Terry’s Top 10 iPhone Apps
Apple's iPhone is a great smartphone, but it's the apps that make it truly amazing. It's true that you can find an app to make your iPhone do just about anything. So if you're playing with a shiny new iPhone, or an experienced user looking for something new, here are Terry's Top 10 must have apps for the iPhone.
10. Launch Center Pro
This is one of the newest apps in my digital repertoire, but so far I've found it to be very convenient. Launch Center Pro collects all of those other apps that you use on a regular basis and puts them in one convenient location for fast access. It can also be used for sending emails, texts, and contacts, as well as a host of app driven tasks.
iTunes | $2.99
With this handy little app you can listen to 95.7 KEZJ wherever you are, get the latest local news, and weather for free! And if you download this app I get to keep my job as Digital managing Editor. Thanks!
Oohh... a note taking app... I know it sounds dull, but Evernote is great. Like Dropbox, you can sync your notes to multiple devices and onto a desktop client as well. Evernote can even install into Microsoft Outlook allowing you to send emails or meetings to Evernote to be shared. I use Evernote daily at work for my To Dos, and at home for grocery lists, and honey-dos.
Flipboard is a beautiful app that takes all of your favorite news sources, Facebook, and Twitter, and creates a customized news magazine on your iPhone. I have this app on my iPad as well and I can honestly say that I enjoy it more on my iPhone.
I'm terrible about setting budgets and sticking to them, but since I downloaded Mint I'm doing a little better. Mint is a personal finance app that will monitor your accounts and purchases, and let you know when you're getting off track with push and email alerts. Mint will also recommend financial options it thinks would work for you.
Much in the way Foursquare allows you to "check in" to physical locations, GetGlue allows you to "check in" to TV shows, movies, books, and music, and then share them on your social networks. At the theater watching 'The Amazing Spider-Man'? Check in with GetGlue and you could be rewarded with cool digital stickers. Collect enough stickers and you can order physical copies and have them sent to you free.
Despite being owned by Facebook, Instagram is a really good camera app. You can take pictures with it, or import the ones from your camera roll, add cool filters, and share the image over multiple social networks. Instagram is definitely a must own app for sharing photos to friends, family, and social media.
If you're like me and you make a lot of purchases online, you need Slice. Slice will organize your purchases and automatically add the tracking information so you don't have to go back and dig through your inbox to find it. This app was indispensable during the holidays.
It seems like everyone is talking about "the cloud" lately, but what is it? Basically the cloud is remote storage space. Of all the cloud services--and I've tried them all--Dropbox is the best. You can sync over multiple devices and on your desktop as well. Dropbox also offers an automatic camera upload that grabs your iPhone's camera roll. Dropbox is free and gives you 2gb of space to start with.
This is my number one app. Apple's Camera app is nice, but Camera+ is superior in every way. Most importantly: Camera+ is fast. You can keep hitting the shutter button and keep snapping pic after pic after pic. Camera+ also has a great light table feature that allows you to skim through your photos to decide if you want to keep or delete them, and a great selection of built-in filters.
iTunes | $0.99