Apple Watch Apps are a breed apart. At the start, developers figured they could just port their apps over to the Watch. Soon, though, they learned that Watch users demand something special. They want apps that feel like they were made specifically for the Apple Watch even if they weren’t. That means full-functionality combined with enhanced portability and versatility. Needless to say, that’s asking a lot.
Fortunately, there are quite a few Apple Watch apps out there that deliver all that and more. If a good Apple Watch app feels like its made specifically for the Apple Watch, then the best feel like they complete the device. So far as that goes, these are the absolute best Apple Watch Apps you can download right now.
Ok, so most “brain training” apps really exist to just make you feel like you’re actually doing something helpful. However, there are some that serve a greater purpose. That’s especially true of the popular Apple Watch app; Peak.
See, we can’t guarantee that Peak is going to make you smarter or more alert. What we can guarantee you is that you’ll have a ton of fun using it. The various minigames included in Peak are worth playing even if they didn’t positively affect your brain power. The fact that they might makes Peak an essential distraction.
It’s easy enough to remember the big things in life – vacation dates, meeting times, birthdays, etc. – but the little stuff can sneak up on you. If you’ve ever forgotten something like where you parked, Cheatsheet is there to help. It’s a reminder system for the little things.
Cheatsheet allows you to create little “cheats” that are basically notes. These notes can be paired with custom icons that correspond to the information. Best of all, Apple Watch lets you easily access these cheats with just a single swipe. Think of Cheatsheet as an infinite supply of digital sticky notes.
Radio may not be as popular as it once was, but there are a ton of great stations out there. Music aside, there’s a world of talk and sports stations out there that offer incredible entertainment. TuneIn Radio essentially turns your Apple Watch into the ultimate digital radio by allowing you access tons of stations, podcasts, and more.
This free app has become one of the most popular music apps of its kind because of its versatility. It offers a buffet of audio entertainment options. This should honestly be one of the first apps that any Apple Watch owner installs.
Pennies has always been one of the best budget apps out there. That’s because it’s a budget app that doesn’t require you to do anything but spend a little more wisely each day. Pennies allows you to easily keep track of your daily spending habits. By doing so, it’s hoping to encourage you to monitor where your actual spending money is going.
The Apple Watch version of the app serves as the ultimate companion piece to the full build. It simplifies the app’s already simple menus and lets you monitor your spending at a literal glance. It’s a great way to keep yourself in check.
Because translation apps aren’t perfect, people tend to dismiss them outright. That’s a mistake. Even the worst translation app is better than the average tourist fumbling through a translation guide. Of course, iTranslate Converse isn’t the worst translation app. It might actually be the best.
It’s even better on Apple Watch. The Watch’s ease of access makes it amusingly simple to work your way through a conversation in most major languages. It’s certainly a lot more dignified than having someone speak into your phone. This is a must for anyone who travels or works with international clients.
The idea of having a calculator on your watch isn’t that impressive. That technology has been around for quite some time. However, there is something impressive about Calcbot 2 on a watch. That’s because Calcbot 2 is more than a calculator; it’s a dynamic numeric manipulator that is shockingly simple to use.
Along with completing simple mathematical problems, Calcbot 2 can do things like convert currency and complete complicated numerical queries. Best of all, it’s a beautiful app that is loaded with smart, practical features. It’s hard to imagine Apple Watch without this one.
In general, people seem to not really worry about online security until it’s too late. That usually involves one of their online accounts being compromised. At that point, users have a tendency to go overboard with protecting their accounts. The shame of that is that installing a simple app like Authy can just solve most security concerns.
Authy creates a simple two-step verification process for most of your online accounts. By simple, we mean its simple for you to add an extra series of inputs to your log-in attempts. It’s actually quite difficult for anyone who isn’t you to break that authentication.
Quartz has become one of the most popular news apps out there. This service allows you to create custom news feeds that can be read in a variety of formats. Whether you want just a few stories at a time or don’t want to receive any political alerts for 24 hours, Quartz lets you tailor your news experience. It’s truly a newspaper for the modern age.
The Apple Watch version is even better. It manages to turn the biggest news of the day into even more digestible chunks of information. Just be sure to keep your information sources diverse.
There are a lot of recording apps out there, but none quite like Just Press Record. In its simplest form, the app allows you to record audio. However, that’s just its simplest function. It’s also capable of turning speech into text, allows for easy file organization, and even supports multiple languages.
The Apple Watch version of this app retains its most important features but adds an extra layer of accessibility. It’s now easier than ever to record a meeting or conversation then search and file it as you please. Granted, not everyone needs a recording app, but those that do need this one.
For a fitness app to distinguish itself, it has to offer something that no other app really does. Streaks does that in a rather interesting way. See, it’s really nothing but a collection of tiered-workouts. However, it presents them in an easy to follow way. Simply complete the workout that appears on-screen, swipe when you’re done, and do the next.
