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25 must-have iPhone apps, according to Jason Hiner

Jason Hiner's favorite iPhone apps

Get the inside track on iPhone apps that can improve your productivity, and a few that can provide a little geek fun. Here's a list of the top 25 iPhone apps from TechRepublic Editor in Chief Jason Hiner. Also look for follow up lists from Jason on the top Android apps, Android widgets, and iPad apps.

See all 25 apps in single list and get links to download them from the App Store.

About

Jason Hiner is the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He is an award-winning journalist who writes about the people, products, and ideas that are revolutionizing the ways we live and work in the 21st century.

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Brett Nelms
Brett Nelms

Their is no better twitter app than tweetdeck and their probably never will be

gwolanin
gwolanin

If you're a coach, fan, or player. "Baseball Speed" is a great app for tracking pitchers to see how fast they're throwing.

ami
ami

The Navigon Mobile Navigator is not working properly on iPad devices. It gives blank lines as options and these lines only contain text when tapped (at which point the user has chosen a pot luck selection). Let's see if they will fix that...

BillAten
BillAten

iPhone4 reports that Xtreme Speedtest (& Pro) is no longer available for download from the App Store.

thegreenwizard1
thegreenwizard1

I have a simple phone and happy with it. I'm free... Free of emails, free of the office stress and that the best apps. Nothing is live threatening in the business, every things can wait until you are back in the office. If it is live threatening and you died....then you don't need it anymore.

Animal13
Animal13

BTW, I like CNETs collection of iPhone app favorites. I tend to use recommendations as my way of finding new apps among the 200,000... Unsung Hero: Maps! I know, its not only free, its already on you iPhone. Let say you are looking for the closest Starbucks... Type Starbucks in the addres field and it PushPins all the local Starbucks. Best Time Waster: Card Shark Solitare. It is one of the best collections of Solitaire and has a great user interface. I've upgraded to the Premium version for more games and the ability to keep score but the free version is still addicting. Social Media: I've gotten addicted to FourSquare. It allows me to keep tabs on my friends and lets them know where I'm hiding. For Twitter and Facebook, I like TweetDeck. Pretty clean user interface, I wish the iPhone version did LinkedIn like the Windows Version does... (I still have the Facebook, Twitter and Linked In apps on my phone as well but rarely use them) Utility: MyBattery It lets you derate battery life which is useful since it degrades over time. It also puts a battery meter on your lock screen so you can see how much battery is left without unlocking the phone. Reference: iBird Explorer - Probably the most expensive app I've purchsed (I got the iBird Explorier South which is $9.99) I'm an avid birder and like to use the similar birds lookup and the bird sounds. Its like an interactive Peterson / Audabon Guide done right... Shopping: I have Red Laser as well but ShopSavvy seems to lock onto UPCs better... AT&T Harassment: I got AT&T's free Mark The Spot app to tell them everwhere I drop a call and where their coverage is terrible. I figure if enough of us complain about certain areas, they'll fix them... SpeedTest. You reference it in your post. I have AT&T as my isp and it feels like they throttle my bandwidth every so often. If I run a couple of speed tests, it tends to open up the blockage and the bandwidth goes back to what I pay for... I've read through all the other Favorite App articles and have added: Kindle, IMDb, PS Mobile, Firefox Home, Evernote, 2Do Lite, and Pano to my phone. I'll play with them this week and see if I like them.

david.laur
david.laur

i use the Android with a touch screen and hope to never get used to using it. i use speech to text for nearly everything and its not perfect, but it does the trick

carmanhere
carmanhere

How about some articles on or even the best Android phone

rajgopalhg
rajgopalhg

I completely agree with you. But smartphones will be useful for moving professionals. Any such tools will be useful when they are on official trips. Smartphones may not be of much use for the people with fixed working hours.

Bshane
Bshane

If you're a radio, recording, TV or film geek, Billboard is a must-have. It lets you communicate quickly and silently in the studio or on set, where making even the tiniest sound can turn you into a pariah. Some people find Billboard useful in hyper-noisy environments, too, like clubs.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

I'm going to be doing a similar list for Android apps and one for Android widgets, as well as a separate list for iPad apps.