/>
X

Ten unexpectedly useful Apple Watch apps

Over the past year, the Apple Watch has been picking up momentum. In this gallery, we show you 10 apps that might help explain why.

|
david-gewirtz.jpg
|
Topic: Apple
watch-intro.jpg
1 of 11 Heather Zabriskie on Unsplash and Apple (mashup)

Useful Watch Apps

Although the Apple Watch is something of a specialty product, we profiled 10 apps that make it particularly (and unexpectedly) useful.

cloud-baby-monitor-on-the-app-store-2018-07-04-18-20-39.jpg
2 of 11 VIGI Limited

Cloud Baby Monitor ($3.99)

We think of this product as Cloud Puppy Monitor. Combined with an old iPhone, we can keep an eye on the puppy from anywhere in the house (and even remotely). You can probably use it for babies, too.

just-press-record-on-the-app-store-2018-07-04-18-30-03.jpg
3 of 11 Open Planet Software

Just Press Record ($4.99)

We like Just Press Record, because that's what it does. You press record and record your notes. Simple. Easy. Intuitive on the wrist.

drafts-5-capture-act-on-the-app-store-2018-07-04-18-28-22.jpg
4 of 11 Agile Tortoise

Drafts (free and $1.99/mo)

If you want to go beyond voice recording, Drafts will let you dictate into your phone. It's free for the basic app, and it has in-app purchases available to upgrade features.

gasbuddy-on-the-app-store-2018-07-04-18-15-58.jpg
5 of 11 GasBuddy Organization Inc

GasBuddy (free)

GasBuddy saved our, uh, gas a couple of times on our cross-country trip. A quick glance and we were able to find either the nearest or cheapest gas. When you're on the road, this can be a big win.

my-altitude-on-the-app-store-2018-07-04-18-17-57.jpg
6 of 11 Dayana Networks Ltd

My Altitude (free)

Driving across the Rocky Mountains, we often found the air pretty thin. A quick glance at the Watch told us if we are at a 1,000 or 10,000 feet. If you want to kill the (very rare) ads, pay a buck.

nest-on-the-app-store-2018-07-04-18-38-23.jpg
7 of 11 Nest Labs

Nest (app is free, hardware not so much)

Control your Nest from your wrist. If you don't want to make that long walk from the couch to the hall, this is the app for you.

overcast-on-the-app-store-2018-07-04-18-38-47.jpg
8 of 11 Overcast Radio, LLC

Overcast (free)

Overcast is a great podcatcher (a podcast player). What makes it special is it works on your phone, on your watch, and even in CarPlay (although it weirdly vanished for a week, then came back). Pay an optional $10 to nuke the ads.

pcalc-the-best-calculator-on-the-app-store-2018-07-04-18-28-00.jpg
9 of 11 TLA Systems Ltd.

PCalc ($9.99)

For reasons that defy explanation, Apple does not include a calculator on the Apple Watch. PCalc rectifies that, with a ton of power. If you love it super-lots, you can in-app tip the developer.

radarscope-on-the-app-store-2018-07-04-18-19-14.jpg
10 of 11 Base Velocity, LLC

RadarScope ($9.99)

I have to admit, I obsessively checked RadarScope a lot more in Florida than in Oregon. Even so, it's a great way to see, at a glance, what that cloud up there really is right now. Oh, that can't be good! Run away!

teleprompt-3-on-the-app-store-2018-07-04-18-46-23.jpg
11 of 11 Bombing Brain Interactive

Teleprompt+ 3

I totally rely on Teleprompt+ 3 to control my teleprompter. I use it with both my iPhone and an iPad to control the flow of my scripts. Stay tuned for a more in-depth view of this essential tool.

Related Galleries

iOS 15's "all-you-can-eat" iCloud storage offer
Transfer or Reset iPhone settings

Related Galleries

iOS 15's "all-you-can-eat" iCloud storage offer

First look: 16-inch M1 Pro MacBook Pro
It's here!

Related Galleries

First look: 16-inch M1 Pro MacBook Pro

Apple Watch Series 7: Unboxing and first impressions
Hello QWERTY keyboard

Related Galleries

Apple Watch Series 7: Unboxing and first impressions

First look at the YubiKey Bio
YubiKey Bio

Related Galleries

First look at the YubiKey Bio

First look: iPhone 13 Apple event [in pictures]
california-streaming-2.jpg

Related Galleries

First look: iPhone 13 Apple event [in pictures]

iOS 15 Tips app teaser
Available in the Tips app.

Related Galleries

iOS 15 Tips app teaser

Nomad Rugged Leather Moment case: MagSafe, 10-foot protection, and advanced lens support
nomad-moment-iphone-12pm-1.jpg

Related Galleries

Nomad Rugged Leather Moment case: MagSafe, 10-foot protection, and advanced lens support