2011 has seen some really cool apps being developed which have helped us in every area of our lives from business to news to the nearest burger joint. Here are my favourites (in no particular order):
1. Facebook (for iPad and iPhone) – FREE
It was a long time coming but it finally got here! Initially the app was very buggy and functionality was limited. But the main thing is that it is here and they can now work on making it a super cool app for Apple users.
The interface is really neat, clean and very easy to navigate. Access to business pages is quick and easy so it makes it easier for businesses who have to rely on their smart phones to market their business whilst they are out of the office.
2. Pages (for iPad) – £5.99
What an awesome app! Professional looking documents in a variety of formats and super easy to use!
Pages is what Microsoft Word should have been – years ago! For what you get it seems such a steal at £5.99. You can easily insert images and simply drag them to where you want and the text moves accordingly – no fussing around!
Another great feature is the simple way in which you can send files via email. ou can choose whether you want to send the file as a Word. doc, PDF or Pages doc. The iPad does all the rest.
If you are in business then this app is a must have!
3. Instagram (for iPhone) – FREE
At first I didn’t ‘get’ Instagram but the more I used it the more addicted I became. As a result of this app I now have a new hobby and interest – photography.
This app is quite simply amazing. By using the various filters you can easily create stunning, beautiful and retro looking photographs. This app can make anything (and I mean anything) look good!
It has given my photos (both professional and personal) such a beautiful and professional look.
4. IMDb – FREE
Being a movie junkie I need my movie news with trailers and celeb news. IMDb is a knockout app. All the content you need and easy to navigate – oh and the interface isn’t bad either with its minimalistic, crisp, clean design.
Trailers play in HD quality from your iPhone or iPad or Android device. Sharing is easy across major platforms like Facebook and Twitter making it easy to start conversations on these social media platforms – an essential for businesses.
5. Evernote - FREE
If you’re like me and you need to make lots of notes here and there and create ‘to do’ lists then this app is for you. Evernote is a wonderfully useful app which can be used in a few ways.
You can make notes by writing things down, inserting images or voice notes. I like this variety as people are different and not all notes can be taken in written form. What if you have an idea for a song? You could sing the tune and record it in Evernote. You could then write the lyrics above.
An essential app for business owners who can’t afford PAs just yet.
6. Twitter – FREE
The release of the New New Twitter meant that iPhone, iPad and Android users got a cool new app to play with.
The app keeps in line with previous versions of this app in terms of clean design, cool interface and easy navigation.
The Home, Connect and Discover buttons are on the app too which means you won’t feel left out if you can’t access the desktop version at any time.
7. Ted Talks – FREE
This app is so cool. With over 900 talks and a whole range of topics, Ted Talks still remains the golden goose of speaking platforms.
On certain devices the search function is really cool as it asks you how much time you have. You simply touch the clock they provide you with and it generates a whole load of talks within the time frame you specify. A very cool and alternative way to search for videos.
And that’s another thing – some talks are 3 minutes and some are an hour long but whichever talk you choose, you’re sure to get something substantial out of it.
8. Flipboard – FREE
Flipboard is a really cool way to view news, social media platforms and anything else on the web in a magazine style.
The functionality is astounding and smooth. The ease at which you can still like, comment, retweet etc within the platform makes it so easy and convenient that you don’t have to leave.
9. Splice – FREE
Being a content marketer means I have to shoot a lot of videos - and quite often whilst I’m out of the office.
Splice is a very (often overlooked) video editing app which allows you to easily create professional looking videos – all for free.
You have the option to insert and edit music over your video, create titles and insert transitions to give a more professional quality to your work.
Once you’ve finished it is super easy to export to your camera roll and then send to YouTube. The perfect app for when you are out and about and you absolutely have to get a video on YouTube.
10. Voucher Cloud -FREE
I was never much of a ‘voucher guy’ but this is a really good app. Vouchers for anything from McDonalds, to beauty to cinema tickets this app has a great location finder and search which generates the perfect deals for you within your area.
Easy to use, easy to navigate – it does what it says on the tin.
What were your favourite apps of 2011?
If you are a small business or a charity/non-profit I would be more than happy to talk to you about your online marketing and social media needs. If you’re in the Yorkshire area (UK) I’ll even take you out for a coffee!