Holidays are here and if you are lucky you may avoid a brand new iPhone. But if it's a fancy iPhone XS Max or an older iPhone 7, there's a chance you'll need a few apps for that phone. And while many of your selections are pretty simple – odds you already know you want things like Instagram or YouTube – here are recommendations for some interesting apps that you may not know about.
We have rounded out our favorite and most commonly used apps, games and tools. Look for our picks for iPhone, PC and Mac; our favorite games for iOS and Android, and our top picks for PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Simply put, the standard email app (imaginatively called Mail) included with the iPhone is absolutely terrible, especially if you, like most, have a Gmail account. Skip it and switch to Microsoft's Outlook app instead, offering a fast, clean interface, amazing support with almost all the e-mail companies under the sun, and the kind of reliability that Apple's app just doesn't have.
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There is nothing wrong with paying for Apple's award-winning iCloud storage, if you want a fast, easy and (best of all) free way to back up all your photos (or something to use as a backup for iCloud Backup), try Google Photos – you do not save full-resolution high-resolution images – unless you are willing to pay for storage – but if you choose between slightly lower images or no images, It's easy to choose, especially for the low, low cost of free, and Google's sorting and labeling features are second to none, making it easy to find the exact picture. u are looking for that birthday party five years ago without having to browse through thousands of pictures.
Do you like to get lost? If the answer is no, install Google Maps. Sure, Apple Maps isn't as bad as it once was, but it's still just an undisputed king of mapping apps, and it's not the one Apple contains on the iPhone.
From now on, the phone cannot predict the future. But Dark Sky can only be the second best and offers unusually prescient weather forecasts in the next few minutes, which means you will always know if you need an umbrella when you pull out the door.
1Password / LastPass
Password security is incredibly important, especially at the age of almost constant data violations. Protect your stuff online with a password management tool that will help you use stronger passwords and ensure that you don't use the same password for each site.
In addition, Apple, with its newly released IOS 12, enabled password handlers to work almost seamlessly with the rest of the operating system, and log in with your new (and much safer) passwords a snap.  iA Writer
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If you are the kind of person who takes a lot of notes, it is worth investing in a copy of iA Writer – it's a fast, minimal app that makes it jumble quickly notice a snap. And you'll be able to sync these notes to your computer (Macs and PCs) when it's time to make them bigger things.
Amazing, sometimes friends will expect you to pay them back for things. Venmo payment system makes it easier – and makes you less likely to lose those friends. At least it will make splitting that next bar fan a little easier.
The holiday season means that you probably have a whole lot of packages coming in and out of your house. Deliveries make tracking all of them a snap – just paste the tracking code and it will do the rest, so you know exactly when the new equipment arrives.
There is too much good content on the internet, and not enough time to read everything. Pocket is here to help you store all your content so you can come back and read it when you have more time. At least, it offers a consolidated list of things you probably never return to in one place.