My Current iPhone Apps

I have had an iPhone now for a couple of years. This is one gadget I have not grown tired of. I still love it. It is really an engineering marvel.

iPhone Apps

The App Store makes the phone almost infinitely extensible. It seems there is an app for everything you can think of—and many you would not have imagined. (This is precisely why I think the iPad is going to be a hit. But I digress.)

The problem is that if you aren’t careful, the number of apps on your phone can become unwieldily. In fact, this is my only real complaint with the iPhone right now. Apple needs to develop a better way to keep my apps organized.

Today, I had finally had enough. I had downloaded 102 applications. I kid you not. Most of them were free. And, as it turned out, I was using very few of them on a weekly, let alone daily, basis. I decided to reduce the clutter, and deactivate all the ones I am not using.

Not counting the ones that come pre-installed on the iPhone, I have thirteen applications installed. I thought I would share the ones I have found most useful and then ask you about the ones you like.

Application Price
iPhone App - Amazon Mobile Amazon Mobile: This is a simple storefront to the Amazon store. You can search, read reviews, add items to your wish list, and make purchases with one click. It is especially convenient at social events. If someone mentions a book, you can look it up and order it without even adding it to your to-do list. Free
iPhone App - Analytics Pro Analytics Pro: If you run a Web site or have an active blog, this provides full-blown access to Google Analytics in the palm of your hand. The interface is elegant. This is one application that I actually like better on the iPhone than on the Web. $6.99
iPhone App - CalenGoo CalenGoo: Donald Miller first told me about this iPhone app. I started using Google calendar and couldn’t figure out an easy way to view my calendar with my iPhone. This makes it a snap. It has daily, weekly, monthly, and agenda views. It has completely replaced the native iPhone calendar for me. $6.99
iPhone App - Evernote Evernote: I use Evernote on the desktop. It is like a digital file cabinet. I can enter a random note, take snapshot of something I want to remember (e.g., a business card or wine bottle), and even record a voice memo. It is my augmented brain. It also syncs with my desktop version via the Web. Free
iPhone App - Facebook Facebook: This is another iPhone app that I like better than the desktop version. It is super simple to use. I find the interface more intuitive and less cluttered than the Web version. As a result, I find myself checking Facebook more when I am traveling than when at home. Free
iPhone App - GoDaddy GoDaddy: I use GoDaddy to manage all my domains. There are probably better alternatives, but I have everything stored here, and it is difficult to think about migrating them. I find it especially useful when I want to search for a domain or purchase one. Free
iPhone App - Hootsuite HootSuite: I think I have tried every Twitter client available for the iPhone. This one is far and away my favorite. It syncs seamlessly with the desktop or Web versions of HootSuite. I have the same columns on all versions, making it easy to keep up with conversations and respond. $2.99
iPhone App - Kindle Kindle: I am actually surprised that I use this little app as much as I do. Reading a book on the iPhone is easier than you think. I find myself using this when sitting at the dentist’s office, on an airplane, or even standing in line. Best of all, it syncs the last page you read to, so that you can pick up where you left off on your actual Kindle. Free
iPhone App - Things Things: Things is the Mac app I use exclusively to manage my to-do list. I think I have tried just about all of them. This is by far the easiest and most intuitive. It also syncs up with the desktop version. My only complaint is that it syncs up via wireless and both the desktop and the iPhone app have to be running on the same network. $9.99
iPhone App - TwitVid TwitVid: This is a great little app for shooting short videos and posting them to Twitter with a minimum amount of fuss. You can also grab a video you have already shot. Either way, it turns a multi-step shuffle into a few clicks. Free
iPhone App - WorldMate WorldMate Gold: I use this program to manage my travel agenda. My assistant is able to plug in everything related to my trips: flights, car rentals, hotels, etc. If she updates something, it automatically changes on my iPhone. The app updates flight information an d delays automatically. It also displays the weather in the city I am visiting. $14.99
iPhone App - Wall Street Journal Wall Street Journal: This is where I go first when I need a news fix. (I also have my Google Reader page saved for RSS feeds.) While the app is free, you have to have a subscription to the Journal to use it. It is a very slick interface. They have done a great job adapting their content to this delivery format. Free
iPhone App - YouVersion YouVersion: This is the Bible I carry with me. It is produced by LifeChurch.tv. I can’t believe they give it away. It even has my favorite translation, the New King James Version, which we publish at Thomas Nelson. They have 40 others available also. Free

I am sure I will continue to experiment with new apps. The challenge will be to keep my list at a manageable level.

