Also see a September '08 update: Top Ten Free iPhone Apps
Plus: 81 Tasty iPhone Apps
Summer 2009: iPhone Apps: the Top 46 Oddest
With that in mind, peruse this list of iPhone apps. Lots of cool tools. Weather, sports, news, games, music, an eBook reader, even time management apps: theyre all here. Check em out...
1) Befree 4 iPhone
Enables remote control of your PC from your mobile device. Its freeware, but the paid pro version allows you remote access to all the files stored on your PC hard drive.
Search eBay on your iPhone. (You bought that handheld to help you shop, didnt you?)
Lets you save your favorite Web sites and applications to your iPhone (or iPod). Its simple: type in an URL, click Save it now, and chose Add bookmark. Also available as the iWebSaverFavlet
4) 911 Help
Turn your iPhone into a safety device: this app displays a big bold red 911 sign visible dozens of feet away from the device. It flashes to help others realize you need assistance.
5) Can I Drive Yet?
Helps you calculate if youre sober enough to operate a motor vehicle; enter your relevant data (how many drinks, your body weight, etc.) and it spits out an answer, using national blood alcohol standards.
When youre shopping in your neighborhood store, enter the numbers on an items bar code to get review and prices from Amazon, Google and Yahoo. Yup, its smart shopping.
Helps you manage your collection of widgets. (A widget is a software app that lets you do something. An example is a menu bar or a toggle switch, but there are zillions.)
Not just a dictionary, but also a thesaurus. Comes in handy when youre typing that business email and you want to seem suave.
9) Calorie Counter
Calculate your daily calorie intake based on age, weight and exercise level. If youre feeling disciplined, it also gives you a number to shoot for to lose weight. (Cupcake, anyone?)
10) Currency Exchange
Keep track of the relative value of the worlds major currencies. Watch the dollars precipitous fall right there on your handheld. You might also try eSignals Currency Exchange Calculator. In theory the two apps should produce the same numbers.
11) Mortgage Payment Calculator
Calculate your monthly payment on that monstrously expensive house that you cant afford. (I havent yet found an iPhone app that calculates foreclosure costs.)
xRay for the iPhone
12) ModGuitars.com Tuner
Helps you tune your guitar. Very useful for those lunchtime gigs that help you pay for your pricey gadgets.
Fun and Enjoyment
Lets face it: youre too productive. But with iDoodle, you can wile away the hours drawing on your iPhone circles, polygons, many colors. Designed specifically for the iPhone.
No, its not real, but it might fool some of the people some of the time. Tap the screen, hold it over a friends hand (someone who scoffs at the iPhone, for example) and tell them youll xRay their hand. A stock photo of an xRay will show up. Very juvenile, and very cool.
15) Free-Tunes.net A collection of the free songs on iTunes. Sure, theyre little-known bands now, but the price is right, and you might discover a real gem.
16) Podcaster An incredibly useful program to stream audio and video podcasts, using an iTunes-styled control panel.
Illusionist for the iPhone
17) Stripr (for Comics Fans) Helps you manage and view all those online comics you enjoy. Plus: give feedback on comics. Thumbs up or thumbs down on Marmaduke?
18) iPhones Wallpaper Give your iPhone a forest background, or urban, or sunset, or psychedelic. Those pretty flowers are nice, but then theres also that mountain view
19) MacLight Turn your iPhone into a flashlight, or give it a campfire flickering look, or a strobe light. Might be useful the next time the power grid goes down.
20) The Illusionist Strange, trippy visuals on your iPhone: rolling cylinders, brain conflicts, Escher-like optical mind-twisters. Dont look at it after your daily double espresso.
Castle Feud for the iPhone
21) Castle Feud Slaughter your opponents and leave them dismembered on the field of battle. Cool! A multiplayer game.
22) iSudoku Having this app means never having to be away from your Sodoku addiction. Hey, you can quit whenever you want to, you just dont want to
23) Speed Type Measures your typing speed, with the top 200 scores saved. This game is not only fun but also improves your iPhone emailing skills.
24) iConnect4 If you like Connect, youll be happy to see iConnect. Can you connect four chips in a row before the iPhone does?
25) mobileLife A cellular automation game, Game of Life, has been developed specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch.
26) Madelinette In this game (originally European) you attempt to block your foe from moving. Who will goof up first?
27) Mines Find all the mines that are hidden underneath the boxes or else.
Gumball Bingo for the iPhone
29) iget4 Play against your iPhone and your computer opponent will always shift moves. This game forces you to think.
30) Olympic Sports Compete virtually against the Olympic greats to see if you can capture the gold. Earn glory without the sweat (except for a few cramped fingers).
31) iNews Scan and read the news from high-profile publications, read RSS feeds, and take a Quick Look at the most critical news. In English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and other languages.
32) PressDisplay Access dozens and dozens of magazines and newspapers from across the globe. Zoom in or zoom out on images.
33) PolitickerScandal, polls, results, breaking news all the developments about politics.
