I got my first cell phone in 2004, and since then, I’ve been through a number of phones–getting bored after a few months with each model. However, in December 2010 when I purchased my first iPhone, the game changed. The iPhone is the one phone I haven’t gotten bored with and I couldn’t imagine ever switching to another phone type (once you go Apple, you don’t go back)! So in honor of the tentative arrival of Kayla’s first iPhone tomorrow, here are my top 5 must-have apps for any iPhone owner:
GetGlue: This app is perfect for the entertainment lover. Check-in to movies, music, books, video games, or topics you’re currently immersing yourself in, and engage in conversation with others who are doing the same. Many check-ins also earn you GetGlue stickers, which you can order physical copies of and have shipped to you at no cost! This app is one of the best (and newest) in social media, bringing more attention to the rising of Social-TV.
Mint.com: Wondering how much money you have in your bank accounts, what your credit card balances are, and if you’ve been overspending recently? Mint.com allows you to view all of the information through this completely safe and secure app, and even gives you an option to add extra security with a pin to access the app. In the overview tab, you can see the combined total of your bank account (Ugh, I WISH that was my balance), as well as the status of your budget vs. spending and how much money you have coming in per month. After setting a budget for yourself, the app also alerts you when you’ve gone over/are close to reaching the budget and when you have a low balance in your bank account.
Hotel Tonight: Hotels too expensive or sold-out when booking prior to your trip? Planning a spur-of-the-moment trip? Forget to book your hotel? Then Hotel Tonight is the perfect app for you! Book a last-minute hotel deal in select cities at incredibly cheap rates. The company even gives you some credit towards your first hotel purchase through the app! My personal experience with the app? Ending up with a hotel room in Las Vegas the night of my 21st birthday completely free. Although there were extenuating circumstances (the hotel we had originally booked through the app overbooked, Hotel Tonight pulled through for my milestone birthday and really went above and beyond).
Instagram: Apple’s App of The Year. Need I say more? This app takes sharing photos to the next level. Not only can you follow your friends and stay up-to-date on their lives in pictures, but you can also check out what photos are the most popular and add your feedback to uploads. The app also gives you awesome choices to change the look of your photos without going through Photoshop, Picnik, or any other photo site.
HBO GO: Subscriber of HBO? Download HBOGO and access every episode of every HBO show ever! This app is perfect for catching up on the last episode of a show you may have missed, watching the show if you’re away from home, and experiencing the best of HBO’s programming throughout it’s history (over 1,400 shows/movies to watch). You’ll never find yourself bored with this app at your fingertips!
Oh, and did I mention that all of these apps are free!? It makes them even better! Do you use any of these apps? What’re your top app-picks? Share with us below!