Curated Lists uncover apps handpicked by experts (and users like you)

Mar 1, 2010
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Just as there are iPhone and Android apps for every walk of life, there are also people in this world who know a lot more about those subjects than you. This is a good thing, particularly when you are looking for download suggestions.  Since launching our Curated Apps feature on January 14, users like you have contributed […]

Just as there are iPhone and Android apps for every walk of life, there are also people in this world who know a lot more about those subjects than you. This is a good thing, particularly when you are looking for download suggestions. 

Since launching our Curated Apps feature on January 14, users like you have contributed hundreds of handpicked app collections for subjects ranging from Must Have Apps for Bloggers, to Small Business Productivity tools to essential apps for Keeping Your Wife Happy (among my personal favorites). 

App recommendations, like life itself, are not beholden to fixed categories and are often geared towards events and specific moments in time. For instance, how do you go about planning a trip to Austin next week for the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference and Festival? Now you can learn from a seasoned veteran what apps to download in order to Survive SXSW 2010. While you probably know about Gowalla and foursquare, a curator in the know like rachely will suggest iPhone apps that tip you off on where to find free beer or catch a taxi in a pinch

With app recommendations, context is king

When seeking advice on what apps to download, ideally you want to be guided by people whose opinions you trust and who have deep institutional knowledge in your area of interest. Looking for a new game for your iPhone? With such an all encompassing category, it helps to be able to tap into suggestions from other users who know a great deal about areas like Best Sports Platform GamesRecommended Time Management Games or the Best Tween Games. Even if you’re a generalist and unsure what types of games best suit you, you can now learn from experts like Appolicious member FaresF, an entrepreneur and app evangelist who has downloaded nearly 400 apps to his library. Among his selections of games that are an absolute MUST, by the way, are Eliminate Pro and Words With Friends Free

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Curated Lists, and the experts who compile them, become more important as the tail for app selections gets longer. Finding the best apps to encourage early childhood learning, for instance, is a lot easier when you can draw upon the wisdom of an educational technology specialist like Appolicious member elemenous. Among her Favorite Education Apps are StoryKit and Crayon Physics Deluxe. Other Curated Lists compiled by elemenous include Parenting Picks and apps specifically recommended for attendees of a computing educator’s conference

Other niche but immensely important lists of Curated Apps include Apps for Social GoodBest Apps for People with Dogs (curated by Dogster CEO Ted Rheingold), and Apps for Tween Boys compiled by a tween boy. 

Your place for Android app recommendations 

With tens of thousands of apps available in the Android Market and no centralized store like iTunes to find them, lists of Curated Android Apps are a great place to begin and guide your search. Whether you are looking for Tenacious Techie ToolsAndroid Apps for Taking Notes, or Apps that in Critical Moments Get the Job Done, now you can learn from the experiences of others who share their knowledge. 

With Curated Lists, it won’t take long for you to become an expert as well.  

Discover more Curated Android Apps and Curated iPhone Apps handpicked by users like you.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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