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The wallpaper and apps on my iPhone and why they're there, as of February 2014

And so it comes back around to me, this time to guide you through what I use on my iPhone 5s. It's a little more tricky than when I talked iPad for one main reason. I use my iPhone a whole lot more and for much different reasons. If I told you about every single thing on my iPhone, we'd be here a very, very long time. You'd get bored.

That's because the majority of apps I try out – either for personal reasons or for my work here on iMore – are put onto my iPhone. Since it's always in my hand or my pocket it's a better device for this type of thing than my iPad. But, I do have a staple of apps which have a permanent home and which I use practically every day. So let's take a look at those, and my current choice of wallpaper.

The wallpaper is the same as I have on my iPad. It's one of Apple's stock iOS 7 choices and I like it because it's colorful.

  • Stock apps: Some of the stock iOS 7 apps remain on my main homescreen, but only the ones I actually use. Photos, Reminders and Clock stay up top. I use Reminders a lot, more like an alarm than a to-do list. Settings has a place as do the iTunes Apps – Music, Videos, App Store and iTunes Store – in a folder together. I do have iBooks (opens in new tab) and iTunes U (opens in new tab) installed – just to keep up to date with them – but these are rarely used and live elsewhere.
  • Apple Remote (opens in new tab): I use this almost exclusively to control my Apple TV. I think it's a much preferrable experience, namely scrolling and typing to search with an actual keyboard. And since I use my Apple TV most days, I use this app a lot.
  • Calendars 5 by Readdle (opens in new tab): My favorite calendar app. I can't pinpoint exactly why I like it so much, but Readdle is one of my favorite developers. I really like their work, and this has replaced the stock Calendar app for me.
  • Google Apps: Pretty much all of them is the easiest way to say it. I don't use the Gmail (opens in new tab) app, though. I never really got along with it that much. But I live in Google services so I've got pretty much everything. Authenticator (opens in new tab), Hangouts (opens in new tab) and Google+ (opens in new tab) are the three most used.
  • eBay (opens in new tab): I spend too much time looking on eBay for things. More than Amazon or any other store. I have a problem and should probably move this app and hide it!
  • Yahoo Weather (opens in new tab): The best weather app there is in my opinion. The data comes from the same source as the iOS 7 Weather app but those Flickr sourced photos make all the difference. I'm constantly looking at the weather just to have an excuse to open this app.
  • PayPal (opens in new tab): Essential to me. I move a lot of money around using PayPal, and the iOS app is actually really nicely done.
  • Sky News (opens in new tab): I wish this app looked better and I wish it was nicer to use. But Sky News is where I get my regular, non-tech news and this the only iOS app they have.
  • mSecure (opens in new tab): I chose mSecure initially because it better supported Android as well as iOS and Mac. And I stand by that. 1Password is going to get better on Android, but I'm invested in mSecure as my password manager and I'll be sticking with it.
  • TripIt (opens in new tab): I don't travel nearly as much as some of the Mobile Nations staff – and when I do it often doesn't involve planes – but TripIt is an absolute essential. Hooked in to my Gmail account I don't need to worry about keeping track of my travel plans because TripIt does it for me. I use the train a lot here in the UK and TripIt still pulls in those reservation details – albeit thinking I'm in the U.S. which is massively irritating – and organizes everything for me. It's the best at what it does, I think.
  • Instashare (opens in new tab): Until Apple makes AirDrop work between iOS devices and Mac, this is how I'll be transferring my stuff.
  • MLB At Bat (opens in new tab): I'm a Brit that loves Baseball. I'm also an MLB.tv subscriber, so this app becomes not only free but ultra useful. Since I'm not subject to any local blackout restrictions over here, I can watch all the Baseball I want wherever I am.
  • Social Apps: Only three that I really use. But I use them a lot. Flint (opens in new tab) is a Campfire client for iOS and the very best one at that. Campfire is what we use at Mobile Nations as our company office chat and it's a real bonus having such a great mobile client to use. Skype (opens in new tab) needs little introduction. It's how we call each other, so there's no reason not to have it on my iPhone. And then there's Tweetbot 3 (opens in new tab), which is the best Twitter app I've ever used. Doesn't need much more than that, really.
  • Productivity Apps: Another couple of Readdle apps live in this folder; Documents (opens in new tab) and Scanner Pro (opens in new tab). I really wish I used Documents to its full potential, but it's the only way I manage documents from different sources including Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive. I've got different things in different places and this helps keep track of everything. Scanner Pro is a pretty fantastic app at scanning documents and creating a pdf copy. I also use Any.do (opens in new tab) quite a lot to plan out tasks because it's cross platform and has a great, offline Google Chrome app too. I also use Simplenote (opens in new tab) in place of the standard Notes app for similar reasons, and it has a nice, simple Mac app. The other two apps in here are predominantly for work purposes. Trello (opens in new tab) is something we use to plan out our editorial content, and of course, Dropbox (opens in new tab).
  • Entertainment Apps: I consume a lot of media content on my iPhone, and there's a bunch of different apps I use to do that. Spotify (opens in new tab), Netflix (opens in new tab), BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) and TuneIn Radio (opens in new tab) are the main ones. Well known, popular and great to get my fix on the go. Other British TV channels have apps too, and I keep ITV Player (opens in new tab) and 4oD (opens in new tab) close at hand, too. My podcast app of choice is Shifty Jelly's excellent Pocket Casts (opens in new tab) which allows me to sync between iOS and Android. That and it's just an awesome app. And pour one out for Twitter #Music. I actually like it, and I'll keep hold of it until it finally shuts down forever.
  • On my dock: Google Chrome (opens in new tab) has replaced Safari, mainly because I use it on the desktop. The stock Mail app is there – for now – as are the Phone, Messages and FaceTime apps in a folder. Oh, and the iMore app (opens in new tab). Because it's iMore!

