As much as I hate to admit it, the quality of my life is exponentially better because of my iPhone. It’s not hard to understand how smartphones have become so proliferated so quickly – they make every day life easier, organized, more efficient, and more productive. But of course it’s not just the phone, it’s all the apps on the phone that make it so great. Here are 15 of my favorite, can’t-live-without iPhone apps (all work on an iPad too!):
Yelp – Yelp is just awesome, I’m such a big fan of their website. The app is great for many reasons: you can find any kind of review you might be looking for (local or not-local), you can start reviews, you can upload pictures, you can check in and the website will remind you to write a review later. It’s just awesome.
GooCal – I have four calendars synced on my phone (two work Outlook calendars, my Google calendar, and John’s Google calendar) and was having such a hard time finding an app that could handle all that. Other apps I tried froze up, wouldn’t sync correctly, or didn’t have editing capabilities. I found GooCal about 6 months ago and haven’t had a single issue.
Spotify – Spotify is a fantastic streaming music service (available for both mobile and desktop devices). I love Spotify because you can make playlists and the song library is enormous. I have a paid account (no ads!) and it’s well worth the money. Streaming does use up your data but it’s worth it to me because I don’t want my iPhone space taken up by MP3s. I’d rather stream music and have more space for apps, podcasts, pictures, etc.
Evernote – I have mentioned how much I love Evernote before but it’s worth saying again. It’s an awesome note taking app that allows you to attach a picture, sync to multiple devices, and tag your notes for easy reference.
HBO Go – How else will I get through my workout if I can’t watch Game of Thrones or Girls? Pro: plays over both 4G and wifi, Con: needs an HBO subscription.
Xfinity Player – We recently ordered Streampix through Comcast (to watch Downton Abbey, cough cough) which is basically another Netflix-like service but has more current selections. The awesome thing about the Xfinity app is that you can download movies or shows and then watch them later without an internet connection. (Comcast and premium channel subscription required.)
iTunes Trailers – This app is basically a movie guide – trailers, showtimes, release dates, theaters, etc. Nothing special but it’s just so user friendly I had to give it some love here. Plus, the library of upcoming trailers is huge. I could spend all day watching movie trailers!
Instagram – Everyone knows about Instagram but it’s too good not to mention. The usability, the filters, the new tagging feature – it’s all awesome!
Diptic – Diptic lets you combine several images into one to make collages. The customization options are abundant and the interface is very user friendly.
Snapseed – Amazing photo editing program that is seriously just as good as Photoshop in my opinion.
Postagram – This app lets you take a picture from your iPhone and turn it into a postcard. Just enter your message, recipient’s address, and pay the postage all from your phone – so easy!
PostalPix – So far my favorite app to turn iPhone photos into prints. I have ordered from them before and have been very happy with the results. You can have your photos printed on paper, aluminum, or on an iPhone case.
Super Cool Extras:
Lose It! – Been loyally using this calorie counter/exercise tracker app for years. It has helped me stay accountable and on track in my ongoing journey to be my healthiest self. I owe so much to this app, seriously.
Trip It – Awesome travel app that aggregates all of your trip reservations, bookings, confirmations, etc. into one place. It’s so easy – you forward all of your bookings to a Trip It specific email address and it will fill in your whole itinerary. It’s so convenient and very reliable.
Timehop – Timehop syncs all of your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, FourSquare, Flickr) and provides a daily recap of what you were doing on that day exactly 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 4+ years ago. You can set the app to send you a push notification every day like little a time capsule.
Not an app per se, but – have you ever wanted to quickly get a photo from your iPhone on to your computer but were annoyed by having to plug it in? Or easily sync your calendar, contacts, bookmarks to your computer? Well you can! iCloud Control Panel is a program you can download to your PC or Mac which allows you to have instant access to your iPhone cloud content. The Photo Stream capability creates a folder where you can wirelessly access your entire iPhone photo library. Very handy!
Did I miss any? What are your favorite iPhone apps?