I love my iPhone and use it everyday. Over the years I have come across many applications (384 so far to be exact).
While this may not be the best apps for everyone, I use each and every one of them and have found them to be the ones I go to over and over again to keep me up to date, on track, and informed.
Instapaper is a great application that allows you to save web pages for later viewing.
It makes saving web pages, articles, and blog posts a breeze and optimizes the text so it is easier to read.
It supports over 140 applications from twitter to byline.
Web pages can be saved and viewed from multiple devices such as your iPhone, iPad and computer screen.
What makes this great is that you never have to worry about forgetting a great article you were researching or blog post that you found helpful.
You can also change the text format to suit your style, switch to-night time viewing, share what you’ve saved with friends and email links among other things.
I’ve used it on many occasions. With all the countless information I find on the web, I don’t have to be concerned about forgetting a few gems that I’d love to read but can’t because I’m stuck on other activities.
2) AWESOME NOTE
Awesome note does a great job of allowing you to take notes, categorize them and color code the categories, add a photo and save a map of your location right inside your notes, set to do dates with notifications, and add a quick memo when in a rush.
It’s designed beautifully for easy use and syncs with Evernote and Google docs.
It uses the iPhone keyboard so it’s very familiar to type with.
All in all it is a great application that I have used to draft blog posts, set to do lists, and record goals I’d like to accomplish.
Syncing it with Google docs means I can pick up where I left off whenever I choose to. Check it out for yourself.
3) SPEAK IT
Speak it is a very useful application I found for reading text. It comes with a decent list of accents to choose from and verbally speaks whatever text you paste into the application.
I find it extremely helpful when I’m too tired to read or when I am driving and cannot look down at my iPhone screen.
I can simply plug my iPhone into my car and listen to my email, a blog post, or whatever text-based material I don’t have time to sit down and read directly through my speakers.
You can purchase additional voices which also come in several languages if you need translation.
Some of these voices sound amazingly human, just make sure you go through them to find which one you are most comfortable listening to.
While the vocals aren’t perfect it’s a huge move forward in terms of alternative reading methods.
4) ANALYTICS PRO
I love analytics pro, it syncs with Google analytics and translates it into an easy to read display and to be honest I find myself using it much more often than going on to my computer and logging on to my account.
It gives you thorough data of your site and groups the information by traffic summary, visitor information, traffic sources, content viewed, goals, and e-commerce.
Each group has further defined data so you can get the specific information you are looking for.
It also unlike google analytics on your computer (as of the writing of this post) gives you frequent updates so you don’t have to wait until the next day to figure out what’s happened on your site.
Did your traffic peak at 2pm for your blog post on monetization? Analytics pro will let you know the same day.
I can’t say if the data is updated immediately, but I’ve had fairly good results with knowing when and where my visitors are and have been.
If you use twitter tweetbot might be a good alternative to the native twitter application. Tweetbot leaves a great first impression.
It’s a full-featured twitter client. It allows you to translate tweets, add your location, tweet photo’s and video, and view any drafted tweets you created all directly from your iPhone.
Searching for people and interests is extremely simple, you can search by popular now, do a twitter search by name, or search by what your interest are such as books, entertainment and food.
The navigation menu is very intuitive and allows you to access whatever you are looking for almost immediately.
I find it very easy on the eyes as some applications can strain your sight after a while.
I find it to be a very useful app for anyone that uses twitter on a normal basis and prefers something I feel is a little more enhanced than it’s native cousin.
If you like rss feeds from your favorite blogs, but wish they were better formatted and easier to read than Google reader then byline is for you.
Now you can peruse through all your posts with the simple flick of your thumb, index or whatever finger you prefer.
Byline syncs with your google rss reader and allows you to browse by website or aggregate them all together on one screen and preview all the articles in your feed together.
You can view up to 1000 recent articles and star the ones you like, delete the ones you don’t, and mark as read the ones you choose to.
You can also add notes which is great when doing research on a post or article in your feed.
It has a very slick, clean design and is very responsive to your touch. It also syncs with twitter, notepaper, and read it later.
Any great apps I missed? Let me know in the comment section!
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