Welcome Home, iPhone (and an important shopping tip)

Ever since Bloggy Boot Camp in Baltimore I’ve wanted an iPhone. I really had no desire for one up until then, because I had a nifty phone with a Palm-based PDA that I was quite attached to. I have a teeny-tiny mp3 for music, and have no desire to play goofy games. Then came Twitter. I learned the basics for Bloggy Boot Camp, even read most of The Smart Girls’ Guide to Twitter. I thought I could do all I needed to do with my phone. Wrong. As time went on I became more and more frustrated, and I was getting more and more jealous as I heard people talking about cool apps they were using.

It turns out my husband and children were conspiring to get me an iPhone for Mother’s Day, and as soon as they admitted to it we were out the door and shopping. Catherine came along as my iPhone expert even though she was SO sick – what a trooper! I made my selection and the nice young man at the AT&T store fixed everything up for me, even transferred my contacts to my new phone, put it in its new case, and carefully put the non-glare screen protector on for me. Then he spent about 30 minutes teaching me how to use every one of the pre-installed apps. When you know you’re going to be dealing with a male salesperson, always take a beautiful 18-year-old girl shopping with you. Service is lightning-fast and they will spend as much time as you could possibly want answering questions and demonstrating things they think might make them seem intelligent to the beautiful girl. It didn’t even matter that she was miserably sick and leaning against Aaron as if she might collapse at any moment. I had actually discovered this shopping tip a few years ago when I went Christmas shopping with my eldest niece and I HIGHLY recommend it.

Anywho, my eleven-year-old is even more attached to the iPhone than I am, and has already downloaded a few apps like lightsaber and ocarina. I’m downloaded some that I’ve heard good things about, like Couch to 5K, Pandora, something that tracks how many glasses of water a day you drink, an Italian tutor, epocrates, facebook, and tweetdeck, but I know there’s SO much more out there. What are your favorites? The ones you wonder how you lived without before? Please share!

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6 thoughts on “Welcome Home, iPhone (and an important shopping tip)”

  1. Why did you write part of your post in English and the rest in Greek? I really hate being so stupid. I guess now I have to get an iPhone. May I borrow Catherine?

  2. What a great gift! My husband is into the apps, but I don't know what their official names are. He's got one that is so cool—if we're out anywhere and hear a song playing that we like but don't know, he just holds up his iPhone and it's able to not only isolate the music from all the other noise (of the restaurant, traffic, TV show, whatever), but then find the name of the song and the artist who sings it!

  3. Yeah, it wasn't nearly as funny, posting under Brett! Argh!!

    Hmmm …. Pandora, for sure. There's a Kindle app, and you can Google free books for Kindle. I have a period tracker — you know, the 'let's predict when D will be pregnant' calendar.
    All recipes — although I haven't used it, as well as Urban Spoon.
    For you, at work, Epocrates is free, and would be wonderful. I also have a Roman Catholic calendar, and an app for Mass times, as well as the Liturgy of the Hours.
    Pure fun — there's a Starbucks app that finds the closest Starbucks, and lets you choose your own drink. And …. if you're in Safari, looking at a site, and decide to bookmark it, you have an option to 'add to home screen'. So, you COULD have a sweet little square that reads "The Kennedy Adventures'. I'm just saying ……

  4. Welcome to the world of the iPhone. I hope you two are very happy together. I simply adore mine…especially for Twitter, Facebook, and Whrrl. 🙂

    As for other apps, most of mine are for toddlers, BUT I will say you should check out Hipstamatic. Such a fun way to take pictures.


  5. There's no cell service in The Field so I haven't even touch a cell in 3 years. I've never even seen an iPhone in real life. I want one. BAD.

    Enjoy your new toy.

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