The best apps for your iPhone
You've got an iPhone ... now what? We've rounded up the best apps available today, from time-saving productivity tools to games you won't be able to put down. Get more guides at Digital Trends.




Tips and Tricks ($0.99)

For those of you who want to optimize your iPhone experience, but don’t want to dig through various websites or forums — then Tips and Tricks for the iPhone is for you. The informative app, which costs less than a cup of coffee, will serve as a guide to your iPhone as well as show you hidden features, shortcuts, and other useful information.

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1Password ($9.99)

One of the worst things about being able to do nearly everything on your iPhone is having to constantly enter and re-enter usernames and passwords to all your favorite Web sites and apps. Even with the hefty price tag, we think the 1Password app is worth the money for ease and convenience. It aims to solve this problem by securely storing all your username and password information. Users can choose to have the app automatically log them into Web sites with a single tap. No more wracking your brain for the right username or having to correctly type a long password in via the iPhone’s typo-prone keyboard. The app can also store notes and other information that you wouldn’t want accessible on your basic Stickies app.


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Air To-Do ($1.99)

There are a plethora of to-do list apps out there, and most of the well rated ones are going to accomplish exactly what you need. Still, the Air To-Do app has a sleek UI that doesn’t jumble your chores together, instead allowing you to control how you organize them. You can also check off your list with boxes to mark it something has been completed, versus others that simply delete a task.


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CraigsPro+ ($1.99)

Craigslist is a treasure trove of freebies and rarities for cheap, but good luck scoring that free hot tub, cheap air conditioner or the only pair of Klipschhorn speakers in your city if you’re not one of the very first to respond. CraigsPro+ gives you a leg up on the competition by letting you set up Search Agents that buzz your phone as soon as an item you’ve been searching for crops up. Combine it with a swift e-mail and that 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT will be yours. You only get 50 of these search alerts with purchase, but snagging more is as cheap as a tenth of a cent apiece. (CraigsPro+ uses remote servers to continuously scour Craigslist for your search terms then sends push alerts when it scores a hit, rather than grinding your phone battery down. The price goes to reimbursing those expenses.)


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Google Voice (Free)

At first Google Voice was not technically an “app” because Google had to subvert Apple’s iTunes store by building it into the Web. But Apple finally let it through and now you can get the official Google Voice apps from the App store. With it, you can make cheap international calls at Google Voice rates, send free unlimited text messages, and even sift through voicemails left at your Google Voice number, all for free.

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Pandora (Free)

If you know anyone with a 16GB iPhone that has absolutely zero music loaded on, you can probably blame Pandora. The ultra-popular music app mimics the functionality of Pandora.com by spinning one artist or song into a never-ending playlist of similar tunes, which you can vote up or down along the way to further tune it to your tastes. To our amazement, it even works when you tread outside metropolitan 3G coverage into EDGE zones, meaning you really have to head off the beaten path to lose your tunes.


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MusicID with Lyrics ($0.99)

Having a nameless song stuck in your head is one of life’s cruelest games. This app will solve all your music identification issues, whether it’s the title, artist, or words you can’t remember. All you have to do is hold your iPhone up to the source and you’ll be given a complete rundown, including artist biographies and YouTube videos.


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NPR Music (Free)

NPR is always on top of the latest albums, with in-depth analysis of upcoming releases paired with full access to the music – which is only available for a limited time. But it remains a great way to listen to popular and talented artists’ new music for free, and is now available in app form. NPR features an impressive array of genres and while the likes of Arcade Fire and Kanye West are likely to pop up, you’ll also get a chance to expand your horizons. Artist interviews as well as live concert clips are also at your fingertips.


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Netflix – (Free: Requires $8.99 monthly subscription)

Turn your iPhone into a portable TV with over 17,000 streaming titles on tap. Netflix works over both Wi-Fi and 3G networks, loads quickly, and provides great pictures quality on the iPhone’s screen. You’ll never have an idle five minutes again.


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SoundHound (Free)

Now you’ll never be driving or watching a commercial, hear a catchy new song only to miss out on what it’s called and who sings it. While there are many other music-recognizing apps on the market, Soundhound’s exclusive singing search feature sets it apart from the pack. Simply hum a tune or sing some lyrics yourself and SoundHound can quickly tell you the title and artist of the song.


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Yelp (Free)

Your go-to source for all things brick-and-mortar, tailored for the iPhone. Whether you’re looking for a mechanic or a drugstore, the Yelp app makes it a breeze to find the best one based on the sites’ comprehensive library of reviews, without driving all over town. Either browse by category, or rely on the iPhone GPS to peg your location and find locations nearby. You can also write reviews from the phone, allowing you to ward off potential customers when you end up at a dive before you even head home.


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Pulse, Free

This app is a great one for anyone who likes to catch up on the day’s news and reading in one spot. Users can put together a personalized homepage (or five different swipeable pages) of various popular sources like Salon, Time, Gawker, Mashable, Politico, and even Digital Trends. You can then easily swipe through thumbnails of stories from all of their chosen sources and read articles that they find interesting. It’s the best reader app for the iPhone and offers plenty of sources and a great visual design.


