As the product-reviews editor at Wired, I'm constantly testing out new apps on my iPhone (and then deleting them) as part of my job, though I do have a few go-to apps I use every day. Most of my favorites are for consuming media, but I rely on a few list-keeping and calendar-syncing apps, lest I forget to pick up coffee beans and cat food on the way home.
Number of Downloaded Apps: 28
Categories/Organization: I don't use a lot of folders. Instead, I group my top apps together in clumps (music apps down here, reading apps up here, photo apps over there) that are spread out across my three home screens.
Most Frequently Used: Mobile Safari. I've long championed the open Web as a killer application platform, and I still see great potential for mobile Web apps to deliver as much utility as their native counterparts do. In fact, I prefer to use a company's Web app most of the time, if it offers one.
Three Favorite Apps:
1. Rdio. This is exactly what I've been waiting for all these years. Ten bucks a month and I get instant access to just about any piece of music I can think of. I prefer Rdio to Spotify—better experience, cleaner interface.
2. Instapaper. For books, I use my Kindle, but for Web features and magazine articles, I push them to Instapaper for reading later. I'll blast through my picks on my commute, in my bed, and on the couch while the wife is watching Top Chef.
3. Clear. It's the simplest, prettiest list-making app I've found. I use it for everything—grocery lists, to-dos for work, and even for jotting down the names of movies I want to remember to add to my Netflix queue.
Dream App: I'd love an app that lets me apply smart, ad hoc filters to Twitter. I want to be able to ignore the petty arguments and silly memes without unfollowing anyone. Even better: It blocks all mention of baseball scores until after I've finished watching the games on my DVR. No spoilers!
—Michael Calore, Wired's product-reviews editor. Follow him at @snackfight