My Current Homescreen

So, people always ask me what I think the best apps are on the iPhone.  Well, it’s definitely ever changing, so I think the best way to share what my current favorite apps are, is to share my homescreen … after all, those are the apps that I use the most!

So, here we go:


Fantastical – The best replacement for Calendar. The UI is excellent as it addresses all the frustrations I had with the built-in Calendar. The list view of events with the days on top is killer and the gestures on it is pretty cool too. I also love Fantastical on my Mac.

Google Maps (Free) – Yes, I’ve replaced the Apple Maps app with Google Maps. I actually like both and never really had an issue with the built-in Maps. But, I really like the look of the new Google Maps and everything is synced with my desktop.

Rdio (Free) – I barely have any music on my iPhone because I stream everything from Rdio. It’s a great investment to help you discover new music and keep current.

Bible (Free) – I use it more on my iPad than my iPhone, but still use it a good bit on here. Love it and can’t live without it. My only frustration with the iPhone version is that they still haven’t updated it to iPhone 5 height.

Day One – The best journal app that syncs with my iPad and Mac. On the Mac, I have it remind me 2 times a day to add an entry. Check out my blog about it.

Prayer Notebook – I’ve been wanting an app like this for a very long time. It keeps track of all prayer requests (password-protected) and has a great mode where it shows you an index card style as you pray for each one during your prayer time. Love it! If you want to try it for free first, download the free Lite version.

Nest – Yes, we have a Nest thermostat in our house. I can control it from anywhere in the world and it’s smart! The thermostat is expensive but you’ll make that money back within the year in energy savings. Plus, it’s sexy! This is a future blog post, for sure!

The Hit List – One of the best task productivity apps for the Mac and iPhone. Truly can’t keep up with everything that I do without this. Syncs beautifully.

Dropbox/Evernote (Free) – Two of my favorite services that I will have to write individual blog posts for.  They are so powerful and free and truly can’t imagine not having these services in my workflow.

Flipboard (Free) – This is a great app to visualize the timelines of Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader and so many other feeds. Imagine reading your Twitter or Facebook through a magazine feed. Hard to explain. Just have to try it!

Sparrow – I love this over Apple’s built-in even though the future of this app is uncertain with Google buying them out. I love Sparrow on the Mac even more.

Chrome (Free) – Safari might be a little faster on the iPhone, but because Chrome is my Mac browser, the ability to sync bookmarks, saved passwords and even the tabs that are opened across multiple devices is gold. Chrome on iPad is even better.

Tweetbot – Before this Twitter app, I bounced around many Twitter clients and was never satisfied … but since Tweetbot, haven’t changed once. Love Tweetbot on the iPad as well, and even on the Mac.

Well, there you have it. Yes, there are several paid iPhone apps listed here and I know the pushback from many of you that don’t want to spend any money on apps from your phone. But these are incredible apps that you could possibly use everyday and make your life easier. I definitely feel the sting whenever I purchase an app in the App store (even for $.99!), making sure there are NO other free alternatives and reading every review I can find on the app before purchasing. But these apps are all tried and true and really, IMO, the creme dela creme.

So, what’s on your homescreen? What’s your favorite app?


  1. Kye — This is a great list! I love getting real-life app suggestions from trusted friends.

    I just purchased the Prayer Notebook app and I’m already loving it. Definitely one that I’ll be recommending to others in our community.

    A couple of questions:

    Have you used Spotify? How does Rdio compare?

    With Day One, did you have to purchase separate apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac? (I love apps that allow usage across multiple devices with only one purchase)

    Looking forward to your Dropbox/Evernote post. I’m using both, but in a kind of disjointed way. I know there must be better ways to maximize these in my workflow…

    1. Yeah, that prayer notebook app is great!

      I have used Spotify … early on. I love the look/feel of Rdio much more. They are basically the same thing, but the look makes Rdio so much better for me.

      Yeah, for Day One, you have to buy two separate, the Mac App and the iOS app (iPhone and iPad). But, trust me, it’s totally worth it. I hesitated for so long, and when I started to use it, kicked myself for waiting.

      Dropbox and Evernote posts coming maybe this week or next! 🙂

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