The iPhone is a great gadget (as a phone, it’s okay. Personally I wish it could be made a bit louder as my ears, they ain’t so good at that hearing thing.) Here are the apps I’ve found that I use the most. (Excluding google maps, the built in email and browser, and the phone functions, of course. Having google maps available so easily really is an amazing piece of functionality to have in a phone, I must say.)
Urbanspoon (free): Restaurant guide with cool select a random place by shaking the iPhone. Links to lots of reviews, which is nice. A friend feature to spy on your friends favorite places.
OpenTable (free): Restaurant reservation system.
Yelp (free): Restraurant/business locater with reviews.
Wall Street Journal (free): Perhaps the smoothest newsites app. The editorials are amusing to read for a liberal like me, but the news coverage is excellent.
Bloomberg (free): Great if you need an up to date financial news fix. Stock quotes and tracking functions are fairly limited.
New York Times (free): The first version of this app was horrible (took forever to download content), but the new version works fine. Since I read the print copy I don’t use this as much as the WSJ app.
Flixter (free): Movie app. I really like this one. Allows you to keep a list of your favorite theaters, to search by nearest feature, or search by movie. Contains links to rotten tomato reviews.
Facebook (free): A few clunky things about this app, but being able to take photos that go directly to your facebook page is pretty cool (and useful when you need to tell your partner where you parked the car.)
TED (free): Watch TED talks on your iphone. If only it would allow me to download the talk and watch it later it would be perfect.
Public Radio Tuner (free): Listen to numerous public radio stations on your iPhone. KEXP everywhere! This is the first version of this app, a newer version is also available, but I have heard terrible things about it. The first version does sometimes choke, I’ve found, but I haven’t had a ton of problems with it. Unfortunately, my “local” public radio, Jefferson Public Radio in Southern Oregon isn’t on the list. One thing I love is that I can now listened to the news in the wrong timezone!
Pandora (free): Pandora radio streamed to your iphone. Sweet: I use it to listen to my customized radio station “Band of Radiohead Floydies.” Lots of synth.
Keynote Remote ($0.99): Remotely control a keynote presentation. Shows your slide and notes on the iPhone while you’re giving the talk. Next step: use your iPhone and no computer to give a keynote presentation!
True Weight ($0.99): Track your weight. Okay this one has its problems (email export sends me my weight in some strange units, but I can normalize knowing a data point.) And the “true weight” part is silly (seems to be a running average.) But this is a very simple app that does allow me to track my weight, and since I’ve recently started another insane diet, it satisfies my inner graphing geek.
Remote (free): Use to remotely control your iTunes.
arXiview ($0.99): Use to read the arXiv! Okay this one I use because I wrote it! (Note that an update should be appearing in a bit enabling boolean searches and fixing some bugs.)