The Best Shopping Apps
Actress; cofounder, Rouge NY
“Beautified allows you to see what services (blowouts, manicures, facials, haircuts, etc.) are offered within a two- to three-mile radius of where you are standing. The salons are vetted, and the prices are good. It’s the best answer to ‘Where can I get a pedicure right around here, right now?’”
CEO and cofounder, Darby Smart
The Best Productivity Apps
Director of digital communications, Cartier
Editor and creative consultant
This colorful app kicks distraction to the curb by setting aside strict chunks of time for individual tasks, e.g., a 30-minute sprint through morning emails. Just set the alarm, put aside your phone and get to work. You’ll soon learn the world will not fall out of orbit if you avoid Instagram for a bit.
The Best Food Apps
From one of New York City’s best Italian chefs comes the ultimate insider’s guide to what to keep around the kitchen so you can churn out a savory Italian meal on any given night (the porchetta is beyond). Step-by-step photos help the novice cook.
The Best Health Apps
Priya Pandya and Kajal Desai
Award-winning actress, author and baker
The Best Entertainment Apps
Stacy Herzog Berk
Cofounder, Frieda & Nellie
Author, The Seas and The Invention of Everything Else
3. Tesla Toy
“Nikola Tesla, inventor of alternating current and radio, plus the hero of my last novel, is the inspiration behind this app. With graphics made to resemble the arcing electricity of a Tesla coil, the user can make gorgeous light designs. Electrical charges swarm to your touch. It’s both beautiful and engrossing.”
Digital marketing director, 7x7 magazine
“I love the This American Life app. It gives me access to every TAL story ever recorded. The 45-ish-minute episodes make for the ideal running companion, taking me on emotional, hilarious and insightful journeys as I pound the pavement of San Francisco.”
If you’re a sucker for list-making, superlatives and healthy debate with friends (all in the name of fun, of course), then check out Proust. The app is like “Marry, Date or Dump” and “Apples to Apples” rolled into one supremely addictive (and slightly more mature) package.