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Top 5 Free Apps on my iPhone

If, like me, you have a small obsession with downloading Apps and download everything in sight; you become swamped in boring/useless junk. Therefore, I thought I’d let you all know the top 5 Apps that I have downloaded. As I’m cheap, I barely ever pay for Apps and go for the free option. Therefore, everything that I include in this post will not cost you a penny. (At the moment, this may change in the future).

I haven’t included Applications such as Facebook and Twitter because everybody should have downloaded these already. All of these Applications can be downloaded from the App Store either on your device or through iTunes.


1) My Fitness Pal



My Fitness Pal is an Application specially designed to help you in your mission to lose weight or eat health. Each day you can select from a huge list of foods to track what you are eating. To this date, I don’t think I have had to add extra calories, every food that you can imagine has been added to the index. You can even track your weight and in time view your weight loss/gain on a graph! Add your friends and see how well they are doing as well!


2) Instagram



Now, you all know that I love Instagram so you knew that it would be in this list. But, there is a reason for this. Instagram is the best photography app that you can download to your iPhone. Take photos, add layers and borders that upload it to a ‘social network’ for everyone to see. Even if you’re not so artistic, it’s definitely a good App to have so that you can look at everyone else’s uploads.


3) FilmOn TV

FilmOn TV


FilmOn TV is my most recent download and probably one of the most used so far. FilmOn TV is an App that streams live television to your device. It has almost all of the channels that a standard Freeview box will give you. You have to use this on Wi-Fi as the creators are worried that it will cost you a lot.. and that wouldn’t surprise me, you’re watching TV after all.


4) DIY Themes

DIY Themes


Now, this was one of the first Apps that I ever downloaded to my phone. DIY Themes is a program that designs a background for your device. You can select the background, shelf like shapes to hold the Apps and add borders. The design is then saved as an image for you to save as your device background. Change the look of your phone without having to do silly things like hacking it!


5) WordPress

I don’t think I need to leave much information here!


My Weekend

Addicted to Instagram? .. Me too!

I had been waiting so long for an iPhone and when I got one I went on a massive App Store spree. I downloaded the usuals; Facebook, Twitter, Angry Birds etc. And then, I came across Instagram (mainly through the regular pictures uploaded by @MeTheManAndBaby). My life changed!

Running Ducks - Original Photograph taken on iPhone4

I see myself as quite a creative person and enjoy drawing and digital work. But I had never really considered photography. Mainly because I don’t really have the best camera or skills for it. But this little piece of free software has made photography 100 times easier.

You can either take a photograph from your Camera Roll or take a picture on the spot, which you can crop to the perfect size. You are then given the option to add your own focal point either linear or circular. This simple touch makes the photograph look more professional immediately.

The next step is to choose a filter layer. Just one click can change the look and mood of your photograph immediately. You can choose ‘X-Pro II’ (my personal favourite), ‘1977’ for the old-fashioned look, or ‘Inkwell’ for the black and white sophisticated look.

I have taken a really simple picture and changed the filter a few times, it’s clear to see how much choosing one of these can change the picture completely. You can see them around this post.

InkWell Filter

Once you have chosen your favourite filter, you choose an appropriate caption for your photograph. Next, you are given the option to share your work on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. This is definitely a good thing to do, to raise other people’s awareness of your work.

My favourite part of this Application is the Newsfeed! Similar to the newsfeeds on other social networking sites, it keeps you updated with other people’s creations. You can follow people, like photographs and even leave comments. A look at the ‘Popular’ uploads is a nice thing to do once in a while, you’d be amazed what you can do with an iPhone and a FREE piece of software.

Early Bird Filter

The only thing I’d suggest to those who created Instagram, is to make the image viewer better when viewing online. When you click a link to somebody’s photograph you are shown that individual picture. I have found a website called Inkstagram, which you log in to with your Instagram details. This then shows you all of the photographs online. I don’t know whether this is owned by the makers of Instagram, but it works!

All-in-all, I’d recommend Instagram to everybody – whether you’re ‘in to’ photography or not, it’s an easy and fun way to share pictures! If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself checking people’s feeds and looking at their pictures in awe, all day – every day.

Click here to go to the Instagram website and download the App for free!


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