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20 Must-Have iPad Apps /iPhone Apps That You May Be Missing

20 Must-Have iPad Apps /iPhone Apps That You May Be Missing

There are more than 300,000 iPad apps on the iTunes store. Even if you are an avid app hunter, you may have only come across a few thousand apps: this means that there are hundreds of awesome iPad apps and games that might have never come to your notice. Sure, there are large lists out there, but what about apps that are not among the best hundred apps of the year, but are still quite amazing? Here, we take a look at 20 mind-blowing apps that you have probably not tried, but will not let go of once you have them.

Launch Center Pro

Apple offers quite a few shortcuts that let you switch between apps and access different actions on your iPad, but if you have used the tablet for more than a few months, you might have too many apps that can do a vast number of things. When things get cluttered, getting things done on the iPad can become time-consuming and tedious. Launch Center Pro makes your life easier by allowing you to create quick shortcuts to all sorts of features that are usually buried deep within the apps. If you like customizing and personalizing your iPad, this is the best non-jailbreak app around. Here is a list of actions that it allows you to create shortcuts for.

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    CloudOn

    We may live in the post-PC world, but we are still most familiar with Microsoft Office tools. Unfortunately, Apple devices do not have full support for editing different Microsoft Office documents. CloudOn lets you add Adobe Reader and Microsoft Office to your iPad through Cloud Computing; through this app you can easily edit all your documents on the Cloud and even share them via any of your other apps.

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        iCabMobile

        Most iPad owners get used to the Safari browser: it doesn’t offer a superlative browsing experience, but it does a fairly decent job, but there are lots of things it cannot do. For instance, it doesn’t allow you to open tabs in foreground. With iCabMobile, you have a lot more control over the browser – you can arrange tabs the way you want, dd and activate URL-based filters, organize and store bookmarks, choose a full-screen mode, protect the browser with a password, configure multi-touch gestures, and do dozens of other specific tasks that are not possible with the built-in browser.

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          GoToMyPC

          Using this app, you can access your PC or Mac from any location, allowing you to control your PC remotely and transform your tablet into a powerful workspace. While there are several other apps that offer similar services, GoToMyPC has the simplest interface, and it is easy to set up, and even offers gesture shortcuts that make your task easier.

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            Camera Awesome

            The iPad is perfect for viewing images, but it is less-than-perfect as a camera. There are several advantages of using the iPad as a camera, however, and this app makes the most of it. It exploits iPad’s larger screen to simplify the task of taking snaps as well as editing photos. The best part of the Camera Awesome app is its customized set of controls that make it a lot easier for users to click pictures without wobbling. On top of that, there are several cool image editing  and sharing features that improve the camera experience of iPad exponentially.

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                Cracked.com

                Cracked.com is one of the funniest websites on the Internet. If you are one of the millions of people who visit this website on a regular basis, it may be a good idea to the get the app on your iPad. Even if you have never heard of this website, but love funny stuff on Internet, this is one app that will keep you laughing for a long, long time.

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                  Fan (previously Fanhattan)

                  Many of us spend a lot of time consuming media on the iPad, such as using it to watch videos and movies. There are very popular apps like Netflix that everyone knows about, but Fan is an app that will make it extremely easy for you to find places where you can watch movies, TV shows, documentaries, entertainment news and more. It connects to 29 services, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle, YouTube, MTV, Fox, Nickledon and Cartoon Network in one place.

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                    Onavo Extend

                    It’s very easy to spend a lot of time watching videos, browsing images, video chatting, playing online games and downloading stuff on your iPad. All these, and other Internet-centric activities, can drive up your data usage and cost you a pretty penny. Onavo Extend works with a proxy compression cloud service to drastically reduce the amount of data consumed by your device. Its compression feature doest take some of the sheen off the images, but then, it can extend your data plan by a whopping 500%!

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                        Apps Gone Free

                        Avid app hunters know about this one, but most iPad users are not aware of it. If you want to install high-quality and powerful apps in your iPad without paying any money, this is the app you want to download first. As the name suggest, Apps Gone Free brings the information about paid apps that you can download for free (or cheaply) owing to a promotional offer. In order to gain popularity, many apps reduce their price or offer free versions, and this app gives expert advice on the best apps that are free or cheap for just a short period of time.

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                            Comic Flow

                            Touted as the only open-source comic reader, this is a serious, iPad-only app that doesn’t have many bells and whistles but allows you to sync your comic using USB and iTunes. It has an intuitive and clutter-free interface, and it lets you sort your comics by series, name, date and status. The best thing about this app is that it offers a plain experience that lets you focus on reading comics. Comic Flow supports all formats, has the ability to handle large collections, and doesn’t need to pre-process the comics before you can start reading them.

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                              Pulse

                              Pulse is one of the more beautiful newsreaders out there. It simplifies the task of organizing new stories, sharing them and discovering more place to find the kind of content you like. You can add thousands to sources through the app, including RSS and social networks, and you can save stories in Pulse to read offline. The syncing feature enables you to access the same feature on your all your Apple devices.

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                                  Zite

                                  There are several personalized magazine apps out there, but Zite offers a better or comparable experience to most, and it’s free. This app keeps close tabs on what you like to read, learns from your choices, and does a very good job of suggesting the best stories, magazines and articles for you. In addition to using the thumbs-up and thumbs-down feature, you can also let the app access and learn from your social accounts and also from your Pocket account. What sets this app apart from most competitors is its ability to deliver stories of your taste in a format you like.

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                                      The Act

                                      This app is on the list because it’s a unique game that stands at the intersection of role playing game, cartoon, and drama. It is one of the most beautiful games for iPad, but as it is rather unconventional, it has not been able to make a big splash on the iTunes Store. The gameplay is not too challenging, but it is fun. You control the emotions and actions of the game’s protagonist and make him interact in a certain way with other game characters.

