How crazy was it that we used to think cellphones were just for talking?
Now that we've been blasted into the app-iverse, our cellular devices have morphed into bargain hunters, food critics, travel agents and even star finders.
"Our whole lives are on these crazy things," says music professor Shannon Roberts of Ogden's Weber State University.
Indeed, our apps are so important that 85 percent of smartphone users said in recent survey they'd rather go without drinking water than delete all of their mobile apps.
The Apigee survey, released in February at the 2013 Mobile World Congress, also revealed that 82 percent of those queried said they couldn't go without certain critical apps -- email, Facebook and alarm clocks -- for even a single day.
So which apps do Top of Utah residents love most? We just had to find out.
What it does: A business organization app, Trello allows users to create running to-do lists, says Jan Carlsen, general manager of the Ogden Athletic Club in South Ogden, who discovered this app about a month ago.
"The concept is like a bulletin board; you post things on a bulletin board and move it to different spaces," Carlsen says. You can share your bulletin board with others, too, so everyone can see what items are top priorities.
Why it's cool: "It keeps me organized and it keeps everybody on the same page," the North Ogden resident says. "It's nice to move something across to the 'done' list -- you're like, 'Whew!' "
Trello is not only useful at work but also in her personal life, Carlsen says, explaining, "I have my grocery list on there."
Cost: Free; works on a credit system
What it does: Audible offers an assortment of audio books folks can listen to on the go, as well as speeches and interviews, says Chance Cummings of Riverdale.
Why it's cool: Cummings, a Weber State University anthropology student, loves to use Audible on long car drives. "I can just plug it directly into my stereo. .... I don't like to listen to the radio because there's never anything worth listening to," he says.
The app offers all of the latest books, read by good readers, and sometimes the recordings include sound effects, Cummings says.
He also enjoys using Audible between classes at college or at other times when "it's easier to pop in my headphones and listen to a book rather than reading a book."
What it does: "It keeps track of your classes and your homework," says Ashlee Cawley of Centerville, a junior at Weber State University. The app also sends alerts for class times or homework deadlines. "It's like a planner, but it makes little ringy sounds when it reminds you of things."
Why it's cool: "It keeps me on task," says the political science and English major, who just got the app at the beginning of the year. "My friend used it and she told me it saved her life in college."
What it does: Although this app isn't one Monica Cutler uses, it ranks as her favorite because it keeps her 1-year-old son, DeVaughn, happily occupied. Toddler Lock "locks" the touchscreen so kids can't use the phone but when a child pushes on the icons, shapes and colors pop up and music plays.
Why it's cool: "It keeps them busy," says Cutler, who favors educational-type apps for her toddler and her 6-year-old daughter, TyLyn.
"They usually take the phone and go," says the Clearfield mother, who confesses she hasn't downloaded any apps for herself.
What it does: As fan Ashley Redd of South Ogden describes it, Instagram is "kind of like a Facebook, but only pictures." Users take photos with their smartphone and post them on Instagram, where they can also follow friends and see their pictures. The app includes various filters to edit the look of the pictures.
Why it's cool: "It's a great social network," says Joshua Toms of Ogden. "I like pictures. I like people's view, perspective, on the world. You see something new every day."
Tanay Craig, Toms' girlfriend and a fellow student with him at Weber State University, says she enjoys taking pictures of herself and what she's doing but she also likes nature snapshots, of "things that are unusually beautiful."
"If I see a pretty flower, I'll take a picture of it and post it on Instagram," says the sophomore.
Redd, also a Weber State student, says she likes Instagram because it doesn't have the "annoying" status updates found on Facebook. And, she says, "I have family that lives out of state so it's nice seeing pictures."
My Fitness Pal
What it does: Rebecca Padberg uses this app daily to track the calories she consumes and log her exercise time. The app allows users to set a daily calorie-consumption goal, then shows whether or not that objective is being met.
Why it's cool: "Right now that's my favorite because I'm trying to get back in shape," says Padberg, a Syracuse resident. "Before, I tried to keep it in my head and that didn't really seem to work because I wasn't making any progress."
Cost: Free; also paid versions
What it does: Players launch these hopping-mad birds -- who come in all colors, with different types of skills -- at pigs and obstacles. Score big by eliminating as many pigs and stone, wood and glass structures as possible and moving on to new and harder levels.