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Epicurious (Free)

Now recipes from this award-winning food site can be in your pocket, shopping list and all. More than 30,000 professional recipes are available via the Epicurious app, which features a clean user interface and big, beautiful photos. Users can search for recipes based on ingredients they already have, what’s seasonal, or upcoming holidays and events. Save recipes or add them to your Shopping List to create a personalized grocery list to cover all your meals. The app will provide you with an easy list that even lets you check off items as you go. Step-by-step instructions and photos make sure your cooking goes off without a hitch.


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Kayak (Free)

Quit daydreaming of travel and see what it will actually take to get you halfway across the world with the Web’s best airline search engine, now in iPhone form. Although it takes a little longer to return results, the smart interface almost has us reaching for our phones to look for tickets instead of the desktop browser version. In a bind, Kayak can also snag you a hotel or rental car for a song, and has smart little utilities like packing lists and flight tracker built right in.
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Wi-Fi Finder (Free)

It’s as simple as it sounds. This app will locate and display the free and pay required Wi-Fi hotspots nearest you and even filter by location, so you can determine if you’d rather use the Internet in a nearby library or Starbucks. You can also search paid, free, or all available Wi-Fi. It pulls from a database of 545,00 locations internationally, so odds are you’ll find something.


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Mint.com (Free)

Keep track of your finances on the go with Mint.com and the corresponding iPhone app. The free service tracks and automatically updates all of your finance accounts, so you always know where your money is and what you’re spending it on. Users can set budgets to help track spending and set up email or text alerts for budgets, fees, due dates, and low balances. In combination with Mint.com, users can view graphs and visuals of spending for the month or over a longer time period. The app also supports tracking investments, including your 401K, brokerage accounts, and IRAs.


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Fring (Free)

Forget downloading different apps for each IM service like, AIM or Yahoo Messenger, especially when the limitations of the iPhone mean you won’t be able to switch between them without closing one. Fring combines all the most popular instant messaging clients in one app, plus Twitter, Facebook and even SIP and video calling. We also dig the no nonsense layout, and extras, like built-in history.


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SketchBook MobileX (Free)

Forget using the back of a napkin for your next brilliant idea. Sketch it out in full color with this free version of Autodesk’s powerful Sketchbook Mobile. Multiple tools, brushes, synthetic pressure sensitivity and a streamlined user interface make it a breeze to scratch out images as quickly as the wheels in your mind turn – with a little practice.


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Geocaching ($9.99)

Old-time geocachers may bemoan the lack of prep work that this all-inclusive geocaching app eliminates, but casual geocachers won’t be able to deny the convenience. Just fire it up and when you’re in a new area to find nearby caches, read the details, drop a pin on the map, and get searching. You can even post field notes to help others, right from the phone. We’ve used it for impromptu caching in the middle of a hike or just strolling around the city.


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Instagram (Free)

Instagram is one of the most popular apps for the iPhone and there are good reasons why. Not only does Instagram let users apply a huge selection of vintage-style filters to their mobile photos, but it also has a social platform for sharing and commenting on those photos with friends. The app has created a Facebook or Twitter-like design just for mobile photos, allowing users to ‘follow’ friends, comment on photos, and view all of their friends’ photos in one feed. The high-quality filters and social sharing aspect make this app a hard one to beat for iPhone photo-enthusiasts.

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TuneIn Radio (Free)

You can go Radio Ga Ga with TuneIn because it gives you access to over 70,000 radio stations worldwide and over 2 million on-demand programs. It has a clean, easy to use interface and allows you to search by station, location, song or artist. You can also access sports and talk radio or catch the latest news. The ability to pause and rewind is great and if you upgrade to the Pro version for 99 cents you can even record your favorite tunes.

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Camera + ($0.99)

Photographers looking to get more out of the iPhone have to buy this app. It basically unlocks your iPhone camera allowing you to set exposure, access scene modes, line up shots, and a whole lot more. The options continue after you have captured the shot with a host of filters and effects, and integrated social networking services for sharing your creations.

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WhatsApp Messenger ($0.99)

Breaking the barriers between platforms, WhatsApp is a simple messenger that allows you to send messages, audio, photo, or video files to contacts — as long as they also have the app. What’s the big deal? It’s completely free to send messages and the app simply uses your network or Wi-Fi connection. It works on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Symbian. This is a real money saver and it’s especially good if you want to send messages internationally. All you have to do is get your friends to play ball.

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Flock (Free)

It takes ages for everyone to share them. Sometimes you might miss photos someone else took altogether. With Flock, you can automatically share photos with Facebook friends based on your shared location. The app checks metadata on location and time and then cross references with your Facebook friends to make photo sharing easier.

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SnapSeed ($4.99)

Many photo-editing apps fall down when it comes to being accessible and intuitive, while others lack the depth you need to get great results. Snapseed is perfectly balanced. You’ll find a range of basic tools to fix up your photos, a nice line-up of creative effects, and handy sharing options. You can get great results with these tools without having to undertake a tutorial first.

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Solar ($0.99)

There are plenty of weather apps out there, but Solar is a little bit special. It features a stylish interface with colorscapes which reflect the state of the weather outside. It’s a minimalist design with intuitive touch controls that allow you to swipe for more information or double tap to check multiple locations. It pulls in GPS weather data from BestForecast by Wunderground.com, but the real attraction is the aesthetic.

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The best apps for your iPhone

You've got an iPhone ... now what? We've rounded up the best apps available today, from time-saving productivity tools to games you won't be able to put down. Get more guides at Digital Trends.

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