Monday, September 23, 2013

What's in my phone

[For those of you who follow my RSS feeds, you might have seen a draft post that was accidentally published earlier which was removed. This is the final completed post for your reading pleasure]

Following my recent What's in your bag post, I started thinking about the stuff on my smartphone. Our phones have become our new all-in-one multi-purpose gadget anyway... not only does it function as a traditional communication device, it's also a camera, library, photo album, music player, internet browser, clock, calendar, organiser, and GPS, among many other things.


My trusty phone has served as my little window to the rest of the world during those long sleepless nights and cluster feeding sessions with bubby. Sometimes I wonder how on earth I lived without a smartphone before.

So I was wondering, what are some of your favourite apps that get you through the day? I'll share mine if you share yours...

For keeping my with my reads:
  • Feedly - since the retirement of Google Reader, this is my new choice for keeping up with my RSS feeds of my favourite blogs and news sites. I decided to use this platform because of the pretty but simple and straightforward layout and easy migration of feeds across from Google Reader.
  • Flipboard - this is actually also a type of RSS and news feed aggregator, presented in a cool magazine-style layout, but I've found it to be an incredible way for discovering new content and interesting articles.
  • FBReader - my choice of eBook reader as it supports quite a wide range of file types and formats, and has a simple and intuitive layout for navigating through my library of books.

For staying connected:
  • Facebook - because everyone I know is using it, 'nuff said.
  • Instagram - actually I initially started using this more because of the great photo filters, but found the beautiful stream of photos shared by others very addictive.
  • WhatsApp - an awesome cross-platform messaging platform to ping anyone, anywhere around the world. It's like the 'Skype of SMS'.

For my crafty side:
  • Pinterest - sooo addictive... I collect and hoard hundreds of crafty and sewing ideas and tutorials for inspiration.
  • Etsy - I keep a tiny little shop corner here, but also enjoy browsing through lovely handmade items from other sellers.

For making my life easier:
  • Any.do - this is my little pocket organiser for keeping track of appointments and setting up reminders and to-do lists.
  • Evernote - I use this like a bigger notepad for more extended planning such as holiday/party planning, writing blog post ideas or menu/meal planning.
  • Pocket - I absolutely love this nifty tool which enables you to save web pages and online articles to read later offline. Everytime I come across an article, recipe or project that I'd like to take my time to read over, I just pop it into the 'Pocket' and retrieve it later when I'm free.
  • Swiftkey - this is first app I've ever purchased, it's an intelligent predictive keyboard app. Typing on the tiny keyboard on my phone has always been such a bane, so after reading a number of reviews and recommendations on this app, I decided to try it out and found that it actually lived up to all its rave reviews. The great thing is that the more I use it, the more it learns about my writing style and choice of words and becomes more intuitive to use.

So what are your favourite apps that help you navigate through the day? I'd love to hear your recommendations on any great apps to check out.

Linking up to Jess at IBOT.

14 comments:

  1. Never hear of swiftkey before but it sounds great - I might give it a try as predictive txt drives me crackers. I can also waste waaaay to many hours on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing xx

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    1. Hello Robyn! Yes I would definitely recommend Swiftkey. However it does take some getting used to in moving away from the traditional tap one key at a time method of typing. But once you get into the swing of it, it's definitely more efficient.

      As for Pinterest... SUCH a guilty pleasure. Sigh ^_^

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  2. I'm really not up with it AT ALL after reading this - might have to check some of these out - I'm an IG, FB, Heytell, girl - simple - found you via IBOT :)

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    1. Hi Emily! Heytell is actually a new one for me... I will check that one out... there's always something new to share! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. My phone is an extension of my arm, the thought of losing it makes me hyperventilate! I have a Galaxy Note 2 as I find the bigger screen makes it more versatile and I use it for everything. Everything!

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    1. That's a very apt description of our phones and gadgets! It's sometimes a little scary when I pause to think about it... but generally I embrace it and am grateful that I have it ^_^

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  4. Found you via IBOT Serene - and love your blog title - thanks for all these tips as I'm a bit I-phone I-gnorant!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. Hope you find these tips helpful!

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  5. I use blog lovin for blog reading, which is also great. Otherwise FB gets the most hits on my phone. And Candy Crush saga of course ;)

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    1. Hi there, Jess! I've come across blog lovin before, I use Feedly to keep up with my blog reads... but since you mentioned it, I might check that one out as well.

      Candy Crush, oh my! LOL... I've been trying to stay away from that one... otherwise it's another thing added to my long list of temptations! ^_^

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  6. Instagram is my favourite addiction. Its an expensive one too. Darn data and Vodafone. Great post. www.poppiesforme.blogspot.com

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    1. I use Vodafone too! And yup, have to keep my usage in check. I went over my usage quite a bit while I was in hospital after giving birth. Actually I've started using the Vodafone Usage tracker widget which has a status bar to show the level of phone/data usage on a live basis. It's been very helpful in keeping my usage in check.

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  7. I have been so busy with renovations that I mostly just use my phone for calls and messages, and Candy Crush/FB when I have a spare moment. I had the first 3 of my babies without a smartphone, and for #4 had that and an iPad and it was great!!! I used to struggle to stay awake and would fall asleep sitting up feeding baby.
    #teamIBOT

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    1. Hello Sophie! Yes, there's something about breastfeeding that makes baby and mummy sleepy. It also gets pretty lonely in the middle of the night when I'm up feeding baby while everyone else is asleep... my phone has definitely helped stave off many depressing thoughts by having something cheerful and funny to read alongside.

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