10 Must Have Apps for the New iPhone or iPad User


If you just got a new iPhone, iPod touch or iPad this holiday season then you’re probably wanting to know which Apps you should download first. Any time there is a list like this there is always someone who says you missed “_________”. Yep, can’t fit every App in to a list of 10 or 20, etc. So these are “my” picks for the 10 Must Have Apps for the New iPhone or iPad user of 2012.

In no particular order….

Google Maps


Apple Maps is just not ready for prime time and while there are lots of good map/navigation Apps on the App Store, Google Maps is free and worth a download. It has one of if not the best sources for points of interest and this new version offers turn-by-turn voice navigation as well as street view. In many ways it puts Apple Maps to shame. Sadly at this point though it’s not native to iPad yet. It works, just at the smaller size. Hopefully it will become a Universal App soon. If you are looking for a full-featured Universal App check out Navigon USA.





Apple removed YouTube from iOS in iOS 6 and once again Google has replaced the old built-in App with a better version. Grab this one and it’s Universal for both your iPhone and iPad.



Facebook & Twitter


Although iOS includes native support for Facebook and Twitter now it’s still nice to have the Apps installed as well to do the things that the OS can’t do like viewing your Facebook timeline for starters and looking at Tweets from others.

Facebook iTunes

Twitter iTunes

Google Search


Yes you can do Google Searches right in Safari and yes Siri can look stuff up too, but I find the Google Search App to be really useful. Also if you sign in with your Google/GMail account it will keep up with your search history. It also features a voice search that works well.




Use Facetime when you want to video chat with other iOS and Mac users, but if you want to video chat with the rest of the world including Android and Windows users Skype is the way to go. You can also use it to make low cost international calls to regular phones.

Skype for iPhone iTunes
Skype for iPad iTunes



More and more users are taking advantage of cloud storage for documents. Dropbox is the most popular service and it offers a free amount of storage to anyone who signs up. The Dropbox app will allow you to access those documents and share stuff. You can also enable the camera upload feature that will upload your photos as you take them to your Dropbox accounts so that they are accessible on all your device.


QR Reader


You know those little barcodes you see everywhere that ask you to scan them with your smartphone? They’re called QR Codes and while they are everywhere, the iPhone doesn’t have a built-in QR Code Scanning App. Luckily there are a few of them now and QR Reader is free, simple and does exactly what you need. Not only can it scan QR codes but it can also create them for you too!

Get QR Reader for iPhone here iTunes

Get QR Reader for iPad here iTunes



If you’re a music lover and you hear a song while you’re out and about and you want to know the name of it, artist and even buy it Shazam has you covered.


Photoshop Express and Snapseed


The iPhone camera is great and even the iPad camera is now decent. However, there will be times you’ll want to adjust the photos you take and there are dozens if not hundreds of great photo editing Apps on the App Store. For the NEW user you’ll get the most out of Photoshop Express and Snapseed. Photoshop Express does basic editing and overall adjustments. Snapseed is great for making tonal adjustments to parts of your pictures. If you’re an iPad user you may also want to check out Photoshop Touch.





I’m not an Evernote user. The built-in Notes App does everything I need. However, if I make one of these lists and don’t include Evernote people riot in the streets. You know who you are! Evernote is a great notes app with lots of cool features and cloud syncing.



I could go on and on and that’s what we do here on Just search for “Must Have Apps” to see our other lists.

Also don’t forget to check out 25 Fun Things to Ask Siri and 25 NEW Fun Things to Ask Siri.

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Wireless Mobile Utility

Nikon Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility


I love shooting wirelessly from my Nikon DSLRs to my iPad or iPhone. Recently I upgraded from a Nikon D7000 to a D600 as my travel body. The D600 has an optional wireless adapter affectionately call the WU-1b (see my review here). With this module attached to your camera it creates an ad-hoc WiFi network that you can join via your iPhone. Once you join it you can use the Nikon Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility to either wirelessly transfer the images to your iPhone as you take them or use the App to do a Live View right in the App and fire the shutter remotely.

The App works, but…


While the App works as advertised, it’s pretty bare bones. While in remote mode you do get a Live View of the what the camera is pointed at, but you have no control over the camera’s settings. Tapping on the screen allows you to focus on the subject and then you fire the shutter. Once you do, the shot you just took will be recorded to the memory card AND wirelessly transfered to your iPhone. It will be placed right on the camera roll and therefore available to any of your Apps. You have the option of emailing, sharing on Twitter or Facebook or opening an image in another App directly from the Nikon App. This is all great, but it’s missing a few things. First and foremost there is no native iPad version, which is a shame as the larger iPad display is perfect for reviewing shots (it would also be nice to see it optimized for the larger 4″ displays on iPhone 5 and iPod touch). The shots coming in from your camera don’t display until they are all done transferring and you tap the grid to see them. In other words they don’t display one by one as you take them. The good thing is that the transfer speed is pretty good and actually faster than I expected it to be.

