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The more that I use my iPhone, the more that I believe that I can do just about anything I need to on it if I really force myself. Developers are creating apps that are making it easier for us to use our device to not only play games, take photos, or listen to music, but it is also becoming more of a productivity tool. The one thing that I have said about having an iPhone is its convenience to do something right then and there. I don’t have to go and find a paper and pen or I don’t have to have a computer with me; I always have my device with me which gives me the opportunity to use it to capture all kinds of things.

One tool that I’ve been very excited about checking out is CheckThis, which lets you easily create simple websites that you can share and interact with others. It’s like a canvas on your iPhone that lets you do a variety of things and then share it with friends who can comment on your activity. I was able to use CheckThis on the web and I really liked what they did there, so I was even more excited to hear that they were coming to the iPhone. (more…)

It may be hard to believe, but there are in fact plenty of people out there who still own a phone whose primary function is making calls! The rest of us have fully embraced the world of mobile apps and are possibly on our second, third or even fourth smartphone purchase.

So what we want to know today is what the last smartphone operating system you used was before switching over to the iPhone. Were you a faithful Android user, a BlackBerry addict or maybe even a Palm Pre fan? Obviously, despite these being the most popular choices, there have been tons of other systems to choose from, especially in the pre-Android days! Since there is far too many in this last category to list, we’ve included an “other” category for you to write yours into.

After you cast your vote, leave a comment below and let us know the specific handsets that you’ve owned and whether or not you’ve been happy with the switch to the iPhone.

When Facebook decided to toss it’s hat into the location-based social network ring, everyone feared the end for the original pioneers of the genre like Foursqare and Gowalla.

Now that the dust has settled and the various services are learning to integrate and play nice, we’re interested to see if the Facebook service has really impacted your use of the other apps. Vote in the poll on the right and help us find out who is king in the location service world.

Leave a comment below and let us know why you use the service that you do. Is it the user base, app design, feature set or something else?

Since the iPhone is made by Apple, I have a tendency to think of our readers as Mac users and am interested to know if this is in fact the case. As always, this information will help us better target our articles to content that you’ll actually be interested in.

Just because you own an iPhone, that doesn’t mean you’re fully on board with Apple. I’ll wager that there are plenty of die hard Windows fans out there who love their iPhones but have zero intentions of ever buying a Mac.

Vote in the poll on the right to tell us if you’re a Mac or PC user, then leave a comment below and tell us about your setup. Are you running OS 10.6 on a Mac, Windows 7 on an HP or maybe even Linux on a Dell? We want to know!

Earlier this week, Apple dedicated their homepage to a special announcement that something big was coming from iTunes. They hyped it as a day we would “never forget.” Speculation immediately ran wild, everything from an early launch of the Mac App Store to a cloud-based iTunes service was postulated.

We now know that the big news was about the Beatles finally coming to iTunes. This represents the end of years of legal struggles for Apple, but is it really a day you’ll never forget? Cast your vote and let us know! Then leave a comment below and tell us whether or not you’ve purchased any iTunes Beatles music.

Here at AppStorm we want to make sure we’re continually improving our content so that it’s relevant to our readers. One huge way you can help us do this is simply by telling us what types of apps you like best.

Take a second and vote for your favorite category from the App Store. I’m personally addicted to productivity apps but you might be more of gamer or maybe a music lover. If we didn’t mention your favorite category, simply write it in at the bottom.

If you’d like to help us even further, leave a comment below ranking your top three to five favorite categories. Feel free to also mention what types of apps you’re sick of reading about!

In order to better target our articles to our reader base, we want to know which Apple multi-touch devices you own (check all that apply). Are you dedicated (wealthy?) enough to own all of the available options or are you perfectly happy with your iPod Touch?

We’ll use this information to continue offering content that is useful and interesting to you so be sure and fill out the poll so you can be counted!

Also, leave a comment below and let us know more about the devices you own. Is your iPhone a 16 GB 3GS or a 32GB iPhone 4? We want to know!

In this week’s poll question, we want to know what you think of the reading experience on your iPad, whether through iBooks or a third party app like Stanza.

Though the iPad is anything but a simple reading device, it has been touted as a direct competitor to more dedicated readers like the Kindle and Nook. Obviously, the biggest competitor to these new-age digital readers is the beloved paperback.

So what do you think? Are e-readers a significant improvement over old school paper and ink? Is the iPad the best experience among these devices or is it the Kindle or some other competitor?

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Survey Now Closed!

Thanks to everyone who took part in the survey! We’ve started the process of going through all the responses, and will let you know how it goes.

I’m pleased to let you know that we’ve picked the winner of the contest, and he/she has been contacted via email!

Previous Announcement

Over the past couple of years, AppStorm has grown from one small blog to a network of three sites (with some exciting new projects in the pipeline!). Today we’re asking for three minutes of your time to help us make AppStorm better than ever.

We’d absolutely love to hear your opinion, and will be awarding one random entrant a $100 gift voucher for either Amazon or iTunes – your call!

Take the 3-Minute Survey!

Competition Rules

  • People who submit more than once will be disqualified.
  • The winner will be picked randomly and contacted by email.
  • Entries must be in before Midnight GMT on the 18th October

In this week’s poll question, we want to know how often you use Apple’s new social network now that you’ve had a while to play with it.

Leave a comment below and tell us what you think of Ping. Has Apple created a great way to find new music or did they simply add a useless social aspect to iTunes? How could it be better?

Be sure to check out our thoughts in our recent article, iTunes Ping: Social Music Revolution or Complete Flop? where we take a look how Ping works, what Apple did right, and where they missed the mark.

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