This week’s Fandom 5 is all about the 5 smartphone apps I cannot live without. Before I start, let me just say that I am an iPhone user, so I’m gonna hyperlink to all of the apps I mention, but know the links will take you to the iTunes App store. However, with the exception of one, I’m pretty sure every app I’ll mention can be bought for Android. Anyway, I just wanted to mention that. Without further ado, on to my list…
Okay, so this is technically a game, but I bought it in the app store so it totally counts. It’s no secret that I love zombies and video games. This was one of the first games that plunged me into the world of zombie gaming, so I’ll always have a special place in my heart for COD Zombies. Besides the obvious fact of there are zombies, so it is clearly amazing, COD Zombies for iPhone is a must-have on my phone because it is my preferred method of passing the time in waiting rooms or busy restaurant lobbies. I actually prefer to pass the time playing this game rather than aimlessly scrolling through a Facebook timeline. The only downside is that the game is a bit pricey (or maybe I’m just cheap), and you have to pay for new maps. However, I’ve had this app for years, and I never get bored of it, so I think it was worth the purchase. If you prefer the Black Ops zombie maps, you can buy that, too.
I am obsessed with Tumblr (if you’re on Tumblr, you should follow me!). There is so much time-wasting goodness on this site, and I just cannot get enough of it. Tumblr has everything you need from gifs, video clips, images, fan art, fan fiction, every fandom ever, to ANYTHING ELSE you can dream up. While I occasionally get on Tumblr on an actual computer, I am usually on the site via my iPhone app. It’s another one of my go-to apps when I am waiting on something or someone out in public. If you ever see me out in public, trying to stifle nearly uncontrollable laughter as I look at my phone, chances are I’m on Tumblr. This app is also free. While that’s pretty standard for the app of a free social media website, free stuff always receives a few extra points in my book.
I love playing Magic: The Gathering, but I am not a fan of keeping score with a twenty-sided die. I also find myself to be accident-prone enough that I almost always bump any sort of manual score-keeping device. So I was pretty stoked to hear that MTG had about 400 different options of life-counter apps (seriously, there are tons, look for yourself), and most if not all of them are free. The app I use even has a “dice roll” at the start of any session to tell you who goes first. This thing is a life-saver, and highly recommended.
Here are two apps that are kind of random, but I still cannot live without them.
This app–another freebie btw–is one of my all-time favorites. It’s essentially a language-learning app–that is completely free. I can’t speak to how it helps someone pick up a language from scratch (though I do want to try a totally new language on Duolingo), but it has been a huge help as I try to recover the French I learned in high school and college. The app allows you to set goals for how much time you want to spend working on your language, and it will send you reminders during the day if you haven’t met your goal for the day. I love this app, but it isn’t something I use in waiting rooms and restaurant lobbies, as the app tests you on your pronunciation of words as well as spelling and reading. You might be more confident than me, but I’m too self conscious to randomly say, “Le chat noir” out loud, in public.
5. Ballet Class
I don’t talk a lot about ballet here, but I do take ballet 2-3 times a week. I got my first paire of pointe shoes in March, and I’m currently in the middle of rehearsals for my studio’s Urban Nutcracker production. Anyway, because of this, I’m sort of obsessed and like to practice as much as I can at home. Before I was ready to plunk down money on an actual CD of ballet class music (which I did eventually, this ballet class album by Robert Long is the one I bought), I got this app. It’s free (and, as far as I can tell, not available for Android), and it offers simple music for various ballet exercises. You can purchase additional songs if you choose, but there are enough simple tunes (that you can speed up or slow down) to get you through basic barre and adage exercises. I absolutely love it.
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