Best replacements for stock iPhone and iPad apps
That’s why we've looked at stock iPhone and iPad apps and looked for better replacements. Apps that add more functionality, give you more information and most importantly - apps that have proven to be stable.
Which are those apps? Take a look at the best replacements for stock iPhone apps below.
Best replacements for stock iPhone and iPad apps
Mailbox (Free, pictured in the upper part of the image) excels at just this - a simple email app, it allows you to archive and snooze emails with a simple swipe gesture, plus it’s passed the test of time and has won users preferences.
Gmail (Free, pictured in the lower part of the image) is our second suggestion for replacement to the stock mail app - it’s perfectly suited to Gmail users, opening all the options that Google’s webmail offers in a well-polished app.
Evernote (Free, pictured in the upper part of the image) is an app that syncs across multiple devices including your tablet and desktop, plus it has rich note-taking functions that others lack.
Vesper ($2.99, pictured in the lower part of the image) is another alternative - it retains the simplicity of the original Notes app, adding a few necessary functions without going over the board.
Sunrise (Free) is another alternative with a clean and beautiful design that allows you to easily tell appointments apart, just visually. It’s also simple and reliable.
Yahoo Weather (Free) strikes the right balance between being informative and usable. With a picture from your location that represents the current weather conditions, a beautiful UI and all the info that you need at a glance - even including a satellite map of clouds, temperature and winds, as well as sunrise and sunset times, it’s our number one choice.
Dark Sky ($3.99) is a newcomer that boasts a hefty $3.99 price tag, but in exchange it gives you one hugely important and novel feature - it simply warns you just before it rains, and next time you arrive at home on time and dry, you’d appreciate the well-spent money as you look at a rainy day through the window.
Another alternative that brings something of value is Carousel (Free). This app made by Dropbox gives you unlimited storage for your photos in the cloud so you no longer have to worry about running out of space on that iPhone. Neat.
Photography enthusiasts can have their manual settings via an outstanding app called ProCamera 7 ($3.99). It’s the most stable of all iPhone camera replacement apps that we have tested, and it is one of the richest in terms of capabilities: it displays shutter speed and ISO live, plus you get a live histogram. Other neat options include a tiltmeter, anti-shake option, and a self-timer, as well as select the right aspect ratio.
Kinomatic ($1.99) is our go-to app for iPhone video. It combines the most advanced manual video recording features along with a powerful built-in editor, all in a surprisingly simple, streamlined user interface. We’re smitten with the speed of edits and the ease with which you can re-arrange trim and mix clips into a finished video project. The powerful manual controls include separate buttons for focus, exposure, and white balance lock, plus you get to see audio levels live.
Real-time Stock Tracker (Free) is the only app that we saw truly adhere to its promise of real-time stock price updates. Its detailed and rich in information, just what a stock trader needs.
Bloomberg (Free) also has an excellent stocks app with a focus on information and news, plus it gives you a very nice overview of a company with charts showing its revenue, profitability, and balance sheet changes in time.
Any.Do (Free) excels at the same task, with a slightly different, cleaner interface, but at the end of the day it’s a matter of choice between those two.
Google’s Chrome (Free) browser is our alternative to the stock Safari - Chrome has grown to global prominence quickly backed up by swift updates, simple and quick experience when surfing the web, as well as a neat card-based interface. It also syncs across all your devices (and not just iCloud-supporting ones).
We feel that it might be worth considering switching to a cloud-based music streaming service that requires you to pay a $5 to $10 monthly fee per month for all-you-can-eat music.
The best music streaming service right now is Spotify (Free). You can also sync your existing tunes with it, and use it as your full-on music player, forgetting about ever having to purchase a song again.
12. Apple Maps
We’re talking about Google Maps (Free) of course. With street view from every corner in the world, and the most accurate and up-to-date maps, Google Maps is our top pick for replacement to the stock Apple Maps.
Our number one pick to replace it is an app called Soulver ($1.99) adding more options and a history of your calculations.
If you want more scientific functions, the second app you should look at is PCalc ($4.99). It includes an optional RPN mode and multi-line display, a choice of button layouts, an extensive set of unit conversions and constants, a paper tape, multiple undo and redo, engineering and scientific notation, as well as support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations.
is our top pick for replacement for the barebones Podcasts app by Apple. Overcast is a relatively new arrival on the App Store, but it brings features like Smart Speed, Voice Boost, and Smarter Playlists to help you listen to more podcasts in more places.
1. pubbaa (Posts: 20; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
I'd love to see a gallery app. It's a complete pain to sync photos once the pc has been installed with a fresh windows os
2. Cynaraos (Posts: 11; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)
Most of these applications probably require iOS 6 or 7, which I can't install on my only iPad. I think I'm too poor, what would [you other] commenters say?
6. Wiencon (Posts: 89; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)
It's iOS7 era now, so forget that any dev will support iOS5
5. Wiencon (Posts: 89; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)
For music there is no better app than Ecoute.
7. Victor.H (Posts: 410; Member since: 27 May 2011)
This one somehow got under the radar, but it's definitely worthy.
8. AfterShock (Posts: 2798; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Ifans sorry I have to...
Apps that add more functionality, give you more information and most importantly - apps that have proven to be stable.
Android has got you covered Myxz!