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Jason Hiner's 20 most useful iPhone apps

20 highly useful iPhone apps

Mobile apps have become an embarrassment of riches for iPhone and Android. In a world with over 500,000 iPhone apps and over 250,000 Android apps, the toughest part is finding the most useful stuff. I'm going to throw you an assist by sharing my top 20. My iPhone picks are all third-party apps that can help you be more productive, streamline regular activities, reduce the number of gadgets in your life, and take advantage of the top benefits that mobile computing has to offer.

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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.

9 comments
IT Support23
IT Support23

So many apps to choose from. i just hope all of them are useful and makes sense. :) Thanks for sharing your fave list. :)

Carissa_Lysta
Carissa_Lysta

I've tried most of these apps and absolutely love them. One more app that I find extremely useful to have on your iPhone is Life Dial. It's an app that alerts your loved ones when you're in dangerous situations and also gives them your location. Can't get any more useful than that, especially when it could save your life. Heres the link if anyone wanted to try it out: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/life-dial/id485589542?ls=1&mt=8

NickkTE
NickkTE

How a journalist can feel comfortable using an application that ambushes the English language so poorly I fail to comprehend Recency is not a word; you???d think the designers would check such things ??? wouldn???t you?

Mindtickler
Mindtickler

I went to the iTunes store and looked at Navigon. What you didn't see was the number of negative reviews. For example, at the time I wrote this the North America version had 83 five-stars to 344 one-stars. Reading through them was complaint after complaint, the worst of which would wipe out all history and favorites when doing an upgrade. Way too many complaints for a $59.99 price tag that charges $15 for map updates. The USA version had 19 five-stars to 102 one-stars. It was about the same with other Navigon versions. Other GPS apps got better reviews for less money. For example, Copilot Live North America is $19,99 and they run specials once in a while. Mid year it was $9.99 and last month it was $14.99. They used to charge a premium price for their older version. While they may not the best, there are free ones or very low cost apps including MapQuest, Inrix Traffic, Gokivo, Skobbler, Waze, Route4me, and of course the infamous MotionX GPS Drive. I'd check out some of these first so that you know what features you want before plopping $50-60 on the premier apps. Especially ones that get bad reviews.

Mosblest
Mosblest

Jason, good list. I want to love camera+ but it keeps crashing. Drives me nuts.

doaks
doaks

Love the TED website - I'll check out the app. The Grocerygadgets app sounds incredibly useful too. My favorite iPhone app is the calorie counter done by MyFitnessPal. I've lost 46 pounds so far with a free iPhone app. Best money I never spent.

robbymgood
robbymgood

Jason, Thanks for creating a great list of iPhone apps! I am sure we will spend next few days trying these cool apps! One iPhone app I really like is Dobango play2Win. It's a clever play of mashing up social, gaming and rewards. Play fun games and get real rewards. Why not? :) Check it out - iTunes link http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/play2win/id432643192?mt=8 Robby

vanja.marin
vanja.marin

Let me tell you that I've used more then 6 different GPS models from different companies, from the time they were part of pocket-pc over its dedicated hardwares to nowadays smartphone versions... Many of them are quite good, Tom-Tom., Garmins, etc.... But Navigon is the first that really blew me away - you may prefere someone's else graphics more, but functionality and possibilities are unbeatable..... I purchased it for 100$ - two years ago - for iPhone 3G - worked great.... So great that I went and bought dedicated NAVIGON GPS navigation device (the most expensive one - that can run DVB-t (I travel a lot, obviously...) But new version that I run on my iPhone4 and even better, on iPad, is just remarkable - I simply can't imagine that this kind of software can be done better!!!!! It is European product, though - so, services like live traffic etc. maybe don't work in USA yet. BUT , IT IS UTTER UNTRUTH THAT UPDATE DELETS YOUR ROUTES AND FAVORITES....Olny thing you need to do to have them back in your software is to restart your device after update - it is all inconvenience there is.... I truly recommend this one!!!!! P.S. It's 3d vision takes you through the streets where you totally realistically see buildings around u!!!!(of course, in bigger cities), and terrain configuration around u is also as realistic as can be!!!!

wendyskains
wendyskains

I love MyFitnessPal! 28 pounds for me so far...