15 Great iPhone Apps for Men

by Brett on June 30, 2010 · 96 comments

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Throughout time men have harnessed technology and different tools to improve their lives and to become the best man they could be. Cavemen used flint and steel to start fires. Ancient soldiers smelted different metals to create stronger swords and weapons. Mariners used astrolabes and compasses to conquer the seas. The Colt revolver became the go-to tool for many a man in the 19th century, and it helped tame the Wild West. I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

Fast-forward to today. The technological wheel of progress now advances at lightning speeds. If a man wishes to thrive in today’s world, he needs to embrace new technology and new tools. For many men, their go-to, everyday tool is their cell phone. What was once just a device to make simple phone calls, now can be used to navigate cities, send emails, and even teach essential man skills. Sure, it’s not as rugged or “manly” as, say, a bear trap or a rifle, but in today’s world it’s just as useful. And utility and manliness go hand and hand. Plus, there’s something pretty powerful about being able to hold a tool that can do a thousand different things in the palm of your hand.

Apple just released their latest version of their prolific iPhone. After three years on the market, the iPhone has spawned over 50,000 different apps that both entertain and help us be more productive. With so many apps to choose from, it can be overwhelming to sift the wheat from the chaff. With that in mind, we put together this short list of iPhone apps that a man might find particularly useful (and sometimes entertaining).

PS-All you Droid users out there, don’t fret. We’re not leaving you out. Stay tuned for our list of the best Droid apps for men. We also have a surprise to give you all when we publish the article.

Tie-a-Tie Deluxe

Need to tie a tie, but don’t know how? Put the Tie-a-Tie Deluxe app on your iPhone and have instructions to seven different tie knots right in your pocket. Each knot comes with step-by-step illustrated instructions to help you tie the perfect necktie knot. Also, the app explains which shirt collars and events you should use each knot with.

Download the Tie-a-Tie Deluxe app from iTunes – $.99

Knots, Splices, and Rope Work

Every man should know how to tie basic knots. But after you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to move on to more advanced knot-work. That’s where the Knots, Splices, and Rope Work app comes in. Based on the original 1917 treatise on knot-tying written by author, illustrator, archaeologist, explorer, and zoologist A. Hyatt Verrill, the app contains all of Verrill’s original and handsome knot illustrations. I really like how this app looks. It’s like reading an old, leather-bound book.

Download the Knots, Splices, and Rope Work app from iTunes – $.99

Cocktails Made Easy

When you’re heading up the bar at a party, you want to look like you know what you’re doing. With the Cocktails Made Easy app, you can make over 500 different cocktails with confidence. All the recipes in the app use just 14 ingredients that most home bars have in stock. Every recipe comes with a color photo of the finished product and a nice review by British cocktail aficionado Simon Difford.

Get the Cocktails Made Easy App from iTunes – $2.99


Nothing beats a long hike to relax, get some fresh air, and rejuvenate your many spirit. Now you can track, record, and share every hike you take with the Trails app. Trails uses the iPhone’s built in GPS to track your hike in a GPX file which you can then upload to sites like Google Earth or EveryTrail. From there, you can see exactly what your route looked like. If you’re looking for new trails to hike, you can download GPX files from EveryTrail and put them in your app. Boom! Instant trail map.

Get the Trails App from iTunes – $3.99

Weber’s On the Grill App

One of life’s most primal experiences is standing over raw meat and an open flame. But if you don’t know what you’re doing you can ruin a perfectly good piece of meat. If you want to avoid lighter fluid-tasting burgers or charcoal briquette steaks, get the Weber’s On the Grill App. It’s like having a master griller standing next to you guiding you through the grilling process. This app is loaded. It has over 250 classic grilling recipes from Weber’s best selling cookbooks, over 100 tips on grilling, and dozens of instructional videos so you can take your grilling to the next level. One of the coolest features is a grill timer. You tell the app what kind of meat you’re cooking and it will set a timer to let you know when to flip your meat or take it off the grill.

Download the Weber’s On the Grill app from iTunes – $4.99

Stanley Level

The Stanley Level is the perfect app for those weekend DIY projects. Compared to other level apps out there, the Stanley Level app has unsurpassed accuracy. As an added bonus, the designers skinned the apps to look like your favorite real-life levels.

Download the Stanley Level app from iTunes – FREE

Men’s Health Workouts

If you’re looking to mix things up in the gym a bit, check out the Men’s Health Workouts App. The app comes preloaded with over 20 of the magazine’s most popular workouts. Additionally, the app features step-by-step instructions on how to perform each exercise and a logging feature so you can record your weight and reps for each exercise. Finally, the app includes a timer to help manage your resting periods.

Download the Men’s Health Workouts app from iTunes – $1.99

SAS Survival Guide

For over twenty years, the SAS Survival Guide has been the definitive book on surviving any situation, anywhere in the world. Now you can have access to this popular survival guide on your iPhone. Not only does the SAS Survival Guide app have the full text of the book, you also get 16 survival videos, a photo gallery of edible and poisonous plants, a sun compass, and a comprehensive first aid section. You can argue that an app like this would be pretty useless when you’re actually out in the wild. When you run out of power or drop your phone in a river, you’re pretty much S.O.L. But I think the point of the app is to use it as more of a study guide. Read it while you’re on the subway or waiting in line at the post office. When you’re left in the wild like the kid from Hatchet, you’ll have the vital know-how stored in your cranium.

