iOS Tip: Alternatives to iOS Stock Apps for iPhone & iPad

hero_frontApple’s core iOS apps are good enough for what they are intended for but there are much better apps out there that can improve your iPhone or iPad experience. A lot of them are free and the others are worth the price tag. Here I will offer a list and short review of each. Continue reading

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App Review: RetailMeNot

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RetailMeNot is a handy money-saving coupon app. Whenever I buy anything through a retail outlet, whether it be online or in-store, I check this app to see if there are any coupons I could use. It saves you from having to cut out or print coupons and its convenient because your phone is always with you anyway. Whenever I’m at a store and I decide on something to buy I quickly search to see if the store has a coupon. Just show the cashier at the register the coupon and they just scan it. Simple as that you save yourself a few extra bucks. It’s a free app so why not?

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App Review: Clear – A Beautiful & Simple Gesture-Based To-Do List App

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Clear aims to make your experience of completing tasks as pleasurable as possible. With gesture commands it is a breeze to create, edit, and cross off tasks from your to-do list. Pull down to add a new task, swipe to the right to mark it completed, and long-press and drag up or down to move a task around based on priority. Because of how simple it is to use you will find yourself putting everything that comes to mind that you need to get done. I’ve tried many other to-do list apps, both free and paid, and the one thing I just couldn’t get over was the fact that it felt like a task in itself just to create a to-do list. Clear takes that pain away. No due dates to set, no sharing options, or other settings that become distracting. This is simple and straight-forward. Make your list, get your work done, then cross it off. That’s it.

I’ve been using this app for over a year now and I have to say it is one of my most used apps. I use it daily for both work and personal life and I definitely get a lot more things done. There are also several color themes to choose from and as you can see from the above screenshot Clear uses the idea of a heat index to show priority.

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App Review: QBright – One Press to Change Your Screen’s Brightness

Image-1If you’re like me then the first thing you do in the morning is check your phone for any new messages, emails, facebook notifications, sports scores, and whatever else. (I call this moment ‘My Morning Briefing.’) However, when you’re just waking up your eyes are more sensitive to bright lights and even the iPhone screen can just be too much for your eyes to take. Enter Quick Brightness – QBright for short.

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App Review: Jasmine – a Superior YouTube Client

20130126-214723.jpgJasmine is a full-featured YouTube app for iOS. It’s free and there is both an iPhone/iPod Touch version and an iPad version. The one word that comes to mind when using this app is elegance. It is just a simple yet beautiful app. I enjoy the user interface much more than Google’s official YouTube app. I actually wish Google would just buy it out and release it as its official one.

But the beauty of this app isn’t actually the reason I recommend this. What I love most about it is the ability to fully create and manage playlists. More specifically, you can search for all the songs of your favorite albums and organize the tracks in order into playlists. With this app you essentially have access to all your favorite albums. And it’s so simple to do. Even the official YouTube app doesn’t have the ability to create playlists. You can somewhat edit them but nowhere near as smooth and easy as you can on Jasmine. You can name a playlist of your favorite album, search for all the songs, and add them to your playlist all from within the search list in less than a minute. Doing this on the YouTube app is just much more cumbersome.
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