I’ve replaced my inert BlackBerry with an iPhone. If you buy any Apple product, you are of course legally required to at least try to be as cool as your Apple device. Being an iPhone owner, I therefore necessarily must act as cool as possible. But — God help me! — I don’t know how.
The route to coolness with an iPhone is clear: have cool apps, and then adroitly display them to your fellow iPhonistas. For example, at Friday night’s Bob Seger concert, the Red Sox Fan wowed our guests by showing them an app that was a lighter that he flicked open and lit — for use, obviously, in calling for encores at rock shows. Pretty cool! Another fellow concertgoer with a taste for warm chocolate desserts gave me a run-down on her iPhone, with dozens of dazzling apps that she deftly demonstrated as they spun by. Even more cool! But how do you find that kind of stuff?
The app store icon on my iPhone has more than 20 different categories. Each has dozens — if not hundreds — of options. Do you just start with “games” and look at each option in each category? How do you confirm that an app is as cool as it looks? Can you get some kind of trial period before you commit to spend the $0.99 on Angry Birds? (Hey, those $0.99 purchases could add up!) Do you take word-of-mouth recommendations from friends? Do you regularly check the “What’s Hot” tab to make sure that you are completely up-to-date?
I confess that I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I’m sure there’s an app for that — but where?