All Things Appy: 5 Best Apple Lifestyle Apps
You know an app's a keeper when you can rely on it to improve your experience of some of life's most oft-repeated activities -- like waking up in the morning, for example. Whether you're touching up your makeup, accessorizing an outfit, shopping for original art, or shopping for anything else, there are iOS apps that can heighten your enjoyment level and make life a little easier.
The introduction of the smartphone can be credited with inspiring many so-called lifestyle improvements -- not the least of which stems from its ability to multitask. Junk that alarm clock and makeup mirror, and gear up for fashion, shopping and art.
This week, TechNewsWorld's All Things Appy takes a look at the best iOS apps in the lifestyle category.
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You can search for apps or browse the offerings in the iTunes App Store.
Access the store from your phone or tablet. Then perform a search for the app you want to download.
No.1: Nightstand Central for iPad Free Alarm Clock
Nightstand Central for iPad Free Alarm Clock by Thomas Huntington is rated 4 stars out of 5 for all versions, based on 24,918 ratings, and 4 out of 5 stars for the current version, based on 13 ratings, in the iTunes App Store.
This great-looking free alarm clock has similarities to the alarm clock in phone manufacturer HTC's highly regarded Sense graphical user interface. Along with an analog-digital flip-style numerical clock with multiple alarms, current weather is beautifully superimposed over various wallpapers.
The ability to set repeat alarms on certain days of the week rather than every day, plus reduction of physical clutter are reasons enough to warrant retiring your classic dedicated alarm clock.
No. 2: @Mirror
@Mirror by Carles Estevadeordal Serra is rated 3+ stars out of 5 for all versions, based on 785 ratings, and 3+ stars out of 5 for the current version, based on 38 ratings, in the iTunes App Store.
Any of the more recent iPhones that feature a front-facing camera can be morphed into a pocket mirror with this free mirror app.
Use it for putting on makeup or checking on unsightly blemishes.
Zoom from 1x to 4x. This app is limited only by the user's level of narcissism.
No. 3: Pose Fashion App
Gyroscope Technologies' Pose is rated 4+ stars out of 5 for all versions, based on 1,244 ratings, and 4+ stars out of 5 for the current version, based on 252 ratings, in the iTunes App Store.
Pose lets you explore style and fashion, and this app streams copious images and blogs relating to fashion.
TechNewsWorld likes this app because it takes the concept of fashion magazine one step further, and it is a good example of how the app can provide a superior experience over paper.
Personal collections can be created with this app, and style categories identify trend setters.
No. 4: Amazon Mobile
Amazon Mobile by AMZN Mobile is rated 3+ stars out of 5 for all versions, based on 105,569 ratings, and 3+ stars out of 5 for the current version, based on 57 ratings, in the iTunes App Store.
Kill two lifestyle-birds with one stone.
First, use Amazon's warehouses of millions of products to move over to all-online shopping, and never enter a brick-and-mortar retail establishment again, except to do a bit of showrooming -- the process of examining goods and then buying them online.
Second, do it all on your iPhone.
AMZN Mobile's app includes a massive amount of crowdsourced product reviews and price comparisons, as well as a one-click shopping cart to truly demonstrate the 21st century smartphone and app palm-of-your-hand experience.
No. 5: Artfinder
Art Discovery Limited's Artfinder is rated 4 stars out of 5 for all versions, based on 28 ratings, in the iTunes App Store.
Discover new art with a daily art piece push. Plus, buy affordable paintings with a money-back guarantee, and check out cultural and art openings around the world.
There's also a magazine-like section where you can read all about culture. This app shows the art of the app.
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