Download the SAS Survival Guide app from iTunes – $6.99

Art of Manliness App

Perhaps the manliest app on the list, the AoM App will increase your manliness by 274% right after you download it. You’ll get the latest updates from the site and access to our manly podcasts and videos. Put some hair on your chest. Get the app.

Download the Art of Manliness app from iTunes – FREE


For the man who’s an aspiring astronomer, the StarMap app is a must-have. It’s like having a planetarium in your pocket. It has a catalog of over 2.5 million stars, 9,000 of which come with detailed information. The app uses your iPhone’s GPS to show you a map of all the stars and planets that are visible in your location. If there’s a particular constellation you’re interested in, you can tap your phone and up pops a window showing you what time the object is visible as well as where it will be in the sky at different times of the night. The app also comes with a logbook to track your observations and a red light display to help maintain night vision. It’s a little more expensive than most iPhone apps, but you get your money’s worth.

Download the StarMap app from iTunes – $11.99

The Next Move

The gents at UrbanDaddy have one mission: help men living in the biggest metro areas of the U.S. find the best bars, restaurants, and events. Their Next Move app makes finding a place to meet-up with friends or take a lovely lady on a date as easy as a few taps on your phone. Just tell the app what city you’re in, the person you want to meet with, the neighborhood you’re near, and whether you want food or drinks. UrbanDaddy then goes to work spitting out the perfect location for you to visit. Date planning has never been easier.

Download the UrbanDaddy app from iTunes – FREE

How to Cook Everything

A man should know how to cook. But if you’re like me, you might get stuck on just two or three recipes that you rotate through for months on end. Break out of your recipe rut with the How to Cook Anything App, based on Mark Bittman’s bestselling cookbook with the same name. How to Cook Everything comes loaded with 2,000 different recipes and hundreds of menu ideas. When you select a recipe, you can generate a grocery list in a snap. Another cool feature is the recipe timer. Whenever a recipe instructs you to cook something for a certain amount of time, you can bring up a small timer with the requisite time preloaded.

Download the How to Cook Everything app from iTunes- $4.99

Ben Franklin Virtue App

Ben Franklin knew how to hustle. He was a successful scientist, printer, musician, and author. Oh, and in his spare time he helped found a country and then served as its diplomat. The key to Franklin’s success was his drive to constantly improve himself and accomplish his ambitions. In 1726, at the age of 20, Ben Franklin set his loftiest goal: the attainment of moral perfection. To do so, Franklin developed and committed himself to a personal improvement program that consisted of living 13 virtues. In order to keep track of his adherence to these virtues, Franklin carried around a small book of 13 charts. The charts consisted of a column for each day of the week and 13 rows marked with the first letter of his 13 virtues. Franklin evaluated himself at the end of each day. He placed a dot next to each virtue he had violated. The goal was to minimize the number of marks, thus indicating a “clean” life free of vice.

With the Virtues app, you can replicate Franklin’s small notebook of charts right on your iPhone. In addition to tracking Franklin’s original 13 virtues, you can create your own virtues to track as well.

Download the Virtue app from iTunes- $1.99


Have you thought about growing a manly mustache, but don’t know what style would work best for your ugly mug? Put the Stachetastic app on your phone. The Official iPhone app of the American Mustache Institute allows you to superimpose different beards and mustache styles on a photo of yourself. You can change the color of your stache to match your hair color and resize it to fit your face. After you pick the perfect mustache, you can get input from friends and family by sharing it via email and Facebook.

Download the Stachetastic app from iTunes – $3.99

PMS Buddy

Alright, this app is probably more of a novelty than it is actually useful, but I thought it was a clever idea, so I included it on the list. PMSBuddy.com is a site the helps men track the menstrual cycles of the women in their lives. By doing so, men all over the world can prepare themselves mentally for their wives’ or girlfriends’ PMS moodiness. All you do is enter the last known date of her cycle and its average length, and PMS Buddy will provide you with the date of your lady’s next period.

Use this app with caution. Women can be touchy about their PMS. I probably wouldn’t tell your wife that you’re tracking her period on your phone unless of course you enjoy sleeping on the couch.

Download the PMS Buddy app from iTunes – $.99

Bonus: Manly iPhone Background Images

The gents at Primer Magazine have created a collection of 17 manly and inspiring iPhone backgrounds. Check out their collection and add one to your phone today.

Many thanks to the gentlemen in the AoM Community for suggesting many of these great apps!

What are your favorite iPhone apps? Share them with us in the comments.

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1 Rachel C. June 30, 2010 at 1:36 am

ah, the PMS tracker. straight men, with significant others that arent on the pill, have certain kinds of IUD, various medical conditions, and have perfect 28 day ovulation cycles, get off easy being able to “predict” our mood swings. theres no handy-dandy-monthly-cyclometer to be able to tell when a fella is going to skulk off and be mad, reclusive and irritable no apparent reason.

