Looking Back: Here Are My Top 6 Apps

Over the past three years at TiP, I’ve had the pleasure of working with talented writers and passionate developers. The decision to “hang up my iPhone” wasn’t an easy one, but I leave with a newfound respect and admiration for the creativity and innovation that goes into each and every app that’s crossed my path.

When I first got my iPhone, I swore that I wouldn’t become too dependent on it. More than 150 app reviews later, I’d say that my life would be pretty dysfunctional without it. Instead of wrapping up my last day here at TiP with yet another app review, I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favorite apps. Many of these are recent picks, but that doesn’t make them any less awesome.

PaperKarma (4/5): The average U.S. household receives more than 800 pieces of unwanted mail each year. Chances are you’ve seen piles of discarded fliers by the mailbox, or maybe you have your own pile sitting on your dining room table. PaperKarma offers you an easy way to eliminate junk mail, such as unwanted magazines, catalogs, and fliers, with a few taps. Just snap a picture and unsubscribe. Easy peasy!

5K Runner (4/5): Although many runners have already crossed several finish lines, some of us are lacing up our shoes for the first time. What I love about 5K Runner is that it helped me break down training into easily management segments. The app provides first-time runners with an easy and achievable walk-run-walk program — you start out slow and gradually increase to a full 5K.

Untappd (3.5/5): Called the Foursquare of beer, Untappd lets you discover and track new brews by checking into the beers themselves. The app will even share recommendations based on your drinking preferences. Don’t you dare visit a summer festival without it.

Anatomy & Physiology REVEALED (5/5): Available for iPad, Anatomy & Physiology REVEALED enables users to practice on a virtual cadaver, blending real cadaver photos with layering techniques to reveal more than 5,000 anatomical structures. This app is without a doubt the best A&P app I’ve tested, and I highly recommend it to students, tutors, and teachers.

Blush (9/10): Finding the perfect bottle of wine can be overwhelming, especially if you’re shopping for someone else. Blush makes it easy to find and pair the perfect wine based on your taste, occasion, and budget. You can also scan the barcode on any bottle of wine and the app will retrieve information about that particular blend. Whether you’re tasting for the first time or a seasoned sommelier, Blush is a must-have app.

Zombies, Run! (10/10): One of the most difficult things about running, at least for me, is getting out there and doing it. While some people naturally enjoy it, I need external motivation — like a zombie chase. The story starts out with a helicopter crash, which leaves you stranded in a town overrun by zombies. As you run for your life, you’re given instructions on where to go and what supplies you need to pick up. If you’re brave enough, turn on zombie chase so you can hear when the zombies are behind you. If that doesn’t get you moving, I don’t know what will.

It’s impossible to highlight all my favorites, but if you’re interested, take a look through the review archives.  Who knows, you might just find your new favorite app. Thanks for reading!

Featured image via Mike Beauchamp

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  • DrewPage

    This may be a dumb question, but when you say, “Hanging up my iPhone”, do you literally mean that you are going to sell your iPhone and buy and Android phone, or just that you are leaving TiP?  I am assuming the latter, but I thought i’d ask.

  • http://sproutsocial.com/insights jennifer beese

    @DrewPage Not a dumb question at all. I’m leaving TiP to focus on school. I won’t be ditching my iPhone for Android any time soon :)