Are you someone who is very particular about user interface? Do you like to read about global happenings around the world and keep yourself informed with current affairs? Do you like to get inspiration from poets, writers and illustrators to expose yourself to more creative and aesthetically pleasant work? Earlier this month we started a blog series on “5 Mobile Apps I Cannot Live Without”. Today we have Alcan, one of our interns, to share with us 5 mobile apps he cannot live without!
It is slightly difficult to imagine with the ubiquity of smartphone and movie technology that it has only been 8 years since the first release of the first iPhone and the app store that came with it a year later. Yet, it seems like yesterday when I traded in my “space-age” Sony Ericsson phone for the iPhone 3G – and was introduced to the world of apps.
While I’m no longer the owner of the latest incarnation of the iPhone, I carry a trusty, cyanogen-mod HTC One loaded with some of my favourite apps I simply cannot live without. They include:
1. SG Buses
This app is arguably my most opened app – and is pretty self explanatory. You open the app and check when the next bus will arrive. While somewhat mundane, it has proven to be useful in making certain beneficial decisions. Besides the fact that it helps me to save time, knowing that the next bus comes in 15 minutes probably means I’ll walk to the previous stop(which is often empty) and grab a seat while the rest of my friends attempt to jostle through the sweat and humidity of people to board.
I essentially use this app as an alternative to SMS. People use the app to contact me and I use it to contact others. Not much elaboration needed.
I watch videos – a lot of videos. And Vimeo is a video sharing platform that allows some of the most creative minds post their work to share with the rest of the world. As a photographer and videographer, this is one of my go-to places for inspiration. The best part? Being mobile means I can continue to be inspired anytime, anywhere – lying down, eating or while travelling.
4. International New York Times
NYT is just… well… nifty. Its user interface is clean, fonts are well used and is just an overall pleasure to read. As far as I’m aware, this is one of the most well-implemented digital news apps I’ve used across all the platforms. There are also some seasonal projects that involve multimedia that really showcase how design and technology can be melded together into a dizzying spectacle. Also, its wide archive is great for searching up even the most obscure of articles – a weird hobby of mine.
This is a toss up between Pinterest, Flickr and Goodreads. These are all places where I find my inspiration and ideas. However, Tumblr is probably the most opened app among them because of its diversity of content and artistic merit. Not only is it free ( Yay!) , it is also the home to the blogs of many poets, writers and illustrators, all of which showcase work that is absolutely invigorating to the mind. Not to mention, the fandom that produce some of the most hilarious and awe-inspiring work all at the same time. And it’s accessible at anytime – as long as you have an internet connection.
This marks the last post of our blog series “5 Mobile Apps I Cannot Live Without”. We hope you have benefited from our sharing so far, because we certainly did (Yay to downloading more Apps) while compiling the lists!
Do leave your comments and share with us some of the apps you absolutely cannot live without! (and perhaps am dying to share with someone?)