Just unwrapped a fancy new iPhone X? Maybe a svelte iPhone SE? No matter what model, you’re gonna need some apps to go with your fancy new phone. Fortunately, we’ve already done the busy work for you and put together the best apps to get started with.
We’ve rounded up our favorite and most-used apps and utilities for the technology we use every day. Check out our other picks for iPhones, Android phones, PCs, and Macs. We’ve also listed our favorite games for iOS and Android from this year, and our top choices for PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.
Apple’s email application is straight up terrible, especially if you’re a Gmail user. Instead, download Edison Mail — it’s lightning fast, it’s free, and it’s full of great useful features like automatic flight tracking, smart email sorting, and quick gestures.
This one’s a bit obvious, and I hear Apple Maps has actually gotten better these days. But I’d rather not risk getting lost, so I use Google Maps, and you probably should too.
Running out of iCloud backup space and losing all your pictures sucks. So why not play things safe and install Google Photos, which automatically can back up all your pictures to the cloud. And unlike Apple, Google lets you store as many pictures as you want for free.
The default weather app on iOS is OK. But Dark Sky is better, offering hyper-local weather forecasts that will let you know with pinpoint accuracy if you need an umbrella or not when you leave your apartment.
Recommended by our own Casey Newton as the best app for tracking your budget and planning spending, Clarity Money can help you make sure you’re not going overboard on takeout and maybe even start to keep some cash in savings.
Like it or hate it, Twitter is still a big part of people’s lives. But the official Twitter app is a complicated mess that makes it tough to find new posts and is constantly getting updated or rearranged for whatever new feature the company is trying. Tweetbot is simpler with a straight chronological feed, no ads, and powerful mute tools that, if not quite enjoyable, make Twitter at least bearable to use.
Add some sparkle to your new pictures with kirakira+, a photo filter app that adds an extra twinkle to your Instagram photos for that extra touch of flare. Your life as a social media influencer will never be the same.
iOS 11 has added some new options for converting Live Photos into looped videos, but the best way to make quick GIFs from your animated pictures is still Google’s Motion Stills app, which remains one of the most entertaining ways to take advantage of the feature.
You’ve probably finished your holiday shopping, but for next year you’ll want to use Deliveries, an incredibly polished package tracking app that will help you keep track of when all your stuff is arriving, no matter which service Amazon has decided to use to ship it.