2 of 13Image
Superior third-party replacements for default iOS 6 apps
There's no doubt that Apple as kitted its iOS mobile platform out with a decent selection of default apps. But, as with any operating system, there are better apps available from third-party developers that not only better and easier to use, but also add a whole raft of new and powerful features.
Here is a list of the default iOS apps that can be kicked to the curb, along with the third-party app that's taken its place.
(All these apps are apps that I have installed in my iPhone and iPad, and I use them daily. Nothing gets on this list that hasn't been extensively tested and seen a lot of real-world usage.)
Replace Mail with Sparrow
While here's no doubt that the default Mail app has improved significantly over the years, but there's still room for improvement.
My favorite replacement for the Mail app is Sparrow. Despite having been bought by Google, which has put an end to any further development of the app, for now this continues to be the best email client for iOS out there.
A few of the features of Sparrow that are notable:
- Smart contacts that give quick access to people who you talk to the most;
- Excellent search;
- Simplified thread view to keep conversations organized;
- Mark all as read, a feature that lets you clear your inbox with one click.
Image source: Sparrow.
Replace Maps with Google Maps
I'm not a big fan on Apple's iOS 6 Maps app. I don't have anything against the app itself, but the mapping data leaves a lot to be desired, especially since I don't live in a big city. While Apple, with its billions of dollars in the bank, will eventually solve the problem, for now it should still be kicked to the curb in favor of something better.
And the something better is what we had before iOS 6: Google Maps. Without a doubt the best, most fully-featured mapping app for iOS.
Image source: Google.