Between iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry, there are hundreds of thousands of apps to choose from.
Let’s make it simple.
Out of all those apps, there are only a handful of essentials. Here are the first apps you should download.
Even if you don't like to tweet, you should download Twitter. It's a great way to keep up with news and follow celebrities, athletes, and journalists you're interested in.
There are several third-party Twitter apps, but most people will be fine with the regular Twitter app.
With 130 million users, Instagram is the biggest photo-sharing app out there. The Facebook-owned service recently added a new feature that lets you upload 15-second videos, complete with the app's iconic filters.
Instagram is a big hit because it was one of the first apps that made photo-sharing on smartphones fast and easy.
Evernote is more than just a note-taking app. It's a locker for your entire digital life.
The app lets you store text, audio, and photo notes to an online account and access them on any Web-connected device. Spend one week with Evernote and you'll be obsessed.
Candy Crush Saga is the hottest smartphone game at the moment. It's a very simple puzzle game, but it's exploded in popularity in recent months.
The game has hundreds of levels where you try to match three of the same candies in a row to clear the board. It also lets you connect with your Facebook friends and compare scores. You'll be addicted. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Snapchat is one of the most popular social networking apps available today. The app lets you send photos and short video clips to friends that self-destruct after they're viewed. You can also annotate and doodle over your photos.
Sound simple? It is. And millions of people are obsessed with it.
Digg's app uses a mix of computer algorithms and human editors to find the best articles on the Web. The app's clean design makes it really easy to scroll around and find something you're interested in. You can also save articles and read them later.
Price: Free for iPhone
Dots is one of the hottest new smartphone games available.
The game gives you one minute to clear as many dots as you can by connecting two or more together in a straight line. If you make a square, you'll clear all the dots on the board of the same colour. You can also earn powerups that help boost your score.
Price: Free for iPhone
Instacast is our favourite app for keeping up with our podcast subscriptions. The app lets you sign up for a podcast and will automatically download them to your iPhone. You also have the option to stream.
Price: $4.99 for iPhone
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