Readers of my blog know that I use my iPhone and iPad for both my business and personal lives and that my iPad is really an integral part of the things I do. There are over 1.2 million apps in the iTunes App Store with over 475,000 designed specifically for the iPad. With so many choices, knowing what other people use on their iDevices for productivity helps me choose my apps more intelligently. In this month’s article, I’ll tell you about the apps that I use on a regular basis and those that I have on my iPad and iPhone because they are functionally rich and simply cool.
With iOS8 and my iPhone 6 and iPad 4, I find that the way I use my devices has changed a lot. Having a bigger iPhone means that I use my phone when, in the past, I might have used my iPad. It really doesn’t matter, however; I have my settings arranged so that all of my apps are available in both places so now I really am device independent.
Top Apps That I Use Every Day
Here is a screenshot of my iPad Home screen. The third-party apps that are important to me and I use all the time are there, of course:
• Noteshelf (note taking with a stylus)
• Readdle Calendars 5 (replaces the stock calendar)
• SwiftKey Note
Other Apps on my iDevices
Here are the other apps I rely on regularly. Most are free; some are not.
• Amazon Instant Video
• Aviary (photo editing)
• Blackberry Messenger
• Blogpad Pro (for WordPress)
• CBS Local (for news – audio too!)
• ESPN SportsCenter
• Flixster (movies)
• Google Authenticator (two factor authentication for LogMeIn)
• Google Drive
• Google Maps
• HopStop (public transportation)
• IFTTT (functional automation)
• Kayak (travel)
• New York Times
• New York Yankees (of course)
• Night Sky
• PayPal Here (accepting credit cards)
• PDF Expert
• Printer Pro (print to my desktop printer from my iPhone)
• Scanner Pro (scan with my iPhone)
• SeatGuru (airplane seat advice)
• Snapseed (photo editing)
• SplashID (secure passwords)
• The Weather Channel
• Trillian (Google Chat client)
• Waze (GPS)
• WorldMate (travel)
In addition to these apps that can be used no matter where you are or what you do, I have several apps that are specific to the service providers I use and where I live. For example, I have apps for my financial institutions (Banks, Brokerage houses, Credit Cards, etc.), my cable provider (so I can watch TV on my iDevices) and parking apps (so I can get discounts when I travel into New York City).
Most of these apps are free. I encourage you to go to the iTunes store and read about the ones that look interesting. You might find some that will help you and those you don’t like after you’ve installed them, you can simply delete.