorite applications, most of them free, according to frequency of use, ease of use, and cost — as well as their functions.
Facebook App. Free. I never used to be much a Facebook person, but as an actor living in L.A., I’ve found that connections are extremely important and over the past year, Facebook has been really helpful for me to keep in touch (and keep organized) with all the people I meet. Having access to your Facebook inbox on your phone is invaluable if you use the website at home. They redesigned the Facebook app to work with the software upgrade to 3.0 and the layout is organized, simple, and very easy to navigate. This is one of my go-to-applications that I use all the time.
Pandora Radio App. Free. If you’ve never visited Pandora’s website, you absolutely should click over to www.pandora.com and set up an account. It’s a huge music site that takes what YOU like and plays other songs by other artists with similar styles. You can set up different stations for different sounds and with the application on your iPod or iPhone, you can take the songs wherever you go! The layout is easy, though you have to log in to access your account; once you get in, however, it’s clear sailing.
Dictionary! Free. Who wouldn’t want free access to a dictionary wherever you go? It’s very simple to use — type in your word, press enter, presto. The meaning appears.
Scrabble and/or TapWord. 4.99 or Free. Scrabble costs a little bit, but I splurged because I really love Scrabble. You can play against friends or just against the computer (which gets a hair old, but it’s great practice). There are levels of difficulty, so you can start small and grow. TapWord is a game where you make as many words out of a grid of random letters. Fun, pretty simple, and not that easy. These are both great time wasters when you’re stuck waiting at the car wash or in a line somewhere.
Binaural Beats. Free. There is a paid version with more features, but the free one works just great for me. Binaural Beats gives you sounds to fall asleep to, essentially. Rain (which, in Southern California, I sorely miss), birds chirping, a forest… And so on. Nature sounds! You can even create your own, which is quite a bit of fun. It’s relaxing and an awesome app for no cost at all.
UrbanSpoon. Free. Where to eat is always a question in the car — now, there’s UrbanSpoon. You can set what your budget is, what kind of food, or just let it pick something randomly and it gives you both reviews, an address, and anything else you might need to get some good eats.
These are five great applications, most of them free, that really help me wherever I am with my iPod; I hope they help you!