Each new model of the Apple Watch comes with added features and capabilities, and a thriving ecosystem of third-party apps makes your step-tracking, heart rate-monitoring timepiece all the more useful: Apps that help you get things done, get from A to B, get answers to your questions, and generally get on with life without having to constantly reach into your pocket for your phone. These are our favorites.
If you want to boost your productivity, you have to try Things: The app is about as comprehensive as they come in terms of organizing your life and daily tasks, and it has companion apps for your phone and desktop. The Apple Watch part of the app lets you see what you need to do, tick items of your to-do lists, and more, all from your wrist. It’s going to cost you, but it’s an app that justifies the expenditure.
Games don’t usually work on the tiny screen of the Apple Watch, but Tiny Armies is an exception. Its simple gameplay and graphics make it perfect for passing a few minutes of idle time, in quick bursts, and the experience on the Apple Watch isn’t too different from playing it on an iPhone or an iPad. The aim of the game is to conquer the armies of your opponent with some careful strategic thinking and some well-placed finger swipes.
Tiny Armies ($0.99)
Level up your walks, hikes, runs, and cycles with WorkOutDoors and your Apple Watch: It features a detailed vector map-based interface for plotting your routes, and it lets you customize exactly what you see on your smartwatch screen (there are over 300 live metrics to pick from). It’s worth picking up for the most detailed look at your workouts possible, and the app’s price of admission includes offline maps that cover the entire globe.