- Elevate Utensils : Innovative weighted handles on spoons to keep tools away from touching kitchen surfaces. No need of spoon rests
- Temperature sensitive Mug: Mug that changes color based on whether it contains a hot beverage or a cold one. So next time you look at that mug of drink on the kitchen counter you will know exactly whether you need to microwave it or let it cool for sometime without tasting it.
- Scale that tells you nutrition value: Its called the perfect portion scale
- All in one Spoon-Fork-Knife: Use it whichever way you want. Reduces your spoon load in the dishwasher by a third. Perfect for office/school and camping . I use it and love it.
- Pizza Scissors: Pizza cutting has always been a messy affair. But check this one out. Scissors + a triangular holder to hold the slice in place. Makes so much more sense!
Here is a list of most of the iPhone apps currently on my phone. There are way too many other apps that
a) I have tried and deleted off the phone for one reason or another.
b) Do not get used enough by me to have much of an opinion
c) Do not provide enough (or any) value to be worthy of mention in this post. Apps such as TalkingTom, Illusions and VoicePlus fall in this category.
Hope this list is helpful to you in discovering useful apps. If there are any others that you use and think are worth recommending to others, please leave a comment.
Google - Very convenient for doing a quick search using voice input.
Todo - Paid app for Tasks. Good by itself but not as great if syncing is the goal. Syncs with Toodledo (online) or Appigo’s desktop app. I was not able to sync it with the beta version of Appigo’s desktop app for Windows. Mac users may have better luck.
EverNote - One of the best note taking apps with a desktop app and an online portal that all sync with each other seamlessly.
(Not used much) – Siri
NetNewsWire - RSS Feed Reader (Syncs with Google Reader account and FeedDemon)
MobileRSS - RSS Feed Reader (Syncs with Google Reader account)
(Not used much) – WSJ, NYTimes, FT, Kindle, Read It Later, iBooks
SMS / Instant Messaging:
TextFree.us - Unlimited Free SMS. Great app. Sometimes it pings you with offers, but overall a great experience.
Fring: For making voice calls over the GTalk network and generic chat client.
Skype: Its Skype. Needs no more explanation. Free skype-skype calls.
(Not used much) – Text+, Meebo, eBuddy, pMessenger, MSN Messenger
(Not used much) – Google Wave, Google Buzz, Meetup, Yahoo!
AirMouse: Excellent app for controlling your mouse pointer over the Wi-Fi network, especially if you have a media PC connected to your TV
Remote: Great app for controlling your iTunes on a computer through your iPhone, especially if you have it connected to a sound system and want to walk around the house and be able to control the music.
VNC - I like it if needed, but not used too much because of the small screen.
Boxee - If you are into Hulu/Boxee type of solutions, then this is a must.
(Not used much) – TouchMouse, RemotePad
(Outdated) – Wimbledon, 2010 FIFA World Cup
(Not used much) – Metro, AAA Roadside, Traffic, Cultures, LonelyPlanet
Grocery Gadget – Good if both the partners have an iPhone. Easy to keep the grocery list always updated.
Location Based (Find the nearest):
(Not used much) – HappyHours, Where, The Weather Channel, iRecycle
(Not used much) – Mini Piano
(Not used much) Paypal, ShopSavvy, RepairPal, Wootwatch, RedLaser
(Not used much) – NFB, 1Cast, TV Guide, Justin.TV, Mobi.TV
(Not used much) – Battery, Translate, Translator, Alarm Clock, FedEx Mobile, UPS
The iPad is here. It is easy to hate it. Why? Because of all the features that were rumored to be but were found to be missing. Everyone is out to bash the device and express their disappointment through various jokes and articles. Did Apple make a big mistake? You may want to think twice about that. The name aside, here are 5 reasons for why the device is headed for being successful at what its intended for.
1. Sex Appeal: You can try to deny it but at the end of the day, the sex appeal of the device gets more weight than most people realize. Once its available in the apple stores to play with and someone in your friend circle gets one, suddenly your phone screen will start to seem small and the laptop will start to feel heavy to carry around. It has happened before with other devices. You see something –> You don’t need one –> You want one –> You need one. The feedback from some of the media folks that attended the launch event says that watching someone else play with the device does not do it justice and that once you play with it in your hands, its beautiful and enticing.
2. Apps: Why did the iPhone become so popular? Apps. Apps. Apps. The iPad comes with a double whammy. Not only does the iPad get to leverage the existing 100,000+apps from app store but the fact that so many people already know how to build these apps and now want to make tons and tons of money by creating iPad apps, the number of available apps will continue to skyrocket. This dramatically increases the value for money you receive by purchasing this device.
3. Multimedia Content: Never before has a device like this been available to content producers. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities from a content production perspective. A book does not just have to be text, but rather it can contain multimedia components now. With newspapers being in a crunch, this gives them an opportunity to differentiate themselves, create quality content and charge a premium for it. Once there is enough content available, people will choose the multimedia content rather than plain old text.
4. Futuristic Features: Some of the features provided by the iPhone such as the accelerometer and the compass created a new category of applications not available to app developers for other devices. The same will be true for the iPad. In addition, this is just version 1.0. Going by some of the patents that apple has filed, the features that people were expecting in this version should not be too far away. The recent decision by Apple to remove the Wi-Fi restriction for VOIP calls will also enable you to make phone calls through the iPad. A camera and proximity gesture control may be on their way too. We can be sure that if a feature goes into the device, it wil be because Apple will implement it really well and until then, we just have to wait.
5. Price: Yes, its not the cheapest device in the market but thats not what its trying to be. Apple managed to set high expectations for the device and then coming under the $500 mark for the starting model changes the game. Very soon, people are going to think “If I am spending X amount of dollars, then I might as well spend Y amount of dollars and get the iPad because the iPad is capable of doing so much more.”. Apple has managed to squeeze the e-book readers and the netbooks with a single device by pricing it well. People will feel they are getting more for their money with the iPad even if they do not use or care for those extra capabilities that they iPad is capable of.
The iPad is going to be a game changer. Already, Macmillan publishing was able to negotiate a higher price after being initially declined by Amazon for their content on the Kindle. Why? Only because of the other option now available through Apple that gives them a higher cut. The iPad is sure to attract more people into the Apple ecosystem (as closed as it may be) and change the dynamics for multiple industries.