Editorial

Neowin's top 10 iPhone apps you can't live without

Over a year ago, Neowin asked the community what are the top iPhone applications they can't live without. The community responded with a list of their applications they either use on a daily or weekly basis, applications that make their total iPhone experience. The following list excludes standard applications that come pre-installed on the iPhone, including Safari, your SMS/MMS, calendar, etc. The list can also include jailbroken applications that are not available through Apple, but unofficial sources such as Cydia.

#10 BeejiveIM: Users can take their Windows Live Messenger experience anywhere on the go, with BeejiveIM with Push, so you can get messages instantly delivered to your phone from your contacts. This helpful application brings you the greatest mobile messenger experience for the iPhone, iPod and iPad. BeejiveIM allows you to connect a number of social networking services including AIM, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, MySpace, Yahoo!, Facebook and more.
Price: $9.99
This app can be found on: iTunes

#9 Colloquy: Whether you are one of the regulars on Neowin IRC, or occasionally drop by, Colloquy is a great way to stay connected with online communities around the Internet. Colloquy has all the basic features of a desktop IRC client, which supports commands and multiple channels. This app supports the iPhone, iPod and fully supports the iPad.
Price: $1.99
This app can be found on: iTunes

#8 Deliveries: This handy little application lets you track your packages through all the major shipping companies. This application also includes a map locator, to see where your package was last checked in, based on the tracking number information. Deliveries tells you detailed information about the package, even alerting you when your package has been delivered at your door or mailbox. This app supports the iPhone, iPod and fully supports the iPad.
Price: $4.99
This app can be found on: iTunes

#7 Shazam: This application finished #3 two years ago on our list, but it hasn't lost it's usefulness. If you ever hear a song on the radio and can't figure out what that tune is, open up Shazam, put it to a speaker and after a few seconds, Shazam will tell you exactly what song is currently playing. This amazing little application can be found on just about any iPhone and definitely is a must have on your phone, because you never know when it might come in handy. Shazam is available for the iPhone and iPod touch, but requires a microphone.
Price: Free! - Shazam Encore and Shazam Red are also available on for $4.99 and support charities.
This app can be found on: iTunes

#6 Winterboard: If you're looking to tweak or cutomize the layout of your iPhone or iPod, then you might just be looking for Winterboard. Although this application is only available through Cydia, which requires you to jailbreak your device, you have thousands of ready-made themes to apply to your device, changing the look and even the functionality of your iPhone. The majority of themes found on Cydia are available for free, even giving you a preview of what the theme will look like once applied.
Price: Free!
This app can be found on: Cydia

#5 Reeder: This useful little application brings your Google Reader subscriptions on the go, so you can get instant RSS updates on your iPhone. Reeder syncs with Google Reader so you can manage your unread feeds and browse through the feeds you're following to get real-time updates.
Price: $2.99
This app can be found on: iTunes

#4 Dropbox: If you're a regular dropbox user, you will likely already have this application on your mobile iPhone, iPod or iPad. Dropbox lets you access your shared files from the cloud-based storage system from anywhere with Internet access. Users can access their shared photos, documents and much more with this application.
Price: Free!
This app can be found on: iTunes

#3 Cydia: This unofficial App Store comes in at our number three. Although this application requires you to jaibreak your device to install it, this useful application allows you to download and install unauthorized iPhone, iPod and iPad applications to your device. This is your one stop shop for themes, tweaks, ringtones and applications Apple won't allow on their App Store. This is a must have application.
Price: Free!
This app requires you to jailbreak for it to be installed.

#2 Facebook: If you don't already have this application installed, it's probably because you don't have a Facebook account. This very useful application, as voted by our community, came in as number one last year and brings all the features of the desktop Facebook experience to your iDevice. Keep in touch with friends and family, share photos and videos and even instantly chat with them all from your mobile device. This is a must have application.
Price: Free!
This app can be found on: iTunes

#1 Twitter: This application didn't even make the list last year, but according to the Neowin community, tweeting your thoughts in 140 characters is the must have application of the year. Follow friends, celebrities and people you've never heard of before all from your mobile phone. Twitter has its very own official application on the App Store now, but you can find dozens of third-party applications to share your thoughts with the world. Twitter for the iPhone, iPod and iPad has all the same features as the browser-based version, including follow, unfollow, block, tweet and upload photos. This is a must have application.
Price: Free!
This app can be found on: iTunes

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I think it's worth noting that (in the UK at least) the free version of Shazam is now limited to 5 tags (correctly identified tunes) a month. I don't think the free version warrants being on that list anymore, but I did pay for it (£2.99 in the UK I think) and the paid for app is definitely worth the money.

