Smartphone apps you can’t live without
In early December 2017, I had a iPhone 6 loaner from the Apple store while my iPhone 6 plus was undergoing some internal repairs.
The 16GB loaner was not large enough to house the 50 GB backup from my normal phone. So I started fresh for my short time with the loaner...
Only some of my contacts and none of the apps transitioned to the loaner.
In the week with my loaner phone I didn’t want to take the time to figure out why not all of my contacts synced to the phone (turned out to be a gmail integration) or spend any time configuring a device I was only going to have for 2-7 days.
Throughout the week, I did however download 11 apps. These 11 I decided I couldn’t live without. The 11...
- Trello - task management - I had this one downloaded before I got to the car after leaving the mall. I use this to keep my mind clear of the never ending stream of things to do.
- Twitter - social media - I enjoy sharing the musings of life and reading others.
- Audible - audio books - because who can workout or do household chores without a book in the background... everyone does that right?
- Overcast - podcasts - see Audible reason. This isn’t just me right?
- Elf Yourself - Image/video editing tool - because who can’t resist elfing yourself?
- Interval Trainer - timer - because I had to get my HIIT cardio in.
- Sleep Pillow - sound machine - because after living at the corner of Belmont and Sheffield (next to a late night bar and concert venue in Chicago), I can’t sleep without it.
- Gmail - email communication - Because I didn’t want to mess with configuring the native mail app on the phone.
- Outlook - email/calendar - Reasoning same as gmail. Although a combination of a requirement to authenticate the device via our BYOD policy and an issue where some texts were over 48 hours delayed caused me to never use this app.
- Password manager - because who can remember all of the passwords for everything.
- Udemy - online learning - because there are #NoDaysOff when you are preparing for the PMP exam.
We were out to drinks with some friends where I had a conversation about my phone situation/these apps and it felt a bit rediculous too say I could not live without them. I will concede, I could live without my smartphone, I could live without these apps, but if I don’t have to... why?