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After recently upgrading to the new iPhone, I've realized just how dependent I am on my phone for every day things!! I use it as my alarm, my camera, my pedometer and not to mention my actual communication device!! With that being said there are some apps that I have come to not only love, but I just don't know how I survived before them...a little dramatic, but I'm just painting a picture for you here! 

Health & Fitness

Health: This is a new app that comes standard on the ios8 operating system. Why I like it? It tracks my steps, walking + running distance, and my flights climbed. I only use about 30% of the full capacity of the app, but it keeps me moving throughout the day! Do I still want a FitFlex, yes...because I don't take this on the treadmill or stair master with me so it's only 70% accurate.
Human: This is the most basic level of activity tracking that you can have, but it's pretty great because you need at least 30 minutes a day to get your daily 30 in...anything over that is a bonus!! I've climbed up stairs during the day to get my numbers up because I realized I just sit too much!! Another bonus is that it tracks your calories burned with any activity.  
Map My Run: Pretty self explanatory, but I used this app a ton in the summer and spring when I was running outside. It gave me a better idea of how far I was running and my pace - so good when I was training for races! 
Equinox: Often times I forget the schedule of classes that my gym offers, so having the app on my phone allows me to schedule them to my calendar and also book bikes if I take a spin class! 

Photo Sharing & Editing 

I'll be 100% honest - since upgrading my phone I very rarely use an editing app that isn't already built into the camera - it's that good, but before the upgrade I used two that I really liked! 
VSCOcam: I've mentioned this photo app editor in the past and it's my favorite. I really like it for food and outdoor photos. If you're an android user not to worry because it's also available for you! 
PhotoSync: I probably use this app the most because I transfer all my photos to my computer using this and also share photos with Gary via PhotoSync from our phones and our computers! 
Picfx: You can really take your photos to the next level with this app and the filters are amazing!! It's a little hard getting into the rhythm using it, but once you've used it a few times you get the hang of it! 

Getting Around 

Uber: I think we're all pretty familiar with Uber and getting around the city via this app. It's very rare that I use Uber, but when I do I love that I don't have to worry about cash or anything because it's just paid...almost like it's free - okay not really, but out of sight out of mind right?! It's also in pretty much every city in the US now! 
OpenMBTA: My main mode of transportation in the city is using the T and my biggest gripe is waiting for my train to come when 4 or 5 of the ones I don't take cruise on by! This app keeps my anger at bay and gives the most accurate account of when the train will be there! 
MetroCab: This is the only company that I will take to the airport - which is pretty much the only time I care to take a cab! They are always on time and being able to make the reservation via the app makes my life even easier! 

Other Favorites 

Flipboard: Gary uses this way more than I do, but being able to browse the topics that you are most interested in and filtering the news that way makes reading it more enjoyable.
Open Table: I make restaurant reservations at least once a week - having this app on hand when we're out makes reserving even easier - plus I get to browse other restaurants that may not have a wait and just go there instead! 
Tivo: It probably comes as no surprise that I have the Tivo App on my phone especially after the post where I shared my Favorite Fall TV Shows!! There are times when I'm leaving work later than anticipated or stuck at an event and I knew I didn't set a show to record and this app makes it so easy to make sure everything I want to watch is recorded!!
Reminders: Even though I'm a pen and paper kind of girl, using my reminders gives me that extra little bit to make sure I don't forget anything. I set the reminders for when I get to work or at certain times during the day because I'm not always looking at my planner!! 

So there you guys have it - some of my favorite apps. Now it's your turn - do you use any of these? What is the one app that I have to download?! 

xo,
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  1. Well, I can't say I use any fitness apps haha but I do use many other apps! I've heard great things about the vscocam app and I think I need to give it a try! I usually use afterlight since it is user friendly for a non tech savy lady like me. and my husband uses flipboard, too!

    Maggie
    www.PolishedClosets.com

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  2. I love VSCO! That is one of the apps I use at least twice a day.

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  3. Such great suggestions! I personally love (and can't live without) RetailMeNot, Pandora, and Runkeeper. Great Post Biana!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  4. I love reading app posts from other people because there is always at least one or two that I have never heard of and obviously need! Are you super happy with your new iPhone? Did you get the regular or plus? I am still torn between the plus or maybe going to Samsung. I am so unhappy with picture quality of my iPhone5 and was a little underwhelmed looking at the store this weekend. Decisions, decisions!

