Top 10 iPhone Apps (Reviews)

I'm fairly obsessed with my iPhone (as is everyone, right?) and I'm a bit of an App hoarder. I go through a pretty steady rotation of Applications because I enjoy testing them out - but only a few actually stick around for the long run. This is a comprehensive list of Apps that I check and utilize daily.


Alright, I don't know if Simple really deserved the 10th spot - considering it's probably my most used & favorite App. But I also didn't feel it was a fair contender because Simple isn't exactly an App - it's more accurate to describe it as a Bank Account with an App attached. And yet - that's exactly why it's fucking amazing. It has one of the best UI's I've ever seen and it allows for super easy budgeting. I highly recommend going to their site and checking it out.


If you're a narcissist, like myself, you obviously need an app that will tell you exactly what you posted on all of your social media accounts every day for the past few years of your life! I have to say, I enjoy checking every day to remember some long-lost witticisms. I imagine the novelty may wear off once a year's worth of Timehop is recycled and you start seeing posts pop up you've already revisited. But for now it's definitely entertaining! I liked the fact that the very first Facebook status it displayed for me was the very elegantly stated, 3-year old sentence: "I want a calzone". Ah, memories!


Ness isn't too revolutionary but I'm a sucker for a pretty, well-designed App. If you're looking for an easier way to find restaurants without having to use UrbanSpoon or Yelp (both of which I'm kind of over) this is a good alternative. It has an easy rating system, with which it determines other restaurants in your area that you may like. I've been using it a lot this past month and it's earned it's spot outside of a folder. Damn, good stuff.

PRICE: .99

I have no excuse for having or enjoying Haze as much as I do. The weather App on iOS7 (which I am currently using) is actually lovely, and free for that matter, and yet I find myself going to Haze to check the weather much more. The interface is almost disappointingly simplistic. When I first launched it I was dismayed at how little frills there were. But the more I used it the more I realized it was designed to check the weather in the most intuitive/quickest fashion possible. When you open it, the current temperature is very boldly and clearly displayed with a beautiful color scheme (of which you eventually have many choices). If you would like to know a little bit more information (as in the screenshot above) you simply tap on the screen. Mock if you want, but I really love Haze and I think it was well worth my dollar.

PRICE: 1.99

I love, love, love the idea of Sleep Pillow and I wish it could be higher on my list but unfortunately I must preface this by saying: this app is ugly. I absolutely hate how it looks, and I honestly haven't figured out what half of the buttons do yet. Regardless, the main features that I have figured out how to use are very enjoyable. I have a lot of trouble sleeping, so I bought this App as a desperate attempt to cure insomnia one night. It gives you a collection of relaxing sounds to choose from (thunderstorms, whale calls, windy night etc.) and allows you to mix them together.


Snapseed is a very basic but powerful photo editing app. I have a ton of different ones on my phone, but I probably use this one the most for basic brightening or color adjustments.


This might seem like a no-brainer. But seriously, if you don't already use Goodreads to track your reading it's time to do it. I don't know how other people keep track of what they've read, but for me this App/website is the perfect incentive to keep me on track for my reading goal every year. I also have an extremely large (and growing) to-read list I love to randomly select books from to buy on Amazon.


Most of you have probably heard of Songza - it's definitely popular at this point. But a few of my friends that I spoke with recently had never heard of it and so I don't want anyone to be left out. Think of it as a new Pandora but with many interesting ways to choose your station including by activity, mood, or decade. I enjoy having the responsibility of what to listen to lifted from me with pre-made playlists, in addition to it being a good way to be introduced to new artists. Songza is my go-to music app.

PRICE: 3.99

Alright, I know that's a hefty price tag for an App but, if you are a writer this App is pretty fucking cool. In addition to the prompts you receive, there is the option to click on the lightning bolt in the top corner which will give you a writing direction such as "use romantic language" or "explore your characters weaknesses". I read a lot more than I write and the hardest part for me is always starting. I don't use it all the time, but when I do I find it very helpful and fun.


My favorite App of the moment! Balanced is very simple: you enter in a wide range of activities and how frequently you'd ideally like to be doing them. When you've done one of them, you swipe to the right and it gets marked off and thrown to the bottom of the pile. The activities you do the least rise to the top and Balanced occasionally reminds you to do one of them. I love To-Do lists and I find this is an easy reminder to take care of myself while keeping track of what I've been ignoring lately. I especially liked the pre-set activities that the App lets you choose from - there are some really nice and practical suggestions.

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