This way of doling out even the most intense workouts in digestible chunks makes you feel like you’re constantly accomplishing something. The good news is that you are. The bad news is that these workouts are surprisingly intense.
As fun as it is to explore a new city, it’s always a bit of a battle. There’s a part of you that wishes you knew the city but were somehow seeing it for the first time. As silly as that sounds, Citymapper Transit kind of lets you accomplish that. It maps out several major cities across the world and boils them down to the best transit information. For instance, it will not only tell you which subway line to take, but the best car to get in.
Basically, Citymapper Transit makes exploring new cities actually fun again.
IFTTT can do so much that it’s actually kind of hard to properly describe it. Basically, imagine if all your favorite services were boiled down to a series of small widgets. Then, imagine those widgets were on your Apple Watch. Now, picture being able to use one app on your watch to manage social media accounts or control the Hue lights in your house.
That’s just a snapshot of what IFTTT offers. It’s full functionality it only limited to how much you’re willing to explore it. In fact, IFTTT is the perfect companion/replacement to many of the apps on this list.
The idea of “gamified” fitness apps isn’t a new one. App makers have long looked for ways to turn working out into a video game-like experience. Where the worst ones fail is their inability to balance work and play. Walkr doesn’t have that problem because it treats the play like a reward for the work.
Walkr records your real-life steps and converts them into a digital space adventure. The further you walk, the more you explore. Along the way are chances to engage in missions, upgrade your spaceship, and compete with your friends. It’s a no-brainer walking companion.
Twitter is great, but it’s in desperate need of companion apps. The best Twitter companion apps make simple changes to Twitter without compromising the simple experience of tweeting. That’s roughly what Twitterrific offers. Its custom avatars and custom filters let you make your Twitter account something that’s truly yours.
What the Apple Watch version of the app does is help you enjoy your customizations with even less clutter. You get the tweets you want, the notifications you need, and the options you crave right to your wrist. Who doesn’t love something as simple as that?
If you haven’t heard of Evernote by now, then we actually feel a little envious. That’s because using Evernote is all about discovery. It starts with jotting down some simple notes. From there, you begin to explore the scan and save features. After that, it’s the organization options, saveable business cards, and so much more.
Evernote is a note app that scales with your life. The Apple Watch version of the app ensures that you’re never far removed from the notices you need most. It also makes the app’s already stellar reminder features that much more useful.
At a certain point, you start to wonder how much weather app you really need. After all, it doesn’t take much technology to see whether it’s going to rain. The thing about the best weather apps, though, is that they offer something you ultimately can’t live without. In the case of Weather+, that something is style.
That sounds simple, but the way Weather+ presents weather as something exciting is tough to move away from. On Apple Watch, that dynamic information is bolstered by a sleek minimalist interface that makes you more excited than ever to talk about the weather.
Apple Watch’s functionality as a fitness device is one of its best qualities. Actually, everything else it offers is a considerable bonus. For quite some time now, Nike+ Run Club has been seen as the gold standard of fitness apps. The simple reason why that’s the case has to do with the fact that the app isn’t missing a single function you could ever want.
Nike+ is a stat machine that breaks down your ever run before, during, and after it. The Apple Watch version lets you access all that wonderful information with just a glance at your wrist. It’s much more than a pedometer.
You probably don’t think of your Apple Watch as a gaming device, but it can be with the right apps. You just need to find games that are simply executed, but deviously complex. That’s what Rules! delivers in spades.
Rules! is all about following the rules to remove a series of tiles. Some games may ask you to remove them in descending order. Others may want you to organize them by the cartoon caricature that adorns each. All of these rules seem simple but will require you to break your brain to follow. Rules!’ easy-to-learn, tough-to-master gameplay is as addictive as Apple Watch game get.
Fantastical 2 wants to be the only calendar app you use. We know, that sounds like a tall task. To leap over that tall task, the developers of this app designed it with several vital features. Those include special birthday options, extensive background notification options, and simplified – yet customizable – daily reminders sent right to your wrist.
This app’s trump card, though, is how organic it all feels. Setting reminders is as easy as speaking. Changing your view requires a flick of the wrist. Reminders always appear when you need them to. Basically, this app always works the way you want it to work.
Shazam is one of those concepts you can’t quite believe when you first hear about it. An app that listens to music and identifies the song and artist? Surely, all of us have dreamed of such a program at some point. That initial idea made Shazam incredibly popular, but its only grown since then. Now, it even lets you import and play tracks that you identify with the app.
Shazam on Apple Watch is simply a match made in Heaven. There’s nothing quite like tapping your wrist, learning about your new favorite song, then adding it to a custom playlist for later.
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