I don't do a post like this often. As a matter of fact, it has probably been a good couple of years. There is an ever-evolving App Store for iOS where tons of amazing apps are available for download in just seconds and often for less than the price of a cup of coffee. With so many great choices, how does one decide which ones to install on their iPhone? Well, I can offer a few suggestions based off my experiences. So let's kick this off. I have limited myself to 7 apps per category forcing myself to select only the essentials. Here they are sorted by category in no particular order with just a few words on each.
Fantastical: calendar app, quick and intelligent entry
Day One: the best journaling application by far
Clear: creating lists with ease and do so in style
Mailbox: Intuitively manage your inbox.
Checkmark: the best location based reminder application
Omnifocus: the ultimate task management system
EasilyDo: Let this app handle your reoccuring mundane tasks.
Foursquare: the one and only social networking app based off your location
Hangouts: the Google alternative to a messaging service
Facebook Messenger: the Facebook alternative to a messaging service
Tweetbot: in my opinion, the best Twitter client available
Instagram: Easily take, edit and post a photo for all your friends to see.
LinkedIn: your business connections managed in a mobile app
TVTag: What are you watching? Let the world know.
Reeder: my RSS news reader of choice
Pocket: my bookmark and web link inbox
Pocket Casts: my podcast player of choice
Rdio: my streaming music service of choice
Netflix: so much good content for so little dough
Hulu+: Missed an episode of your favorites show? It may be here.
Vevo: Remember what MTV used to be? Vevo brings it back.
Launch Center Pro: Become God-like on your iPhone.
Checkie: a tool for getting Foursquare checkin info, I use it with Launch Center Pro
CalcTape: Do calculations and have a editable history tape.
LogMeIn Ignition: Remotely login in to other computers you manage.
Scanbot: Replace your scanner with this portable one that's always in your pocket.
Speedtest: Find out what your internet speed is.
30/30: Workflows and time management merge with this utility.
Daily (a category I invented, apps related to tracking behavior or events)
Lose It!: the ultimate health tracker
Dark Sky: When is it going to rain? Dark Sky will tell you.
Deliveries: Keep track of all your deliveries with ease.
iTV Shows: Watch a lot of TV? Keep up with it all with iTV Shows.
SportsCenter: It's sports.
Paper: a more visually appealing Facebook client
Tapatalk: the ultimate and possibly only Forums app. No need to look elsewhere.
1Password: Store and manage all your passwords.
Cobook: The ultimate contact manager for iPhone.
Documents: If you are looking for a file system, it could be here.
Dropbox: Well it's Dropbox.
Evernote: The catch all for anything you don't want to forget.
Google Drive: Google's version of Dropbox.
TextExpander: Take text expansion and keyboard shortcuts to the next level.
CloudMagic: Find a specific email or data within in seconds.
BillGuard: Keep a close eye on credit card purchases.
Check: Monitor all financial accounts, bills etc.
Starbucks: Pay for your coffee with this app.
SignNow: an expensive but amazingly fast document signing app
SoundHound: What's that song? SoundHound will tell you and let you sing along.
Localscope: Find a place. Then get reviews and directions.
Zite: It figures out what I like to read and provides me with the material.
So maybe I left some good ones out. I am always on the hunt for a good mobile application that will enhance my life in some way. Please feel free to comment and make suggestions.