2 Natasha June 30, 2010 at 3:08 am

I second Rachel’s comment. Ugh. I really expected better out of you, Brett. This site is usually interesting and informative–not juvenile and misogynistic. Way to ruin an otherwise good post.

What a woman will experience during that time of the month depends on many factors (i.e. weight, genetics, medication, lifestyle changes, etc.), so you’re a fool if you think some silly little phone application can track that. (In my case, I don’t even experience cramps, much less mood swings. However, I’ve known other women to suffer horribly during that time of the month.)

How about you stick to what you know and focus on bettering other men and yourself instead of resorting to sweeping generalizations about the opposite sex.

3 John S June 30, 2010 at 4:01 am

Over time, we men learn to avoid discussion of anything related to the menstrual cycle. It is not an appropriate topic of conversation unless said conversation is initiated by an affected party, for fear of, well, what was posted in previous comments. Even then, we must tread lightly, out of respect, as we should when discussing any medical condition.

As far as tracking the cycle is concerned, perhaps an ovulation calendar would be more appropriate for men. It is still, in my opinion, something to be discussed with a partner and agreed upon. I imagine many women would feel uncomfortable with anyone tracking such a personal detail without an agreeable discussion beforehand.

For those interested, here’s one I found through a quick search: http://www.apple.com/webapps/calculate/ovulationcalendar.html

With that out of the way, the rest of the apps appear to be quite useful and interesting. I’m looking forward to the Android follow-up post, as that’s my current platform.

Now, if you don’t mind, it’s time for me to skulk off and be mad, reclusive, and irritable for no apparent reason.

4 M T June 30, 2010 at 5:23 am

Those do seem to be some useful apps. I do would request you also create a similar list for the Blackberry, in addition to the Android. Thanks!

5 Chris W. June 30, 2010 at 5:27 am

Perhaps if Rachel and Natasha weren’t on their periods, they could see the humor of including PMS Buddy on the list.

6 Joseph Rogers June 30, 2010 at 6:11 am

Meh. I’m not sure what I think about the PMS buddy thing. Little chintzy, but ladies, take it in the spirit with which it was intended. Your cycle is the bane of every man that finds himself in a long term relationship out there, and it gets discussed. There are those poor suckers, myself included, that don’t have a good internal calendar…something like that could prove beneficial. I also take exception to calling Brett’s actions misogynistic. The man is anything BUT…

Enough about that. I cannot get an I-phone due to a bill from several years ago (discharged in bankruptcy, even) that Apple is attempting to make me pay before I am allowed service with them. (Side note…Brett, is that legal? Email me…)

I install satellite dishes on a contract basis for DirecTV, and one of the cats I work with has an app that will allow him to hold his phone up and check Line Of Sight (LOS) very easily. Handy dandy little tool, that is. I paid almost 2 bills for an inclinometer, and wouldn’t trade it for anything (GREAT navigational tool), but an app like that would be nifty. Brett, when you do the article on the Droid, if you’d check for something like that, as I intend to dump my Blackberry at soonest possible opportunity for a phone with a Droid OS…

Ya’ll have a good day, now.

7 Drew June 30, 2010 at 6:14 am

I am so sick of this world having to be so politically correct.

1) Natasha and Rachel… have you never made a comment about a man or men in general that was just as politically incorrect as the PMS app is by being in existance.

2) If the joke was made about a male related app Im sure you wouldnt have stood up for men’s rights everywhere.


3) The author says he doesnt think its real but merely a novelty. Now I am sure anyone could find an app that could be considered just as offensive towards men.

So for once in your lives how about you get off your high horse and just take it as it was intended… as a JOKE, because Im sure there are a lot of women who found the novelty humour in this app.

And did either of you ever consider that this is a topic that might make most men feel slightly uncomfortable and thus as a result try to find some humour in the topic to ease their discomfort… And before you say there is nothing to feel uncomfortable about, how about you go and explain to a young boy why men get erections (all without feeling even the slightest bit uncomfortable) and then you might understand our side of things a lil better.

Thank you for the interesting article. I look forward to seeing where this technology will lead us in 10 years.


3) as the author of the article wrote in his

8 Michael June 30, 2010 at 6:43 am

I love that a woman reads the Art of Manliness and then is offended at a bit of humor at women’s expense. “I expected better of you.” And I expected this would be a site where a man could escape such an up tight hen pecking. “Ug” indeed!

But I’d hate for this discussion to just center on that one app…..this was a seriously awesome post, Brett. One of my favorites in awhile. I just downloaded three new apps for my phone!

9 dave June 30, 2010 at 7:56 am

everyone knows the iphone is girls phone and real men carry a blackberry ! :D
[i have no idea if that statement is politically incorrect or simply going to offend on the purely geek level!]

10 Waltman June 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

Hello? Boy Scout Handbook.

11 Charles the Brewer June 30, 2010 at 8:55 am

I’ll see your geeky offense, dave, and raise you. A real man’s phone has one application: “call _________”!

That said, cool post, Brett.

12 Bruce Williamson June 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

Informative article. With the large number if iPhone apps available, I would find it very difficult to select 15 apps. I usually opt for the lite or free version before purchasing the full.

