Appular Favorite: Fitlist

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It’s been a few weeks since Apple gave us iOS 7, and like anything the tech giant releases, it’s been analyzed, re-analyzed and overanalyzed. For most people, what’s the real difference? The app icons look a little different, and there are a few UI changes, but it’s still an iOS product.

As we wrote on our blog last month, iOS 7 is the brainchild of famed Apple designer Sir Jony Ive. His strides to near the top of the Cupertino, Calif.-based giant have been well-documented, and it feels like iOS 7’s minimalist design is his masterpiece.

While some people favor more flair in their design, sometimes the simple approach is best. That’s why we have a new favorite app. Fitlist is a recently released fitness tracker — and its interface is even simpler than its name. If you’re looking for an app where you can simply log your reps when you’re lifting weights or your time doing cardio, this is about as basic as it gets.

The app is very straightforward. I mean, VERY. STRAIGHTFORWARD. Users click a plus sign to enter a new exercise, type its name, then type the amount of reps and weight they put up. You can duplicate it when you do multiple sets, and that’s really about it.

Now, please don’t misconstrue the quick explanation as diminishing or an insult. The app is simple, but what else do I need from it? All I want to do is keep track of my workouts to make sure I’m getting stronger over time. The layout is a white calendar, and users simply swipe to see previous days or create future workouts.

Fitlist Reps and WeightFitlist Exercise list

One minor drawback for people who are just getting into working out is that there is some level of jargon involved. Some people might be thrown off by some of the terms. For example, I’ve been working out for a while, but I didn’t know I have been doing “Dumbbell Bulgarian Split Squats” for months — I just saw someone else doing it and started calling them “the reps that hurt my mind, body and soul.” After a few Google searches, though, I was able to figure out what they’re called, and sure enough, they are an option in Fitlist.

People who choose to get their workout from creative means such as Zumba, CrossFit or even Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will be happy to see Fitlist offers those in its more than 1,000 options. If you’ve invented the next great exercise, the app allows you to create your own exercise and add it to your workout.

Overall, it’s safe to say Ive and minimalists everywhere would definitely approve of Fitlist’s simplicity and functionality — and so do we.

 

— Grant

Grant Engle is an Account Associate with Appular. He graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2013.  He started at Appular as an intern before being hired full time to write for clients’ PR campaigns, assist with managing accounts and oversee other business development initiatives.

We Know: There’s An App For That

Birchbox blog post

We love Birchbox for a lot of reasons. For starters, they’re an NYC-based tech startup — that’s always great to see. Secondly, they have an amazing service. Birchbox sends subscribers sample packs of some of the best tech, grooming, fashion and slew of other kinds of products every month.

They do this because there is not nearly enough time in our busy lives to find the best of everything. Between work, playing video games and watching sports, when should I sit down and research which aftershave to use? That’s where Birchbox comes through in the clutch.

Alongside their subscription service, Birchbox publishes men’s and women’s monthly magazines to keep everybody aware of what’s cool. That’s where we stumbled across this awesome article (hat tip to Bobby Schuessler).

The article gives you seven apps that can streamline your entire day. There’s no point in just regurgitating what Bobby wrote, but here’s the gist: You can basically organize your entire day, and to a point, your entire life, with mobile apps — and we couldn’t agree more.

While there are a lot of apps that distract us from everyday life, a ton of apps debut every week that are meant to keep us productive and organized. Many apps are developed because someone saw a problem and thought a mobile app was the best way to fix it, and that’s one of the many things we love so much about the industry.

Aside from loving the concept of the article, we thought the highlighted apps were pretty awesome. Here’s a quick breakdown of the apps Bobby used in the article:

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock — This app makes sure you get proper rest and that your alarm wakes you up in the optimal stage of sleep.

The Nike Running App — Track the distance of your run/jog and the calories you burned.

Stylebook — Plan your outfits ahead of time with this app. No more fashion shows in front of the mirror before work.

Lose it! — If you’re trying to get in better shape or just staying healthy in general, track your progress with this app and see if those morning jogs are paying off.

Evernote — Manage to-dos, take pictures of stuff you like, record voice memos and organize it all into intuitive, simple groups.

How to Cook Everything — Cooking can be intimidating, if you allow it. Download this app and grab dinner by the horns.

