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    Senior Member Elise1's Avatar
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    Question What smart phone apps do you use?

    I just recently received my first smart phone. I love it! I have an iPhone 6.

    There are so many apps to choose from, I am not sure which apps to add to my phone.

    What apps do you use? Maybe you can also tell me which apps you have that you don't use so that I will know to avoid them.

    Thanks so much.

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    Sorry, I still use what I call my dumb dumb phone. Much easier to text on a flip phone. I would probably put JAF and a site to calculate yardage. Have fun with your new toy.
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    I have a few apps on my iPad that I use but some are harder on an iPhone. I have Missouri Star Quilt co and a few games. I like Words with friends, Best Fiends, Farm Heroes, Candy Crush and a few others.

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    If you eat out, an app that is recent, is "What the Health", it gives restaurants health codes and violations. My family has had a great time with the "TV food Maps" app that gives out the restaurants that have appeared in tv programs. Game apps that I love are a Sudoku app and the Cookie Crunch app. I also use the Alarm clock app alot! When I'm sewing and need to get ready for something, I set an alarm and use it to remind me to stop sewing.

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    The self added apps I use most on my iPhone are flashlight, the weather channel, Facebook, iSpreadsheet, Paypal, and some games. Most of the apps I use are ones already included - safari, maps, iBooks, notes.

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    Congratulations!

    I have had my iPhone 5S for about 14 months now and I love it. The app I use the most of is the NKJV Holy Bible app for following my pastor on Sundays. It is an easy application to use. I also use CCTC app for on a daily basis for really great audio Bible studies, the Weather app and Craftsy for sewing classes. I can set my iPhone near my sewing machine and follow a class on there in my home using my wifi connection. For the most part I use wifi and don't burn up data usage. I put off buying a smart phone because I didn't think I needed it but I use it constantly everyday.

    The best thing is that I can write a note in the notes section and KNOW where it is when I need to refer to it. I keep a running Grocery List on there. I also have a note titled Crafts so I can write down what items I hear about which pertain to sewing, quilting or crafts. Have fun.

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    Just keep in mind that if you add an app and you don't like it, it's easy to delete, and it's easy to add again down the road if you change your mind. Don't worry and just have fun with it!
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    I've only downloaded free apps. The ones I like are Quilt Shops (type in a town and it finds shops); QuiltingCalc (figures out yardage); QuiltSandwich(lots of quilt info); Joann (in case I forget my coupons); RetailMeNot (again in case I forget my coupons); and about 4 weather reporting sites because I'm a weather junkie. A few others I've tried and like Willferg said, if you don't like them, remove them.
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    It really depends on what you like.

    The apps I use most are: (1) the one from my bank that allows me to deposit checks from home (has me take photos of both sides of the check). Saves me trips to the bank. (2) the Walmart savingscatcher app. I take a photo of the QR code on the sales slip when I get home and it checks for savings at other stores on items I bought, giving me any difference. Also, it allows me to throw away the receipt as I have a copy in my phone if I ever need to return something. (3) free games. The ones I use most are Castle Story, Dragon Story, and Solitaire. (4) Wunderlist. My shopping list for each store is in my phone.

    I always read the reviews in the app store before making a decision to get an app. I noticed one app that had 5-star reviews up until December of last year, at which point it went to 1-star reviews because of a buggy update. Check out the "favorites" list too.

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    i definitely use the apps for my bank accounts... i love depositing checks without going to the bank.
    i have a game, Dots, to use on the few occasions that i get bored somewhere.
    and, after 3 years, i have figured out how to use Google maps for my GPS ... a little slow on that!
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    The apps that I use on a regular basis:
    1.) Google Maps
    2.) Waze - this tells me about road problems before I get on the road.
    3.) Gas Buddy - tells me where the least expensive gas is. So if I am on the road I can find my favorite places.
    4.) Choice Hotels - because I love to go on road trips
    5.) Joann's - so I forget my coupons or want to add to my coupons they accept the ones on my phone
    6.) Quilt Shops - helps to find quilt shops while traveling.
    7.) Instagram
    8.) Amazon
    9.) ESPN Sportscenter
    10.) American Express
    11.) Paypal
    12.) Gmail
    13.) AMC - never know when you want to see a movie
    14.) Shazam - you need to identify that song on the radio
    15.) Grocery List - now my list for various stores are with me all the time
    16.) Flashlight - that comes in handy all the time
    17.) Starbucks - I don't go very often but it is nice to be able to put the cards on it and not worry about losing them.
    18.) I Heart Radio
    19.) ESPN Radio
    20.) Pandora
    21.) Groupon
    22.) Minion Rush (my current addiction)
    23.) Scrabble
    24.) Disney Parks
    25.) Mouse Wait