AppBox Lite is a good introduction to AppBox Pro which performs the same function as the Stanley level plus several other apps. There’s a whole toolbox app called iHandy Level.

I use Planets for my astronomy app.

Workout apps just don’t seem convenient for the iPhone or iPod Touch. I use Crank Timer to time my exercises. Simple tones indicate when to start and stop each exercise.

Why no Translator apps? I have one specifically for my friends wife who is Estonian and speaks very little English. One of them probably should have been mentioned as an alternate to the PMS Buddy. Not that there’s anything wrong with PMS Buddy it is quite amusing but after being married for 30 years you really don’t need this app.

Comparing the apps in the article to the alternatives that I’ve chosen reinforces the difficulty in making such a list.

13 Charlie Indelicato June 30, 2010 at 9:01 am
14 Charlie Indelicato June 30, 2010 at 9:02 am

Here’s a dilemma: I have a i607, which is a Windows smartphone. I need to upgrade, but hate the idea of being chained to a $15/mth data plan I don’t need, especially as new phones have WiFi.

15 Eli June 30, 2010 at 10:12 am

I hope that there is a AoM app in the works for Blackberry and Google Android as well. It wouldn’t be too manly to exclude someone because of their cell phone preference. lol

16 Pritch June 30, 2010 at 10:21 am

I told you! If we let them in the clubhouse, sooner or later they would hang up curtains and make us sit down for tea!

17 Elena June 30, 2010 at 10:22 am

These sound like really useful tidbits!
I especially like the sound of the cocktails and rope knots— a mobile devices like the iphone has its biggest strength in being a quick-reference on the go.

as for the menstrual cycle tracker… every woman I know tracks her own cycle as a matter of course (ha ha..). why do work that’s already being done? if you really need to know when your special lady friend is menstruating, ask. if you feel uncomfortable asking, reconsider what business you have with the bodily functions of others in the first place.

18 Tarcas June 30, 2010 at 10:31 am

I just grabbed a level app for my Droid after seeing this post. Should be handy.
Also, the cookbook, the Cocktails app, and the knot app look good.
What does the AoM app do, other than let you know when there’s a new post? The assertion that it “increases your manliness” doesn’t strike me as much of a reason for allowing it on my phone.

19 Jared June 30, 2010 at 10:32 am

YES….BlackBerry apps too, please (iPhone isn’t the ONLY phone on the planet, you know)!!!

20 Scott S. June 30, 2010 at 10:39 am

Add my vote to the request for Blackberry apps!!

21 Shaun Vaughan June 30, 2010 at 10:39 am

A cocktail app? Drinking cocktails is not manly. Only ‘effeminate’ men and women drink cocktails. I can’t understand anyone wanting to drink something that tastes like liquid bubblegum/candy. If I see a man in a bar holding a pink drink, I laugh at him. I drink my spirits how they are supposed to be drunk – straight. Important apps I have: iMalts Scotch Whisky Companion, Momento Diary/Journal, Ootunes Radio, Stanza, Time Mobile, Translate Professional, Wikipanion, Wine Phd, The World Factbook, Lonely Planet Guides.

22 Gsurf June 30, 2010 at 10:44 am

The PMS app is critical. I already track it on my calender, but that seems better. Knowing where things are, hormonally, is really helpful in how to respond to your lady. My wife says some pretty outlandish things around that time and, if unprepared, I take it personally and respond poorly. Knowing where she’s at has made all the difference in keeping accusatory, emotionally charged arguments at a minimum. Conversely, when it’s not that time, I know that things she brings up are serious and must be taken into consideration.

Knowing your lady and nurturing your relationship, is certainly a manly art.

23 OkieRover June 30, 2010 at 10:53 am

Well CRAP. Now I have to have one. Those apps alone will justify me owning one. I was going to hold out for a Droid, but now I guess I’ll join the billions using Apple.

Great post. Issues with the women’s cycles aside, it is what it is. And if that app helps just ONE MAN make his marriage better, its worth a mention. Otherwise its a novelty…intended for interesting conversation and fun.

Anti-PC until I die.

24 John Sifferman June 30, 2010 at 11:06 am

iPhone: making up for men’s inadequacies since 2007.

25 JaneB June 30, 2010 at 11:10 am

Great list, thanks. Love the SAS one! As for the PMS tracker – it might help avoid pointless fights if you are with one of those regular-cycling women but a calendar reminder is more discrete. Also, you might want to make sure she’s getting a lot of calcium (eg; a good 1200mg per day), as well as B6 and less coffee and less salt the week preceding the event. Some people think women’s calcium absorption changes before their periods causing irritability. So….a fine occasion to put those cooking skills to covert work!

26 Brian Young June 30, 2010 at 11:24 am

As far as astronomy apps go, StarMap is a great app — I use the Pro version myself, which is astounding if you’re using it with an amateur (or even professional) telescope. In particular, it includes eyepiece views to help you find your way through the sky.

However, if you’re looking for something a bit cheaper to play around with some, StarWalk is fairly full featured, and the graphics are flashier than StarMap. Finally, if you’re just looking for something basic to help you find constellations in the sky, theres a free app called StarGuide that does this (full disclosure: this is an app that I wrote).

