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Best apps for Chowhounders?

I'm finally caving in to progress and getting a smartphone. Any recommendations on apps I must have to further my chowish pursuits?

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  1. IMO, other than google/bing maps to locate a restaurant, no application is worth it.

    ok, 2 exception :
    a simple note-taking application to write down addresses and other stuff.
    a simple camera application to take down images of food stuff. (and addresses if too lazy to write it down)

    I'm been using a smartphone for a while now, and never kept a "food" application more than 2 hours; I've downloaded demo and free apps and after just looking at them, I scrapped them.

    Either they are not regionalized (montreal/qu├ębec/canada) or ask to create yet another user/password ... or were, most of the time, painfully awful in user-interaction and handling (and/or would crash).


    1. I still love mozzarella cheese sticks with a thick marinara for dippin'.

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        1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

          LOL when I saw the topic I was thinking along those lines too.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Thanks for the links. I found nothing when I searched "app" and "apps" in this board - I looked at Food Media and decided it would not be the place to look. Mea cupa!

            1. re: lupaglupa

              my pleasure :) FYI, when it comes to these grey areas i usually select the umbrella "Topical" category on the advanced search page - that way you'll get results from all the possible categories.

            1. I'm over six month into using a smart phone. The only food related app I still use is Yelp.

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              1. which smartphone?
                that will help with the choices....

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                  1. re: lupaglupa

                    nice....androids r cooler anyway.... :-)
                    i have an evo 4g...
                    i use yelp..urbanspoon...most of the grocery chains have apps..coupon apps..
                    have u decided which phone? or do u already have it?
                    most of them already have forums...with lots of great suggestions...google search your phone...use CH ...

                    and if u have a lot of the little cards on your keychain..theres apps for those too ...u can transfer them all into your phone...

                    havent tried opentable yet...

                    thats just to start....

                    1. re: srsone

                      Thanks for the tip on the key chain reward card app.
                      Just downloaded it from iTunes and scanned in the supermarket cards.
                      I can't wait to go try it tonight.

                      If it works, that's assorted 8 cards I can take of my key ring. Woo-hoo!

                      1. re: dave_c

                        yes...the android one is called key ring...forgot to name it...

                        1. re: srsone

                          oh i forgot ..
                          amazon does a free app everyday..

                          todays is icookbook...

                  2. re: srsone

                    Still deciding. Son is an android guy, but I got husband an ipad for fathers day

                    I think of myself as an early adopter and tech savy, but have been drawn to the ease and availability of apple apps.I'd be using mostly food and physician apps, and have PC's . Any suggestions?

                    1. re: Shrinkrap

                      android apps are just as easy to use as apple apps...in most cases they are pretty much the same....
                      the main reason i went android was because i didnt want to switch carriers..and i got a deal for upgrading...and i already use a lot of google stuff...which all sync/work with my phone now as well..like gmail...picasa..maps...
                      havent found/tried any physician apps yet...but im sure they are out there

                      1. re: srsone

                        Got an android ( Moto Atrix I think), but also got an ipad and I like Pepperplate


                        1. re: Shrinkrap

                          kool...the atrix and evo are pretty evenly matched...

                          ill check more out about pepperplate..it does look interesting..

                          so far as CH doesnt have a mobile app yet..
                          i use yelp..urbanspoon..google maps ..find a pizza..
                          all kinds..i find more all the time

                          1. re: srsone

                            Steep learning curve for me though.... couldn't figure out how to dial until son added the dialing widget, and still struggle to answer when it rings, and I hang up with my ear!

                            I just have to put some time into learning.I'm going to check out an Atrix forum.

                            1. re: Shrinkrap

                              check with the store u purchased it from...most of them will help u with learning how to use smartphones ...

                              and yes i would google for a user forum..they can be very helpful...
                              the one i use for my phone has threads about which are the best and most useful apps..how to's ...etc etc...

                              if u like u could also pm me and i can share some the apps i use for other things as well..

                              1. re: srsone

                                "check with the store u purchased it from..."

                                That would be amazon...much better price than AT&T...but I'm making good progress now, thanks!

                                1. re: Shrinkrap

                                  u can still go to a store from the service provider....even if u didnt buy it directly from them....

                  3. I use Opentable app all the time.

                    1. MacGourmet, if you like to cook at home! It's the very best food app ever. It syncs all of your recipes to your phone. Amazing.

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                      1. re: IndyGirl

                        But it doesn't have an Android interface, does it? I use MacGourmet on my laptop, carry my grocery lists with it on my iPod Touch and cook from it on my iPad. If it would interface with Android I could stop carrying one piece of electronics.

                        1. re: IndyGirl

                          also...it cant be I-whatever..
                          the OP got an Android based phone.......

                        2. Ruhlman's Ratio; epicurious; Grocery Zen; Shop Savvy; Urban spoon

                          1. A couple days ago I downloaded the free version of Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything app -- it seems really cool so far and think I'll end up getting the full version. It's basically the cookbook in a handy smartphone interactive version. I actually heard about it from an interview with a Chow editor on The Splendid Table a week or so ago.