Everyone wants to know what’s on a techy’s phone, right? I’ve had many people ask me what my favourite apps are, what apps I regularly use and what games I play. So I thought, let me actually write a blog post answering all these questions!
Looking at my iPhone screen, you’ll notice I don’t have many folders. Actually, I have a full page of folders hiding all the apps I don’t require often. I’ll only be covering my favourites from the above two pages.
Before I talk about what apps I use, I want to mention the wallpaper sources. Most of my wallpapers come from https://unsplash.com, a free photo site that provides beautiful high resolution pictures. For something more fancy, like that Iron Man lock screen wallpaper, I use wallpapers by Justin Maller (http://www.justinmaller.com).
Anyways, coming back to the apps. Lets begin with the dock:
Facebook: Its obvious. For a blogger, Facebook is the social network that brings all the reach. I use Facebook regularly to keep check of my posts as well as read all the tech news right as it happens. Fact - Almost 60% of this blog was possible only because of the articles I read on Facebook. Although I follow so many pages of my interests, Facebook is excellent at curating what to show me; it learns what I read by tracking the links I click on, the pages I follow and the things I post.
Apple Music: It hasn’t even been a week since its release, but the Music app has displaced the Safari app from the dock. Apple has done a great job putting together Music and personally, it has been a charm to use. And because I am a music fan who is always on the lookout for the best music from across the world, the app is an essential part of my phone.
WhatsApp: Irrespective of the number reasons people don’t recommend WhatsApp, I’ve never parted with this app. This is one of the first apps I downloaded onto my phone (along with Facebook). WhatsApp, according to me, is the simplest chat app available and considering its huge number of users, its a must have communication tool.
Rest of the home screen:
YouTube: The reason I have the YouTube app is simple: I love watching tech videos. MKBHD, Unboxed Therapy, Austin Evans, Jonathan Morrison, UrAvgConsumer are my gurus, and I watch every single (literally!) of their uploads, without fail. Although I majorly watch YouTube on my iPad, the iPhone app is great for a quick preview and sharing.
Snapchat: I’m one of those people who only uses Snapchat to follow people, never upload anything myself. And guess what, even on Snapchat, I follow tech news channels like The Verge and Mashable just so that I can see behind the scenes stories of everything they post!
Pebble: This is a ‘need’ because I own a Pebble Steel Smartwatch. This app is used for customising watch faces and apps and of course, helping push data onto the watch.
Weebly: Weebly is the website builder I use, and you are reading this article on a Weebly made page. I use this app to track website stats, reply to comments and edit my blog posts if required.
Battery: This app is an app every iPhone needs. Not only does it clean up RAM, it also clears up space by deleting caches of other apps. I’m not sure wether this version of the app is available or possible to have (because the developer had recently removed some features), but if you have an iPhone, do check it out. Ironically, I never use the battery tracking features of the app.
Inbox: Google Inbox is a great new way you can read mail. I use Inbox in parallel with the default Mail app simply because its great at notifying me with only priority email. Within the app, email is automatically separated into categories like purchases, social and promos, making it super easy to manage my account.
Page 2 is for the apps I use often enough or I like too much:
Nike Running: My choice of run tracking apps. Pros: Simple to use, easy to share and socialise within the app.
Strava: For tracking cycling. Probably one of the highest rated fitness apps on the store.
Google Maps: There simply isn’t an alternative to this. This is the only navigation app that works near-perfect in India thanks to Google’s concern for Indian customers.
Zomato: For the food lover in me! Perfect catalogue of restaurants, reliable ratings and correct contact details has made this app an essential.
Flipboard and StumbleUpon: I use both these apps to discover content. Technonerds is on Flipboard as well of StumbleUpon and I use these apps to keep it updated.
Breeze: This is a simple step tracking app that learns as it is used. It sets reasonable step count targets based on previous records of the month. It learns: if I am not able to complete a step goal, it reduces the goal for the next day and same day next week. Eventually, it’ll set achievable targets that’ll suit your daily activities.
Duet: I have written about Duet before: link. Duet is an app that expands the OSX display by extending it onto the iOS device. It makes a laptop, something like a MacBook Air, really productive if you have this app on your iPad/iPhone. Best of all, since Duet works wired and not wireless, streaming onto the iOS device is almost seamless.
Argus: Argus is another fitness app similar to Breeze, but allows for activity, food and water logging. The notification number you see there is actually my step count.
2048: Unquestionably my favourite game. After months of playing, I’ve reached 131072 (which is 2^17) and I’ve never reset the game, ever. This version of the app does have undos, because at larger numbers, one move makes a big difference!
Periscope: A newcomer in the app world that has shaken the internet. Periscope is Twitter’s live streaming app. Log in with your twitter account, and you can watch everyone who is periscoping live on your phone. I have a full article on this: link
Shadowmatic: This game is Apple’s design award winner. Its a beautifully simple game in which all you need to do is arrange objects on the screen to form shadows that make sense. The 3D and parallax effects, together with the soundtrack makes this game very immersive, and a must have at $2.
That is it! Those were my favourite apps I use everyday and love. Every app adds to the insane number of things your phone can do, so go ahead and get some of them!
If you have any other app that you really like and you feel its worth sharing, do drop it into the comments below.
If you want to know more about some of these apps, you must read:
Toppers 2014: Apps!