    Wow - I have a lot more than I realized.

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    I've only got a couple because I don't think I'll stay with the Iphone when my contract is up, I think I'll go with samsung.
    So I've got the Fitbit app and LunaSolaria.
    I use the weather app that came on the phone, Have the hometown of everyone I care about programmed in. I love taking a quick check of their weather experience for the day.

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    I still have trouble trying to read missed messages and/or deleting them. Guess I'm a confirmed Luddite

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    i definitely use the apps for my bank accounts... i love depositing checks without going to the bank.
    i have a game, Dots, to use on the few occasions that i get bored somewhere.
    and, after 3 years, i have figured out how to use Google maps for my GPS ... a little slow on that!
    How do you deposit checks without going to the bank? That would really be a time saver.

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    I don't even have a cell phone. One of my pet peeves is to see have people in the stores in line talking on a phone while unloading their carts. What can be so important?

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    Quote Originally Posted by just joan View Post
    I don't even have a cell phone. One of my pet peeves is to see have people in the stores in line talking on a phone while unloading their carts. What can be so important?
    Short note to let you know that you are not the only one. The only reason I got one was my husband was ill at the time and I got one in case of an emergency. He died two years ago and like I said earlier, the only time I have it (but don't use it) is if I am on a trip (longest being 101 miles from home). I also had said, if God wanted us to walk around with a phone up to our ear, He would have put one there in the first place. I think they are rude, dangerous for sure, unnecessary - you cannot put a child or teenager up to a keyboard and have them type the way we can type. I still try for 80 words per minute. And I'm 76. I use all ten fingers too. Might hurt from arthritis, but I use all ten fingers. And I can spell. Words!!!! not antonyms. What is worse than customers unloading carts is people waiting on you and they are on the cellphone. I have mentioned that several times. Mainly in a service station (filling station to us oldies). Impolite, another word of description. Enough, I have to tie a quilt and make me some breakfast and let the dog out and take the cover off the birds.

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    i just have a regular cell phone you can call and text on. half the time i don't know where it is ha ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elise1 View Post
    How do you deposit checks without going to the bank? That would really be a time saver.

    Elise
    Some banks have an app where you can take a picture of the front and back of the check and then click the option to deposit it. You keep the physical copy of the check. I use it for my rental property as my tenants send their rent in check form.

    I use my banking app not only for depositing checks but also for checking balances, transferring money between accounts.

    As far as other apps go I use calendar as my main planner, notes to jot things down and make lists, gmail to check my e-mail, facebook, weather, podcasts because I listen to them when I go for walks, yp (yellow pages) to look up what businesses are in the area (where's the nearest gas station, restaurant etc), mapquest (for directions), find friends (to see where family is), RunKeeper (tracks distance and time for running or walking), ecobee (can program my thermostat when I'm not home), Elevation (gives the altitude which I use when traveling in the mountains just for fun), JoAnn's (but I've found their app coupons aren't as good as the paper ones any more - very few 40% off), utilities app that comes with the iPhone (for calculator and alarm clock). I'm sure there's others that I'm not thinking of. Occasionally I even use my phone to make or receive a phone call!

