We’re pretty into our phones over here at PRX. And that’s as it should be, I suppose, as many of us spend our days conceiving, coding and promoting mobile apps for public radio.
A couple months ago Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman — equipped with his first-ever iPhone — asked me what PRX’s favorite apps are. I put the question to my colleagues, and return with the following list of our favorite mobile apps.
First, meet our team of mobile app enthusiasts:
Our big list of favorite apps:
|Ad Hoc Helper App||Matt||The Ad Hoc Helper allows developers to create a special version of their apps that can be run on anyone’s iPhone outside of the normal AppStore channels.||iPhone|
|Amazon Kindle||John||Kindle books on your phone including thousands of free books.||Android|
|Android API Browser
||Chris||Not amazing as an app, but the first android app on the market written 100% in Ruby.||Android|
|AnyStop||Robert||Real-time MBTA bus schedules.||Android|
|Audible||John||“This free app features the most comprehensive audiobook experience ever, including Wi-Fi delivery of your Audible.com library.”||Android|
|Beluga & GroupMe
||Farski||Group texting, even with feature phones. Maybe the best thing ever.
|Bloom||Jake, Robert||“Part instrument, part composition and part artwork, Bloom’s innovative controls allow anyone to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply tapping the screen.”||iPhone|
|Boston Bus Map
||Robert||Real-time MBTA bus schedules.||Android|
|Camera (on the device)||Matt, Kerri||iPhone|
|Catch The Bus||Matt, Rekha
||More GPS-driven MBTA bus schedules.
I love/Hate this one. – Matt
I feel the same way about it on Android – Rekha
|Chirp! for iPhone
||Rekha||Look up birds from any region and play their songs. John (hubby) and I use it to freak out birds from other regions.
|Clock/Stopwatch (on the device)||Robert||iPhone|
|Congress for Android
||Chris||Indispensable. One reason to be on Android. – Chris
Track elected officials’ activities, read the latest bills and laws…
|Cut The Rope||Robert||A game that’s easy to start and hard to finish.||iPhone|
||Chris||Keep your music synced without ever plugging in.||Android|
|Dropbox||Farski||Instant Cloud for photos and files.
|Epicurious||Rekha, Kerri||Great recipes, and it generates a shopping list for you.
||Robert||Has the best Sudoku hint system.||iPhone|
|FIP for iPhone
||Rekha||Amazing Paris radio station – every song is a winner.
|Kerri, Rekha||Socializing without all that nasty human interaction.
|Flash Player 10.2
||Chris||Browse the whole web.||Android|
|FlightView||John||Real time flight info.
||Jake, Kerri||Genius Scan turns your iPhone into a pocket scanner, enabling you to quickly scan documents on the go and email the scans as JPEG or PDF.||iPhone|
||Roman||Space shooter game.
|Gigstar – Music Guide
||Chris||There *are* shows you don’t know you’re missing.||Android|
||Farski||Share your location with friends.
|Google Maps (on the device)||Kerri, Chris, Rekha||The BEST google maps experience ever is the one on Android. Same deal for GMail. – Chris
I don’t know, I think Google Maps are more usable on iPhone, strangely. – Rekha
||Farski||Phone service with cheap international rates, and helps organize your calls and texts.
||Jones||Take photos with an analog feel.
||Rekha||As much for the decent UI as for the content. Not a lot of great news apps on Android yet.
|Inception||Jake||Also from RJDJ, this app plays music based on the ambiet information it receives through the phone’s mic.
||Robert||Great for finding good Netflix instant streaming movies.||iPhone|
|Itsy Bitsy Spider
||Jake||“Award-winning Childrens’ app.”
|KCRW Radio||John||Live stream and on demand.
||Robert||Alerts when your books are due.||iPhone|
||Farski||Free turn-by-turn navigation and driving directions.||iPhone|
||Jake||“Melodica is a revolutionary music application that mixes lights and sounds in a unique way, allowing anyone to compose music intuitively creating amazing visual effects just with the tips of your fingers.”||iPhone|
|Mobile Mouse||Matt||Remote trackpad.
|Mobile Safari (on the device)||Matt, Robert||iPhone|
||Farski||Tracks your path and gives you a bunch of extra data. Great for cycling.
||Farski||Explore space through videos, images and more.
|NPR News for Android NPR News for iPhone
||John, Kerri||Android, iPhone|
||Farski, Kerri||First listens, interviews with artists, and good lists and mixes||iPhone|
|Netflix||Matt, Robert, Kerri, Farski||Instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix.||iPhone|
|Notes (on the device)||Robert||iPhone|
|Osmos||Jake, Robert||“Asteroids meets a lava-lamp.”||iPhone|
|Pandora||Matt, Robert, Kerri, Jones, Farski||Personalized radio streams.
|Papa Sangre||Jake||A video game without the video.
|Public Radio Player for iPhone
||Rekha||From PRX! Find your favorite public radio stations and shows, streaming and On-Demand.
|RDIO||Chris, Robert||Mounds of music for $10/month. – Robert||Android|
|RJDJ||Roman, Robert||Reactive music, the next step in the evolution of music. I did a story about it a couple years back. http://bit.ly/e274XK. – Roman||iPhone|
|Remodium||Farski||Allows you to remotely access Adium on your Mac.||iPhone|
|Shazam||Kerri||Discover new music through your friends.
||Robert||Read lyrics while using Pandora or RDIO.||Android|
|Soundcloud||Jones||Record, listen and share your sounds on the go.||iPhone|
|Speedtest||Matt||Measure the network speed of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.||iPhone|
|Square Up||Matt||Reads credit cards.
|SynchStep||Robert||Automatically finds music to match your pace.||iPhone|
|TestFlight||Matt||Beta testing on the fly.
|The Weather Channel
|This American Life||Kerri, Robert||Developed by yours truly!
|Tiny Wings||Roman, Farski||Move over angry birds.
|Trace||Robert||Free, and my 8 year old son enjoys it.||iPhone|
|Matt, Kerri, Rekha||iPhone, Android|
||Jake||A puzzle-ey block game.
|WeatherBug||John||Get the weather.
|WhiteNoise||Matt||Ambient sounds for sleeping.
|Yelp||Jones, Rekha||Restaurant and other business reviews. Monocle on the iPhone is pretty cool.