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  5. I really love VSOCam and PicFX. Map my Run is really great for running outdoors. I use SquareReady a lot. It makes my pictures square without cutting off anything. I use Awesome Note a lot for multiple color coded to-do lists and Waze for directions/GPS.

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  6. I need that photosync app in my life! I can't tell you how much time I spend sending myself all my pics on my phone every weekend :-P

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  7. I love these kinds of posts!! I always end up getting a new app! The picture syncing one sounds great!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  8. Flipp - amalgamates your weekly flyers into one app - and allows you to "clip" your favorites so when you go shopping, you can quickly reference them.

    stocard - instead of lugging those rewards cards that takes up a ton of space in your wallet - just add them to this app and use your phone when scanning reward cards at the cashier!

    runtastic - amazing fitness tracker. my husband uses strava for his rides (can also be used for runs etc. the good thing about strava is that you can upload your runs or exercise online and it's actually a huge fitness community. if you happen to do group runs or rides, your entire team can go on there and "root" for you).

    photogrid - pic collage maker!

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  9. This is such a great post! I'm always interested to know what other apps people are using and to learn about new ones. I had no idea that the new Health app on iOS8 did all that, so I will have to start using it. PhotoSync definitely is going to be a download for me in the near future so I don't have to plug my phone in all the time to transfer my photos!

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  10. Ok, maybe you can teach me how to use the Health app because I have NO idea. I can't figure out how to get it to do anything unless I manually input it! I'm going to have to check out your photo apps too! So fun!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  11. pictapgo is the editing app I use very most! My fave!

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  12. Love this! I might be upgrading this weekend! Definitely checking out those photo apps and ugh I wish Orlando had Uber!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  13. Downloading PhotoSync and Open Table! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. These are great! I'm hoping to get the new iPhone for my bday next month (fingers crossed hubby comes through). I love the reminders app and I'm going to have to try some of those camera apps - especially the Photosync one! Thanks for sharing girl :)

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  15. love uber--i have a droid, so i dont think picfx is on there, but i've heard amazing things!

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  16. Love the gold! Mapmyrun is awesome! Thanks for the recs!

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  17. Great list! I noticed the new health app on my phone and have yet to open it! Maybe I need to start after baby... And I love map my run. I also use Afterlight a lot for editing photos. So many apps!!!

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  18. Oooh I need to download PhotoSync!! I always email my pictures to myself to get them on my computer and it's just so.much.work. This sounds like a lifesaver! One app I can think of that you might like is Followers +, it gives you all the stats/breakdown of your Instagram account, kind of cool!

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  19. Love these kind of posts, going to look up the VSCO app now!

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  20. How did I not know about PhotoSync?! I am always struggling to upload all of my pics. Have you checked out HomeGoods new app, The Goods? It shows you what's in each store before you go and let's you store your favorites!

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  21. I love love the health app on the phone. I'm obsessed with getting 10K steps a day. Thanks for posting your favorite apps, I have never heard of PhotoSync. Off to download it. Thanks so much . Hope you are having a fantastic week!!

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  22. I'm so jealous of the new iPhone's camera! The videos it can make are amazing! Until I get one I need all the help I can get with pics! I'm going to try those camera apps!

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  23. Chris was going to get me a new iPhone for my birthday, but I declined. I'm thinking maybe for Christmas. Those apps are cool though. Thanks for sharing and I hope that you are having a good day so far! :-)

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  24. ok i need to up my app game! these look awesome. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  25. I've been living under a rock… i have 10% of these apps. LOL.

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  26. Great suggestions! I have a couple of these but definitely need to step it up and add a few more!
    xo

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  27. I like Map My Run and I used to use it for running before I switched to RunKeeper. I still keep MMR around just in case though :) I haven't taken enough time to look through the new Health app but I definitely should, since health/wellness/fitness is kinda a central theme in my life haha. And I don't know what in the world I would do without my Reminders app!