But if you’re even a little serious about amateur astronomy, StarMap is the way to go.

27 Joseph Rogers June 30, 2010 at 11:25 am

Pritch – aye, you’re right…but we told them they could come in as long as they play by OUR rules here. If they don’t, they get ignored.
Brett, I’ve got a Bberry, too, currently, and been really disappointed. If you can come up with some decent apps for it, especially organizational, that would be great.

28 Troy June 30, 2010 at 11:53 am

Shaun, I don’t know where your idea of cocktails has come from but it is quite erroneous. I love cocktails but I’ve certainly never had one that is pink in color or tastes like bubblegum. Try an Old Fashioned or a Sidecar. And I have to imagine that if you told Frank Sinatra he was drinking something unmanly, he’d throw his martini in your face!

29 daniel June 30, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Keep it coming brett!!! It kind of feels like the women are trying to make this site more and more feminine everyday… I truly hope that this website can stay MANLY and not become overrun by women. I love women and their input… But it seems like any and everything a man can do, or wants to do, a woman has to do the same or prove she can do it better?? I read the first two post and got pretty upset. There is always a women to intervene!! why?? The art of manliness… stay MANLY!! please!!

30 Jesse June 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Shaun, I think the point of the cocktail app was more focused on the manly aspect of the knowledgeable host and informed bartender. If you are one of those gents who hosts parties then it is quite manly indeed to be able to ask a guest what they’d like to drink and then whip it up for them. It is no different from being able to perform the Heimlich maneuver or tie a tie; knowledge and proficiency in worldly skills = manliness. That’s my take on the matter, anyway. Having said that, I am with you 10,000%: I drink my liquors straight and fiery, maybe with ice depending on the weather or time of day, and sometimes with club soda or regular soda in order to stave off drunkenness and have a full glass that won’t put me under the table after I consume all its contents.

This list is awesome! I am an Android user so I anxiously await the sister post with Android app market equivalents. I admit I couldn’t wait so I looked for some comparable free apps already and found a few. I have not seen what the StarMap app can do, but I would not feel the need to buy an app when the Google Sky app for Android is phenomenal! It does everything described here and it is free. But maybe that’s because I’m rocking the Droid!

31 Rich June 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I used to have to carry four things. I carried my GPS, level, bar tenders guide book, and phone everywhere I went. Four things!! Now one thing!!!

The apps seem cool and useful. But I agree with the post above. I just want my phone to make phone calls. I will use my GPS for trails, my level to level, and my memory to mix drinks. I feel, other than a few, most Iphone apps distract people more than help them.

32 Hugo Stiglitz June 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Is there an app so people can track how much money they’ve wasted on digital gimmicks that they’ve used only one or two times?

33 Zalman Silber June 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm

those all look like some fun apps to load and play around with

34 Jack Skysail June 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm

A waste of time and money. mobile phone is a mobile phone nothing else. reading email is allready unpleasant because of the small display. writing notes is totally for the fish, not to mention using word or excel. a nervous breakdown!
only good thing is the fast writing of sms, plus tht ther is allwas a camera to make a picture of something. oh and one good thing, when i workout i have allways a mp3 player together whit the mobile phone, one thing less to carry. i am using a HTC, perhaps apple is better, but i dont think so. plus the contracts whit the provider company are hilarious in case of internet-connection. at least in europe. i am not going to waste money for a “hype”

35 Nick June 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Good list, but I would add the Kindle app, just to put some great men’s literature on your device–perfect for reading at those “pockets of time”.

I’d also add a gymboss, perfect for High Intensity Interval training.

36 BenR June 30, 2010 at 5:18 pm

@ Chris W. – I’m a guy, and as far as I’m concerned, you can go take a long walk off a short plank. Being manly isn’t about being a misogynist dirtbag. Those of us who give a crap about the women in our lives, and know that they are far more than the sum of their menstrual cycle, know better than to crack what you obviously thought was a funny joke but was really just a sad show of insecurity.

You know what’s manly? Treating women like human beings. Not cracking juvenile jokes about them being on their period if they happen to express anger or frustration. A guy joking that an angry woman must be on her period, rather than being, you know, legitimately angry about something, is as offensive to women as it would be if a woman were to dismiss your anger because she assumes you’ve just got a chip on your shoulder about having a small package.

That PMS tracker really is stupid, and any man who wants to maintain meaningful relationships with the women in his life is smart enough not to bother with it in the first place.

37 Zombie Jesus June 30, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Natasha and Rachel – You need to lighten up. There are good men who adore their women who do have to deal with a bit of PMS. And you know what, these men do need to change their behavior so as not to cause a lot of strife. It’s simply a fact of life. Maybe they’re having an argument. Maybe their app reminded them earlier in the day that it was that time, so they weren’t as aggressive in the argument. Do you really think this is such a bad thing? In a way, doesn’t it show a little more effort on their part to be good to their women?

38 Kate McKay June 30, 2010 at 6:07 pm


You know what’s manly? Having a sense of humor. Do you know what’s really silly? Believing that acknowledging the fact that women get periods and PMS is misogynistic. It’s just a fact. Pretending like it’s not so does not make you enlightened I’m afraid-quite the opposite.

