Sunday, January 17, 2010

iPhone Apps / Extras

It's been a little while since I've posted some of my favorite apps / accessories for the iPhone, so I figured now is as good a time as any to post an update.

  • mxMobile - excellent iPhone app for anyone looking to do walkthroughs in their school or district. The app is free but requires a subscription purchase through Media-X.
  • FlightTrack - I used this app while traveling over the holidays and it provides real-time information on current flights, upcoming flights and even shows you where the flight is currently located (if you were tracking someone else)
  • PS Mobile - very cool app for any photoshop lover. PS Mobile allows you to take / select an existing photo and apply basic photo changes to the photo. You can crop, change the tint, exposure and add cool effects.
  • Mark the Spot - AT&T attempting to be proactive about their service? Eh - I would like to see the collective data on this app. The app is designed for AT&T users to report a dropped call, failed call, no coverage, data failure or poor voice quality by using the GPS locator on their iPhone. The concept is a good one, I just hope AT&T does something with the information they receive.
  • Ustream Broadcaster - cool app for anyone who uses (watches / broadcasts) via Ustream. I've only used the app a couple of times, but had no problems with lag on Wi-Fi or 3G.
  • Dragon Dictation - There was a post over at Techucation on this app back in December, and after reading the post and downloading the app - I have been fairly impressed. The app is designed to recognize your voice and allow you to "export" the voice once it is converted to text either to SMS, Email or just the clipboard. The thing that has most impressed about this app is its ability to distinguish words. I have tried to trip it up on purpose a few times and it has surprised me.
  • USPS Mobile - good app for anyone who sends / receives packages on a regular basis through the United States Postal Service.
  • iVideo Camera - ahh - my favorite. I finally broke down and purchased this app (for only $0.99) and it was well worth it. For those of us still living in the dinosaur days of the 3G phone and don't have built in capabilities to shoot video, this app is a must. The quality is pretty good and it is certainly better than not being able to shoot video.


By far one of the best purchases I have made as an extra / accessory for my iPhone. The Tekkeon Sleeve / Battery extender DOUBLES the battery life of your iPhone without a bug bulky sleeve that gets in your way. My iPhone is almost 18 months old and I have noticed it is difficult to make it through a day without my battery needing to be charged. But that has changed. I now charge my Tekkeon sleeve overnight, along with my iPhone (as I used to do) but now when I leave the house, I place the iPhone in the sleeve and it runs of the charged case for approximately 3 hours, meaning it doesn't start using my regular iPhone battery until late morning. By the time I get home in the evening, my phone still has a charge and I don't have to plug it in to make it through the night. I highly recommend this purchase for any iPhone user that is struggling to keep their device charged in a normal day.

Tekkeon MP1200 myPower Battery / Sleeve


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