I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not exactly the most tech savvy person out there. For many years I’ve had cell phones that I could barely operate because they were so advanced. In 2007, when the first iPhone came out I was not at all interested in a new technological breakthrough; it had taken me almost six months to figure out how to delete text messages off my current phone at the time. The new iPhone was very intimidating.
I started seeing the iPhone show up in all my favorite TV shows and movies. Commercials kept claiming that the smart phone was one of the easiest devices to use currently on the market. Out of curiosity, or more so the curiosity of my husband, when our contract with AT&T finally came up for renewal in 2009, we broke down and bought the iPhone 3G. The iPhone has become my all-in-one device now. I was amazed at how fast and easy it was to learn how to use.
The MapQuest App
The MapQuest App took the place of having to buy a separate GPS device. It does everything the GPS would do: turn-by turn direction, traffic alerts and detours, and voice navigation. I can pull out my phone anywhere, Yahoo! where I want to go, and transfer the address to the App right there. There’s no more searching through a phone book or pulling out the laptop to get the information I need. The iPhone also give you the ability to see photos of where you are going. I don’t have to worry about missing the place I’m headed too because I don’t recognize the building or street.
The Checkbook App
The Checkbook iPhone App has also changed the way I do banking. It has replaced my traditional paper check ledger. It has made keeping my checking account balanced much easier. I love the fact that it does all the math for you. It allows you to keep track of checks, debits, credits, transfers, withdrawals, and more. It will even allow you to automatically assign a revolving debit amount and subtract it for you and the reoccurring date you chose. I was always loosing the receipts from using my debit card and my wonderful husband routinely would forget to tell me he used his debit card. Needless to say we sometimes encountered a problem with keeping things balanced. The Checkbook App has made it so easy to keep a real-time balance. He texts me when he uses he card and I add to the App. Viola, checkbook balanced.
The Shazam App
I am always finding new songs on the radio or while watching a show on TV. The problem is that it’s so hard to find out who the band is or the name of the song. The Shazam App for the iPhone is just a godsend for the music lover. If I hear a song I like, all I have to do is tap the app and it does the rest. It identifies the song for me and takes me to the options so I can preview it, share it, buy it, or tag it. It has allowed me to fall in love with bands I would have otherwise never heard of.
I would have to say that the availability of Game Apps on the iPhone have really impressed me. There are hundreds of game apps that are free and the ones you buy are still relatively cheaper than what most other smart phone games have cost in the past. Having all my favorite games right there on my iPhone make long waits in line or at the doctor’s office easier to endure. It also has helped me keep my sanity with three kids. Anytime we are stuck I hand off my phone with one of their favorite games so they can keep entertained.
Before I actually owned an iPhone I thought it was just hype for yet another smart phone. But, after owning one for almost two years now, I don’t know how I ever functioned without one.