What’s on my iPod Touch/iPhone?

I currently use an iPod Touch 2G with OS 3 but I recently took the plunge and reserved an iPhone 3GS from Globe Telecom, the Philippine’s exclusive carrier. Since I’m already familiar with the apps, tips and tricks for the iPod Touch I won’t have a hard time transitioning to the iPhone. So I dedicate this post to my friends Jeanne, Wilson and Cherry who took the plunge with me. It will be their first iPhone too. And also to Tina who will be buying my beloved iPod Touch.

To download apps sync your iPhone to your computer, go to iTunes store and create an account with your local credit card. Even when downloading free apps they will charge you $0.00. Don’t forget to download audio or video podcasts of topics that interest you. They’re free!

This is what my home screen looks like. It contains the apps I use 90% of the time.

1. Air Sharing is for transferring files like MS office files, pdf and others from my mac to the iPhone. It will open any of these files natively. I was lucky to download this for free when it was new. Now it costs $4.99.

2. 1Password is a password manager. What makes it different is it has a desktop application that keeps track of your web log-in names and password. I can’t live without this. Imagine the number of email accounts, subscriptions, forum accounts we have. I don’t think you use the same password for all, do you? Whatever changes and updates I make on my browser the data will be synced with 1Password for the iPhone. If I use my iPhone to surf I can access all my password to all the sites. Again I got it for free. Now it costs $4.99.

Do you notice a trend? When there is a new app and it’s free for a limited time just download it. You can assess if you like it on your own time. At least you got it while it’s free. More on this later.


3. SplashID is another password manager I’ve used since my Dell Axim days. I bought this for $9.99 since all my credit card, personal info, etc. were already entered into SplashID. I didn’t want to enter everything again in another password manager. This also has a free desktop application that will let you sync with your iPhone.

4. White Noise is my sleep savior. I have a hard time sleeping at night even when I take Melatonin or sleep tea. When I’m ready to sleep I put my iPod beside my pillow, turn on White Noise, select beach waves crashing and set the timer to 15 minutes. In a few minutes I’m in deep sleep. It works great on the plane too. Really! This program contains 40 different ambient sounds. I got it for free. Now it costs $1.99. There is also a lite version that’s free.

white noise

5. Zenbe is my list maker, to do list and reminder app all in one. There are so many to do apps on the iTunes store but it’s only Zenbe for me. I love it because you can enter all your lists online for free and sync it with your iPhone. I got it for free. Now it costs $2.99. It’s worth the cost.


6. Evernote lets you clip recipes, pictures, or anything on any web site and it will be saved on your iPhone. You can also take pictures, sound clips or notes on your iPhone and it will all be synced with your desktop application. This is a screenshot of the recipes I have copied from blogs. Now I can see them whenever I want. This is a pretty amazing software. I can’t wait for my iPhone. I can take pictures of prices of goods and compare with other supermarkets. The uses for this app are endless. Check their blog for suggestions. This is free!


7. Shopper is a shopping list that lets me make separate lists for my needs and separate list of items per store. It also lets me put the price of each item per store so I can compare the prices and get the best deal. This app is invaluable to me since I shop in several supermarkets for my store SOS. Instead of bringing a long paper list for each store I just use this app and I never forget anything. I paid $.99 for this.


8. iSilo is the app I use every single day. It’s what I use to read books. I paid $9.99 for it. There are several excellent free e-book readers like Stanza and eReader but I gladly paid for iSilo because of it’s smooth auto-scroll and other features that make reading on an iPod Touch a joy. They have a free software, iSilo-x to convert text, doc or html to isilo format.


9. Links for the following will open iTunes. I also like Currency for quick exchange rates for as many currencies as you want. Units for conversion of area, temperature, length, weight and so many others. Dictionary.com for a dictionary and thesaurus that will even speak out the pronunciation of words. All these are free and essential.

10. Can’t decide what Apps to download? Check out appdvice’s list.

Games and other entertainment apps to follow in part 2.

Here are some tips and tricks that will help you with your new iPhone. I culled these from several web sites.

1. How to get apps for free? Check out sites like AppShopper and FreeAppAlert regularly for sales and price drops. This is how I got most of my apps for free. AppGiveaway is a new site that gives free promo codes for apps.

2. How to make free ringtones for your iPhone using iTunes? Check out this clear and easy tutorial.

3. How to Take Screen Shot?
Hold the “home” button, then hit the “power/sleep” button, the screen will momentarily flash, and the iPhone’s current screen contents will be saved to the Camera Roll.

4. How to disable iPhone 3Gs OS 3.0 GPRS or Edge Connection? click here or here. Why do you need to do this? Globe and other carriers charge an absurd amount of money if you surf or access the internet using GPRS or Edge. It’s cheaper if you have a data plan or if you use wi-fi. You need to disable GPRS so you won’t accidentally access it should you tap on email or safari. There are several horror stories on forums wherein people where charged tens of thousand of pesos because they didn’t do this.

5. How to Force Quit An App? If an app you are using suddenly freezes you can actually apply a force quit on it by pressing the Home button for at least six seconds.

6. How to maximize battery life?

7. How to reformat your iPhone and clear all data?

8. 22 More iPhone 3.0 Features You May Not Know

9. How To Use The Best 40 Features of iPhone 3.0

10. 12 iPhone Tricks You Might Not Have Known

11. 8 More iPhone Tricks You Might Not Have Known

12. How to do everything on the iPhone.

13. ilounge for all your case and accessories reviews.

Whew! That should keep my friends busy until our iPhone arrives at the end of July. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.

One thought on “What’s on my iPod Touch/iPhone?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: