Grace Boyle is a 20-something adventurista. She lives in Boulder, CO, and is a Director of Marketing and Sales. Her personal blog, Small Hands, Big Ideas covers her life in a startup, career, relationships and daily inspirations. She is passionate about food and travel, both of which she writes about on her food blog Grace(Full)Plate.
1. Tell us about yourself - where you live, your job, things you like to do.
I live in Boulder, Colorado and love it! Professionally, I work with Kapost, an online startup that helps publishers/blogs manage multiple contributors and the entire content production and editing lifecycle. I'm their Director of Marketing and Sales. I'm also a blogger with a food blog, Grace(full) Plate and personal blog that covers the 20-something journey called Small Hands, Big Ideas.
I love traveling, people watching, artisan cheese, red wine, blogging, reading, new media, laughter and these beautiful Rocky Mountains I live, hike, snowboard and play in.
2. Which Android device or devices do you own? Why did you choose Android? How do you customize your device?
I have the Droid Incredible. When I got it, Verizon wasn't with iPhone yet so I stuck with Verizon and got the Incredible. To be honest, I'm an Apple gal but I am mostly satisfied with the Droid and plan to switch to iPhone when my contract is up.
3. Do you root or not? If you root, why?
I have not "rooted" yet. Mostly because I was a bit daunted at first, then wasn't sure what would happen. Now that I've read about it, (Lifehacker wrote a great review why you should) I probably will. Thanks for the reminder!
4. Is there a particular category of apps that interest you the most?
Food and photographic apps. I love food! My life revolves around it. I also love to capture everything around me as I'm a social person with an artistic love of photography and the story it tells. I'm always on the hunt for food and photo apps!
5. What are your top 3-5 apps and why?
Foodspotting: I love to capture the dish that I'm eating, then share it on Facebook and Twitter to my friends. It gives me street cred. I also think the community management from that company is solid. They've invited me to food-centric events and are always in touch. Of many food apps, they're available for iPhone, Droid and even beta Blackberry. I appreciate that they include everyone. When I'm traveling, I can pop into my Foodspotting app and visually, by dish, find the best food and restaurants around me by geo-location. I also wrote a Foodspotting review here on Appolicious.
HootSuite - I work in social media and as a blogger, tweeting is synonymous with my life. HootSuite lets me run multiple accounts (free version) all in one place and I think it catches the @replies most efficiently. I use this everyday!
Foursquare - Foursquare is a lot about tying together your street cred, finding people around you and I actually love the tips from other Foursquare users. This is great for traveling and once, I checked into a restaurant and Foursquare told me my friend was there as well. I would have never known since she was sitting in another area. It ties people together, so I love that.
Camera Effects - This is a solid Android photo enhancer effects application. I like that it shares to all social networks directly and has many filters to create a funky, bright or exotic looking photograph. It can transform your photos in one click.
6. What apps are popular among your colleagues and friends?
7. Give an example of a time an app was truly useful to you.
Google Maps has saved me many a time. It's one thing if you're in a car, someone might have a GPS but once I was in Denver (about 35 minutes from Boulder) and supposed to meet my cousin for dinner. I was completely lost and running late already. I typed in the address, followed the easy interface and arrow and even turned up the volume as it verbally guided me to my destination. I love finding my way with Google Maps and it ensures I show up on time and in the right place, for many business meetings too.
8. What other AndroidApps.com member do you admire the most and why?
I follow Elysa Rice closely. She's up-to-date on gadgets, technology and applications and is quick to review them. Doniree Walker introduced me to AndroidApps.com so I love following what she has to say, especially because I'm here because of her.
8. Do you have a blog, Twitter, Facebook etc. URLs you'd like to share?
9. Anything else you'd like to share with the Appolicious audience?
Thanks for having me! I think it's important to evolve, try new apps and remember that yes, there's an app for that :)
Check out Grace's App Library here.