A Girl and Her Apps: Part Two

January 23rd, 2010 |


Joan is a 20-something Dramatic Writing MFA student at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. She enjoys theatre, reading, writing, circus arts, and cooking. Follow her recipe updates at Balls Out Cooking.

Cont. from “A Girl and Her Apps: Part One”

Facebook (free)
Okay, now this one might seem a little obvious if you’re already a Facebook user, but it took me awhile to stop using Safari on my iPhone and start using this app instead. It’s a very efficient way of using Facebook on your phone though there are a few downsides. For one thing, you can’t “@mention” people in your status the way you can when you’re updating online. Secondly, it’s harder to do advanced searches, narrowing by network, etc. Otherwise though, it does a pretty great job and it’s available on pretty much all of the “app phones” out there. If you have a Facebook habit, you need this app on your phone.

SportsTap (free)
Now I’m not a huge sports fan, but there are a few teams I care about and this is a great application for keeping tabs on all the big games. The customizable settings in this application allow you to narrow down your updates to the specific teams you’re interested in, the Detroit Red Wings for example, and you’ll get updates when they start a game, every time someone scores in that game, and when the game is over. You can also go for a wider approach and survey what’s going on in the entire NHL if you’d like. You can scope out the team standings and schedules, find out the league leaders, and scope out news articles and action shots on recent games. SportsTap includes the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, other Football leagues, Auto, Soccer, Golf, and Tennis, so you’re pretty much covered for all the games you can think of. I haven’t used any other sports apps, but I’m already convinced this is the best one out there.

Solebon / Sol Free ($1.99/free)
Let’s face it. Everyone has those moments when they are riding the train or sitting in a waiting room when there is absolutely nothing to do. You don’t have a book or a magazine, there’s no one to talk to, and you could stare at your shoes or…. if you’re smart, you whip out your phone and start playing Solitaire. SolFree is a great app with four different versions of Solitaire – including draw 1 and draw 3 – and a simple, uncomplicated interface. It also keeps track of your stats, if you’re into that sort of thing. The Solebon version of the app at $1.99 gives you an additional 31 games (for 35 total). So the next time you’re staring at the back of the head of the guy in front of you, pull out your phone and start playing cards instead.

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