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50 Best iPhone Apps of 2014

50 Best iPhone Apps of 2014
January 04
14:47 2013

Apple has recently announced that its official application marketplace is now home to over one million apps that have been released under a multitude of categories by thousands of different developers.

In addition to the currently available offerings on the App Store it has also recently been revealed that well over one million dedicated iOS offerings have been submitted to Apple for approval since the store opened in 2008.

Having that many apps in one place definitely gives iPhone and iPod touch owners significant choice on how they want to extend the functionality of their device, but here we run through what we feel are potentially the best apps of this year.

tweetbot
Rating: 5/5
Price: £1.99
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Tweetbot

Tweetbot

“Great 3rd party Twitter app”
Tweetbot has easily managed to make itself the most popular Twitter based application on the iOS App Store. With a highly customized user interface and a powerful set of features TapBots have created an application that has sat at the top of the social networking charts for most of 2012.


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facebook
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Facebook

Facebook

“Official Facebook iOS app”
The official Facebook application speaks for itself in terms of popularity and overall downloads. The most recent 5.0 release of the application took the steps to ensure that the app offers a native experience with speed and reliability greatly improved. With over one billion active users Facebook have ensured that all iOS members can seamlessly access their chat messages and statuses with minimal fuss.


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inst
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Instagram

Instagram

“Awesome social photo app for iOS”
Instagram found it extremely easy to stand on its own two feet after single handedly creating and dominating the photo sharing market. After being acquired by Facebook in a cash plus stock deal the Instagram network has gone from strength to strength with a number of impressive updates including the extremely awesome Photo Map functionality. Many have attempted to copy what Instagram brings to the table but none have managed to hold a candle to it.


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pocket
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Pocket

Pocket

“Save webpages offline to read without internet”
Saving web-based content and articles for offline viewing has never been easier thanks to the gorgeous looking and easy to use Pocket app for iPhone and iPod touch. The Pocket service works across a number of platforms making it easy to save content from the web as well as from the device itself.


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whatsapp
Rating: 5/5
Price: £0.69
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WhatsApp

Whatsapp Messenger

“IM chat at it’s best, try group messages!”
Apple have made it extremely efficient to send messages from iPhone to iPhone with the relatively new iMessaging service but for cross platform messaging it doesn’t come any better than WhatsApp. WhatsApp brings the ability to send text, picture, video and audio based messages to anyone using the app on any platform, entirely free of charge. A simple and easy to user interface finishes off a great app.


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nat
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Natwest

Natwest

“Official Natwest app for bank management”
One of the more accomplished of the available banking applications in the United Kingdom and one that should really act as a blueprint for others to follow. A themed and customized interface immediately promotes the company brand with a number of powerful features including the ability to quickly check balances on all registered accounts, view mini-statements and transfer money between accounts and to other pre-registered payees.


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paypal
Rating: 4/5
Price: FREE
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PayPal

PayPal

“Official PayPal app, handy for regular users”
PayPal may come in for a hard time from a lot of quarters but it is an invaluable resource for a lot of small business owners and individuals. The mobile iPhone app offers a fresh user interface with features such as viewing historical transactions, receiving and sending payments and withdrawing finances to a registered UK bank account.


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drop
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Dropbox

Dropbox

“Access files in the cloud from your PC/Laptop”
Dropbox is probably one of the more well-known cloud based storage solutions. What was once the target of a takeover bid from Apple is now an established leader in its field. Dropbox for iOS gives immediate access to all files stored in the cloud as well as being able to view and edit those files. Uploading content is extremely easy, as is the relatively new Photo Upload feature.


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imdb
Rating: 4/5
Price: FREE
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IMDB

IMDB

“The best movie app for iPhone”
One of the world’s largest movie and television show resources directly on the iPhone and iPod touch. IMDB contains extensive information about released movies as well as in-depth biographies of an almost extensive list of actors and actresses. IMDB’s iOS app also offers connection to a professional membership account directly from within the app.


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tv
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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TVCatchUp

TVCatchUp

“Watch catchup Freeview from your mobile”
The TVCatchUp iPhone application allows live TV to be streamed directly to the installed device in the United Kingdom. With over fifty channels available to choose from TVCatchUp offers one of the most extensive mobile television experiences available and includes the likes of BBC One, ITV, CBeebies for the children and 4Music.


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find
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone

“Locate your lost phone online”
Find My iPhone is an official Apple developed application that lets users track the location of the installed device using located GPS information. In addition to the fantastic tracking features Find My iPhone also allows users to protect their data in the event of a loss or theft by activating a remote wipe from another iOS or OS X device.


