Last time I talked about how the iTouch can easily sync all of my calendars, contacts and e-mails, while still maintaining privacy. This week, I’m going to cover some more really cool applications that are available for the iTouch.
Unless otherwise noted, the features discussed below come out-of-the-box with the iTouch.
Videos – training
One of the main reasons I chose the iTouch is because of a new trend: many online video training sites provide their content in iTouch format. I subscribe to several technology training sites from which I can download training videos and watch on the go.
Videos – iTunes University
iTunes now has a section called iTunes U or iTunes University. They have partnered with many universities to provide college level training videos mostly for free.The same is true for video podcasts. I subscribe to several video podcasts that iTunes automatically downloads and syncs with my device.
If you have the iPhone with the built-in camera, you could use the device to capture meetings notes written on the board. Since I have the iTouch with no camera, I’ve used my digital camera to capture the handwritten notes and email the pictures to my device so I can have meeting notes handy.
This is a really convenient app to check the weather in the morning. There is an out-of-the-box version, but I recommend getting the free app from the Weather Channel or Accuweather.com (available in the ITunes App Store). Some even have video reports and animated radar views.
Google maps is built-in and really is useful for iPhone users. Even though I only have the iTouch, when I can get free Wi-fi, I’ve used Google maps on the road .
Apps are available for most popular social networking sites such as FaceBook and Twitter, but from a business prospective, I use it to keep up with colleagues on LinkedIn. For those who use Skype, there’s even a version of that for the iTouch. Most of the social networking apps are available free from the Apps Store.
With all of the websites and PC’s I have to access, it’s hard to remember all of the logins, so I use eWallet which can keep them all secure on my device. There’s a PC version too, that allows you to sync between the two devices.eWallet can be purchased from the iTunes App Store or get the PC version from their website.
Now this app is really for the geek in you. Jaadu RDP is a remote desktop application that will allow you to access your desktop or server on the iTouch. I wouldn’t recommend doing a lot of work through it because the small screen requires a lot of scrolling. But, it works in a pinch or when you are sitting at home and need to check the status of a process running on one of your servers. It has been a life saver for me many times when a client calls with an issue and I’m not in front of my desktop.
Other Apps I use
There are so many more applications available it’s impossible to list them all, but I also use apps for a dictionary, RSS feeds, mind maps, conversions (volume, length, currency, etc.), expense tracking, etc.
Of course, you can use your iTouch for fun too with thousands of games. I also use Dish Network’s app to set shows to record while I’m away from home. Shazam is a very cool app that allows you to point your iTouch toward any speakers and it will try to recognize the song for you. I’m also a student pilot and I find the AOPA Flight Plan and AeroWeather apps very handy to have with me for planning my flights.
Overall, I use my iTouch and Wi-fi access at home and in the office to stay connected, keep organized, and remain productive. I will say that I fell in love with the interface. It’s truly superior to any of the other devices on the market today. The features of this multi-touch device such as zooming in and out, screen auto-rotation, and no need for a stylus make the iTouch very convenient and intuitive.
So, with Email, Contacts, Calendars, eBooks, videos and notes all in the palm of my hand and a touch away, I can stay productive no matter where I am. For once a marketing slogan isn’t just hype. No matter what you need… There’s an app for that!