I upgraded from an iPhone 4 to an iPhone 8 last week. Although I was initially resistant, now I’m pretty pumped by the possibilities. I’ve pestered everyone in editorial about which apps I should download now that I have 64GB of storage. Before I get to their recommendations, here’s a look at the ones I use most frequently:
Waze – I’ve replaced Google Maps with this community-based traffic and navigation app. Waze is quick to alert you to traffic hazards such as accidents, items in the road, and police activity. It’s kept me from hitting plenty of potholes and even deer! I also love it when I’m traveling because the speed limit appears on the screen when I’m in unchartered territory.
iTalk Recorder – As a reporter, I keep this recording app handy when I conduct interviews. It is super user friendly and all you have to do is press the big red button to record then press it again to stop.
Bible – Although I prefer traditional paper books, this app makes my Bible available at my fingertips anytime, anywhere and in different versions.
Dark Sky – This is my favorite weather app and provides a detailed 24-hour outlook, as well as a 7-day forecast. It’s crazy how precise Dark Sky is at predicting weather changes up to the minute. I use it to know exactly how to dress and when to wear my rain gear.
These are the apps recommended by my peeps in editorial:
Bitmoji – This app allows you to create your own personal cartoon avatar, which makes messaging friends hilarious and more fun. No more generic emoticons for me!
Tasty – This app is for those who want to learn how to cook with short detailed videos and over 3,000 recipes.
Basically, it’s a mobile cookbook with step-by-step instructions and filters to select ingredients you like or dislike.
Snapseed – This is an easy-to-use photo editing app with a collection of tools to make all kinds of adjustments to your images. It seems to have pretty good online reviews too.
Stash – This is an investment app that allows you to invest in small increments across a variety of available portfolios. I’ve also been told it includes educational tools that encourage smarter financial habits so you can make sound investments.
The Podcast App – For long car or airplane rides, this app seems to be the way to go because you can listen to a variety of topics from news, education, comedy, politics to religion, crime and many more.
There seems to be an app for anything these days. I also use Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook, after all social apps are so obvi, am I right? Hopefully, I’ll be able to take full advantage of everything this smart phone has to offer, even if I do have to ask around and google it beforehand.
Meanwhile, I’ll be over here downloading a lengthy list of apps that I’ve recorded on this yellow Post-it Note.
Standard reporter Lacy Garrison can be reached at 473-2191.