Here are a collection of new iPhone apps to replace the stock iPhone apps Apple includes on the iPhone to get users started.
Apple’s free iPhone apps make it easy to get started with the iPhone, but even basic users will soon outgrow the built-in iPhone apps, and need to look for iPhone app replacements.
There are many free and cheap iPhone apps that do a better job than the stock iPhone apps. From email and weather apps to the iPhone experience, here are the apps you should use to replace stock iPhone apps.
iPhone Camera Replacement: Camera+
Replace the iPhone camera app with Camera+ to take better looking photos and to add camera features to the iPhone. Camera+ is a $2 iPhone app, that is well worth it for any iPhone owner that takes more than one photo a day.
Camera+ includes a built-in Burst mode to take several photos back-to-back. There is also a stabilizer mode that won’t snap the photo until it detects the camera is still.
Users will also love the photo editing ability which can deliver stunning fixes to photos, saving many photos and adding wow factor to others.
iPhone Safari Replacement: Chrome
Chrome for iPhone is a great Safari replacement that delivers a vastly better iPhone experience for anyone that users Chrome on their computer, and especially for Windows users that miss out on most of the Safari syncing between Mac and iOS.
Chrome for iPhone allows users to sync open tabs between devices, so you can always have access to the last pages you had open on another computer. Additionally Chrome offers a single search bar to enter search terms or web addresses for a simpler use.
Chrome for iPhone also allows users to open more than just 8 tabs, a limit of Safari on iOS 6. Users can also swipe to the side to switch between tabs.
Apple Maps Replacement: Google Maps for iPhone
Apple Maps is much better than a year ago, but it still doesn’t offer everything Google Maps delivers. Google Maps includes faster access to more businesses. Often Apple Maps will not find a business by name, where Google succeeds. Many users also prefer the cleaner look of Google Maps.
Google Maps for iPhone also includes information such as public transportation, which Apple Maps doesn’t include without a third-party app. Both apps offer turn by turn directions, but Google Maps delivers a better overall experience, especially with the new explore feature highlighted in the video above.
iPhone Weather App Replacements
The built-in iPhone weather app is limited, and if you want to see more information you have to turn to the web where Yahoo will try to take over your iPhone searches. Skip this app and start using Forecast.io and Dark Sky. These are simply the best weather apps out there.
Forecast.io is actually a website that you add to the iPhone home screen as a shortcut. It offers fast access to beautifully displayed weather information based on your location.
Dark Sky is a hyper-local weather app that offers weather information for your specific location and can even send an alert before it starts raining. This is amazing to use and very accurate. Dark Sky is $3.99, and worth the price.
Get Dark Sky
FaceTime Replacement: Google Hangouts
FaceTime is a nice feature for making video calls between iPhone, iPad and Mac, but users that need to talk to people that don’t own an Apple product or who need to talk to more than one persona at a time should check out this free alternative.
Google Hangouts works on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, Android, Chromebook and other devices, offering the ability to video chat with almost anyone and to chat with multiple people at once. It also allows users to record the call, to use apps inside the hangout and to share a screen.
Get Google Hangouts
iPhone Mail App Replacements: Gmail or Evomail
The Mail apps offers fast access to email for users that need to stay in touch, but even with the VIP mail feature it falls short for a lot of heavy email users. Thankfully Gmail and Evomail offer a better iPhone email app for free.
Evomail is a free iPhone email app that connects to Gmail, Yahoo and iCloud email accounts. The app includes the ability to add attachments from Dropbox and Box.net, full Gmail search and supports push notifications.
Gmail brings the web version of Gmail to the iPhone complete with the new Gmail inbox sorting features that are a must-have feature for many Gmail users.
iPhone Calendar App Replacement: Fantastical
Fantastical is an iPhone calendar app that makes a great Calendar app replacement. While this app replaces the built-in calendar on the iPhone, it doesn’t ask users to log in to their accounts again, as it can connect to the built-in calendar. This means users can still use Siri to add events to their calendar.
Another nice feature is the ability to create appointments using natural language such as, “Lunch with Adam Mills at Goat Hill Pizza on Friday at 1PM” and the app will turn that into an appointment. Fantastical is $4.99, but is well worth it for busy users.