5 Essential iPhone Utility Apps

I wanted to take a few minutes of your time and share 5 of my favorite iOS utility apps. These apps help me to be more productive using my iPhone and each serve a unique purpose as the functionality they provide is not built into the operationing system itself.

  • Launch Center Pro: This is as close as it gets to a customizable app launcher in iOS. The main purpose of Launch Center Pro is to provide for you a shortcut to specific actions within key applications. See my post here for some screenshots of what my setup looks like. You can also find some great tips on how to get the most out of your experience here.

  • Google Contacts Sync: This app allows me to overwrite my Google contacts with my iCloud contacts or overwrite my iCloud contacts with my Google contacts. There is also an option to merge. This app comes in very usefull if managing two different platforms (iOS & Android) and you want to keep all your contacts up to date.

  • Cuckoo: This app does one thing and does it well. It uses local push notifications to chime your iPhone every 30 minutes or every hour depending on your preference. There are several sound options available. Mine is the wristwatch. It comes in very handy when inside of a full screen application and you want to be notified of the time without disruption to the application in the foreground.

  • Drafts: This is another one of those powerhouse applications that does a lot of things and does it very efficiently. Think of this app as your go-to place to send routine snippets of texts to different apps very quickly.

  • GoodReader: Looking for that app than can open just about any file from within any application? Looking for an application that can take any pdf attachment from an email, annotate it, flatten it, save it and then send it? Looking for an applicaition that will give you access to all the files in your mail servers, Dropbox or Google Documents accounts? This is your application.

Well these are just 5 of several favorite utility apps that really help me cope with some of the limited functionality of the iPhone. The great thing is all these apps work on a non-jailbroken iPhone and you can get them from the App Store. Check out the links below for prices, screen shots, summaries and reviews. Please share your favorites in the comment section below.

Launch Center Pro

Google Contacts Sync

Cuckoo

Drafts

GoodReader