This is an incomplete list, but I’m trying to pare down my apps, so only the ones I use most often are listed here. Feel free to suggest alternatives.
- Evernote – Synchronized note taking, with pretty cool OCR recognition (you can search for words in pictures or handwriting) – easier to use and organize than Google – access to web and phone apps including Gmail, Google Drive
- Awesome Note – Note taking with a beautiful UI/UX and text input functionality – syncs to Evernote
- iThoughtsHD – Visual Mind Mapping only on iOS unfortunately, but it is compatible with Freemind, has multiple export formats and syncs to cloud services.
- Toddledo – sophisticated, customizable, online task manager that is online and as an app. Can be customized to work with GTD method
- Time Timer – an intuitive visual time-keeper (like a stopwatch that can be set to repeat) ( mainly to remind me to stretch when working on the computer. I try to follow the 20/ 20/20 rule – which is every twenty minutes look up for twenty feet away or twenty seconds – this seems to avoid the otherwise blurry vision from looking at computer / mobile devices. The same can be accomplished by working at Starbucks and people watching.
- Card Munch or CamCard – Both capture and convert paper business cards into contacts. The prior uses people in india I think while the second uses OCR (thanks heather for the suggestion)
Better than the iOS supplied apps:
- NEW – or at least back! a redesigned Google maps. The speech for turn by turn is a huge improvement and unlike apple’s maps you can stop it quite easily.
- Google Chrome Browser – Renders things well and since I prefer it for the desktop it syncs my bookmarks through my Gmail account.
- Informant Pro – Time organizer – syncs with Apple, Google, Toodledo and more.
- Flipboard. A cool way to review aggregated content from multiple news and social media feeds. You literally flip through pages – in my opinion makes Twitter content more digestible.
- Flixster – for anything on movies, where playing, rotten tomatoes ratings etc.
- Songify – Ever heard of auto-tune? this does that – sing or say anything and it will put it to music. Fun for kids!
- CBC radio – a staple with access to multiple stations and podcasts.
- Songza – plays music based on mood and other scenarios – free and awesome
- TED talks mobile ( Started out as standing for Technology, Entertainment, Design but now covers more – fascinating)
Social media apps:
- Hoot suite – an aggregator to keep track of an publish to multiple social media platforms
- Linked in
- Google plus
Drawing and art
- Mobile mouse – use your iPad or phone as a trackpad over a wireless connection.
- Remote By apple – controls my tv when I misplace that stupidly small remote.
On the way out
- Dropbox for Google’s Drive seems to fit my workflow better and it’s free. cons: Google indexes your content for advertising purposes. Drop box was integrated well with some of my other apps.