Your Apple (AAPL) iPhone comes with a bunch of standard apps right out of the box.
But since the App Store launched in 2008, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPhone. For every basic app like Calendar, Music, and Weather, there’s a better alternative.
We rounded up some of the best alternative apps that can make your iPhone so much better.
Use the Gmail app instead of Apple’s own mail app.
Gmail is a much better email app than Apple’s own program, assuming you’re already a Gmail user, of course.
The official Gmail app from Google syncs better with your account and makes it easier to search for older messages. You can also view messages as threaded conversations, just like Gmail on desktop.
Mailbox is another good choice for email.
Mailbox is another good alternative to Apple’s Mail app. Mailbox treats your email inbox as a to-do list and encourages your to take care of messages as soon as they come in.
The real benefit is that you can swipe messages away and have them return later when you’re ready to look at them. You can also use Mailbox’s new “Auto-Swipe” feature that will automatically archive certain types of messages so they never clutter up your inbox.
Use Spotify instead of the Music app.
Apple’s Music app is good for listening to MP3s you already own, but there’s a lot more music out there to discover.
Spotify is the best solution. For $9.99 per month, you get access to millions of songs from all the major record labels. You can even download them directly to your device and listen to them offline. And if you still want to listen to MP3s you’ve downloaded, Spotify can play those too.