I’m starting a new tradition this year called the ROG awards. ROG stands for Rock of Gibraltar and in this context it applies to the 5 rocksteady apps that make my iOS devices worth using. I go through a lot of apps on both my iPhone and iPad. It’s perfectly logical… I do write a tech blog for crying out loud and I am an IT Director. Aside from that, I’m a tech and Apple enthusiast. I give A LOT of apps a try from productivity apps to games, but the thing is, very few of the apps I download actually stay on my device for longer than a couple of weeks. As I really thought about it, I realized there were only five solid workhorse apps that truly make a big difference in my life.
While there are some apps that I find really cool and genuinely useful such as the iWork apps, Google Voice, a few camera apps, a weather app, some games and some social apps, this prestigious list is reserved for the top 5 apps I couldn’t live without. These apps stay on my device even as I delete scores of others that I either got bored with or that didn’t deliver on their promise or hype. These are the five apps that will make my iPhone and iPad worth owning in the coming year. It’s quite possible that you have heard of most, if not all, of these apps before and you may even be sick of hearing about them, but I mention them nonetheless because if it weren’t for these five apps I don’t think I’d find my iOS devices nearly as compelling. This list excludes, of course, built-in iOS functions such as Siri, Mail or Safari. Duh.
This is the one non-Apple app that has the singular distinction of living in the dock across the bottom of my iOS devices. It’s there because I use it so much. I’ve written about how great I think Evernote is before, but to recap, I use it for stashing important information I know I will want to find later (both for work and in my personal life). To me, Evernote’s killer feature is the ability to attach pictures to notes and then search for the text within those pictures later. One use case is this: As an IT Director, I always take pictures of the ...