Our favorite file storage app-shoots files to the iPhone’s flash memory via Wi-Fi for storage, transport, and easy retrieval.
The regular version is all most people need—wireless file storage—while the Pro version adds printing and emailing. DOWNLOAD
Regular version $5, Pro version $10
From The App Developers: Air Sharing is the easiest way to view your documents on the go.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
The most critically acclaimed handheld title of this generation is now available for iPhone and iPod touch from the App Store.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars packs a wide range of new features developed specifically for the revolutionary iPhone and iPod touch, including intuitive Multi Touch user interface controls, adjusted difficulty levels, enhanced presentation with higher 480 x 320 resolution graphics, plus Independence Radio – an all-new customizable radio station that allows players to create custom iTunes playlists for use in-game.
Product searches, comparisons and account management are a given, but what really pushes this one over the edge is a new feature called “Remembers.” Just snap a picture of a mysterious product or thing, and Amazon will get back to you with a surprisingly accurate, impressively quick suggestion as to what it is. Then it will sell said thing to you. Magic.
From The App Developers: AOL Radio powered by CBS Radio features over 200 stations that span more than 25 genres of music plus 150+ CBS RADIO stations from across the United States. For the first time, iPhone and iPod touch users will be able to access hundreds of free music stations PLUS an extensive collection of popular terrestrial news/sports/talk programming.
From the App Developers: AutoStitch iPhone is a fully automatic image stitcher for the iPhone. This application unleashes the power of your iPhone’s camera to create wide-angle views and panoramas with any arrangment of photos.
Expensive? Sure. Totally essential for messaging hounds? Yup.
$10 sounds steep for a messaging app, and it is—Fring, which is also on this list, can do most of what Beejive can do, for free. The difference is in the execution: Where Fring is serviceable, Beejive shines especially when it comes to multi-account management and busier messaging sessions, and the push implementation is less quirky than its free counterpart’s. It’s probably overkill for anyone who doesn’t spend a few hours a day pecking out instant messages, but hey, some people do that.
From The App Developers: Make decisions and get where you need to go with Bing. See the Bing daily image and related trivia on the home screen. Search maps or the web with your voice—even say an address. Use Image Search and flick through previews. Download Bing today to find stuff nearby and get there fast.
Generative, ambient music by Brian Eno. If I need to say more, it’s also a mini-sequencer: Drop your finger on the liquidy pastel screen, play a note, make simple loops. Music For Airports that you can make yourself. In an airport, even.
From The App Developers: Developed by ambient pioneer Brian Eno and musician / software designer Peter Chilvers, Bloom explores uncharted territory in the realm of applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. Part instrument, part composition and part artwork,. Bloom’s innovative controls allow anyone to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply taping the screen. A generative music player takes over when Bloom is left idle, creating an infinite selection of compositions and their accompanying visualizations.
Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima
A lot of people buy Nintendo DSes for the sole purpose of having those Dr. Kawashima-approved brain-training games at hand. With this app, you get the exact same mind-juicing benefits for a few bucks, on hardware you already carry.
You can debate the long-term efficacy of brain training games all you want, but there’s no denying that a few quick puzzles in the morning help jolt you awake, and at least make you feel a little sharper. Anyone who’s used a prior Kawashima game will take to this one instantly, and any exercises that’ve been taken out on account of the iPhone’s lack of stylus have been replaced with something equally clever.
DOWNLOAD Lite: Free, Full: $5
From the App Developers: The original and best brain training game is now available for iPhone™ and iPod touch®. You can play the Brain Training game supervised by Dr. Kawashima.
If you’ve ever seen on of those spectacularly detailed “paintings” done on the iPhone, chances are it was created with this. This is fingerpainting in 2009.
This is an app that started out simple—it was only after a few artists really started leveraging it that it feature set caught up with its potential. Today it’s got layers, all manner of brushes, multiple photo importing, and plenty more features you wouldn’t expect to see in a mobile image editor.
From the App Developers: Brushes invites you to go beyond the doodle! With several realistic brush styles and the ability to select virtually any paint color, nothing stands between you and your next masterpiece.
You know the App Store needs an overhaul when apps like Chorus, which help you find other apps, are necessary. But alas, they are.
