Lately, people have been asking me which iPhone apps I use. Here’s the ridiculously long list of the ones I’ve downloaded, with notes about each one (I’ve marked my favorites with a *)
*1Password: This is an awesome app that goes with the indespensible 1Password desktop app. Truth be told, I don’t use the iPhone version often, but it gives me a warm feeling all over to know that I have it.
2D Sense: This is a barcode scanner app. I don’t really use it.
A Free Level: This app purports to be a level, which would be handy if it worked. It just seems… well… off. Maybe my accelerometers are broken.
AdHoc: This app is useful for developers who need to see the SSID of their iPhone. For normal people, not necessary.
AdrPoolLite: Want to play billiards? This app does the trick, but only online. Boo!
Aerolite Free: This is Asteroids. I don’t like it.
AIM: This is AOL’s instant messenger. It would be useful if it stayed connected when not in the app, but it doesn’t, despite Apple promising that feature.
Air Sharing: Excellent app for using your iPhone as a wireless thumb drive. I wish I had a use for it.
AirMe: This tells you what’s on TV, I think.
*Aki Mahjong: Great Mahjong game.
*Amazon.com: Have money to spend? Get this app and find yourself browsing Amazon.com all the time.
AOL Radio: A radio app. Cool. Don’t use it.
Arcade 2: I think Sammy uses this app, which is some kind of game. I don’t.
AroundMe: Who is near you? Eh.
Art Gallery: A virtual art gallery. Another app I don’t use.
*ASL Ultimate: Learn American Sign Language with this ASL dictionary. YES!
Audi A4: This driving game should be more fun.
*Banking: Bank from your iPhone. Sweet app!
Barcode: Another barcode scanner. If there were barcodes worth scanning, I might use it.
BClassicLite: This is Breakout for the iPhone.
Black and White: Othello.
Bloomberg: Cool finance news/stock ticker app. Watch your money vanish with great graphics.
BoxOffice: See what movies are playing near you.
Brain Toot Lite: A trivia game. After a couple plays, it’s boring.
Brain Tuner: See above. Same thing.
Brushes: iPhone, meet MacPaint. People with talent can make this app do crazy stuff.
Bubbles: For my five-year-old. She loves “blowing bubbles.”
BubbleWrap: See above. (Except, in this one, she gets to pop them.)
CannonGame: Learn physics with this cannon game. Fun for a while.
CarriesDots: Classic “dots” game.
Chase: Banking app for Chase customers. Nice.
*Checkers: A checkers game that is maddeningly difficult!
CheckWord: Scrabble dictionary.
*City Guide: A guide to Washington, D.C., establishments. Worth it, if you ever go out. (I don’t.)
Classics: Great books on your iPhone (in text form). Why not?
Cowabunga: Cow sounds.
*Crash Kart: Fun driving game. Addictive.
*Crayon: A sweet physics game where you draw rocks to move other rocks around.
Crazy Eye: Just plain silly eyes. Sammy loves it.
Crazy Mouth: See above. For the mouth.
*Cro-Mag: Another wicked fun driving game.
Cube: I’m not really sure what this is.
Cube Runner: A first-person shooter. I can’t make it work.
Currency: See how little the dollar is worth. Yippee!’
Darkslide: Something to do with Flickr, I think. I don’t use Flickr, or this app. (note, I use Flickr now, but still not this app.)
*Darts: A darts game. Pretty fun, I have to say.
Dialer: I think this is a voice-activated dialer. I don’t use it.
Dictionaire: A dictionary, if I’m not mistaken.
*Dizzy Bee: A fun accelerometer-based game. Really fun, actually.
*Easy Wi-Fi: Make connecting to AT&T wifi hotspots a cinch. This is a must-have.
*eBay: Follow your activities on eBay. Handy, if you use eBay.
Enigmo: A fun desktop game that doesn’t translate well to the iPhone, IMO.
eReader: An electronic book reader.
Evernote: A notes recording app that I have yet to find a use for.
EyeTricks: A collection of optical illusions.
*Facebook: Probably better than the full-fledged Facebook site!
*Flight Update: An awesome flight tracking app.
FlightTracker: Same as above, except far less awesome.
Flixster: I don’t even know what this is, to be honest.
Football: A paper football simulator. About as stimulating as the real thing.
*FourFree: Connect Four. I’m addicted to this game.
French: A French-English dictionary.
Frenzic: A fun game that gets a little old after a while. It’s kind of like Tetris with Trivial Pursuit pieces.
