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Get more done: The 5 best free productivity apps for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 15th, 2016

While we'd all like to be spending 100 percent of our time on our mobile devices playing games, sending pictures and videos to friends, and doing other fun stuff, the reality is that we occasionally have to use those iPhones and iPads to do work. Sometimes more than occasionally.

The idea, then, is to be able to do that work as quickly and efficiently as possible to get you back to doing whatever you do on your leisure time. Apple has helpfully loaded your iPhone and iPad with default apps to assist in that quest (though iOS 10 will allow you to delete them), but at 148apps, we don't like to settle, we like to find the best -- in this case the best free productivity apps around.

The 6 best email apps for your iPhone and iPad

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 7th, 2015

Email is something we all have to deal with and sometimes it's not a pretty task - especially on the go.

Thankfully, there are lots of options out there for people that want something a little different to the default mail experience on phones and tablets.

Here are the six best apps to help you deal with that ever-expanding inbox.

Handle Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Jennifer Allen on January 23rd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SPEEDY ORGANIZING
Handle is a very convenient way of juggling your emails, To Do list, and Calendar all through one app.
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CloudMagic Updated for iOS 8 - Adds Interactive Notifications, Share Extension, and More

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 22nd, 2014
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GREAT :: Read Review »

CloudMagic has been updated to build support for iOS 8. Now users can receive interactive notifications that let them mark an email as read, or delete an email directly from the notification.

You can also attach any files from your iCloud Drive, Box, or any other storage provider extension. The Share Extension feature lets you add email content from one app to another, making it easy to add events to your schedule or send your friends your favorite photos.

You can check out all of the improvements to CloudMagic for free on the App Store.

MailDeck Gets a 2.0 Update and Goes Universal

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 12th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: IDEAL EMAIL MANAGEMENT :: Read Review »

MailDeck 2.0 by Crono, Inc. is a powerful email manager that organizes your Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, AOL, Outlook, Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, and other accounts in one easy to use app. It's also now available for the iPhone as a universal app.

The app includes a search function with multiple filters to make finding your email easier, and allows users to search through attachments by account or file name. The conversation-like style of MailDeck lets users view links between messages based on a person, a file, a task, or message. For added security, all of the email and attachments receive 256-bit AES encryption.

“If you yearn for smarter email management and a more refined interface, definitely give MailDeck a try.” -Dave Johnson of CBS’s “MoneyWatch”.

MailDeck is available for free on the App Store.

Asana update for iPhone & iPad Brings a Whole New Design

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 5th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Asana, the email and task organizer, has updated to 3.0. The update brings users a brand new redesign that is customized for iOS 7, and is now compatible with the iPad.

Asana now has a new home screen that will present you with your most important tasks of the day, and it also has a new navigation system with the ability to search tasks, projects, teammates, and tags and a quick add button for tacking on new tasks to your calendar without any fuss.

Asana is free on the App Store.

Cannonball eMail is Now Live - Works With Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, and AOL

Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Cannonball Corp. has released their brand new Cannonball eMail app for Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail and AOL. The app organizes emails into a visual presentation that separates important messages from subscriptions and advertisements. It also includes a feature that marks all of your older email and subscription emails as read, and allows you to group those emails by sender for easier browsing, bulk deleting, and blocking. The app sends alerts only for new messages that are considered important.

According to Cannonball co-founder Raffaele Colella, “Most of the email apps on the market today address business use, aimed at increasing productivity and allowing users to slash through their emails. This is only 25 percent of the market. We’re addressing the other 75 percent -- the three billion personal email accounts. We want to make it easier for these users to manage their inboxes and do it in a way that makes them happy to engage with email again.”

Cannonball eMail is compatible with email accounts from Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, AOL, and Outlook, and is available on the now App Store for free.

Birdseye Mail Adds Extra Account Support Plus Better Attachments Support

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 10th, 2014
iPad App - Designed for iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOLIDLY USEFUL :: Read Review »

There's a new update out for Birdseye Mail and it's a pretty significant one.

The update adds support for iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, and FastMail accounts alongside the Gmail support that's already there. You can also toggle notifications for different accounts now.

Most important of all though is Birdseye Mail's new way of dealing with attaching files to your emails. It's now much faster to add attachments, plus there's the added benefit of being able to rename files before you send them.

Birdseye Mail is available now for the iPad, and it's free to download.

