App Highlights: Pinterest, Instagram, & Flipboard

by Jess Faulk

With given the task of highlighting apps, my choices actually were fairly easy.  As I suspect many of you can relate, I have downloaded more apps for my smartphone/tablet than I can count, but I find myself only going back to about 10 on a regular basis.  Below are some of the winners, the applications that make my life easier in some way, or feed my hobbies.

Pinterest It (ios)

I am a newbie to this social networking phenomenon, however, after one session at a conference called “Pinterest for organizers” I was hooked.  I’ll post more about how we can use this cool new platform very soon, but in the meantime, consider jumping on board one of the fastest growing social network around. Read Kristen Abell’s post on Pinterest or watch the helpful video I found about how Pinterest works (great if you are a visual learner like me).  If after learning more, you will want an invite, so feel free to email Kristen or I at jess.faulk [at] gmail.com!

Apps to support your new Pinterest  habit:
View your account (iphone)
Pin it – add to your boards (iphone/ipad)
Android users feeling left in the cold?  Check out this article about 3rd party Pinterest android apps.

Instagram (ios)

I am a causal user of instagram, but everytime I stumble upon the app I am reminded how much I enjoy using it.  It is a fun way to share moments or cool shots of random things with friends and family, and it can result in some pretty awesome art for your apartment.  If you are interested in getting into the instagram craze, you can download the ios app.

For ios (iphone, ipad, ipod touch)
Apparently there are some rumors of it coming to android soon too!

Flipboard (ios)

My #1 app of choice is for content consumption on my ipad.  I love Flipboard because it is an awesome content curator (like an RSS feed) and gives me easy access to articles from all over the web.  It exposes me to more material than if I was just clicking around on the web, and it is easy to tweet or link to FB directly from the app. Zite (ios) and Google Currents (ios/android) are two alternatives to Flipboard that do basically the same thing.  Below is a video of google current so you can get a sense of the type of app (and because I am feeling guilty about all of the ios apps I am promoting 😉

App Highlights: Pinterest, Instagram, & Flipboard

What I didn’t know about the iPad.

By Jennifer Keegin

I am an owner of an iPad. Okay, really it’s the University’s. I bought it for work. It’s still for my use, and I’m totally jazzed about it. But as I went to purchase my shiny new white iPad with a mere 16GB of memory with Verizon wireless and 3G – I realized there was a lot I didn’t know about the iPad and that I had a lot to learn. This isn’t just a big ‘ole iPhone.

For starters there are the data plans. I didn’t really think that part through when I rolled up into Best Buy with my business credit card. I just knew I wanted a white one and it was cheaper to get the 16GB. My iPhone has 32G and that’s just crazy. My phone doesn’t need that much memory. Overkill. It would be nice to have more memory on the iPad, but again, this was for work and I did have to stay in a budget.

Data Plans: If you go to the Apple website, you could go through the whole purchase process without seeing anything at all about data plans. You have to choose either an AT&T model or a Verizon model and I think that’s where I got mixed up. You can buy the unit, but then once you get the thing home – you have to connect to the provider of choice and then pick your plan. They actually made me pick a plan in the store – just to get home to see that I had to do it all over again on the iPad. I have no idea why I had to go through the whole process in the store – they don’t set up the tablet with a connection. It indicated on the receipt what I picked – but again, I had to truly register it at home. So picking the actual data plan – I just went with Verizon because everything through the University is AT&T and I have been interested in how well the Verizon service is around here.

So I found the data plan structure to be very hard to understand. Apparently I’m not the only one. The way the salesperson at Best Buy explained it to me was that Verizon was more expensive, but had better coverage in NY. Who knows. But again – something to think about.

Applications: I didn’t know that iPhone applications are different from iPad applications. Silly me. I just assumed if I had an application I liked on the iPhone, it would just transfer over to the iPad. No such luck.

Some applications like Facebook don’t even have an official iPad app. How did I not know this? I learned the hard way. Synced up the iPad with my work computer that also syncs with my iPhone. Had all these lovely applications that ended up looking like this photo.

So make sure you find iPad apps to replace the iPhone ones that you love so much.

  • Here’s another thing I didn’t know. There is at least one application that is only available on iPad that is so cool…it alone, to me, makes owning an iPad worth it. It’s called Flipboard. Thank you to Ed Cabellon for the tip.
  • Also, I believe that Google Earth was created with a large touch screen in mind. Moving and shifting and squeezing the world between your fingertips – amazing!
  • The applications all look different on the iPad too. I kinda like some of it, some of it is a little annoying. For instance, Twitter is layered with sliding panels that overlay on top of one another.

Usually picking and adding apps can be one of the most fun parts of owning the iPod Touch, the iPhone, or the iPad – so enjoy!

Summary: I have already learned a great deal about my purchase and I’m still learning new tricks, new apps and new ways of using my iPad everyday to enhance what I do. Hopefully I’ll be able to do another installment of this post when I have more to share. For now, I’d love to know if anyone else can share “Things I Wish I Knew” about their iPad.

What I didn’t know about the iPad.