GarageBuy: An eBay app that I don’t really use.
gingerbread: With this, Sammy can make gingerbread houses.
*Go Out: Want a good place to go to? Look it up in this app.
GoodGuide: Look up “green” products. Seems kind of time-consuming to do this, if you ask me.
Google: Google’s search app. It’s cool, but I just use Safari search.
*Google Earth: The coolest app ever, I dare say. Google Earth in the palm of your hand.
GPS Tracker: Track your movements. (Wait, that doesn’t sound right.) I don’t get the point.
Hangman: Not hard enough for me, but Sammy likes it.
*HoldEm: Great Texas Hold ‘Em game.
i Say Free: Simon Says. Fun.
i.TV: See what’s on TV, at theaters, etc.
iBowl: iPhone bowling. All the fun of bowling without the grease.
iDoodle2lite: A doodle app
IM+: A multi-service instant messenger app. Works well.
iMaze: A maze game.
iPet Pets: Tomagachi (sp?) comes to the iPhone.
iScopes: Horoscopes. (Cynthia downloaded this…)
*iStat: See your iPhone’s stats, as well as those of your Mac(s).
iSteam: A goofy app in which you blow on your phone to make it steam up, and then draw on the steam.
*iTalk: Make your iPhone an audio recorder.
iTarot: Tarot cards. (Cynthia bought this app too.)
*iWant: Look up stuff (ATMs, gas stations, etc) around you. Really handy.
*iWOL: Wakes up your computer over the Internet. Wicked.
iXmas Tree: See gingerbread app. Replace gingerbread house with Christmas tree.
*Jaadu VNC: Control your computer via the iPhone. Oh yeah.
JawBreaker: Not sure, actually.
JellyCar: Cute game. I don’t really get it. Sammy loves it.
JirboAvatar: Set up an avatar for the Jirbo service. Eh.
JirboBounce: Game with above service.
JirboMatch: Ditto above.
Jobs: Find a job. Pretty relevant these days.
Joost: Watch crappy Internet TV on your iPhone.
Jott: Another note-taking app that I don’t have a use for.
Knots: Twister for your fingers.
Labyrinth: Cute maze game.
Lander: This “chopper” game never works for me.
*Last.fm: Great Internet radio app.
Light: Funny how handy the iPhone is as a flashlight.
Lightsaber: Fun, once. Then really, really annoying. It makes lightsaber sounds.
LinkedIn: For the LinkedIn service, a service I have yet to see the value in (thus, the same is true for the app.)
Loopt: Social network locator app. Eh.
Mancala: Fun game that takes a lifetime to master.
Metronome: Well, it’s a metronome. It does what it says.
midomi: Very cool app that can translate singing or wistling into the name of the song.
MiniPiano: Fun app in which you play a little piano!
Mobile News: The Associated Press’s news app. I just visit news sites instead.
*MobileFiles: Access your files on MobileMe (.mac). I love it.
*mondo: Great solitaire games. Hundreds of them.
*Monkey Ball: Super Monkey Ball. Great fun, really hard.
Moo: Cow sounds.
MooBox: More cow sounds. (Really? More cow sounds?)
Moonlight: Mahjong game.
Motion Alarm: Alarm goes off when your iPhone is moved.
myTo-Dos: Another to-do list.
NBC DC Traffic Cam: See traffic cams live. Sounds better than it is, but for those for whom it’d be helpful, it’s great. (If also slow.)
NearPics: See pictures taken near you.
*NetNewsWire: RSS reader that syncs with the desktop version. Nice!
Now Playing: See what movies are playing near you.
NYTimes: Nice iPhone app from the NY Times.
Obama ’08: Obama’s iPhone app for its volunteers. Interesting use of the technology.
Othello: It’s, um, Othello.
PAC-MAN: Yeah, Pac-Man. So-so.
Pandora: Great Internet radio app.
PapiCatch: Catch flying sandwiches or something. It’s a game Sammy enjoys.
*PayPal: Use PayPal from your iPhone. Really handy at times.
Pboat: Powerboat racing game. Kind of fun.
PegJump: You know that peg game at Bob Evans? It’s on your iPhone too.
Penguin: Access Penguin books from your iPhone. Unimpressed.
People: Look up people’s addresses, etc. I should use this more.
Pets: Another tomagochi thing, I think,
PhoneSaber: Another lightsaber app.
*Quordy: Best. Boggle. Game. Ever. Play against other people via e-mail.
RC Physics: Use your iPhone to determine acceleration. Great for Tesla owners.
