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iPhone App Store Thoughts

Twitter is great for those fleeting thoughts one has that maybe aren't work blogging about, but are worth saving all the same. I had a bunch of these thoughts last Thursday when the iPhone App Store went live and I was testing out all sorts of applications. Here are the relevant ones:

07:24 App Store is live on my phone!
07:36 First tweet from Mobile Twitteriffic.
07:47 Replacing all my webclips with proper iPhone apps.
10:19 Exposure's "Near Me" feature is broken. What are "metres"? :-p
10:23 Is anyone else able to use the Facebook app? I'm getting a "Cannot connect at this time." error.
10:39 Protip: Do not enter your News Gator credential into NNW Touch if you haven't logged into the account in a year or so.
10:47 Now we know why Apple stopped including remotes with Macs: They'd rather you buy an iPhone and use Remote.app instead. Talk about upselling.
13:58 Shazam accurately found two songs playing at the restaurant during lunch today. Midomi did not.
14:18 It's annoying that I have to keep retyping my iTunes password almost every time I want to download something from the App Store.
18:35 Facebook app gets a big "meh" from me. Much less functionality than the webapp.
18:42 Putting on an extra polo shirt while Loopt installs.
19:22 It appears I haven't opened NNW since Feb 07. I can't give up GReader, so it looks like I'll need to come up with an On The Go feed list.

And here are some quick reviews that I posted on Ars:

AIM - This is slightly less useful until push functionality is available.

Facebook - Looks promising (at least better than using the web interface), but I can't get past the login screen ("Unable to connect at this time.") NOTE: I have been able to login and the app has less features than the mobile site. So far this is the only app I'm considering going back to the webclip.

Twitterrific - Pretty nice. Definitely beats the Twitter's mobile site. Photo integration and location updating are cool too.

Exposure - Nice, but limited on 2G. Not sure how often I'll look at Flickr on the go, but photos near me might be cool if I'm traveling.

CheckPlease - Works fine for me, but the icon is a bit dark for some reason.

NetNewsWire - I made the mistake of adding my NewsGator account after not visiting it for over a year. I'm a Google Reader guy so I'm curious to see how I'll put NNW to use.

NYTimes - Beats hitting up any mobile site, although the ads make the reading area a bit too small.

Bloomberg - Another NYT-style app. Being able track my stocks in nice, but I don't think it would replace the Stocks.app until they added a graph to it. Also, entering the number of shares using scrollers is pretty dumb.

Box Office - Looks good and the near me functionality works great.

Urban Spoon - Shaking for a random restaurant is cool, except that the first time I shook it came up with a restaurant that I hate.

Currency - Simple widget-like app. Nothing too fancy, but it's useful at time when I want to depress myself about how poorly the US Dollar is doing.

Dial Zero - This uses gethuman.com to show you how to get a human on the phone instead of dealing with automated systems. I rarely need to call tech support lines, but when I do, I'll hit up Dial Zero instead of the company's web site.

Cube Runner - One of the few free games out there. Very well tuned accelerometer handling, but not very fun. A nice tech demo, if anything.

midomi/Shazam - Both are "ID this song" apps that I haven't tried out yet. Cool and useful if it works well. NOTE: Since posting this, I've found that Shazam works infinitely better than midori, even though midori looks to have a few more features.

Remote.app - Looks just like iTunes on the iPhone except your music plays on the computer/Apple TV instead of the phone. This is really killer for Apple TV as it obviates the need to use the pretty-terrible Apple Remote. I'm hoping it lets me type into Apple TV searches as well, but even just scrolling through media will be much better on the phone than with the remote.

Fun Fact: To say that Thursday was just a tweetful day would be an understatement: I made 17 posts to Twitter out of 740 total. To put that in perspective: I've been on Twitter since early Feb 2007. That means 2.29% of my tweets came in just .2% of the time I've been on Twitter. Yowza.

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