For iPhone users, I’m going to throw you an assist by sharing my top 20 (this is an update of my 2010 iPhone list, and I will update my top Android picks next week). My iPhone picks are all third-party apps that can help you be more productive, streamline regular activities, reduce the number of gadgets in your life, and take advantage of the top benefits that mobile computing has to offer.
The Android Market may not have as many apps as the iPhone App Store yet, but there are still more than enough to be overwhelmed, and it continues to grow at a breakneck pace. To help you sort through them all, here is my latest list of the 20 most useful Android apps (this is an update of my 2010 Android list). I’ve also recently updated my list of the most useful iPhone apps and you’ll notice several of the same apps on both lists.
Cross-platform ‘Getting Things Done’ app ‘Wunderlist’ is now available for the Linux desktop.
The application provides a minimal yet attractive ‘frame’ for listing, sorting and managing your daily tasks.
The photo-sharing experience on Photovine [iTunes link] is centered on community storytelling through mobile photos, as explained in the app’s tagline: “Plant a photo, watch it grow.” This makes the app distinct from popular photo-sharing applications for iPhone like Instagram that proffer quick and easy ways to stylize and share photos.
iOS doesn’t exactly allow for much file browsing, as the file system is pretty locked down, but there are some great apps for management. We love Air Sharing because it supports practically every protocol you’d ever need and works with tons of file types.