Monday, October 13, 2008

my iPhone 'must-have' apps list (app store and cydia)



well, i admit it.  i love my iphone.  don't let my sony ericsson comrades know or my fellow blackberry addicts!

i received my first gen iPhone from my tech-rx bossman Q, about two months ago now and haven't looked back since.  at first, i thought i'd get bored with it or annoyed at not having a physical keyboard.  however its two months later and i'm still using my iPhone as my main phone.

sure, its not a perfect phone (no picture messaging, copy/paste, no video recording, meh-camera quality), but its pretty close given the proper applications.  So, what applications (official App Store and unofficial Cydia) do i have on my iPhone? i thought you'd never ask!  keep reading for my must-have list!



Winterboard
Requires Jailbroken iPhone: Yes
Store: Cydia
Description: This is THE skinning application for the iPhone. This app lets you download other summerboard or winterboard themes/parts of themes.   

Addition's iPhoneModem ( http://iphonemodem.com )
Requires Jailbroken iPhone: Yes
Store: Cydia
Description: this application combined w/a mac client allows iPhone users to tether their iPhone to a mac/pc and in turn use the iPhones data connection on their mac or windows computer.  You cannot get this on the Apple App Store (ie you must have a jailbroken iphone to run this application, download from Cydia).

Reminder
Requires Jailbroken iPhone: Yes
Store: Cydia
Description: this application is probably one of the most under-rated and unknown Cydia apps since it was just released in the last month and also changed names.  this application gives one re-ocurring notifications for new email/voicemail/txt/missed calls and also adds a MUCH needed taskbar icon!!!!  get it asap!! the developer has added some much wanted options in his last build. a MUST have for any jailbroken iphone.

dTunes
Requires Jailbroken iPhone: Yes
Store: Cydia
Description:  if there was any way that would describe what dTunes is it is this: its the portable napster of 1998 NOW and on the iPhone.  add bittorrent download/search options with the last update and your probably asking yourself, "how do i jailbreak my iphone?" :)

TuneWiki ( http://tunewiki.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page )
Requires Jailbroken iPhone: Yes
Store: Cydia
Description:  another great music program.  this one lets you playback lyrics as the music from your iphone library streams, also lets you see who in your area is playing what and a ton more community features.  the whole 'portable' karaoke feature is sweet goodness by itself!

Twitterrific
Requires Jailbroken iPhone: No
Store: Apple App Store; Free to use, Pay for extra features
Description: do you use twitter? do you have an iphone? you need this app then! lets you post to twitter and also upload photos from your phone or take them and upload to twitter via twitpic.

midomi
Requires Jailbroken iPhone: No
Store: Apple App Store; Free
Description: music and video searching by sampling either: music clip, humming, singing, typing part of the name of song/lyric/artist.  and its free!

Pandora
Requires Jailbroken iPhone: No
Store: Apple App Store; Free
Description: THE streaming music client for the iphone.  works amazingly well over Wifi and 3G, works pretty well over EDGE even. just like its bigger brother PC/Mac version. 

Showtimes
Requires Jailbroken iPhone: No
Store: Apple App Store; Free
Description: movie showtimes and reviews and theater locations. 

NES
Requires Jailbroken iPhone: Yes
Store: Cydia
Description:  NES emulator for the iphone; sure you prob won't be able to really play any of your NES roms but atleast you can say you can! runs decent, can use motion for dpad controls.

WifiToggle and swapBT
Requires Jailbroken iPhone: Yes
Store: Cydia
Description:  these two apps are also MUST haves for any jailbroken iPhone.  each of these apps adds an icon to your iphone that lets you instantly toggle on/off  wifi or bluetooth.

Stanza
Requires Jailbroken iPhone: No
Store: Apple App Store; Free
Description: one of the best ebook readers out there and of course free! lets you add books via a desktop client (mac or windows).  also reads almost all of the main ebook formats (rtf, lit, pdf, doc, txt)







so, what apps from the App Store or Cydia are in your "Must-Have" list for your iPhone? drop your lists in the comments area!