Top Apps of 2013

There are more than 1 million apps available for download in the app store for iOS, Android and Windows operating devices. With such a large library as your fingertips, it is hard to decide which apps are best for you! Apps can range anywhere from $0 to $10 per download, so we want to help you find the best apps that will fit your needs! Read on to see our top 5 picks for apps in 2013! 

Instagram (free)
Instagram is quickly becoming one of the most popular Social Media Platforms.  This free app allows you to take an unlimited amount of photos, choose a filter and border, and upload it to the scrolling news feed that can be shared with your followers and friends. The app allows you to also share the photos to your other social media accounts including Facebook and Twitter. Instagram’s service is now used by millions of people to share their visual timeline and the app itself is easy to use and fun to browse.

Candy Crush (free)
The Candy Crush Saga was a star app for users in 2013, taking the top spot as the most downloaded free app on both smartphone and tablets this year; the game can also be played on Facebook. The addicting game was also the top grossing app this year, an impressive feat considering the app is free and relies on in-app purchases for revenue. Explore the sweet and colorful world of Candy Crush in this fun candy switcher game, where you can mix and match sweets in a combination of three or more, to gain points and other bonuses as you progress!

VSCOCam (free)
Any dedicated smartphone photographers might find this photo editing app just as addicting as the game apps out there. The app allows users to do the basics, like crop and rotate photos, but it also has an expansive collection of filters, borders and textures to turn your photos into a masterpiece. Of course, the app also allows users to share the edited photos to their social media accounts. The VSCO Grid is a minimalist publishing platform for showcasing only the finest in photography.

iBooks (free)
Essentially iTunes for books, the app connects the reader and the store, in Apple’s typically user-friendly, cost competitive and visually appealing fashion. iBooks has a library with millions of books, documentaries, textbooks and more that includes PDF support and bookmarks that automatically sync across your devices. There is no longer a need to carry around stacks of paperbacks or textbooks; with iBooks, you can combine all of your reading materials into one app on your tablet or smartphone!

Evernote (free)
Add the Evernote app to your smartphone or tablet and access the popular service for storing notes and ideas across your devices. On a smartphone, Evernote is efficient and user-friendly, enabling you to rapidly scan your notes and also create new ones. Stays organized, save your ideas and improve productivity with this app. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and it makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work or on the go!

Do you have a favorite app from 2013? Comment below and let us know what apps made your must-have list! 

Kaitlyn Ivancic

Kaitlyn Ivancic

Director of Consumer Marketing for SHOP.COM

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