Chorus crowdsources the effort to cut through the endless jungle of trash. Chorus is a bit like Apple’s native App Store app, except with drastically shifted emphasis: instead of giving category “Top” lists, which rank apps by overall download numbers, Chorus only pitches you apps that’ve been explicitly recommended by someone. These someones could include other friends who use Chorus, nearby Chorus users, or a stable of “App Mavens”-online reviewers and tech journalists, mostly.
Plenty of apps can technically deal with unit conversions as well as ConvertBot can, but none of them have its fantastic, super-fast interface.
The proud will always stick with the calculator/memory method, but the rest of us can indulge in Covertbot’s wheel-based controls, which, once set up properly, reduce just about any conversion into a three-second process. That’s 9.50662939 × 10^-8 years, in case you were wondering.
DOWNLOAD Mini: Free, Full: $1
From the App Developers: Convertbot is a unit conversion robot. Convert currency, length, mass, time and much more in an exciting new way! Converting numbers will never again be a mundane task. In addition to its innovative interface, our robot is smart enough to convert to and from mixed units. Are you 5 foot 9 inches tall? Other converters require you to convert that to 5.75 ft in your head before being able to enter it. Convertbot allows mixed units like Foot + Inches, Pounds + Ounces, and more! Download the unit converter from the makers of the award-winning Weightbot today!
From the App Developers: Dragon Diction is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text in email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.
The only cooking app you really need. With its thousands of recipes, shopping list feature and meal suggestions, Epicurious will make you at least look like a passable cook.
From the App Developers: Recipes from the award-winning food site Epicurious.com are now available on your iPhone. Search over 25,000 delicious, professionally tested recipes from Bon Appétit, Gourmet, SELF, Cookie, and PARADE, plus recipes from cookbooks, chefs, and restaurants. Create shopping lists, save your favorite recipes, and e-mail recipes to yourself and friends. When you’re ready to cook, simply turn your iPhone on its side to view recipes step by step.
And if you’re not willing to pay for a Twitter app—understandable!—Echofon isn’t too shabby. It’s super-fast and stupid-simple, so it’ll do well by all but the most obnoxiously obsessed Twitterers.
What it lacks in bells and whistles, Echofon more than makes up for where it counts, at least for most: It’s as quick as Twitter apps get, and caches Tweets, so you can read them later on without a connection. It doesn’t support multiple accounts, but most reasonable people don’t need that. (I’m looking directly at you, @mattbuchanan)
Obsessive documenters, take note(s): This is the only scribbling app you need.
Anything you need to jot down fast, be it in text, a photo, or a voice note, Evernote will keep it, index it, and sync it to Evernote’s online subscription service. Where Evernote trumps all others, aside from its fantastic syncing abilities, is with search: You can sort your notes by all kind of parameters, and it never take more than a few seconds to find one.
From the App Developers: Evernote turns the iPhone and iPod Touch into an extension of your brain.
This multiple-award winning app lets you remember and recall anything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put everything into Evernote and watch as everything instantly synchronizes from the iPhone to the Web, to your Mac or Windows desktop. See why over a million people use Evernote.
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This was an essential app from the get-go, and it’s been steadily evolving—like the site—for the last year. Version 3.0 was a total refresh, and supports nearly every one of Facebook’s sprawling features, sometimes better than the site itself.
The new, panel-based interface takes a little getting used to, but once you’re acclimated to it it’s the most effective way to throw yourself, fingers first, into the black hole timesuck that is Facebook.
From the App Developers: Facebook for iPhone makes it easy to stay connected and share information with friends. Use your iPhone to start a conversation with Facebook Chat, check your friends’ latest photos and status updates, look up a phone number, or upload your own mobile photos to Facebook while on the go.
Every major instant message protocol, comfortably crowded under one (free!) roof. The addition of push notifications notched this one up from great to, uh, greaterer.
Obviously Skype is still your safest bet for making Skype calls, but Fring can do it passably well, too. Most people were excited for push notifications precisely because of how they could used for instant messaging, and Fring more or less fulfills this vision for free.
From the App Developers: fring is a mobile internet community and communication service that allows friends to connect, share experiences and enhance their communities (Skype®, MSN Messenger®, Google Talk™, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo!™ , AIM®) together, using your iPhone’s & ipod internet capability.
Laugh all you want, jocks—us geeks know where it’s at: text gaming. Bringing virtually every text-based game you’ve ever heard of to the iPhone gives the genre a whole new lease on life, and you the most prodigious time-waster imaginable.
