Inspired by the post The Apps I Actually Used In 2013 I’ve written my own personal take.
Usually around this time of the year I reflect of the state of Hip-Hop music and the best releases. These days more of my enthusiasm is oriented around technology this is a natural progression.
I have an iPhone, but have spent good time with Android (and Windows Phone of course). I see no reason to switch to the other platforms. In no particular order here I the apps I found myself using the most :
- Nike FuelBand
Thoughts and Comments
I tried using Day One consistently but the workflow was simply too many steps. Moreover the initial load up time is poor.
When possible, I would route every event (flights, meet ups, etc) through Passbook. It works well but I wish vendors would utilize it more.
I used FaceTime a lot this past year. I rarely use Skype. Again 1st party wins here.
One thing I’ll mention is that iOS7’s “Today View” is pretty neat. Weather, Calendar, and Location (via Frequent Locations) are available here at a glance. I hope to see more intelligent behaviors of the Today View in the future.
I only used Facebook when absolutely necessary but only through Safari.
I’ve certainly taken the most photos this year than ever before. It’s coming to a point where I need to simply store everything in separate iCloud Photostreams. Hopefully Apple will bring more flexibility to this area.
Though I still occasionally post to Instagram I find myself doing much post processing in VSCOcam and completely ignoring the Instagram filters. I process more photos through VSCOcam than I post to Instagram. ↩
I was really excited when Twitterrific was able to add the “Add to Safari Reading List” support in iOS7. The official Twitter App is too messy for me.↩
I mainly try to only use Reminders via Siri. It’s pretty powerful. Why sweat the some stuff?↩
When I look at my closest network at least 75% of use iOS. Consequently iMessage seems brilliant. I prefer to text from my laptop these days. ↩
Since the iOS7 beta’s I’ve been using iTunes Radio (with iTunes Match subscription). It’s changed the way I look at music. I listen to more genres regularly now since I don’t have to “own” it. I was never a fan of the ad supported apps like Pandora or Facebook reliant Spotify. The power of a 1st party feature really shines here. ↩
Even Apple’s stock iOS 7 filters got more usage from me than Instagram. ↩
I have Google Maps but I’ve only used it for areas where I didn’t know the best bus route. Once I found it I would used OneBusAway or Apple’s Maps. ↩