You've had this fancy phone for months and you still don't know which apps are best?
You want the best apps for your iPhone 5 because, well, you feel like you've got the best smartphone out there. Right? If you're looking for a solid core of the best apps for the iPhone 5, look no further. We're here to help you.
Now that Apple finally increased its smartphone screen size with the iPhone 5, even though it was a very modest bump in size, you'll want to take advantage of it. But the best apps for the iPhone 5 don't just take advantage of the screen size--it takes advantage of the best parts of iOS and the powerful processor inside.
We won't bore you with basics like Facebook, Twitter and things of that nature. A small child can tell you that those aren't the best apps for the iPhone 5 (they're very good, but to say they're the best is a stretch). So check out our recommendations and stay tuned in as we update this ever evolving list.
Yup, it's a game, but even if you're not a hardcore smartphone gamer, you'll want to check this out. It's free, which is a good enough reason to try it, but it's also new and better than the first. The 3D graphics and game play never suffers any lag, and there are enough people addicted to this game for you to compete with. If you have long commutes or times with nothing else to do, try beating your friends' scores.
What? Two third-party camera apps as one recommendation? Well, if we're going to talk about the best apps for the iPhone 5, we might as well consider a few camera and photo editing apps. The iPhone 5 has a powerful camera. I mean, think of how far digital photography has come along! To think that a tiny sensor stuffed into a smartphone can take award-winning pictures is a little humbling. The one thing I love about Camera+ and Pro Camera is their ability to independently adjust focus and exposure--two out of three of the most critical parts of taking a great picture! The other is composition, of course, so either of these apps will help you do those things. I happen to own them both on my iPhone 5.
Look, you don't need 50 apps for photo editing on the iPhone 5, even though I've got that many myself. I'm crazy and this is also my job. But with these three apps, filters excluded, you can do just about anything you want with your photos. Exposure adjustments, color correction, black and white conversions, saturation, contrast, hue, noise control, dodging and burning (at least in Snapseed's selective adjustment features), white balance and more can be done in any combination of these apps! With a powerful camera and equally powerful photo editing apps, you can create some serious art or photojournalism with your iPhone 5.
You need your news. How else are you to know about what's going on in the world while you're having your morning coffee or stuck in a lull at work? The New York Times should be pretty obvious, but I'm still mentioning it because of the experience on the iPhone 5. Equally good is USA Today, whose website and apps have undergone some serious design work and have become amazing mobile experiences. It's free to download and read, so take a look. USA Today shows us how to be creative without being confusing or annoying with its iPhone app. Lastly, I like Circa because it was created with the iPhone in mind. It aggregates the biggest news and top headlines so you don't have to fuss about--it's all right there in the app, curated by experienced editors.
I'm going to assume you travel. Even at least once a year. And with the state of the airline industry, it's good to know what's happening with your flight until the moment you board. FlightTrack is amazing at that, regardless of your airline or airport. It will tell you when and where your plane will be, where it's going, whether it will be delayed, historical data on your flight (how often is it delayed?) and more. It's expensive at $9.99, but it has saved me countless times.
HotelTonight gives you great last-minute deals on hotels in major cities, and I do mean great. I've stayed in the swankiest hotels in New York City countless times at phenomenal rates (e.g. I've paid $150-180 for rooms that would normally go for $400 or more per night). It's free to use and set up an account.
TripIt helps you put it all together--your itinerary, ideas and plans all go in the app so you make the most out of your trips and business travels. Get it.
Look, Apple Maps sucks. The iOS mail client sucks--at least with Gmail. So if you download Google Maps, which is excellent on the iPhone and plenty fast, and Gmail from the App Store, you're set. Besides, Google is taking down Enterprise support in the future for regular folks like you and me, so you'll lose whatever push capabilities you had set up with e-mail, calendars and contacts. That's huge.
You need to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues whether it's through Google Talk, Facebook Messenger or Skype. With Skype and either Beejive IM or IM+, you're set. To get the better features of IM+ or Beejive IM, you'll have to pay, but it's worth it. The interfaces on all three of these communications clients are optimized nicely for the iPhone 5, and more importantly they get the job done. You'll want these apps unless you have no friends.
It's a busy world, and if you're ever going to get anything done, you'll need some kind of organizational tool to get you, well, organized. This wouldn't be a best apps for iPhone 5 list without one or more of these apps. Evernote is great because you can shoot photos, video, record voice notes and more and have them accessible from other devices, like your computer. Clear is stupidly simple and easy to use, and its interface is beautiful, however, you have no due dates, no integration with anything else and no calendars. You just make lists. Wunderlist is worthy of mention for both its simplicity and desktop application, so it's not like you're just stuck with your phone every time you need to see what's next on your to-do list.
These are some of the best apps for the iPhone 5. There are hundreds of thousands of apps out there, so we'll do one of these every few weeks to keep you updated with new apps we see, or with apps that have given us months, if not longer, of reliable service.