The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone AppS

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.


Phone - Google Voice

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

Do all your calling through your Google account, with added benefits like free text messaging and voicemail transcription. Free


Messages - GroupMe

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

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


Mail - Gmail

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

You probably have a Gmail account anyway. And Google's mail app is far superior tha Apple's default mail client in every way, from how you can search to how you organize your messages and more. Free


iCal - Sunrise

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

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. Free


Camera - Camera+

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App 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. $2


Video Player - GoodPlayer

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

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


Notes - Evernote

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App 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


Weather - Weather Channel

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ook, the Weather Channel is probably your default for checking conditions on the desktop already. It just gives you so much more information, like longer forecasts, severe weather alerts, radar maps, video, and social features. Free


Clock - Rise and Shine

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone AppWaking 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


Reminders - Checkmark

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

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. $10


Calculator - QuickGraph

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

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


Stocks - Stockwatch

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone AppThis gives you more than just basic data. It pulls from more than 50 different exchanges. It's much more customizable in that it lets you make your own tickers, to see just how poorly each of your portfolios is performing. $2


iTunes - Spotify

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

I don't even use iTunes anymore. I just pay Spotify's flat $10 monthly fee to stream all the music I want from my iPhone. Trust me, it's worth it. Free download, $10/month subscription


Contacts - Brewster

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There are about a dozen ways you can get ahold of someone, which makes for a messy address book. Organization 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


iCloud - Dropbox

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

iCloud is an okay 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


iBooks - Kindle

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

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


Voice Memos - AudioMemos

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

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


Maps - Google Maps

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

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


Browser - Chrome

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

Safari certainly leaves something to be desired, but Chrome is great. It's fast, it syncs with Chrome on the desktop, and it's pretty much the browse you know and love in mobile form. Free


Compass -Compass+

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App The regular compass is kind of pointless. Compass+, however, lets you choose different themes, and more importantly, is integrated with Google Maps. $1


Podcasts - Instacast

The Best Alternatives for Every Pre-Loaded iPhone App

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