Hop Adds Convenient and Collaborative Group Emailing to its Resume

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 19th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Hop, the email app that turns your messages into a natural chat conversation, has further added to its arsenal with the addition of Hop Groups. Users can now chat with any circle of friends, with a continuous, searchable timeline and no need to sort through the mess of a long email thread. Gone are the days where messages are easily missed, thanks to the chaos of so many replies.

It's easy to set up group emailing with the option of including text, pictures, links, documents, drawings, and even video and audio, to the conversation. The latest update also includes some other improvements upon the pre-existing service.

Hop is available now on the App Store for free.

This Week at 148Apps: April 28-May 2, 2014

Posted by Chris Kirby on May 4th, 2014

Another Week of Expert App Reviews

At 148Apps, we help you sort through the great ocean of apps to find the ones we think you'll like and the ones you'll need. Our top picks become Editor’s Choice, our stamp of approval for apps with that little extra something special. Want to see what we've been up to this week? Take a look below for a sampling of our latest reviews. And if you want more, be sure to hit our Reviews Archive.

Intake: Be Aggressive

Without context, it would be easy to think that Intake was designed from the ground up for the iPad. It’s the portrait orientation, and the game being so multitouch-friendly, being about frantically eliminating pills that drop from the sky by tapping on them, with the ability to pop multiple at a time by using multiple fingers. It actually wasn’t made specifically for iPad, though; it started as a PC game that used the mouse. Now that Intake is on the iPad, it’s at home and is a must-have for iPad owners who love fast-paced intense experiences. The best way to play the game is by laying it down flat on a table, using one’s thumb on each hand to switch pill colors in an Ikaruga-esque fashion, and then using other fingers to pop pills up and down the screen as necessary. It’s worth popping the same color pill as what is selected in order to extend out combos – not only for more points, but to get the power-ups that can help keep the board under control. This is especially necessary during the challenging levels that appear every five stages: they will often be the end of a run, but completing them means it will be even more lucrative. Checkpoints that new games can be started from are available every 25 stages. --Carter Dotson

Lethal Lance

There is no question that Lethal Lance swims in a big pool of old-school platformers, but LL Team and their publisher BulkyPix knew exactly how to make their title stand out. The game successfully (and almost immediately) plunges players into a lighthearted world that only jokingly ever takes itself too seriously (i.e. 2 star ratings come with the title of “Mr. Serious”). The objective (as one would expect from an intentionally old-school title) is for users to find their way to the other end of the level without losing all of their lives. Every level is packed with coins for players to collect in order to get a better rating. The rating system itself is pretty straightforward; in order to get all 3 stars, players must accomplish all of the 3 different objectives: they must finish the level without losing any lives, collect all of the coins, and reach the exit before the time expires. If the time does expire, they will simply lose one of the stars – as opposed to starting over. --Cata Modorcea

Sharebrands Stereo Headphones

It’s funny how important comfort can be when it comes to a set of headphones, which is exactly why I’ve been enjoying Sharebrands’ Stereo Headphones as much as I have. It’s also rather funny how this $65 pair of headphones is actually more comfortable than some close to $200 pairs I’ve tried. And heck, some of that $65 isn’t even profit – Sharebrands donates 25% of the sale price of each pair to help the environment (Green), men and children’s health (Blue), women and children’s health (Pink), education (Yellow), or to help fight poverty (Red). Comfort isn’t the only thing these headphones have going for them, though; they also sound pretty good. I’m sure there are better pieces of audio headgear out there, but what I’ve been hearing is certainly not bad. None of that horrible “tinny” business, good balance, and the extra padding around the ears helps to block out a lot of background noise that could otherwise intrude on whatever the user might be listening to. --Rob Rich

Racer 8

Puzzle games and cars don’t exactly seem like the most logical combination on the planet. However, anyone who has ever played the classic quasi-board game “Parking Lot,” knows that that not only can the blend work, but also that it can actually be quite amusing. This is why it should come as no surprise 30-06 Studios would want to take advantage of this mix with their new title, Racer 8. Will it have players revving their engines or leave them running on fumes? Equal parts asset management, time trial and puzzle game, Racer 8 plays on several different mechanics to keep players’ heads constantly spinning. The core goal consists of navigating the car, which is constantly in motion, through a series of checkpoints and ultimately across the finish line. This is actually completed by revolving the square tiles in the map grid in order to form a track for the vehicle to follow. Throughout the process there are other concerns such as gas scarcity and target times, which both play secondary roles in determining how well the player performed on any given stage. --Blake Grundman