The Bottom Line


This “utility” is just that, a “utility”. No real bells and whistles and is designed to serve a purpose. It’s a FREE App and there’s not much to complain about for free. If you’re looking for more, then you should check out Shuttersnitch. It works directly with these Nikon Wireless Modules and offers a host of additional features not the least being that it’s a Universal App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility - Nikon Corporation

YouTube Capture

YouTube Capture for iPhone


Google seems to be on roll recently. The long awaited Google Maps App debuted and now Google has surprised us with a new App called YouTube Capture. Your iPhone can already capture video and once you shoot it you can go find it in the camera roll and share it to YouTube. The YouTube Capture App aims to streamline that process much like the way the Instagram App does for posting shots directly to Instagram. Just fire up YouTube Capture rotate your iPhone to landscape orientation (a good idea) and start shooting. Once you stop the capture you can immediately post it to YouTube and share it to Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Again, this could all be done in iOS 6 without a special App, but it would take several steps more. Especially the part of sharing it to Google+, Facebook and Twitter. You can also choose to upload your video as Public, Unlisted or Private.

How well does it work?

I only did a quick test and found it to work as advertised although surprisingly the only problem I had was with Google+. It wouldn’t even let me activate Google+ until I relaunched the App. After I captured my video it told me that my Google+ circles were not available, but Facebook and Twitter were available and ready to use. Although my iPhone can capture 1080p video this App is limited to 720p. That’s probably fine for most quick videos that people want to capture and immediately post to YouTube. Speaking of which the App also gives you the option to upload any videos you have in your camera roll whether you shot them with the App or not. You can also shoot with the App and upload later. Once you shoot a video with the App you can also enhance it with Color Correction, Image Stabilization, Trimming and even YouTube SoundTracks for background music. Also in typical Google fashion, there is no iPad version yet. The funny thing is that I’m seeing more and more people shooting video with their iPads. Something I thought that wouldn’t catch on.

The Bottom Line

Although this App was a surprise and I wasn’t really asking for it, it will definitely be a nice to have. I expect to see a lot more videos on YouTube now as the process before took a few more steps than the casual user was probably willing to go through. Now you’ll see people shoot and share more videos and this is just in time for the holidays.

Thanks Google. (also please fix the Google+ issues)



Uber – Everyone’s Private Driver On Your iPhone


I travel quite a bit and when I do it often means taking everything from subways to taxis to private cars to get around from meeting to meeting and client to client. I’ve reviewed Taxi Magic in the past and stil use it. However, sometimes I need something a little better or more reliable. Even with booking a taxi through Taxi Magic, you are at the mercy of the dispatcher and worse the driver to actually show up. Over the past few months I’ve been using Uber as well. Uber seems to be MUCH MORE RELIABLE. I’ve never had a car take more than 5 minutes to show up and the drivers are usually very professional.

How does it work?

Download the Uber App and add your credit card to it. They even have a nifty ability to take a picture of your credit card in the app to have it input the numbers. That’s it. You’re ready to use the App. Now if you’re in an area covered by Uber, (at my last count they cover 22 major metropolitan areas across the US and in cities like Paris, Amsterdam and Sydney) fire up the App and you’ll instantly see your location on the map and how far the nearest Uber car is away from you. Since I started using the App they’ve added Taxis to the list besides Town Cars and SUVs. Admittedly I haven’t tried them yet for a taxi to see if they are any better than Taxi Magic. However, when it comes to their cars and SUVs their great. You’ll receive a SMS text message confirmation that your driver is on the way as well as another message when your driver arrives. Hop in and tell them where you want to go. Once you arrive just get out and go! Nothing to sign, no tip to worry about. It’s all baked into the price. You’ll see the app update with your charges and the ability to rate your driver 1-5 stars.

The only thing I’d like to see is the ability to schedule in advance. Taxi Magic added this and it has worked great. If you know you’re leaving your meeting and going to the airport at a specific time why not have the ability to book the car in advance?

The Bottom Line

Uber makes it really easy to get a dependable ride from point A to point B. However, this convenience comes at a price. Uber is not cheap! Prices start with a base fare. After that, they charge depending on speed. When travelling at over 11mph, they charge a distance fee. Below 11mph, they charge a time fee. It could easily be twice that of a taxi. This is why I believe they added a taxi service to their offering. If they can provide dependability with the lower cost of a taxi then it’s a win-win! Either way, I’m loving Uber. Thankfully this new version allows you to input a destination and get a fare estimate. This way you can see if it’s worth it rather than getting sticker shock at the end of your ride. The App is free and you don’t pay anything unless you actually get a ride. So it’s worth having on your iPhone as a just in case if nothing else.


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