With 2014 almost over I've been thinking about the things I've spent the year doing and one of those items is time on my phone. I purchased an iPhone 6 this year and when I did, I didn't do the usual thing and restore my phone from a previous backup.
Because of that, I've thought about the applications I use the most and the must-have applications I can't live without. I'm not counting the Mail or Safari app since those come pre-installed.
1. Runkeeper: Between attempting to lose 50 pounds in 2013 and training for my first marathon in 2014, Runkeeper has been my constant companion. It was the first one I downloaded when I started from scratch. I have an Elite account and also have a Bluetooth heart rate monitor connected, so I'm tied into the Runkeeper world and don't plan on going anywhere. My one wish for 2015 is shoe tracking. I'm training for my second marathon and would love to assign a specific shoe to each run without needing a separate app.
2. Rego: I deleted my Foursquare app when they revamped it, but Rego has been my favorite replacement. It's my personal social device with no sharing involved. What it does is allow you to mark a location, take photos, make notes and assign it to a folder or group. You create your own folders and groups so there's a lot of flexibility. Ever tried to remember what that dive bar you had that great bottle of wine at back in 2012? Rego solves that problem. I use it anywhere I've had a great meal or a great experience. I can get directions back to it and see any photos I took and any notes. This app makes me want to travel more so I can mark more places. They just added a Notification Center widget and I cannot think of anything I'd like to see added in 2015.
3. MacHash: I'm an Apple junkie. I read the rumors (but take everything with a pound of salt), news and recaps, but with so many outlets it would be impossible for me to get to work on time if I checked each site separately. This is where MacHash comes in. It aggregates news from multiple sites and gives me the choice to delete any sites I don't care for. It is my one-stop-shop for Apple news. I still have The Verge,
4. Lose It!: If you tracked the amount of time I spent with Lose It!, you'd be unimpressed, but it's an app I use every day without fail. As I mentioned with Runkeeper, I spent 2013 trying to lose weight and Lose It! was crucial to that goal. I
5. Injustice: Gods Among Us: This is the only game I've ever downloaded and kept playing for more than a few weeks
6. Day One: As a writer, keeping a journal is a handy-dandy way to jot down quick thoughts or ideas. Day One takes it a step further by adding the ability to add photos, activity tracking and tracking what music I'm listening to. I used the music tracking ability on a trip to New York when
7. Sonos: I got hooked into the Sonos ecosystem with the Play 1 and ended up adding a Play 5 to the lineup. Unfortunately, Santa did not bring me the Playbar I was secretly wishing for, but maybe 2015 will be the year. I love having music play throughout my house, especially when I'm cleaning or just have something I need to run upstairs, but don't feel like pausing my jam. The latest update gave it a nice visual overhaul and I'm digging it. However, my wish list item is for Sonos to add a Notification Center widget that allows me to pause or skip tracks without opening the app. In that regard, it's nicer to have music playing through Music default app since I can quickly access play controls.
8. Philips Hue: Having every light in my house connected? Sounds like a fantasy, but I love my Hue lights. With
There are other apps I could list to round the list off to a Top 10, but looking at my phone there's not enough reason to list them. Could I live without Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Starbucks? Maybe. Maybe not. And because of that it's probably enough to keep them off the list for now.
What are your most used apps from the past year? What can't you live without on your phone?