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As with many of the default iPhone utilities, the iPhone’s calendar app is fairly middle of the road. It’s a great app with solid functionality and good design, but it could be improved. If you find that the default calendar app doesn’t quite fit your needs, here’s 30 amazing alternatives you might want to check out!

We’ve split the selection below into categories containing apps with awesome functionality, apps that allow you to track holidays and important events, apps that throw in a handy clock feature, apps with a limited but useful focus, and finally, a few calendars that are just plain fun. Enjoy and let us know what you think!

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To thousands of people all over the world, December doesn’t bring thoughts of holidays and family time spent snuggling around a warm fire. Instead, these poor, tortured souls think only of one thing: finals. That dreadful part of the semester where your professors pelt you with countless evil tests which force you to load up on so much useless information that your brain tosses out virtually all of it as soon as you put the pencil down.

This year, make the most of your down time by sneaking in a little extra studying while waiting in line or sitting at the doctor’s office because of that dreadful cold that always waits until finals to hit you. Armed with your iPhone and the flashcard apps below, you’ll be ready to smile when Grandma asks you about your grades over Christmas dinner.

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Freelancers are constantly on the move. Not being tied to a specific office often leads to working anywhere we have an Internet connection. What better way to manage your freelance business on the move than with your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad?

Below you’ll find over 90 apps that will empower you as a freelancer to get more done when you’re away from your computer. Whether you’re a designer, writer, consultant or anything else, you’ll find tons of helpful tools.

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Dropbox is one of the best free tools to ever hit the Mac. Much more than a simple backup utility, people use Dropbox in all sorts of different ways, from hosting entire websites to sharing files with classmates.

The Dropbox API makes it possible for developers to integrate Dropbox functionality into their own apps. The most popular use of this technology we’re seeing on the iPhone is a recent crop of Dropbox-compatible note-taking applications. These apps allow you to create notes on your iPhone and then access them on any computer or mobile device where you have Dropbox installed. Below we’ll take a brief look at a few of these Dropbox note apps so you can decide which is best for you.

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Have you noticed that your iPad seems to have a few missing apps? For no apparent reason, the iPhone’s default offering is a bit more robust than that of the iPad.

Today we’ll seek to right this wrong by briefly looking at a few apps that you can use to fill the void on your iPad’s home screen. And since you should’ve gotten these apps free with your iPad anyway, we’ll make sure the replacements are free as well!
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“One upon a time …” Well, ok, you wouldn’t start a story like that anymore. You’ll probably have a much more striking idea for the opening which will make the reader of your short story or novel or poem crave to read more. But if the muse strikes you, where do you write it down? What if you don’t happen to have pen and paper or a smartphone with you? Or: how do you write professionally while not at your desk?

With National Novel Writing Month coming up, a 30 day frenzy of writing an entire novel, I took a look at the options the iPad offers us. And even if you’re not ready to lose yourself in NaNoWriMo, some of these writing apps might just fit your needs anyway if you are a serious journal keeper or have other professional writing needs.

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The iPhone offer applications for all sorts of tasks and today we are going to take a look at a few that will help you jot down notes. Since requirements vary, we will cover simple apps that are enough for quickly taking down a song name or a simple list, but also more complex apps that meet specific needs.

Be sure to take a look at our companion roundup over at Mac.AppStorm, looking at note taking software for the Mac.

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