Monday, June 11, 2012

Got Apps?

by Kate Collins


My cell phone has 3 pages of apps. Problem is, I use just 4 of them regularly: messaging, contacts, iphoto and Dice with Buddies (it’s so addictive.)  I have Yelp! but have never tried it. I have Flashlight, but can’t figure out how to get it to stay lit. I have English to Spanish translator  but it’s impossible to find anything on it.  I have ShopSavvy bar code reader, but forget to use it. Same with Price Grabber, QR Reader and ShopNoGMO.  And we’re not even talking about the standard Facebook, Kindle, Videos, iBooks, etc. that come with the phone.

It got me to wondering how many people use all the apps they put on their phones.

Today, I was reading the Sunday paper and saw a column on Applications. Perusing it, I found a totally absurd selection of apps like the one called Cake Fun! With it, you choose from selections of cake shapes, toppings and decorations, and can create layers of gorgeous cakes. Really?

Or Songify, where you create your own pop hits with an “auto-tuner” that lets you speak or sing into your phone to make catchy tunes.  Yeah, right.

Or the best of all, EasyShift, an app that lets you earn money at local stores by doing short shifts of work, like filling out surveys, (or carrying out groceries?) and you gain points that allow you to qualify for – ta da! – more shifts!  I’m not making this up.

I’ll bet some people will download those apps, too, but it won’t be me. I’ve called a moratorium on my application selection.

Do you use all your apps? Or are your pages cluttered with all those tiny icons that make finding what you want like hunting for the proverbial needle in a haystack?  What’s your favorite app and why?