There are many people right now who received an iPhone or iPod Touch for Christmas this year. Many of them may or may not yet know their way around iOS, the operating system that those iDevices run on. Most essential, to begin with, are the Apps. You’ve all heard the old catchphrase “There’s an App for that.” Well, that’s because there often is.
Let’s take a look at some the essential free iPhone Apps (or iPad and iPod Touch). Please note that the App descriptions are as they appear on the App Store:
AOL Radio powered by CBS Radio features over 350+ free stations spanning dozens of music genres, including pop, urban, country, indie, jazz, oldies and rock. Also choose from over 150+ popular terrestrial stations across the United States from CBS Radio including The World Famous KROQ, WXRT, 1010 WINS AM, The Fan, 92.3 Now FM and more. Now with song skipping on AOL Radio stations and multitasking on supported iOS4 devices.
AP Mobile news helps you keep up-to-date with what’s happening anywhere, in your hometown and across the globe.
Tap Tap Revenge is a music game in the tradition of games like Rock Band, Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution that puts your rhythmic skills to the test in all-new ways. Tap through the beats or shake left and right as the arrows fall. Download exclusive tracks or take on your friends in Tap Tap Revenge’s unique head-to-head two-player mode.
Selected as a New York Times App of the Week, iCall is used by over 4,000,000 people worldwide. iCall is changing the way people around the globe communicate.
Simplify. We’re making it easier to stay in touch with all your friends ‚Äì regardless if they’re on Facebook or Google Talk, just tap and chat. We’ve also replaced the Contacts tab with type down search. When sending a new IM, just start typing and we’ll find all your contacts on your iPhone. Lifestream will let you post your status to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Lifestream with one tap. Now chatting with your Facebook or GTalk friends is as easy as using AIM.
Get a fast, cost-efficient Web browsing experience. Use our powerful servers to compress data by up to 90% before sending it to your iPhone, so page-loads are lightning fast. Opera Mini is a breeze to use, and can synchronize data between your phone and computer.
Evernote turns the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop. See why millions of people worldwide use Evernote:
Control iTunes and Apple TV using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad over your Wi-Fi network. Choose playlists, songs, and albums as if you were right in front of your computer or Apple TV. From anywhere in your home change a song, pick a playlist or browse through your entire library. With a flick of your finger, you can even control every aspect of the Apple TV user interface. Use your device‚Äôs QWERTY keyboard to quickly tap out the title instead of clicking letters on the Apple TV screen. Then keep tapping to play, fast forward, rewind, and pause to your finger‚Äôs content. Remote has been fully optimized to take advantage of the large screen real estate of the iPad as well as the spectacular Retina display in the iPhone 4, and new iPod touch.
iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics ‚Äì day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.
The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You‚Äôll have access to over 775,000* books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new releases. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including Kindle), so you can pick up where you left off on another device.
Movies by Flixster is the #1 movie app to watch movie trailers, find showtimes, get critic reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, and share movie ratings with your friends.
The Amazon Mobile app allows iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users to quickly search, shop, compare prices, read reviews, and make purchases on Amazon.com using a simple, yet elegant, interface. Amazon customers have full access to their existing cart, wish lists, payment and shipping options, order history, 1-Click (R) settings, and Prime membership benefits. All purchases made on Amazon Mobile are routed through Amazon‚Äôs secure servers just as they are on the web. All prices are in US Dollars, and show products from the US Amazon store.
iheartradio delivers over 750 of America‚Äôs favorite radio stations right to your iPhone or iPod Touch. Bookmark your favorite stations, tag songs for purchase on iTunes and view lyrics to your favorite songs. iheartradio also features the best selection of exclusive digital stations including Slow Jams, White House Brief, erockster, Pride Radio, Smooth Jazz, AT40 with Ryan Seacrest and some of the top talk stations in the country featuring Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Dr. Laura and many others. All stations are streamed in Apple‚Äôs high-quality AAC format for a superior listening experience.
Fluent News aggregates made-for-mobile versions of top news sources into a single, intelligently organized, fully customizable mobile newspaper. It allows you to create up to 3 of your own custom sections based on keyword searches. You can also control the content by promoting one news source and disabling one news source. Unlimited custom sections and source filtering is available for a fee. Please see PREMIUM ACCESS below.
Pandora Radio is your own free personalized radio now available to stream music on your iPhone or iPad. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a “station” that plays their music and more music like it.
Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix.
Best Free Apps
There are various free Apps out there. Heck, there are so many free Apps available between the various iOS devices, that one person can never see them all. Collectively, here at iSmashPhone, we have seen a lot of them, and we thought we would share with you some of our favorites. Best part is, they are free!