When you’re setting up your new iPhone of the first time, you probably already have in mind at least a few apps you might want/need right away. Â This is especially true for users who have owned previous iPhone versions. Â However, maybe this year you’re buying your first iPhone and you’re not exactly sure where to start. Â Or, perhaps you are switching from another mobile platform, and you might be unaware of some stellar apps that are only available on iOS. Â This is where we can provide some guidance, and suggestions based on years of experience and trial and error from our own interaction with the App Store.
1> SOCIAL NETWORKING
Â Facebook Â (free)
Love it or hate it–Facebook has nearly 1 billion users, many of whom Â are probably openlyÂ talking trash about the most popular Socal Networking App available. I know I often find myself frustrated with privacy issues, and the mysterious amounts of time the app used to run in the background tanking my battery. However, at the end of the day, it is by far the most used app in my arsenal that doesn’t come pre-loaded on my iPhone. Â From catching up with friends, toÂ sharing pictures with family, to following my favorite sports teams Facebook seems to have the near-perfect recipe for success.
2> TWITTER CLIENT
Â Tweetbot 4 Â ($9.99)
I know what you’re thinking–$10 for a Twitter client, are you kidding me? No, I’m not kidding you. Â Yes, there are tons of cheaper, even free Twitter clients available in the App Store–many of which are “ok” to use. Â However, I spend a lot of time in Twitter, and I have yet to find anything that comes remotely close to Tweetbot in terms of UI, functionality, beautiful design, and available as a single purchase across iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple Watch. There are no in app purchases to worry about either, so advertising and constant harassment to upgrade is never a problem
Â Â Pocket Casts Â ($3.99)
There are manyÂ Podcast catcher Apps available for iOS, and to be honest, I like several of them. Â However, if you holdÂ my feet to the fire for my favorite of the bunch, I’d have to say Pocket Casts. Â While PC fits my general requirements for an app to stay on my home screen for an extended period of time (use it at least 3 times/week, no ads, and most importantly–has a cool icon) it’s also an awesome Podcast player. Â From cross-platform push notifications and reliable automatic syncing to variable speeds and continuous playback, Pocket Casts has it all.
Â Â Calendars 5 Â ($6.99)
If you have ever purchased anything apps from the awesome folks at Riddle, you’ll understand this pick. Â I can’t say enough good things about the work they do, and the quality of their ecosystem. Â Calendars 5 is the latest version of their calendar app that is designed for the iPhone as well as the iPad, taking advantage of the larger screen in a meaningful way. With Natural Language Input, a sophisticated Task Manager, and offline interactions that are synched once you are back online, Calendars 5 is always one of the first apps I download to any iPhone.
Â Â Evernote Â (Free)
This was a tough one, because I have several Productivity Apps on my iPhone Home screen. Evernote isn’t for everyone, especially if your basic needs are fulfilledÂ with a simple one-dimensional To-Do list typeÂ app. However, if your needs are more diverse, Evernote is the “Swiss-Army Knife” of Productivity apps. Â Cross platform as well as browser compatible, Evernote is designed for your iPhone as well as iPad and Apple Watch. Â With Evernote you can write/saveÂ notes, checklists, andÂ even clip straight from websites and add to a notebook. Â If you have collaborativeÂ needs, you can discuss via work chat through the app as well as share Notebooks, agendas and action items with Team membersÂ all in one centralized location with Â upgradable subscription levels to fit every need.