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The Best Alternatives For Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

The iPhone comes with a bunch of apps you never use. Some of them are poorly implemented. Others are lacking important features. Fortunately, there’s a whole world of developers offering some very viable third-party alternatives. Unfortunately you can’t delete the apps your iPhone comes with, but here are some alternatives that will free you from their boring grips.


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Messages – GroupMe: This is hands down one of the best ways to text, especially amongst different groups of friends or colleagues. The best part is it’s totally free, on any platform you can think of, and compatible with SMS. Free


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Mail – Mailbox: Mailbox totally rethinks your relationship with email, teaching you better habits through its unique interface. The only catch? A waiting list before you get to try its wares. Free


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

iCal – Sunrise: Sunrise pulls in your Google and Facebook Calendars, shows you the weather for the day, and gives you directions to scheduled events using Google Maps. It even lets you wish someone a happy birthday via text without leaving the app. Also? It looks beautiful. $2


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Camera – Camera+: Technically there’s nothing wrong with the stock iOS Camera app. It’s just that Camera+ will make your photos look so much better with lots of filters and more powerful editing tools. $1


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Videos – GoodPlayer: Never run into a video format that your player won’t support. GoodPlayer works with everything from AVI to Xvid to Dvix to FLV to pretty much anything else you can throw at it, so you can watch whatever you want without having to convert it first. $3


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Notes – Evernote: Like Apple notes, Evernote syncs your jots across devices. But it also lets you do extra things like record audio, search for text in images, save tweets, and so forth, all across multiple platforms. Free


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Clock – Rise and Shine: Waking up to a harsh, incessant buzzing sucks. Instead, you can use an app that monitors your sleep patterns and wakes you naturally up to soft light or soothing sounds. $1


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Reminders – Checkmark: This is a great alternative because of the location-based aspect. For example, when you pass by the dry cleaners, it will send you a notification reminding you to pick up your fresh slacks. In some ways, it’s what Reminders would be if Reminders were Google Now. $5.49


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Calculator – QuickGraph: Say for some reason you need to do some higher-level computations. No need to dig up your old, expensive TI-84 — you get all of the same graphing calculator functions in QuickGraph. Free


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Stocks – Stockwatch: This gives you more than just basic data. It pulls from more than 50 different exchanges. It’s much more customisable in that it lets you make your own tickers, to see just how poorly each of your portfolios is performing. $2


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

iTunes – Spotify: I don’t even use iTunes anymore. I just pay Spotify’s $11.99 monthly fee to stream all the music I want to my iPhone. Trust me, it’s worth it. Free download, $11.99/month subscription


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

App Store – App Shopper: The App Store is not so much good for discovering hidden gems, but App Shopper will keep you up on all the newest apps. It frequently features deals, and lets you know what’s good and what’s not with tons of third-party reviews. Free


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Contacts – Brewster: There are about a dozen ways you can get ahold of someone, which makes for a messy address book. organisation on your own is tedious, but Brewster pulls together all of your contacts from Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, your address book, and more into one place. Free


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

iCloud – Dropbox: iCloud is an OK service, but Dropbox is much more user-friendly and works across all of your devices on every platform. Anything that’s easier to use is always going to be better. Free


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

iBooks – Kindle: Amazon just has a better, cheaper book selection, plain and simple. And if you aren’t exclusively using Apple devices, this reader app will work on whatever you’re using. Free


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Voice Memos – AudioMemos: This app is a little more advanced than what you get pre-loaded. You get more control over editing the audio and you can make longer recordings, among other bonus features you won’t find in Apple’s offering. Free


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Maps – Google Maps: Here’s an absolute no-brainer. Apple Maps sucks and will probably get you lost at some point. Google Maps is wonderful and reliable. Free


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Browser – Dolphin Browser: Safari certainly leaves something to be desired, but Dolphin Browser is built especially for mobile. It’s gesture-based, fast, and just an all-around good alternative for browsing the web on your phone. Free


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Compass -Compass+: The regular compass is kind of pointless. Compass+, however, lets you choose different themes, and more importantly, is integrated with Google Maps. $1


The Best Alternatives for Every Stock Apple App

Podcasts – Instacast: It’s not quite as feature-packed as other alternatives like iCaster, but Instacast might just be the most user-friendly podcast app out there. And honestly, pretty much anything is better than Apple’s halfhearted effort. $5.49


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