My top 5 iPhone apps


Anyone who knows me will be aware that I love my iPhone. I’ve been an iPhone user since the first gen was released in 2007. As soon as I saw the TV advert for it I knew I would own one and bought it very soon after that. I finally owned the device I’d always dreamed of but never previously existed. Then they opened iOS to third party applications and it got ever better!

Here I am 7 years later (7 years!) with an iPhone 5S and still love it like I did my 1st gen, in fact probably more. In those years a LOT of apps have made it into my home screen, some for short periods, some for years, so here is a list of my Top 5 iPhone apps.
(List is based on apps currently on my iPhone 5S running iOS 7)

evernote40 Evernote
I’m an obsessive list and note keeper. As such I have used many, many note keeping applications but none have ever compared to Evernote. It’s cross device support means I can access it anywhere I like, work, home or on the go; and I know my notes will always be up to date and perfectly synchronised. I can have various notebooks with multiple notes for all sorts if different topics and finding the one I want is a snap with keyword and tag searching. Plus I can pin my most accessed notes to the top for super quick access.
And, it’s completely FREE!
instagram40 Instagram
A big hobby if mine is photography. I bought a Canon 400D in 2007 and carried it everywhere with me for months. I still have that camera but normally it’s packed up at home though and only comes out to play when I’m on holiday or at an event or family function, when I really want to capture the best shots. “The best camera is the one you have with you.” This saying is so very very true, and the camera I always have with me is my iPhone, and the app I still prefer to edit and share my photos with is Instagram. I’ve used it for about 3 years now and though many see it as a kids toy of unskilled photo editing, I still love the results it gives me. One of the things I love about it most is I can share it across all of my social sites so easily. It’s still loads of fun and I love the sense of community that is to be found by following challenges like Fatmumslim’s Photo A Day challenge.
snapseed40 Snapseed
Snapseed was given away during the Apple 12 Days of Christmas promotion at the end of 2010. I had purchased the app about 2 weeks before this. Annoying! However despite the fact that this app is now completely free I don’t regret handing some of my money over to the developers. It is a masterpiece of photo editing software and is simple to use yet complex enough to really get the most out of your photos. Colour correction, white balance and detail editing is easy yet produces fantastic results. If every you’ve taken a photo you loved but was too dim or yellow this is the app to use. There are so many other great features to this app like, filtering, tilt-shift, frames and textures, so there is something for everyone.
feedly40 Feedly
When Google Reader closed it’s doors I was devastated and didn’t think I’d ever find a news reader to replace it. I tried a few but once I tried Feedly I knew I would shed no more tears over Google Reader. Adding and sorting feeds is a piece of cake, as is sharing articles across a variety of other networks and mediums. Simple, clean, customisable. It’s doing a cracking job and I use it daily, both on my home & work PC and by iPhone and iPad.
kindle40 Kindle
If you are an avid reader like I am, having your current books with you at all time is essential. Knowing that my current location will be synced across my kindle and iPad is awesome, so I know I can pick up any device and carry on reading where I left of. The interface is simple and clean and the font can be customised to suit your preferred size, margin & spacing. You can also annotate, highlight and share quotes, read extra details about thy book synopsis, characters and popular quotes from other readers. It really is great for getting more out of the books you are reading.

Honourable Mention

chrome40 Chrome
Honourable mention because for me this is a no-brainer default app that everyone should be using. Tabs can be synced across devices by logging in to your google account and likewise passwords and logins can be cross-synced.

I’d love to know what some of your own favourtite apps are so drop me a comment and let me know what they are and if you find this list useful!

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