After reading the blogpost (dutch) by Tom Beek with his 10 most favorite iPhone app and his question which were my favorite apps I decided to write my own post with a list of most used and/or most favorite iPhone apps.
My first iPhone was a original iPhone imported from the US and unlocked. After that I have had every generation and just got a iPhone 5. The real strength is the software and infrastructure and not the hardware. The hardware is still great but not that different from the first (although the retina display was a really big step), but the software is the real difference. Before I had a phone, a PDA and a laptop that I needed while away from home; now I only have to take my iPhone to do everything and more.
A few I don't put into the list because I think they are essential and are the first things I install onto the iPhone (and think everybody should).
1Password, for storing all passwords but also creditcard info and account info. If it's sensitive or private it belongs in a 1Password vault. Syncs great via Dropbox to my iPad and Macbook Pro.
Dropbox is the best cloud based storage and syncing service I used, never had a problem in years. I have 120GB storage space which is around 60% filed with photos, documents, software, PDF's and eBooks. A great feature is versioning so even accidental changes or deletes can be recovered.
With those out of the way, here is my list with favorite apps, and short descriptions. Click on the icons to go to the Appstore and read the full descriptions.
Spotify, together with the podcast app my most used application on the phone. I use it in the car to stream my favorite music, I use it in the Office and at home with streaming via Airplay.
Instacast 3 is great podcasting client that doesn't need to sync via iTunes. I use it everyday to listen to photography and technology podcasts.
Reeder, a RSS reader that sync with my Google Reader account. A beautiful app that I also use on my iPad and Macbook Pro. Open most of the day and together with twitter my feed of news.
Pocket (Formerly Read It Later), the iOS client for the read later service, also on my iPad and Macbook Pro. Supported from within Reeder, Tweetbot and Safari and used to build a archive of articles I want to read or keep for reference.
Evernote, crossplatform note taking application. My work-life revolves around this application. I use it to take notes during meetings, write specs, store configurations, and my research. For every project I have a notebook and because it syncs to my iPhone and iPad I always have my notes with me.
Evernote Hello, a great companion for Evernote, I use it to take a photograph of business cards I receive and these or OCRed on the fly and enriched with Linkedin and Facebook data and then stored in Evernote.
Tweetbot for Twitter, the best twitterclient on the iPhone, iPad and Mac; there, I said it. Open 24/7
Squarespace Portfolio, one of the major reasons for me to switch back to Squarespace for my photography blog, this applications syncs all the albums on squarespace offline in this beautifull, clean portfolio application.
Squarespace Note, another nice little and clean looking application from squarespace. Great for taking notes or start writing a blogpost. Syncs to Dropbox, Twitter, Evernote and Squarespace among others.
Camera+, much better then Apple's own camera app, and I like the processing I can do with the photos. I don't use other photo editing tools on my iPhone. On my iPad I use Nik's Snapseed but otherwise photos are processed in Lightroom in the MBP.
VSCO CAM, when I'm in a more "creative" mood I sometimes use this little camera app from the same guys that make the excellent VSCO Film Packs for Lightroom.
Prompt by Panic, only for emergencies but then it's indispensable. The best SSH client for iOS, period.
So, that's my list for now, february 2013. When you have your own favorites or think you have a better alternative, let me know in the comments below.