Favorite iPAD & iPhone Apps for Startup employees

Most of my friends are getting iPads and/or iPhones.  Here are my notes on my favorite apps.   This is a great match for startup employees and engineers.

 

Apps for work productivity: (Especially startup company builders)

  • Reeder: This is my Google Reader application.  It stays in sync with Google Reader feeds & unread statuses.  I consider this my "Learning machine"  (iPad, iPhone?)
  • Zenbe: Great TO-DO app with separate lists.   Great web page version for laptops that stays in sync with iPad & iPhone.   (iPad, iPhone)
  • Quickoffice:  I have my laptop PowePoints, Excel and Word docs sync to DropBox.com.  I then can read and WRITE to those files using Quickoffice on the iPAD.  I don't have to remember to "upload" from my laptop, so I can edit files without having to "prep" them before leaving my laptop.    (iPad, iPhone?)
  • iMockups & Sketchy: These are wireframe creating apps for people who design software product UI.  I love mulling over ideas in comfortable places with the iPad and later moving them to the laptop at later stages.
  • Kindle: Having your ebooks on your iPAD is great for reading books whenever time opens up (at home, lunch at work, vacations).  Never have to remember to drag books with you.
  • MindMeister: Mind mapping software that is very good syncing the files across the WEB version for my laptop, my iPad and my iPhone (iPad & iPhone)
  • Skype: I pay $10 into my account so I can send text messages with skype.  This allows me to easily send them from my iPad or iPhone.  I have to use the iPhone version on my iPad.   (iPhone)
  • Instapaper: Send good web pages to be saved to be read later
  • Keynote & Numbers: I use these to sketch out raw ideas in a coffee shop.  This is great to get past the creative huddle early in a comfortable place.  Then later I email them to my laptop in order to do serious business modeling in PowerPoint and Excel.   I never use the "Pages" spreadsheet.  I recommend buying that later only when you need it.  (iPad)
  • TripIt: Great for travel  (iPad & iPhone)
  • WeatherBug: Good for getting the weather (iPad)
  • SugarSync:  I stopped using SugarSync, but this app was great when I used SugarSync.  I found Dropbox to be the best.  (iPad)
  • Textnow: Free text message
  • Friendly:  This is the free facebook application.  I never get a chance to use it.  (iPad)
  • Find iPhone: Use this in case you want to find your iPad when you lose it (iPad & iPhone?)
  • Wi-Fi Finder: Great to find a place to use your laptop (iPad)
  • Kayak HD: Find hotels or flights (iPad)
  • iLunascape: This is a multi-tab browser.  This is great for web pages to load in parallel for fast flipping between tabs to already loaded web pages.

 

Games: (for people who like a thinking challenge instead of arcade games)

  • Slay: More complex than risk, but relaxing  (iPad)
  • Cover Orange: Good planning with physics
  • Cut the Rope: Good planning with physics
  • World of Goo: Build with physics and be strategically efficient  (iPad)
  • Beyond Ynth: Logic physics and puzzle
  • Plants vs Zombies HD: This is Plants vs Zombies and a fun planning app (iPad)
  • GodFinger (& All Stars): Grow a civilization with resource & time constrints
  • Angry Birds: Good planning with physics.  Catapult game
  • ACrawler HD: Truck driving physics
  • MX Mayhem: Motorcycle riding physics
  • TradeNations: Good for relaxing building, with time constrained resource allocation
  • Galcon Fusion: Fun for a while
  • Control Freak: Fun strategic resource control game
  • Montezuma: Find the best path
  • My Kingdom for the Princess: I only played a few minutes
  • Cave Run: Jumping and action
  • Gravity HD: Physics and planning
  • Castle Warriors: Take over resources
  • New York: Great roller coaster physics
  • Crack Code: Decrypt the code using permutations
  • Hotel Mogul: Resource Planning
  • Bumper Boats: Directional planning

 

Great for 2 to 4 year olds:

  • Geared HD
  • Toyshop
  • XmasTale
  •  Doodle Buddy
  • Art of Glow
  • Paper Toss HD
  • Virtuoso
  • Touch Hockey
  • Talking Tom
  • Talking Harry
  • New York: Great roller coaster physics
  • Cover Orange: Good planning with physics
  • Cut the Rope: Good planning with physics
  • World of Goo: Build with physics and be strategically efficient  (iPad)
  • Plants vs Zombies HD: This is Plants vs Zombies and a fun planning app (iPad)
  • GodFinger (& All Stars): Grow a civilization with resource & time constrints
  • Angry Birds: Good planning with physics.  Catapult game
  • Galcon Fusion: Fun for a while
  • FarmStory
  • Friendsheep 

 

Other:

  • NetFlix: Stream movies or add and manage your queue.  (iPad & iPhone?)
  • XFinity: A great way to see upcoming TV shows, and possibly set your DVR. (I never get time to use this)   (iPad & iPhone?)
  • Fandango: Great for movies.
  • Zappos: Best shopping for shoes ever.
  • Flipboard: Worth checking out for news.  I didn't get into it
  • Twitteriffic: Twitter client

I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments.

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