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bbc
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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BBC News

BBC News

“World class news live on your iPhone”
The BBC offer one of the most well respected news services in the world and the dedicated iPhone application brings all of that up-to-date news directly to the small screen. The latest and breaking news is pushed directly to the application in a simple but attractive interface that is broken down into multiple, easy-to-use categories such as World news, UK news and Sport.


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tunein
Rating: 5/5
Price: £2.99
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TuneIn Radio (Free & Pro)

TuneIn Radio

“Listen, record any 1,000’s of radio stations”
If visual media isn’t your thing and you don’t have an extensive collection of music on the device then TuneIn Radio is one of the best radio based apps available on the App Store. Containing more than 70,000 different radio stations from all over the globe the app pretty much has something for everyone including different musical genres, sports and news stations. Radio streams from some of the most respected organizations are available including ESPN, BBC and TEDTalks as well smaller community stations.


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iplayer
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer

“App to watch BBC catchup on iPhone iOS”
BBC iPlayer doesn’t really need any introduction but the official app from the British Broadcasting Corporation allows iPhone owners to keep up with BBC TV and Radio on the move. Users can benefit from watching TV and listening to Radio on the move over cellular data and Wi-Fi as well as being able to download media for offline viewing.


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netflix
Rating: 4/5
Price: FREE
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Netflix

Netflix

“Access and watch from your Netflix account”
The Netflix iPhone application is a mobile portal that allows users to access the full subscription service that the company provides. Users are required to have a Netflix account to access the full array of TV programs and movies but content is available almost instantly thanks to the efficient streaming within the app.


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cam
Rating: 5/5
Price: £0.69
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Camera+

Camera+

“Simply the best camera, better functions”
Camera+ is one of the most successful camera applications available on the App Store with over nine million sales to date. The app is designed purely with the aim of allowing users to produce great photographs through the user of enhanced filters and settings. Compared against the native camera app provided on the iPhone the amount of different settings and features of Camera+ is staggering, which is one of the main reasons it is the App Store’s most successful camera app.


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flipboard
Rating: 3/5
Price: FREE
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Flipboard

Flipboard

“Slick designed RSS news app”
Flipboard is a beautifully designed social news magazine that aggregates content from a variety of sources and social network accounts. Rather than be just another run of the mill news app, Flipboard actually creates a personalized magazine for each reader based on preferences and added accounts making it a truly unique experience for each reader. The iPhone variant contains the same power and visuals as the iPad version but it is a tad more difficult to enjoy the flipping pages due to the size.


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sum
Rating: 3/5
Price: FREE
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Summly

Summly

“Smart news delivery iPhone app”
Rather than present the news in its entire form, Summly uses purposely created algorithms to provide a summary of the news based on keywords and topics that are relevant to the user. The user interface is entirely custom and unlike anything else available. All of the relevant news summarized into 400 words, what more could a reader want?


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chrome
Rating: 4/5
Price: FREE
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Google Chrome

Google Chrome

“Want a better mobile internet browser?”
Chrome for iPhone is Google’s answer to Apple’s Mobile Safari. The browser is best suited to those who regularly use Chrome on a desktop or laptop computer but it does have some great social sharing features and a very minimalist interface that a lot of users will prefer.


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jas
Rating: 4/5
Price: FREE
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Jasmine

“3rd Party YouTube app”
The Jasmine application started life out as an answer to a problem that was caused when Apple released iOS 6 and remove the native YouTube application. The simple interface looks beautiful on the iPhone and is capped with great little animations and a multitude of features including video viewing, commenting, rating and account log in access. Jasmine is hampered a little bit by Google’s reluctance to openly allow full competition to its own app but it’s still an extremely polished offering.


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angry
Rating: 5/5
Price: £0.69
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Angry Birds Star Wars

Angry Birds Star Wars

“Biggest selling game got a geeky facelift”
The latest and possibly the greatest in the Angry Birds iOS franchise. Taking the best bits from the original Angry Birds and mixing in a little bit of Angry Birds Space has produced a truly outstanding game packed full of levels and different environments. A whole new physics engine makes things a lot more fun and having everything themed like a Star Wars movie is just an additional benefit.


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sky
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Sky Sports Score Centre

Sky Sports Score Centre

“Get football scores direct from Sky”
Sports fans should rejoice as BSKYB have us covered with the official Sky Sports Football Scores application. Football games from all over the world are provided in real-time with commentary, team line-ups and live scores meaning we never have to miss a goal again.


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letter
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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LetterPress (Word game)

LetterPress (Word game)

“A word game that’s mega addictive”
Possibly one of the most addictive games of the year on the iPhone. Atebits have taken a very familiar concept of a word game and added their own rules and twists to it. When mixed together with a totally custom user interface, turn-by-turn integration with Game Center and written entirely in OpenGL it becomes a not to miss gaming experience. Warning: you may lose hours of your life to this game.


