I need to start this post with a disclaimer: most of these apps have no correlation to one another, but I always love seeing what apps people swear by. So, today I want to share five apps that I absolutely love and why I love them.
Recently, I had to replace my iPhone 6S (with its 16 GB) with a new iPhone. I decided I was done with the constant nag of not having enough storage on my phone, so I went all out for 256 GB. That means I have plenty of space to actually test out new apps on my phone. I’d love to start doing app reviews, maybe on a Youtube channel, or something similar. In the past week, I’ve gone a little overboard on trying out new apps, but honestly, I love it! Some of these apps are apps I’ve used since high-school, some are apps I’ve used for a few weeks now.
So, Radarscope is a highly powerful radar app. It doesn’t look pretty, it’s full of raw radar data. I’m a huge weather nerd, so I use this radar app all the time. I got this app back in high school, having seen it around and realizing how cool it was.
This app definitely isn’t for a normal person, you have to take the time to learn how to read it – but honestly, I feel pretty cool knowing how to interpret most of the data. This app allows you to look at multiple types of radar data, including the kind most people are used to seeing. When you get into some of the different radar types, knowing how to read those is almost like being able to decode a secret language.
I’ve had the iOS app for 7 years now, and when Hurricane Harvey was barreling in the Gulf of Mexico, I finally caved and bought the Mac app.
2. Hello Weather
Being the weather nerd that I am, I’ve always hated some of the mainstream weather apps on the app store – like Yahoo! Weather or the Weather Channel. I’ve tried lots of different apps to get my weather fix, but it wasn’t until I found “Hello Weather” about a month, month and a half ago, that I found one I like.
The graphics are nice and pretty, and I love how easy it is to read everything in this app.
This one is also new to my phone because it’s a new app. Grammarly has been something I’ve been a fan of for a few years (saved my ass a lot during my time in politics). Even as a writer, I’m only human and typos happen. Grammarly is a keyboard extension on your phone now that allows you to catch some of the craziest typos, including that weird one with the “I” on phones right now!If you're looking for new apps to try, here are a few. Click To Tweet
This app is actually owned by Apple, but people don’t talk about it a lot. If you’re familiar with IFTTT (If This, Than That), Workflow is pretty similar, but almost more intense. You can create buttons on your “Today” view of your phone. There are recipes for starting timers (I use this for laundry), I can do specific task-related recipes, too. I also have a lot of music in my phone library so I can create buttons for specific playlists. Instead of scrolling through all of them to find the one I want, I press a shortcut on my home screen and the music starts. This article from ____ does a really great job of explaining the power of Workflow, because one paragraph in a blog post won’t do it justice.
If you struggle with the constant distraction of your phone, try Forest. The idea is to build a virtual forest by setting a timer. Depending on how longer your timer is, you can choose how big your tree is. You build your forest by leaving the app open on your phone and letting the timer run down. If you exit out of the app, you quickly get a notification warning you that you’re killing your tree. And no one wants to be a tree killer!
This is great to keep at least some distractions at bay, at least on your phone.
There are so many other loyal apps I’ve talked about over the years, especially when I at school. I talk about my love for Evernote and Todoist all the time, but there are a lot of other apps that I rely on every day to help me throughout the day – these five included.
What are some of the apps you absolutely can’t live without?