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Must Have Apps for Your New iPhone 4S

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

Getting an iPhone means shelling out a pretty fair amount of money. But for a device that's fast, reliable and sleek, you're not going to regret the purchase. However, the first time you visit the Apple App Store, you might be a little overwhelmed at the sheer choice of apps that you have. Even if you're used to using the Android app system, knowing which apps your iPhone needs isn't necessarily second nature. So if you just got your hands on an iPhone 4S, here are the basic apps that you should install right off the bat...

Evernote for the iPhone 4S...

The note pad app on the iPhone is alright for jotting down a quick line or two, but for those people who really like to keep notes or make lists, Evernote is a must have. Not only can you take notes, merge notes, add tasks and deadlines, but you also synch all of your stuff onto the Evernote server. This means that you can access your notes from the web wherever you are. You can also put Evernote onto your home computer and synch your stuff there too. It's free, and the best note taking app out there.

LED Flash Light...

Okay, you might not think that you need a torch on your phone. But when you need it, you'll be glad to have it. Think of the number of times you've used your phone's back lit display to find a light switch, or a key hole. LED Flash Light is free, but it's also the best torch app we've seen. Not only does it brightly light up the screen of your phone, but it also utilises the flash from the camera on the iPhone 4S to get even more light. You'll never be stuck in the dark again.

YouTube...

Yes, you can access YouTube from your web browser. But having the dedicated app is faster, not only for finding the videos that you want, but for buffering and playing them too. It's definitely worth having the YouTube app on your home screen.

Wiki...

Again, you could open Wikipedia on your web browser, but having the dedicated app is faster, plus the pages come in an easier to read mobile format, shrunk down to headings which you click for more information rather than waiting for an entire page to load.

Mint...

Mint is a financial app, but it's not just for bankers and stock brokers. Mint tracks your spending, gives you reminders on your budget, can even store your bank balance and tell you how much money you can spend per day for the rest of the month. It's easy to use, and great for keeping track of spending. You can also configure Mint to remind you when bills or due, or when direct deposits will be taken from your account to stop you getting accidentally over drawn.

Facebook...

The Facebook app is a must have for anyone that's connected via social media. The app is sleek and easy to use, and really is the only way to connect over mobile (the page through the web browser is clunky and difficult to utilise). You'll get reminders of updates and additions to your timeline on your phone, and the app can even use the calendar on your phone to input important info into Facebook itself, such as friend's birthdays. The only thing that the Facebook app doesn't do well is send Facebook messages. For that, you'll need to download Facebook Messenger, a separate app that's dedicated only to messaging.

CNN or BBC...

Depending on your preference, a news app is a handy thing to have, whether it's for checking the headlines, entertainment news or the results of that football match you're interested in. Both CNN and BBC have great easy to use apps that are free.

Instapaper...

Smart phones can be a quick way to get a high phone bill, simply because they quickly use up the data allowance on your mobile phone contract. However, Instapaper helps to stop that. When you see a great article online that you want to read, simply add it to Instapaper and you can read the article off line later. Saves a lot on those data bills, and gives you something to do when you don't have an internet connection.

Camera+...

The built in camera on the 4S is a very nice piece of machinery. It takes great pics and makes it easy to share those photos with your friends. However, that doesn't mean that you don't need a little more. Downloading Camera+ will not only give you more photographic freedom (you can start playing with exposure and focus if you want), but it also gives you a range of special features like black and white filters, or a vintage look. If you want to take really beautiful pictures, then you'll need Camera+.

Shazam...

For music lovers, or just those with a bad memory, Shazam is a must have down load. The app identifies music tracks and gives you the name of the song and the artist. You just open the app and hold the phone somewhere where Shazam can hear what's playing and then you'll get all the info you need.

Angry Birds...

Angry Birds is a bit of a revolution when it comes to mobile gaming, and it's popular for a reason. Annoying, yes, addictive, definitely. If you only download one game onto your iPhone, it needs to be Angry Birds. For sitting in traffic, waiting at the airport or just letting out a little frustration, Angry Birds comes in several formats, from the classic to Angry Birds Rio or Angry Birds Star Wars.

Skype or Viber...

These two apps are pretty equal, and it really depends on which one most of your friends have. Both will allow you to send free messages over the internet, and to make free calls to contacts who also have the app. When it comes to saving money on phone bills, Skype or Viber really is a must have.

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