39 Gabriel June 30, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Learning to laugh at yourself is an important ability.

@Kate McKay-


40 Richard Feinman June 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm

My wife actually asked me to start tracking her periods, because it was causing unnecessary fights in our relationship. She would get PMS and say really cutting things she didn’t mean. I used to get really worked up about it but now I know where it’s coming from and what’s behind it and am able not to let it get to me. It’s really helped us, so I certainly take umbrage at the idea that a man interested in a meaningful relationship would not be interested in tracking a women’s period. It’s been the opposite for me at least.

41 Kevin June 30, 2010 at 7:51 pm

It’s not out yet, but I’m pretty excited about this app:


It helps you avoid red lights and get to where you’re going faster. Pretty cool.

42 Hugo Stiglitz June 30, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Some women play the PMS card just as some crooked personalities play the race card. Some women feel that PMS gives them carte blanche to make ridiculous demands, snap at others around them, and brood over the most petty issues for a few days per month, since it’s a condition that “men just don’t understand.” Men have been the targets of feminist marketing for years and told that they must just lie down like scolded puppies when a woman is upset. Now, some ladies are able to “woman up” during their periods and keep any unbecoming attitudes in check, and that is a good thing. Cripes, if a 30-year-old woman can’t keep her demeanor under control after experiencing 17 years of periods (over 200 of them), then maybe she is actually still in puberty. It’s just hormones people, not some kind of demonic possession that has to be exorcised for crying out loud, and certainly not a free pass to be an uber-nag to those around her.

43 Jeff! June 30, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Perhaps getting into danger by putting my comment in before reading the rest, but honestly I barely even skimmed the article. One of the ladies up top captured my feelings. I expect better from this blog!

No, I’m not upset about the menstrual tracker. What bugged me is the “brought to you by Gillette” thing. I understand that websites cost money to run, and that ads and sponsorship can cover those costs. But seriously, Gillette? I realize that shaving is a ‘masculine endeavor’ and all, but compared to some of the other companies you have featured, this feels like selling out.

Saddleback Leather bags. Ties from Mountain and Sackett. Even that Manpacks thing you put up a few days ago. These companies are unique, fill a niche and have a strong dash of that independent spirit this site seems to espouse. Gillette is, to me, a faceless corporation, a soulless entity that churns out products for no reason greater than making money.

44 Glenn June 30, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I track my wife’s cycle with the same Google Calendar we use to track when we get sick. It has nothing to do with moodiness or knowing when I have to walk on eggshells or watch out for verbal daggers. I’m a man. I know she can be stressed when the time comes, but it is something we work through together.

It has everything to do with her not having to worry about when the next period will come because she cannot remember when her last one was. She likes knowing when her period nears so she can take the necessary steps to be prepared.

45 BenR July 1, 2010 at 12:37 am

@ Kate McKay
Just because you’re a woman and just because you don’t find this offensive doesn’t mean it isn’t, and it doesn’t mean I have to agree with you. My mother has been an attorney since the ’70s and she has spent every day of her professional life dealing with the kind of misogynistic, old-boys-club attitude that makes it ok to joke about women being “on the rag” just because they’re angry. The reason it’s offensive doesn’t have anything to do with biology. It’s offensive because it’s dismissive of women’s opinions and feelings. It’s offensive because it assumes that a woman can only be a hard-ass, or angry, or serious, or moody, because she’s experiencing PMS. As though a woman is incapable of feeling legitimate feelings for legitimate reasons.

I’m not speaking here of the app, which is mostly just pointless. I’m speaking of the comment made by Chris W. that the first two women posters must be on their periods to be so “humorless.” In an isolated instance someone might try to claim that such a comment is a joke, but I see it as part of a much wider and longer-term trend that devalues women, their experiences, and their beliefs simply because they are women. From what I’ve learned about my mom’s experiences, jokes about being on the rag are some of the usual fallback methods that men use to isolate and shame women when they are too aggressive and too successful. Perhaps you have been fortunate not to experience that kind of attitude in your lifetime. Most of the women I know have not been so lucky, and even in the 21st century they often struggle to be taken seriously both in the professional world and elsewhere simply because they are women.

So, no, I’m not going to lighten up on this issue, and I’m not going to defer to you because you happen to be a woman. My opinion stands as it is. I don’t really give a crap about that app. But the idea that a man can get away with dismissing women’s perfectly justifiable anger as simply a consequence of her poor, wilting, PMSing nature is absolutely absurd and ought to offend anyone who’s ever encountered sexism and misogyny in their life.

46 David July 1, 2010 at 12:37 am

Now I want an iphone! Seriously, good job. An article that’s fun, useful and a little irreverent to offset some of the more serious articles we’ve been getting lately.

47 John July 1, 2010 at 1:17 am

Welp, I guess my Android has to go if that makes me a sissy. iPhone 4, I come to thee.

48 Joseph July 1, 2010 at 1:17 am

Please do a segment for Android! I see six other comments asking for it ;-)

49 Chris W. July 1, 2010 at 1:50 am

Perhaps if Ben was not on his period, he could see the humor of including PMS Buddy on the list. (Now, we can all live in harmony.)

