So you own an iPhone, and you want to know what the best apps for Apple’s smartphone are, naturally enough. After all, the reason that many folks choose Apple is for its famous app ecosystem.
Recently, we looked at the best Android apps across a number of articles, splitting them up into different categories such as utilities, reference, games and so forth (see the final article in that series here, which has links to all the others in the introduction).
And we’re now doing the same thing with the iPhone. We’ve already looked at the best reference apps yesterday, and here we’ve picked out the top organisation and productivity apps.
Note that if you don’t want to follow such an in-depth examination of iPhone apps, and would rather see just a short summary of the most important software, you can simply check out our 10 essential iPhone apps article.
Furthermore, some of these apps cost money. If you’re not keen on spending, and would rather look at a list of the best free apps, then see our Top 30 must-have free iPhone apps.
Finally, if you know of a great app that we haven’t covered, please tell us about it in the comments section below. If you have time, give us the full name of the app, price, and a short description so other readers can learn about your favourites, too.
Right, let’s get on with looking at the best in organisation and productivity apps, which includes the likes of Evernote, EasilyDo and Dragon Dictation.
By the way, if you want to download an app, simply click on the title, which links to the app in iTunes.
As the name implies, Awesome Note (+To-do) is an iPhone app for creating notes and to-do lists. Of all the personal organisation apps on Apple's mobile devices, Awesome Note is one of the most visually compelling, letting users choose which colours, background images, fonts, and icons they want to use in their notes. It's a treat to play with all these options, along with the app's graphical calendar, while also being productive.
For LinkedIn members, CardMunch connects with a transcription team to accurately transform business cards into contacts on your iPhone. Contact info includes full LinkedIn profile data, when available. It's a much better solution than any OCR (optical character recognition) tool we've seen.
If you're both security conscious and lazy, Dashlane is the perfect iPhone app for you. This slick mobile complement to the excellent desktop password manager securely saves all your login names and passwords, which you can then copy and paste into web-based logins in Safari. All you need to remember is a single master password. In terms of features, Dashlane doesn't beat some of the paid-for password management apps around, but then it is free.
Reasonably accurate and fast, the Dragon Dictation iPhone app lets you jot down a note without doing any typing – or draft an email, tweet, or other light typing tasks. As a simple dictation app, Dragon transcribes whatever you speak with good accuracy. The app does have some shortcut buttons to push the transcribed text through to Facebook, a new email message, and a few other places, but Dragon Dictate doesn't actually store any notes in the app itself.
The free iPhone app EasilyDo works as a personal assistant and automation machine. You connect the app to a variety of online services, like your email, calendar, Facebook account, and so forth, and then EasilyDo looks for things it can help you get easily done. For example, a notification might ask if you'd like EasilyDo to add the contact details of someone who has recently emailed you to your address book. Or it might spot an upcoming birthday of a friend and let you set up a "happy birthday" post for their timeline in advance. It's an amazing productivity app that helps you take care of a variety of tasks quickly and efficiently.
Without the Evernote app for iPhone, I'd be a lot less productive while I'm away from my desk. This free, straightforward note-making app outstrips most competing apps thanks to its strong search and organisation capabilities. But the real key to its success and popularity is that Evernote synchronises all your files by saving them to a cloud service, meaning anything you create or alter from your iPhone will be there waiting for you when you log into any other version of Evernote. Also, if you want to take a look at a full review of Evernote, we have one here – but do note that it’s a review of the Android app.
The to-do list app Weave caters for people who think of their to-do lists in terms of projects. Any to-do item can be pinned to a project. You can also log how much time you've spent to date on any list item, and as you check off to-do items within a project, the app will calculate the percentage of the project that's been completed already. It also has buttons for adding income and expenses to projects.
Apple's iPhone comes with a pre-installed calendar app which is pretty good, but it doesn't offer nearly enough customisation to tickle the fancy of highly organised and methodical people. Week Calendar does. It's highly graphical, with multiple viewing options, and plenty of ability to add colour-coding to your schedule.