Never played a text-based game? There’s a learning curve, but don’t be put off. I was still traipsing around in floral overalls (thanks Mom) when text games were dying, yet I’ve had more fun playing Zork on my iPod than just about any high-budget 3D game.
From the App Developers: Frotz lets you download and play free works of Interactive Fiction (a.k.a. text adventure games) on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
Frotz plays games written in the Z-Machine format. This format was invented by Infocom and was used to produce classic text adventures from the 80s such as the Zork Trilogy, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Trinity.
Google Mobile was a solid app (but not particularly essential)-and then came voice search.
It’s a natural thing for a cellphone-tap a button, say what you want, and there it is. You can search the web, local results-everything the Google app could previously do. And thankfully, it knows the difference between “bare ass” and “bear market.”
From The App Developers: Get the most advanced Google search experience for your iPhone, now with voice and My Location.
The same amazing Earth touring app found on the desktop, now spinnable via multitouch. Honestly if someone told me two years ago I would have a functional Google Earth app on my phone, I wouldn’t have believed them. This is now.
From The App Related: Hold the world in the palm of your hand. With Google Earth for iPhone and iPod touch, you can fly to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger. Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth. Including high-resolution imagery for over half of the world’s population and a third of the world’s land mass.
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From the App Developers: Gorillacam is brought to you by the photography experts at Joby, creators of the world famous Gorillapod flexible tripods, and the Gorillamobile for iPhone 3G!
Once you’ve used a wonderful, full-featured TV guide app on your iPhone, reading one on paper—or even on your laptop—will feel stupid. iTV is that app. It also works as a remote for some TiVo boxes, with more DVRs to come.
This app’s grown all kinds of wonderfully useful appendages since its early days. On top of TV listing for every major cable and satellite company, it’s got an expansive database of movie information, video clips from TV shows, and trailers. It can also manage Netflix queues and search local movie theater listings. Once DVR remote support gets bulked up, it’ll be unstoppable.
I Am T-Pain
I Love Katamari
Mad genius designer Keita Takahashi left the series years ago, but Katamari is still among my favorite game franchises of all time (and I’m not alone), and it’s a natural fit for the iPhone’s tilt-controls.
After rushing out a release that wasn’t quite ready for prime time (read: huge slowdowns and not the most responsive controls), a quick update has gotten this app where it needs to be, giving you the satisfaction of motion-controlled rolling form the privacy of your own toilet.
DOWNLOAD Lite version Free, Full version $8
From The App Developers: The King of All Cosmos has accidentally knocked all the stars out of the sky during a crazy night out. It is up to the pint-sized Prince to put the twinkle back in the heavens in I Love Katamari. I Love Katamari delivers an experience only possible on the iPhone/iPod touch.
Point it to your favorite web pages, and it’ll pull down every last work for reading offline on the subway or airplane.
DOWNLOAD $5, with Free lite version
There are a pile of eBook readers for the iPhone, but only one connects to Amazon’s book store, and more importantly, your Kindle library.
As a standalone eBook reader, the Kindle app is a workhorse. Linked to your actual Kindle, it’s genius. Your progress is tracked between readers, so you’re always on the right page, and any book you download here is synced to your Kindle instantly, and vice-versa.
From the App Developers: Kindle for iPhone allows Apple iPhone and iPod touch owners to read Kindle books using a simple, easy-to-use interface. You can shop for hundreds of thousands of books at www.amazon.com/kindlestore, and wirelessly transfer the books to your iPhone or iPod touch. Enjoy Amazon’s low prices on Kindle books, including New York Times Best Sellers and most new releases for $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
A task switcher for your jailbroken iPhone. Used with Backgrounder, it gives you true multitasking on the handset where such things just aren’t allowed, thank you very much.
Creates free, effectively endless custom radio stations, streams them over 3G and learns more about your musical tastes with time. There is literally no downside to this app.
This one is a bit more of a companion app than the other radio services, in that it’s accompanied by fantastic desktop clients, a rich website and plugins for Audioscrobbler—its recommendation system—for pretty much any music player out there. As far as the music goes, though, you’re bound to find some new stuff here, especially if you don’t mind more eclectic tunes.
From the App Developers: Listen to more than 5 million tracks for free with Last.fm on your iPhone.
