As boring as it sounds, two of my most-used apps are a weather app and my bank’s app.
The weather app is for practical reasons–one of my dogs is terrified of thunderstorms, and being able to track bad weather is really really helpful. It’s also nice to know how many layers we all need to be wearing for walkies. My favorite weather app went through a big change when I did the OS update on my devices, and I don’t like it as much as I used to, but I haven’t found anything else that even approaches its accuracy and usefulness. So I still use Weather Underground, but I don’t love it. And I’m open to suggestions, if anyone has a good weather app! Storm season is fast approaching.
I never thought I’d be so enamored of something so…utilitarian as a bank app, but it really makes a huge difference. It’s a lot more convenient that checking their website through my device (in all honesty, I hardly ever even use the website any more) and I can do everything I need to through the app. Including make deposits. Oh yes, I can deposit checks through the app, with my phone or my tablet. And the funds are available immediately. I AM LIVING IN THE FUTURE. I can also do normal things, like transfer funds between accounts and manage my insurance policies and whatever else I need to do.
The other thing I use my tablet for is reading. I read library books through the Overdrive app, and I also use the Kindle app for the ebooks I’ve purchased. I’ve dinked around a little bit with Apple’s book app (…that I can’t even be bothered to remember the name of), but I don’t like that one as much. Overdrive is futzy and not really very user-friendly, but I’ve gotten used to it. And that’s just me speaking as a library patron–I have a completely different and more extensive set of complaints about it when I’m wearing my Librarian Tiara. Kindle is much more user-friendly, but I wish there were more than two options (by title or by author/creator) for me to arrange my books.
But the coolest app, bookwise, that I have bought, is the Book of Kells app. Yes, it was $11.99, but it’s the Book of Kells, digitized and optimized for the iPad. THE ENTIRE THING. WITH HISTORY AND BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT AND STUFF. Come on. Look at it, it is just too glorious for words!