A couple of weeks ago I set the scene. I told you to imagine yourself completely alone on a desert island, with nothing but a fast WiFi connection and your tablet or smartphone of choice. I told you not to worry about being rescued, that you were welcome to stay as long as you chose. I asked one simple question – what apps do you want on your device? And then I told you my choices, and laid down the challenge – tell me yours.
Some of you responded, and I’m delighted that the first person I’m able to highlight in this feature is my good friend Ruthy who writes the Minibreak Mummy blog. Read on to learn what her desert island apps are…
I was at University with Ruthy, although it’s only in the years since we both graduated that we’ve got to know each other really well. I am delighted that she enjoys blogging as much as me, and it’s been great to meet up with her at the big blogging conferences this year. Her little boy is almost a year younger than the geekdaughter, but will end up in the same school year as her, which is something I still struggle to get my head around!
Ruthy decided she’d like to be alone on my desert island with her trusty iPad (it’s probably about the only time she can use it without her son trying to join in!) and she sent me her list of four apps and one luxury item that she would take with her. Here they are:
MyPad – for Facebook, Instagram & Twitter – Loytr Inc: I would want to keep in touch with my friends and family and this fantastic app combines Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in one place and it does it well. What’s not to love?
Zinio – Your Magazine Newsstand. Explore, Read, Shop from thousands of magazines worldwide. – Zinio LLC: I’m a magazine addict and I now subscribe to most of my favourite mags on Zinio to reduce the pile cluttering up my house. The reading experience is great and the photos look lush. You can zoom in on details, and link out to relevant web pages.
Pinterest – Pinterest, Inc.: I love browsing through Pinterest and can spend many a happy hour finding ideas for new stitching projects and photos of cute vintage caravans.
Audible – Digital audiobooks and more – Audible, Inc.: I’m really getting into audiobooks and Audible is easiest and smoothest audiobook service there is. Much nicer than carting round a big stash of CDs. I would use my break of the desert island to relisten to Lalla Ward narrating Gareth Roberts’s novelisation of Doctor Who: Shada, all 11.5 hours of it, complete with sound effects.
And now for Ruthy’s choice of “luxury item”:
Sennheiser PXC 250-II Foldable Closed-Back Stereo Mini Headphones with Noiseguard Active Noise Cancellation
– Over the last few years I’ve got used to listening to stuff on headphones. It started out as a way of avoiding disturbing others but now I enjoy getting totally immersed in what I’m hearing, without any background noise to distract me.
Would you like to share your favourite apps with me? I’m happy for you to choose apps for any smartphone or tablet. If you’d like to join in, simply complete my form, tell me which four apps and one luxury item you would take to a desert island, and I’ll be delighted to feature your choices in a future post.
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