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Five webOS Apps That I Love
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unwiredben
I get to try a lot of webOS applications as part of my job in developer relations. Sometimes they are beta apps that a developer has sent to me to review. Sometimes they're released apps that I'm using to validate new OS releases or hardware. Sometimes they're just fun apps that I use for my own productivity and enjoyment. Here's five that I always try to reinstall after flashing a device for day-to-day use:

Foursquare - Every week or so, I get really addicted to checking into places for a few days. Zhephree's app works very, very well for this task. It makes me wish that our GPS system would work better, since most of my wait time is for the fix. The user interface is very slick.

neato! - Another Zhephree app that's great. I don't always leave this running, but when I need to do some web site debugging, it's very useful. It lets me click on a bookmarklet in my browser and have the page almost instantly show up on my device. It also can be used to send selected text and bring up app pages.

Tweed - It may not be the most stylish Twitter client on webOS, but it's been very stable and nicely maintained, and it serves me well. I don't use the notification feature, as I tend to view Twitter as a pool of data that I can dip into from time to time rather than a email inbox.

drPodder - I like listening to podcasts, but I hate having to manage a desktop client to find and download them. This app does all that for me on the device. The interface is for the power user, but I love the way it uses system notifications to let you pause and resume your track. I just wish I could manage my feed list on the web somewhere -- it would be awesome if you could use the Dropbox API to store your drpodder.xml OPML file online.

SplashID - I was a long-time SplashID user on Palm OS, and I really liked that you could export your records from the desktop to the device. SplashData hasn't done a good job of updating this (where is sync!), but I still always load this up. If I can find a good cloud sync solution that's supported on webOS, I might switch to it.

TMaps - NY - if you navigate around NY, you need a good subway map. You especially need one that works when you're out-of-service. TMaps fits those needs well. I'd really love to see a port of the iPhone's Exit Strategy app which includes street-level apps and advice on where exits are in subway stations, but this will do.

I'm giving myself a bonus selection with Google Reader. I've tried a few of the client apps that use the API to access my Reader feeds, but I keep coming back to Google's mobile website for the best experience. I like that you're instantly synced with Google's own database of read/unread articles, and I like the "open drawer" method of moving quickly through a lot of news items. This isn't a true app, but I usually use the Browser's "Page / Add to Launcher" command to make an icon for it.

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checkout 1Password and 1Reader as an alternative to SplashID if you're on a Mac.

I've heard good things about 1Password, but alas, I'm unique on the Dev Relations team as working primarily in Microsoft Windows.

I use all these apps as well, except for SplashID.

foursquare is a great app, but sometimes I will find myself using zipsquare instead, for much quicker check-in. zipsquare's developer also offers a stylish UI, but more basic interface as it's meant for quick simple check-ins. He is also behind the app Digloo which is currently not working as Digg's quick transition to their new APIs seems to have left developers in the dust.

For RSSes I stick mainly to NewsRoom, which doesn't have syncing with Google Reader but has a great UI and does its best to adapt the articles to the screen.

Tweed is definitely my favorite client, while not as stylish as others it uses a lot of webOS UI elements very well and looks good in its own right. As well as the functionality of the app is top-notch. Most other apps require to load a new scene to perform most functions Tweed does with a menu, which I find much more convenient and less disorienting.

TMaps NY provides great information, although I wish it had transcriptions of the line stops. Having to zoom in on the images of the line summaries is a bit tedious. I wish they were transcribed into a list widget.

I use every one of these apps except TMaps (not in NY) and it's a great list. I don't own many apps but these definitely made the cut. For RSS, try Feeds Free. It syncs with Google and has been very solid for me. I would add Timepiece to your list (and Preware, but you seem to be focusing on App Catalog apps).

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