4 Awesome Apps Found on AppsGoneFree

**This post originally appeared at iPhone Life Magazine where Adam is a featured blogger

Sometimes you don’t know you need something until somebody shows it to you and then you’re like “Oh that’s so cool! I need that!”

This is why I’m totally digging AppsGoneFree right now. Unlike AppGratis, which is also cool, AppsGoneFree gives you several paid apps that are free for a limited time. Some days there are more; some days less, but every day there’s fun! It’s awesome because you get a random bunch of stuff to browse through and decide if it interests you or not. It’s like shopping at a convenience store as opposed to the supermarket. Your choices are limited, and sometimes that’s a really good thing. I love it so much that I’ve found myself checking it first thing in the morning even before I’ve had my coffee and checked my email!

It’s that serious, you guys.

Part of the appeal for me is that I get overwhelmed by how many apps are out there. This is partially why I like writing reviews for you. I hope it helps you wade through the sea of endless possibilities. I’m willing to give all kinds of apps a try, just so you don’t have to.

What can I say? I’m a giver!

Just like the folks over at AppsGoneFree.

Here are a few of my favorite finds so far:

Runtastic Heart Rate PRO

This app is normally 99¢, and I think it’s worth it since it’s cool to be able to whip out your phone and check your heart rate. All you have to do to get your reading is lightly place your index finger on the LED flash and camera.  Within seconds, you have a surprisingly accurate heart rate. I checked it against the wearable one I normally use and it gets the same reading. The only drawback is that you have to stay still while it takes a reading. So, if you’re in the middle of a run, you have to stop to get your heart rate. If that doesn’t bother you, you’ll be all set.


Regularly priced at $1.99, Taskable is a fun and functional task management app. It’s colorful with a simple and clean user interface that I like more than some of the more austere and business-like ones I’ve tried. It’s not a terribly complex app, but it’s nice for storing everyday reminders and to do lists that you can share with family and friends via email or text.

Smart Office 2

At $10.99, Smart Office 2 seems a bit pricey for an app, but you get a software suite that lets you review, create, edit and share Microsoft Office files as well as PDFs. It’s much less expensive than similar apps that have more requirements. Some apps, for example, need an Internet connection while others have a monthly fee. But this one doesn’t! The user interface is clean and intuitive and for the price, you really cannot beat Smart Office 2. I’m so glad I found it!


Before you read my review, you HAVE to click the link and watch the demo video. It’s not in English, but it doesn’t matter. I have four words for you: Eye of the Tiger!

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I like Focality! Have you ever wanted to zoom in on something in a picture so that everyone could see what’s so interesting about it? That’s what this is for. All you do is take a shot or choose an existing one from your library. Then, choose a spot to focus on and zoom in until you’re satisfied. Choose a layout and share it on your social networks. Done and done. But is it worth paying the regular price of 99¢?  Sure. You’ll get a kick out of it.

Have you guys tried either AppGratis or AppsGoneFree?  What are your favorite finds?

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