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 24, 2008

Troy Dreier

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One of the most ingenious apps we've seen, RulerPhone ($2.99), available here, lets you measure anything even without a tape measure. Simply place a credit card, gift card, or driver's license next to the item you want to measure, then use the app to take a picture of the item.

The app computes the scale based on the included card, letting you drag your finger along the object you want to measure to get your results. The app was amazingly accurate in our testing, and fun to use, as well.


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Want to know what's on tonight or when a favorite movie is showing next? i.TV, available here, is a couch potato's must-have. The ultimate TV and movie guide, this fab freebie lets you quickly and easily find out when your favorite movies and TV shows are playing.

We love how simple it is to select the right cable or satellite service, and that i.TV lets users write and submit reviews while they're watching a show. It also lets you view nearly 6,000 TV previews and movie trailers, so you can get a quick sample to see if a program looks as good as it sounds.

Holiday Countdown


Holiday season is here, and if you're a shopping procrastinator you'll love having Holiday Countdown ($.99) on your iPhone letting you know how many days to have until each celebration. The app, available here, shows multiple countdowns at once, and lets you choose which holidays you want displayed. You can also customize the look by adding your own background image.



Looking for a burrito joint open now? An Irish pub nearby? A gas station you can drive to before your tank hits empty? Yelp, available here, is here to help. Use it to search for places to eat, shop, drink, relax, and play, then read reviews from an active community of locals in the know.

Snow Report


Ski season is almost here, and Snow Report ($2.99) is an essential tool for skiers and snowboarders. The app, available here, give you access to hourly ski and snowboard reports for over 1,200 resorts in the U.S., Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Austria, Chile, and Argentina. Use it to check ski conditions while driving to the mountains and improve your chances of riding first chair at the resort with the most fresh powder.



Keep Trapster open while you drive to avoid a costly ticket. This app, available here, keeps track of your current location and warns you when you approach a speed trap, red light camera, or other traps. Also, if you know of a speed trap that isn't in Trapster's database, you can easily send it in.



Here's a fun and simple program for a fall day. Autumn ($.99) lets you watch the leaves fall right on your iPhone. Choose a background image from your photo library or from one of the included backgrounds, then tap to watch the autumn leaves fall. You can customize the number and size of the leaves to get just the right look. Check Autumn out here at the App Store.

Crazy Pumpkin


We all face the same problem every year: how to carve the Halloween pumpkin? Sketching out ideas beforehand is time-consuming, and not everyone is good at sketching. Instead, let Crazy Pumpkin, available here, help you. The app lets you try out facial features by sliding them into place. With over 1,000 eyes, nose, and mouth combinations, you'll find something you like.



There are several good radio apps for the iPhone, but after trying WunderRadio ($5.99) we may never touch AOL Radio or FlyCast again. Wunder Radio, available here, links to thousands of streaming stations, and makes it simple to find local content or stations from anywhere around the world.

We especially like that it often links to different bandwidth streams for the same station, allowing us to choose the one that works best. Users can also listen to NOAA weather radio streams for many areas and bookmark favorite stations.

WunderRadio is clearly the best choice we've seen for radio lovers so far with the iPhone



One of the best location-based apps, Nearby helps you discover places around you that have been recommended by other Nearby users. The app uses the iPhone's GPS ability to find your position, then shows you a map marked with other people's comments. Use it to find a recommended restaurant or discover nearby shops you never knew about. Check Nearby out here at the App Store.

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