In all seriousness, Ben, I want to thank you. I gave a lot of thought to what you said about women being “more than the sum of their menstrual cycle”. For so long, I’ve walked around feeling superior to women because I thought they were equal to or less than the sum of their menstrual cycle. Well, I don’t feel that way anymore; not since you shared with me your opinion that women are greater than the aggregate of their menstruation. That’s a pretty high standard you’ve got for them. For the first time in my life, I think they can achieve that standard.

Then, you gave us this — “You know what’s manly? Treating women like human beings.” If I had considered that sooner, my fourth wife, Sarah, might still be with me. I never treated her like a human. If anything, I treated her like a Cremulon from Saturn-4. (I was really into sci-fi when I hit puberty. You do the math.) It all ended one night when she woke up and saw me standing next to our bed dressed in a Space Fleet Commander’s dress uniform attempting to remove her C7 vertebrae in order to facilitate a third tusk. I wish I had known you sooner, Ben. I wish I had known you sooner. Thanks, again.

50 Chad July 1, 2010 at 8:15 am

Great list, Brett. Thanks! An app I found a bit ago and meant to submit to you is called BeSpeak. You enter in your skin tone, face shape, body type, hair color, and the app will put together a color-matched outfit for you. You can save palettes for mix and match, etc. Pretty cool, and free.

51 BenR July 1, 2010 at 11:09 am

@ Chris W.
Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

52 Hair Loss Resource July 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I CANNOT pick a favorite out of these!!! I think I’m leaning towards either the Ben Franklin virtue app and the Stachetastic!

53 Beth Mahoney July 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Cocktails made easy is great for us ladies too! I use that app regularly as I work in the restaurant industry and it truly is a very useful app to have on your phone.

54 Nobers July 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Wow, BenR, that’s a double down on the douche! Oh, shoot, douche mentioning makes me a misogynist. My mother worked in a field where she had to listen to whiny effeminate men who brought up their mothers at the first possibility!

If you don’t have a sense of humor, more power to you, but no need to drown all of us in a drenching douche shower all over the comments section!


55 Kellye July 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm

My coworker’s husband already keeps track of his wife’s cycle on a calendar to avoid unnecessary miscommunications, hurt feelings, and other emotional hurricanes during her period, I imagine he would find that PMS app extremely useful since he’s tracking that information anyway.

I think it’s all kinds of funny. And I’m a feminist. *shrug*

56 Nick July 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Seriously, why are women reading this blog? I really just don’t get it. All the information on the web, and a women would someone navigate to a site call the art of manliness, read an article on manly iphone apps, then complain that they did not think the selections were appropriate…all without even acknowledging that they may not be the target demographic of the site, and that may be the reason why they don’t agree with the content. This is completely baffling…now I’m going to go find some sites dedicated to soccer, and complain about how I think it’s a boring game, and how they should change the rules to reflect my interests…WTF?

57 Nick July 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm

New question…is it really manly to comment on blogs? I just realized how non-manly this really is. This will be my final comment.

58 alex July 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm

“HowTo Tie a Tie” is a free app that features how to tie 12 different tie knots – it has all the classics and it also some cool ones i’d never seen before. save your 99cents, and get an even bigger catalog.

great article, Brett! i picked up the SAS Survival, Urban Daddy and Knots apps.

59 Anya Clowers July 2, 2010 at 2:25 am

I think the PMS app is great! For women who suffer mood swings around the same time each month, I think having a significant other who is sensitive to the timing of things is brilliant! Each woman will feel different about this – and I think the important thing is to know how to use this, when, and in what manner.

Understanding (on both sides) goes a long way in my book… as does making sure the chocolate is stocked before it’s needed.

60 Kellye July 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

“Seriously, why are women reading this blog? I really just don’t get it.”

Maybe because we’re as curious about the manly mind as men are about femimine wiles? A lot of the information on this site is useful regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman. Stuff like “How to Rock a Behavioral Interview” is a bookmark-worthy article resource no matter what your plumbing is.

“All the information on the web, and a women would someone navigate to a site call the art of manliness, read an article on manly iphone apps, then complain that they did not think the selections were appropriate…all without even acknowledging that they may not be the target demographic of the site, and that may be the reason why they don’t agree with the content.”

The women who disagree with the product (I am not one of them) disagree with it because menstruation is a sensitive subject for some women, and they don’t like it being a kitschy game for your cellphone from the same people that brought you Portable Fart and Pretend You’re Drinking A Beer.

Sounds like some of the men here are on the rag themselves. Calm down, grab a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, and go drown your manly tears in You Got Mail.

61 Ian MacManus July 2, 2010 at 11:34 am

These are all crutches for the unmanly. Men read maps, tie knots, know stars – they learn these things, then have the knowledge inside them.

PPMS: Men also treat their wives and sweetheart well regardless of the day of the month.

62 ThatOneGuy July 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Uhm, no. Men don’t use iphones. Apple is a cult and men don’t join cults.

63 Jason July 2, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Yeah, BenR is a douche.

64 Gregorius Mercator July 2, 2010 at 9:06 pm

How’s that AoM Android app coming along? Do we have a timeline yet? I’m still anxiously awaiting its debut so I can install it on my Droid.

