11 Essential iPhone AppsPosted on by Andrew Kalinchuk (kalinchu)
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1. Angry Birds
2. Tiny Wings
Instapaper stores articles offline for you to read later. It's perfect for people like me, who have too much they want to read and not enough time to read it. It frees you from your computer and lets you take your reading wherever you go, whether you have Internet or not.
First, you sign up for a Read Later account. Next, add the 'Read Later' website link to your Bookmarks Bar of any web browser that you choose. That includes the mobile versions of Safari that run on your iPhone and iPad. Once you do that, the next time you find an interesting article without the time to read it, simply click your new 'Read Later" bookmark and it will be saved to your Instapaper account, where you can pick up where you left off.
Note: If you need to do offline reading, like when you take your Wi-Fi only iPad on the road, make sure that you sync the Instapaper app while you do have a connection.
4. Facely HD
5. Words with Friends
Price: Free with Ads; $2.99 without Ads
If you have ever enjoyed a game of Scrabble before, you owe it to yourself to pick up this app and force all of your friends to do so as it is most enjoyable while playing with a friend.
Start playing a Scrabble-esque game of earning the most points by spelling out words, aiming to place letters on top of bonus squares. You can either play against a friend or look for a random opponent online to spar with. Either way, you're guaranteed to have a good time.
6. Movies by Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes
The Movies application provides you with a list of the top movies in the box office, showtimes for theaters near you, and the latest DVD releases. But the best part of this app is its integration with the Rotten Tomatoes rating system, listing the movie's 'percentage' right beside the title throughout the app. It's hard to believe that once upon a time we had to resort to the newspaper for showtimes and reviews. *shudder*
Soundhound has one main competitor, Shazam, but the thing is... they are not even in the same league. With the free version you have unlimited usage, meaning you can ID as many songs as you like with no limits, whereas with Shazam you only get 5 per month. Unbelievable.
You can search for a song simply by recording a small portion of it. Alternatively, you can sing or hum the tune, or even search by specific lyrics within the song. Not only that, but you get lyrics to songs that are playing on your iPod with the "Now Playing" feature, as well as lyrics to songs that you have identified with Soundhound. All in all, extremely useful, especially if you have trouble with names.
The perfect app for a budding DJ, or if you own an Apple TV. It allows you to control media playback on your Apple computer or Apple TV by putting your entire iTunes library onto your iPhone for you to control. You can play, pause, rewind, make playlists, etc, all from wherever you are in the house. It's incredibly convenient, allowing you to leave your existing music setup where it is while staying completely in control.
Sick of relying on physical media to store your data? Yeah, me too. That's why I signed up for a Dropbox account and started storing my information in the cloud.
Dropbox provides you with a free 2 GBs of space at sign-up, which you can access through your smartphone app or any web browser. Once you're finished with the straight-forward setup, you are free to drag-and-drop files in and out of your Dropbox folder to your heart's content. Bye bye, USB!
10. Adobe Photoshop Express
It's the express version of Adobe Photoshop in your pocket. You won't be doing any marking or playing with the lens flare effect, but you will have access to a variety of color adjustments, filters, effects, and basic editing tasks such as crop, straighten, rotate, and flip. They are all very handy to have on hand when taking pictures on the fly.
Say "Hello!" to the future of entertainment and the end of boredom. Cable is so 2010.
How it works: You create an account and pay a measly $7.99 a month to stream an ever-growing collection of movies and TV series straight to any web-connected device via browser or dedicated application. Granted, the selection isn't stellar at this point, but I do think their TV offering is very strong. Also, they are adding new content all the time. Netflix is the future!
The pre-loaded Weather App given to you by Apple sucks. Plain and simple. If you want actual weather information like current, short-term, and long-term forecasts, as well as so much more, you are going to need to get your hands on this.
Websites on Your Homescreen
I know that website bookmarks are not exactly apps, but they are icons on your app screen, so I think that counts. Not everyone knows this, but when you are setting up a bookmark on your iPhone, you can actually choose to have that site featured as an icon on your home screen, saving you precious seconds.