Create personal radio stations based on any artist or genres, and listen to commercial free music for hours. With Last.fm on the iPhone you can also check out artist bios and concert information and share your favourite tracks with your friends using the iPhone contact list.
Layar, the first camera-based AR app to really blow us (or anyone) away, has quietly slipped into the App Store. As with the Android version, the app overlays all kinds of information onto a live view of the world around you.
Layar layers, which let you install user-generated overlays of all different kinds of information, like this one, which tracks government bailout spending. The expansion possibilities here are huge.
MLB At Bat
Live streaming MLB games, every day, over 3G. That is all.
Actually no, it’s not: There are also plenty of video highlights, plain old text news, push notifications when games begin or end, and live audio for every regular season game.
DOWNLOAD Lite: Free, Full: $10
From the App Developers: Watch live games on your iPhone and iPod Touch. MLB.com At Bat 2009 offers fans 1-2 live streaming games per day.
MotionX GPS Drive
At $3 a month without any kind of long-term commitment, this is currently the cheapest decent turn-by-turn app in the App Store. And it works, pretty well! Until Google Navigation for Maps hits the iPhone, this’ll be the cheapest, least-risky turn-by-turn option out there.
Motion X Poker Quest
Realistic dice physics meets ancient Egyptian gods in one of the more addicting iPhone games you’ll see.
We’ve been fans of the MotionX dice engine since the beginning-it’s the most realistic dice rolling you’ll see anywhere outside of, well, actual dice. Quest puts the same dice-rolling action of Motion X Poker into a series of linear challenges that increase in difficulty as you pass through.
From The App Developers: From the creators of the critically-acclaimed MotionXPoker and MotionX-Dice, MotionX-Poker Quest is the new Egyptian-themed adventure poker dice game! Use MotionX’s ShakeShake technology to feel how MotionX puts the best dice on the iPhone and iPod touch in the palm of your hand!
Mujik is like Bloom in that it lets anyone make amazing music in the space of a few minutes. That’s where the similarities end.
At its heart, Mujik is a drum sampling machine. That description, though, doesn’t do it justice: the interface is inspired and artistic, the instrument choices, albeit limited, complement each other beautifully. The end results are phenomenal, especially if you musical tastes lean a little toward right field.
From the App Developers: Explore sounds in a new and fun way with Mujik! Pick the books off the shelf, flip them open, and chase the dust mites across the page to make the music your own…or just float away on a sonic balloon…
Hey, so, have you heard your iPhone is also a really, truly good turn-by-turn navigation device? Because with the pricey-but-probably-worth-it Navigon, it is.
There’s a lot to chew on in the space, and before you drop a hundred bucks on an iPhone app I suggest you take a gander at Wilson’s extensive breakdown of the three forerunners. In short, though, Navigon is a dependable option, with the cleanest interface of the lot, but no easy way to get a full route overview. It stores its content locally, so data connectivity isn’t a worry.
From the App Developers: With the NAVIGON MobileNavigator you can transform your iPhone into a fully functional mobile navigation system that is every bit as good as the multi-award-winning personal navigation devices from NAVIGON in terms of its user-friendliness and features.
An intelligently pared-down dictionary and thesaurus app, Ninjawords will make you feel and seem slightly less dumb. It works offline, too.
Some other dictionary apps have more features—or rather, more feature bloat—but anything you might miss, like traditional pronunciation guides, is made up for by how quickly you’ll find what you’re looking for.
From the App Developers: Ninjawords is the simple, fast and deadly dictionary for the iPhone.
Ninjas are three things:
1. They’re smart
2. They’re quick
3. They’re deadly accurate
Ninjawords was built on these principles.
From the App Developers: With Earth no longer able to sustain life, huge artificial satellites called =near-orbitals were constructed for people to live on. To protect themselves, the near-orbitals banded together to form N.O.V.A., the Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance. Against his will, retired marine hero Kal Wardin is forcefully returned to active duty to prevent mankind’s annihilation.
Plunge into an unparalleled gaming experience on iPhone & iPod touch!
Comes with text news, offline reading and an endless (seriously!) supply of calming, androgynous voices, either live or on demand.
As if streaming almost any NPR station you’ve ever heard of isn’t enough, you can call up all your favorite shows on demand, over Wi-Fi or 3G. And since this is an official NPR product, you can guess what the price is.
From the App Developers: NPR News: The ultimate portable NPR experience for your iPhone or iPod Touch. Follow local and national news and listen to your favorite NPR stations wherever you are and whenever you want to. NPR News is always on.
