Waze, Echofon, Chrome: My 12 Favorite Apps of 2012
This was my number one app last year and it still plays a prominent role in my everyday life, but the overhaul this past year to the interface has made me a little less enthusiastic. What was supposed to make it easier to browse seems more cumbersome to me. Still, I keep track of pretty much everything I do through this brilliant note taking app every single day.
A couple years ago, the Facebook app was virtually unusable. Even within the last year with a fresh look, it was slow and clunky. But, recent changes have streamlined everything about it and it has markedly improved the overall experience. I still don't fully understand the strategy of separating out various apps for photos and pages, but they did add the share feature, which was long overdue, and they seem generally more responsive to user requests now, which has greatly improved the app.
2. Camera Awesome
I have literally replaced the internal iPhone camera app with this one and use it constantly. Not only is it great for taking photos with its separate focus and exposure controls, but it has a ton of great editing features, photo styles and export options. It is my favorite of all the camera apps out there.
1. Google Chrome
When the iPhone or iPad forces open Safari on a clicked link from another app, I roll my eyes because it is not remotely close to the experience of Google Chrome. But, even if Chrome were slower or less user friendly, the ability to sync it in all my devices -- laptop, tablet and phone -- is absolutely priceless. No more importing bookmarks or trying to remember links I'd been to recently. It's seamless and that alone puts it at the top of my 2012 list of favorite apps.