Top 5 Japan-related iPhone Apps
This post is a Japan Blog Matsuri submission. The theme of February 2010’s Matsuri is Japan Top Lists, hosted by Muza-chan. Check out this page to participate, the deadline is Tuesday, February 23rd.
I’ve ranked this list by usage rather than how much I like an app to eliminate apps that are cool but will end up collecting “dust” in no time.
MiraiClock, the official dannychoo.com clock app.
This is by far my most-used app, seeing as it’s pretty much always on when I’m at home. I like how you can customize it with either a black or white background, different images of Mirai and Haruka and the ability to use both 12 and 24-hour clocks. I tend to use a picture of Mirai with a 12-hour clock in landscape mode.
This is an everyday app for me, especially when I work or have other business I can’t do from home. It makes my life so much easier. When I work I can do short instances on breaks so I don’t have to come home and do 100 reviews every day late at night. If you use Smart.fm but don’t have an iPhone or iPod Touch, this app is reason enough to get one.
Kotoba is a really good free dictionary app. I don’t really use it on a daily basis, but when I was in Japan it came in handy a few times. It’s very good to have when you go out or travel somewhere. It gives you everything I’ve ever needed from a dictionary app, such as kanji readings and meanings, sentence examples and even detailed kanji information such as stroke order (animated).
It’s a new app that definitely could use a few upgrades, but just being able to use Crunchyroll on my iPhone is really nice. When I’m sitting in front of the computer I often want to have something on in the background that I can just take a look at for 2 minutes, when I can’t think of what to write. Crunchyroll comes in very handy for situations when I want to watch something but multitask at the same time.
This is a new app to me but the other Japanese apps I have are used very seldom, I was choosing between NHK World and Sushipedia. NHK World basically lets you stream their channel to your iPhone. I’ve already written a post about it, so you can check it out here.
So that’s my top 5, what’s yours?