New iPhone? Time to load it up with apps.
If you’re just getting started with a brand new iPhone, here are the apps you should check out first. We already know you’re going to download Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and the like, so we picked some other options and hidden gems you might not normally think about.
Super Mario Run
It’s the first Super Mario game for the iPhone, and it’s as awesome as you’d expect.
“Super Mario Run” is a fresh take on the franchise. Instead of using directional controls, Mario is always moving forward. You just tap the screen to perform jumps and make it through each level.
Our only complaint: The game is pretty short. You can beat it in a few hours.
Price: Free to play the first few levels, but you have to pay $9.99 to unlock the full game.
Google Photos gives you unlimited online storage for all your photos and videos.
But it’s more than that. The app also lets you search by object and automatically groups your photos into albums. It’s much better than Apple’s Photos app that comes with your iPhone.
Microsoft’s iconic card game is finally on the iPhone, and it’s the perfect way to kill some time.
Uber alternatives: Lyft, Gett, Via, and Juno
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You’re probably familiar with Uber, but there are several other ride-hailing alternatives that are just as good. And if Uber’s surge pricing is too much, there’s a good chance you can find a cheaper ride using one of these apps.
Here are some Uber alternatives. Keep in mind they might not be available where you live though:
Lyft: Download it here.
Gett (NYC Only): Download it here.
Via: Download it here.
Juno (NYC Only): Download it here.
DirecTV Now, Sling TV, or PlayStation Vue
Have you cut the cord from cable but still miss live TV? There are a few services out there that’ll let you stream pay TV over the internet right to your iPhone.
There are three main services that let you do this today, with more coming next year from Hulu and YouTube. Pricing and channel selection varies from service to service, so make sure to do a little research before choosing one.
Here are your options:
DirecTV Now: Plans start at $35/month. Download it here.
Sling TV: Plans start at $20/month. Download it here.
PlayStation Vue: Plans start at $39.99/month. Download it here.
Microsoft Outlook is our favorite email and calendar app.
Don’t let the stuffy Outlook brand fool you. Outlook for iPhone works with all the popular email services like Gmail and Yahoo, and includes one of the best third-party iPhone calendars you can get.
Apple’s new Support app is a handy tool to have in case something goes wrong with one of your Apple devices. The app walks you through jargon-free menus to help troubleshoot your problems.
You can also chat with someone from Apple’s support team or schedule an in-person visit.
You’ve probably already seen Prisma photos invade your Instagram feed. The app lets you add loads of artistic effects to your photos and share them on Instagram, Facebook, and everywhere else.
Streaming music: Spotify or Google Play Music
Apple Music is a great service that comes with your iPhone, but you may want to consider an alternative, especially if you want one that’s compatible with other devices like the Amazon Echo.
Google Play does come with a sweet bonus though: You get a free subscription to YouTube Red, which will remove all ads from YouTube videos.
Lara Croft: Go
- Square Enix
Lara Croft GO lets you guide the iconic video game character through temples and dungeons, avoiding enemies and obstacles. It’s one of the best puzzle games for iPhone.
Venmo or Square Cash
Venmo and Square Cash are two great apps that make it easy to send money to people. They both work generally the same, but Venmo includes a lot more social networking features, while Square Cash keeps things simple.
Price: Both apps are free.
Wunderlist is the best to-do list app on iPhone. The best feature? It lets you share lists with other Wunderlist users, which is great for sharing grocery lists or even stuff you need to do with your colleagues at work.
Twitter is a great source for news, but it can be easy to miss stories unless you’re glued to the app.
Nuzzel is the answer. The app delivers stories shared by the people you follow in a nice, curated list. It’s a great way to stay on top of the news if you don’t have the time to watch Twitter all day.