Mobile Apps:

Best iOS apps

Updated April 24, 2014 2:30 PM PDT

One of the best parts about getting a new iPhone or iPad is downloading new apps. But with an ever-growing selection in the App Store, it can be near impossible to cut through all the clutter. To help get you started, we've distilled some of our favorites down to just five must-haves.

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Online videos done right


With its clean design, new picture-in-picture features, and improved browsing, it's hard to argue that there's a better way to watch YouTube videos on iOS devices.

5 stars Spectacular

Share photos on the fly


With its modern design and enormous community, Instagram is tough to beat for photo and video sharing.

4.5 stars Outstanding

TV and movie streaming


If you don't mind the limited streaming library, Netflix offers great picture quality, smooth controls, and reliable performance.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Search at its best

Google Search

With access to Google apps and Google Now, and Voice Search results that even Siri can't match for speed, this app is a must-download.

4 stars Excellent

Radio just for you

TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio is one of the best streaming-radio apps available for when you want to listen to local or national radio. Most will be able to get by with the free version, but for DVR-like recording capabilities in the Pro version, you'll need to decide just how much you use the app.

4 stars Excellent
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