I only use Facebook and Shazam from this list.

I find RedLaser really useful, most of the time. It helps me keep things I sell competitively priced.

Alright, these types of lists are dumb. I am living fine without most of them. I happen to have 3 of these, but most of them have better alternatives. I checked out the forum where members supposedly voted, and it only has 3 pages and no recent posts. Where did this list come from?

I paid $15 for Beejive two years ago. I don't get around to using it much but I do love the app.

My new must-have: Camplus. I LOVE this app.

How about adding a couple of applications that are useful? Maybe something like Docs to Go or Good Reader. How many useless chat applications do you really need? As for Twitter and Facebook, I can see this for the typical Jane and Joe, but at least give some of the better options out there for Twitter.

bluarash said,
How about adding a couple of applications that are useful? Maybe something like Docs to Go or Good Reader. How many useless chat applications do you really need? As for Twitter and Facebook, I can see this for the typical Jane and Joe, but at least give some of the better options out there for Twitter.
Maybe those Apps up there are useless for the majority of the users here. I use different Apps aswell and find them more useful then the above stated but noone said that this is a definite list. It's a selection of Apps that were most commonly mentioned by users in the corresponding threat in the forums.

how can it be not on the list...it's consider an app that will let you run paid app into free app by pirating..can save you tons of money dude!

Quapps said,
Jailbreak apps shouldn't be included! Neowin shouldn't support it either.
Why? Jailbreaking and purchasing or downloading Apps from Cydia is legal. Downloading cracked iPhone Apps from whatever websites though is not but I don't think any was posted in the article.

SkyMoon said,
how can it be not on the list...it's consider an app that will let you run paid app into free app by pirating..can save you tons of money dude!

Cydia does not contain pirated apps. it's the repositories that users add themselves that have the pirated apps.

how about using Cydia first instead of assuming that jailbreak + Cydia = piracy

presence06 said,
Will there be one for Android?
A list? There is! It's just not on the frontpage yet. Look at the MobileDevices Forum. You will find it there.

What is funny is that you list Cydia as something I can't live without, yet the only jailbroken app on there is winterboard. I can live without either...

Agreed.
I haven't jailbroken either my 3GS or 4, don't want to risk not being able to use them as developer devices. But then again I haven't found a need to do it either.

Apps which require Jailbreak do not belong on this list.

bugsbungee said,
Agreed.
I haven't jailbroken either my 3GS or 4, don't want to risk not being able to use them as developer devices. But then again I haven't found a need to do it either.

Apps which require Jailbreak do not belong on this list.

I've jail broken my iPad and had my Iphone jailbroken up until 4.1. The vast majority of the JB apps I tried were kinda crappy. The only things I actually liked using were: MyFi, SBSettings, Lockinfo, and backgrounder. I can live without all of those, but the MyFi was nice...

Jail broken apps ?

# 3 Cydia

I would never JB my new iphone to install a app
what happens in a few months when apple updates IOS and it bricks your phone and you can not restore the software ?

scrimpysauce said,
Jail broken apps ?

# 3 Cydia

I would never JB my new iphone to install a app
what happens in a few months when apple updates IOS and it bricks your phone and you can not restore the software ?

Considering that is more or less not possible, I don't think you would have much to worry about.

scrimpysauce said,
Jail broken apps ?

# 3 Cydia

I would never JB my new iphone to install a app
what happens in a few months when apple updates IOS and it bricks your phone and you can not restore the software ?

Jailbreaking is legal now I think?

Meh list is Meh.. I don't even use most of those lol
Lets see, 10 in no real order..
Sleep Cycle, MSN Messenger, Cydia, Winter Board, SBSettings, Camera+, PageOnce Finance, RedLaser, Dropbox.

What does it say about the quality of applications available for iPhone when I can look over a "top 10 iPhone apps you can't live without" list and not give a **** about any of them.

Danielr0y said,
What does it say about the quality of applications available for iPhone when I can look over a "top 10 iPhone apps you can't live without" list and not give a **** about any of them.
Nothing. This is 10 Apps out of 250.000.

instant.human said,
Nothing. This is 10 Apps out of 250.000.

