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Must Have Smartphone Apps For iOS, Android and Windows Phone Handsets

With consumers opting to buy new smartphones and tablets this holiday season the device remains incomplete without essential apps in categories from gaming  to productivity. We have compiled a list of top smartphone apps this year, just in time for the holiday season.smartphones-applications

Entertainment and Media:

Netflix and Spotify are must have apps for entertainment and the popular YouTube app is a must have for viewing videos. Shazam that detects songs using the internet is the top app for music lovers. SoundCloud, Stitcher and TuneIn Radio earned the top spots for podcast apps.

Fitness and Productivity:

The top fitness app is MyFitnessPal while top apps in productivity are Microsoft Office and Evermore, which has remained in the list, ever since its release. The best cloud app is Dropbox, FoxFi is an exclusive app for Android and Dark Sky is an exclusive app for iOS. Mailbox app is regarded as the top app for managing multiple e-mail accounts and with its simple interface and capabilities. Tiny Scan, a less known app come to the top for the document scanning purpose.


Match.com app has earned the top spot in dating apps and also encourages to use the paid service to find the perfect partner.


Google Maps app is regarded as a must-have for navigation purposes and Waze is the top app in terms of peer-to-peer navigation purposes. Lyft remained popular for “on-demand” transportation along with Uber.

Photo Editing and Social:

Snapseed is the top app for photo-editing and VSSO Cam also remained on a similar rank. Pinterest, WhatsApp and Snapchat are the top apps in messaging and texting while Instagram and Facebook were considered the must-have apps for a smartphone. The top apps for sports fans is WatchESPN.com.

Though Android, Windows Phone and iOS users might have differences with the list, there might be some apps that the user might agree. Do you have any top apps to share, let us know through comments.

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  1. One more amazing app is Spyglass. Using augmented reality, the app overlays compass, GPS and location info on top of visuals captured by an iPhone camera or the map itself. It can measure distance, sizes of objects, your speed, altitude and potential arrival time to the target. You can use it as a waypoints tool, sextant, compass, rangefinder, speedometer, inclinometer and more. https://itunes.apple.com/app/spyglass/id332639548?mt=8&at=11lLc7&ct=c

  2. Here app for navigation thru Windows.

  3. Claiming that the inmigration system is broken and using that as an excuse to prostitute the laws that are on the books. If the system is broken, replacing it with anarchy and not enforcing the laws does not make it better. Opening the borders to anyone who wishes to come, does not solve the problem but it creates a larger problem.

    Refusing to enforce the laws that have served the country reflects the efforts of liberals and Obama's regime to destry institutions and further push the country to insolvency of economic and moral nature. The divive nature of the Socialist orientation is achieving their agenda by black vs white, rich vs poor, productive vs parasitic members of society and now citizens vs police. The government has turned a blind eye to the gradual removal of religion, mostly christianity, from the public forum including the day of prayer at the White House. WAKE UP PEOPLE! we do not want a Socialist agenda to destry the AMERICA we love. Socialists and/or Communists is NOT WHO WE ARE.. the country was founded by thsoe in search of religious freedom.. PUT BACK GOD in the schools and the publick place.. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all.

  4. Mario, this story is about telescope. Go fuck your anti American Self!

  5. Did you really mean to say," prostitute the laws?" Didn't you mean,prosicute?? Big Norm

  6. If only the Native Americans could have closed the borders in 1492!

  7. This fellow complains about the removal of Christianity, but turns a (conveniently) blind eye on the fact that the apostles lived in community…holding all things in common without private possessions. Of course that's following Christ as opposed to simply 'belonging to the club'. It would be a good observance of Christmas if he were to simply put his bigotry and hatred in check…(and perhaps learn to spell).

  8. Jeff and Mario what the heck are you two talking about? The article was about apps. Is there an app to rule out stupid from comments that are not relevant to the topic?

  9. I said that the smartphones look great.

  10. Gym pact is a fitness app that pays you for working out and eating healthy. What could be better than getting paid to meet your goals?

  11. Halford Fairchild That's a good one brudda!

  12. Crimas…. Murry Chrimas!

  13. when search for spyglass all i get is songs. Please be more specific in title of app

  14. Raquel, you have just come up with the killer app for next year! But back to the topic, I set up an old Galaxy S3 for my elderly dad to use for checking email and streaming to a Chromecast. His favorite app, though, turned out to be GPS Status.

  15. You probaly would not be here if they had closed the borders in 1492

  16. try searching in the App category, not the song category

  17. Gee is there an app for that?

  18. Terry Marie Beattie

    It is President Obsma's fault.

  19. Greg Wardlaw ,what do you bu brudda

  20. Greg Wardlaw ,what do you bu brudda

  21. They were drunk, and typed that in the wrong "room".

  22. They were drunk, and typed that in the wrong "room".

  23. I'm glad I don't have to go back 800 fk'en years to win an argument….. jus'sayen <shaking heads at freaken lberals>.

  24. I'm glad I don't have to go back 800 fk'en years to win an argument….. jus'sayen <shaking heads at freaken lberals>.

  25. BESIDES… the apostles didn't have the left wing fruit and nut-cases running around everywhere.

  26. BESIDES… the apostles didn't have the left wing fruit and nut-cases running around everywhere.

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