iPhone Apps of 2013 – Top Ten

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Top ten downloaded iPhone Apps of 2013

2013 was a great year for iPhone apps with new ones coming out at a pretty brisk pace and others being upgraded to be even better. The following ten iPhone apps were chosen to be a wide variety of types that all have received a high 4.5 to 5 star rating from customers. They are not listed in any particular order because they all are fantastic! The best way to get the most out of your iPhone is to get great tools on it. Many of these are even free!



1. AfterLight by Simon Filip – http://afterlight.us/


AfterLight enjoys a solid 5 star rating on version 2.1 as one of the best image editing apps available. It includes 15 adjustment tools, 56 filters along with in-app packs available to add more, 66 textures, cropping and transforming tools and 75 different simplistic and adjustable frames for that final special touch. They celebrated their one year anniversary in November, 2013 with the newest version that is loved even more. The app is available for both iPhone and iPad.



2. Duolingo – http://www.duolingo.com/


For those that want to learn a foreign language but would prefer not to have to buy software, this is the app to use. It is completely free with no fees, no ads and no gimmicks! To give an idea of the popularity of this app, consider how many English speakers are currently learning the following languages: Portuguese 1.89 million, French 4.86 million, German 3.2 million, Spanish 7.88 million and Italian 2.45 million. That’s a lot of students! Over 50,000 customers have rated this iPhone app giving it a solid 5 star rating. The method of learning is fun with leveling up and competing with friends.




3. Temple Run 2 by Imangi Studios – http://www.imangistudios.com/


Imangi Studios just never seems to quit with improvements and new games being added to increase enjoyment. Temple Run 2 is a smash hit sequel to its predecessor Temple Run. They also have an Oz and Brave version. Nearly 200,000 customers have given this a 4.5 star rating thus far. The initial download of this addicting game is free but there are in-app packs to add on extra gems or coins. The graphics are incredible with navigating perilous cliffs, zip lines, mines and forests. They just added a water slide in the most recent update along with more artifacts and masks.




4. Nextdoor – https://nextdoor.com/


For those that love social networks but would like to connect to those a bit closer to home, Nextdoor is the way to do it. It is a free, private social network for connecting with your own area and neighborhood. When neighbors start talking, good things happen. Imagine putting together a street party or easily organizing a neighborhood crime watch. It can be used to get the word out about anything – from a lost pet to getting a recommendation for services. This day and age it can be scary to go knock on doors to get to know your neighbors but with this app it is easy! Customers’ rating on this iPhone app is a solid 4.5 stars. Over 26,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. rely on Nextdoor and users can set their neighborhood up if it hasn’t been yet.




5. Over by Potluck – http://madewithover.com/


While there are tons of photography apps out there to edit photos, not many of them offer the special feature of this app – the ability to add text and artwork to photos. With exclusive fonts and artwork users can turn their photos into something truly awesome and then share them via email, text message, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Path and more. Furthermore, users can also send them as postcards. This low cost iPhone app with additional fonts offered as in-app purchases is enjoying a 4.5 star rating by over 5,000 customers. This is a great tool for fun and also for marketing purposes.



6. Venmo – https://venmo.com/


Venmo is an app for sending and receiving money easily. There is no cost to send money as long as you use a bank account, supported debit card or Venmo balance to fund the payment. There is a 3% fee to use a credit card. Receiving money is always free. It is really easy to use – simply choose a friend via phone, email or Facebook, type an amount and message and choose sharing options. The app uses bank-grade security systems and data encryption and they guarantee all user funds against any unauthorized transactions. An easy way to pay and collect money from friends for shared expenses such as restaurant tab sharing and roommate expenses. Customers have given this iPhone app a solid 4.5 star rating thus far.



7. Kindle by AMZN Mobile LLC https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/kindle/id302584613?mt=8


Since most people have their iPhone on them all the time, it makes sense to use it for reading on the go rather than carrying around a hard copy book or even a full size Kindle or any other reader. This app makes it easy to jump right into that book you were reading at home or elsewhere either on the Kindle PC version or regular Kindle thanks to their Whispersync technology. It can also be used to email PDFs and other documents to one’s Kindle email address and pull them up on the iPhone.  The app includes many of the features of the Kindle itself including instant dictionary word lookup, swipe or tap to turn pages, search inside a book, adjust font size and background color and read in either portrait or landscape format.




8. Google Maps by Google, Inc. – http://www.google.com/maps/about/explore/mobile/



Most people really hate the Apple map app and for a long time had to suffer through it because there just wasn’t any really good alternative. That is no longer the case with Google Maps with wonderful voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation. It is simply the best map app out there. It includes comprehensive, accurate maps in 200 countries and is just as useful for those biking or walking as it is those driving. With live traffic and incident reports it is wonderful for avoiding problem areas. It also includes detailed information on more than 100 million places so not only can it get you there, it can tell you where to go!




9. Candy Crush Saga by King – http://about.king.com/candy-crush-saga-faqs/en



Candy Crush Saga hit two records in 2013 – as the most downloaded free iPhone app and the top grossing iPhone app. The reason for this is that it is insanely addicting with tons of in-app purchases available including extra moves, extra lives and various bonuses. Players switch and match their way through more than 400 levels in this puzzle adventure. It is super easy to play but takes a while to fully master it. No other game combines simple play with the intense desire to level up and get past challenging and sometimes frustrating levels.




10. Spotify by Spotify Ltd. – https://www.spotify.com/us/



Spotify gives users access to a world of music – millions of songs right at one’s fingertips. The free version lets users play on mobile, tablet or computer. The premium version is $9.99 per month and allows for downloading music to listen to when offline and also removes ads. The monthly subscription can be cancelled at anytime. They have had a few bugs that drove down their overall customer rating to three stars but the current version (November 29, 2013) is now receiving a solid 4.5 star rating.

After sorting through all the duds out there, these ten came out on top so chances are most people will love to have all of them on their iPhone. Some are better options than the pre-installed app but most are a way to get even more out of one’s iPhone. They’ll also likely stand the test of time so even through 2014 and beyond they will remain useful.




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