2014 was a prolific year for the App Store with over 500,000 new apps over the last calendar year. Now, it’s time to take a look back at all of the apps released in 2014, and pick the best ones. We have broken down the top apps into individual categories as we lead up to the top 10 apps of the year overall. Our rankings are based on a three person panel focusing on iOS uniqueness, overall enjoyment, and complete experience. Now, we present the best lifestyle apps of 2014.
Storehouse (Free, Universal) [Review]: The app allows you to create interactive stories to share your experiences with others. You simply add photos, videos, and text to then arrange in a vertical scrolling page that offers a clean layout to highlight your photos, and videos. What really makes Storehouse stand out is the ease of use to creating your own visual story. The interface is made for touch allowing you to select photos, videos, or text, and then you can drag and drop to rearrange each item. It’s also effortless to resize any object in your story to add emphasis, and a logical flow to your pieces.
Breeze (Free, iPhone) [Review]: The app offers a valuable utility in a streamlined package that can save you the $100+ cost of a separate fitness tracker wristband, and just add the functionality to the device you already carry with you. What really makes Breeze stand-out is a silky smooth user interface that offers an iOS 7 design aesthetic complete with translucent backgrounds, and a clear focus on highlighting your activity. The main screen shows your steps for the day along with a progress bar that fills up based on a goal that the app sets. In fact, the most powerful part of Breeze is that is automatically sets up personalized daily activity targets based on your past performance, and how to improve in healthy increments.
Gogobot (Free, iPhone) [Review]: An app to help you discover new places, and plan an itinerary accordingly. The app can serve you well whether you’re browsing from home, or actually on location in a new place. Gogobot begins by letting you search for a place, and then you’re given direct access to places to stay, eat, or play. The main page of each city includes a translucent background with overlays for quick links, weather info, trending places, and a detailed about panel. Once you dive into any of the given sections, you then have a photo based list view to really highlight the look of each place. Gogobot is a valuable travel utility that makes it enjoyable to browse, and plan potential trips.
Windy ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: The app comes from the makers of Thunderspace, and offers a similar idea in providing ornate soundscapes to listen to, while this time focusing on the wind. You’re given six different natural wind recordings, all recorded with stereoscopic 3D to be optimized for it to sound like the wind is all around you. The wind sounds so authentic to the point that it sounds like it’s blowing on either side of you, up above, all with varying pitch.
Steller (Free, iPhone) [Review]: The app lets you create the story you want with a multi-page creation complete with photos, videos, and text. It’s a great way to share, and discover interesting stories with high quality results, that anyone can create. It’s effortless to create your own work, as the app quickly accesses your camera roll, and then there are built-in text overlay layouts to add to your photos, or videos. Each item you add creates its own page, and others can flip through them, like Flipboard.