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I go to a small, private college in New England that focuses on media-related careers such as audio engineering, film/video, and radio broadcasting. My first iPhone was a black 8GB 3G, which I stood in line for on launch day at my local AT&T store. Since then, I’ve bought both the 3GS and iPhone 4 on launch day, and they have been immensely helpful both when I’m in school, and out.
A typical day with my iPhone starts the night before, when I open up the Clock application and set my alarm for the next day. Usually it’s something obnoxious, like a Bon Jovi song or the Crickets ringtone, mostly because I know it’ll wake my roommate up and we don’t get along very well. (Mature, I know). After waking up to something along the lines of “Dead or Alive”, I check my SMS, Mail, and Weather applications, as well as my Calender application so I know that I’m on the right day. After deleting my spam, ignoring the multiple emails from my parents (until later, of course) as well as responding to any text messages, I usually read the news from either the CNN, Huffington Post, or NY Times application. After seeing what went wrong in the world while I was blissfully sleeping (face it, no one reports happy things like puppy-births or that the Obama sisters made a new friend at school) I check my calender to see what classes I have. If I’m too lazy to get out of bed to get to my MacBook Pro, Documents to Go will help me finish (or start) the paper that is due by noon. Throughout the day, I keep doing all of the above tasks, including waking my roommate up with Bon Jovi while he’s trying to nap. Throw in how I use the iPod app for music, and the Voice Recorder app to record lectures when I don’t want to take notes, and you’ve got a typical day for my iPhone usage at school (Plus the calls from Grandma).
The top apps that I’d fail out of school without are:
Here, File File! - This app lets me connect to my MacBook Pro back in my room, search through my “Homework” stack, find my essay that I forgot to bring to class, and email it to myself so I can print it 30 seconds before it’s due. Sad but true story; this has happened more than once. This app is beautiful, but may be a bit pricey for some.
NotifyMe 2 - I use this app in collaboration with my calender to make sure I don’t forget the really important stuff. It’s simple, and utilizes the iPhone’s ability to send push notifications. You can add as many details to the reminder as you want, but for me just seeing the title will jog my memory. Sometimes. If you’re like me and sometimes forget things RIGHT after you see them, this app let’s you repeat the notification as often as you’d like.
Documents To Go - I cannot even BEGIN to express how many times this app has saved me. It is definitely the most versatile, advanced, sophisticated, and not to mention simple word processing application in the app store (aside from Notes, but that’s just not as fun to use). It lets you create, open, edit, and view literally any type of Microsoft Office or iWorks document, and easily make changes. Although I love using my MacBook Pro, I would have no problem if I was only allowed to use Docs To Go to write my papers or create my Keynote presentations. It’s so good, and simple, that I wrote 36 pages out of my 50-page essay on it. I’d recommend this for anyone and everyone.
Audio Recording Terms - As mentioned above, I am majoring in audio engineering so this app is unbelievably helpful for last-minute studying, or if I need to look up a console function while I’m recording a band. Although there are some flaws (Like the dev apparently letting his 12-year old proofread it), it gets the job done and is well worth the money if you’re a professional in the audio field.
Shazam - I love this app in general, but mostly because it scores me “brownie points” in class. For instance, my teacher will play a song, and ask the class who it is and what the song title is. My disgustingly musically-inept class will stare at him blankly, while I’m off in the corner opening this app and analyzing the song. Not only can I tell him the name, artist, and album, but I can buy it for him on iTunes! Sure it might be sucking up a little, or even cheating if you really want to go there, but the point is that it’s useful for many things. (Like getting those extra quiz points for correctly identifying a song).
All in all, I love my iPhone, and while I could live without it, I certainly wouldn’t want to. These are just a few of the many ways in which it makes life simpler, without even mentioning things like Multitasking (which I had when my 3GS was jailbroken; sue me.) and the awesome battery life it has. Plus, the iPhone 4 is simply beautiful to look at. I can't stand having a case on it because it makes it look... well, ugly. (Although I did just drop it on my wooden floor from about 4 feet. iPhone is unscathed; floor now has a dent. Oops. Find me another phone that can do that.)
What about you? Are you a audio-engineering student? If so, what apps help you get through school?