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                                        Soundrop

                                        This minimalist game/music app generated a lot of buzz when it was launched, but it did not stay in the public eye for a long time. If you want to be playful and creative using your iPad, this is an app you must download. Soundrop is simple: you draw lines after dropping balls, thus producing melodies based on the angle and length of lines. If you play it right, you can create music instead of random sounds, which is the real beauty of the game.

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                                            Letterpress

                                            There are tons of word games for the iPad, and quite a few of them are awesome. Letterpress is one such game that has not found as much popularity as it should have. The game uses an uncluttered, minimalist design, and it has simple controls. It is an asynchronous multiplayer game, and the objective is to spell words using a five-by-five grid of random letters. But that is just the starter: what makes it way cooler than a general word game is the combination of word skills with strategy – you can arrange the words to trap your opponent and do several non-word-game things!

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                                                Life is Magic

                                                This is probably the most innovative game for the iPhone or iPad. Life is Magic is a location-based fantasy that turns the real world around you into a world filled with dungeons, treasures and fights. You can compete with other players, choose between different character types, and compete against real players for dominating real locations. The most amazing thing about this game is that it the magical world in the game meshes neatly with your actual physical surroundings!

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                                                  Snapguide

                                                  The Internet has made us all DIY fans, but if you have looked for guides on the web, you know that most of them have too much fluff and too little value. Snapguide is based on a very simply concept – sharing how-to guides using only images or videos and captions. So, if you want to find out how to perform a certain activity, you can simply open the app and see a step-by-step slide or a video.

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                                                      Garageband

                                                      This is one-of-a-kind app that has spawned a number of copycats, none of which can offer as much as it does. Garageband has the power to turn your iPad into a recording studio equipped with all sorts of music instruments, including piano, guitar, and drums. You can play dozens of instruments by touching the image of the instrument on your iPad screen. The app replicates real-world music experience really well, and by using this app, you can make the kind of digital sounds that you can never make on real instruments. Not only can this app be used for fun, it can actually be used for composing music.

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                                                        Things

                                                        This app is a little pricey, but the features and functionalities it offers make it a must-have. Things, as the name indicates, lets you manage all the small and big things in your life. It is a fast app that helps you organize your day, assign different levels of focus and importance to tasks, create different categories of tasks, use tags to assign priority and contexts, tap in new ideas any time create repeating tasks, review completed tasks, and almost anything else that you may need to organize your work and life.

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                                                            Visual Budget Expense Tracking

                                                            There are several iPad apps that help you manage money, and they all do a decent job, but Visual Budget is simpler to use and offers more features and facilities than similar apps. This app can turn your iPad into a machine to analyze your (and anybody else’s) accounts. You can manage several accounts that same time, and create categories and create groups for different accounts. It tracks expenses, income and also allows users to define and mark a budget plan.

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                                                                1Password

                                                                Perhaps you already have this app in your iPad, but it had to be included here because too many people have dozens of accounts and still do not use a password manager. With 1Password, you need to remember only one password, i.e., the master password for the app itself. All your other passwords will be stored inside the app and you can automatically open any website without filling any forms twice. The app has rock-solid security features (including military grade 256 bit encryption), allows you to generate powerful passwords, and it auto-locks and protects your data in case your mobile is stolen.

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                                                                    These apps are enough to make your iPad more useful, efficient and fun, but there are still several apps out there that are not as popular as they should be. Do you use a relatively lesser-known iPad apps that offer something special to the general iPad user? Please share your favorites in the comments below.

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                                                                    40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                                    40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                                    Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                                                    There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                                                    Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                                                    It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                                                    Productivity apps to help you get things done

                                                                    1. OmniFocus

                                                                    This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      2. Forest

                                                                      Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        3. Things

                                                                        Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          4. 30/30

                                                                          Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                                                          , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            5. Any.Do

                                                                            A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              6. PocketLife Calendar

                                                                              This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                7. Asana

                                                                                We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                                                                , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                                  8. ToDoist

                                                                                  This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    9. FlowTasks

                                                                                    From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      10. Calendars 5

                                                                                      This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                                                        A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          12. Due

                                                                                          A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            13. Checkmark 2

                                                                                            I use this app

                                                                                            for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              14. TeuxDeux

                                                                                              Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                15. Wunderlist 

                                                                                                Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                                                  16. Nirvana

                                                                                                  For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    17. Priorities

                                                                                                    An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                                                      18. Productive

                                                                                                      With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                                                        You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          20. Streaks

                                                                                                          This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            21. Remember The Milk

                                                                                                            Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              22. Day One Journal

                                                                                                              When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                                                                23. Evernote

                                                                                                                Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                  24. Pocket

                                                                                                                  You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                                                  Download it here.

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                                                                                                                    25. Sync.Me

                                                                                                                    This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                      26. Droplr

                                                                                                                      One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                        27. Dropbox

                                                                                                                        Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                          28. iDolly 

                                                                                                                          In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                                                          Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                                            29. Soulver

                                                                                                                            It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                                              Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                                                              30. Captio

                                                                                                                              A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                                31. Drafts

                                                                                                                                A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                                  32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                                                  This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                                                  Download it here.

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                                                                                                                                    33. Doodle

                                                                                                                                    This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                                      34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                                                      I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                                        35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                                                        A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                                          36. GoodReader

                                                                                                                                          This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                                                            37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                                                            Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                                                              Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                                                              38. 1Password

                                                                                                                                              There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                                                39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                                                                You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                                                                All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                                                  40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                                                  Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                                                    There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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