My Christmas Wish #6 was granted last Sunday.. I was so happy to buy my first ever Apple Product, the new 2010 Edition of iTouch, the iPod Touch 4th Generation..
Originally, I wanted to buy an iPhone 4, but unfortunately, the requirements are not that easy to get one.. First, you need to pay for the whole handset worth around JPY 60,000.. Only one TeleCom offers the iPhone, and along with the handset comes the default monthly plan with unlimited internet packets for a minimum of JPY 8,000.. But since everyone wants an iPhone, they made a way so that no one can just get the handset and quit the payment for the bills.. Depending on the store, you need to pay an assurance/insurance to them a maximum worth JPY 100,000.. Though the money will be refunded after 2 years.. So adding all of it, for the first payment, I need JPY 160,000 (around Php 80,000)..
Anyway, just cancel out the call and text features of the iPhone, you will get the iPod Touch.. So what made me finally decide to buy an Apple product is music.. Lately, Im hearing new songs from Anime, Youtube, and suggestions from my friends, that I want to listen to when Im not at home.. BTW, I just use a bicycle to go to the office, the gym, and the grocery store.. So during my commute, I can listen to music while driving..Which will make my commute more fun.. Singing while driving aint a crime..
So what am I doing with my new gadget?? Well, since its my first time to have this, I asked alot of my friends what application should I install.. They gave me alot of list, but here are the ones that I already installed..
1. Face Book
Of course, one of the most popular networking sites nowadays is Face Book.. It lets me update my status, see my friends updates, upload pics straight from the gadget (or even take one then upload directly), read messages and more.. Everything that you usually do (except gaming) on Face book using your pc, can be done using this application.. So what is the use of this if I already have a pc on my home? Well, when Im cooking, or in the bathroom, or just laying down to rest, or watching anime, I can easily know if someone did something on my wall.. There is a sound when you get a notification from FB, so I will easily know it.. And of course, I like it when under the post you see the lines “Posted using iPhone” or something like that.. ehehe
2. Skype, YM, MSN
Well, theres one app that combined all of these in one, but I still prefer them having on different apps.. Dont know why.. I still havent used this yet, because Im online on my pc.. And I can only use the wi-fi when Im at home.. This will be of great use when I go to a mall, or eat at a restaurant, or hang out at Starbucks or any other coffee shops.. Until then, I cannot write my comment about this apps..
Well, I dont consider this a networking app, its just that I dont know where this belong.. I group all my apps depending on their type, and I just put this on the Networking Folder.. Anyway, I still havent used this app yet, I will try this when Im not at home, and check if I can compose offline.. If I can do that, well, it will be a big help so that when Im bored at the office, or anywhere, I can write if something comes on my mind..
Add: Oh yeah, I checked it and I can compose new post even offline.. Sad to say, I cannot edit the post in the Drafts even online..
Games and Entertainment:
Well, there are alot of free games out there, and I searched for the top free games available.. Well, some of the apps I installed where suggested by my friends..
1. Angry Birds
One of my friends suggested this app.. At first, I dont know the concept of this game.. I mean, nothing comes to my mind when I read the name Angry Birds.. But still, I installed it and tried it.. Well, I can say that I am enjoying this game. First is that, this game resembles an online game that I got addicted when I was in high school, and is (or was) called Gunbound.. Theres a video on youtube about this game..
wow, its the first time i saw this video.. and i got some tips on the game already.. Im stuck on level 6, and can kill the big green pig.. later ill try the tips i saw.. hehe
2. Sextuple Lite
No, this is not a game regarding sex or anything.. This is a game similar to Text Twist.. I really searched for a game like this so that I wont forget my english and of course learn new words.. Infairness, before the time ends, I just put in words even if I know they are not words.. ahahah.. This is a good game if you are bored and is sitting down somewhere.. Like waiting for someone in a coffee shop, or you are in a bus (delikado nga lang pag sa pinas), or you are on a break, this is a fun game that will not just only test your mind, but also will let you enjoy it..
3. Rocket Sheep Rampage Lite
Rocket Sheep Rampage Lite
Well, this game reminded me of another game I used to play before, but I forgot the title.. This game is about a sheep, abducted by an alien, and was connected to a rocket.. The rocket is launched in a road, and you must evade the cars and bombs (dropped by an aircraft) until you finish it.. As you dodge the vehicles on the road, the rocket goes faster and faster until you hit the maximum speed.. And when you are on the maximum speed, you can just bump all the vehicles on the road which will give you extra points.. But unfortunately, since this is a free game, there is only one level (i think).. Still, this is a good game to practice your tapping skills and your agility..
4. IQ Test
Honestly speaking, I tried this only once and quit before finishing one level.. Its so hard to answer questions when you are not in the mood.. ehehe.. Or it just seems that theres already rust in my brain cause I cant answer questions fast enough.. ahaha..
It has alot of types, ranging from arithmetic, to logic, to shapes.. I tried the numbers, I thought it will just be simple mathematics, but no, I have to count triangles and squares etc.. This is a good game for students or accountants.. Or for anyone who wants to measure their IQ..
5. Hangman Free
Another old game.. And Word Game.. I dont know why, but I like these kind of games.. Guessing titles etc..
Well, there are applications that you can use for your personal life.. I tried installing it, and up until now, I find it very useful..
1. Spending Lite
For those who always spend money and wants to keep track how many money they have left, and how much they spent on something, this is a good application for you.. This is the free version of the app, where you can input your salary (or any money you receive), and just save all your expenses even off line.. Meaning, when you are in a grocery store, or in a convenience store, you can easily type in the amount that you spent.. The amount will then be saved in your DB, and will be automatically deducted to your current money.. You can also see how much you spend every month, and compare how much money goes to your food, transportation, etc..
Honestly, I have my own software (I created one), with the same functions and more.. With my own software, I can easily see how much money I have on my wallet, and on my bank account.. And all of the remaining money in my bank or in my wallet will automatically be my initial money for the next month.. I was looking for the same app on iTunes, but I found none.. But anyway, this will do since Im always on the go and I can easily add new expenses using this one..
This is a Japanese Dictionary that can convert words into English, French, German and Spanish.. I find this very useful and very outstanding because of its interface.. I though its just an ordinary Japanese Dictionary, but no, you can do more.. Like, there are vocabulary list that you can review if you want to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Levels 1 to 4.. All of the kanji per level is listed, and you can see all of the words conjugated to that kanji.. Very very very useful for me and for those who wants to learn Japanese.. Also, you can search for Kanjis using this app, where you can input the radicals and automatically gives you a list of kanjis with those radical..
This is also one of the reasons why I bought an iPod touch.. Compared to an Electric Dictionary which costs around JPY 10k to 20k, all I can do is to translate words on it.. But using an iPod, I can watch videos, listen to music, and more, with almost the same price as an Electric Dictionary..
This maybe useful when you are in the cinema, or dropped something in the car at night, or anywhere dark.. But here in Japan, since its rare to have a brownout, and there are lights everywhere, I may not be able to use this app.. But hey, it may come handy someday.. BTW, this app lets you power up the screen and make your iPod flash light.. (ahaha, word pun).. But of course, using this app will rapidly decrease your battery..
So this is it.. These are all of the apps currently installed in my iPod Touch.. There are still plenty more listed down on my download list, and Im planning to test them one by one soon enough.. If you have any suggestions, you can comment it in here.. Thanks!
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