Since I got the iPod Touch that I won through the 2009 edition of Passports With Purpose (seriously, the best raffle ever, as I’ve won something both years I’ve bought tickets), I’ve been trying to play with it a little bit every day. I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those “cult of Mac” people, but I also didn’t want to be one of those anti-Mac people who scoffs at Apple products without actually trying them out.
So far, I’m having a little fun with it, but I’m also glad I didn’t pay for it myself.
Having said that, part of the reason I’m still so-so on it is that I haven’t downloaded a zillion fun apps. I have a few that I love (mostly ones that the husband found for his iPhone and told me about), but I’m looking for more. Which is the purpose of this post. I’m hoping you’ll help me find the cool apps.
The kinds of apps I’m interested in are ones that are about travel, Italy, or the Italian language, or are just fun/interesting games. I’m also vaguely curious about using the iPod Touch to read e-books, although I’m not ready to make it my primary method of reading yet, so if there’s a particular app for reading e-books that’s stellar, let me know. Oh, and I’m also kind of a cheapskate – unless it’s going to rock my world, I probably won’t pay for it.
I know, I know.
In return for your generous tips, here are the apps I’ve downloaded and love:
- Auditorium – This is a highly addictive game where you move arrows around on the screen to redirect streams of light through boxes; when the boxes are “full” they produce music, and when you move the light around correctly so that all the boxes are “full,” all the parts of the music play together. It’s deceptively simple, and a joy for music lovers. (Auditorium Lite is free, the full game is $2.99)
- Nike Goal – For fans of Italian soccer, this is a must. You’ll get scores for all the games in the Serie A, an up-to-date league table, and details about each game (if you missed it). Since it’s a Nike thing, you’ll get special information on the Nike boots worn by goal scorers, but you can ignore that. (free)
- WordReference Italian English Dictionary – The WordReference website is my go-to site for Italian-English translations (and vice versa), so I’m delighted their iPhone app is just as useful. There are versions for other languages, too. (free)
- GlobeConvert – This is great for anyone who travels between places where you go from feet to meters, ounces to centiliters, dollars to euro (or any other currency), fahrenheit to celsius, pounds to kilograms – and more. It’ll convert in either direction, and you can set favorites that you use often. (free)
- Echofon – I’m a Twitter addict, and this is the app I’m using to play with Twitter on the iPod Touch. I’m using the free version, but there’s a paid version that offers more options. So far, I haven’t found the free version to be lacking anything critical. (free)
Okay, so dish – what are the iPhone/iPod Touch apps that I’ll love?
photo by odolphie