Why have three apps when it’s possible to do everything with just one? That’s the thinking behind Accompli, an email app for Gmail and Exchange users that also happens to offer contacts and calendar integration. It has its issues – mostly relating to its privacy policy – but if that’s not a major problem then Accompli is a handy solution for business users. Starting out, Accompli offers all the features we now come to expect from email apps. It’s minimalistic to look at as well as use, with a choice of thread views, a unified or separate inbox, and plenty of simple to use gestures to manipulate everything. At this point, it’s familiar enough that one would be forgiven for wondering what makes Accompli stand out over something like Mailbox. --Jennifer Allen

Sago Mini Monsters

Sago Mini Monsters is a playful and creative app for toddlers and early preschool children that allows them to explore with color and other fun details as they create unique monsters that they need to take care of by feeding, primping with accessories, and attending to their personal needs such as teeth brushing. Each monster is met by dragging him or her from the green swampy area seen at the bottom of the page bubbling about adding a charmingly icky sense of style – especially as one will need to drag the monsters and their food up from this bog-like area as a tap will also make this fluid bubble. Children will enjoy decorating their at first detail-less monster with the use of five included colors. Simply draw and, when completed, a charming creature face will sprout giving personality to the character the young player has just decorated. Also fun is the ability to swap out different features to further customize the look of these monsters, complete with fun gooey details as one pulls off areas of the face, allowing new parts to sprout. --Amy Solomon

Other 148Apps Network Sites

If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:


Greedy Dwarf

In Greedy Dwarf you control a dwarf in a mine cart, collecting gold and surviving the inside of magma-filled cylindrical caverns. It’s a endless runner type of game, chopped into different levels. The controls of the cart are fairly easy to comprehend. By swiping left or right, the cart will go that direction respectively. The levels are mostly in the form of a cylinder, so the dwarf can ride not only on the ground, but also on the walls and the ceiling. By using two fingers or both thumbs, the mine cart jumps. The problem with these jumps that is difficult to see when to jump or where to land, because of the 3D environment. When dying often, this gets very frustrating. --Wesley Akkerman

Dancing Samurai

Little known fact, but samurai warriors very rarely used their katana swords in battle. They mostly used pikes, like everyone else, because they had the farthest reach, meaning that you could deal a lot of nasty damage, while being on the safe distance yourself – and you didn’t have to worry about friendly “fire” as well! The reason that I speak about ancient Japanese military tactics is that I frankly don’t have much to say about Dancing Samurai – not because it’s bad, but because it’s so small – like a bonsai tree under mount Fuji. --Tony Kuzmin

Brandnew Boy

The first thing that will most likely strike you about Brandnew Boy (apart from its odd title) is that it looks great. Brandnew Boy is built using the Unreal engine and even though I reviewed the game on a Nexus 4, it still managed to pack a graphical punch. The game itself revolves around you playing as a young man (or if you’d prefer, a young woman) who’s got a bad case of amnesia. What they (you) can remember though is how to kick and punch. This is handy as each level you complete is full of bizarre creatures, ranging from odd-looking ‘egg men’ to what can only be described as a demon with an umbrella. --Matt Parker

And finally, this week, the Pocket Gamer crew highlighted its most anticipated games for May, took an advanced look at the next game from Rock Band developer Harmonix, reviewed 3DS sport sim Mario Golf: World Tour and picked the three best iOS and Android games of the week. Have a read.

Accompli Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 30th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PRODUCTIVE EMAILING
Combining email, calendar, contacts, and attachment organization is a smart move for this email app.
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Gusto Email App Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 23rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: POWERFUL SEARCHING
Focusing on making it easy to browse files and photos attached to your email, Gusto is a powerful solution.
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Boxer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 21st, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: KO YOUR INBOX
Turn your inbox into a task list or tune it to your own needs with this highly customizable, user friendly mailbox app.
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Kids Email Safety App Tocomail Adds Bullying Recognition Filter

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 11th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Tocomail is an interesting app geared towards the parents of kids that have access to email. The app sports a kid-friendly interface, personalized email addresses, and more premium features that help manage who and what their kids interact with electronically.

Now the app has added another feature: the ability to apply a bullying recognition filter to incoming emails. The filter looks for key words and contextual phrases, and when email messages containing such are found they are quarantined for further attention from parents/responsible adults, at which point it can be released to the child or disposed of.

Tocomail is available in a free iteration on the App Store; the aforementioned premium features are available for $2.99/month or $29.99/year via in-app purchase.

Birdseye Mail Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOLIDLY USEFUL
A useful gmail email client, even if it isn't quite as exceptional as some others.
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