Apple Watch Apps: The Best in the Market

Wearables are the latest trend in mobile technology, and it’s not surprising. Worn devices like smart watches are empowering mobile users by always being in the most convenient location, whenever needed.

With smartwatches, users are finding easier ways of getting things done, accessing resources and communicating, with no need to pull out a mobile device at all. All they need to do is tap on their wrist, et voilà.

With shipments of smart wearables expected to grow from 9.7 million in 2013 to 135 million in 2018, there is no doubt that smartwatches are going to become the mobile device of choice for millions of people.

Although the app market for smartwatches is still maturing, there are already a great number of apps that will provide great value to smartwatch users. The strength of smartwatch apps lies in their simplicity and the way they complement existing smartphone mobile apps, offering users the chance to get small actionable tasks done on their watches.

Here is a list of the best Apple Watch apps that we love at Fliplet.

The best Apple Watch apps that you need right now

Goals

BetterWorks

BetterWorks is an app that allows you to establish clear goals for your business, and to track how well it is achieving them.

It includes analytics to help you set better goals and to see how the work you’re doing is impacting them.

It also allows users to measure their progress towards those goals, and managers can nudge employees to remind them of goals.

The Apple Watch app offers you a snapshot of your current goals, where you stand in terms of achieving them and check-ins on your coworkers’ goals and their progress.

betterworks.com

betterworks.com

Communications

TL:DR

TL:DR is one of the best Apple Watch apps available. It helps you simplify your email by allowing you to browse rather than read your Gmail messages.

Messages appear as cards on the app, giving you a glimpse of the email which acts as a summary and therefore saving you the trouble of reading it entirely.

It also allows you to reply as normal or to save it for reading later. Or if the email appears urgent you can easily open it in order to read the whole email.

The app also provides an estimated time on how long it will take you to read each email. It also supports attachments.

gotldr.com

gotldr.com

Dart Mobile

Dart Mobile allows you to simplify email in a very different way: by letting you send a form that can be replied to quickly and effectively.

In this way, instead of forcing others to answer an open-ended question, which might take some time, you can ensure that their replies will be quick and to the point.

So for instance, if you want to ask your friends where they would like to meet, you can make a list of options so that all they need to do to reply is tap on the one they prefer. This makes it far more likely that they will reply promptly.

dart.email

dart.email

Slack

Slack is a platform for instant communication among a group of people. It is designed as a chat room with different channels corresponding to different areas of a business or projects.

The Apple Watch app allows you to easily and quickly communicate with your team members, and even to share content with them.

All you need to do is respond to messages by dictation, or simply select a response from a list of pre-selected options.

With Slack you can ensure that you’re always aware of what’s happening at the office and that you will get a prompt reply from colleagues compared to email.

slack.com

slack.com

Note-taking

Evernote

Evernote for Apple Watch syncs with your Evernote account to allow you to record or view notes in the most convenient place.

The app allows you to take notes by dictation, and to set reminders. It also allows you to see content relevant to upcoming meetings.

It also allows you to move seamlessly between your different devices, whether it’s an iPhone or an iPad, so that you can continue reading on your iPhone notes that you have begun reading on your Apple Watch.

evernote.com

evernote.com

Drafts 4

The Drafts 4 app offers an easy way to capture your thoughts and send them wherever you like. It syncs with Twitter, Facebook, Mail, Message, a Calendar event, Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, and many others.

The Apple Watch app allows you to simply dictate your note and decide later what you would like to do with it. You can also archive or delete drafts.

agiletortoise.com/drafts

agiletortoise.com/drafts

Task management

Clear

Clear is a great app for managing tasks with an elegant and minimal design.

Create reminders, view and edit upcoming tasks and swipe tasks that are complete.

Clear also understands natural language; you can ask it, for example, “remind me next Tuesday to do X” and a reminder will be automatically created.

realmacsoftware.com/clear

realmacsoftware.com/clear

CommitTo3

CommitTo3 makes your life easier by forcing you to prioritise the three most important tasks of the day.

On the Apple Watch app, you can create a team of people to share tasks, and view your team’s progress and participation. You can even send reminders to each other about tasks that need to be completed.

Once you have completed a task, simply check it off.

itunes.apple.com

itunes.apple.com

Hours

Hours has a different approach to task management by allowing you to assign a timer to each of the tasks you need to complete.

You can make timers smart by making them nag you at the right times to start and stop your timers.

Simply name each timer with your task and set them in motion by tapping a button. You can also add notes to your timers by dictation.

Hours is a great way to arrange your tasks into order, while keeping track of how long each task is taking you and ensuring that you do not spend longer than necessary on each of them.

itunes.apple.com

itunes.apple.com

Sales

Salesforce Analytics

Salesforce is the popular CRM tool. It brings together sales data, financial data, web traffic, product usage and lots other sales-enabling data.

The Apple Watch app gives you snapshots of your business analytics, making it easy to read on your Watch.

The app also allows you to send notification to sales staff, marketers and service agents.

salesforce.com

salesforce.com

Invoicing

Invoice2Go

Invoice2Go is an app that allows you to make cost estimates and send invoices.

The Apple Watch app isn’t as comprehensive as the iPhone app and doesn’t allow you to edit times and send invoices. However, its strength lies in the ability to make accurate cost estimates by allowing you to track the time that you spend at a job.

The app also allows you to keep track of unpaid invoices and to see reports about how your business is performing.

itunes.apple.com

itunes.apple.com

Personal finance

Mint Personal Finance

Mint Personal Finance helps you save money by putting all your bank accounts in one place to help you track how much you’re spending.

You can create budgets and the app will let you know how much you’ve got left at the end of the week.

The Apple Watch app keeps you up-to-date with your daily spending and even suggests spending goals to encourage you to save more.

mint.com

mint.com

Transport

Citymapper

Citymapper is perhaps the most popular transport app in the cities that it serves.

Its clear and comprehensive interface gives you the fastest routes from A to B in a variety of mediums: walking, driving or public transport.

The Apple Watch app’s strength lies in placing this information in the most convenient location. It also allows you to check public transport service alerts that may disrupt your journey.

A nice quirk is how it “nudges” you when you have arrived at your destination.

itunes.apple.com

itunes.apple.com

Weather

Dark Sky

Dark Sky is one of the most beautiful weather forecast apps in the market.

With a minimalist format and stunning maps and simulations, it is truly a treat to the eye.

The Apple Watch app provides you with everything you need to know on the move: temperature, basic forecast and rain prediction for the following hour. As an alternative, you can browse a 24-hour timeline to keep yourself updated on what the weather is going to be like for the rest of the day.

forecast.io

forecast.io

Do you use any of these apps? If so, do you find them useful? Are there any we should add to the list?

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