I wonder where we should go and eat tonight? We only have 15 minutes before the show and I would just love to feel safe about the quality and the price of the fare around here? No problem darling, for as they say, there is an app for that. An app? The luddite in me is trying to run away – so many apps and so little time to explore them. For anyone out there that experiences sweaty palms and jittery feelings when confronted with a phone that can do so much more than just place or answer a call, this is probably a good way to find at least a few apps that might help when you feel stuck and could make your life so much easier.
For traveling and trip planning:
1.For using the subway and trying to find your way around the monstrous New York City Subway try downloading the free app IsubwayMaps.com . This app is extremely useful when you are like many women and reading a map seems hard sometimes. The app only displays the maps though and does nothing else. Still it is a little gem and worth having on your phone.
2.Exit Strategy NY tells you where to board the subway in order to be as close as possible to the exit you want to reach at your destination. Yes, I know that this seems silly and that practice makes perfect and eventually you will find your way, but time is money and knowing where you can save walking a city block, really does help when you are traveling on a subway line you are not familiar with.
For finding the best place to eat that falls within your budget when in a strange city or neighborhood:
There is only one I can think of and I invite others to add more to this list, since more options never hurt anybody. Yelp is the best thing since sliced bread in my opinion. It gives you all the restaurants and takes out places within the range or distance specified by you and includes the ratings given to it, as well as comments left by other diners. We have never been disappointed with any of the places we tried as a result of this app.
Since music is a passion of mine and I am constantly listening for new talent, I constantly find myself wondering when a song is playing, who the artist is and what the title of the song is. You know that feeling too? Well, there is a nifty little app that could help you identify the gems that you sometimes hear in Macy’s or your favorite health food store. It is called Shazam and basically identifies songs after 15 seconds of allowing your phone to listen to it. If you really love it, it takes one more click to simply buy the download.
Pandora is nothing new to most internet surfers in the USA, but now it is an app on your phone and it allows you to program the station to play only the type of music you want to listen to. You can program several playlists as this will search for music like the song or artist you entered and you could be entertained endlessly. This is my type of radio station since I never have to listen to anything I do not want to listen to.
If you love movies and use Netflix, you could download the app Phone Flicks. This is basically giving you access to your Netflix account on your phone and you can order the next movie in the time it takes to wait for your salad or meal at that great restauarant you found with the help of Yelp.
You love shopping too, but just like your mother taught you, you tend to shop around before making a decision. There is an app for someone like you. It is called Redlaser and what it does, is to scan the barcode and tell you how much it would cost you in the store you are in. It goes further though and also allows you to look at the price you would pay for it elsewhere as well. Instant price comparison has never been easier.
Then there are the apps for Craigslist and eBay called Craigspro+ and eBay. You can now conduct all your business on these sites while in transit, waiting for the flight, waiting for your next class or whenever you have a moment.
These apps should help you navigate life a little easier and are easy to use as well, even for me. I think this will be the first in a series of lists though as my experience and treasury of apps grows along with my phone.