As you already know, the iPhone is the most successful Apple device to date, along with the iPod and recently, the iPad. The latest iteration, the iPhone 4, has only reinforced Apple’s position as the number one smartphone manufacturer on the market. There are more iPhone 4’s in use than there are Android or Symbian phones – that is quite an achievement for a device that is less than a year old.
The strength of the iPhone 4 lies in its hardware, as well as the big 300,000+ collection of apps, all of which were checked before being admitted to the marketplace, which means they are not your lame cookie-cutter apps and are actually useful, every one of them. Millions of users worldwide use their iPhone to browse the Web, listen to music, watch video clips and do many other tasks, and the beautiful 960×640 pixel-packed screen is perfect for these tasks, showing the best picture quality possible on a smartphone (even the newest QHD AMOLED displays can’t compare to it!).
While consumers were the intended target of the first iPhone, today’s iOS can easily be used for mission critical business purposes, and a lot of professionals are doing just that. Whether you’re a freelancer, small business owner, gamer, or just a tech-savvy individual, the iPhone 4, coupled with the right apps, can become an invaluable tool. Having said that, in this article you’ll find a collection of the best apps in the most important categories that I believe everyone should have on their iDevice.
Let’s start with some productivity apps that any person, front any walks of life can find useful:
These apps can definitely help you manage your everyday life and time better, but what if you’re a business professional? Well, then you’ll need to get some more specialized apps that can really improve the effectivity and quality of your work:
The iPhone is a perfect companion device for any professional or business owner who values their time and wants to make the most of it. With the amount of apps available on the marketplace, you should have no problems finding some that would fit your needs, but if you don’t know where to start, be sure to check out the above apps – you’ll be amazed at what your iPhone is capable of!
But if the default capabilities of your iPhone (or the iPad or iPod Touch, for that matter) are not enough for you, you should know about a process called jailbreaking. A jailbroken iPhone gives you full control over your operating system, allowing you to gain a lot of new useful features (via unofficial apps) along the way. Here are just some of them:
EZDecline. The default “slide to answer” on the lock screen mechanism of the iPhone has been around since the first version of the operating system, and while it’s pretty easy to use, with sliding to answer (duh) and double clicking the power button or pushing the slider up to decline a call, a lot of people still want a simpler system. EZDecline gives you just that – two buttons on the lock screen, a red one to Decline and a green one to Answer a call. Why Apple didn’t make it an option or even the default is beyond me.
Facebreak. The new iPhone 4 has the cool and hyped Facetime video calling feature, but unfortunately, it is limited to being used on Wifi networks only. Facebreak, which you can install from Cydia on a jailbroken iPhone 4, lets you make video calls using your 3G data connection, which works just as well as a Wifi one and doesn’t cost nearly as much as a dedicated plan with video calling enabled.
SnapTap. While it’s pretty cool that the camera shutter button has been virtualized and is now on screen, most people still can’t get used to the fact, and a lot of times, the pictures are pretty bad since you have to move your finger quite a lot to take a shot. SnapTap turns the hardware volume button into the camera shutter release button when you open the app, giving you a much better way of taking pictures without shaking the phone and blurring everything.
Locktopus. Locktopus is a pretty useful app, which allows you to lock any apps you want with a password that you need to provide in order to launch them. A simple concept, indeed, and a lot of people who want to keep their privacy or have little children playing with their iPhone love it. Too bad you need to go through such lengths to run this app, as it only works on jailbroken iPhones.
Wifi Sync. With all the wireless freedom hype around the iPad and iPhone 4, users of these Apple devices are still wire bound when they need to do anything meaningful with them. Yes, I’m talking about the iTunes sync being through USB only, even when apps like Wifi Sync clearly demonstrate that it’s possible to make it wireless without any problems. If you’re tired of having to connect a cable anytime you need to sync or download/upload something, a jailbreak and this app are definitely the solution for you.
There are tons of other great apps for a jailbroken iPhone, though it can be a bit hard to find them. However, most of the time, you can easily find an app you might need on the Internet using Google or by visiting a specialized apps marketplace for jailbroken iDevices, like for example Cydia (the most popular marketplace at the moment).
If you don’t care about any of the above complicated features and just want to have some fun with your iPhone, there’s nothing better than installing and running a few games on it. And there are a lot of simply amazing games for this smartphone (it is the best mobile gaming platform, after all):
The iPhone 4 is practically a perfect mobile gaming console: it’s small, light, it has a pretty good battery life for the size, it supports most of the newest graphics technologies and more importantly, there are hundreds of great games for the platform on the marketplace, with the list growing considerably every month.
With the release of the iPhone 3GS, sales of dedicated gaming consoles like the Sony PSP and Nintendo DSI have started to drop at a noticeable rate, and the iPhone 4 definitely drove the last nail through their coffin. Sony has even shifted to Android and is releasing a new PlayStation Phone, which proves that one mobile device that can do it all is better than more dedicated machines.
But let’s say you’re not really into the whole “mobile gaming” thing, and would prefer some good old TV shows or movies, or celebrity news. Well, you’ll be happy to know there are enough apps for those purposes as well. Here are just some of the best:
The iPhone 4 is a perfect example of a great multi-tool, and besides being useful for applications like entertainment, Internet access and business management, it can easily be used to help and aid you in your everyday life and for any other purposes. There are thousands of apps available on the marketplace, which can do anything from storing notes for you and reminding you that you need to buy groceries when you’re near a store to giving you the ability to participate in online death matches in your favorite games whenever you want, and the apps and games listed above are just the beginning.