First things first. No, I haven't gotten the new Apple iPhone 3G. (Cue sad face) :(
I still have my old iPhone (but have hopes of getting the new 3G, one day). But, can I just say that the new apps frickin rock my world?! I've only tried out three so far - the Yelp, Facebook and Typepad apps but have heard really good things about so many others. Derrick told me he's heard good things about Urban Spoon and I can't wait to try out Twitterific.
Here's are some of the top lists from Huffington Post
(that compiled some):
Valleywag loves the AIM instant messenger, FileMagnet and MLB.com At Bat:
Sure, my Sanyo phone has an AOL Instant Messanger app. But it takes two and half minutes to send a message and then another two and a half to see if I got one back. Here's a new version for the iPhone, which could put an end to expensive text messaging. An alternative: Facebook's new iPhone app integrates the site's new chat feature...
...FileMagnet lets you load and view PDFs and Office documents from you desktop. Such a nice convenient way to keep you working all the time...
...This Major League Baseball app would be better if it streamed MLB.tv straight to your iPhone. It doesn't. But it does show game highlights not too long after they actually happen -- which won't be a bad way to get through graduations, weddings and PowerPoint presentations.
WebMonkey is into MooCowMusic's Band, Light and UrbanSpoon:
Why just listen to music on your iPhone? Start your own jazz combo with MooCowMusic's Band ($10). The app comes pre-loaded with a guitar, bass, drum kit, keys and a metronome. It also has a tiny recording studio that lets you assemble tracks through overdubbing...
...The free application Light is super-simple -- it turns your iPhone or iPod's screen into a flashlight by generating a bright white screen...
...Stop arguing and choose a place to eat already. The iPhone is location aware, so finding nearby restaurants is as simple as a local search. With the free app UrbanSpoon installed, shake your iPhone and it will randomly display a nearby eatery in its "slot machine" interface. If you don't like the results, shake again.
The Independent recommends Mobile Flickr and Twitterific Premium:
Flickr dominates the online photo-sharing market and the iPhone app brings users more of the same. As well as viewing your own and your friends' pictures online, photos taken with the iPhone's 2 megapixel camera can be uploaded immediately to the Flickr website for online viewing. The applications page makes no mention of it, but as an aside pictures taken with the new iPhone can also be geotagged so that you can sync your photo library with a map and work out where each of the shots were taken.
The new favourite way to keep in touch with friends, family and compelling strangers online, Twitter helped bring 'microblogging' to the masses. The iPhone app makes the practice mobile, and with the premium version you get an extra theme and don't have to endure any ads.
Here's what Robert Scoble
from Fast Company recommends (this guy is God on twitter)
I am still a Google Reader addict, and so are many of my fans. Reader was mentioned more in my poll than any other app. Another one that came up often was PimpMyNews.com
, which turns text blogs into MP3 audio files, so you can listen on the go. Steve Rubel, SVP and director of insights for Edelman Digital and author of the popular Micro Persuasion blog, recommends sportstap.mobi
to get up to date on your favorite sports, and I too have found it to be quite good.
One of the coolest things to do with your iPhone is show off your digital photographs. I recommend SmugMug,
which has the best user interface of any photo-sharing site I've seen. If you use the more popular Flickr, then I'd recommend Twitxr.com,
although several of my readers also suggested iflickr.wordpress.com
. One problem with both of the Flickr apps: You need to "jail break" your phone to use them, meaning that you'll need some software to unlock your phone for apps not supported by the iPhone or its AT&T network. It's possible that your phone might not work properly after performing this step, although I've had no problems. Still, don't make this move lightly. IJailBreak.com
will do the job, but I prefer the more popular ZiPhone.org.
to find some interesting new music. It works great on my iPhone and is fun to play with. Another one that's popular is MobileScrobbler, which hooks your iPhone up to the Last.fm
Need some entertainment for your next international flight, when you're not connected? Videora
offers a free video converter that handles DVDs as well as virtually any Web video -- even YouTube clips.
My favorite iPhone app is Facebook's (iphone.facebook.com
). It's actually faster to add new friends with this than it is with the Web version. If you're also into instant messaging, Meebo.com
is my pick; that or iphone.beejive.com
are great ways for you to keep in touch with your friends. If you're into Twitter like I am, iTweet.net, PocketTweets.com,
all let you use Twitter on your iPhone. I'm partial to Hahlo because the interface shows me more of the conversation.
One utility that I'd put on every iPhone is DataBinge.com
Time Capsule. It remotely backs up your contacts, data, call history, calendar, and a ton of other stuff, so if your device gets stolen or dies, you can get everything back very easily.
and finally from a woman - at the frisky
- she has a pretty good list.
1. iScopes: Until we manage to develop our own FriskyScopes app, get your horoscopes on the go.
2. Box Office: This app allows you to purchase tickets from your iPhone.
3. eBay: Participate in a bidding war for the premiere issue of Sassy while you’re on the toilet!
4. Ms. PacMan: ZOMG best arcade game EVER.
5. Love Guru: Daily love and relationship advise, based on your astrological sign.
6. Jade: Take a picture with your iPhone camera and then improve the quality with this photo program.
7. BrainChallenge: Yay! The iPhone can make you smarter!
8. iTarot: If the Death card comes up just as you’re about to cross a busy intersection, you’ve been warned.
9. Pandora Radio: Stream music directly onto your iPhone by typing in the name of any artist.
10. OneTap Movies: Will recognize where you are using GPS technology and tell you what movies are playing nearby and also show you any film’s trailer.
11. Math Quiz: Maybe it’s just me because I am a math nerd, but this seems like a fun way to pass the time while waiting in line at the bank.
12. RetroPhone: Turn your phone into a rotary so Grandma can use it!
13. Big Tipper: There are loads of tipping apps to choose from, all of which will tell you exactly how much to give a waiter if you want to tip at any percentage.
14. Urban Spoon: Can’t decide where to eat? Shake your iPhone and the slot machine will pick a restaurant nearby for you using GPS technology.
15. Omnifocus: This app takes your list of To Do items and tells you when and where to complete them using GPS. For example: “Don’t forget to buy tampons” will pop up when you pass by a CVS.
16. Loopt: This app takes social networking on the road, telling you where your friends are nearby and what they’re doing. Also excellent for stalking ex-boyfriends.
and if you want to hear how the apps might just be a game changer, here's a great article from Jack Myers.
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