How Has the Smartphone Changed Your Life? (My Ten Favorite Apps)
by Tom Leddo
Did you see the “Connection Lost” episode of Modern Family that aired February 25, on ABC? The episode starts after Claire drops her iPhone in the toilet and is forced to use her laptop at O’Hare airport to sync-up with her entire family to address a family emergency. The entire episode takes place wirelessly on Apple products.
If you missed it, be sure to stream it on Hulu or on iTunes.
While making me laugh pretty hard, “Connection Lost” made me realize just how much our lives have changed in the eight short years since the iPhone was introduced by Steve Jobs in 2007. We used to hold the phone up to our ear with one hand and care about voice quality. Now we hold our phone with two hands while looking down and typing and care about speed/bandwidth.
Personally speaking, the apps on my smartphone have significantly changed my daily habits. The following are my personal top ten in no particular order.
- News apps have completely replaced print version of a newspaper. My favorite is the Wall Street Journal, particularly the editorial page.
- Google Maps has usurped the built-in GPS in my car. It is much better at helping me find an address, points of interest, places to eat and is easier to use.
- Facebook and Twitter have made posting Food Porn (not what you are thinking) a fun part of my business travel. When on business travel, you often eat alone. Posting photos of my meals and commenting on my favorite Bar-B-Que joints helps pass the time and usually strikes a few chords with people I don’t often speak with otherwise. Oh yeah, and speaking of eating out, Hello Vino helps a wine novice like me select the right wine with the meal in my photos.
- Lose It!, a calorie counting app has tipped the long-term battle with my weight in my favor.
- Digifit combined with a heart monitor has significantly improved my overall health.
- Evernote has finally given me a decent way to organize countless notes, including a few hundred of my favorite recipes.
- USAA has made mobile banking effortless.
- Games – I hate to admit it but yes, I have Candy Crush and Flow Free on my phone.
- Pandora and Spotify have personalized my music and iHeart Radio has kept me in touch with the local college sports talk shows back in Alabama.
Plus one more – as my colleague, Harry Kapp, reminded me, no list of top apps would be complete if it didn’t also include Happy Hour Finder. As Harry said, “nothing more is needed.”