Your #DesertIslandApps: recommendations from 50+ people in my network

Your #DesertIslandApps: recommendations from 50+ people in my network

Your #DesertIslandApps: recommendations from 50+ people in my network What’s your all-time favourite app. The app that you can’t live without? The app that you’d take with you to a Desert Island?

It's the question that I posed to my network last week after blogging about 25 apps I use to stay productive on the move.

You responded enthusiastically. Thank you.

Our favourite apps are either messaging apps or utilities that make our lives that little bit easy. The best combine your location in time or space with information.

There’s another piece of insight that is a common thread through many of your recommendations. It’s simply that we adore the list and note syncing app Evernote.

I’ve linked to Apple versions of all the apps you’ve recommended as I’m an iPhone user. Other flavours are obviously available.

There’ll almost certainly be something here for you to try. Thanks to everyone for their recommendations. Here’s what you suggested.


Get yourself a decent web browser. Savvy users such as James Whatley use Chrome.

Health and wellbeing

Sarah Raad suggested a beautiful app called Gratitude Journal. It’s on my list to download.

Wake is an intuitive alarm clock that Linda Wuest uses to wake up and start her day.

Wearable devices are starting to make a significant impact on the health of motivated users.

Keith Withnail suggested calorie tracker MyFitnessPal. Karen Morledge recommended an activity tracker called Steps. Meanwhile Andrew Ross reported that Jawbone's UP app has helped him lose five stone.


Rob Ashwell uses a VPN app called Hola to access media services around the world.

Shel Holtz and Lucy Mann are both audio junkies who recommend podcasts.

We still like RSS Readers to collate content from around the web. Julio Romo suggested Reeder.


Mandy Pearse recommends VR+. It allows you to send chunks of audio via email, messaging apps, or social networks.

Messaging apps are mainstream. Andy Green and Mats Kra recommended WhatsApp and Ged Carroll suggested WeChat.


Sarah Hall called out Shazam, a neat app that identifies music in the wild enabling you to purchase it directly from iTunes.

Michelle Goodall and Kieron Donoghue both suggested music streaming service Spotify.


Social networks may well be the most used apps on your smart phone but they didn’t feature as often as you might expect in people’s recommendations.

Neville Hobson, Gabrielle Laine-Peters and Laura Sutherland said Twitter was their favourite. I think that it would be top for me too.

Rachel Miller meanwhile puts Pinterest first, saying that it’s her visual planner.

My eldest daughter Ellie said Instagram. "It’s less annoying than your Facebook posts, Dad,” she said. Thanks Ellie.

Edward Saperia reckons that after Facebook everything else optional and for Andrew Thomas his must have app is LinkedIn Connected.


Kai MacMahon had the most original suggestion in Whistle an app that links to a wearable pet collar that enables you to keep track of what your dog is up to whether you’re together or apart.


Asad Dhunna and James Mayes are reducing their dependence on email thanks to Slack. It’s a smart messaging platform for teams.

Carol Arthur, Keith Lewis, Jim Lin, Chris Reed, Nuno Da Silva Jorge and Will McInnes called out a favourite app of mine called Evernote. It synchronises notes with other devices.

OneNote is a similar app to Evernote made by Microsoft, recommended by Stuart Bruce. He also uses it to keep track of expense claims and web content.

Pocket is the secret weapon of Shaun Harley and Scott Guthrie. It allows you to save content from around the web to view later.

Stuart Campbell and Paul Sutton are both list junkies and tipped Wunderlist. It enables them to keep track of their to-do lists.


Andy Dickens uses Dashlane to keep his passwords and personal information secure.


The offline TripAdvisor city bundles are great according to David Sawyer and save on roaming costs. In fact they are so good that tourist organisations are starting to make their own versions.

Kate Hartley and Becky McMichael recommended Citymapper, a public transport app for London and Manchester that is so good that it really needs to extended nationally and internationally.

Michael Ambjorn suggested TripIt. It collates all your travel information and tickets for a trip.

Lindsey Collumbell, Sarah Pinch and Sarah Stimson ensure that their trains run on time thanks to UK Train Times.

Adam Cranfield and Bill Jones are both Google Maps fans. Lots of other people also suggested it would be handy on a Desert Island.


Brits obsess about the weather. Clare Parker and Gillian Neld suggested the BBC Weather and Met Office apps respectively.

Desert island apps

Matt Espley and Andrew Fawcett-Wolf entered into the spirit of the Desert Island conversation proper, and said that their favourite mobile phone app was the camera.

Nick Zea-Smith similarly suggested the torch, and Darryl Sparey the phone.

Thanks Matt, Andrew, Nick and Darryl for keeping it real.

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