By Pat Boyle
This blog marks a milestone. For the first time, we’re promoting apps for two distinct smartphone types: Android and iPhone. From now on, each app discussed in this blog will include links to where you can download either the Android or iPhone app, depending upon your smartphone. Please note, app descriptions may vary slightly by smartphone type.
Now, without further ado, here are this month’s recommended apps: My Fitness Pal and Park Wildlife Field Guide.
As we move into the fall months, a time often spent more inside than outdoors, a period that includes family gatherings, parties, and many meals, it can be difficult to stay healthy and stick to one’s diet. My Fitness Pal can help tilt the scale in your favor. Bar none, this free app is the fastest and easiest calorie counter. With the largest food database of any calorie counter (over 1.5 million foods) this app can help you take those extra pounds off and keep them off.
The app is a PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Selection and Wired Magazine’s Editor’s Pick for Lifestyle Apps. It’s also been featured in the NY Times, USA Today, Family Circle, Marie Claire, NBC,CNET, Shape, and the Today Show.
MyFitnessPal tracks all major nutrients: calories, fat, protein, carbs, sugar, fiber, cholesterol, and more. But don’t just take our word for it. Go online and see what reviewers say. In the words of one user: “This app literally saved my life. Thank you MFP!”
Created for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), this free app is chock full of useful information about each park such as major sites within it, directions, hours and fees, links, and phone numbers to make reservations or get more information.
Want to know what species of bird you just saw on the beach in Cape Cod? Or what grizzly bears eat for dinner in Denali? How about when porcupine mating season begins in the Shenandoah? Your Park Wildlife Field Guide app will answer those questions and more. This interactive guide to the wildlife and plants of 100 National Parks includes all the birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians you’ll encounter while visiting a park and can help you identify native trees and wildflowers. You get photos, in-depth descriptions, audio, field marks and more. All the data has been carefully reviewed and vetted by leading biologists, zoologists and other natural history specialists.
What is especially meaningful for us here at Consumer Cellular is that we are into our second year of a partnership with the NPCA. Every time one of our customers signs up for our email billing option, we make a donation to this worthy organization.
Remember to let us know which smartphone apps you’re already using. Who knows? We might want to share your favorite app story with the rest of our customers.
That’s it for this month. May the Apps be with you!