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draw
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Draw Something!

Draw Something!

“Prepare to loose your free time!”
Draw Something from OMGPOP managed to dominant the early part of 2012 by offering a turn based game unlike anything else that was available. Unfortunately the subsequent buy-out pretty much managed to kill the game off but that shouldn’t detract from the fact that Draw Something offered a fantastic drawing based guessing game experience in real-time.


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foursquare
Rating: 3/5
Price: FREE
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FourSquare

FourSquare

“Location based social network”
FourSquare have managed to make themselves the king of checkins in 2012. The idea of letting everyone know our exact location at any given time seems like madness to a lot of us, but to FourSquare’s loyal users it is what dreams are made of. The initial success of the app seems to have propelled developers into using their APIs to integrate the service into more interesting apps which is great but FourSquare will continue to reign as The Mayor or checkins.


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spotify
Rating: 4/5
Price: FREE
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Spotify

Spotify

“App to stream millions of songs”
Yet another subscription based music service but one that works extremely well in the United Kingdom. The Spotify application is a portal for users to benefit from the subscription experience on mobile devices and has great features like track searching, playlist creation and even saving tracks for offline use in areas with limited Wi-Fi or cellular data.


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pinterest
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Pinterest

Pinterest

“Social image pinboard, well worth checking out”
Pinterest is one of the worlds fast growing social networks that allows users to pin inspirations to online pinboards for viewing at a later date. Staying true to the whole social network ethos, users can also find interesting individuals with similar interests to follow and view their pinned boards and see what inspires them. A unique idea with a great and extremely functional application.


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ted
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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TED Conferences

TED Conferences

“Get the latest TED Talks to your iPhone”
At one point or another everyone should have watched a TED video. TED has often been described as food for the brain and showcases remarkable people delivering riveting and inspiring talks to the world. Showcasing a number of different categories from some of the world’s most inspirational people the TED Conferences app is not to be missed.


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remoted
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Remote

Remote

“Control Apple TV, iTunes and much more”
Yet another official Apple application sneaks into the list for its amazing functionality that allows users to control iTunes and the Apple TV unit directly from the palm of their hand. Home Sharing capabilities are also bundled into what is one of Apple’s best creations for the iPhone.


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store
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Apple Store

Apple Store

“The apple store right on your iPhone”
Purchasing hardware or software from Apple has never been easier thanks to the dedicated Apple Store iPhone application that presents products directly to the customer through the interface. Browsing, selecting and checking out is extremely easy using an Apple ID with the App Store app offering all the power of the online store with the functional simplicity of an iPhone app.


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dparrow
Rating: 5/5
Price: £1.99
Download:
Sparrow for iOS

Sparrow for iOS

“A great email client for your iPhone”
Made popular through the Mac OS X version, Sparrow for iOS is a full-featured, powerful iPhone mail client that a lot of people prefer over the native Mail app provided by Apple. The well put together and intuitive user interface is great to use and the developers put a great deal of effort into the features that they believe would be most beneficial to advanced mail users.


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ever
Rating: 4/5
Price: FREE
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Evernote

Evernote

“Organise your life with the best iOS notes”
Evernote is one of the most established productivity applications available on the App Store that has recently been made even more appealing thanks to its huge interface overhaul. Creating and editing notes is made extremely easy as well as being able to add them to notebooks and sync across multiple devices using the same Evernote account.


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skype
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Skype

Skype

“Internet video chat from your mobile”
The now Microsoft owned Skype shouldn’t really need any introduction to users but the iPhone variant of the service allows users to make and receive entirely free of charge calls as well as staying in touch through instant messaging style chat. With over 250 million people using Skype every month the iPhone version is a great addition to the suite of apps.


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temple
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Temple Run

Temple Run

“Best seller! Escape the temple!”
Temple Run is definitely one of the gaming smash hits of 2012 and proved to be one of the most addictive games released that managed to spawn a whole array of copies on iOS and Android. The medieval graphics and great use of the device hardware sensors makes for an adrenaline fueled gaming experience.


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snap
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Snapseed

Snapseed

“Edit your photos professionally”
Quite simply the best photograph editing application available for the iPhone. A great user interface. A great array of editing features. Obviously put together by professionals who understand what is needed and that attention to detail shines through.


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cam
Rating: 4/5
Price: FREE
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Camera Awesome

Camera Awesome

“Huge array of camera features”
Designed in a similar fashion to Camera+, Camera Awesome is a full-featured, full-powered camera application that brings a huge array of features to the iPhone. Packed together in a great and intuitive user interface Camera Awesome is unfortunate that Camera+ goes a few steps further.


