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5 gorgeous iPhone apps you need to check out right now (July 2014)

Zach Epstein
July 29th, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Top 5 iPhone Apps

Welcome to the latest edition of our series on gorgeous iPhone apps. We talk about apps a great deal here on BGR and the reason is fairly obvious: apps make the phone. Thanks to the advent of on-device application stores, smartphones now ship as blank canvases, waiting for users to fill them with third-party software that extends their functionality in any number of directions.

In this series, we try to bring you the cream of the crop — apps that are beautifully designed as well as useful — to help fill your canvas.

Want to check out some more gorgeous iPhone apps? Be sure to read our earlier posts in this series.

Sunrise Calendar

Since the calendar app is one of the most important apps on our phones, we always try to bring good options to your attention when we come across them. We have highlighted several in previous coverage, and now you have another great app to add to the list.

Sunrise is a free calendar app made for Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange. Designed with love, Sunrise is a new experience that will make your life easier.

• 100% free calendar app with a gorgeous design.
• Compatible with Google Calendar, iCloud, Exchange.
• A completely redesigned calendar experience for your iPhone and iPad.
• Synchronization that just works, in real-time and with background updates.
• Quick Add Event just by typing “Lunch tomorrow at 9pm” (long-press on the +) (for Google Calendars only).
• Reminders.
• Timezone Support. No more headache when traveling!
• Facebook Events and Birthdays included.
• See faces and profiles of people you are meeting with using LinkedIn.
• Weather forecast based on your location.
• Smart icons.
• Tag location to events.
• Use Google Maps for Directions.
• Connect multiple Google Calendars.

Sunrise Calendar is a universal app for the iPhone and iPad, and it is a free download.

Download Sunrise Calendar


Do you belong to several different social networks? Is following your friends in all of these different apps becoming more work than than fun?

Hashtack is here to help by combining the best part of several different networks — photo updates from your friends — into a single stream. It also has a nifty feature that makes reposting your friends’ photos a breeze… even on Instagram.

Hashtack is the new best way to stay up with friends and family. By combining your social network photos/videos into one feed, you can easily keep up in a flash!

Have friends or hashtags you’re always searching for?

Make streams with hashtags(#summer) to see the photos you really care about.

-Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all in one feed (more coming soon!)
-Like, Comment, Zoom, and Save across all networks (even Instagram!)
-Instantly repost to Instagram/Facebook/Twitter

And so much more!

Hashtack is a free app for the iPhone.

Download Hashtack


Haze isn’t the most full-featured weather app for iOS, but it’s easily one of the most beautiful. If you’re looking for something simple and sleek that makes it easy to view the most important forecast data each day, Haze could be just what the doctor ordered.

Put some color on your forecast with Haze, an amazing weather app with fluid animations and an audiovisual interface that is both beautifully simple, yet powerfully addictive.

Haze is build around the idea of giving you a radiantly crafted forecast at a glance. Swipe through temperature, sunshine hours and rain chance or dive even deeper and get detailed information about the weather. Swipe down to get a 5 day forecasts and unlock multiple colorful themes to personalize the look.

= Features =
+ A beautifully crafted audiovisual experience.
+ Awesome motion tilt & slide navigation. Gyro-driven wind compass.
+ Works world wide. Supports both ºC and ºF.
+ 5 day forecast.
+ Background animation shows tomorrow’s trend.
+ Sunshine hours, UV, cloud coverage, sunrise and sunset times.
+ High and low temperatures for the day, windchill, windspeed and wind direction.
+ Precipitation chance & amount, humidity levels and atmospheric pressure.
+ Exact location based weather data from wt360.

Haze for the iPhone is a $2.99 download, and it could be the only weather app you’ll ever need.

Download Haze

One Today

Imagine everyone with the means to do so donated just $1 each day toward a worthy cause. Google’s One Today app gives us all the option to do just that.

Looking beyond the app’s beautiful interface, One Today presents users with the opportunity to make a small charitable donation to a wide range of organizations. The app is updated each day with new causes, and there is also an option to share a project with friends and match their donations.

Of course, donations do not need to be made each day — donate as frequently or infrequently as you’d like.

Want to be inspired and help change the world at the same time?

One Today is an app that lets you give a little and change a lot.
• Be inspired: Discover an awesome nonprofit project each day—go ahead and see.
• Donate simply: One project, one button, one good deed a day—you’re a hero, done.
• Spread the love: Share that good feeling with friends—get your donations matched, too.

P.S. No more fuss – your donations are tax deductible and will be grouped together for easy year-end tax planning.

One Today is a universal app compatible with the iPhone and iPad, and it is a free download. It also might be the most important app on your device.

Download One Today


Now that you’ve made a small donation with One Today and done your good deed for the day, Gogobot makes it easy to find awesome places to celebrate with your friends.

Gogobot is the go-to place for places to go, providing you with fun things to do, delicious places to eat and great places to stay based on personalized recommendations from people just like you!

Whether it’s a night out on the town, a weekend getaway or even if you’re halfway across the globe; with over 675,000 reviews and 4M photos, Gogobot has you covered with the inside scoop on where to sleep, eat or play on every adventure.

* Go Local: at home or far-from-home, Gogobot is all about where you are right now. Explore the best of what’s near you, wherever you are.

* Go Adventure: Whether you’re after the best new brunch spot in San Francisco, the best cliff diving spot in Croatia, or the best bar in SoHo, Gogobot shows you the best recommendations from people who share your tastes and interests.

* Go Tribal: Once you sign up, Gogobot customizes its recommendations based on who you are, whether you’re an outdoor adventurer, a nightlife connoisseur, a luxury or budget traveler or some combination of that and more, Gogobot personalizes its recommendations just for you.

* Go Together: Connect with other Gogobotters who love the places you do; follow top travelers in the Gogobot community for destination inspiration; plan staycations and vacations with friends or other Gogobotters like you; benefit from the expertise of other experienced travelers!

* Go Share: show off your adventure with beautiful custom Gogobot postcards; share your best discoveries, delicious meals or anything your heart desires with your friends or with the Gogobot community

Gogobot is a free download and is an iPhone-only app.

Download Gogobot

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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