When it comes to mobile technology, we dance a fine line between early adopter and total luddite. While many of us here at R29 L.A. have been all iPhone since gen-one, the whole app thing remained a mystery until somewhat recently. But with the iPhone in its fifth year and Android phones in practically as many pockets these days, the app market has exploded and so has the number of icons on our phones’ desktops.
There’s now an app for any niche interest or practical use you could ever think of. With so many to pick from, the intel on the best apps isn’t always written on the wall. We’ve found our way through friends’ recs or casual reading of a few tech-y blogs. But, we want to help you cut to the chase, which is why we’ve rounded up a collection of our fave functional, informative, and just plain-fun apps seemingly tailor-made to up the ante on L.A. living. Get clickin’, people, and don’t forget to hook a sister up with your own go-to's in the comments!