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ebay
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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eBay

eBay

“Ebay for your iPhone, bid on the move”
eBay on the iPhone. Enough said. But if you need more then the official eBay application provides full account access as well as affording users the ability to buy and sell items as well as watch auctions and check out with ease.


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dnd
Rating: 4/5
Price: £1.49
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DMD

DMD

“Panoramas in a professional way”
DMD were making panoramas easy and beautiful before Apple added the functionality into iOS 6. The easy to use iPhone app captures great panoramas as well as provided an integrated viewer that lets the captured images be viewed immediately. Online account access is free but optional and lets user upload directly to the Demander website for later viewing.


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runk
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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RunKeeper

RunKeeper

“Track you running and view stats”
Fitness tracking made easy with detailed statistics around pace, distance and time as well as listening to and controlling device music from within the app. Additional features such as heart rate monitoring and image capturing along the route.


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pulse
Rating: 4/5
Price: FREE
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Pulse

Pulse

“All your custom favourite news in one place”
The Pulse news application brings a users favourite blogs, magazines and social feeds all into one handy and well-presented news application. Easy to use, beautifully and simplistically designed with integrated social sharing make Pulse an extremely powerful iPhone addition.


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sky
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Sky News

Sky News

“Leading news straight to your iOS device”
All of the days breaking news from all over the globe presented in one handy application. The official Sky News app breaks the news down into different categories with visual media embedded in the story as well as live video feeds 24 hours a day.


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lottery
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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The National Lottery

The National Lottery

“Did I win?? Just boot up the app”
Stay in touch with all of the official National Lottery comings and goings with historical results from all forms of the lottery. Have that peace of mind that the numbers have been put on electronically as well as checking results from previous tickets.


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download
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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SpeedTest

SpeedTest

“Test your internet connection”
One handy iPhone sized application that lets users check the upload, download speed and ping response times of any Wi-Fi or cellular network. The application also rates ISPs as well as allowing users to check previous speed tests.


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wordswit
Rating: 4/5
Price: £1.99
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Words With Friends

Words With Friends

“Tidy turn based internet based word game”
Words With Friends took perfect advantage of the turn based gaming phenomenon that was created by Draw Something. Building words has never been more fun as users compete against their friends for literary dominance. Social sharing and push notifications make Words With Friends a must have game for iPhone.


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gmail
Rating: 4/5
Price: FREE
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Gmail

Gmail

“Official Gmail app for iOS iPhone”
Although it doesn’t function in the same fashion as the native Mail or Sparrow mail clients the Google Gmail application is perfect for those who sparingly check their mails. Quickly access a Gmail account through the easy to use and familiar interface as well as full management of all mails in the various boxes.


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itunesu
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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iTunes U

iTunes U

“Educational resources by Apple”
A fantastic and in-depth education resource provided by Apple as part of their continuing commitment to education. Users can read, review and download education courses from institutions like Stanford University across a wide range of genres.


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Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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Onavo

Onavo

“Track your iPhones storage space consumption”
Onavo is an extremely unique application in that it allows users to track the total data usage of all installed apps on the device and builds a comprehensive picture and report of where the data is being consumed and why. Perfect for those who are tied to a limited data plan and are wondering where the usage is going.


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youtube
Rating: 4/5
Price: FREE
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YouTube

YouTube

“Official YouTube app for iOS”
It may be a shadow of its former native self but the official YouTube iPhone application is well designed and extremely easy to use with access to a wide array of power features that will benefit YouTube fans of all levels. Viewing and commenting on videos is easy as well as rating and subscribing to channels.


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Rating: 4/5
Price: FREE
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Fitocracy

Fitocracy

“Social fitness based app”
An extremely comprehensive fitness based application that manages to do a great job of packing in social network type features. Tailoring and tracking fitness campaigns is easy as well as viewing the regimes of others that users are connected to through the application.


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nike
Rating:4/5
Price: Free
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Nike+ Running

Nike+ Running

“Leading running assistant, a must!”
Nike+ Running is one of the most popular and well-received running assistants on the iPhone App Store and provides maps of recent runs as well as continued motivation throughout the training session to ensure that all goals are met. Syncing to an online NikePlus account is simple and ensures that data is available at all times.


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Untitled-2
Rating: 5/5
Price: FREE
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CompareMyMobile

CompareMyMobile

“Sell 1,000’s of devices from your iPhone”
Sell thousands of old gadgets direct from the app and get the FREEPOST kit sent to your house, all you do is post it back and get paid! I know a bit biased but… of course we have to have our own app in our top 50 iPhone apps of 2013.


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