This article is a fifth, and may be the last follow-up to my previous 4 articles on Smartphone apps! The last apps that I discussed were Deal or no Deal, What’s the Word, Family Feud, and Hill Climb. Let’s do this one on educational stuff; here’s a few that are my top picks.
The first app is iBooks. I can’t believe that I just discovered this app. I am an avid reader (when I am not studying or tired), but I am still trying to get used to the idea of reading from an electronic device. But since I am currently studying for a few technical certifications, I’m checking out iBooks for downloading books to my phone. So far, so good, as long as I don’t have to pay too much for a text book!
I’m sure that most people, especially iPhone users know about iTunes; but there is an app called iTunesU that I also use from time to time. When I was reading an article, I stumbled upon a series of free lectures from TED (Technology, Education, Design) that I wanted to read. When I looked into finding the lectures, I found out that they could be downloaded from iTunesU. iTunesU is very similar to iBooks, but it’s geared more towards educational material.
Another app that I use pretty frequently is LinkedIn. I have been a member of LI for a few years, and since I use the web version, I thought it would be good to try the app. It’s pretty good, and I use it mainly for looking at and accepting invites.
Since I am on the subject of books and reading, another good book-type app is Audible. Although I do like reading a good book now and then, every once in a while, I like to get chill out and listen to someone read me a book – an audio book. I find it very soothing, and a good way to take a “time out” from everything, especially work.
I’m not much of a regular app person, but I do use them now and again, and the ones that I find the most useful and enjoyable are the ones that help with my studies and with my regular tasks and to-do’s. With everyone having so much to do these days, its good to know you can keep track of the important things in the palm of your hand.