Greetings. We are switching the focus of this blog to one that covers the app world and the tech one beyond it. So, if you have a favorite application, you’d like to share or one that you wish did a particular task, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on twitter.com/lillie_beth. If you’re looking for Heather Warlick-Moore, find her at NewsOK’s gossip blog: http://blog.newsok.com/gossip.
There. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk applications, mostly for your mobile devices.
Right now, I’m still looking for ways to repair an iPod Touch that I spilled wine into and haven’t had much luck. But I have one I can use instead, as well as a Blackberry Flip, which is pretty good but doesn’t run all the apps that a higher-end Blackberry would.
I have a column that runs on Tuesdays at http://newsok.com/life. Yesterday, I talked about alternative browsers for Safari that Apple installs on every iPod Touch and iPhone. Did you know there were a lot of them?
Here are three I tried, and they are all faster and have more features than Safari. Have you had luck with any more of them? Leave your comments below.
• Opera Mini Web Browser (free, Opera Software ASA). This application is fast, and you can’t beat the price. When you first open it, you see all your open pages in squares on the main page, which developers call “speed dial” because it looks like a phone’s keypad, so it’s easy to navigate.
• Mercury Browser (free or 99 cents, iLegend Soft). I tried the free version. It allows you to have tabbed browsing, and like Opera, the pages load quickly. There’s also a “private browsing” option.
• Perfect Browser 4 (99 cents, Ingenious Creations). This one has the potential to become my favorite. You can lock the browser in landscape or vertical mode, and you can hide the settings and the website menu, so you get a full-screen view. An option lets you scroll up and down pages quickly without having to swipe a little at a time.
And let me know what apps you enjoy, too.
~ Lillie-Beth (email@example.com)