With all the utilities and useful tools found on the App Store it’s hard to know what’s useful and what’s just digital junk. We’ve put together a short list or our favorites just to make it a bit easier for you to find some stuff that you may actually like.
Some of these Apps are practical (remote), others are things we ourselves use everyday (iTeleport) and others are just fun little Apps that we enjoy from time to time (App Stream).
Why not take a look at our list of Best App Store Utilities of 2010?
1) iTeleport ($24.99)
iTeleport is a pricey little App, but we love the heck out of it. It gives you VNC access from your iPad to your computer. In English, that means it lets you control your computer (seeing the desktop and everything on your iPad) remotely on the iPad screen. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you will LOVE the idea of accessing your Mac (works on Windows too) remotely. Plus, if you have a jailbroken iPad with SSH access, you can import objects directly to your iPad, remotely. We have the tutorial: here.
2) Remote (Free)
Remote is a free App. The application is designed by Apple, and it lets you control Apple TV or iTunes on your computer from your iPad or iPhone. The software is completely necessary if you have Apple TV. For one, because it’s free. Two, because anyone who has ever had to type using Apple’s stock Apple TV remote knows it’s a nightmare.
3) iCall (Free)
This is one of those Apps we’ve mentioned on several occasions in the past. That’s because we love it. You download the App, enter some basic information and you can call your friends’ phones via VOIP. The interesting part is that you can turn your iPad or your iPod Touch into a phone. Take a mifi in your pocket, and you have a cell phone.
4) Find My iPhone (Free)
The Find My iPhone service is free to those who have an iPhone 4, and there are workarounds for users who don’t (We posted it here). So long as you have an iPad, you can activate another device through this App. It’s extremely useful, and has actually helped people find their phones. In a worst-case scenario, you can completely wipe your device. Still better than someone else having access to your data.
5) App Stream (free)
This is just a fun little tool. It sends a constant stream of App icons to your iPad. It’s not some revelation in App design, but it’s just cool to see 169 application icons on your screen at one time and simply click on one that piques your interest. You may find a lot of cool apps you otherwise would never have known existed by using this.
While games are the most popular software on the App Store, and productivity Apps will help you get work done, you can’t overlook the usefulness of many of these utility-type Apps. They tend to sit somewhere in the middle of “work” and “play.”
As always with these lists, we wouldn’t be able to list every useful App unless we had 50 spaces, and then we’d still miss a bunch. So why not let us know what some of your favorite utilities are? We are always interested in trying out new stuff from the App Store.