A Time Capsule of Apps for 2014

Dec 19, 2014

My Top 23 iPhone Apps

As we approach the last days of 2014, I’ve decided to create a time capsule of the Top 23 iPhone Apps that I use and benefit from the most.

Many of the apps on this list have been around for several years, although most of them have evolved significantly from their humble beginnings. Remember how bad the mobile Facebook app used to be?

I’ll update this again in 2015 – and so, on as long as I’m still finding that blogging is a good thing to do. If there are any apps you feel deserve to be on this list please feel free to share them, and why you think they deserve a spot in my Top 23.

Because of the new iPhone 6 with it’s HUGE screen and amazing resolution I’m finding myself doing tasks that I used to reserve for my iPad or laptop. This includes things like shopping on Amazon or Craigslist, researching trips, or even purchasing airline tickets. I also wonder how it will affect the design of mobile apps now that many companies are taking a mobile-first design approach to their online and mobile apps.

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1. Facebook

Even with all the criticism by the media about privacy and news feed algorithms cheating companies out of getting their audiences they paid to acquire, Facebook still seems like a top-of-mind application for most of the adults I know. The younger generation may have moved on to apps like Snapchat and Instagram but I think Facebook will continue to remain a great way to share life’s happenings with friends and family, for at least the next few years.

 

 

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2. Twitter

I’ve really enjoyed watching Twitter grow up and become the best source of real-time information on the Planet – even the media – every Country relies heavily on Twitter for updates. Follow me @jonathangood

 

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3. LinkedIn

The original contact manager has grown into a massive publishing platform that’s great for businesses, recruiters, job seekers and networking. Today I get the most out of this by doing a little homework before going into a sales meeting. It’s always nice to know a little about the people you’re going to meet – including mutual acquaintances, past companies and even interests.

 

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4. Bufferapp

Using Buffer you can plan and schedule content to be pushed out to your social networks. There are other free options out there like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck but I really like the simple user experience of Bufferapp.

 

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5. Feedly

Feedly is my favorite feed reader today. It’s simple and has an elegant user interface. You can create lists of topics and news to help you stay up-to-date on anything and everything you’re interested in.

 

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6. Skype 

I use Skype to keep up with friends and families. I think they are doing something great to improve communication and collaboration over the Internet, and probably even reduce business travel (which is great for the environment).

 

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7. Google Maps

I can’t imagine trying to get around without Google Maps. I love being about to save places I’ve been as well as the places I want to visit. I remember when I moved to Southern California from Oregon and the only way to find your way around was the Thomas Guide. Thank you, Google.

 

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8. Google Drive

What good would all that information be without a proper place to store it? Drive is just that place – and because it has it’s own docs, presentations, and spreadsheets — who really needs Microsoft Office?

 

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9. Trip Advisor

It’s so easy to find great places to go on vacation. The main problem with this app is deciding on which of those dream vacations you want to take first. Maybe the should add a decision maker feature that helps you choose based on your budget and preferences.

 

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10. Loseit

This app is great for losers… or people who want to start losing some of those extra lbs. If you can stick to it for a couple of weeks I’ve found it can help me get back into eating better and exercising more. Just do it!

 

11. Instagram

It’s a free, fun, and simple way to make and share gorgeous photos on your iPhone. Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to breathe new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you’ll want to share with friends and family.

 

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12. Pandora

Pandora Radio is free personalized radio that only plays music based on genre, artist or song choices. They also offer one of the only apps that is well worth a $3.99 subscription to avoid the advertisements. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a custom “station” that plays similar music. And it works on Web or the App or even your Roku or other streaming devices.

 

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13. PayPal

Getting by in the digital world still seems like you need to have a trusted way to send and receive money. PayPal is still my trusted go-to-payment system – despite Google Wallet, Square and a host of others. I’m guessing Apple Pay is going to give them a run for their money – literally.

 

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14. Endomondo

Use your mobile as a free personal trainer and fitness partner! Using the built-in GPS, Endomondo Sports Tracker tracks your fitness – running, cycling, walking and any other distance based sport. On top, you get audio feedback on your performance during your workout and your friends can follow you live and send you pep talks in real-time.

 

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15. Amazon

This app is the one that has changed my shopping habits the most. Armed with an Amazon Prime Membership you get free shipping and a ton of other benefits like free streaming movies, music and more. The Amazon Mobile App allows iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users to quickly search, shop, compare prices, read reviews, and make purchases. To make on-the-go shopping and price comparison even easier, the Amazon Mobile App includes helpful shopping features that allow users to scan a barcode, snap a photo, or type a search, to quickly compare prices and check availability.

Amazon customers have full access to their existing cart, wish lists, payment and shipping options, order history, 1-Click (R) settings, and Prime membership benefits, just as they do on the web. Going shopping is now as simple sitting down on your couch and browsing.

 

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16. Quora

Quora is likely one of the lesser known apps on my list, but I use it as a place for finding answers and interesting questions.

Quora for iPhone makes it easy for you to browse the information that is most interesting and most valuable to you. People — real doctors, economists, screenwriters, police officers, and military veterans — bring a wide range of expertise and first-hand experiences to make the content on Quora high quality and enlightening.

 

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17. Shazam

I don’t use this app everyday but If you’ve ever argued with a friend over who or when a song was written/recorded – Shazam is the answer. Plus, if you hear a song and your favorite music aficionado friend is not there to tell you who it is, Shazam will help you to identify it without them.

 

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18. Kayak

Kayak is one of the nicest user experiences for travel research on a mobile device that is available today. I also get a lot of use from the built-in flight tracker app to quickly access flight status and timing.

 

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19. Dropbox

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.

Read your docs or flip through your albums when you’re out and about. Save photos or videos to your Dropbox and share them with friends in just a couple taps. Even if you accidentally leave your iPhone in a taxi, your stuff is always safe on Dropbox.

 

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20. Evernote

Awesome for taking notes on multiple devices and having all of them accessible. The main challenge I have with using Evernote is that I don’t always use it (more of a user adoption issue) so note all of my notes end up in the same place. I really like it because it’s searchable and you can create folders and tags to keep your notes organized.

 

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21. Pinterest

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. It lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find in your life. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

 

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22. Houzz

Need some Interior design inspiration? Look no further – Houzz has millions of photos of just about every room and accessory a household could ever need. Lighting, shelving, windows, furniture, kitchens…let your imagination run wild.

 

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23. Prismatic

Follow all the people and interests you care about and find stories you wouldn’t get anywhere else. Prismatic is another attempt to get the right news onto your mobile devices. Really like the clean minimalist design. What do you think?.

As I stated earlier, if you’ve made it this far and you feel there is an app that deserves to be on this list,  please feel free to share and why you think they deserve a spot in the Top 23.

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