Monday, December 29, 2008

15 Must Have iPhone Apps


Since I got my iPhone 3G in July of this year I have collected the following list of Must have iPhone app downloads. All of these are free apps on the Apple App Store.

1.)Google app
This particular app makes Google search as easy as pushing a button and saying the words you want to search for on Google, or putting the phone to your ear and wait for the tone and state your search. Use it to search or just amaze your friends

2.)Mobile news
This is a great app from the Associated Press. It even uses the GPS to find news that is local to you. Great way to stay in touch with news around the corner or around the world.

Ever hear a song while walking through a store or hear something on TV or the radio and you don’t know the name but you love the song. Just click on Tag now and let Shazam tell you what the song is and who sings it. Later you can download it on iTunes to play again and again.

4.)AOL Radio
AOL Radio is a great way to stream any AOL Music Radio Station right t your iPhone or in the car to your car stereo with a Dock or FM Transmitter. Listen to music from around the world while you drive to work. A great replacement for XM Satellite Radio

5.)Pandora Radio
Another Streaming Radio App but this one you create your own custom channel and listen to the music you like. If Bob Seger is your favorite singer, or Plush if your favorite song just enter it into Pandora and it will pick that performer or song and others of a similar style you might also like. Give them thumbs up or down with each track to make the list better over time. Discover new music while enjoying your favorites.

Control your iTunes Application on your computer over wifi from your iPhone. This is great if you have an Airport Express ($99.00) at and stream your music to other rooms from your computer. Use your iPhone as a remote to control track, playlist, even volume.

A quick and easy Yellow Pages guide for your iPhone. Between this a Google Maps I have never had to use 411 to get any information from my iPhone.

Lots of these simple apps exist on the App Store but they are amazingly useful when walking into a dark room with just your iPhone. The white screen and brightness turned up all the way it makes a great way to light a dark room for a little while anyway.

9.)RDP Lite
Did you ever need to login to a Windows PC remotely. With this app you can access your computer desktop from virtually anywhere. Also versions are available for VNC clients as well. The Lite version is free the full featured Pro version does cost money.

Bubble is great for making sure pictures, tables and other items are level. Taking advantage of the sensors in the iPhone Bubble will ding and give you a “Whoop There it is” when he is centered.

11.)Take me to my car
Have you ever left your car in a Parking Lot and forgot where you parked? With Take me to my Car you just open the app before you get out of your car and bookmark your cars location with the iPhone GPS. When you leave later open the app and you will get walking directions from your current location to where you bookmarked your cars location.

12.)Stop Watch
This is a self explanatory app that let’s you time things. Start/Stop and Lap are all options on this iPhone Chronograph.

BeamMe is a great new way to send and receive vCards with other iPhone users. Just enter their phone number or email address and click send card and BeamMe sends them your contact information to add to their address book.

Bump is a great way to swap contacts with iPhone users. You open the Bump application and then bump your phone to another iPhone user who has bump open. It uses GPS and 3G wireless to connect to each other and ask you to verify you want to send your contact information to that person and what information you wish to send them. Then it writes into your address book.
Fring isn't as useful now that push notification on AIM works and Skype will be coming soon.
This is a multi-platform text and Voice chat software. Pretty much any IM client and Skype is supported. The Skype Voice Chat only works on WI-FI networks.

15.) Skype. Yes our friends at Skype have finally introduced Skype for the iPhone. It offers great voice chat over Wi-Fi only and sounds almost like you are on a phone call. They also have text chat built right in. Now that iPhone supports push notification I would look for that in the near future from our friends at Skype to give you a notice you have an incoming chat even while the app is not open.
Easy Wi-fi is no longer needed on the iPhone 3.0 software. Apple & AT&T added a feature allowing you to automatically authenticate to the WiFi Access Points at any AT&T WiFi location.
15.) Easy Wi-fi
This makes joining AT&T WI-FI hotspots a snap. Just open the App and enter your phone number for the first time and it will connect to a local AT&T hotspot and setup your free WI-FI access. This is by far the easiest way to join an AT&T WI-FI hotspot only taking a few seconds.

My iPhone has changed the way I live my life and I get excited each time a new update to the phone is released making it even more useful and almost impossible to live without. As people who are used to technology and have high expectations of tech we will always want them to do more and with the iPhone platform the will continually add new features and software that will amaze and astound us and make our lives even easier and put more knowledge at our fingertips.

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