Apps are what make smartphones useful. From gaming to balancing your checkbook, apps they are definitely making our lives more convenient.
But I bet you don’t even use more than half the apps on your phone. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve downloaded something, used it for a week, and then forgot about it.
However, there are a handful of iOS apps that I use everyday. Here are five of them (all free to download):
If you use a debit card, you’re probably aware that balancing your checkbook is pretty important. There are tons of checkbook apps out there, but Moni is one of the best. It’s simple to use, free, and very well designed.
Everyone loves a little nostalgia. Timehop is basically “a time capsule of you.” It connects to almost all of your social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, and Flickr, and creates a “timehop” of the day. You can see what you did a year ago, two years ago, three years ago, etc. I found it interesting to see how much I’ve matured over the years. (My all-caps Facebook statuses in high school make me shudder.)
I’m a die-hard Tumblr user, and by that I mean I’m a hardcore re-blogger. Since I’m an anime fan (“otaku”), there are tons of gifs, videos, and text posts for every fandom imaginable. The mobile app is a necessity for your typical Tumblr user. But beware: all of those gifs and artsy high-res photos on your dash use a lot of cellular data, so try to find wi-fi before scrolling.
I joined Foursquare in high school when I had a Blackberry (dark times), and I still use it today. On August 13, 2014, the Foursquare team decided to split their experience into two separate companion apps: Swarm and Foursquare.
You use Swarm to check in to places (like restaurants, bars, hotels, stores, anywhere really). You can also see where your Swarm friends are checked into, add photos, like check-ins, etc. I successfully got most of my close college friends onto Swarm, and it made going out more fun.
Foursquare is the half of the service that is more like Yelp. You use it to discover where to go to eat, drink, shop, etc. This is where you can read up on tips which are short in length (which I’d rather do instead of read a Yelp essay of a review) and see what to try and what to avoid. I’m in NYC pretty frequently, and Foursquare has helped me find some great up-and-coming places to eat and have coffee.
Of course, these services are location-based, so if you don’t want to sacrifice that part of your privacy, or a chunk of your iPhone’s battery life, you should probably avoid them.
We live in an age where you can Google anything, but honestly I usually check Wikipedia for a quick answer first. Wikipanion is an app that takes Wikipedia and formats it nicely for your mobile browsing experience. Pretty simple really.
Do you use any of these 5 apps? What apps do you use every day? Let me know in the comments!