For whatever reason, the iPhone has tons of different voice recording apps, but very few of them do anything more than Apple’s free Voice Memos app. We like Just Press Record because it manages to make itself worth its asking price by offering a different experience and feature set than Apple’s offering.
At a glance, system monitors might not seem as useful on your iPhone as they are on a desktop computer, but they can pack in a lot of good data. This includes detailed battery life breakdowns, storage space, data speeds, and more. For the average user, our favorite system monitor for the iPhone is Omnistat.
You have tons of options for calendars on iPhone, many that are free, but when it comes to the best, we recommend Fantastical 2, even if you have to shell out $5 to use it.
The iPhone doesn’t support app launchers in the same way as OS X, but that doesn’t mean app developers haven’t come up with clever workarounds. Case in point, our pick for the best launcher, Launch Center Pro lets you launch not only apps, but specific actions within apps.
In a world where multiple apps help you watch flicks on the big screen, there’s one app that rises above the rest. It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it’s the best way to buy movie tickets on the go. Coming to an iPhone near you: Fandango.
iOS has a bunch of great podcast managers these days, but after testing all of them, our favorite is Overcast because it’s packed with a ton of killer features and remains free.
Jailbreaking is a process that changes little by little with each iOS upgrade. Rather than always publishing new guides, we’re simply going to keep this one up to date. If you want to jailbreak your iOS device, you’ve come to the right page.
The iTunes Store has almost as many alarm clocks as it does to-do apps, so it’s difficult to choose the right one. In our tests, we found Wake Alarm Clock to be the best thanks to a good set of features and solid reliability.
You have an insane amount of choices for email clients on the iPhone and each does something a little differently than the rest. Shockingly, our pick for the best of these options goes to Microsoft Outlook. Yep, we’re surprised too.
Tablets are great entertainment devices, but they aren’t always as useful for getting things done. If you want your tablet to be more than just a fun little toy, it’s really just a matter of the right apps, attitude, and configuration. Here’s how you can turn your tablet into a handy, productivity-boosting tool.
iOS: If you want to play cards but don't have a deck, a free app called Card Table can do the trick. You need an iPhone or iPad touch and iPad to use it, but if you've got all that you just need people to play.
The iPhone has a bad habit of trying to autocorrect a word you typed correctly. If you're sick of it screwing up your sentences, here's a quick fix to put an end to your frustrations.
iOS: You might need a floor plan of a room but you don't always have one handy. If you can't ask for one and don't want to go through all the trouble of drawing it yourself, an incredibly clever app called RoomScan can draw one for you in about a minute.
Web/iOS: It's hard to find great new restaurants and cool things to try, but personal recommendations can go a long way. With Hiplist, you can create to-do lists for places you want to try and ones you already like, share them with friends, and get recommendations by following others.
Facebook just updated its iOS app, adding a new design for iPad and better photo management. In addition to speed improvements, you can now easily set who will see your albums. Find out more on TheNextWeb.
iOS 7 confused and frustrated some of us due to a lack of actual buttons in many parts of the interface. Instead, Apple opted for only text that wasn't always an obvious tapping point and was sometimes difficult to touch accurately. In iOS 7.1, you can bring buttons back and save your fingers some trouble.
The iPhone offers up a handful of IM apps, but IM+ works best. It's easy to set up, has an intuitive interface, supports many chat protocols, offers encrypted chats, and is available for free.
iOS and Android: If you're in a hurry and need to sell your stuff, TagSale can help you do it a little bit faster. You just snap a photo, slap a price tag on it, and it'll pop up for sale within the app.
If you love having your pets with you all the time—even when you're sleeping—you're going to wind up with some hair/fur in the bed. Presuming you don't want to wash your sheets daily, you can fix the problem with less work using a squeegee.