Thursday, February 7th, 2013

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You all know whether you're going to need Tumblr or My T-Mobile or Pinterest or Smile banking or Spotify, so I'm not going to bother reviewing those. Nor am I going to go into the ones I hate (although who was it recommended flipboard? It's AWFUL!). But I am going to list some of the optional stuff:

1, Juice Defender.
This is number one for a reason. With this app installed my phone normally loses 1-2% of battery overnight while I'm asleep. The one night I went to sleep and had accidentally knocked it off the phone was at 36% when I went to sleep and my alarm didn't go off in the morning because the battery had run out.

2, Pocket Casts.
The best podcast client I have ever used. Podcasting is an essential thing to me, and this one has a lot of functions that other clients don't have. The one issue I have with it is that it doesn't have a free trial option, so the more expensive and less feature-rich Beyond Pod will get more people using it simply by dint that they try the free trial and find it acceptable. Don't be fooled, Pocket Casts is miles better, and it's worth spudding out the cash for it - and lets face it, if you download the free trial of any of the others you're probably going to end up paying for the full version anyway.

3, Moleskine.
This really is only useful if you have a pokey stick with your phone, it'd be pointless with a finger. HOWEVER my phone DOES have a pokey stick, and I love this app. It's the nearest thing to electronic pen and paper I have seen, and it's great for writing little notes to myself, or sketching little pictures, or for giving to Holly to draw on when travelling.

4, Draw Something
Ridiculously fun little social game. My username on there is miss_s_b too ;)

5, Change4Life Be Food Smart
Yes, I know it's a government mandated healthy eating app. Eurgh, right? Right. BUT if you like variety in your food, the recipes (and there are LOADS of recipes, about half of which are vegetarian) are interesting, cheap, and there's an integrated shopping list function which is really really useful. It's slightly patronising in tone, but I'm a Lib Dem, I'm used to being patronised ;)

6, Tune In Radio
Haven't used (the frankly awful) BBCiPlayer since downloading this so I could listen to Call Clegg a couple of weeks ago. Has literally thousands of worldwide radio stations programmed in to it. Although obviously it has only seen use for radio4, 4extra, LBC for Call Clegg and 5Live for the rugby on my phone. But, you know, it's comforting to know that I could listen to Swedish underground music stations if I wanted to...

7, Bus Scout
Fabulous real-time bus timetables; up to date and accurate for every stop I have been to since downloading it.

8, Hi-Q MP3 Recorder
Record directly to MP3 - saves buggering about transferring to the PC and converting and stuff for quick recordings, you can just upload directly from your phone. How my last tumblr entry was made. Need to do another one of those...

9, Zombies, Run
If you find sticking to an exercise plan hard, perhaps having a story with cliffhangers as you run might help? It's certainly helped me. Also available in a couch-to-five-K version. It works with your own music playlists (although sadly not spotify) to make it like you are starring in your own horror film. Works really well with the soundtrack from Bram Stoker's Dracula ;)

10, Google Sky Map
Point your phone at the sky and it tells you what stars/constellations are there, any time of day or night and whether or not there is cloud cover. Possibly not the most USEFUL thing, but fun and interesting.

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