App-solutely Necessary

There are so many apps available now digging through all of them to find the gems can be a tedious process. I love to do this sort of App mining so I end up with literally hundreds of apps I go through or even have at any one time. My iPad for example has well over 200 apps right now and I am constantly cycling through new ones and deleting old ones. While many are just gaming apps that let me waste even more time in my day some are actually productive and help me get through my day. Some actually are very hard for me to live without! Apps especially that are ubiquitous across Android and iOS definitely garner more attention as I usually carry (no kidding) a Samsung Galaxy S2 (primary phone), Dell Streak 7 running custom Honeycomb OS, iPad1 (64gb cause any less would be useless to me), iPod Touch (64gb again), and a Kindle. That list does not include laptop(s) including 11″ Macbook Air, Dell workhorse, Dell 2100 Netbook with Linux, Dell Mini 9 Netbook with Snow Leopard, but usually there are only going to be two of those with me.

Either way this post isn’t about my atrocious addiction to carrying gear, but instead the apps that I use across all those devices I couldn’t live without. I am not going to talk about Mail, Calendar, or other basic apps that are built into the core of the devices but those apps obviously get ludicrous screen time.

First up are the ubiquitous ones which as stated before inherently get most of my attention for their cross platform nature.

Evernote: If you don’t have this then I assume you are a conceited forgetful and useless individual. Like a waiter who refuses to write down complicated orders there is some hubris to someone who thinks they can remember all the details of life and/or work. Ok I’m not really trying to be that harsh but Evernote is my second brain. Any random notes, images, recordings, journals, and even blog posts can immediately be jotted down. This app is wonderful on Android, iOS, even Google Chrome as a web clipper.

Dropbox: What I did before Dropbox came into my life makes me feel like it was a primeval time using USB flash drives or even worse… CDs! *Gasp* When there is such widespread access to the internet, actually moving files with any sort of physical medium does seem aged. Dropbox’s capability to automatically sync files across my devices makes it so much easier than a cable or being harnessed into my machines.

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