If there was an App addiction rehabilitation center I would probably be in it 24/7. I think I spent more in Apps than in food in the last few years...but fortunatly, my work allows me to test and try out all the latest apps and gizmos without feeling guilty.
A few weeks ago I wrote about my Mac Setup, now I would like to share with you my second, and most used, setup as a part of the device triad that gave me the ability to enjoy my technological nirvana, where all my devices are always in sync and I never loose a piece of information when I most need it.
I present you my iPhone App Setup:
Thinking it through, I realized this category-based naming convention just doesn't align with my basic mental construct of what software is. Organizing items by category makes sense in libraries and bookstores, on restaurant menus, in music and movies—but not apps. An app isn't consumable media. An app is a tool. It helps you perform an action, to do something. That's when I settled on a verb-based folder system. The guiding question for where each app went was What do I DO with it?
Gina Trapani, former Lifehacker editor, pointed out a very useful way to categorize your Apps that made perfect sense to me: Organize apps by Actions instead of Categories.
Since I alway have my iPhone around I find it easy to draft ideas, quickly organize projects and review files from here, these are the apps I use the most:
Things: Probably my favourite project management App, now that it finally has Cloud synchronization it's flawless. I can always check and manage my daily task and projects in an intuitive and immediate way.
Byword: Byword is beautiful and efficient text editor for Markdown and rich text. On my iPhone I usually open it to write down quick ideas or lists that I can then elaborate from my iPad or my Mac due to it's dropbox (or iCloud) synching ability
Mindnode: MindNode is a powerful and intuitive mindmapping application. Its focus and flexibility make it the perfect tool for brainstorming and organizing your life—and iCloud & Dropbox support means you always have your mindmaps with you.
iFiles: iFiles is my favourite iOs file manager, period.
Due: A place where all your mundane but important reminders can go without cluttering your calendar or GTD manager. I use this app as my Pomodoro Technique timer and to track my resting time between the excercices at the gym.
My iPhone is my no.1 social device, asides from Facebook and Whats'up, during the years I found out that the following apps were the perfect match for my social needs:
Sparrow: Recently aquired by Google, Sparrow is an iPhone mail client designed with love to provide you with an efficient and pleasant mailing experience.
Tweetbot: Tweetbot for iPhone is a full-featured Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it’s the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds & animation, or features like multiple timelines & smart gestures, there’s a lot to love about Tweetbot.
Squarespace: Squarespace for iPhone helps me manage my blog posts and comments, post photos, and check my stats, all in the palm of my hand.
One of the things I love the most is that quiet moment with myself during the journey to work where I can read the latest news, a book, or a saved article that I couldn't read the first time i stumbled upon it. Here are the apps that help my achieve a few relaxing moments before work.
Zite Magazine: After six years of product development, Zite is the best news aggregator available on the App store. It's simply perfect. Zite evaluates millions of new stories every day, looking at the type of article, its key attributes and how it is shared across the web. Zite uses this information to match stories to your personal interests and then delivers them automatically to your iPhone.
Reeder: A sleek Rss client for Google Reader.
Pocket: Use Pocket when you discover an interesting article, video or web page, but don’t have time to go through it. Once it’s in Pocket, it’s on your phone, tablet, or computer. You can read an article during a flight, see a web page while you wait in line, or watch a video while relaxing at home.
Day One: I never thought of archiving memories in an app, Day One helps me achieve this with it's non-intrusive notifications and input system that works on all my devices.
"The Best Camera Is The One That's With You" And of course this camera is my iPhone 4s...with a little help of the following apps...
VSCO Cam: Since I'm a big fan of the Lightroom filter suite, finding my favourite iPhone photo post-production app wasn't difficult. Intuitive, different, and fast, VSCO Cam is my perfect iPhone camera companion.
Snapseed: When I want to fine-edit and fix a photo on my iPhone, the selective adjustments tool in Snapseed is the best way I have to achieve a sophisticated and elaborated look on the go.
Ecoute: Ecoute has become my default music player. By focusing on artworks instead of titles, Ecoute tends to simplify the way you are browsing your library on your iPhone/iPod Touch. It also handles simple gestures like swipes & long press in order to interact with your library way faster.
Launch Center Pro: Launch actions, not just apps! It’s like speed dial, but for more than just phone calls! Launch Center Pro creates lightning quick shortcuts to specific features buried deep within apps