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Patch’s 12 Favorite Apps

If you just got a new smartphone and you’re looking for some apps, check out some of our favorites.

Looking for new apps? Here are some of our favorites:

Jennifer Kim, Patch Local Editor
Waze: This is an alternate GPS app that I use when Google Maps goes wacky on me (and that's pretty often). What I like about this app is that it's very easy to use, the GPS provides you with real-time traffic reports, turn-by-turn directions, avoiding highway/toll options, and re-calculating your route is fairly quick. The only downside I see are the pop-up comments that appear from other "Wazers" nearby, random GPS crashes, and the amount of battery it eats up your phone. (Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.) (Free)

Pete Kennedy, Patch Local Editor
Sunrise Sunset: This iPhone app displays sunrise and sunset times, which helps with planning photography, sleep schedule and wardrobe. Dave Barry once wrote, " 'Hardly Does Anything!' would be an excellent product slogan, if you ask me." This great app hardly does anything. (Price: $.99)

Sam Fran Scavuzzo, Patch Local Editor
5-0 Radio Police Scanner: The iPhone app gives you access to police and fire scanners throughout the United States. Anything with a digital is catalogued in this easy-to-use app. (Free)

Nate Adams, Patch Associate Regional Editor
RunPee: RunPee is, without exaggeration, the single greatest human achievement since the invention of the aqueduct. The iPhone and Android app catalogs every movie in theaters, and will let users know (in a quiet way) when the best times to go to the bathroom are. Small-bladdered folk can now get an alert when it's safe to leave the theatre without missing any important parts of the movie. The future is now. (Price: $.99)

Eric Campbell, Patch Associate Regional Editor
Flight Control: I like pretending to land planes at a pretend airport, and the low-key soundtrack soothes my nerves after I crash the pretend planes accidentally. The app is for iPhone, iPad and Android. (Free)

Sam Strike, Patch Local Editor
Epicurious: I like to cook, and the app makes it easy to find interesting recipes using the ingredients I already have in my house. And when I go to the market to buy ingredients for a dish the list is there in the app. (Free)

Jake Speicher, Patch Local Editor
Akinator the Genie: This iPhone app is for killing time.  It's basically a 20 Questions app, but for characters both fictional and real.  It can usually guess whoever you're thinking of in 20 questions or less. (Price: $1.99)

Bob Byrne, Patch Local Editor
Twitter: I use this to stay on top of what's happening in and around the Patch coverage areas I report on. I also use it as a way to get breaking news updates on traffic, emergencies and other stories as they happen. This app is available for iPhone, Android, iPad, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7 and Nokia s40. (Free)

Courtney Elko, Patch Local Editor
All Recipes: This app is great for finding unique recipes or just to answer the everyday question of what's for dinner. You can search for something specific or use the Dinner Spinner, which gives you ideas for what to cook for any meal. Plug in the ingredients you have in the fridge and the spinner will suggest what to make. (Free)

Tom Sunnergren, Patch Local Editor
Audible: This audiobook app is a terrific way to make terribly long commutes not seem so long or terrible. (The app is free, but the service requires a membership with monthly fees of $14.95.)

Amanda Mahnke, Patch Local Editor
RunKeeper: This is my favorite app for running outside. Hit 'Start Activity' and begin your run. RunKeeper uses a GPS to track how fast you're going, your incline, average speed per mile, etc. You can set goals, and it saves your previous runs so you can see where you've gone and how you've improved. The app is for iPhone and Android. (Free)

Lucy Bennett, Patch Regional Editor
Hello Farm: This iPhone app is for young kids. It’s has a variety of backgrounds when you tap the screen, the animals appear, make the correct animal noise and move off the screen. It’s very simple, but my son loved it. (Free)

Danielle Kleinman December 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM
DropBox is awesome & free up to 2G storage....!
David Belanger December 28, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Tom: in addition to audible, get the Overdrive Media Console and download audiobooks from the library for free.
Lucy Bennett (Editor) December 28, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Thanks Danielle and David. Those are great.
Patricia Woerth December 28, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I downloaded the app Media PA that you mentioned but it won't open. It just says loading. I took it off my iphone and reinstalled but had no luck.
Courtney Elko (Editor) December 28, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I had some problems loading the Media PA app as well, Patricia, but I thought it was just my phone. Looks like it may be a larger issue. Sorry about that, hopefully it gets fixed soon.
Jennifer Oxenford December 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Philly Fun For Kids is a cool app that lets moms and dads find fun things to do with their kids in and around Philadelphia! Even includes unique and helpful tips from moms, too! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phillyfun4kids/id546665438?mt=8
Alyssa January 25, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Thanks for sharing your favorite apps guys! I enjoy some of the same apps, but the others I’ll have to check out; especially Hello Farm. My kids and I take frequent road trips, so it sounds like something they would enjoy during some of the down time we face. Another app that I love is DISH Remote Access. One of the girls I work with at DISH got me a Sling Adapter some time ago so since then we’ve been able to use the app to watch our shows from home, live or from off the DVR, everywhere we go in the world. It helps keep them busy on the road, and I like the fact that I can keep up with my shows no matter where we go. :)

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