While Android and iOS share a lot of similar apps, there are a few that iPhone and iPad users have access to that aren’t available on Android. Of course there are alternatives but they’re not quite as good as the real thing, so which top apps are exclusive to iOS? Let’s find out.
[Price: Free/In-App Purchases]
From doodlers to full-blown artists, Adobe Sketch is one of the best sketching apps available on iOS. If you’re an early adopter with the iPad Pro, you’ll find support for the Apple Pencil in this app, giving you access to 14 tools to create your masterpiece. For graphic designers who live in the world of Adobe, Sketch lets you send your creations directly to Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. This makes it convenient if you come up with a concept on the go and want to get something started from you iOS device that you can finish later on your computer.
Since practically everyone carries around a good quality camera in their pocket each day (smartphone,) why not give everyone the ability to edit those photos in a professional, but easy-to-use manor? Adobe Photoshop Fix does just that. This app puts a majority of Photoshop’s retouching tools – liquify, heal and patch, smooth and lighten and darken – in the palm of your hand.
For beginners, it’s easy to jump in this app and start playing around. More experienced users, especially those who work in Creative Cloud, will find that Adobe Photoshop Fix’s capabilities are quite impressive. One of the main capabilities is the option to upload full HD photos (even larger than 2000px x 2000px) from Lightroom without decreasing the file size. If you’re connected to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, your work will be saved and will be available for access on other devices.
Smartphone cameras have gotten nothing but smarter over the years. Typically, OEM camera apps are enough to get incredible shots, rivaling, and even surpassing in some cases, the picture quality you would get from a decent point and shoot camera. However, iOS users are able to squeeze a little bit more out of their camera with the Camera+ app.
The best feature of the app is the ability to adjust focus and exposure independently of each other, allowing you to control just how light or dark your image is. Camera+ includes its own photo management and editing component called Lightbox which allows you to cull through all of your photos before saving them to the camera roll. Keeps things a little more tidy.
For the most novice of musicians, to experienced professionals, GarageBand makes creating, editing and recording music easier and more user-friendly on touch devices. Being able to take your studio on the go, and have the immense amount of instruments and features available to you is something to be envious of for Android users. GarageBand allows users to plug instruments into their iPhone or iPad and record directly into the app with up to 32 individual tracks. The newest feature, Live Loops, gives you the ability to mimic the functionality of a drum pad and create looping tracks from scratch or with pre-made templates.
Apple has a way of creating software and apps that cater to both beginners and experts alike. iMovie is no exception. The iMovie iOS app has a very similar, near exact user experience to the Mac desktop/laptop app. Clips, timeline and preview are all organized in separate panels, like what you will find in Final Cut Pro X. A huge benefit of using iMovie across your devices is the ability to sync back and forth so you can take your movie projects on the go.
Apple touts iMovie’s trailer function which allows users to pick from various templates and musical scores, and add credits and cast names – it’s honestly pretty neat. More experienced professionals might find the lack of features and customization options a little frustrating and opt for something more robust like Final Cut or Premiere, but iMovie is great for throwing together quick movies, or using as a supporting device while away from your computer.
[Price: Free/In-App Purchases]
Today, news and information is coming in from all different angles, and it’s coming in fast. It’s pretty much impossible to keep up with everything. Newsify, exclusively on iOS, is trying to help with this problem. After adding and syncing your favorite news/blog sites with your RSS feeds, you are presented with a newspaper-esque browsing page to find the articles you are most interested in. You can categorize your different subscriptions into folders to make getting through all of your content a little easier.
One feature that proves useful is Night Mode, which can be triggered automatically. Choosing from the available themes, you can tailor your reading experience a little closer to your liking. All-in-all, there is nothing earth-shattering about this app, but the UI and a few of the features make me jealous that I can’t have this as an Android user.
[Price: Free/In-App Purchases]
Podcasts have become much more popular in the last few years – there’s something out there for everyone. If you’re a fan of podcasts, a good podcast listening app, not just the OEM Apple app, is a must-have. The Overcast app for iOS has all the standard features you would expect, plus a couple more. The Smart Speed feature automatically removes “dead air” from the episode you are listening to, getting you through the episode a bit faster.
You can also set up automatic downloading of new episodes for offline playback, but a more requested feature that made it into the latest version was the ability to stream episodes so you’re not taking up your devices storage space. There are plenty of alternatives available on Android, but we still wish we could get our hands on this one.
Third party Twitter clients are anything but a rarity these days, but some definitely stand out from others. Tweetbot 4 is one of those apps. This app integrates a familiar design style from the original Twitter app and layers in an enhanced feature set. One of my favorites is the mute function. Sometimes you just get tired of seeing the same stuff being tweeted about (Pokémon Go,) and with the regular Twitter app there is no way to stop it.
With Tweetbot 4, you can mute hashtags, users and keywords. Tweetbot also has a great analytics tab to give you a high-level look at your Twitter engagement and activity. It’s a shame this one of those iOS apps not on Android.
Note taking apps are easy to come by on both Android and iOS. But, Vesper’s clean, easy-to-use interface and improved feature set help it stand out in the crowd. One of the best features of this app is tagging functionality. It’s easy to reference notes for later use when you can quickly group them together, and that’s exactly what Vesper provides. Apple’s notes app recently added the ability to add images, well, Vesper has that as well. You can insert your images which will fill the page nicely. Though this is one of the more sleek and effective notes apps, the $9.99 price tag is tough to swallow.