Roundup: The Best iPhone Apps of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the best free and paid applications available for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Posted October 15, 2008

Troy Dreier

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Our weekly roundup of the best free and paid applications available for the iPhone and the iPod touch.

Flight Status

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Frequent fliers, this one is a must-have. Flight Status ($4.99) lets you check the status of thousands of flights worldwide from your phone, using data from 1143 airlines and 4246 airports.

Check status either by route, flight number, or airport. The app provides gate and terminal info, estimates for arrival and departure, baggage claim info, and more.

We like the Trips section, which lets you track all of the flights for a trip on one screen. Rather than scrambling to learn how much time you have between flights, you can find out with just a tap. We also appreciate the option to search an airport's flights for a given time period, to see if flights are leaving on time or if there are massive delays.

Check out Flight Status here at the iTunes App Store.



This shopping app isn't just great for cheapies, but for anyone who has trouble thinking of holiday purchases. Start your planning now with Cheapskate, available here at the App Store.

It lets you create lists of people you'll be shopping for, then take photos of gift idea while you're out shopping. The app keeps track of where each idea was found. We love the simplicity.

When you're ready to buy, just use Google Maps to find your way back. It's the perfect app for shoppers (like us) who see great gift ideas while browsing through stores, but then forget all about them once we're home.

Wine Pad 2


If you enjoy sampling new wines, but have a hard time remembering what you've tried in the past, Wine Pad 2 ($2.99) is a great way to keep track. Use it to record a bottle's name, vintage, price, rating, color, clarity, aroma, and taste, as well as your personal comments. You can even take a picture of the label for your wine library. Check it out here at the App Store.


Use's 5 million track library to get personalized radio on your iPhone. You can create custom stations based on any artist or genre, then listen commercial-free. The more you listen, the more it learns what you like and recommends new music. The app, available here at the App Store, even provides artist bios and concert information.



If you bill by the hour, you're going to appreciate having TimeLogger ($4.99) on your iPhone. Simply start a timer when you begin a job and stop it when you're done. The app, available here at the App Store, runs in the background even when you're using other apps and it lets you run as many timers as you want.

A Personal Assistant


If passwords are too much of a hassle for you, install A Personal Assistant and get all your data in the palm of your hand. You can monitor bank accounts, credit card transactions, track cell phone usage, and even view your Netflix queue. The program uses 128 bit SSL encryption and offers a remote destruct option, should you lose your iPhone. Check it out here at the App Store.



Anglophiles, take note. Monarchy ($.99) is a one-of-a-kind app that give you instant access to everything there is to know about the English monarchy from 1066 to the present day. The easy interface gives an overview page (with picture) for each king and queen, plus a detailed biography. Check it out here at the iTunes App Store.

Google Mobile


When you open up the browser on your iPhone, you're probably looking for quick information, so download this app from the king of quick information and save yourself a few steps. Google Mobile, available here, not only lets you run fast searches, but also offers suggestions as you type.

Color Expert


If you work in design, you'll find it handy to have Color Expert ($9.99) on your iPhone. This is an interactive color wheel and swatch library that helps artists and designers identify, capture, and showcase color. Use Color Expert, available here at the App Store, to pick colors from photos, slides, and swatches, then create matching color schemes. You can search Pantone libraries, Web safe colors, and HTML colors.



Securly store your credit card numbers, bank accounts, and passwords safely with LockBox. This app protects your data with a PIN so that it's always close at hand, yet completely protected. Get it here at the App Store.

See the the next page for the previous week's selection of hot iPhone apps.

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