One of the only RSS readers that isn’t slow, overcomplicated or missing something vital.
Let’s get this out of the way: It’s a shame to have to pay to read free news. And yeah, NetNewsWire is a solid free app, and Google Reader’s web interface is nothing to scoff at. Newsstand, though, is good enough to keep you from opening Safari for days on end, and crams the day’s news into your skull as fast at you can absorb it, by means of a terribly efficient interface. Synced with Google Reader, it’s news junkie bliss.
From The App Developers: Newsstand is a full-featured RSS reader for your iPhone with a unique interface. Skim over the latest headlines on a beautiful rack of newspapers or use the powerful classic interface to read and organize feeds.
Just like its namesake website, OpenTable gloms together a healthy mix of restaurant listings, contact info and reviews, with an all-important reservation feature, which is literally the most painless, passive, shut-in-friendly way to get a table for one two on the anniversary of your pet fish’s death date night.
From The App Developers: For years OpenTable.com has enabled diners to make free restaurant reservations the easy way – online. Millions of OpenTable users have found a place to have a romantic dinner, conduct a comfortable business lunch or relax for Sunday brunch. OpenTable for iPhone combines the power of OpenTable.com with the unique location features of the iPhone to make finding and booking the perfect restaurant for your dining occasion even easier.
Pageonce Personal Assistant
Are you a fancy businessperson, with “accounts” and “subscriptions” and, uh, “dollars?” Personal Assistant sucks your scattered financial, travel and leisure concerns all into one simple, unscary interface.
I’ve got the organizational skills of a drunk five-year-old, so I can’t even put a price on the ability to keep my bank account, phone bill, Netflix account and pretty much everything else that has a recurrent billing component in one app, with bonus idiot-simple graphs and balance charts. It makes being an adult easier, and as a bonus, gives you an excuse to refer to your “personal assistant” in public. Extra props for the barely-crippled free version
DOWNLOAD Regular version free, Premium version $7
From The App Developers: Personal Assistant developed by Pageonce, Inc. enables you to monitor banking, credit card transactions, and investment accounts, track cell minutes, see itineraries, manage air miles, view your Netflix queue and online shopping accounts. Accounts update automatically so you have no need to manually input any data.
Best internet radio app, hands down. Smartly auto-suggests music based on other artists you like. Both on the go and while at home. Streams well over EDGE and 3G. Free. What more could you ask for?
From The App Developers: Pandora Radio is your own FREE personalized radio now available to stream music on your iPhone. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a “station” that plays their music and more music like it.
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Who knew multitouch is the perfect interface for stitching photos together into panoramas? It is. Plus if the photo you just took doesn’t work, toss it out and take another one immediately. A paid version adds even more features.
From The App Developers: PanoLab is the first application to enable photographers to capture and assemble multiframe panoramas and collages directly on the iPhone. PanoLab makes it simple to align photos that you pull from your photo library or capture on the fly. Once you’ve finished building your panorama, you may save it back to your photo library for viewing, emailing and sharing online.
From the App Developers: Pastebot is a powerful clipboard manager that stores text & images copied from your iPhone/iPod Touch. Organize, apply filters to, and copy clippings to be pasted or sent to other apps.
This app bears almost no resemblance to the Photoshop we all know and steal love. That’s fine though, because it’s a serviceable photo-editing (on the iPhone, this means filters, cropping, and a few other tricks) app that is free, unlike virtually all of its competition.
Easily the most useful push app Apple’s let through the gates, Prowl lets you forward any Growl notifications from your Mac or PC—everything from Mail to IM to Torrent downloads to Tweets—directly to your phone.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Growl is a free system-wide notification system for Mac OS, and as of a few months ago, Windows. Any app that runs through noteworthy events—download completions, news messages, etc—can use it to display an onscreen message. Prowl simply bridges your desktop notifications with your phone. Practically, this translates to push everything, if you care to spend enough time setting it up. Some folks are even offering plugins that let you use the app without leaving Growl running.
From The App Developers: Prowl is the Growl client for iPhone OS. Notifications from your Mac or Windows computer are sent to your iPhone or iPod touch using push. Prowl has an extensive API, which allows your scripts to integrate beautifully.
