My Favorite Apps and iPod Product Review

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I mentioned in this post that for Christmas this year I got the new iPod and I LOVE it! Oh my goodness it’s so awesome. It does pretty much everything the iPhone does, except it doesn’t have 3G, meaning I have to have it on a wireless network to access the internet. To me, that drawback is worth not having to pay $30/month extra on the phone bill :) So what can my iPod do? Well let me tell you! These are the built-in apps it has:

-Face Time- This is really fun because while I’m walking around the college campus, I can talk to my dad who has an iPhone!

-Calendar- This calendar syncs with the one on my laptop. I love it- it’s simple and helps me keep track of my life.

-Weather- I have to check the weather when I’m getting dressed in the morning when I’m at college because it may look sunny outside, but I would have no idea that it’s negative 13 degrees without checking the weather! Here’s a lovely illustration: (and fyi, that’s 5 degrees without windchill).

photo-Notes- Always useful!

-Mail- Get it connected with your email account and be able to check it every second of the day. Not that I do that.

-Maps- This isn’t going to be very helpful for me because even though I constantly get lost, I can’t look up directions without wireless.

Plus it’s super cute and snazzy :) It comes with several more built-in apps but these are the ones I use most often!

Now here’s my favorite part…all the extra apps I downloaded and use! Woohoo!

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-Collect- This is definitely one of my favorite apps- it is helping me keep track of my Project 365! Collect is basically a calendar with each month of the year, and on each day you can put your picture of the day! It also has a place for you to write about your day, which means I get a place to keep a mini journal about each day, which not only helps me remember but is something that I can include in the scrapbook I make with all my Project 365 photos at the end of the year :)

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-Snapchat- I still don’t fully understand the concept of snapchat, but I have it and it’s fun! You take a photo (generally a photo of yourself making an awkward face) and set a time (up t0 10 seconds) and send the photo to your friends! This is an example of something I could snapchat…but if I were doing it for real, I would have been making a weird face ;)

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-Instagram- This is pretty much the #1 reason I wanted an iPhone/iPod. Oh. My. Gosh. I love instagram! I take photos all the time and instagram makes them look all fun and cool. I’ve found that the best thing to do is take a photo through the normal camera and then instagram it. Here’s the instagram I took of my Valentine’s day package from my family :)

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Other Photo Apps: Frame Swagg (has different templates to make collages with your photos), Travelgram (puts the time, date, and location on your photos), and Squaready (helps you instagram photos by allowing you to add a border to your photos that don’t work well in the square crop). This collage is one I made with Frame Swagg. After you finish your collage, you can save the picture to your camera roll, upload it to facebook & twitter, or pull it up in instagram.

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-Duolingo- This app has activities and vocabulary to learn for different languages. I used it to practice my spanish!

-Twitter- I’ve gotten back into tweeting! Follow me @justeverydayme

-Facebook- Of course I have to have the facebook app! It’s pretty good- it’s easy to comment, like, share photos, etc.

-Google- So Siri is fun and all, but she usually can’t answer my questions. So the Google app is basically just Google, but you can verbally ask it things and it will give you an answer based on search results. It works really well! And for those of you who want to know, Google says that brunch is 10am.

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-Spotify- I love spotify! I’m thinking about actually paying for Premium ($9-10/month) because that would mean that I could get any song I want, ad-free, anytime I want. So cool!

-Shazam- Is there a song playing that you like but don’t know the title of? Shazam will listen to the song and tell you what it is! It works great, although I have found that it often doesn’t know Christian songs. And I tried singing to it and it didn’t know what I was singing. Lame. But this is still a cool app :)

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-Pinterest- Woohoo! I can pin things on the go! Side note: this pin is SO true.

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-Apps gone free- This app comes out with a new list every day about apps that have recently become free. I’ve gotten some really fun apps using this.

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-PaperlessLite- This app is great for To-Do lists! It helps me organize my life which I absolutely love! I can create To-Do lists for separate days, or I can make a “To buy at the store” list…pretty much whatever I want!

photo (8)And, the nerd in me rejoices for the next one! Easy Bib! This app lets you scan the barcode straight off the book you need to cite and it creates the citation!

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My favorite games are: Tetris, SongPop Free (this is a facebook game and the app is great!), Siege Hero (similar to Angry Birds) and Flow Free (my whole family has become obsessed with this one.

Another awesome thing I can do is mobile banking! I can even deposit checks which is super convenient. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should see if your bank has a mobile baking app!

Whew! So there it is :) My most favoritest apps. So what do you think? Did some of your favorites make the list? What are some of your favorite apps that aren’t on this list?

Have a great week!

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