The Apps You Should Download For Your New iPhone or iPad

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Santa brought you a new iPad. You screamed, you cried, you hugged your mother, you thanked America. Now that the shock has subsided, here are the apps you should download to your new iOS device.

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Facebook: This is a no brainer—you're on Facebook constantly as it is. Free

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Twitter: Keep up with news, memes, trends, weird jokes and send out your own 140-character messages. Free

Instagram: Share all the pics of your last meal or latest nail art filtered with Valencia, Hefe, Kelvin, etc. This is your new photography app. Free

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Flipboard: This is a personalized news reader app that ensures you'll never miss an important story or a funny video. Topics are beautifully displayed in tiles that update constantly. Free

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Spotify: $10/month for all the streaming music you want? We can't argue with that. I use Spotify so much that I hardly even use iTunes on my iPhone. Subscription

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Chrome: There's a chance you won't be totally satisfied with Safari. In that case, Chrome is a good alternative. It has most of the features you know and love from the desktop, which it syncs with. Free

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Kindle: iBooks has a more limited selection. And although you're mostly going to get the same prices from Amazon reader app, you can sync with the Kindle across every single device you're using it on. Free

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Youtube Capture: It's Christmas, so you're probably shooting some video. This app will let you upload it to YouTube instantaneously, and it won't start recording until you've turned your phone horizontally, so no annoying iPhone affect in the clip. Free

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Shazam: Name that tune. Wait, you can't? Fire up Shazam, which will detect the title and artist of the track you can't seem to place. Free

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Letterpress: This is my new favorite game. Make words out of tiles and try to steal letters from your opponent. Addicting. Free

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Yelp: You can use Yelp for everything from finding a good dry cleaner to scoping out a great antique shop. In fact, you probably already use it on your desktop. Free

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Google Maps: Stay away from Apple Maps. Far far away. It sucks, and it goes without saying that Google Maps is infinitely better at getting you where you need to go without getting you lost. Free

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Runkeeper: Believe it or not, Runkeeper actually made me enjoy running. It has GPS tracking and voice coaching and it will track your pace. And you know you're going to need to get off your ass after the holidays are over. Free

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DISCUSSION

YankeesRule

I think Spotify (and iTunes Match)'s usefulness depends on your data plan. Have unlimited data? Go for it! Get a 16gb phone and with the money saved stream your music. I am on the Share Everything plan with my wife, which saves us $20 a month on what Verizon's unlimited data plan used to cost, but all music needs to be stored locally on my iPhone and iPad to limit the streaming.