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There's an App for That - Tips, Tricks, & Giveaways

There's an App for That - Tips, Tricks, & Giveaways

Millions of us unwrapped the seasons hottest gifts during the holidays  - the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, Droid RAZR, Kindle Fire, Nikon 1 and more. For many people these new gadgets were also the first they've owned in a whole new generation of touchscreen and voice activation technology. How many of you were excited but found that after 5 minutes you had to set them down and decided to figure out how to use them later?

With technology overload these days, many of us use our electronics on the "easy" setting. We do what we can easily figure out and never end up using the "really cool" settings and getting value from our investment.

There are some basic steps that can help you get the most fun out of your new "toys." Here are our tips for improving your electronic gadget experience:

  1. Set time in your day to read the manual. Even if it is a short manual, we recommend splitting it up reading a few pages at a time. If you read it all at once it can be overwhelming.
  2. Utilize what is at your fingertips - YouTube! YouTube has great 101 videos. Received an iPhone over the holidays? Learn how to use it with the help of the 101 videos on TodaysiPhone's YouTube Channel. Received an Android over the holidays? Learn how to use it with the help of 101 videos on MobileUnlimited's YouTube Channel.
  3. Follow the company of your new electronics on Facebook and Twitter. These are great customer service outlets. Why spend time waiting on hold when you can have a response on twitter before the agent picks up the phone? Most companies also post tips, videos and important software updates on their feeds.
  4. Be brave! Believe it or not, it's pretty hard to break things. Use random settings and see what happens. You can always reset items back to the default.

The trick to getting the most out of your phones and tablets are apps. Here are our five must-have useful, user-friendly apps for 2012:

Apple:

  1. Shopper: This is the best-selling grocery app in the App Store, according to MacWorld. With Shopper you can create multiple lists and organize them to match the aisle layout of the stores you shop in. On a budget? Add prices, quantities, and coupons to track expenses.
  2. Mint.com Personal Finance: With this app you can easily organize all your finances in one place. It provides you with a look at where you spent your money over the month and helps you come up with a budget. Also, with having it on your mobile device no spending goes unaccounted for.
  3. Silent Body Guard: Everyone, every age and gender, should have this app. You hope you will never need it, but if you ever find yourself in trouble this app sends a text message and email with your GPS location to your emergency contacts every 60 seconds. All you have to do is open the app and tap the silent alarm button.
  4. Nike Training Club: This app is a personal trainer with you at all times. You get detailed workouts designed to match your fitness goals with step-by-step instructions. Our favorite feature is the ability to set your music to go with your workout.
  5. allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner: How many times have you looked in your pantry and thought to yourself, "what in the world can I cook with these ingredients?" Now the answer is at your fingertips! Type in what you have to this app and it will search its recipe database for corresponding dishes.

Android:

  1. Grocery King 6 Shopping List: This is the best-selling grocery app in Android Market Store. With app you can create multiple lists and organize them to match the aisle layout of the stores you shop in. Our favorite feature is you can compare product prices to other retailers. Simply scan the barcode of the item you are about to purchase, and it will indicate if it is cheaper or more expensive than other retailers.
  2. Mint.com Personal Finance: With this app you can easily organize all your finances in one place. It provides you with a look at where you spent your money over the month and helps you come up with a budget. Also, with having it on your mobile device no spending goes unaccounted for.
  3. Emergency Panic Button (SOS): Everyone, every age and gender, should have this app. You hope you will never need it, but if you ever find yourself in trouble this app sends a text message and email with your GPS location.
  4. Pocket Trainer: This app turns your phone into a personal trainer. It includes both written and video descriptions of how to perform each exercise. What we really love is that it shows you how to do easy exercises using what you have at home.
  5. allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner: How many times have you looked in your pantry and thought to yourself, "what in the world can I cook with these ingredients?" Now the answer is at your fingertips! Type in what you have to this app and it will search its recipe database for corresponding dishes.

Most importantly, remember the goal of apps is to help you simplify and organize. You can get bogged down by downloading too many apps and actually defeat the purpose. Make a list of things you would like help with and then narrow it down to categories. Then purchase an app for each category.

We want to hear from you and which electronics you find are the most user-friendly? We want your recommendations.

