Great iOS Friendly Apps To Check out Today

Missed the latest round of apps in iPhone land? Don’t worry, we have you covered. It’s downright impossible to always make sure that you get all of the different apps that have come out. If you’re looking for that extra bit of something for your iPhone or even your iPad, this is the guide for you.

1. Verbs

Are you a big Google Talk fan? Agitated that there’s no Google produced app for this on iOS? Don’t worry — Verbs has you covered. This is a premium app that costs money, but it works very smoothly on iOS. Take that, imo.

2. Gmail

If you haven’t gotten the Gmail app, you really need to. It looks just heavenly in iOS-land, and it has such a smooth setup. The Gmail app on the Android side just doesn’t compare. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself.

3. iA Writer

If you’re taking a lot of notes everyday, then iA writer has to become your new best friend. It just has to be that way, sorry. You will have your articles and notes stored as plain text, which means that just about every app you can think of works well for this purpose.

You’ll like the distraction free interface, as well as the fact that it syncs to Dropbox as much as possible. You will also be able to search for important keywords in every article or note file in a flash. This is very good to keep track of things you might have forgotten otherwise.

4. Reeder

Are your RSS feeds out of control? Reeder can help. Even though Google Reader is the go to, that doesn’t mean that you always want to work in that interface. Reeder actually saves to not only Pocket, but also Evernote, Twitter, Safari, email, Facebook, iMessage/SMS, Instapaper and plenty more services where that came from.

This is an RSS reader that you’ll enjoy for a very long time.

5. TweetBot

We’re pretty big Twitter fans, and Tweetbot just works. It’s hard to get recognition on iOS for a great Twitter client, but you’ll like this one. If you’re still thinking that TweetDeck is the end all, be all — you’re in for a really nice treat here.

Overall, there’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to iOS — whether it’s iPhone, the iPod touch, or the iPod. There are just too many great apps out there to list them all, though we would have loved to do so if we could. Why not check out all of these great apps and see for yourself?

A Quick Look at the iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 has already come out, but we wanted to wait until there was enough “in the wild” data about it to really review it here on the site. Keep in mind: this isn’t going to be some massive update if you’re used to the iPhone 4S. However, if you’re coming from the iPhone 3GS, then this is a beauty to behold. You’re going to actually get a much more responsive phone overall, which is what a lot of Apple fans were looking forward to.

Let’s go a bit deeper:

When you unbox this phone, you’re going to enjoy the good looks. It’s a lightweight phone designed to be as thin as possible and still be pretty easy to navigate with your thumbs. This is pure touchscreen action, and it’s a nice experience.

Battery life:

Battery life was one of the top issues that Apple fans were wondering about. The reality here is that battery life is going to be what it’s going to be, which means that you need to always be thinking about real time usage versus manufacturer’s data. It’s all about how you use your phone. If you’re the type of person that is constantly connected to data, then you might get a lower battery life than someone else. Generally speaking, “normal”, real world usage will get you eight to nine hours of battery. That’s pretty lengthy, considering that average use for most people is going to include surfing the web, checking email, sending a lot of iMessages and otherwise having a good time. Your phone was designed to be used to the fullest. If you aren’t doing that, then you’re going to be disappointed across the board.

The iPhone 5 offers Wi-Fi connectivity and 4G LTE, as well as 4G HSPA+.

Performance:

According to the in the wild reports we’ve collected, there have been a few problems plaguing the iPhone 5. There was a problem with Wi-Fi, but there was an update that fixed that. There’s a few recurring issues with iMessages, but your mileage may vary here.

Camera: you have two cameras, front and rear. The rear camera is most likely what you will turn to the most, but the front facing one is great for video conferencing — FaceTime, anyone? You’ll have Panorama mode, which lets you take those wide format photos that are popping up as being all the rage right now.

There’s also good connectivity with this phone. You can switch back and forth between HSPA+ 4G and 4G LTE. On AT&T, this means that you can be on the phone and look at the web at the same time. Verizon doesn’t have this at this time.

A few people have asked about Siri, so we’ll be brief here. Siri has had bad reviews across the board. It’s a good feature set on paper / in theory, but in the wild it really doesn’t live up to the hype.

For people looking for specs, here’s the condensed list:

* Weighs 3.95oz
* Loudspeaker
* 4G includes 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 (CDMA)
* 4G on GSM – 800 / 1800 / 2100
* Camera: (rear) 8MP with 3264×2448 pixels, AF, flash
(front) 1.2MP, 720p @ 30fps, FaceTime
* OS is iOS6
* Processor: dual core 1.2Ghz (fast enough to access all of your apps)
* Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
* TV-out
* full organizer suite
* Battery talk time – around 8 hours
stand by – around 225 hours

Conclusion:

This is the “hot phone” of the year for many people. Your mileage may vary but it’s definitely a phone that you want to check out for yourself. Try it out and see what works for you. Good luck!

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