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OR  In Which I Am In LOVE…with my iPhone.

So. I’m one of Those People now. A smug iPhone-using elitist.

Previously, I was a pay-as-you-go phone user and looked down my virtuously frugal nose at those snotty iPhone users whose phone was more like an appendage than a device you needed in case of an emergency.

Besides, I married someone who has made a career out of knowing the intricate details of every Microsoft product there is and have been brainwashed to hate Apple.

But I’ve seen the light.

And also the App Store.

Angry Birds was the very first thing I downloaded, in the car on the way home from the store.

Angry Birds is the best thing ever.

Next was Words With Friends, so I could get my butt kicked by Kristy and Green V-Neck (or as I call her, Other Deb).

Of course I’ve got the Facebook and Twitter connections – I tweeted from Hobby Lobby the other day! Amazing! (And endlessly fascinating, no doubt.)

Other favorites are:

7 Little Words, a word game I downloaded just this morning. I like it already.

Springpad, a great list-making app which enables me to keep track of all sorts of stuff I would normally scrawl illegibly on the back of a WalMart receipt keep neatly in a little notebook. I can keep track of what size and brand of underpants fit my daughter and how many pairs of shoes are in the Future Kids Clothes box. Plus, you can download it onto your desktop, do all your editing and list making on a real keyboard, then sync it with your phone.

Data Vault, an encrypted password manager. This one is pretty self-explanatory and maybe a bit boring, but I am very happy to have found a secure place to store the eighty-seven thousand passwords I inexplicably have. Plus also, now I don’t have to frantically text Jim to tell me the ATM password while the machine threatens to eat my card. A desktop version of Data Vault can also be purchased and synced with your phone. And when Jim told me that one of the übergeeks at work raved about it…I was sold.

I’ve got stuff for the kids – Highlights for Children has a Hidden Picture App! We love us some Hidden Picture up in here, yo. Also Stack the States and Stack the Countries, both educational geography games. Or at least they would be educational if I ever let the kids near my phone. Whatever.

There are several that I don’t use like I thought I would – ShopSavvy, a barcode reader isn’t quite what I expected, and ShoppingList isn’t going to replace my written grocery list any time soon. I like the idea behind AllMyRecipes, but I need to spend some time typing in my favorite recipes to make it work for me.

What am I missing? What apps do you love? Inquiring, app-loving minds want to know.

PS – If anyone wants to play Words with Friends, I am Not Inadequate Deb.

PPS – If anyone, such as my husband, wants to give me an iPad, I will graciously accept. Angry Birds on a bigger screen can only be More Awesome.