What’s in your phone, Heidi Ellison?
Heidi Ellison, an American journalist who has lived in Paris for over 20 years, is the founder and editor of ParisUpdate.com* and writes frequently for International Herald Tribune supplements on the global art scene and other subjects. Over the years, her articles on travel, art, design, architecture and fashion have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers, and she has contributed to a number of guidebooks on Paris and France (and one app!).
*ParisUpdate.com is a free, independent weekly review of Paris restaurants, art exhibitions, films, theater, concerts, hotels and more, in English, for everyone who loves Paris.
“What’s in your phone?” is our ongoing series of interviews with women about the apps they use. (We already know what’s in your bag…)
Q: What mobile device(s) do you have and in what situations do you use them?
A: iPhone 5. I use it in every imaginable situation.
Q: What are the first apps you open every day?
Q: What extras do you have (covers, bags, sleeves, dangly things…)?
A: Supposedly smudge-proof screen protector. Black bumper around the edges.
Q: Do you use apps mostly for practical purposes, entertainment, creation, socializing, or something else?
A: Practical (dictating texts and ideas as noted above, making lists, checking email, looking up info on the Web, using maps, finding nearby restaurants, taking photos and making videos, etc.). Entertainment (Words with Friends, reading novels, listening to music).
Q: In what ways have apps enhanced your life? In what ways do you think apps have enhanced society? Or hurt it?
A: They have enhanced my life in many, many ways. First of all, I no longer have to carry a heavy bag filled with a datebook, camera, video camera, voice recorder, notebook, maps, books, music player, etc. because they have all been consolidated into my phone on apps. And they are useful and fun in so many different situations. I can’t think of any way in which they have hurt society.
Q: What would be your desert island app?
A: Tough one. I need at least two: book reader & radio player.
Q: What’s the most embarrassing app in your phone? ‘Fess up!
A: Sorry, I am not embarrassed about any of them.
Q: If you could design the perfect app, what would it be/do?
A: Feed, wash and dress me, get me to my destination and home again. Seriously, how about one that surveys your wardrobe and tells you what to wear every morning?
Q: What advice would you give to people who haven’t adopted apps as part of their lifestyle?
A: Wake up and get with it!