If you share your user-friendly electronics reviews and recommendations this week you'll be entered for a chance to win one of our 4 giveaway prizes - a gift card to either iTunes or Amazon for Android Market. Submit your favorite electronic product to SheSpeaks Reviews OR add a comment to this blog post by 6pm EST on January 23rd, 2012. You can enter a review AND a comment and you will have two entries to win!

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 Prizes*:

*Winners will have a choice of either an iTunes or Amazon for Android Market gift card. 4 winners total.



Apple iTunes $15 App Store Gift Card



Amazon for Android Market Gift Card

 

The contest starts January 17, 2012 and ends January 23, 2012; at 6:00 p.m. Must be a US resident. No purchase necessary.

GOOD LUCK!

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  • thebutlerdidit By thebutlerdidit
    01.17.12  

    I am new to a Smartphone, and so far my Must-Have apps are LoseIt!, an app that tracks your food intake and exercise (and lets you set goals etc.) and GPS+ Free Pedometer. The GPS pedometer is wonderful! It tracks speed and will map your position, as well as tracking the path you've taken when you're out walking. Pedometers have never seemed very acurate to me, but when I walk up the street and back and it shows and tells me that I've walked 2.1 miles, I KNOW it's accurate!

  • didama By didama
    01.17.12  

    My 4 yr old thinks that my Blackberry is archaic since it doesn't have a touch screen!

  • Tricias-List By Tricias-List
    01.18.12  

    I have the iPhone and I love my apps! Might I suggest one other app,though? How about trying the RunKeeper Pro app. It helps track your walking,hiking,biking...anything cardio. The best part (at least for me),is that you can use GPS or do enter your stats in manually,and it breaks down your performance for you.Right down to the very calorie.I It also syncs well with whatever playlists you may have on your if you are running,and it has a trainer that will cut in seamlessly from time to tme to let update you an your run/walk/bike times. The app is free (or was the time I got it),and is available in the iTunes store.You can also find on the runkeeper website ... www.runkeeper.com

  • christinlilly By christinlilly
    01.18.12  

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE....the Kroger App. Granted you have to have a Kroger near you, but since I do, I am in love. Why??? It's free, it allows me to upload or eliminate my ecoupons for Kroger, see their sales add, find locations and contact numbers, and view my rewards I have with them. If you shop at Kroger, you should totally check it out!

  • dovefiend By dovefiend
    01.18.12  

    I love the allrecipes app. It comes up with recipes that I would never have thought up on my own. It is a great app when you are trying to stretch the grocery dollars as far as you can until the next shopping day.

  • ladyp3 By ladyp3
    01.18.12  

    I bought the Toshiba Thrive and I'm just getting started with apps. So far the ones that I have I do enjoy though.

  • angelgenius27 By angelgenius27
    01.18.12  

    I have an ipad2 and absolutely love it it's like having a mini laptop, and my kids love e apps I've gotten for them, bedtime stories are a lot more fun and interactive when you can touch the pages and things move and make noise

  • samantha999 By samantha999
    01.18.12  

    I recently dumped a bunch of apps that I hated or didn't use. I have a droid and for work the adobe reader app is a must. Astrid tasks & evernote for general lists and thoughts. Living in NYC the NYC Bus & subway app to see what's not running well and how I will have to reroute myself. I like my retro & FX camera apps. For personal use:: Lose it (helps me track calories). cardio tracker for my workouts, tag-reader for info & contests and angry birds to de-stress (die piggie die). Last but definitely not least:: PdaNet -- creates a wifi setup via tethering from your phone to your laptop FREE. If you get a signal - you have a useful laptop. This app has saved my butt a few times when systems have gone done or are none existent. a MUST HAVE.

  • rn20990 By rn20990
    01.18.12  

    I received an ipad2 for Christmas this year. I love it!! I love the portability, the apps and it's compact size. Technology is truly amazing.

  • Mzlorena129 By Mzlorena129
    01.18.12  

    I have an iPad and an iPhone. The app that I use all the time is Allrecipe and Grocery IQ. I love , love both these apps. Allrecipe has tons and tons of recipes and the reviews from others who have made them. I use this app almost everyday. You can search for different food items and even styles. Grocery IQ is an app of your grocery list. You don't have to write a grocery list anymore or ever again. It saves your list so you can just click what you need. You can even put the price of the item, so it's easy to compare at the store.

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