Best iPhone Apps 2014: The Good, The Bold And The Quirky

Top 10s Michael Grothaus 14:35, 10 Jul 2014

All the best iPhone apps in one place - what more could you ask for?

Apple’s App Store boasts one of the most extensive collections of apps this side of the sun. Inside you can pretty much find anything – and we mean anything. But what are the best and, more importantly, which are worth having on your iPhone?

In a bid to locate, download and test the best apps for iPhone in 2013 we’ve been tinkering with applications all year to bring you a list of the best apps in the run up to Christmas. We’ll be adding 10 new applications to this list every week as December 25 approaches.

To keep things tidy we’ve decided not to include the big apps that every man and his dog knows about –– Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Mail and the like. Instead, we’re focusing on useful applications that might have slipped under your radar.

So, without further ado, here's our pick of the best.

Pocket Drive + (£2.99)

Pocket Drive is the iOS file manager Apple forgot. Put this app on your iPhone and it turns it into a wireless hard drive. Launch the app and your iPhone appears in your Mac’s Finder or Windows Explorer as an external drive, then simply drag and drop your files between your PC and iPhone. There’s no syncing or any kind of connection setup to go through. The app just works. The paid version allows you to use all the free space on your iPhone (or iPad) to store files. But there’s also a free version with in-app purchases that gives you 512MB of space for free and allows you to buy more space as you need it. Pocket Drive is the best file manager for iOS I’ve ever used–and that’s saying something, because I’ve used them all. Download it today.

Sharknado: Go Shark Yourself! (free)

The movie event of the summer starts on July 31st when Sharknado 2 debuts on the SyFy network. Until then you can get your Sharknado fix with this app that lets you take funny pictures of yourself being attacked by sharks in unexpected locations like a New York City subway. But there’s also a gaming element to the app as you can fend off sharks with a chainsaw (Sharknado fans will get the reference).

Pedometer++ (free)

Pedometer++ was one of the first apps to take advantage of the iPhone 5s’ M7 motion coprocessor--and it’s still one of the best. I love the app so much because it does one thing only and does it well: it tracks the number of steps you take in a day and displays your results on a beautiful bar chart. The app will also show you if you’re on track to hitting your step goal each day, which you can configure in the app’s settings. So often fitness apps try to be everything to everyone, but Pedometer++ wisely knows that sometimes people just want a simple fitness tracking solution.


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