OK, this is weird. I’m not too sure how to sum up the last couple months of life with the iPhone other than…
Yeah. Ugh.. I’m no fan boy – I SWEAR (the rest of MobilityDigest’s staff might think so)! But the phone simply WORKS – and very well at that! I’ve been screwing with and hacking around on phones for the better part of the past decade and I’m so friggin’ glad to finally have a phone that just WORKS. I don’t have to hard reset, soft reset, tweak the GPS, install third party apps to make the user interface or settings better (although there ARE some cool tweaks available once JailBroken), and I no longer need to watch the device-of-your-choice forum over on XDA-developers.com like a hawk in anticipation of a new fancy ROM.
I’ve never owned a phone that made it easier to like your phone than the iPhone 4. Even my wife’s iOS4 iPhone 3GS seems a bit clunky even though it’s just a slightly slower, slightly thicker, smaller capacity, ‘retina’ display-less, non-bad-ass-camera having plastic version (and a few other features too, but whatever).
I’ll break this into a few groups to try and make it easier. All links goto the App Store… which works on PC/Mac or on the iPhone. So click away if you’ve got an iPhone/iPad (or an iPod Touch since most of these only require WiFi). I’m still working on the links.. give me a break, there’s a crap-load of apps here.. if you see something that might be interesting, just search for it if I haven’t linked it yet! I’m also going to go through and write descriptions for all of the apps that I use on a daily basis and recommend that any iPhone user gets.
I should also mention that I’ve Jailbroken the phone and I have the Cydia and Rock App ‘stores’ on the phone and have installed a few apps from there. I’ll separate them from this list at the bottom.
Note: This list is not meant to be the be-all end-all list. It’s what is currently on my phone, and most of these apps get used. Some are there for the occasional use, or the ‘just in case’, but rarely do I keep something on my phone if I know I’ll never use it again. Some of the games are neglected, but that’s usually because I’m preoccupied with another at the moment
Music and Audio:
Slacker Radio – Slacker radio is the best radio app available for the iPhone. Station Caching for offline play, customizable stations, high quality and very few disconnects makes this app my #1 app on the phone.
I Am T-Pain
Photo and Video:
iMovie – edit your 720p videos on the phone and share them with the world via youtube or email ($5)
Hulu Plus – High quality streams of popular shows and hundreds of movies over 3G. Requires Hulu+ account ($10/month). I’ve used Hulu+ to stream about 3 episodes of X-Files in a row and only lost around 10-15% of battery life.
Hipstamatic – Create Unique photo using virtual lenses, flashes, and films. ($1.99)
JotNot Pro – Scan in documents to Google Docs, email and more. (also performs OCR tasks!) ($5)
Utilities and Tools:
The Weather Channel
Siri – Your own personal voice-activated secretary in your pocket. Apple recently acquired Siri, let’s hope that they do big things with this technology!
Glass Of Water – app from Toyota to help show you where you need to adjust your driving habits on your daily commute to more efficiently get there.
Txt’n Drive – reads you your emails
Dictation – speech to text
At Once – text while walking!! Overlays keyboard and text field on the camera view
DIRECTV – setup DVR recording and order PPV
Speed Test – test your 3G or Wifi speeds
Craigslist Pro – browse and list on craigslist with extreme ease! ($2)
Mapping and GPS:
CoPilot Live – GPS with traffic and ‘buddy’ features
Trapster – where’s the PoPo?
waze – Social Mapping.. you can quite literally make a new road appear on the global map if you’re the first wazer to drive it! (available on all platforms)
iExit Diesel edition
Layar – augmented reality browser… tough to describe (also available on Android)
Point Inside – maps for airports and malls
Games (remember to check the “Top 25/50 Free” section in the app store everyday!!):
Tap Tap Revenge 3
Stupid Test 5
Type n Talk
Red Ball 2
Duke Nukem soundboard
Glass Tower 2
Books and reference:
Barnes and Noble eReader
Yowza – coupons you can use at local stores
BestBuy Reward Zone
Cydia / Rock App (jailbreak to get these):
My3G – enables iTunes and appstore to download any file over 3G, allows for 3G facetime, and more
FontSwap (Army Stencil, Ferrari phone, etc)
GV Mobile +
GrooveShark – listen to any song you want at any time.
MiWi – Free Tethering on your iPhone
I actually have more apps on the phone, but I don’t think that most of them are even worth mentioning as some of them are just different versions of better ones listed above that I’m using for comparison’s sake.
All of these apps fit on 3 Home screens. USE FOLDERS PEOPLE!!
If you have a question about one of these apps, let me know.