When I first got my iPhone, youngest teenageson loaded up 30 odd apps onto my phone that he thought I'd enjoy, nearly all of them games. The only one that has remained from the original 30 is Text Twist, a very addictive word game that's a bit like a combination of Boggle and scrabble, it's ideal for tube journeys or queues, where I whip out Text Twist at any chance I can get
Amanda's sister discovered Martha's Vineyard Radio app all on her own (ie without help from her techie teenagesons). "I've always wanted to live in Martha's Vineyard" she said (we're both madly in love with James Taylor circa 1976, before he started to look like a geography teacher in his brown cords) "so I thought listening to the local radio station sounded like the next best thing." With staggering ingenuity she searched the web to see if indeed the place has a radio station playing the records of its famous inhabitants, and what do you know, the station even had its own App. The radio sounds just as we imagine the place -full of James Taylor, Carly Simon and Carole King, there are even lyrics that pop up on your phone so you can sing along.
When music gets too much she also recommends Ambiance, an App which soothes with sounds of rain on the greenhouse, mountain frogs, wet roads and tweeting birds. Surprisingly comforting background noise and lovely to write too as it's not too distracting. Middleagedad found me Brian Enos Bloom App, which either plays soothing electronic music with a pretty moving graphic or allows you to get creative and make your own. I really have this one to impress other people.
On a more practical note, Tube Deluxe is essential for anyone who travels on the tube in London, what with its updates on delays, journey planner and map. Password storer is similarly efficient for anyone who can't remember the millions of passwords it's now impossible to live without and RedLaser allows you to photograph a barcode on anything you were thinking of buying to check it's not available cheaper anywhere else.