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Weigh In - What’s your favorite phone app?
08/30/2011 - By Christine Burke Eskwitt

Weigh In - What’s your favorite phone app?



What’s your favorite phone app?




According to an article by TechCrunch.com, in 2008 the iPhone App Store had just surpassed the 10,000  app milestone. Today, the App Store inventory has exploded to over 425,000 apps. That’s a staggering new amount of apps being released every single day.


The less tech savvy may ask, what’s an app? Mobile phone applications, known as apps, are small pieces of  software which are sold online and can even be downloaded for free, giving smartphone users extra – and  often novelty – applications. There are, literally, apps for everything, from apps for cooks to apps for outdoor lovers, apps that track your money or your time, apps for moms and dads, and lots of apps for going out or working out. There are apps for special interests, like golf or photography, even an app that acts like a piano. And apps aren’t just available for iPhones. Apps are also available for Blackberrys and most other handheld devices.




Mind boggling, really. I’m a person who often claims Facebook fatigue and considers shutting down that  app. However, despite the limitless possibilities available, a recent tour through the Freehold Mall held some app surprises. Many people didn’t know if they had apps, or not, on their phones and a surprising number of tweens and teens just own basic cell phones, sans apps. The most popular app I encountered at the mall was overwhelmingly Facebook. Also popular was something called Angry Birds, which I had to look up when I got home. For those not in the know, Angry Birds is “Dangerously addictive but deceptively simple. Angry Birds lets you employ cartoon birds as weaponized projectiles in an escalating war against a posse of  egg-stealing green pigs. (Don’t ask.) Revenge relies on vectors and basic principles of physics, but the gist  is to use a slingshot to angle an ‘angry bird’ at the smug little pigs. The real challenge? Putting your phone  down once you’ve started.”




Ok, so if you need to fill up some time, check out these apps. Here’s a list of 2011’s most popular phone  apps, according to Time Inc. Magazine:




Games
• Angry Birds
• Scrabble
• Doodle Jump
• Fruit Ninja
• Cut the Rope
• Pictureka
• Wurdle


On the Go
• Kayak
• Yelp
• Word Lens

•Weather Channel
• OpenTable
• Wikipedia
• Hopstop


Lifestyle
• Amazon
• Epicurious
• Mixology
• Paypal
• Shop Savvy
• Mint
• WebMD


Music & Photography
• Mog
• Pandora
• SoundHound
• Bloom
• Camera+
• Instagram


Entertainment
• Netflix
• IMDb
• Instapaper
• Kindle
• PulseNews


Social
• Facebook
• Twitter
• Google
• AIM
• Skype
• Foursquare
• Bump





I’m a little behind in technology.

-Maria Caputo
Red Bank


I use Pandora all the time.

-Vinnie Sica
Jackson


Google Plus Mobile app.

-Amit Rathee
South Amboy




Facebook is my favorite app.

-Tyler Saunders
Toms River



Blackberry Messenger.

-Bianca Diiusto
Ocean



Hipstamatic. It’s a camera app. It’s hard to explain but it’s so much fun to use.

-Allyson Reid
Monmouth Beach



I’m a big fan of Pandora and I (heart) Radio.

-John Larson
Freehold
I have so many. Right now I would have to say my favorites are Angry Birds and Words with Friends.

-Deanna Proske
Manalapan
(no picture)


Definitely MailChimp. It is the best for managing and designing email newsletters! I do not think I could  have such a successful business without this tool!

-Alison Bromley
Long Branch



Facebook.

-Rosa Franze
Ocean




Angry Birds is my favorite.

-Chris Probasco
New Egypt




I play solitaire everyday. The maps app is great too. The flashlight app saved our lives once when we had to get roadside assistance and the mechanic didn’t have a flashlight.

-Ursula Caputo
Allenhurst
(no picture)



Flixster. I can watch trailers, get showtimes in the area and read/share ratings with my friends. I am in the “biz” and this is a phenomenal tool for watching the media and social trends.

-Evan Silverstein
Asbury Park



Facebook is my app.

-Tara Dastoli
Jackson



Horoscope. I check mine everyday and I also check my friend’s horoscopes.

-Amanda Steinfeld
Farmingdale

Been verified. You can check people out that you meet online.

-Aileen Grodzinsky
Red Bank





Apps? I have them but I don’t use them.

-Rosanna Marchiano
Manalapan



You are asking the wrong person. I am still in the Stone Age technologically. I love Blackberry Messenger.

-Carmel and Gina Costanzo
Jackson



Instagram.

-Jessie Wegner
Allenhurst
(no picture)


iMapMyRIde is awesome. This app tracks my speed, distance, and routes. It is the best motivator and I can  also link up with friends who are riding too.

-Molly Cruz
Belmar






Facebook.

-Wajahat Mirza
Englishtown


 




Jen: I would say Angry Birds is my favorite app right now. You have to try it.

Brian:
Facebook definitely.

-Jen and Brian Macfie
Howell


 




I use Facebook.

-Marco Perez
Freehold






Facebook no doubt.

-Uzma Faroog
Freehold





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