Gilt — Not only can you shop for great designer clothes, but this app offers deals to help you get them at awesome prices.

 

— Grant

Grant Engle is an Account Associate with Appular. He graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2013.  He started at Appular as an intern before being hired full time to write for clients’ PR campaigns, assist with managing accounts and oversee other business development initiatives.

Appular Favorite: YPlan

YPlan logo screen

— Figuring out what to do in cities like New York or London can be tough. There are thousands of great restaurants, a ton of concert venues and enough special events to keep you busy seven nights a week, but how can you find them? Granted, having too many options in your social life is a nice problem to have, but it’s very easy for people to miss out on cool things because they never knew were going to happen.

That’s where YPlan comes in. The app (serving London and NYC for now) highlights concerts, comedy shows and other cool events. But it isn’t just a huge database of events the user has to navigate through. The developers have handpicked the venues and promoters featured in the app in an effort to maintain quality. While it’s hard to think one group of people can fit everybody’s tastes, the app offers eclectic choices everyday, and it’s clear the developers have put a lot of thought into which venues, promoters and events they feature.

Now, YPlan isn’t the first event-finding app in NYC, which is probably a testament to how many things there actually are to do here. Other apps such as Sosh City Guide and Stash have been helping New Yorkers find stuff to do for a while, and they both have great designs and solid functionality. However, YPlan doesn’t require a Facebook account to use or show events that have already happened — two things for which similar apps have been criticized.

To add to the awesomeness, YPlan doesn’t just suggest where you go, but it makes sure you get in. You can buy tickets or reserve seats directly through the app — no phone call to a box office or printed tickets necessary.

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Another great part about this app is the range of prices for events. Sure, there is the $1,000 booking for bottle service at the Goldbar in Little Italy if you’re feeling fancy. But YPlan also offers tickets to the screening of the indie film “Ike + Tina On the Road” for $13.50 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema if you’re looking for a good time that won’t require you to starve yourself for the next two weeks. The app also gives you a heads up for free events, so all freeloaders and cheapskates are welcome to download the app, too.

So, the next time you’re looking for something to do, open up YPlan and see what’s happening around the city.

— Grant

Grant Engle is an Account Associate with Appular. He graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2013.  He started at Appular as an intern before being hired full time to write for clients’ PR campaigns, assist with managing accounts and oversee other business development initiatives.

Appular Favorite: Pixel This!

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— When mobile apps are your life, you have the luxury of being busy all the time. There are thousands of games hitting the various app marketplaces every day, and it’s imperative to know what’s new and what’s gaining traction around the world. At Appular, not only do we represent some of the coolest apps around, but we are constantly finding apps that can entertain us, challenge our puzzle-solving skills and help make us more productive. Here is one of the hidden gems we came across this week.

Pixel This! (Developed by Mark Brown)

Remember wasting hours guessing which blocks to click in Minesweeper before blowing up and cursing the developers of that awful game? Now, you can create cute pixel drawings of animals, people and random objects in the same way and not even get blown up by an 8-bit bomb.

Pixel This! is a new nonogram app that is both ridiculously simple and addictive. For the people who don’t know what a nonogram is — you’re probably not alone. It’s not exactly a term you hear everyday. Nevertheless, a nonogram is a game (in this case, a pixel game) that outlines how many pixels in a row or column should be filled in. It’s up to the player to fill them in accordingly and eventually form an image. (See below)

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Now, to the app. Pixel This! doesn’t give you points, but your self-worth is determined by how quickly you can solve the nonogram. The foil is that 20 seconds are added to your time whenever you try to fill in a pixel that should be left blank. Hey, at least it’s better than getting blown up by a stupid mine and restarting the entire game. When you’re successful, you’ll get to see cute little pictures of kitty cats, apples, frogs and several other things. A handsome reward for your effort, indeed.

Kiss your crappy social life goodbye for a few hours and see how quickly you can solve these nonograms. And if you choose not to, at least now you know the definition of “nonogram.”

— Grant

Grant Engle is an Account Associate with Appular. He graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2013.  He started at Appular as an intern before being hired full time to write for clients’ PR campaigns, assist with managing accounts and oversee other business development initiatives.

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