I just (finally) upgraded my iPhone OS to the new 3.0 and thought this might be a good opportunity to go over some of the apps that I keep on my iPhone’s home screen. I won’t deal with the native iPhone apps, just the third-party gems that I can’t function without.
(All application links go to the iTunes store.)
- SaiSuke. This is my preferred calendar app because it syncs beautifully with Google Calendars. You can read my full calendar sync setup here. There is a limited free version but I use the paid $9.99 version.
- Things. One of the best task management (to-do list) applications around. It also syncs via WiFi with the desktop version. You can read more about my task management setup here. The iPhone app is $9.99 and the desktop app is $49.99.
- Flashlight. Because you never know when you might need a little extra light (or a crazy, rave-ready party light machine). Flashlight is free.
- Facebook. Everyone is on Facebook and the native iPhone app is the best way to access those crucial updates on the go. Facebook is free.
- Tweetie. Tweetie for iPhone and Tweetie for Mac are both beautiful Twitter applications. I’m not saying they are right for everyone, but so far they are both my choice. I can’t wait until they start syncing with each other… please! Tweetie for iPhone is $2.99 and Tweetie for Mac is either free (ad supported) or $19.95. (I use the free version of the desktop app.)
- Byline. For a long time I have been a happy NetNewsWire user. NNW is a free RSS reader for both Mac and iPhone. With a free Newsgator account both versions even stay in sync. However, I recently tried out Byline which is an iPhone app that syncs and caches feeds from a Google Reader account. I think I have officially made the switch. Byline works really well and looks great. Plus, with Fluid I can setup a separate “app” for Google Reader on my Mac. Google Reader is free and Byline is $4.99.
- Instapaper. Instapaper is a free online service that allows you to store the contents of web pages for later reading. You simply click a bookmarklet in any browser and the contents of the current web page gets stored in your Instapaper account. The iPhone app downloads all stored pages in your account so you can read them offline on your iPhone. This is perfect for reading long articles on an airplane. The web service is free and you have a choice between a free version of the iPhone app or a “pro” version which costs $4.99. (I use the free version.)
- The Weather Channel®. I like this app over the native Weather app. Honestly I don’t even remember what features pushed it above the other, but I do like it and it’s free (although there is a “Max” version for $3.99).
- Evernote. I like Evernote a lot! Evernote is a web application that allows a user to import stuff that gets synced to other places. I posted one example of how I used it here. Basically imaging copying stuff from your browser on your Mac (like a recipe) and being able to view it later on your iPhone, or taking a picture on your iPhone and being able to view it later on your friend’s PC, or any number of other things. Evernote works via their web interface but they also have free apps for your desktop or iPhone so you can access your stuff more easily. It is a free service but you can also upgrade to a premium account to gain more bandwidth and other features.
That’s my home screen and a few of the iPhone apps I use on a regular basis. What apps do you keep up front on your iPhone?