So, that's the main collection of apps on my iPhone. There are also a bunch of others I use often such as Starbucks (opens in new tab), British Airways (opens in new tab), and I've just started using Medium (opens in new tab), too. It's a gorgeous iPhone app and there's some really great stuff being written over there. Any of these match up with your own preferences? Share your own iPhone setups in the comments below!

Editor at iMore, part time racing driver, full time British guy. Follow him on Twitter and Google+

24 Comments
  • Love articles like this. Always fun discovering and seeing what apps others find useful. Sent from the iMore App
  • I have one question here I switch to UK Siri because it's different. So do you guys in the UK switch to a different Siri langauge?
  • Not personally, no.
  • Dude change your avatar you look like an 80's reject pedifile! Sent from the iMore App
  • Djay2, Facebook, Evernote, TuneIn Radio, Ebay, Gumtree, mail, notes all get used a lot daily.
  • I have eBay hidden in a folder as I found myself just constantly buying stuff. I wish mSecure would update the app. Sent from the iMore App
  • No games?
  • Game almost exclusively on my iPad. iPhone is too small for game playing for me, or it is for the types of games I like to play. Example; Real Racing 3. Tried it on my iPhone and gave up after 15 minutes. I like to play on a bigger screen.
  • Agree about Sky News - terrible designed app atm - Ive recently switched to Yahoo Digest, it's pretty awesome Streaming app wise have you tried TV Player or Radioplayer?
  • I have tried TV player, but I'm more of an 'on-demand' mobile TV watcher than Live TV. It's a nice app though. I've used TuneIn Radio for so long now it's just an automatic choice for me. Radioplayer is pretty nice though I'll agree :)
  • Sky News? Really? I won't go anywhere near the right wing sewage that is anything Murdoch related. The man is a cancer on humanity and his repugnant views infect every service he owns. Personally I use The Guardian and the BBC for news.
  • "Since I'm not subject to any local blackout restrictions over here, I can watch all the Baseball I want wherever I am." I hate you so much. MLB blackout restrictions are the WORST.
  • Calendars 5 over Fantastical 2 ??? I'm also a baseball loving brit but please tell me you do not support the Yankees?!? lol
  • Good lord no. Though I did (obviously) do the Yankee Stadium tour when I visited NYC. Seattle Mariners fan for my troubles ;-) As for Fantastical, I never really got along with it. Can't really pinpoint why, but Calendars 5 just always felt better to me.
  • I wanted that same case too expensive for a case I'll probably take of a couple of days after as I do with all Sent from the iMore App
  • Quite thorough read Richard. It's always nice to read your articles and this is a wonderful share.
    :D Sent from the iMore App
  • Thanks for this. Really loved reading it! Keep up the good work :) Sent from the iMore App
  • I love these types of videos. Id actually like to see every app that you have on your phone.. Maybe to give me some ideas Sent from the iMore App
  • Just add to, Zite is the best news reading app that I found to provide the most personalised sources of articles that truly interest me. Sent from the iMore App
  • Tube8.com??? Sent from the iMore App
  • I have ScannerPro and it is essential but was not aware of Documents! Thanks Richard! Giving it a try!
  • How did hi change his down bar color i mean match with wall paper ? Sent from the iMore App
  • Moves is the best app for me! Is just fun that I can check how many steps I made and where I've been Sent from the iMore App
  • Gay Porn?? Sent from the iMore App