Top 10 iPhone Apps for Creating Content on the Go

We’re all busy people. And while many of us would probably love to just curl up in front of our computer to manage our blogs, websites, or brands…we have things to do and people to see.

But with your iPhone, you can actually maximize your time away from the computer. I’ve compiled a list of apps perfect for creating and sharing content on the go.

Taking photos.


Create gorgeous images with Hipstamatic’s filters.

Instagram. For the low, low price of free, Instagram lets you snap quick pictures and alter them with an array of filters. From there, you can post these pictures to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or your Tumblr account. Your fans will enjoy following your Instagram stream.

Hipstamatic. While this app will set you back a cool $1.99 (and then additional increments of $.99 for more lenses and film), Hipstamatic is worth every cent. The variety of film, lenses, and flashes lets you create different styles of pictures. Think of it as Instagram’s cool older brother. You can post easily to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or Tumblr.

Camera+. My favorite app for taking pictures is Camera+. This app (currently on sale for $.99, but normally $1.99) gives you filters, but also a stabilizer, grid to line up your pictures, and even a rapid burst option to take a series of photos. You can take a ton of pictures, edit them immediately or later, and then upload to Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr.

Shooting video.


Viddy makes video cool.

Viddy. Heralded as the “Instagram of video,” the free app Viddy is a great way to shoot short videos, glam them up, and share them. While the pre-loaded video camera in the standard camera app takes decent video, there’s no good way to share it from your phone. Viddy lets you post it to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, a blog, e-mail, or a personal account.

UStream. Made popular by celebrities, big name brands, and even the United Nations, UStream is becoming a common way to instantly share video. So while you can use it to broadcast a special event or spontaneous video blog, you can also use it to share funny office happenings. Like Viddy, it’s also free.

Updating statuses.

TweetDeck. Managing personal and professional Twitter accounts can get complicated. Luckily, the free app TweetDeck is here to organize all your accounts in one place. Besides all major Twitter functions, you can also sync up your Facebook and easily add photos. Like, you can create special lists to follow in a single column.

HootSuite. Need to deal with Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare while also being able to gather data? Then HootSuite (which is also free) is for you. You can actually manage your Facebook fan page from this app and get real-time stats on your tweets. If you’re going to be away from your computer and your phone, you can schedule tweets to post whenever you’d like.

Recording audio.

Documents to Go

Edit and create your Microsoft essentials with Documents to Go.

iTalk Recorder. Whether you want to create a quick voice memo, or get a head start on your next podcast, the iTalk Recorder will help you do that. The free version allows you to record minutes (or hours!) of audio and e-mail it directly to yourself or others. Shelling out $1.99 for the premium version lets the app run in the background and gives you access to Dropbox.

           Creating text.      

Documents to Go. Editing blog posts on the go has never been easier. Documents to Go is fully compatible with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and even lets you create documents and spreadsheets. The $9.99 price tag is a little steep, but definitely worth it. Copy and paste function helps when moving between apps.

Blogging urgency.

Tumblr, WordPress, and Blogger. I title these apps as urgent because they are poorly reviewed across the board. Tumblr is nearly impossible to search through, WordPress is clunky, and Blogger doesn’t currently have any kind of formatting features. But hey, at least they’re all free. And if you manage a personal blog or really need to post an urgent update, these apps will definitely get the job done.

But there you have it: For less than 20 bucks you can have an arsenal of content creation apps at your fingertips. And while you could take photos and clean those up on your PC or Mac, your followers would probably enjoy some real-time pictures sent out via your social networking manager apps.

Have you tried any of these iPhone apps for business or personal use? Did we miss any must-haves?


Mandy Kilinskis

Mandy is proud to be a part of QLP’s content team. A self-professed nerd, her interests include video games, sitcoms, superhero movies, iPods and iPhones but never Macs, and shockingly, writing. Her claims to fame are: owning over forty pairs of Chuck Taylor All Stars, offering spot-on coffee advice, and knowing an unbelievable amount of Disney Princess facts. You can connect with Mandy on


  1. Bret B.

    That’s amazing! 🙂

  2. Amy Swanson

    I love, love, LOVE Instagram! As an amateur photographer I love sites and apps that allow you to customize a final shot. They make even a random picture look professional and as if you know what the hell you’re doing LOL. I’ll have to check out Hipstamatic and Camera+, it’s always nice to have options 🙂

    Great post and suggestions, Mandy!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      I haven’t done too much with Instagram yet, but I know people that swear by it! I love Hipstamatic and Camera+, though. Hipstamatic helps us artistically-challenged people make cool pictures, and I don’t know why, but I seem to get clearer pictures with Camera+ than with my iPhone camera app. I can only imagine the power of Camera+ on the new iPhone 4S!

  3. Jill Tooley

    This is an awesome list, Mandy! I’d normally be reluctant to shell out money for an app, but some of these seem like they’re well worth the cost. And Instagram seems really cool!

    I use Tweetdeck all the time – it’s my favorite Twitter app. So easy to use.

    Thanks for the app guidance!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      I’m also reluctant to shell out money for apps, but the ones I have paid for (especially all the camera apps) have absolutely been worth the money! Watch out for Hipstamatic. They offer a lot more paid lenses and film options past the ones that come standard, and I found myself “needing” them very quickly. 🙂

  4. Rachel

    I don’t have a smartphone, but given that I am surrounded by friends with smartphones, I can confirm that Hipstamatic is awesome! There are a lot of cool filters to make good pictures look great. I wish my actual camera had a lot of those options …

    Thanks for all the suggestions, Mandy–someday, when I buy a fancy phone, I will be coming back here for ideas. 🙂

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      No problem, Rachel! I hope that someday you do get a fancy phone and have the opportunity to play around with a lot of these apps!


    Hi Mandy, Real cool apps and I like it. The viddy and ustream attracts me very well and happy to know about it. Thanks for sharing the tools.

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      No problem! I’m glad that I could point out some apps that will help you.

      Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

  6. Amanda

    This blog post makes me feel super dooper behind! They all sound cool, and very useful; but sadly, I’ve never used or seen an app. LOL. I hope the smarphone and plan prices come down before I’m too old to learn to use these apps. 😉

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Amanda, you’ll never be too old to learn how to use apps. I’ve taught my mom to use many of the ones on this list. 🙂

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