WSJ:These are the apps and phones used by the Rich and Famous

WSJ:These are the apps and phones used by the Rich and Famous
The Wall Street Journal asked a number of prominent New Yorkers about the apps that they use on a daily basis, and about which phone and tablet they use daily. First up is 63 year-old Barbara Corcoran, a real-estate investor who many might know from her appearances on ABC-TV's hit Shark Tank. Corcoran uses an Apple iPhone 5 and as a real-estate investor, she finds herself using Zillow quite often. The app allows her to see what the neighbors property sold for, and let's her check foreclosures in a certain area.

When asked which app she considers a guilty pleasure, she selected Pinterest, which also comes in handy for her business. The app lets users share things of interest as though they were "pinned" on a corkboard. For a ski house that Corcoran recently bought, she needed bunk beds and found 185 different ones on the app, emailed them to her contractor who is building a knock off of them for her. She also uses an app called Find My Friends which she uses to keep track of her 18 year-old son with out having to constantly call or text him.

Next, WSJ spoke with the CEO of medical device maker Medtronics, Omar Ishrak, who uses a BlackBerry for a phone and an Apple iPad for his tablet. Most of the 57 year old's apps are on his iPad. The one he uses most for work is an app called Note Taker HD. He uses it to take notes and make presentations. While he has no problem with the writing part of the app, he says navigation should be 5 times faster. Ishrak's guilty pleasure is Twitter. Instead of handing out work books to everyone at board meetings, unless requested they are sent out virtually using an app called Diligent which allows all of the books to be sent out to an Apple iPad where board members can access them.

Liz Lange is a 45 year old fashion designer who uses a BlackBerry because of her need to type. She does "a ton of typing, ton of emailing and texting and tweeting and all of that." Her tablet is an Apple iPad mini. Her favorite app is Evernote. While Ms. Lange sold her business, she still attends meetings and uses the app to organize her day. PopSugar Shopping would be her guilty pleasure. She uses the app, which used to be called ShopStyle, to help her find the best price for items she is interested in. She also uses the app for her newsletter called Shopafrolic, which she does with her sister.

The app she uses that is not widely known is one that is actually picking up traction called Vine. Launched by Twitter, and right now available only on iOS, Vine is like a version of Twitter for video. You can send a 6 second video using hashtags and anything else you use on Twitter. A job posting for an Android engineer tells us that we will soon be seeing the app on Android.

The last person on the Journal's list should be no stranger to sports fans, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira. Mark carries an Apple iPhone 5 and the app he uses most for work is one called SportsYapper. But that might be expected since Teixeira is a partner in the company. The app allows him to talk to fans "in a fun, social environment that's unlike anything else I could do."

His guilty pleasure app is Starbucks since it can help lead him to a Starbucks store wherever he is. One app that the slugger stopped using is INRIX Traffic app which he said was behind the curve in New York City. Lastly, the one app that he uses which is unknown is Uber, a car service locator. You set the location, time and place where you need a car service and they are there to take you where you need to go.

Interestingly, we saw none of these prominent people carry an Android handset. It was either the Apple iPhone 5 or an unnamed BlackBerry device. When it came to tablets, those who had one either was sporting the Apple iPad mini or an unnamed iteration of the full-size Apple tablet. What can we make out of that piece of news? It seems that these busy people do not have the time to learn anything else but the out of the box intuitiveness of iOS. As for those using a BlackBerry, they needed the physical QWERTY keyboard that they felt they could depend on for typing.

source: WSJ

Related phones

iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)
iPad mini
  • Display 7.9" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 4440 mAh



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"...they needed the physical QWERTY keyboard that they felt they could depend on for typing." And yet, a BB 10 series with a physical keyboard is what? Three months away? Great move RIM/BB.

13. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

Fyi, Rim is dead, its now 'BLACKBERRY'

2. clark

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

as usual apple icrap again as people always think that if you have an iphone then it means that you're superior, above the all, fantastic, rich, gorgeous and whatever. But the truth is apple iphone is getting worse as years come and never had any innovation to give. Android is still far way better than iOS but only few people knew that those who are smart enough to classify which one is the real innovative smartphone and those who is just hiding on the word "gorgeous" but just a crappy expensive.

6. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

exactly...I couldn't survive with outdated feature-phone iConboard 5 :)

3. samsung_royally

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

No matter how much I hate those overpriced product that keep shown off by riches, at least they made a smart choice and make sure their device has adobe flash, hdmi, nfc and bluetooth file transfer, which create even more productivity... Kudos to blackberry richman, who refuse any of the icrap

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You got banned for your comment, but it was pretty funny lol.

4. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'm interested in people but actually I don't know either one of them. Maybe it's because I'm living in Philippines

9. Robes1

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 08, 2009

I have never seen such a collection of random ignorant hate as the gathering of idiots that live in PhoneArena's comments section! How can you hate people for makin a choice that you disagree with? And how can you not see that as the electronic bigotry that it is?


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Of all the millionaires/billionaires on Wall Street (and in NYC), they chose that lack-luster lot?? First and foremost, Barbara (Corcoran) only knows how to check her email on that thing and yap-yap away; I've seen her personally. That Zillow app' probably took her two days to learn (four if she had to sync' her phone with iTunes to activate the purchase). That Yankee's guy, no wonder we're losing - ughhh!! That so-called "designer" probably satisfies her compulsions related to OCD with that keyboard; just about everyone I know in fashion has some degree of the disorder. Ishrak is the only normal one of the entire lot; and, unfortunately, I do not know him. In my UES circles everyone is ditching (or has ditched) their BugBerries and iPhones.

11. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

I though I would get advice about productivity application here but nothing and I don't know who are these people, why we need to know the application they fave? Are you trying to make top list application with different way? well, it fail. Better make top application or game based on what some well known people like: top games that top gamers choose. Top scientific application that well known scientist use to help their research, etc etc

12. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Thank you phone arena. I don't know how much longer I could have lived without this vital information. *Vomits everywhere*

14. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Tex is smart for two reasons. He's a Yankee, and an iPhone user. Gooooooooo Tex, and play a little better defense at first base this year.

15. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

The stars know wassup. Apple baby!!!

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