Gaping void in default iPhone functionality #123: Real document editing. Solution #123: QuickOffice
You’re not going to be able compile any employee-of-the-month-winning spreadsheets on this thing, nor should you try—that’s not the point. QuickOffice lets you dive into Word and Excel documents for quick edits, which is all you’d want to do on an iPhone anyway. The price is a little steep, but cheaper than losing your job over an unfortunate misspelling of “public” in the title of a company-wide memo that you just. couldn’t. edit.
From The App Developers: Enjoy superior Microsoft® Word AND Excel functionality today in a powerful productivity suite without having to wait. It’s all here, right now!
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Free yourself from recipes! The best-selling cookbook, Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking, by me, Michael Ruhlman, is now an iPhone app that will help you calculate amounts of ingredients in all the fundamental culinary preparations. When you know a ratio, you don’t know a recipe, you know 1,000. And this application does all the calculating for you.
From The App Developers: Be a mobile DJ. With Remote, you can control the music on your computer or Apple TV from your iPod touch or iPhone. Play, pause, skip, shuffle. See your songs, playlists, and album art on your iPod touch or iPhone as if you were right in front of your computer.
Amazing iPhone app review, click here to see Remote app review.
A totally unique music application that processes sound from your environment and replays it according to a set program, creating a trippy, always-evolving soundscape.
Hey, it’s mushrooms without the mushrooms! In the free version, RjDj simply loops and pitch-shifts sound from the microphone, allowing you to build up some pretty amazing beatbox loops or just have a walk around the city, hearing it like never before.
From The App Developer: Connect your headphones and enjoy the RjDj mind twisting hearing sensation. RjDj brings a new twist to walkmans or mp3 players.
The RjDj single features one Scene and the RjDj album release features six Scenes. RjDj Scenes use the microphone of your iPhone to create or influence the music you hear
An app to tell you when the boring parts of movies are so you can go pee—or if you’re feeling daring, more—without missing much. It’s a brilliant concept, with unexpectedly good execution.
From The App Developers:
RunPee is a must have app for every moviegoer with a bladder. Run Pee tells you which points in a movie you can safely “run” and “pee’ without missing a hugely important plot point.
Each PeeTime tells you:
-Approximately how many minutes into the movie each Pee Time is.
-Cue: what happens in the movie to let you know when that Pee Time begins.
-How long the Pee Time lasts – so you know how many minutes you have before missing something important,
-And best of all: exactly what you’ll miss while you’re away!
Amazing iPhone app review, click here to see the RunPee app review.
A wonderfully full-featured run tracker that doesn’t just keep track of your exercise—it lets you keep control of your music at the same time.
The full version is a steep $10, but the free version isn’t so bad on its own.
DOWNLOAD $10, with free lite version
This just doesn’t get old: hold your phone to the air to grab the song playing at the supermarket and have it identified in a few seconds. We live in a privileged age.
From The App Developer: When you hear a song and wonder what it is, Shazam is there with the answer. Hold your iPhone to the music and within seconds we’ll tell you the artist and track name.
This is one of the best barcode apps for Android, and now it’s available on the iPhone.
Early reviews were a bit harsh, since the app works better with the 3GS (autofocus, y’know?) and the scanning libraries needed some work. At any rate, it’s free, works well for most people and the data-even if it can be sparse on some local searches-is invaluable.
Stream your home machine’s iTunes library and those of up to 30 friends to your phone. This app lives up to its name. Forget worries of filling up 8GB, or even 16.
From The App Developer: Simplify Media lets you listen to your music collection from your home computer on your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can also stream music from up to 30 friends and view lyrics and artist bios.
On 3G, it’s perfect for Skype messaging and long distance texts; on Wi-Fi, it near-magically turns your iPhone into a VoIP handset.
Given that you can’t make VoIP calls unless you’re connected to Wi-Fi, Skype is surprisingly useful: even if you’re tethered to your router’s range, having a phone-shaped tool to make Skype calls is really nice, and its messaging service is a solid, not to mention fairly ubiquitous, way to keep in touch with people.
From The App Developers:
Skype gives you free calls and instant messages to anyone else on Skype. You can also call landlines and mobiles and send SMS anywhere in the world, at great rates. Skype is free to download and easy to use.
With the 3GS, the iPhone’s camera hardware got much better. So why didn’t its camera software? That’s what Snapture is for.