65 markus July 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Men get PMS too. Oh yes they do.

66 Kyle July 5, 2010 at 4:05 pm

You’re right, Ian MacManus. Forget useful lessons and resources—men should just know all of these things without specifically having learned them anywhere, for no particular reason. In fact, why even read this blog? You ought to know everything here already, and have this knowledge inside you.


This is an interesting post. See, I work as a clothier—it’s my job to make men look good in a suit. It’s rather surprising how many men don’t know how to tie a tie. It’s more common amongst people my age, but just yesterday, I had to tie a tie for a man twice my age! I’ll recommend these iPhone apps to them if I see that they have one.

67 Texts from Last Night July 6, 2010 at 7:48 am

The Stanley Level can also be used to figure out if you are drunk, just try holding it level after a few beers!

68 Derek July 6, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Can iPhones be manly? A real man would memorize most of this kind of information.

69 Schmidty - Man Vs. Style July 7, 2010 at 4:43 am

Great article….thanks Brett…I meant Gillete :-)

I have some of them, and the amount of times I have used the spirit level is unheard of.

Off to getting and trying a lot of the others now….

70 Ian MacManus July 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Kyle, Yes, men should learn these things, from good resources. But then they should know them. We shouldn’t have to keep referring to references like George Costanza cribbing Jerry’s move.

Knowing how to mix a Tom Collins is better than knowing how to locate the drinks book.

71 Denim Geek July 8, 2010 at 11:44 am

Great little list here.. Got a few new apps for my iPhone!

Real geeks use HTC though.

72 CD July 9, 2010 at 2:11 am

Gosh, if Natasha doesn’t have mood swings, does that mean she’s like that all the time?

73 Lefty July 9, 2010 at 2:19 am

Sounds like BenR is on his period…

74 federica July 10, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Real men don’t us iphones. Pussy.

75 Bryant July 11, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Wow, judging from all of these comments, I guess I’ve been wrong about a lot of things. See, I foolishly thought that real men didn’t judge other men, or determine what online activities or digital devices could or could not be used by “real” men.

How ridiculous, and disappointing. I suppose there are trolls and jerks everywhere, even here.

Thanks for a great article, Brett. While I know there aren’t as many apps for it yet as the iPhone or Android platforms, I hope we’ll eventually see a similar article for those of us with phones (really, can’t we just call them tricorders by now?) running the PalmOS.

76 Jon July 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Well, I guess that means after my $10 phone dies I have no choice but to join the Apple crowd. Also, as I’m just a straight up beer man (dark lagers- can’t help my Irish heritage), would have been nice to include a useful beer app. Mashable has a good top 10 list for anyone interested…http://mashable.com/2010/01/13/iphone-beer-apps/

77 Brett Montgomery July 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Great list. Now we just need a comparable list for all us that have Android based phones. Thanks for the great work!

78 nudel July 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

What about Grindr?…

79 dave July 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm

that one guy
i couldn’t have put it any better myself
real men don’t carry a phone made out of glass.

80 Rich July 22, 2010 at 10:36 am

any apps for the BlackBerry Storm 2?

81 danny July 27, 2010 at 8:22 pm

dat pms app is funny

82 Bullithead August 2, 2010 at 8:23 am

This is a great list. Thanks for it!

@BenR – Wow guy. You really need to bring it back a notch.

83 J-F August 7, 2010 at 12:10 am

I wanted to download the Art of Manliness app, but it’s not available on iTunes Canada.
Just thought I’d let you know.

84 Marko January 16, 2013 at 10:28 am

There is one good app for man’s – Period.Me
I like it a lot, it helps me to track my girlfriend’s period cycle :)

85 canadian68 March 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Why can’t someone create a decent app for men to track or have specific access to their woman’s essential information?? shoe size, dress size, all her measurements, in all their strangeness, as well as store measurements for all her ring sizes. gosh, you’d think this would be a no brainer.

86 Bill April 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

For men’s shopping, the website Broverstock.us has a pretty awesome app. Good brands and good discounts.


87 Marcy May 24, 2013 at 10:56 am

Love this list!! I am a woman but love to have apps that have a purpose. @Canadian68 – I think they need an app to track those same things for men. I have everything in a note on my phone – shirt size, collar size, pants size… just as many odd things to track for men as women.

To this list, i would add the LodgeNet app which turns your iPhone into a TV remote at a hotel…and it includes the TV listing for that location. Very awesome.

88 Ari January 2, 2014 at 10:50 am

Awesome selection of apps. I use Mod Man on my iPhone and I know it is also available on Android. It is a style app for men and the major features are a virtual closet, lookbook, style shopping and style advise. modmanapp.com

89 Emma February 25, 2014 at 12:08 am

Pms tracker is a brilliant idea. I’m putting one on my husband’s phone. I hate the ‘I’m out of order’ discussion but I know when I track my dates and let him know, he can be ultra sensitive to my needs. Extra cuddles, makes me warm drinks and even lets me sleep more when I’m due.
How is this a bad thing?
When did we begin thinking all men are sinister?

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