Finally! You are holding your brand-new iPhone on your palm. What now? Switch it on and follow the steps until the system tells your device is ready to use.
Cool! Your iPhone is all shiny newness. And yet, it’s empty! Well, that’s something we shall have to fix, isn’t it?
In the end, apps are solutions to users’ needs. AppsZoom’s identified the 10 basic needs a user might have fresh after unboxing and turned them into a straightforward list of indispensable apps.
No matter if you are a rookie or a pro: the following is a list for everyone who wants to make the most of their iOS devices. Let’s zoom in!
News and social networks: FLIPBOARD
Flipboard is probably the most well-known news reader app for both Android and iOS platforms. It has won users’ hearts due to an outstandingly well-designed interface and smooth performance. It features a magazine look that makes for an unbeatable reading experience: clean, fast, and focused.
You can set a custom news feed by choosing from a huge list of sources, add RSS subscriptions, and also connect your social accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn). This killer feature turns Flipboard into a comprehensive news hub from which you can read news from preset Flipboard sources, RSS subscriptions, and your own social timelines.
Whatsapp is the star player in the biggest and most strategic market operation involving mobile apps so far. It’s also the most-known and most-used instant messaging (IM) app worldwide. That’s not a coincidence: it’s true that it was one of the first to arrive to both Android and iOS platforms, but, in addition, it’s a simple and well-crafted messaging app.
Whatsapp allows you to send text messages, contacts, current location, and multimedia files to individual contacts and groups of friends. Soon you’ll even able to make free calls. Cross-platform, push notifications, seamless design and smooth performance are the keys of its success, as yet unspoiled by privacy accusations.
Whatsapp is a free, instant, easy way to keep in touch with your loved ones. It’s one of the main reasons some people get a smartphone in the first place.
Have you ever “noted” that you always need a note? Sometimes when we have to jot something down, we do weird things like send ourselves a message or email. A simple app able to keep track of all those brief texts, verses, and fleeting ideas is essential.
Due to its simplicity, accessibility (sync desktop and mobile devices), and amount of features, Evernote‘s today’s best notetaking app. It’s a handy way to create shopping and to-do lists, recipes, juggling tricks, or whatever else you like by adding text notes, voice clips, photos and other files.
We are in the Media Age, when image matters more than ever. The most popular social networks are photo-based, and sharing our moments has become a need for most users. Indeed, sharing well-edited, beautiful photos that surprise our contacts and followers is the actual need. Am I right?
Autodesk’s Pixlr Express is an all-in-one photo edition app. It offers full-pack of edition tools: color splash, sharpen, denoise, red eye, touch up, focal blur, crop, rotate, contrast… and many others. Likewise, you can apply effects: there are lots of them, divided in a few categories: vintage, creative, soft, subtle, unicolor. Finally, you can apply preset overlays and set frames (there are only 10 different frame options, though).
Pixlr Express has found the balance between ease of use and professional edition tools. You can just apply a filter and have your photo enhanced in a few seconds or take your time to edit it in detail. Believe me, you’ll get your photo exactly as you imagined with the amount of resources Autodesk Inc. has included in this app.
Netflix‘s official app allows you to watch popular TV shows and movies from its huge catalog. If you are in one of the countries where this service is available, sign up from the website or right from the app to gain access to streaming media content (remember there’s a $7.99 monthly subscription).
Netflix app interface’s is similar to the browser, desktop, and set-top box versions. You can search for a specific movie or TV show, navigate through categories, or choose one from the recommendations on your home screen based on what you’ve watched previously. Check movies’ details: rating, cast, episodes and subtitles/alternate audio availability.
Despite needing enhancements regarding smoothness and video quality options, Netflix features what is hands-down one of the best media content catalogs. Its iOS app makes it handy and simple.
The official iOS app of the most well-known online streaming music services doesn’t require a Premium subscription anymore. You can access it with your free Spotify account.
That’s good news for those who enjoy this fantastic service on via its desktop version already. All the playlists, recommendations, favorites, and followers are automatically synced between desktop and mobile, so you can enjoy it to the fullest on the go. You can perform most of what you already do on desktop thanks to its ease of use, neat and polished UI and good sound quality.
Search and play any song/album/artist, create and add songs to playlists, queue, subscribe to contact’s playlist, follow artists… and much more! The only catch: free subscribers can only shuffle playlists and albums in the smartphone version.
Believe me: 9GAG can totally make your day when you are stressed or even sad. Just open it and start scrolling down. Take a look at those memes, smile with some, rofl with the rest. If you feel the inclination, sign up to upload your own creations. You’ll soon start receiving “likes” “dislikes” (points) and comments. Download your favorite pics to your device and share them easily with your friends. Fun is better when it’s shared.
You are going to love this app and its crowdsourced compilation of GIFs, rage comics, memes, fails… and, of course, cats. Categories such as “Hot”, “Trending”, “Fresh”, “Cute”, “Geeky” and “GIF” will help you find topic-related content. Those pics and GIFs with the highest score will hit the Trending category.
Google Maps is the most complete mapping app for mobile platforms thanks to Google’s search engine. Obviously, it must be included in this list since it doesn’t come pre-installed on your iPhone.
Google Maps includes features that outdo all our expectations. It allows GPS navigation with voice guidance, exploration of 3D maps, checking nearby recommended places by categories, orienting yourself with the compass mode, downloading maps and checking them offline, getting directions, checking databases of local business places with info and reviews, sharing your location, getting real-time updated traffic info, Street View, and layers.
Hands down, the mapping app to unleash your iPhone’s geo-location features.
Dropbox isn’t just a must-have app but a must-have service. As claimed, it simplifies your life by fulfilling two needs in just one shot. First, it allows you to backup photos and other files on the cloud both manually and automatically. This way, you can always recover them, even if your mobile device gets lost or stolen.
Secondly, it gives you access to your files regardless of where you are or the device you’re using. Since there are desktop and mobile versions of Dropbox, you can be sure your files will be always accessible and within hand’s reach. There’s more: Dropbox makes it easier to share folders and files with friends and colleagues.
YouTube, as it couldn’t be otherwise. It’s a shame that, along with Google Maps, the largest video-sharing website’s app doesn’t come pre-installed on your iPhone. It’s an essential, must-have app that’s even becoming a second search-engine (the first for some people). Downloading YouTube on your iPhone is one of the first steps you’ve gotta take on this new mobile adventure.
Due to Google’s continuous efforts to enhance and improve it, YouTube for iPhone is a smooth and powerful app to watch videos anywhere. The user interface has been revamped, and you can now access your favorites and playlists as if you were on desktop. In addition, there’s a brand new engine that allows videos to be loaded in the background so you can multitask.