The point is that these are the best 10 apps. What does that say about the rest of them?

rfirth said,

The point is that these are the best 10 apps. What does that say about the rest of them?
Where is said that this is the definite list of the best Apps ever and for everyone on the entire AppStore? It says that the community here answered to a question and that those Apps are the most mentioned. What does that mean? It means that obviously more Apps where mentioned but that most of the folks ALSO use one of the above mentioned and that the Apps mentioned above were used by most people in common. That's it.

Look around for lists like that, I guarantee you that you will find at least 4 top 10 or 5 lists, all of which feature completely different Apps that non of the other lists has mentioned.

Those Apps above are decent but all of which I could live without. I use other Apps. Many others. Daily. And so do millions of others...

Look at that list as some kind of starting point for newbies or something... But not as a statement about the quality of the AppStore. Because that's just not what it is... Sorry.

rfirth said,

The point is that these are the best 10 apps. What does that say about the rest of them?

That's just stupid. I must have missed the sentence where it was declared that this is the definitive list of the top 10 apps for iOS instead of the opinions of Neowin members.

Can just imagine the many uses for twatter on a phone;
'Hi honey, I am just on the crapper reading a newspaper about cheryl cole!'

such use...

n_K said,
Can just imagine the many uses for twatter on a phone;
'Hi honey, I am just on the crapper reading a newspaper about cheryl cole!'

such use...

-1 Fail

Bonus: -1 Troll

n_K said,
Can just imagine the many uses for twatter on a phone;
'Hi honey, I am just on the crapper reading a newspaper about cheryl cole!'

such use...


Why don't you just.....go back to bad? It's a bit early for you to be up, isn't it? 1st period english doesn't start till like 8am.

LiquidSolstice said,

Why don't you just.....go back to bad? It's a bit early for you to be up, isn't it? 1st period english doesn't start till like 8am.

Go back to bad?
Why don't you go back to school and pass your basic English skills?

n_K said,

Go back to bad?
Why don't you go back to school and pass your basic English skills?

@_@ OH NOEZ I FORGOTZ TO CAPITALIZE ONE LETTER I FAILZORS AT ENGLISH OH NOOOOOOOOOOOO.

I think I shall go tweet about this. /s

n_K said,
Can just imagine the many uses for twatter on a phone;
'Hi honey, I am just on the crapper reading a newspaper about cheryl cole!'

such use...

*Someone* doesn't know how twitter works. ;3

LiquidSolstice said,

@_@ OH NOEZ I FORGOTZ TO CAPITALIZE ONE LETTER I FAILZORS AT ENGLISH OH NOOOOOOOOOOOO.

I think I shall go tweet about this.

I think he's referring to the fact that you told him to go to "bad" instead of to "bed".

Hmmm I sure wouldn't have but beejiive on there, wile I am sure its good but that price is far to high for just a simple messenger specially when there are some pretty good free ones too.
Reeder. might be nice, to bad i never really got in to using google reader, using Netvibes instead an they have a mobile webpage.

Oh and winterboard, while it's nice i sure wouldn't say i can't live without it still haven't found any nice theme for my iPhone 4 anyway

Leonick said,
Hmmm I sure wouldn't have but beejiive on there, wile I am sure its good but that price is far to high for just a simple messenger
Beejive is £6, or half a trip to the cinema. I just can't work out how the app store has created this weird micro economy where £6 is "far too high" for something with free updates forever that you will get a lot of use out of.

Mike Brown said,
Beejive is £6, or half a trip to the cinema. I just can't work out how the app store has created this weird micro economy where £6 is "far too high" for something with free updates forever that you will get a lot of use out of.

ebuddy = free
msn messenger = free

Mike Brown said,
Beejive is £6, or half a trip to the cinema. I just can't work out how the app store has created this weird micro economy where £6 is "far too high" for something with free updates forever that you will get a lot of use out of.

So you are saying if you could go to the cinema for free and use the official "CINEMA" brand cinema you would ignore this for a premium paid for version of said CINEMA, just because it's only £6?

You are a bit thick if that is your interpertation to why people think it's expensive.

For me it's Sygic or any satnav app really. I've always figured that having a dedicated GPS unit would be annoying to carry around (there's no way I'd leave it in the car) and it's just so convenient having it contained in the phone.