I Tried Some of Apple’s Default Apps for a Week and I’m Sold!

These apps are surprisingly good!

Dom Kwolczak


After being away from the Apple ecosystem for around 2 years, I’ve completely forgotten how good the default Apple Apps are.

I’m talking about apps like Reminders, Apple Notes, Calendar and so on.

I don’t know what it is about these apps, but in a world where there is an app for everything, I don’t think they get enough recognition.

That’s why I decided to use Reminders, Apple Notes, Calendar and Safari as my default apps for a week and share my experience with you.

On a separate note, it’s been a month since I switched from Windows and Android to MacOS and iOS and I’ve tried many apps to find which work better for me.

The surprising thing is that it’s not the apps I remember using before switching to Android around 2 years ago!


I think it’s fair to say that this app surprised me the most, in the past I spoke a lot about my all-time favourite to-do list app, Things 3.

However for some reason and I don’t know how to explain it, the app just isn’t working for me at the moment.

That’s the thing with productivity apps, they need to work for you and help you become more productive.

If you don’t enjoy using an app then move on, you may find that a different app works better for you, there are so many of them to choose from!

The main thing I like about Reminders is its simplicity. I can create folders and separate lists within the folders.

The tasks that are due today also appear in the “Today” section of the app automatically. I feel that this is a feature that Google seriously needs to introduce in the Google Tasks app. It’s such a basic thing, but it can improve the overall experience drastically.

I also like the fact that I can create a reminder using Siri and when I’m typing it manually within the app, I can simply type something along the lines of “complete blog post today at 19:00” the app will understand that it is due today at 19:00 and I think that it’s great!