The best jailbreak camera app went legit in the App Store a few months ago, but it was missing a few things-specifically, tap-to-focus on the iPhone 3GS, the lack of which made it feel like a compromise, not a categorical improvement. Well, that’s fixed now, and along with new camera filters, social network support, and the app’s standard burst shooting, visible camera roll, full-resolution capture and full-screen tap-to-shoot makes Snapture’s $2 seem much more reasonable.
From The App Developers: Imagine yourself playing a violin with an orchestra. String Trio is “Air-Violin” application with graphical guides. It plays like a real violin. Just tilt, swing and slide your iPhone/IPod as guide bars fall. Control tempo, speed, and strength of your movement, then all the accompanying music will automatically adjust to your lead. As its name implies, String Trio consists of three string instruments; violin, viola, and cello. You can play music with instrument of your choice. It’s easy, enjoyable, and educational that anyone will instantly feel like playing a real violin without learning how.
Tower Defense games are one of the few genres that the iPhone excels at, and Star Defense, with an entirely fresh 3D take on the concept, multitouch, varied levels and multiplayer, is about as good as they get.
Instead of marching baddies across a 2D plane, Star Defense applies its traditional tower defense sensibilities to 3D worlds. At first the pacing can feel a little slow compared to the defense games you grew up with, but rest assured: things get sloppy, and your base will be destroyed. Plus, hey, good games are almost never this cheap.
From The App Developers: Use multitouch to spin and zoom entire worlds in Star Defense, the highly-anticipated strategy title created exclusively for the iPhone and iPod touch. Maximize your recon and plan carefully – each planet has unique pathways to protect, weapons to deploy, and enemies to overcome.
Survival depends on your ability to respond to the S’rath invaders in real time and build a mixture of towers that counteract all known alien units and resistances.
Yet another free, customizable radio app, but one that has a spectacularly huge music library, and that gives you fine control over the songs you hear.
Slacker is pitted directly against Pandora, and they do a lot of similar things. Enter an artist or term to create a new radio station, though, and they’ll give you totally different, but equally awesome, streams of music. And hey, they’re free, so why not use both?
From The App Developers:
Listen to unlimited free music on your iPhone. The free Slacker Radio App gives you access to the entire Slacker music library featuring millions of songs from thousands of artists. Listen to over 100 expert programmed radio stations or create your own custom stations directly on the iPhone. Slacker Radio is the best way to discover new artists and hear your favorite songs.
The Sims 3
An amazingly faithful adaptation of the 3D life simulator that you routinely ridicule others for playing, but secretly enjoy yourself, every night, with a bottle of extremely cheap wine.
Naturally Maxis had to scale its flagship title back a bit to work on the iPhone, but it’s not easy to tell where. You can still customize characters, design homes, micromanage your virtual family and get lost in the Sims’ world of gibberish and comically simplified social interactions.
From The App Developers: Play with your Sim using touch and accelerometer controls while exploring stunning 3D open-world environments. Customize your Sim with personality traits and physical characteristics, as you decide whether to fulfill their destiny…or not. Do good or mischief. Fall in love or watch them get dumped. Pick a fight or make a friend. Good or bad, enjoy the ride with The Sims as they experience everything “real” life has to offer.
If you spend enough of your day on Twitter to consider paying for an app, Tweetie’s multiple account support, uncluttered interface and impressively broad feature set is about as close to a desktop Tweeting experience as you’ll get on the iPhone.
You’d think a Twitter app wouldn’t really have to do a whole lot—write some short messages? read some short messages?—but in virtually every other app, you’ll run up against something that you just wish was there. Not Tweetie.
From The App Developers: Stream live from your iPhone with Ustream Live Broadcaster
One of the first apps we loved was the iTunes Remote-now, the Swiss army knife of media players VLC has one of its very own.
While it can’t quite match the music library organization skills of the more OCD iTunes, VLC will play just about any video file in the world, ever. So if you’re streaming video from your computer to your TV or using VLC on your home theater PC, control is now a lot easier.
DOWNLOAD Regular version Free, Full version $3
From The App Developers: VLC Remote lets you remotely control your VLC Media Player on your Mac or PC.
There are a few voice modulation apps on the shelves of the App Store, but none has captured our hearts like Voices
Retro tape recorder and microphone, cute icons, simple touch interface, and sharing via Twitter, Facebook, and email, so you can spook everyone with that infernal Reverse Voice effect. For $1, it’s impossible to resist.
