Everyone has apps that they just have to have on their phone. In this post, we’ve ranked 5 apps* each that we simply can’t do without. For a bit of added fun, we gave the other’s choices a spin to see what all the buzz is about.
*For this entry we’ve decided against including the rather obvious choices that are most likely on everyone’s phones/tablets anyway.
Kritika’s App – Snapguide
Snapguide is a beautiful, easy way to create and share how-to guides. Discover new recipes, DIY projects, fashion ideas, make-up tricks, tech tips and lifehacks. Create your own guides and share what you love doing.
Karan’s App – BBC News
Use the BBC News App for up-to-the-minute news, breaking news, video, audio and feature stories.
Kritika: “I’ve always been into DIY but found How-To guides intimidating. Snapguide solves that problem by having visual step-by-step instructions. It’s a good place to stumble upon clever lifehacks.
I like how the news is organized and the clean interface as well. It’s easy to use, however I’m used to other news platforms so I wouldn’t want to make the switch to BBC News.”
Karan: “BBC lets me customize it to see exactly the news I want to. It’s perfect to stay up to date on things that matter you while on the go! I definitely can’t do without this.
I tried out Snapguide at Kritika’s behest. It’s pretty neat with some good user generated content but to a first time user it can be fairly confusing. I can see it’s value but I can’t say it’d be a mainstay on my phone.”
Kritika’s App – My Data Manager
My Data Manager allows you to track your daily data usage and ensure you don’t go over your monthly data bill.
Karan’s App – Comic Zeal
Comic Zeal is a fully featured comic book reader that allows for permanent bookmarking, stacked shelves and eye-catching themes.
Kritika: “I’ve been living without WiFi for the last five months and solely surviving on mobile data. This app has been a total savior in letting me keep track of my data usage and calculate how much data I can use in a day. I’ve tried many apps offering similar features but none of them seemed as easy to use as this one. This is definitely one app I cannot live without.
I don’t enjoy reading on my phone so I can’t see myself even downloading this app, never mind keeping it on my phone for a long time.”
Karan: “I wouldn’t have gotten through so many long flights without Comic Zeal. I’m a huge comic geek but carrying my collection around everywhere isn’t feasible. This app solves that problem by allowing me to stack my issues chronologically and read them anywhere and anytime I want! I had this on my iPod Touch in 2010, its still going strong on my iPhone 6S+.
My Data Manager is one of those apps that certainly performs a much needed function but the user input required for it to perform it’s task means it just ends up gathering dust in one of my phone’s many folders. I love the idea of the app and love what it can help me achieve but honestly, my baffling inability to input 2 or 3 numbers a month leaves me unable to take advantage. Fingers crossed that will change because I’m not going to be deleting this one.”
Kritika’s App – Evernote
Evernote allows you to be effortlessly organized with notes that sync between all your devices.
Karan’s App – theScore
theScore is the best way to follow all major sports. It delivers completely customizable scores, stats, news, alerts and much more.
Kritika: “I’ve always been a sucker for lists and make extensive ones for almost everything. This app is perfect to be productive as it lets you organize notes, to-do lists, ideas, images and more. It also makes it really easy to search this data. Evernote is almost like a personal assistant to me and has made my life easier in more ways than one.
I don’t understand why Karan has to use this app even while actually watching a football match.”
Karan: “I use Score exclusively for football scores. It’s leaps and bounds better than any similar app out there because of its exhaustive lists of stats, up to date news feeds, live commentary, match discussions and sleek interface. Also the ability to track not just teams and matches but also individual players makes it a must have for any Fantasy Football player.
Evernote has always seemed like a good concept. I even gave it a shot way back in the prehistoric days of the iPhone 4S. It didn’t stick then and now that Apple has upped its Notes game I can’t see it finding a place on my phone.”
Kritika’s App – Headspace
Headspace is meditation made simple. It offers guided and unguided lessons that range from 2 to 60 minutes long.
Karan’s App – Alien Blue
Enjoy the best and most entertaining content on the web with Alien Blue, the official reddit client. Reddit is the world’s largest and best platform for online communities to share and connect.
Kritika: “For the last couple of years, I’ve tried to meditate everyday. However, since I started working, I hadn’t been able to take out as much time to meditate. By offering ten minute guided sessions, this app has really helped me keep meditation a part of my life. It’s an added bonus that this app looks super cute.
Karan introduced me to Reddit recently and I’m completely hooked. I must admit though that I quite dislike the interface of this app and it took me a while getting used to Alien Blue as I found it quite confusing. Nonetheless, it’s a great place to read, learn and connect with the Internet.”
Karan: “Reddit is the Front Page of the Internet. Reddit is love, Reddit is life. I’m addicted to the website and I pretty much exclusively use it through it’s official iPhone client, Alien Blue. I downloaded it fairly recently but honestly I’m already certain that this is the start of a beautiful friendship.
Headspace looks adorable. I’ve never been one for meditation but of late I’ve been open to trying it out and this looks as good a place as any to start so yeah, this app is going to stay on my phone for at least 10 days.”
Kritika’s App – Flipboard
Flipboard is your personal magazine filled with stories, photos and videos on any interest. You can build your own personal magazine or follow world-class publications or interesting people.
Karan’s App – TouchArcade
TouchArcade covers the latest games and apps for Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It is the largest site dedicated to iOS gaming.
Kritika: “This is my all time favorite app! I easily spend a couple of hours each day reading on Flipboard. I love how this app offers a vast variety of topics to follow. I really enjoy creating my own magazines that I can flip through whenever I feel like. It also has an amazing interface that ensures I stay hooked.
As long as Karan uses TouchArcade and tells me which games to download, I can’t see myself downloading the app.”
Karan: “TouchArcade is one of the very few apps that I’ve used consistently ever since I first discovered it. I spend a lot of time gaming on my iPhone and honestly, without TouchArcade it’s unlikely I’d have discovered majority of the games in my library at present. Their reviews are generally on point and their weekly release list is one I have marked as a recurring event on my calendar. Come what may, I can’t live without this app!
Flipboard is interesting to say the least but I don’t see what all the fuss is about. Sure, it’s a pretty package which can give you a lot of edutainment but you have to wade through equal measures of pointless articles you don’t care for to find the gems. I haven’t given it a fair shot though, and I doubt I will as Reddit and BBC News cover my requirements in the same area. Still, I suspect I may be missing out but as things stand I’m too distracted to notice anyway.”
We’d love to hear what apps you can’t live without. Let us know in the comments.