I recently shared that I had declared that I “needed” a PDA (personal digital assistant — like a Palm Pilot or the like). I also shared in that same Quick Takes that I realized that my iPod Touch (that I already own) would do just about everything that I wanted a PDA for anyway.
When I posted about that, Samantha asked if I could share how I am using my iPod Touch as a PDA.
What I Wanted From a PDA
My biggest wish from a PDA was to have a calendar and a to-do list. I thought it would also be great to keep track of contacts, and maybe even be able to jot down some grocery lists. So, I didn’t really have lofty goals, just some basic needs.
How I Am Using my iPod Touch as a PDA
- Calendar – The iPod Touch comes with a Calendar App (app being short for application). It’s easy to use and reminds me a lot of Google Calendar. (In the different scheduling fields/options.)
- Email – It was very easy to set up my gmail account with the iPod Touch. Now, if I used my gmail account as a primary email address, it would be a lot more useful. Because the iPod Touch has WiFi capability, this means I can check my email from a WiFi hot spot.
- Web Browsing – The Touch also comes loaded with Apple’s web browser, Safari. Again, this means that I can browse the web from any WiFi hot spots. (I have also looked up recipes that I saw online and used it while in the kitchen.)
- To Do List – I purchased an app called 2Do: Tasks Done in Style, and I love it! This was really the app that put me over the top on knowing that I could use the Touch as a PDA. 2Do allows you to have several different types of lists which you can switch between on tabs on the side (or you can see them all together in one of the tabs.) This app was $6.99 in the Apple iTunes App Store, and was worth the money. (There is a Lite version of this app, which is free, but it is just a smaller version.)
- Grocery List – I am jotting down grocery lists (as well as other notes, such as when I think of a blog post idea and am not near a piece of paper) in the Note Pad that came loaded on the iPod Touch. There were several free and paid apps for this function, but none of them really seemed like what I wanted.
- Contacts – The Touch comes loaded with a Contacts app. Very easy to use. (Now I just have to load in all of my contacts, huh?)
- Games – Not that I need games, but I have a couple on the Touch. I mostly don’t play them, but it is fun to play an occasional game of Tap Tap Revenge: Coldplay Edition.
- Missal on the Go - I enjoy the app iMissal, giving me the church readings for each day, as well as a variety of prayers and Bible readings.
- Dictionary/Thesaurus - I bought a $1.99 app called WordBook English Dictionary & Thesaurus. Now, perhaps I’m the only thesaurus and dictionary geek, but I do love them. It’s fun to have a dictionary and thesaurus in my purse.
- Kindle – While I don’t have this on my Touch, apparently you can use the iPod Touch as a Kindle. Cool beans!
- Variety of Other Functions – Other features I like on the iPod Touch include (but aren’t limited to): Weather forecasts (when connected to WiFi), Clock (which features stop watch, timer, the ability to add in various cities to keep track of the time in all at once), and Calculator.
- My Very Favorite Features – Oh yeah — did you know that this thing plays music and videos too? Oh yeah — you had heard that before? It’s my favorite feature (especially the music).
I was so relieved not to drop a few hundred dollars on a PDA (which would have been difficult to have done), when I had my wonderful iPod Touch that I kept just thinking of as my cool thing that played music. Bonus!
Do you have a favorite app (whether it is PDA-like or not) for the iPod Touch or iPhone?