34) Sticher Radio Pick a radio station and start streaming: comedy, sports, news, finance, and more.
Manage Your Life
35) TouchMailManage and read your email from any of your accounts, including Gmail, Yahoo, or MSN. Lets you read your emails even if youre stuck behind your companys firewall.
36) Goal TrackerMonitor your progress toward your personal goals, focusing on using your time more effectively.
37) BudgetBusterTrack your daily-weekly-monthly expenses. How deep in debt are you today?
Olympic Sports for the iPhone
38) ezMemorize Helps you remember all those pesky little factoids that enable you to navigate through life.
39) Noter A to-do list application that works offline or online. In theory, it helps you list all those things you need to do. But do you ever get past item No. 4?
iPhoneMeeter for the iPhone
40) Phone Number Trace Learn the identity of who just called you by entering their phone number into this search box. The free info includes location and type of line (landline, cell phone); actually finding the name will cost you $15.
41) Free Stuff Times A list of free stuff on the Internet thats constantly updated. Yeah, a lot of its junk (cmon, its free) but you never know what you might find. How about a free Journal of Accountancy Calculator Calendar (thrills!) or a free Clear Wood Finish shirt? (snazzy!)
42) Song Lyric Search You just cant get that tune out of your head but what the heck are the words to the verse?
43) About People Search Use your iPhone or iPod Touch to look up anyone in America by phone number or by name. A useful little app.
44) Pinpoint Location Search Quickly find a gas station, restaurant, wi-fi hotspot, or a residence. Plus: get traffic updates to help you avoid the rush.
45) Background Check Check out an individuals background, based on public records. The summary result is free, the real dirt costs.
46) Facebook for iPhone Allows you to access the version of Facebook thats optimized for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
47) Floort We Know What Youre Thinking A site where you can share your opinions with the world on any topic and start a dialogue. Think of it as your own personal brain blog, says Floort.
48) webChattr Live Chat Rooms Easy and free, webChattr is your own personal chat room, whenever you need one. Chat with your whole crew instead of texting each person. The webChattr app is on Bebo and Facebook.
49) PhoneMeeter Share photos, text chat with friends, find a location on a Google map, check out events posted by bars and nightclubs. Think of PhoneMeeter as a mobile network community builder.
iphodmeter for the iPhone
50) Fluther Got a question you need answered? Post it to Fluther and get an answer from the crowd. Recent examples: Whats a good place to take pictures in Chicago? What should I get for my birthday?
51) ScoreMobile iPhone Edition All the sports scores, instantly. NBA, NCAAB, NFL, MLB, NHL. The moment the ball/puck/birdie goes in the hole/hoop/goal, youll know about it. Or, you can also use Live Scores, which is updated every 30 seconds.
52) iphodmeter Find out how many calories your workout is burning, and send all your stats by email. Plus: measure walking mileage.
53) iTeeMaster Wheres the nearest golf course? ITeeMaster will clue you in, and with one touch you can call the proshop.
54) NASCAR Schedule Keep track of all the auto racing events, as well as results. Vroom, vroom!
Weather Channel for the iPhone
55) Madness2Go Basketball Bracket A Mens basketball Bracket game specially formatted for the iPhone. Choose and follow your bracket right from your handheld. Play for free, and if youre lucky (and talented) theres a chance to win prizes.
Traveling to New and Interesting Places
56) Taxi Please, for the iPhone Kind of funny little app, Taxi Please flashes the word TAXI in big bold black-on-yellow letters, to help you attract a cabbie on a busy city street.
57) Learnit Lists Teach yourself a new language, in a manageable ten words at a time. Each day the app offers a list built from the 1,000 most common English words. (Is iPhone one of those words yet?)
58) iTinerary Manage all your flight information, including arrival gate, weather, and maps to the airport.
59) WORLDview for iPhone Provides all kinds of pertinent factoids for countries all across the globe: history, essential phone numbers, capital city, and more. Dont be an Ugly American, learn about the culture ahead of time. (Then go visit the McDonalds like you always do )
60) Pocket Express Travel Edition A cornucopia of travel aids: airline schedules, flight status, hotel information, reservation services it's like have a personal assistant built into your phone.
61) Weather Forecast with Live Camera Because it covers only Japan, this is a niche app. But it still earns a spot on a list of noteworthy apps its combination of forecast with an updated photo is so cool, Im hoping the idea spreads to all locations. Just a matter of time, surely.
62) Weather Made Simple Enter a city or a zip code and get current conditions plus a 10-day forecast. Quite useful.
63) The Weather Channel The classic powerhouse of weather information, right on your iPhone. Tons of current information, from any location, in an interactive format.
An iPhone Reader
64) iReading for iPhone and iPod Touch A free online eBook reader for your favorite handheld. Search for book by author or title, then add it to your favorites list. Bonus: the software remembers where you last stopped reading. (Wait, didnt Steve Jobs say that people dont read anymore? Yikes, he needs to check out this nifty app.)