Looking back at 2012 I received a lot of questions regarding what apps I use on my iPhone. Like everybody, I have my list of favorite applications but as I reflect on 2012 I started thinking about which apps I use on a daily basis and are now part of my daily activity. That list is much shorter than apps that I like.
I have broken this blog post into 2 sections. The first section covers the applications that I use every day and yes that means 365 days per year. The second section covers applications that I are my favorites and help me solve specific problems but do not fall into the 365 days per year usage category.
For the purposes of my top list I am not including the default apps of Mail, Message, Calendar and Clock that I use daily.
5 Additional iPhone Apps that I use everyday of the year
What I like about it: Foursquare is my historical view of places I have been. I use it daily to help me solve 3 specific use case; 1) it helps me remember some of the great restaurants I have been to and which ones I want to go back to in the future, 2) I use it to discover new restaurants that I want to visit based on my friends checkins/tips as well as the foursquare community and 3) it is always fun to save some money by taking advantage of FourSquare specials.
My tip for new users: there is an option in FourSquare to share your checkins on Facebook and Twitter. I recommend that you don’t post all your mundane regular checkins but instead reserve it for travel locations and unique places you visit. This way you don’t upset your friends or followers.
Some data points on my FourSquare usage. If you check out my tripsQ page (http://tripsq.com/darbysieben) – you will notice that as of this posting date I have travelled 481K kilometers. Other data points, I have been using FourSquare for the past 1060 days and have compiled 5507 checkins during that time.
What I like about it: Crowdsource traffic conditions and turn by turn navigation. My use cases; 1) when at home keeps me up to date on travel times and gives me recommendations if I should change my regular routes, 2) when I travel and rent a car my go to app for turn by turn directions and the ability to accurately predict my ETA to my location and 3) when I take a taxi this app keeps the cab driver honest and has saved my money in the past when taxi drivers want to take me on a different route.
My tip for new users: Carry a charger in your car. This app, if you run it all the time like I do, drains the battery just like any turn by turn / map navigation app for the iPhone. Second find a good spot to mount it in your vehicle. I am lucky as both my vehicles allow me to mount right behind my steering wheel.
Some data points on my Waze usage. I started using it everyday in Q3 of this year. So far I have posted 122 alerts for other drivers and have racked up 8810km’s in driving data.
Zite Personalized Magazine
What I like about it: This app keeps me up to date with all the industry news that I require to do my job as well as personal interests that I want to stay on top of. My use cases; 1) its my primary news feed – nuff’ said and 2) is the primary tool that I use to populate my twitter account twitter.com/darbysieben.
What I like about it: I do a lot of searches and viewing of websites on my iPhone. For me, Google Chrome is much better than the default Safari browser. My reasons for stating this; 1) syncs with my Google account so that I can move from desktop to iPhone and have my search history/bookmarks move with me, 2) search within the URL browser – I hate the fact that on Safari you have a website URL entry and then a separate search entry box and 3) faster – although I don’t have any concrete numbers to validate this, it appears to be faster.
What can I say about facebook; it’s always nice to stay up to date with friends and family.
Here is a list of other apps that I use regularly and solve specific needs.
YellowPages App for Canada – when you need a phone number, driving directions or need to find a new business in Canada, this is the only complete database of listings in the country. It is also an aggregator of local content from OpenTable, TripAdvisor, FourSquare and has daily deals in your area. This app also features a find a person function and gives you a complete list of residential listings in Canada.
ShopWise – when you are planning to buy products this is a great app to reference to see if there is a deal on a particular product in your area. They have recently embedded ShopToIt’s product catalogue which gives uses access to over 7M products. One nice feature is that you can save to Passport or turn on notification when a product comes on sale.
Yelp – if you are looking for a new place to eat, whether inside or outside of your city, this is a great reference app. The content in Canada is somewhat lacking but in the US this is the go to app when it comes to discovery of new restaurants.
DropBox – this is really about the service not the app, but if you are a dropbox user than you must have the iPhone app to access your documents when on the go.
Evernote – like DropBox, this is really about the service. For me, this is more than just for business it is also a personal assistant when it comes to remembering things – it is “my store it all in one place” service.
LinkedIn – a must have if you are in the business world to stay connected with your contacts. The calendar feature of linking your contact details to your appointments is handy to give you a quick refresher of who you are about to talk to.
CardMunch – another app by LinkedIn. Basically if you are one of the those people who get a business card and then type the information from the business card into your contact manager – stop it. Take a scan of it, let this app do the typing and it will automatically link the contact to their LinkedIn profile. Huge time saver.
Box – YPG just moved to the box platform so I am looking forward to using this application in 2013.
SkyMotion – is it going to rain or snow in the next 90-minutes? This app will tell you exactly when it will start and stop to rain. Many times this application has saved me from getting wet.
The Weather Network – need the 14-day forecast in your city or cities you are travelling to. My go to app for long-term weather forecasting.
FlipBoard – beautiful designed news reader. I tend to use this for highly visual feeds (as opposed to Zite for text feeds) such as Uncrate, Werd, JetSetter or Houzze to name a few.
AccuFuel – best app for tracking fuel on my vehicles.
ShapeUp – I use this app for tracking my calorie intake and monitoring my weight.
Cribbage – I love this game and when I need a quick distraction I settle in on a quick game of cribbage.
If you have a recommendation on a great iPhone app please provide a comment.