The Best Apps on My iPhone

I’m one of those people who is crazy picky about the apps I keep on my iPhone since it doesn’t have a lot of memory on it. I have the 16GB model so between music, apps, movies and photos, I have to be selective about the apps and games that I keep on my phone. I don’t play a lot of games on my phone. So…here’s a list of the best ones that I have and links to where you can find them!

  1. Dropbox- I love having this on my phone because it allows me to access all of my important documents, from my resume to writing samples on the go. I have access to the most important documents on my hard drive and since I also have Dropbox connected to my laptop, I can add and delete documents as I see fit!                           
  2. ImageWaze- Seriously, this is the best GPS app I have ever had, and trust me, due to my special knack for getting lost, I have tried many. This one allows you to beat the traffic, tells you how long it will take you to get there and allows you to choose the route you want to use. It’s user run so if there’s a traffic jam on your way to or from work, you can let every other “wazer” on the road know so that it notifies them while they are driving. It also alerts the user as to stopped vehicles, accidents and police on the road. It also acts as a bit of a game; if you are a champ at beating traffic, you can collect road treats (mine look like soccer balls for some reason) and level up, for example, when I am driving, there are icons on the screen that indicate other Waze users on the road, some look like princesses, some look like ninjas. It’s as entertaining as it is helpful!                                     
  3. Sleep Cycle- Are you as tired of feeling groggy when you wake up as I am? Then use this amazing app that my Dad told me about. It’s called Sleep Cycle and it has sibling apps like “Power Nap”. It can tell what stage of your sleep cycle you are in and only wakes you up at the top of it. When you set a normal alarm clock, it doesn’t matter what part of the sleep cycle you are in, it’s going to wake you up at 6:30am whether or not your body is ready for it. With Sleep Cycle you don’t have to worry about that. You always wake up Imagerefreshed! You set the alarm for the latest that you can wake up and it opens a half hour time window within which to wake you. When you wake up, you can take a look at your sleep cycles from that night and other nights and the graph will tell you how much time you spent in deep sleep, awake etc. It also asks you what kind of mood you are in when you wake up and does not use a harsh alarm to wake you. You can also set sounds to play while you fall asleep like rain or waves. It has seriously changed the way I feel about waking up in the morning!                                                                                   
  4. Duolingo- If you are like me, learning a second language is daunting. I hated trying to learn French in a classroom, it really just did not work. People kept trying to tell me about this app, Duolingo, which is totally free and a fantastic way to learn a new language. It asks you questions in a variety of ways, causing the repetition not to feel redundant but making sure that the information is committed to memory. It is separated into various levels and breaks the language down into very small bits so as not to overwhelm the user. It’s free and online articles suggest that is every bit as good as Rosetta Stone. It teaches through speech, listening, translating, and multiple choice. There is no rote memorization of vocabulary or tenses. You can set a daily goal for yourself, mine is 10 minutes a day and I usually play right before I go to bed.
  5. Weather Underground- I know there are a million weather apps out there and there is already one on your iPhone when you get it, but this one is fantastic. It’s very simple, the opening page just tells you a very basic forecast, whether it will be warmer or cooler than the day before and if rain is likely. If you need a more precise forecast, just click the “Get complete forecast” link and it will give you animated radar and hourly forecasts. It’s really simple, quick and accurate, everything I need a weather forecast app to be.
  6. Run Keeper- I just recently picked up running and this is definitely the best app I have used. I tried using the Nike app that comes on the phone and I didn’t like it. This one allows me to plan how intense of a run I want or to get on a training regimen if I am training for a race. It connects with the music in the phone so you can listen to a playlist while you run. It tells you increments while you run; for example, “Light jog for 1:30” and it just chimes in and lowers the volume on your music and when it is done speaking, you go back to regular volume. It also has a gps in it to tell you where you ran and how far. It also allows you to schedule work outs and if it has been a while since your last run, sometimes it sends a notification to you through Push notifications or through email that Imageit might be time to exercise.
  7. Starbucks- I love my coffee and am a proud carrier of a Starbucks gold card. This app allows me to refill my card, track my stars to see how much longer until I have a free drink, and I can pay from it. It keeps track of my balance and I can program my favorite drinks on it. It also sends me messages with the free songs or apps of the week. Everything I love about Starbucks already, just on my iPhone. I love that it prevents me from having to take out my card to pay as long as I have battery and their reader is working. They can just read the card code from my phone and my balance instantly updates.
  8. Amazon- Normal app right? Well, I shop…a lot, and most of the time it’s window shopping. But I want to remember the awesome finds that I see when I am at the mall, or most likely the book store and if I don’t want to purchase them right then and there, then I just scan the barcode and Amazon looks it up and 9/10 times  finds the item, I just add it to my wish list and call it remembered. It’s super easy it allows me to keep all my wish lists on hand for when I do go to purchase something. It also allows me to check to see if Amazon has the item for a lower price!
  9. TED- I am a SUCKER for a good TED talk so when I found out that they had an app that gave me access to all the talks I wanted, I downloaded it right away. Not only does it allow you to listen to or watch streamed talks, you can add talks that you don’t necessarily have time to listen to right then to your list, like a bookmark and then you can listen to them later. TED talks are a great way to keep learning from amazing people all over the world.
  10. Animated- It’s Disney’s most expensive app at almost $13 but it’s a must have for hard core Disney fans. It’s like always having the special features of your DVD collection at your finger tips (I advise using it for iPad, as it has a larger screen). It allows you to go behind the scenes and into the history of the way Disney creates it’s animated feature films. It starts with the shorts of the 1930s and goes all the way up to Frozen. It contains beautiful concept art, video clips and all sorts of amazing magic I don’t even think I have found yet!
  11. BONUS- If you have not played The Room…just do yourself a favor and download it. You should do this when you have a lot of time on your hands. It has some of the most beautiful graphics I have ever seen and it’s not brainless, which is what I really like about it. It’s a puzzle game that has a bit of mystery and story to it. I don’t know how else to explain it, you will just have to get it and find out!

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