Top App Tuesday – Entertainment Edition

Your mobile device is great for a lot of things – namely keeping in touch, staying organized and always being entertained. When it comes to entertainment, there are tons of apps that make finding an enjoyable distraction easy. Here are my top five.

 

Netflix

 

Platform: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Price: Free


Okay, so the app is free, but you obviously have to have a Netflix subscription to get access to its massive stores of videos. If you do have a subscription, then you’ve got to get this app. Streaming with a Wi-Fi connection is seamless, and pretty darn good on 3G, too. Having this app makes winning the war on your ever-expanding list of “to watch” movies just a little more possible. (Note: An Android version has been in the works for a while, but the release date has yet to be announced.)

 

Backgrounds

 

Platform: Android
Price: Free

 

 

When it comes to killing time with your Android phone, swapping out wallpapers has to be pretty high on the list. This app gives you instant access to more than 10,000 choices so you can pick and choose to match your mood, your wardrobe and pretty much anything else. New options are added every day, so even if you blow through the first 10k on day one, you can check out more on day two.

 

TuneIn Radio

 

 

Platform: All
Price: Free – 99¢


I have to be honest. I don’t listen to the radio much. When it comes to songs, it’s all in my iTunes, and when it comes talk, it’s all podcasts. But this app changed everything for me. It comes with a radio guide that makes it easy to find the stations and shows you want to listen to, AND you can pause and rewind live radio just like a DVR. Plus, both local and global stations are available, so your listening options are nearly endless.

 

Kindle


 

Platform: All
Price: Free


The battle of the eBook hasn’t been won, but Amazon has a solid selection of titles to make any literary hound happy. And having the Kindle app on your iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry or Android phone makes getting over the fact that you don’t actually own a Kindle pretty easy. If you like to hop between devices, its “Whispersync” feature makes picking up wherever you left off super easy – it’s like a digital bookmark that never gets lost.

 

Balloonimals (Pictured Above)


 

 

Platform: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Price: $1.99


Whether they’re crying, screaming or just bored, kids need distractions too. And as long as you don’t mind handing them what could be your most prized possession, this app is awesome. On the iPhone, kids get to blow into the microphone to inflate a balloon (or touch the screen on the iPod touch), and with a few little shakes it transforms into a fun animal. They can then play with their balloon friend and watch it do a few tricks. And when they grow tired of it, they can pop it and start over with a different one. If my kids were writing this post, they’d have put it at the top of the list.


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