New to apps? A few tips to help you get started

Sep 1, 2009

You have probably heard a lot about this whole app craze, but without having actually downloaded an app, you are not sure where to begin. Fear not! You have come to the right place.  At Appolicious, we live and breathe mobile apps so you don’t have to. Once you learn a few simple steps on […]

You have probably heard a lot about this whole app craze, but without having actually downloaded an app, you are not sure where to begin. Fear not! You have come to the right place. 

At Appolicious, we live and breathe mobile apps so you don’t have to. Once you learn a few simple steps on how to download and use your apps, you will find yourself happily consumed with the whole experience. Here are a few quick pieces of advice to get you going and let the app party begin. 

Understand what apps can do for you

Mobile apps are more than just a way to access the Internet from your cell phone. They are designed to be experienced while on the go (and not while sitting in front of a computer screen.) From GPS systems that inform you of upcoming traffic jams to shopping lists you can take with you to the grocery store, mobile apps are developed to be used where and when you need them the most.

Make sure you have the right equipment 

There are a number of ways to download and experience mobile applications. The iPhone is the leader with more than 70,000 apps in the iTunes App Store, so we will begin by taking a bite out of the Apple universe. To experience these apps, you need an iPhone or iPod Touch. (See, we told you this wasn’t brain surgery!) If you own an iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 3G, original iPhone or iPod Touch, then you can begin downloading apps right away. Just touch the blue “App Store” icon on your device to get started, or you can download directly from your computer.

While you can browse freely among the apps listed, you need an iTunes account to download (even if its free) and purchase any app from the store. Once your app is downloaded to your iPhone or iPod Touch, you will see its icon appear on your screen (scroll to the right if your screen is full). Just touch the icon to begin your journey.

There are a some distinctions between using an app with an iPod Touch instead of the iPhone. To download directly to the iPod Touch, you need to be connected to a wireless network. Many apps require a network (cellular or Wi-Fi) to work. So if you are on the go and unsure of Wi-Fi connectivity, download what you need ahead of time. Also, many of the apps that use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) often work better on the iPhone than the iPod Touch.

Know which apps are right for you

With so many apps available, it can be daunting to figure out which ones are good and relevant for you. This is why we created Appolicious, to help you find the mobile apps that are right for you. No matter if you are a parent trying to decide which apps are the most family-friendly, a fantasy sports junkie trying to find an edge in your upcoming draft or a busy executive looking to pass the time waiting through a flight delay, Appolicious exists to find the mobile apps you’ll love. 

Once you create a profile at Appolicious, you will receive recommendations tailored for you. The more apps you download and rate at Appolicious, the more informed your recommendations will be. Now is the time to get started.

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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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