From The App Developers: Get the Vonage Mobile app and start making unlimited calls in the US and to over 60 countries around the world with the Vonage World Mobile plan — all for only $24.99 per month.
View and fully control my computer from anywhere, as long as I am on the same network. So I can basically be at my computer without actually being at my computer.
From The App Developers: Mocha VNC provides access to a VNC Server. Using your iPhone, you can connect to a Windows PC or Mac OS X and see the files, programs, and resources exactly as you would if you were sitting at your desk, just on a smaller screen.
Free, crowd-sourced turn-by-turn app Waze might not navigate quite as well as the Navigons and Telenavs of the world, but it’s got one killer feature that they don’t: Pac-man mode.
On the desktop, it’s excessive. But on the iPhone, WeatherBug gives you much more—and much more useful—info than Apple’s default app. And in the paid version, hyperlocal, data-driven weather nerdery abounds.
DOWNLOAD Regular version Free, Plus version $1
From The App Developers: WeatherBug is the only source for truly live, local weather – providing users access to the largest network of professional weather stations in the US and thousands of locations around the world.
Why even carry an iPhone if you can’t use it to settle petty arguments about things that don’t matter?
A mercifully non-literal mobile translation of Wikpedia’s interface, Wikipanion gets you to whatever ‘pedia article you’re looking for a few seconds faster than the regular browser would, and with much kinder navigation once you get there.
DOWNLOAD Regular version Free, Plus version $5
From The App Developers:
Accessing Wikipedia has never been faster and easier than with Wikipanion, designed for easy, search, navigation and display of Wikipedia entries. Streamline your browsing with history grouped by visit date, and bookmarking that not only bookmarks individual entries, but individual sections within an entry.
Yelp is built on the premise that people really, really love to review things, and that this bizarre impulse should be harnessed for good. With a massive database of food/drink/everything else reviews, easy navigation, inbuilt maps, and augmented reality, it’s tops.
From The App Developers: Looking for a burrito joint open now? An Irish pub nearby? A gas station you can drive to before your tank hits empty? Yelp for your iPhone is here to help. Use us to search for places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play then read reviews from an active community of locals in the know.
Blacklist obnoxious ads, just like you do on your PC.
On the iPhone, ad-blocking is less about avoiding marketing than it is saving bandwidth, and speeding up browsing on your 3G—or God forbid, EDGE—connection.
From the App Developers: AdBlock is an extension for MobileSafari that filters out advertisements when you are surfing the Internet from your iPhone or iPod touch.
Not everyone can upgrade to an iPhone 3GS. Everyone can, however, record video.
Cycorder’s been one of the best reasons to jailbreak iPhones since the beginning, and it still makes a convincing argument. Video quality is fine, considering that the iPhone’s sensor wasn’t even designed for it.
From the App Developers: Record at the maximum speed of the iPhone Camera (6-15 frames per second, depending on lighting conditions) with no compression delay between pressing stop and getting to view the resulting video.
Google’s official Google Voice app may never see the light of day, so GV Mobile is the only way to get your all-in-one telephony fix on the iPhone.
From the App Developers: GV Mobile allows users of Google Voice to:
• dial numbers (domestic for free and international at a variable rate) via the iPhone’s address book or typing in on the keypad
• send SMS messages
• retrieve and delete recent call history
• playback and delete voicemails
• take calls from different phones other than your iPhone
• add, delete, enable, or disable the phones that Google Voice forwards calls to
If you’ve ever seen some guy on the internet proudly demonstrating his garishly skinned or themed iPhone, this is almost definitely what he was using. Note: It can be used for aesthetic good as well as evil.
From the App Developers: Give your iPhone or iPod Touch a graphical overhaul! WinterBoard provides hooks that let graphics artists safely and simply theme almost anything in Apple’s OS.
Like every other iPhone VNC app, except totally in reverse: It’s a server.
Far from a novelty, the ability to log into your iPhone with a desktop VNC client is actually really useful. Imagine typing on your iPhone with a keyboard; now install Veency, and actually type on your iPhone with a keyboard.
From the App Developers: If your device has ever been just out of reach, this package is for you: you’ll never need to touch your iPhone or your iPod Touch again! Instead, sit back and enjoy the comfort of remotely logging into your phone via VNC. You can view the screen, touch controls, and even push the lock and menu buttons all from the comfort of your desk- or laptop.