Why it's cool: Although it's far from new, this classic game app is hugely popular, for both Russ Sheridan's customers and employees as well as for himself.
"It's just addicting," says Sheridan, a Morgan resident and owner of Ogden's Prestige Wireless, who confesses he's been playing the game about five times a week for years.
No, he hasn't experienced any boredom with Angry Birds as of yet, but quips, "Carpal tunnel -- maybe."
What it does: A music app, Pandora allows you to listen to your favorite radio stations and also create your own "stations," says Rachel Foremaster, a sophomore at Weber State University and an Ogden resident. The app will also suggest new music based on things you have listened to in the past.
Why it's cool: "I have a country station and a classical music station -- it just depends on my mood," says Foremaster, who likes to plug into her tunes when she studies.
"I focus more if I have music," she adds, especially from favorite artists like Colbie Caillat and Jack Johnson.
What it does: Allows you to shop and order items from the popular website; in Butch Wright's case, mostly books and music.
"I'm sometimes on it every day of the week, if I find music I like," says Wright, an Ogden bicycle mechanic. who says he also orders books a couple of times a month.
Why it's cool: Wright says he enjoys having something to listen to while he's driving for one of his jobs or while he's training as an endurance cyclist.
His favorite picks? "A lot of it's jazz," Wright says, "or old punk rock from the '80s."
Cost: About $10
What it does: This app is a "fake book" for jazz performers, providing music to practice along with, says Shannon Roberts, director of Weber State University's jazz band and marching band. By plugging a phone into a speaker, the app plays piano, bass and drums, which Roberts can then play with on his trombone.
Or, the Ogden performer says, he can also read the music, or lead sheets, on the phone app while playing at an engagement.
Why it's cool: Three things make this an app Roberts says he's been using every other day for the last year -- "convenience, portability and the ability to practice with it."
What it does: No more paying for great tunes -- this app lets you download all sorts of music for free.
"It's simple to use; it's literally one search bar," says Matthew Held of North Ogden, who is studying anthropology at Weber State University.
Why it's cool: A fan of soundtracks and the music of smaller, lesser-known bands, Held says he often has trouble finding what he likes on iTunes.
"For me, especially, (Music Download)'s got a larger data base," he says. Although he's only been using the app a couple of months, "I've already used up quite a lot of memory with it," Held says.
What it does: Various apps -- like The Weather Channel, Weather Underground and Apple's built-in weather app -- provide forecasts for local weather conditions or for weather in any city around the world.
Why it's cool: The apps offer hour-by-hour information which is usually very accurate, says Debra Blickenstaff of Logan. If she's planning to take her grandchildren to the zoo in Salt Lake City, for instance, she says she can see exactly what the temperatures will be there throughout the afternoon.
"I find it much more reliable than the weatherman," Blickenstaff says.
Even though every smartphone usually comes with this feature, Jordon Foremaster of Ogden says "The weather app's awesome."
He uses his app regularly to plan his weekend activities, particularly outdoor events like camping. And the Weber State University student says he also enjoys looking at the weather in Austria and Switzerland, where he once served a church mission.
He misses those old stomping grounds. "It's kind of neat to see what's going on over there."
APPS BY THE NUMBERS
Types of apps regularly used by smartphone app users:
* Social networking -- 85 percent
* Maps/navigation -- 84 percent
* Productivity -- 74 percent
* Video/movies -- 65 percent
* Games -- 61 percent
* Banking/finance -- 53 percent
* Shopping/retail -- 53 percent
* Weather -- 48 percent
* News -- 38 percent
Source: "The Mobile Consumer: A Global Snapshot," 2013 survey by The Nielsen Company
Things consumers say they could not do without apps:
* Check email -- 48 percent
* Wake up in the morning -- 32 percent
* Feel happy -- 23 percent
* Navigate to work -- 20 percent
* Maintain my relationship -- 19 percent
* Find dates -- 13 percent
* Order dinner -- 12 percent
* Impress people -- 10 percent
Other fun app facts:
* 50 percent of U.S. residents polled said they couldn't last four hours without apps
* 72 percent use up to 10 apps per day
* 53 percent of drivers admit to using apps on smartphones while driving
* 46 percent say the top app capability they would like to have is remote control of lights, air conditioning, locks and other items in the home
Source: 2013 Mobile App Behavior survey by Apigee