Questions: What about you? What are your favorite iPhone apps?
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  • Me

    Aside from Evernote, YouVersion, my most essential apps:

    VehiCal – track auto mileage & maintenance
    TweetDeck – twitter & facebook
    MotionX GPS Drive – awesome GPS
    Docs2Go – MS Office & Google Docs
    Pandora – online radio player
    NetNewsWire – RSS reader, syncs progress with other devices
    Flixster – movie & DVD lookup
    TVUPlayer – watch streaming TV & News
    iWeatherComplete – weather lookup

    Jailbreak apps (otherwise, I’d go crazy with just iPhone stock apps):

    AttachmentSaver – gives ability to save Mail attachments to iPhone
    Backgrounder – run multiple apps simultaneously
    CyDialer – dial phone #’s from lock screen
    File2Mail – email multiple files, photos, etc to any email address
    iFile – File Manager and Viewer (indispensable); like Finder on Mac
    Lockdown – password protect ANY app
    Maps Enhancer – provides more options to Maps.app
    SBSettings – toggle common actions (turn wifi, bluetooth off/on, adjust brightness, many more)
    Twidget – view tweets from lock screen
    Winterboard – customize iPhone with themes, ringtones, fonts, & much more
    Snappy – snap a picture from ANY app or screen on iPhone
    Firewall IP – intercepts outgoing connections & blocks app ads (no app snooping)
    5 Icon Dock – allows 5 apps in Dock
    5-Column – allows 5 columns of icons
    FivelRows – allows 5 rows of icons
    Categories – allows to organize apps into folders
    VolumeBoost X3 – boosts volume of iPhone
    GriP – Push Mail notifications and allows to read new mail from any app or screen
    Action Menu – Customize the callout menu by adding more options like Copy All, Dial, Favorites, Scroll, Open Path
    Safari Download Manager – download videos and attachments from Safari
    SwapMode – frees up memory from Jailbreak app when playing resource-intensive games

  • http://creativethink.com Roger von Oech

    Creative Whack Pack http://j.mp/cwpapp in Business category (a former #1 top seller)

    Contains 64 illustrated creativity strategies with stories, examples and workshops!

    If you want to stimulate your creative juices, this is the app for you.

  • http://www.officeanticsapp.com Jon

    In my opinion no iPhone is complete without OfficeAntics…. http://www.officeanticsapp.com

  • Colin

    I agree with many of your top apps. Here are a few others I really like (and use):
    Dragon Dictation- puts into text what you speak. Really accurate.
    WordPress- App for your wordpress page
    Remote- controls your iTunes on your computer remotely from your iPhone
    Grocery IQ- great for keeping your shopping lists
    iFitness- keep track of workouts
    Lose It!- keep track of what you eat
    Gallery- syncs your MobileMe galleries
    TripTracker- syncs with your airline accounts and trip changes
    Mint- track your spending
    Twitterific

  • Tom Beagan

    The only one I use regularly that hasn't been mentioned already is The LOGOS Ministry, Family 'round The Table for planning family nights.

  • Dave Anthold

    I use the Tweetdeck &Mashable apps quite frequently.

  • http://wilsonbrowneinc.com Richard

    Thanks for the list. I downloaded TwitVid and WSJ to try them out. Only apps I would add as "important" on my phone are 1Password (password manager) and Chirpie Pro (quick status updates to Facebook and/or Twitter).

  • http://www.become-a-veterinary-technician.com/ veterinary technician

    What a great resource!

  • http://www.pricebonus.com/ Amy

    Thanks for the list Michael. I have a few others that help me in my specific vocation:
    SPL Meter by Studio Six Digital. A accurate app to measure the decibel level in a venue.

