Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Top Ten Most Useful Free and Paid iOS Applications

Top Five Free iOS Apps


Most of us use Wikipedia on a fairly regular basis. After all, one of the best things about having a smartphone is having all that information at your fingertips. However, Wikipedia’s official iOS application often starts and stops, reloading the page awkwardly. Enter Wikipanion. With full access to the Wikipedia database, it presents all that information in a smooth, organized fashion. The design is elegant and searching is a breeze. Easily outpaces Wikipedia’s homegrown app.


If you’re a running enthusiast, this app is a must-have. With a boasted community of over 17 million runners, Runkeeper earns rave reviews from most who try it. Akin to having a personal trainer in your pocket, the app takes detailed statistics of the pace, distance and time of your workouts. Integrated support allows you to play your music in-app, while audio cues offer encouragement and inform you of your progress. In addition, you can view your workout history and track your improvements, with Runkeeper notifying you when you hit personal bests.


There are plenty of free photo-editing applications for iOS, but the consensus seems to be that Snapseed is pulling ahead of the pack. With an intuitive design, Snapseed allows quick editing of the contrast, brightness, and color of a photo with just a few swipes of your finger. Cropping and straightening are similarly easy. For the more ambitious photo-editors, there are many more powerful features in Snapseed’s interface that far exceed most of the editors on the market. Once finished, you can share your edited photos directly to Facebook or Twitter.

Find My iPhone

If you have another device that runs iOS, Find My iPhone is a must-have application. If you misplace your iPhone, you can use this app to locate your phone on a map. Even if your phone is set to silent, you can instruct it to play a sound at full volume for two minutes to making finding it even easier. If you’re worried your phone was stolen, you can remotely lock your device and wipe all personal data. You can even display a message on the phone for whoever finds it.


Sometimes you just want your music to anticipate your mood. Songza aims to “play you the right music at the right time”, and that’s exactly what it achieves. Songza offers thousands of custom-made playlists categorized by mood, genre and activity, streaming for free in high-quality audio. For every situation from working out and partying to “Waking Up Happy” and “Singing in the Shower”, Songza has you covered.

Top Five Paid iOS Apps

Camera+ ($0.99)

This app has been around for a while, and the result is a clean, bug-free app that massively improves upon your iPhone’s built-in camera application. Currently on sale for $0.99, Camera+ is an options machine. With dozens of ways to alter your camera prior to taking a photo, and hundreds of ways to edit it after, this is an impressive piece of software. Essential if you’re looking to push your photo-snapping to the next level.

TurboScan ($1.99)

One of the best-rated applications on the market today, TurboScan fills a huge need of students and young professionals. With the incredibly affordable price-tag of $1.99, TurboScan turns your iPhone into a multipage scanner. The well-built software quickly scans documents, receipts, even whiteboards and allows immediate storage or email as multipage PDF or JPG files. Most importantly, the quality of the scanned documents is copier-quality. A very useful app.

Notability ($1.99)

Notability was recently named by Apple as one of the top 25 paid applications of all time, and it’s not hard to see why. At its core, Notability is notation software that allows easy organization of your thoughts and ideas. However, it goes much further than that. In addition to allowing you take your own notes on a slick interface, you can also easily annotate PDF files. The most useful feature is the “linked audio recording”, which allows you to simultaneously record and take notes during a lecture or meeting. When reviewing your notes later, you can hear what was said at any particular time by clicking on any word. 

Clear ($0.99)

While there are many free to-do list applications on the market, this one is worth ponying up the money for. Clear’s bottom line is simplicity, and it works well. Just “pull” your finger down the screen to create a task to complete, and “push” the task to the side when it’s done. With a visually striking and intuitive interface, you can’t go wrong with Clear.

1Password ($8.99)

Whether you find yourself forgetting your passwords or just want to simplify your web-browsing, 1Password is a useful, albeit expensive, application. 1Password stores all your passwords behind a single “master” password you enter upon logging in to your device. It generates secure passwords to every site you visit and can even hold other important information like bank accounts and credit card numbers. All that information is protected with a special “military-grade” 256-bit AES encryption. While the $8.99 price-tag is likely to scare off some users, the peace-of-mind 1Password provides probably justifies the cost.