First time smartphone owner, any must-have apps?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ThereGoesJB, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. ThereGoesJB macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2010
    Just got the 5s and im stoked about it, given that i work a ton with computers as well as web design its silly i havent had a smartphone yet, but here i am.

    so im already familiar with some apps (find my phone, google maps)

    but what are some other apps that you consider must-haves? Or at least ones you find yourself appreciating the most?

  2. user-name-here, Sep 24, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2013

    user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    I dunno about must haves, but let me think of the apps I like best:

    Free Ones:
    - Google Voice (free text messaging)
    - Google Maps (better information than built in apple maps)
    - Gmail (better functionality than built in mail app)
    - Quickoffice (free document creation / editing with google drive support)
    - Youtube (entertainment, especially with chromecast to TV!)
    - Tapatalk (good for reading forums on a small screen)
    - Kindle (ebook reader with good sync functionality)
    - Skype (wifi calling)
    - Vonage (free calling)
    - iWork (free with 5c and 5s, acceptable word/excel/power point option)

    - Camera+ (huge amount of filters and options for the photographer)
    - Flashcards Deluxe (essential for my college classes, has text to speech!)
    - Greedy Spiders (awesome puzzle game that really gives you a challenge)
    - Secret of Mana (old school SNES RPG, a classic)
    - Zombies, Run! (good fitness app that makes going for runs fun with audio zombie survival missions)
    - Turboscan (document scanner, really helpful and much better than just taking pictures with the camera)
    - SoundHound (song identifier for those "OMG I love this song thats playing, what is it?" moments)
    - PDF Reader (good PDF reader with tons of options)
  3. StevenT42 macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tapatalk will let you read forums like MacRumors.
  4. Jsketch macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2013
    I think there's an app you can download that turns it into a phone
  5. ThereGoesJB thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2010
    ive got some .avi movie files i tried to add through itunes, but itunes denied me. App for that?
  6. MCRunning macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2008
  7. ThereGoesJB thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2010
    excuse my need of hand-holding, but itunes wont even let me add them, how do i get around that?
  8. StoneJack macrumors 65816


    Dec 19, 2009
    AppStore has a great selection of anything you might need at very reasonable prices, sometimes free or on promotion.

    I have dropbox, the grid (calendar and task manager), weather live, Photo Transfer (a best way to upload your pictures to home computer), Viber for free calls, Yahoo mail and Weather, Tetris blitz, Zynga poker (a great poker game), GuitarTune lite, Turbo-scan to name just few.
  9. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    For some reason people aren't staying on topic or being nice so if you can't get good results here, there is a dedicated app forum where you might get more play.

    I use:

    Fahrenheit (badge temperature)
    Weather Bug
    Breaking News
    AP News
    Huffington Post

    So many games it's hard to know where to start:
    Angry Birds
    Where's my water
    (Bowling games)
    Harbor Master

    The list goes on and one... :)
  10. ThereGoesJB thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2010
    figured out that VLC allows its own file upload through itunes, thanks

    Thanks for all the recommendations, already downloaded quite a few of these!
  11. DodgeV83 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2012
    nPlayer is the best overall video player out there. It lets you transfer audio/video wirelessly, and has the best performance out there in my testing. Don't take my word for it, check out Menneisyys2's (local genius) testing:
  12. rotobadger macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2007
    Although you can use VLC for .AVI files, I would recommend picking up Handbrake (free) and just convert your .avi, .mks, .etc to M4v (iPhone compatible).

    I just do a large batch at once and then I'm set for awhile.
  13. sportsfrk214 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2007
    My essential apps: Facebook, Tweetbot, Pulse, Dropbox, Moneywiz, Soundhound, Google Maps, YouTube, Yahoo Weather, iPhoto

    My essential games: Jetpack Joyride, Fruit Ninja, Doodle Jump, Temple Run, Dots, Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Real Racing, Super Stickman Golf, Words and Hanging with Friends, Draw Something

    Enjoy your first smartphone! When I got my 4S two years ago it was my first smartphone and it has in many ways changed my life lol
  14. rotobadger macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2007
    Oh, also highly recommend TableTop Racing. VERY addicting!
  15. ssls6 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2013
    Flightrack pro
    Ivi for movie conversion to iTunes (for the Mac)
    Find my friends
    iWork's which is free with your phone
    Hbo go
    Games for killing time
  16. Blueline29 macrumors 68020


    Jun 16, 2009
    Windermere, FL
    Make that 2 votes for Handbrake.
  17. Matt8045 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2012
    Only app I find myself constantly using is candy crush
  18. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2008
    Facebook, Echofon (better than twitter i think), Flickr (10gb free photo storage), Yelp (excellent reviews on everything out there), AroundMe (finds stuff around you), Gasbuddy (finds cheap gas), Shazam (you've seen the commercials), Fandango (look up movies), Chipotle (yes lol), Skype, Youtube, Facebook Camera

    I dont use many apps. i dont like having a cluttered phone. Its mostly music for me.

    Temple Run and Iron man are two fun games. Tetris also isn't a bad choice, classicaly fun. Angry birds gets boring after awhile.
  19. Jsketch macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2013
    The realization you don't really use that many apps
  20. Ramio macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2011
    Houston, TeXas
    1)flipboard(magazine like browsing of the web)
    2)tune in radio(40,000 radio stations all biff the world)
    5)whatsapp(free calls and messaging)
    6)remote if you have an Apple TV
    7)the weather channel
    8)photo vault( protected pics)
    9)Dish anywhere(if you have dish...can use it as a remote, access dvr and record shows)
    10)watchlater(allows you to cache YouTube videos for off line viewing...good if you don't have unlimited data)
  21. BDoggPrelude macrumors regular


    Jul 19, 2009
    Snapseed is by far and away the best photo editing app I have encountered. Super easy to use, amazing results and well worth the money.
  22. ThereGoesJB thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2010
    Interesting, what is the advantage of using that to convert the files and watching them rather than just using them as-is with VLC?
  23. randy98mtu macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2009
    Here is my list that I will be installing:

    CloudScrob (only if you use to track music listening)
    Remote (if you have Apple TV)
    Trailers (great for finding showtimes and watching previews of movies)
    Speedtest (if you are curious about your connection speeds)
    Google Maps
    GPS4Cam (if you are into photography and have a camera that doesn't geotag)
    Apple Store (for ordering your iPhone at launch next year. ;) )

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