Sports, streaming video, and travel
ESPN has a monopoly on this sports stuff. Its official app is the best place to keep up to date with sports scores from all your favorite professional or college teams on the go. The ESPN app also now allows mobile streaming of WatchESPN and ESPN3.
Bleacher Report’s Team Stream app features a highly customizable feed that provides you with up-to-date scores and stats as well as more traditional long-form sportswriting. More written work than ESPN, but no streaming capability.
Yahoo Fantasy Sports
For those who can’t get enough of fantasy sports, Yahoo’s app is the best in the business. Track stats for baseball, football, hockey, and basketball here, as well as participating in mock drafts and reading expert opinions.
More athlete than fan? This app lets you record your golf swing, tennis serve, or anything else you would want to analyze in slow motion. You can provide commentary, make annotations, and compare two videos.
Twenty Four is the sports app for the metrics-obsessed basketball fanatic. Twenty Four provides daily and weekly stats to help individuals more aptly predict both player and team performance going into a game or series. Twenty Four also offers the latest and dankest NBA memes for individuals so inclined.
The ubiquitous, super-popular Netflix app nearly made our list of essentials. If you don’t know what Netflix is, we’re surprised you found our website. Stream movies and television shows for a monthly fee.
If you want to keep up with TV shows, but can’t stand cable, Hulu is the best place to go. It has most major network and cable channel shows. A Hulu Plus subscription costs $8 per month.
Need your Game of Thrones fix? HBO finally caved and created a subscription-based streaming app, no cable subscription required. It now works with Chromecast, too, so you can stream it on the big screen. Be prepared to spend $15 a month for it, though.
For $7/month, CrunchyRoll is like the holy grail of streaming for anime fans. Featuring over 25,000 episodes in its database, the app adds new episodes just one hour after their live premiere in Japan.
Travel and transportation
If you need to get somewhere and don’t have wheels of your own, hop in someone else’s ride. Uber’s ‘private taxi’ service offers the privacy and safety of a stranger’s car as an alternative to public transportation.
Lyft offers a slightly less expensive, slightly less professional version of Uber’s private cab service, allowing you to get from Point A to Point B — even if you’re not in a state to drive (or walk). Lyft offers ride discount credits upon registration.
Ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft can be expensive if you catch them at the wrong times. Up Hail lets you compare prices for several different modes of ground transportation, based on your location. The app also features filters so you can find a handicap-accessible ride, for example.
Looking to explore a new city or country? Viator Tours’ mobile app includes over 20,000 selectable activities in over 1,500 locations worldwide, and features stuff like ‘skip-the-line’ passes and coupons for popular tours.
Why waste time in traffic or pay more than you have to for gas? Waze solves both of these problems by supplying you with access to community-generated real-time traffic info and gas prices.
Being lost in a new city is one of the worst parts of traveling. Thankfully, CityMaps2Go allows you to navigate thousands of cities without looking like a tourist. If you’re traveling to a part of the world with spotty service or limited internet access, you can download maps and guides from the app beforehand. This handy feature keeps you from unnecessarily burning through data.
The Expedia app is another solid travel companion. The app allows you to book flights, rooms, activities, and cars from your phone. You’re even rewarded with discounts when you bundle purchases from the app.