Got an iPhone, Now in Need of Some Apps

This weekend I familiarized myself my new iPhone and started downloading some apps. Up until last week, I owned a pretty straightforward LG phone that didn’t have Smartphone capabilities.

Now I’ve converted to the Jesus phone. And yes, it’s heavenly.

I feared that I’d never put my iPhone down once I got one, simply because I’d always want to be Shazaming a song, fist-bumping another iPhone-owning friend, or pretending to drink beer — an “iBeer,” that is. But I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping myself from incessantly checking e-mail, breaking news updates and tweets.

I did, however, spend an hour this afternoon downloading apps after reading a New York Times story about the Apple store being a game changer for the cell phone industry. The story said there are more than 100,000 apps — a number that’s expected to triple throughout the next year. (By the way, check out the cool illustration that goes along with the story.)

Here are the apps I’ve downloaded so far: Bump; Shazam; Yelp; AP Mobile; CNN; NYTimes; AppGmail; Pandora: ESPN ScoreCenter; Fandango; Facebook and TweetDeck. All were free except for the CNN app.

Which other apps should I download?

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

2 thoughts on “Got an iPhone, Now in Need of Some Apps

  1. Here are some apps (all free but one) that I have and play with (and some my children enjoy as well)

    HAL 9000
    Zippo Lighter
    SET (not free)
    Weather Channel
    iHandy Level
    Mammut Safety (not so good when away from major urban areas)

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