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  28. totally needed this! I have been looking for some new apps to make my life a little bit easier. Thanks

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  29. I just downloaded VSCO Cam, always looking for new photo apps.

    Apps I use the most: Camera+, Wunderlist, Sunset & Rise, Dunkin, PhotoCircle, PopSugar.

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  30. I LOVE the uber app!! I don't live in a town where uber is offered (hello, extremely small town) but it's been SO handy when traveling! I actually went on a trip over the summer that I would NEVER have dreamt of doing before (I took a train into a nearby town without a car all by myself) and never even panicked knowing I could rely on uber the whole weekend. It was awesome!

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  31. There's a world of apps out there I have no idea about.
    I need a photo sync one myself!!!

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  32. Need to look into those photo apps! I used to use Waterlogged to track my water intake but it's become 2nd nature to me to drink a ton everyday so I don't use it anymore.
    ~Elise @ highheelsglitteringeyes.blogspot.com

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  33. Yay!! I got the new iPhone too and I love it so much! I haven't played around with Health too much yet, but I can tell that I'll really like it! I haven't tried Human, though, and it sounds great!

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  34. OpenTable is my jam… love getting those gift certificates!! And I recently got the Starbucks app and like Uber, it can be dangerous when you're just reloading money whenever. Glad you're loving your new iPhone :)

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  35. I want to check out the fitness app. Going to try a barre you tube workout today! XO

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  36. Those all sounds great! Would definitely like to try the photo editing ones!

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  37. Pinterest is my most favorite app for sure ;-) Otherwise I love afterlight it does such a nice job with brightening up pictures!

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  38. I need to grab the open table App. Sounds like a really great one. I love finding new restaurants.

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  39. Pinterest and Insta, all the way :) But RunKeeper is a great one for outdoor running, as it even tracks your elevation and additional calories burned from elevation.

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  40. Open Table just introduced paying from the app on your phone too!! AND Said "coming soon: check splitting" saay wahaaa!!

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  41. I've seen the health app and wondered about it but I haven't checked it out yet. The Open Table app sounds like a good one too! I don't play on my phone much (AKA don't use the apps) except for occasional posts on Instagram or checking Twitter so I am glad to hear a breakdown of what's out there.

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  42. adore this!! i was just thinking i need some new apps so thanks for this!!

    xo welltraveledwife.com

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  43. I NEED to use the reminders.... but forget to hah. Ironic much?? Can't wait to get those photo apps you suggested! My husband insists they're "just as good" as a new camera. Great list!

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  44. I saw the health app pop up on my phone with the most recent update. Thanks for reminding me to get it set up. That is super awesome that is tracks your steps etc. Getting on it asap!

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  45. I have been using the Reminders a lot lately! I've had at least 1-2 set throughout each day haha

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  46. Love this!! I need to look into the photo apps you listed and I cannot believe I haven't downloaded the TIVO app! I'm always forgetting to DVR my shows!! Thanks for sharing :)

    www.taffetaandtulips.com

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  47. I'm not really a big app user to be honest, I use the general ones like instagram and the like, with a couple games but I always forget about others. I do use the Nike running app every time I go for a run.

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  48. i had no idea the health app tracked your steps! honestly i haven't even looked at it yet. oops. we're doing a 10,000 steps a day challenge at work so now i have a way to see!

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  49. Reminders looks like a solid app, great round up!

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  50. Great list thanks for sharing!! I need to get photo sync since right now I email myself photos. I love map my run and picfx. I used to read flipboard a lot but haven't recently.

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  51. I can not wait for my new iPhone to come in the mail! Love this post, it's always fun to see people's favorite apps. I love VSCO cam, and After Light is a great photo editing app as well.

    Emily from F Is For Blog

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  52. VSCOcam is our favorite. We'll have to check out some of the other apps too!

    xx 365hangers

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  53. I love the Equinox app! We just joined last month since we moved out of our condo {which had a private gym in our building}. Do you take the spin classes often? I've been wanting to try one out, but am SO intimidated by all the hardcore looking peeps, and by the thought of passing out during a class!

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  54. I love these types of posts...I'm so snoopy! hahaha
    I can't believe that I've never heard of that photo sync app. I need that so badly!

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