For the past several years I have been living vicariously through my iPhone owning friends. Every day one of them would show off the latest "must have" app they just discovered and downloaded, usually for free.
One app turns your iPhone into a carpenter's level another into a burp and fart piano.
"Man, I wish Verizon would get the iPhone." I'd murmur.
They'd respond, "I can't believe it Fusaro, you got to be the only guy who created an app and doesn't even have an iPhone. That's sick!"
They're referring to the app 101 Doses of Recovery that I created with my friend Mark McGuire in 2009. So it seemed like they meant "sick" in the good way, like in a weird Howard Hughes eccentric way or at least that's what I chose to believe so I'd would laugh along with them. "You got me!"
Well, Verizon finally got the iPhone and so did I. Now I am the crazy friend showing off the newest "must have" app I just downloaded. My favorite is the FREE app SketchBook MobileX for iPhone. It turns my iPhone into a mini sketch pad and my finger into a pencil, pen, brush or spray paint can.
I use it specifically for identifying everyone in my address book. Rather than taking a photo of each of my friends I make a simple sketch of them that best represents their personality. It's how I see them. Way more fun to see one of these colorful headshots pop-up when they call than a ordinary photo.
Now whenever my friends are together the conversation isn't, "Hey, check out this new app!" It's "Hey check it out! Fusaro makes cartoons of all his friends in his address book. Show'em the one you did of me!"