We all use our iPhone for more than just making phone calls and texting. Thanks to the app store there are numerous ways for us to pass a bit of time, organize our lives or catch up on the latest TV. The iPhone has turned a technical geeky smart-phone into a cool, smooth and sleek gadget that everyone from your mum / dad to your best mate wants to own.
Here is my top 10 apps or website home screen shortcuts that I think are a must have for when you first get your iPhone. Sit back, relax and read on!
eBay – Price: Free – The eBay app is great for checking your listings, searching on eBay for listings and also bidding and buying things to. The whole eBay app experience is so smooth and speedy which is just what you want. It has everything and is very easy to use. I find it excellent for emailing people on eBay and responding to emails on the go. Who needs a laptop with full internet browser anymore? Not me!
Google Earth – Price: Free – Now this apps excellent for checking a destination before you go or to just have a look around the world with. Use with google maps you can use Street view to actually view the street in a location you wish along with any other roads in the immediate area. You can zoom in / out and spin the globe around to take a look anywhere you wish. (also great for showing off your iPhone’s gorgeous screen!)
BBC iPlayer – Price: Free – This isn’t strictly an app but its something I setup on my iPhone and have used a few times since. All the BBC’s TV channels are on here along with Radio to. They are formatted to the iPhone’s screen and they look great. The quality is very high (depending on internet connection used) Catch up on anything BBC using the iPlayer on your iPhone. Thanks Beeb!
TVCatchup – Price: Free – I know another app that isnt an app! This ones just as good as the iPlayer as itll allow you to watch live TV (albeit with a 3 – 5 min delay) Most Freeview channels are there and its just a case of signing up for free then adding the website as a home screen link. Excellent! No matter where you are, as long as you have a 3G or Wifi connection youll never miss a show again!
Dunnit! – Price: 59p – I’m often forgetting things, (queue old jokes…) but with this fancy to do app i can enter them in and make sure that I get them sorted. You can tag items that you list and then view by tag or view all. Create categories, remove old history for completed takes and also view all outstanding tasks. Its a very very handy app to have. Never forget to put the bins out again!
Mini Gore – Price: £1.19 – An excellent little game to play while your waiting to help time fly. Help your small enlarged headed fellow fend off the wrath of the furries by shooting you way to victory. To keep the action fresh there are power ups and extra weapons to enable you to really cause some mayhem. Different characters also adds to the mix. Using the in App purchasing you can show your support to the developer buy purchasing the additional characters.
Mover – Price: Free Lite Version or Pro Version 59p – Move pictures between iPhones really easily and quickly. You both have to have the app on your devices then simply drag and drop on to the other device and they will have a copy! What I hear you say? No really, it is THAT simple to use! Brilliant! (bare in mind you have to be on the same WIFI network to use or you can use the Bluetooth option to transfer files across)
Skype – Price: Free – Now this will be even more so when the new iPhone OS 4.0 is released. Being able to make and receive Skype calls, chat via the instant messenger service to Skype contacts from anywhere via the app, that’ll be running in the background, is going to be huge! Roll on June 2010!
Co-Pilot – Price: £26.99 – As far as turn by turn sat navs go Tom Tom have pretty much got it in the bag. This is what I thought until they released their app on the iPhone which was £50+ and they also released the app a few months after this one. Co-Pilot works great for me, Ive never got lost using it and there are constant updates being released to improve it. A turn by turn sat nav for £26.99? Yep your iPhone can now do that!
Brothers in Arms – Price: £3.99 – First Person shooters are starting to appear on the platform now (roll on Modern Warfare 2, app store styleeee!) and this one is a great example of how to make a game (thats as good as the PSP and DS) and pull it off on a touch screen device. The graphics are pretty good and the storylines ok but I find the actual gameplay excellent and fun. Great for passing a few mins here and there! Also if you are near a WIFI access point or on a Wifi network you can participate in online battles. This works really well as is and i’d thoroughly recommend it.
Now I should really of done the cheesy thing an included www.tomsramblings.co.uk as one of the sites, but hey you already know how great the site is as your reading this! 😉
I would be interested to hear if you have any suggestions for apps which could or even should be in the top 10. What do you like? What apps are you using the most? Let me know.