Mobile App Picks from the PRXperts

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:

Matt John Robert Rekha Jake Chris Farski Kerri Roman Jones

Our big list of favorite apps:

App Recommended by Description Device
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
Amazon.com Robert iPhone
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. 
iPhone
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
iPhone, Android
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.
iPhone
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…
Android
Cut The Rope Robert A game that’s easy to start and hard to finish. iPhone
doubleTwist AirSync
Chris Keep your music synced without ever plugging in. Android
Dropbox Farski Instant Cloud for photos and files.
iPhone
Epicurious Rekha, Kerri Great recipes, and it generates a shopping list for you.
iPhone
Enjoy Sudoku
Robert Has the best Sudoku hint system. iPhone
FIP for iPhone
Rekha Amazing Paris radio station – every song is a winner.
iPhone
Facebook Kerri, Rekha Socializing without all that nasty human interaction.
iPhone, Android
Flash Player 10.2
Chris Browse the whole web. Android
FlightView John Real time flight info.
Android
Genius Scan
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
GeoDefense
Roman Space shooter game.
iPhone
Gigstar – Music Guide
Chris There *are* shows you don’t know you’re missing. Android
Google Latitude
Farski Share your location with friends.
iPhone
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
iPhone, Android
Google Voice
Farski Phone service with cheap international rates, and helps organize your calls and texts.
iPhone
Hipstamatic
Jones Take photos with an analog feel.
iPhone
Huffington Post
Rekha As much for the decent UI as for the content. Not a lot of great news apps on Android yet.
Android
IMDB Kerri Movie information.
iPhone
Inception Jake Also from RJDJ, this app plays music based on the ambiet information it receives through the phone’s mic.
iPhone
InstantWatcher
Robert Great for finding good Netflix instant streaming movies. iPhone
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Jake “Award-winning Childrens’ app.”
iPhone
KCRW Radio John Live stream and on demand.
Android
Library Books
Robert Alerts when your books are due. iPhone
Mapquest
Farski Free turn-by-turn navigation and driving directions. iPhone
Melodica
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.
iPhone
Mobile Safari (on the device) Matt, Robert iPhone
MotionX GPS
Farski Tracks your path and gives you a bunch of extra data. Great for cycling.
iPhone
NASA
Farski Explore space through videos, images and more.
iPhone
NPR News for Android NPR News for iPhone
John, Kerri Android, iPhone
NPR Music
Farski, Kerri First listens, interviews with artists, and good lists and mixes iPhone
NYTimes John, Kerri
Android
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.
iPhone
Papa Sangre Jake A video game without the video.
iPhone
Public Radio Player for iPhone
Rekha From PRX! Find your favorite public radio stations and shows, streaming and On-Demand.
iPhone
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.
iPhone
SoundHound
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.
iPhone
SynchStep Robert Automatically finds music to match your pace. iPhone
TestFlight Matt Beta testing on the fly.
iPhone
The Weather Channel
Robert The weather!
iPhone
This American Life Kerri, Robert Developed by yours truly!
iPhone
Tiny Wings Roman, Farski Move over angry birds.
iPhone
Trace Robert Free, and my 8 year old son enjoys it. iPhone
Twitter Matt, Kerri, Rekha iPhone, Android
Unblock Me
Jake A puzzle-ey block game.
iPhone
WeatherBug John Get the weather.
Android
WhiteNoise Matt Ambient sounds for sleeping.
iPhone
Yelp Jones, Rekha Restaurant and other business reviews. Monocle on the iPhone is pretty cool.
iPhone, Android

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