    Tempo by Frozen Ape. A metronome that where you can select a tempo or tap out a tempo for reference.

    Planning Center Online. This is a app representative of a desktop program we use to plan all our worship services and schedule all personnel for these services. A great time saver.
    My recent post A New Look for Michael’s Notes

  • http://www.pricebonus.com/ Amy

    Aside from Evernote, YouVersion, my most essential apps:

    VehiCal – track auto mileage & maintenance
    TweetDeck – twitter & facebook
    MotionX GPS Drive – awesome GPS
    Docs2Go – MS Office & Google Docs
    Pandora – online radio player
    NetNewsWire – RSS reader, syncs progress with other devices
    Flixster – movie & DVD lookup
    TVUPlayer – watch streaming TV & News
    iWeatherComplete – weather lookup

    Jailbreak apps (otherwise, I’d go crazy with just iPhone stock apps):

    AttachmentSaver – gives ability to save Mail attachments to iPhone
    Backgrounder – run multiple apps simultaneously
    CyDialer – dial phone #’s from lock screen
    File2Mail – email multiple files, photos, etc to any email address
    iFile – File Manager and Viewer (indispensable); like Finder on Mac
    Lockdown – password protect ANY app
    Maps Enhancer – provides more options to Maps.app
    SBSettings – toggle common actions (turn wifi, bluetooth off/on, adjust brightness, many more)
    Twidget – view tweets from lock screen
    Winterboard – customize iPhone with themes, ringtones, fonts, & much more
    Snappy – snap a picture from ANY app or screen on iPhone
    Firewall IP – intercepts outgoing connections & blocks app ads (no app snooping)
    5 Icon Dock – allows 5 apps in Dock
    5-Column – allows 5 columns of icons
    FivelRows – allows 5 rows of icons
    Categories – allows to organize apps into folders
    VolumeBoost X3 – boosts volume of iPhone
    GriP – Push Mail notifications and allows to read new mail from any app or screen
    Action Menu – Customize the callout menu by adding more options like Copy All, Dial, Favorites, Scroll, Open Path
    Safari Download Manager – download videos and attachments from Safari
    SwapMode – frees up memory from Jailbreak app when playing resource-intensive games

  • http://www.toputop.com/iphone-apps-marketing.html App Marketing

    Things is one of the best and worth to buy.

  • http://www.dozeniphone.com online iphone

    I bought an iPhone around a year ago and I must say that the apps have changed the way I do my online banking, book flights and chat to friends. Almost everything can be done online now and with increasing wi-fi connectivity in cafes, transport and other public spaces, I can get things done while on the move. The TomTom online iphone app listed onhttp://www.dozeniphone.com has revolutionized my driving experience. I feel that the Tom Tom GPS is one of the best on the market.

  • Tim A.

    If you use Google calendar and/or Gmail, I highly recommend Google sync (http://www.google.com/mobile/sync/). It will give you push sync of email, calendar, and contacts with the native iPhone apps. You don’t ever have to think about syncing anymore. It just happens automatically, over the air. I use it and love it.

    Also, NatureSpace is great for napping and even helping you focus. The quality of the sounds with headphones is pretty incredible.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonbentsen @jasonbentsen

    I just learned of Action Method. It's limited online desktop client is free as is the iphone app. I've used it like crazy since downloading it. I'll have to check out Things, Evernote, & Hootsuite. Been using Tweetdeck. Also use the Bible app – Great! Betty Crocker cookbook is free & great for recipes. Grocery Gadget is great for shopping & can be synced between people w/ an online account. Remote, RedBox, & Netflix round out a few others that are nice.

  • briansmith10

    Great Post! I really enjoyed everyone's app reccomendations. I wanted to add one I haven't seen yet. It's called JotNot Pro and I use it to scan paperwork, especially receipts, so that I can turn them in digitally. I actually blogged about it here
    http://wp.me/pVGRX-1r

  • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

    Glad I found this. Got a few of these apps. Going to grab a couple of these I don’t have. Good stuff!

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