My Top Ten Favorite Apps

I recently became aware that the last time I listed my favorite iOS apps was back in 2012, so I’ve decided a new list was very overdue. Some apps have made it back onto the list, while others have been knocked off to make room for new ones.

1o. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse – iPad/iPhone – $9.99

When I was younger, I used to love to play Disney’s World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck on Sega Genesis with my dad. So I was excited to find out that the games’ predecessor, Castle of Illusion was remade into an iOS app. Unfortunately, the app isn’t compatible with my iPad 2 (though it will work on newer models) but I can play it on my iPhone 5. I haven’t had too much time to really sit down and fully enjoy the game, but I’ve loved the levels I’ve played so far. Check to see if your device is compatible before purchasing.


o9. Delivery Status – iPad/iPhone – $4.99

This app has had a few changes since I included it on the last list, but it is still well worth the download. It started out as a Mac OSX Dashboard widget, and was one of the first widgets downloaded to my old Macbook. If you’re in need of a reliable delivery tracker for your packages, I definitely recommend this app.


o8. Cartwheel by Target – iPad/iPhone – free

Okay, okay. Let me start off by saying that I do work part-time at Target. However, if I didn’t, I probably would have no idea this app existed unless I was told by a team member or saw a sign in the store. Many people are unfortunately unaware about this app. Here’s how it works: Sign up with an e-mail or your Facebook account, browse for products or scan barcodes, and if a product you plan on purchasing has a Cartwheel coupon, show your Cartwheel barcode to your cashier. It’s really simple and can definitely help you save a few bucks. Plus, because you can scan barcodes, it is super easy to scan all your products with the app before getting on line to see if you can get a percentage off your total.

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o7. Shazam – iPhone – free

Shazam is definitely a huge favorite of mine because you can launch it when you’re watching TV, listening to the radio, at a party, or virtually anywhere your device’s microphone can pick up recorded music. Now if you’re unable to figure out who is singing or what the song is to download for later, this app finds out for you. So simple.

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o6. Flow Free – iPad/iPhone – free

My boyfriend’s roommate was playing this on her Kindle one night and I ended up downloading it on my iPad and can’t stop playing. I tend to get fed up with games after awhile, but I’m absolutely addicted to this game. It’s puzzle based, and if you enjoyed those maze games growing up this might be a good app for you. You have to connect two dots of the same color, without breaking any other connections. There are different packs of varying difficulties, so it’s hard to get tired of this app.

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o5. Seamless – iPad/iPhone – free

I probably use this app more than I should. There aren’t many places to order from using the app where I live, but when the weather outside is frightful, it’s really helpful to order with a credit card when visiting my boyfriend in Brooklyn. One reason why I prefer this app over other similar ones is because they tend to email you coupon codes a lot more often than their competition.

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o4. Foursquare – iPhone – free

I’m a big fan of Foursquare – to the point where if I lose a mayorship it can and has ruined my day. Sure, I haven’t been to the bank in a month or so but I am the mayor, how dare you try to take that from me? I know – I’m getting carried away. But it’s nice because you’ll get badges (for bragging rights) and sometimes you’ll get special promotions such as a coupon to use towards your next purchase or special treatment once you’re the mayor.

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o3. Snapchat – iPhone – free

If you hadn’t heard about Snapchat before, you probably have now because of their recent security breach. It’s not a big deal for me, because all it seems to have done is match your username with your phone number. If you can look past that (and you should, since they will undoubtedly be getting better security) it might be worth it. They’ve added new filters and it’s a great way to have some fun with friends. Take a photo or video and send it to your friends list and in a certain period of time it will disappear.

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o2. Instagram – iPad/iPhone – free

They’re trying to copy Snapchat with the addition of sharing photos/videos privately which is disappointing because the main draw for me is sharing publicly. Even if you keep your account private, it’s still the sharing that makes this app so enjoyable. Share photos and connect it with your Foursquare account to give a fresh photographic take of your favorite coffee shop, or show a short video of that great concert from last night. Some people are more creative than others, but no matter who you follow it’s still interesting to see what people post (unless, of course, it’s just their lunch).

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o1. Battle Camp – iPad/iPhone – free

I’m not a big gamer by any means, but my boyfriend kept playing this and it seemed like a blend of Pokemon and Candy Crush Saga. Obviously, my interest was piqued. However, he says it’s a mixture of World of Warcraft and Pokemon – but that was lost on me. I think it’s a fun game because you have to move gems around a board to combine 3 or more of the same elemental type. Then matching element will then be used as a weapon against a monster in the battle. There are quests (which are easier than most games, which is perfect for me). However, you have energy or lives that must be refilled (and gifted to and from friends) so you can’t play for too long. For me, it’s great to fill up time where you aren’t very busy and just need a short break.

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