One of our biggest pet peeves with the iPhone is that we can't choose the third-party apps as the default for email, web browsing, etc.
That's a shame, since there are a bunch of apps out there that are a lot better than Apple's own built-in iPhone apps.
If Apple's apps aren't cutting it for you, we put together this handy list of our favorite alternatives.
Instead of Mail, use Sparrow
Sparrow is the Gmail app for iPhone that Google should've made. The app is a complete re-imagining of email for your smartphone. Sparrow's design is much more thoughtful and easier to use than Apple's Mail app. The only drawback (and it's a BIG one) is you can't get a push notification whenever you get a new email. However, that feature is coming soon.
Apple's Notes app is pretty basic. That's fine if you need to jot something down quickly, but what if you want to remember absolutely everything, no matter what device you're using?
That's why we think Evernote is the superior option. It lets you store your notes in the cloud, so you can access them on your PC, web browser, tablet, and just about anything else that connects to the Internet.
Notes will sync to iCloud once the new version of Mac OS X launches this summer, but the app still isn't nearly as robust as Evernote.
Evernote is also a good alternative to Voice Memos
Evernote also lets you record audio clips and save them to your cloud account. That's a lot more useful than Apple's built-in Voice Memos app on the iPhone. Voice Memos will let you email your recordings, but that's not as good as having them automatically uploaded to the cloud.