I love my iphone. The design is amazing and the iPhone apps allow me to check in, manage my time, and get some entertainment on the go all in one device.
I have quite a few go to iPhone apps that I use that help me out with my various blogging needs. Need some help with time management? How about taking some quick notes? Need a break from work? There’s an app for that.
I’d like to share with you some of the staple iPhone apps that I’ve downloaded. Not all of these are specifically just for blogging, but they all help you out in your daily lives on some level. And anything that makes you more efficient will help you become a better blogger:
This is one of my favorite iPhone apps for taking notes. It syncs automatically and is intuitive and easy to use. I can create text notes, take photos and record voice notes. Although, I primarily use the text note feature. I can create a quick note on the fly and access it later on my home computer.
This is a neat little iPhone app if you are on the wordpress platform and want do a little blogging on the fly. While it’s not ideal to type out a lengthy blog on an iphone, this is useful for pushing out quick updates. It’s really best for short posts. There aren’t a lot of iPhone apps just for blogging, this is one of the few that allow you to manage all different aspects of your wordpress blog.
I have been a big fan of Pocket Informant before there ever was an iphone. The color coded calendaring system is just awesome. This is one of the few iPhone apps where I feel that there is a good balance between the task management and the calendaring functions. With their iPhone app, they’ve added location functionality as well as adding a host of features. This is just one of the best time management and productivity iPhone apps in the store.
Gotta love voice search! Google’s voice recognition technology is really second to none. They spent years giving out free 411 service just so they could pick up voice samples to refine this technology. This is really evident in this iPhone app, which allows you to search the internet by speaking into your phone. It’s really handy for those situations where you need to look something up quick.
Note: Since this post was written, Apple released siri, which makes a lot of iPhone apps like this one somewhat obsolete. However, google’s still one of the best iPhone apps for conducting internet searches.
This iPhone app is good for taking short notes. It allows you to speak into your phone and then it will dictate your spoken word. It is prone to mistakes, so it’s best for short reminders. I use this to make a note when I come up with post ideas. It’s a good way to give myself a reminder.
Note: See previous note about siri. Though I’ve always liked dragon dictation, I’m afraid Siri does make these iPhone apps obsolete.
Of course, if you are a blogger, you probably subscribe to a ton of rss feeds. Reeder is by far one of the best rss feed readers. Reeder syncs unread and starred items from Google Reader. The UI is intuitive and easy to use. It gives you a number of options to share through email, twitter or your newsfeed. You can also save your article to read later.
I bet you didn’t expect to see a navigation app on this list. The concept and functionality of Waze was just so amazing, I just had to include it. And it’s the only free turn by turn navigation app that I found! But in all seriousness, it’s more than just a navigation app. Waze has taken the concept of social media and put it into GPS Navigation. You can connect with other people, but more importantly, you can put updates into the map and it will automatically send those updates out across the social network. Just imagine the applicability of this function if you are running a location based business around your blog. This is one of my favorite iPhone apps overall.
Microblogging on the iphone is the one thing that can be done fairly effectively. The 140 characters on twitter is same as sending a text message. Twitteriffic is a fully functional twitter app that allows you to keep in touch with twitter.
Clicky Touch is a third party app developed for Clicky Web Analytics. I love Clicky Web Analytics. I actually prefer Clicky over Google Analytics for most situations. Their big advantage is being able to provide real time analytics. Although I will warn you that having real time analytics is quite addicting. If you use Clicky Web Analytics on your site, this application is a good counterpart that allows you to check your stats from your phone.
Skype is one of the best communications tools available overall. Now that they bring the ability to video conference to the iphone, you’ll always be able to have a face to face meeting with your clients or your team. This is a fantastic iPhone app. While it works best if you have an iphone 4 due to the front facing camera, it’s still a wonderful tool if you use it just for voice communications. If you have a skype button on your blog to allow people to contact you by voice, this will really help you add value to your blog.
11. Angry Birds
Okay, this isn’t strictly a blogging app, but no iphone apps list would be complete without Angry Birds. Here’s my attempt to make this related to blogging: You can’t sit for hours in front of a computer without a short break, right? You need to take some time away from the keyboard for some stress relief. What better way than to play Angry Birds? This is probably the best $0.99 you’ll ever spend on your iphone.
This is by no means a complete list of iphone apps, but they are a few that will increase your productivity on the go.