Default Apps 2023

7 November 2023

This is the kind of thing that I find interesting when I look back and see how it changes from year to year so when I saw other people posting their lists I thought I’d join in and keep a record here. I’ve answered with 🖥️ desktop and 📱 mobile icons where they are different, if no icons then I use the same things on all platforms. I started trying to answer just from a mobile point of view, but the list wasn’t nearly as useful to me that way. I feel if I’d done this a few years ago there would have been more Google and these days I’ve gravitated to using the Apple version of apps where I don’t have any pressing need for better versions.

This is the categories from the original list:

  • 📮 Mail: Gmail, but I’ve hated it since they trashed the inbox version, I’ve recently retried Spark for a better unified mailbox and I think it might stick
  • 📝 Notes: 🖥️ Obsidian, 📱 Apple Notes
  • ✅ To-Do: 🖥️ Obsidian, 📱Apple Reminders
  • 📷 iPhone Photo Shooting: iOS Camera
  • 🟦 Photo Management: Apple Photos
  • 📆 Calendar: Apple Calendar
  • 📁 Cloud File Storage: iCloud
  • 📖 RSS: 📱Reeder 5
  • 🙍🏻‍♂️ Contacts: 📱Apple Contacts, which I kind of forget is actually a thing that there might be alternatives to
  • 🌐 Browser: 🖥️ Arc is my new best friend, 📱 Safari
  • 💬 Chat: iMessage, Discord, Slack
  • 🔖 Bookmarks: hmm, nothing beyond browsers or putting things into Obsidian really
  • 📑 Read It Later: see Bookmarks, I should probably figure out a better setup for both of these categories
  • 📜 Word Processing: Pass
  • 📈 Spreadsheets: Numbers, some Google Docs still
  • 📊 Presentations: Pass
  • 🛒 Shopping Lists: 📱Apple Reminders
  • 🍴 Meal Planning: 📱Paprika 3 but mostly as recipe storage, very little planning happens
  • 💰 Budgeting and Personal Finance: YNAB
  • 📰 News: no apps, just websites
  • 🎵 Music: 📱Tidal
  • 🎤 Podcasts: 📱Downcast
  • 🔐 Password Management: 1Password

And a few other things that I use enough of that it seemed worth recording them for posterity.

  • 🧮 Code Editor: 🖥️ Nova
  • 📍 Navigation: 🚙 Google Maps, 🚲
  • 📚 Reading: 📱Apple Books, until recently lots of Libby but my current local library doesn’t support it
  • 🔎 Search: DuckDuckGo not an app, but I have it as my everywhere default search engine
  • 🤷🏻‍♀️ Social Media: 📱Ice Cubes for Mastodon
  • 🌤️ Weather: Apple Weather (RIP Dark Sky, I miss you)