What apps I'm using on my iPhone
I wanted to share what apps I use on a daily basis. I've been using iOS for quite a long time and have used many different apps over the years. These are the ones that I use the most and work best for me.
I lost my Apple TV remote quite a while ago. This app is far from perfect but it does the job. It's also nice if you have to input any text to the Apple TV since you can use the keyboard on your phone.
Camera + Galley:
I keep these next to each other on the top. It seems logical to me.
I visit the App store on a daily basis. Keeping it on the first page makes sense to me.
I listen to a TON of podcasts. Downcast has been the best experience for me so far. I use it on my iPad and Mac as well. Having the ability to sync to all of these devices is a necessity for me now.
I ditched iTunes a couple of years ago now and Spotify is how I consume the majority of my digital music. I've tried other services including Rdio and Beats Music. While both offer compelling reasons to use their services, Spotfiy has best selection and that's what matters to me at the end of day.
The only reason I keep this on the first page is to set my alarm for the next morning.
I've tried Apple Maps, Waze and even Mapquest back in the day. Google Maps is my go to navigation app. It works the best.
Lots of people use Hangouts for instant messaging these days. While I use iMessage mostly, Hangouts comes in second place for me.
This is an alternative way to view Facebook on your mobile devices.
I probably use this the most out of all the social things. It's the easiest and most enjoyable experience of all the social networks for me.
I prefer to use this app over the official Twitter app. You lose some features of the official app but overall the design and speed makes up for that.
I have to admit, I'm addicted to RSS feeds. I'm guessing I use this app the most, mostly on my iPad but it's on the front page of my iPhone as well. When Google Reader went away, many people went to Feedly since it was easy to move all your feeds automatically. I did this as well and have been using it ever since. If you don't know what RSS is, it's basically a way to view many different articles from different sites in one place.
I started using this app when Siri integrated it for sports scores. I ended up liking it quite a bit. It also has notification center widget which is very convenient.
While the ability to search is convenient, Google Now has become a necessity for me these days. It updates me on my morning commute, stocks, weather, sports scores, and much more. My favorite feature is how it pulls the tracking numbers automatically from your Gmail allowing you to easily track everything you order online. It works especially well with Amazon orders.
It's 2015 and if you're not using a password manager of some kind, you are absolutely out of your mind. Websites get hacked every second and your personal data is up for grabs. While this doesn't necessarily solve that issue, if your using the same password on every site website you're basically screwed. 1Password allows you generate unique passwords for each site login. The only password you need is the master password which you enter locally on your device. With iOS 8, 1Password allows you to use Touch ID which is very convenient and fast. I now have accumulated almost 200 different entries into 1Password. I would never be able to keep tracking of all these logins without this app.
Another essential app for me. YouTube has taken up a good percentage of my content viewing.
The stock calendar app in iOS does not do it for me. If you're someone that lives by your calendar, Fantastical is a great option. The calendar app by Flexibits uses a "natural language engine" which allows user to type in calendar events and it works great. Everyone hates filling out forms and Fantastical solves that issue. You can say things like "meeting next Tuesday at 11am at the office" and it will pull all the information out to make a calendar event.
I use other file syncing services such as Google Drive and iCloud but Dropbox is the easiest and most reliable for me. It always works and in makes it very easy to share links and folders. I also use the favorites option all the time to store files locally on iPhone and iPad.
I'm always using Siri to add reminders for me. I also have a repeating reminder every month for each bill I have to pay. It works great and is now an essential app for me.
I feel like I'm always going into settings. With the addition of control center in iOS 7, I figured I would use this less but I'm still always having to go into to settings for some reason.
It is a phone although I don't use it for that most of the time.
This Dropbox owned app has restored my faith in email. I use my inbox as my to-do list every day and Mailbox has allowed me to be more efficient than ever. I constantly defer emails to different times in the future to weed out what needs to be done at any given moment. This has allowed me to focus on the task at hand and be more responsive. I also like it since I can use it on my Mac, iPad and Android. It's definitely not perfect and the Mac app is still in beta but it's the best email interface I have ever used.
It's the best browser on iOS, bottom line. I use Chrome on the desktop but Safari is still a superior mobile web browser.
The majority of my instant messaging is done through iMessage. It's one of the key reasons I use an iPhone as my daily driver. Almost everyone I talk to uses iMessage these days so it's the easiest way to stay in contact.