Tech Tips: Best FREE Apps to Download for your New iPhone or iPad in Chicago Area

If you were lucky enough to get an iPhone or iPad for Christmas, then here is our list of great free apps for you to get for your new toy.





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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