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    I love to go to the movies so I use Flixster and RunPee all the time. I like Google Maps and Waze, especially when I travel. But my absolute favorite that I could not live without is called Key Ring Reward Cards by Mobestream Media. It is an app for all those reward cards that you have for all those stores you shop at. I have put my library card on it, my YWCA card, even copies of my insurance cards. I love not having to keep up with all those cards anymore. Then there is the Robert Kaufman quilting calculator app, Shazam, and ShopSavy.
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    I'm curious about what security measures any of you use for your cell phones.
    Pat

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    I love my iPhone. I didn't think I would when I got my first one, the iPhone 3. I now have a 6. I use it instead of a paper calendar and paper address book. This is backed up to my iMac and the cloud. I am not scared of the cloud. I don't keep passwords memorized on it, so I'm not really worried about security. I just don't want to lose the phone. I am a grandma, so I was surprised to be so into this new technology. There is an app called Cozi which you can use as a calendar/reminder and if you have anyone else to share this with (I share with Mr. Stitchnripper) you can both see what each of you enters and the reminders will go to both. I don't usually talk when I am in line at a store, because whoever I would talk to is at work. But, I do play my games while I am waiting. Nothing that can't be put down when it is my turn. I text with my children and grandchildren. We also talk to each other, so this isn't "instead of" but "in addition to". I put my camera away and only use the phone.

    Some people don't want a smart phone and that is fine - personal choice, etc. But it doesn't make the rest of us who do want one less polite, less interested in personal contact, etc. To each his own and there will be rude people with or without a smart phone.

    My apps are Cozi, Yahoo Weather, Words With Friends, Scramble with Friends, Hanging with Friends, Temple Run 2, JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, Facebook, ones of the airlines we use, Kindle, Overdrive, some radio stations I listen to on wifi, some TV apps I can watch shows on, on wifi, although I don't do this very often. I have an icon for the quilting board, although there isn't an app, but it is on my screen so I can just tap it. And various miscellaneous ones.
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    iPhones have built in security, other smart phones can download MacAfee or other software just as you would use on your computer. I love my iPhone and use it for so many things, I do not talk while shopping, checking out etc. I use JoAnn's app, scrabble to keep my brain exercised. I have fitbit, and an RV campground app.

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    I don't worry about it because I don't use it unless I am on a trip and I have a flat tire or an accident (which I never have, but it is there in case I do) I just don't need or want any of that stuff. If I have to worry about security, then for sure I don't want it. If I need my bank, I go to it. If I am going to a store that I am going to charge at, I take my card
    with me. I don't care about reward card - It is just a way for the companies to make you spend more money to get a reward of a few cents. Don't need that. If my bank check is not good enough for somebody, I just say, "then I'm not either." And go! I love to go to the bank and deposit cash or write out a check or whatever I have to do. I go through the drive through. They know me, and they give Bess a dog treat and she loves that. Pretty soon we won't have to talk to anyone for anything for any reason. That's sad!

    I found a smart phone in the street a couple of years ago. I didn't know how to use it, but I did manage to find a name and call. He said he was glad I found it because it had a lot of business stuff in it. I told him he was lucky because I didn't know how they worked, and I just lucked out with his name. My work came when I had to find his telephone number. It was in the telephone book. Edie

    PS - What really blew me out of the water one day is when a neighbor called me and asked if his garage door was shut. He thought he left it open. He uses his phone to shut the garage door. I use a garage door opener/closer.
    He didn't leave it open. All that for that!
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    I use an android smart phone. One of the most handy apps I have on it is my shopping list. I use MyShoppi, but there are a lot of different shopping list apps so find one that works best for you. Its so easy to add things as I think of them, and my list is always with me when I happen to stop by the grocery store. I also have the Joann app for the coupons (helpful hint here, Joanns will also scan the website coupons right off your phone (pull up the website in your phone browser and there is a link on the front page to their coupons) and these coupons are often different than the app coupons.) I have a quilt calculator app, but honestly, I mostly calculate using paper and pen before going shopping. I have a few game apps but hardly ever use them. Occasionally use facebook and google maps.
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    I have an iPhone 5 and my favorite apps are TVGuide, Netflix, and for weather I like Intellicast. My family is all over the US and this weather app is good for keeping track of all of them. And for quilting I have 2 faves- I put a link to Missouri Star Quilt Company on my phone so I can see their daily deals easily. And for quilting my favorite is QuiltSandwich. I think the journal and the piece calculators are my favorite features of the app. Oh yeah- and scrabble!

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