Who doesn’t like Top 10 Lists? They’re everywhere and everyone has a list of what they like and don’t like and thanks to the interwebs we seem to be willing to share our lists with anyone who will listen or can read.
This weekend I read a couple of lists of ‘essential iPhone’ and ‘essential Android’ apps and decided to compare the list with my own iPhone favorites to see how they stack up. With about 1.5-million apps available for iOS narrowing down a Top 10 List would seem to be a daunting task. It is not. I use what I use but viewing someone else’s list helps avoid trudging through hundreds of thousands of iPhone apps (about have of which are games, a third of which are abandonware, so it’s not as difficult a task as you might think.
These are apps I choose to install on my iPhone so you won’t find Apple’s standard fare on the list.
Evernote – Not much to no like other than if you’re new to Evernote then there’s a learning curve because there are so many tacked on features. Notes are easy to create and manage and the sync between devices is quick and painless. Don’t get too many notes or you have to pay.
Genius Scanner – I use my iPhone to take photos of items I want to remember (be honest, you do that, too, right?), but Genius Scanner is better for making copies of paper documents. Fast. Simple. Free.
Dark Sky – Just get it. Don’t argue. iPhone users have many weather apps, and as weather apps go, Dark Sky doesn’t do much. What it does better than any other is micro-weather; what’s going on right now or in the next few minutes. The Watch app makes Dark Sky even more convenient.
Notability – Yet another notes app but one which syncs well between Apple devices, and lets you draw, write, type in notes, add photos and video clips, and record audio. Sweet.
Flipboard – Apple’s News app is OK. Barely. News360 is more comprehensive but Flipboard is what I use more than all others combined. Lots of news sources, super simple navigation, frequently updated news, and free.
Things – There must be a few thousand todo list apps, task managers, and project management apps for iPhone but there are far fewer which combine all three into the easiest learning curve ever. Things syncs quickly and easily between Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Just Press Record – Audio notes are all the rage these days but they can get complicated with all kinds of settings and controls and options. Just Press Record is what it is. Press the red Record button and it begins recording audio. There’s a version for Mac, iPad, and iPhone, but the real killer is the Watch app which works as a complication.
Reeder – The App Stores are packed with RSS readers but few of them work well between Mac, iPhone, and iPad and that’s important these days. Reeder does. Skip Safari. Use Reeder to browse the websites you visit frequently. You’ll save time.
SnappyApp – Again with the multi-device syncing apps. SnappyApp snaps pieces from your Mac’s screen– graphics, photos, whatever– and syncs them between Apple’s devices. But it also lets you draw, annotate, share, and pin. Great.
Dropbox – I hate to waste a spot on my Top 10 List with an app that seldom gets used. Directly. But Dropbox has become as essential as iCloud but works better. Gazillions of apps have a Dropbox sync option and that makes it better than Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive or Box. It’s free until you start using too much storage.
I had one additional slot on my list for an iPhone camera app but couldn’t decide which one of the 10 camera apps to select. There are too many to choose.
Outside of Apple’s standard iPhone and iPad fare, these are the ones I use every day, some actively, some passively, but what I would consider Essential to an iPhone experience. The problem is getting the list down to 10. It could just as easily be 30. Or 50.