The first (5) apps to download after buying an iPhone

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When you’re setting up your new iPhone of the first time, you probably already have in mind at least a few apps you might want/need right away.  This is especially true for users who have owned previous iPhone versions.  However, maybe this year you’re buying your first iPhone and you’re not exactly sure where to start.  Or, perhaps you are switching from another mobile platform, and you might be unaware of some stellar apps that are only available on iOS.  This is where we can provide some guidance, and suggestions based on years of experience and trial and error from our own interaction with the App Store.


Facebook-for-iPhone  Facebook  (free)

Love it or hate it–Facebook has nearly 1 billion users, many of whom  are probably openly talking trash about the most popular Socal Networking App available. I know I often find myself frustrated with privacy issues, and the mysterious amounts of time the app used to run in the background tanking my battery. However, at the end of the day, it is by far the most used app in my arsenal that doesn’t come pre-loaded on my iPhone.  From catching up with friends, to sharing pictures with family, to following my favorite sports teams Facebook seems to have the near-perfect recipe for success.

Honorable Mentions:  Hangouts, Periscope


Tweetbot_4-for-iPhone  Tweetbot 4  ($9.99)

I know what you’re thinking–$10 for a Twitter client, are you kidding me? No, I’m not kidding you.  Yes, there are tons of cheaper, even free Twitter clients available in the App Store–many of which are “ok” to use.  However, I spend a lot of time in Twitter, and I have yet to find anything that comes remotely close to Tweetbot in terms of UI, functionality, beautiful design, and available as a single purchase across iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple Watch. There are no in app purchases to worry about either, so advertising and constant harassment to upgrade is never a problem

Honorable Mentions:  Twitterrific, Twitter for iPhone


Pocket_Casts-for-iPhone  Pocket Casts  ($3.99)

There are many Podcast catcher Apps available for iOS, and to be honest, I like several of them.  However, if you hold my feet to the fire for my favorite of the bunch, I’d have to say Pocket Casts.  While PC fits my general requirements for an app to stay on my home screen for an extended period of time (use it at least 3 times/week, no ads, and most importantly–has a cool icon) it’s also an awesome Podcast player.  From cross-platform push notifications and reliable automatic syncing to variable speeds and continuous playback, Pocket Casts has it all.

Honorable Mentions:  Overcast, PodCruncher


Calendars_5-for-iPhone  Calendars 5  ($6.99)

If you have ever purchased anything apps from the awesome folks at Riddle, you’ll understand this pick.  I can’t say enough good things about the work they do, and the quality of their ecosystem.  Calendars 5 is the latest version of their calendar app that is designed for the iPhone as well as the iPad, taking advantage of the larger screen in a meaningful way. With Natural Language Input, a sophisticated Task Manager, and offline interactions that are synched once you are back online, Calendars 5 is always one of the first apps I download to any iPhone.

Honorable Mentions:  Fantastical 2, Google Calendar


Evernote-for-iPhone  Evernote  (Free)

This was a tough one, because I have several Productivity Apps on my iPhone Home screen. Evernote isn’t for everyone, especially if your basic needs are fulfilled with a simple one-dimensional To-Do list type app. However, if your needs are more diverse, Evernote is the “Swiss-Army Knife” of Productivity apps.  Cross platform as well as browser compatible, Evernote is designed for your iPhone as well as iPad and Apple Watch.  With Evernote you can write/save notes, checklists, and even clip straight from websites and add to a notebook.  If you have collaborative needs, you can discuss via work chat through the app as well as share Notebooks, agendas and action items with Team members all in one centralized location with  upgradable subscription levels to fit every need.

Honorable Mentions:  Wunderlist, Trello


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