Our Favorite Apps: The iPhone.AppStorm Team’s Top Picks

A week or so ago, I was going through my usual routine and looking at our sister site, Mac.AppStorm, when I found an excellent post by Jorge Rodriguez titled, “Our Favorite Apps: What the AppStorm Crew Couldn’t Live Without.” Anytime I read a post like that, I always come away with new apps for my arsenal that I had either never used before or never thought of, and that’s exactly what happened this time.

With that in mind, I decided to “borrow” Jorge’s concept and do the same thing over here at iPhone.AppStorm. I contacted our team and asked them what their favorite apps were. The answers might surprise you.

David Appleyard: AppStorm Network Manager

Reeder

After checking my email in the morning, the next thing I always do is open Reeder to check on any news that has landed overnight. It’s a wonderful application, and the perfect way to keep track of the different sites that I follow. Although many people say that RSS is on the way out, I still much prefer this subscription medium over Twitter for my favourite sites.
Price: $2.99
Developer: Silvio Rizzi
Download: App Store

Instagram

There’s a strange compulsion with Instagram. Although the idea of a photo-only social sharing service doesn’t appeal to me, I absolutely love keeping track of the different photos shared by my friends and colleagues. There’s something very enjoyable about the visual medium, and it shows you a different side to many of the people you “follow” online.
Price: Free
Developer: Burbn, Inc.
Download: App Store

Kayak

My third pick is slightly unusual. Although I don’t use it every day, Kayak is my go-to solution whenever I’m searching for flights. Scouring the internet for the cheapest deal on a flight used to be something that I dreaded, but Kayak really makes the whole process incredibly enjoyable. A stellar example of how to simplify a very complex process into a wonderfully straight-forward interface.
Price: Free
Developer: Kayak
Download: App Store

Kevin Whipps: iPhone.AppStorm Editor

MLB.com At Bat 11

As a huge Red Sox fan, I need to watch every game I can and be kept up to date on the latest goings on in the AL East. With MLB.com At Bat 11, I can watch live games, see standings and so much more. It’s one I use every day, and it was one of the best purchases I’ve made on the App Store.
Price: $9.99
Developer: MLB.com
Download: App Store

SiriusXM Internet Radio

Whether I’m driving in my truck or listening at the office, SiriusXM is always playing in some way on my iPhone. There’s no better way for me to get commercial free music, plus Howard Stern.
Price: Free
Developer: SiriusXM Radio
Download: App Store

OmniFocus for iPhone

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I would not be as organized as I am without OmniFocus. I fought it for a while because of the high price, but it really is the most powerful and versatile GTD app out there.
Price: $19.99
Developer: The Omni Group
Download: App Store

Tessa Thornton: AppStorm Writer

ShoppingList

ShoppingList makes it really simple to create lists quickly. It keeps track of all items you’ve added in the past, which not only speeds up the list-making process, but also helps you remember items you might have forgotten about.
Price: $0.99
Developer: Werner Freytag
Download: App Store

3do

I use 3do to keep track of things I really have to do, but really don’t want to do. It makes it easy and enjoyable to add one-time or repeating reminders, and I love the unique interface. One of the few apps I’ve reviewed that I still use.
Price: $0.99
Developer: Cleversome
Download: App Store

Dropbox

I know it’s ubiquitous, but writing iPhone app reviews would be horribly tedious without Dropbox, it’s probably the easiest way to get photos from your iPhone to your computer.
Price: Free
Developer: Dropbox
Download: App Store

Jorge Rodriguez: AppStorm Writer

Time Flies

Although I don’t use this often, it is very good at what it does, and the concept behind it is so simple that it just makes it even more genius. I use it to keep track of tasks that I repeat often like paying bills, giving maintenance to the car, cutting my hair or filling the gas tank. It provides a nice way of keeping track with any of these tasks and the repetition of them over time.Price: $0.99
Developer: Absent Design
Download: App Store

Wunderlist

I got to review Wunderlist for the Mac a few months ago, and I haven’t stopped using it since. Although I’m not a fan of GTD apps, this one is so fast, simple and pretty that I just can’t help but use it, especially on those days where you have lots of things to get done and end up forgetting most of them.
Price: Free
Developer: 6 Wunderkinder
Download: App Store

Julia Altermann: AppStorm Writer

tadaa – HD Filters

Tadaa is a photography and photo sharing app with an amazing feature: live filters! You can apply filters right in the viewfinder while evaluating your motif. That way you’ll immediately see what the photo is going to look like.
Price: Free
Developer: menschmaschine Publishing GmbH
Download: App Store

Tweetbot

Surprisingly good twitter client, albeit without desktop/iPad app or sync.
Price: $1.99
Developer: TapBots
Download: App Store

Erica Henderson: AppStorm Writer

Evernote

Ah, Evernote, keeper of my life. You help me remember things I didn’t even know that I knew.
Price: Free
Developer: Evernote
Download: App Store

Rdio

Better than Pandora, Rdio is your own personal music library. Since using this app I no longer have to say “It’s Pandora, not me” when a particularly obnoxious/embarrassing song comes on during work. Rdio has the added luxury of letting you download complete albums and allows for offline playback.
Price: Free
Developer: Rdio
Download: App Store

Gift Plan

I am terrible with birthdays, absolutely terrible, so this app is perfect for reminding me whose birthday is looming in the near future. I no longer rely on Facebook for birthday reminders thanks to Gift Plan’s push notification warning. Gift Plan also has the ability to save birthday/holiday gift ideas as well as mark gifts off the checklist once I purchase them. This app has definitely saved a few friendships.
Price: $2.99
Developer: Glasshouse Apps
Download: App Store

Marie Look: AppStorm Writer

Shazam

Because I need to know who sings that song. Now.
Price: Free
Developer: Shazam Entertainment, LTD.
Download: App Store

Twitter

Why Twitter? Because I need to stay connected and in the loop even when I’m away from my computer.
Price: Free
Developer: Twitter
Download: App Store

Yelp

I love Yelp. How else would I know where the best restaurants are in town or where I can find an organic dry cleaner in my neighborhood?
Price: Free
Developer: Yelp
Download: App Store

Final Thoughts

Thanks for checking out our list of our favorite apps, and we hope that some of these will help you out as well. Have any favorites that we missed here or ones we should check out? Let us know in the comments!


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