And now, the moment you’ve (probably not) been waiting for: the final five winners in my top 15 apps of 2012. As with the earlier apps in Part I and Part II, these are apps I reviewed in 2012 that I love, find useful and recommend.
LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, has done itself proud in the app department, especially with its nicely designed iOS app that’s optimized for iPads. While you can’t do everything in a LinkedIn app you can do on the site itself, the gap continues to narrow with each app update.
I’ve resisted setting budgets and sticking to them. How are you supposed to remember what your annual tech budget is when I’m eyeballing a tablet in Best Buy? Mint, that’s how. The money management website’s mobile apps make it easy to record cash expenditures on the spot and, yes, see how much money you have left in your tech budget.
Windows RT; Free but comes pre-installed on Windows 8 and RT tablets.
This is the only non-Android, non-iOS app on my list. And, to be honest, I had a bumpy beginning using Word 2013 on my Surface RT tablet. Once Microsoft released a stable version of its Office 2013 software for Windows RT, however, I’ve been cranking out the text without problems. It’s truly a pleasure to have a bona fide copy of Office, as opposed to a third-party compatible version, on a sleek tablet like the Surface.
Nike+ Running is a terrific app for tracking distance, time, calories burned and other data, both indoors (as on a treadmill) and out. It’s easy to use and provides useful feedback and graphics of your activity history. The app got a significant overhaul this year and made its debut on Android. And while there are plenty of competitors, Nike+ Running is still best in its class, as far as I’m concerned.
Pandora offers an excellent service with which you can create customized ”radio” stations that play your favorite artist or tune, plus stuff that’s similar. This year, Pandora’s mobile apps received a major overhaul, including the capability to add more versatility to your radio stations and get song lyrics. Suggestion: Support Pandora by paying for the $36/year ad-free service; it’s worth every cent and more.
The Top 15 (in Alphabetical Order)
In case you missed the earlier posts, here’s the complete list of my favorite 15 apps of 2012.
James A. Martin is a seasoned tech journalist and blogger based in San Francisco and winner of the 2014 ASBPE National Gold award for his CIO.com blog. He writes CIO.com's Living the Tech Life blog and is also a content marketing consultant.