Home Screen Week: Shep’s iPhone
All this week the HackCollege writers are showing off their phones’ home screens and discussing their favorite apps.
My home screen hasn’t seen many changes over the years, and I consider it to be a high honor for a new app to crack the top page. Here are some of my favorites, listed in order of their appearance on the page.
Calvetica is a beautifully-designed replacement calendar for all iOS devices. As the name suggests, the interface leans heavily on a Helvetica typeface, and incorporates clean lines and pleasant colors throughout. The app plugs into an API that allows it to read and write directly to the default iOS calendar app, so as long as you have your calendars set up already there’s nothing you need to configure.
PlainText is a Dropbox-syncing notepad written for all iOS devices. The clean interface and fast launch time alone make it a no-brainer replacement for the included Notes app, but the fact that you can access your notes instantly on any device or computer via Dropbox truly makes PlainText a must have on my home screen.
Hands-down the best Google Reader client available for the iPhone (or iPad or even OS X). The interface is attractive and clean, and you can star or mark items read with just a swipe. An outward pinch on any article summary will even pull in the full text and images (sans ads and poor web formatting) of the article via the built-in Readability integration. You haven’t experienced Google Reader until you’ve experienced Reeder.
I would be lost without Evernote. I use the cross-platform application for taking notes in class, managing this site, and remembering all the little details of the day. The iPhone app is perfect for accessing all of your notes, especially with the offline caching available to Evernote Premium subscribers, and is a formidable tool for saving and syncing photos and audio notes captured with your phone.
It may be tucked away in my “Audio” folder, but that don’t think that’s a reflection on AudioPress’s value. The app is a full-featured podcast and internet radio catalog that lets you access a dizzying array of free audio on demand. This app is indispensable for long road trips, and whether you’re into tech, sports, entertainment, or whatever else, you’re sure to find something entertaining in the massive catalog.