*Remote: Control Apple TV or iTunes via the iPhone. LOVE IT.
reMovem: A game in which you remove contiguous-color balls. Funnish.
*Rolando: Pretty cool game that is hard to describe. It’s kind of a moden-day version of Sonic or something, but way better.
Say Who: Voice-activated dialer. I don’t use it.
*Scrabble: Scrabble for the iPhone. Fun, though would be better if it had non-real-time multiplayer capabilities. For example, if it interfaced with Scrabble on Facebook.
Scribble: A doodling app.
Shakespeare: Complete works of Shakespeare, on your iPhone. That’s a no-brainer.
Shazam: Like midomi. See above.
Simplify: Hmmm… I forget. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, eh?
Slots: Slot machine for your iPhone. Too bad the iPhone doesn’t have a change dispenser.
SnapTell: Take a picture of something and have Amazon put it in your cart.
Sol Free: Solitaire. Fun enough, I guess.
SpaceMonkey: A monkey game I haven’t had a chance to play with.
SpeechCloud: Honestly, I don’t know.
Speedtest: See what kind of Internet connection speed you have to your iPhone.
*Spore: Pretty fun pint-sized version of the new Spore game.
Stars: See the constellations on your iPhone. Boy, wouldn’t this have been handy 400 years ago?
Sudoku: It is what it is. Not a sudoku fan.
Tap Tap: Like Guitar Hero, but without great music.
TapDefense: Desktop Tower Defense for the iPhone. Just as addictive.
TicTacFree: Tic Tac Toe. Sammy likes it.
TicTacTouch: See above.
To Do: Why so many to-do lists? I guess they were free. I don’t use this one either.
*touchPhysics: Another game in which you draw objects in order to influence the motion of other objects. It’s drop-dead fun… and cool.
Toy Bot: Hmm, I don’t know what this one is.
Trace: Some kind of drawing game. Haven’t played with it.
Traffic: Tells you the traffic situation around you.
*Truphone: Voice over IP for the iPhone. Sweetness! Esp. useful for those making overseas calls.
TWC: The Weather Channel app. As ugly as the cable station.
*TwitterFon: Best. Twitter. App. Ever.
Twitterrific: Pushed aside by the above app.
TypePad: If you have a TypePad blog and want to post remotely, here you go!
*Units: Phenomenal unit conversion app.
Urbanspoon: Cute way to look up restaurants by shaking the iPhone.
USA TODAY: The USA TODAY news application.
Virgin Radio: Another Internet radio app.
VNC: Similar to Jaadu VNC, this allows you to control your computer remotely.
Voice Dialer: The name says it all. I don’t use it.
WeatherBug: Cyn LOVES weather apps. I just look outside.
WhitePages: White pages on your iPhone.
Who is Hot: Links weather information with your address book. Always crashes my phone.
WhosHere: Locates people around you.
Whrrl: Same as above, I think.
WiFinder: Tells you where to find WiFi hotspots.
Wikipanion: Wikipedia in your pocket.
*Word Warp: Fun game in which you look for all the words you can make with a set of letters.
WritePad: Really cool gestures app where you can write on the phone with your finger and it recognizes the text. In other words, turns your iPhone into a Newton.
*X-Plane: A flight simulator for your iPhone. I don’t use it, but cripes, is it cool!
Y. Painter: A painting app. Fun.
Zenbe: MORE to-do lists. Pass.
ZIPcodes: Look up ZIP codes.
Zippo Lighter: It’s a lighter. Virtually.
3 Replies to “iPhone apps”
I was a very early adopter of ebooks – having several PDAs with ebook software and a heavy user of the Rocket eBook. I had the Kindle software on my iPhone and iTouch, so for my birthday gift – I was thrilled to move to the Kindle 2.
My initial impression is I love it. I was happy with the iPhone/Touch – but the larger screen is invaluable. Especially as I am a knitter, I love being able to send patterns to it to carry with my reading.
There are some quirks I would like to see addressed in a future version –
– even my old Rocket eBook was backlit – nice for all of the nights I was up late with my babies!
– the screen refresh is a bit blinky
– they green/grey background is a little distracting – the option for white would be nice
– put some of the common symboles on the keyboard like @ and -.
I may have more overtime, but I can tell this will quickly be a device that I will always have with me. I’m extremly please with my new Kindle.
Excellent post. If you need to listen to BBC Radio on the iPhone – I strongly recommend BBC Streams – it is easily the best way to listen to BBC Radio on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and it’s free at BBCStreams.com.