UPDATE: The half-price event is over, but I still recommend the ten apps listed here.
Palm has extended its half-price app promotion to July 23rd. If you missed initial announcements, this means you can shop the official App Catalog and save about 50% on paid-for apps. No worries, developers still pocket the full amount (Palm makes up the difference).
If you’re like me – frugal from a business sense – then you may be clutching your money tight, vying to decide just which apps to buy.
Here’s my top ten list, in no particular order. Note that I’ve purposefully left out common apps like Twitter clients and calculators, as well as games.
Notes. Integrate pictures, audio and video with memos (notes). This app comes in handy while price shopping, documenting events and building comparison lists. Notes can be sent as emails, secured via PIN and prompt alerts. Cost: $5.00 $2.50 – Details/Download
- Myles. Ever get caught on April 15th trying to figure out how many business miles you drove? Need to turn in mileage expense reports? Enter: Myles. This handy app is not only much more fun than tracking it all on paper, but it actually reminds you to enter ending mileage. Just key in the beginning odometer reading and choose when you want to be reminded (like in 30 minutes). No more forgetting to close out the books, because Myles supports both audible and visual alerts. At your leisure, you can export data in CSV for Google Docs format. Cost: $1.00 $.62 – Details/Download
- Mileage Monitor Plus. Wonder just how good the MPG is for your car? This app will tell you that, and more. Mileage Monitor Plus supports multiple vehicles and gives breakdowns on MPG, cost per 100 miles and even reminds you when it’s time to change the oil. No more excuses for ignoring preventative maintenance. Cost: $2.00 $1.00 – Details/Download
- Crosswords. You call it a game. I call it a brain massager/stimulator/maintainer. While the light version gives you plenty of puzzles to combat, the full version of Crosswords offers a slew of features, including filtering of the delivery system. Puzzles themselves are free, so who can beat an app that boasts indefinite “thinking” tools for the cost of a single magazine? Certainly, not I! Cost: $10.00 $5.00 – Details/Download
- Shopping List. Use it for home and business. Shopping List lets you departmentalize (by store or category) everything you need to buy. But it’s also a real time saver because purchased items go into a “have” list which you can easily move back to the “need” list whenever necessary. That means you only have to enter “milk” or “copy paper” once, then just check or uncheck the box. No more scratchpads, no more hunting around for the list and no more forgotten items. This, of course, makes my husband happy, too. Cost: $2.00 $1.00 – Details/Download
- AuctionMate Pro. If you use eBay, even sporadically, this app will streamline it all for you. Manage questions, place bids and watches… even use “Buy it Now” right from your webOS device. Just think, you’re in a meeting and the boss says you need to find some used lighting equipment for a photo shoot. By meeting’s end, your job is done. AuctionMate Pro also helps you with that midnight sniping (from bed). Cost: $3.00 $1.50 – Details/Download
- FlashCards. Forget about those huge, clunky index cards. FlashCards takes it all to a whole new level, beyond children and students. Since anyone can create sets and distribute them, chances are there’s something already available and of interest for nearly everyone. Can’t find a set to test yourself? Create one. Cost: $5.00 $2.50 – Details/Download
NewsRoom. If you’re not using your webOS device to read news feeds, you’re missing out. Get everything you need to know right at your fingertips by subscribing to RSS feeds – I’m talking tech, business, stock sites, and yes, a little entertainment. There are plenty of apps that handle RSS feeds well, but I like the layout and flow of NewsRoom. My only request? I’d love to upsize the text. Cost: $5.00 $2.50 – Details/Download
- Done! I have to mention this app because of its feature set. I don’t work in the cloud when it comes to client data (and my tasks definitely include that), but for those who aren’t concerned (or use cryptic anagrams, etc.), Done! will give you what you need. It syncs with Toodledo, and the developer is constantly updating the app. Done! sports fully-categorized lists, audible and visual alerts, and more. Cost: $3.23 $1.62 – Details/Download
- Poster for WordPress. If you manage a WordPress blog (or several), Poster for WordPress is a must. Using the WordPress API (you have to enable XML-RPC), Poster lets you write, edit and publish posts. You can fully manage comments (edit, reply, delete, etc.) as well as edit posts for category and tag assignments. A key benefit to using the app is making corrections after you’ve left the office or powered down the computer. Can you do all this using the webOS built-in web browser? Sure. But why would you want to spend all that time? Poster’s response time is quite good, so there’s no more excuses for being too busy to respond to a reader. Cost $2.00 $1.00 – Details/Download
Regular cost of all 10 apps: $38.23. Total cost through July 23rd: $19.24