OK... I have been enjoying my iPhone for almost a year. I received it last Christmas. I had only put 2 apps on my phone till last night. I wanted to harness more of the power that is the iPhone.
I downloaded several free apps that I am enjoying veddy much.
Google Earth app. Works just like the regular app.. except you use the touch screen to navigate and if you hold one finger still on the screen and swipe with the other you can rotate around your viewpoint. It uses the accelerometer in place of the axis controls and as you tilt it up your viewpoint swings up to the horizon.
Google Mobile app. This is great. It has voice recognition that works remarkably well. Say "coffee" and it shows the waveform of the word and then does a quick search. It returns the usual hits... web/images/news and a new one.. local. It shows nearby places to get coffee. Say Harley Davidson and the local dealers/repair shops nearest you pop up.Sweet.. esp. the voice recognition.
Remote v1.1.1 from Apple. To cool. My iPhone now controls my iTunes, music,movies and more. When I get an AppleTV it will control that too. I now can get the ATV w/o having t have another remote on the table since my phone is usually right there anyways.
Shazam. Just like the Apple commercials show.. you put your phone up to a speaker so it can "listen" and it will tell you what song/artist it is. I have only used it a few times so far.. but it has been right 100%.... although I tried it on popular music only.. I hear it's not as good with opera/classical/ and less "popular" genres.
UrbanSpoon.. as seen on tv in the Apple ad.... shake it and it des a slot machine whirl and comes up with new places to eat. You can lock in categories such as area.. type of food... or price range.. or an combo thereof.
Constitution for iPhone and iPod Touch, v1.1, Seller: Clint Bagwell Consulting .. the Constitution... the Signers.. and the Amendments.. just for reference purposes.
All of these were free.
But the one that blew me away... and did cost $5.99 was an app called Distant Suns. I am no astronomer.. I can never identify anything. Till tonight. I took my iPhone out and picked out stars/patterns that have always intrigued me.. and now I can identify Betelguese/Rigel in Orions Belt... Taurus/Cancer and some others. Unfortunately the Miami lights make it difficult... but the Eastern sky was forgiving.. more so than the others. I think I see Uranus... maybe Neptune.. a bit of cloud cover making it hard. Castor and Pollux...Aldeberan and I think Polaris. Please take a look at this app... even if only for the screenshots. It rocks!
Oh yeah.. as good as this app is... is inversly proportionate to how terrible his website is.. so don't judge based on his site... web designer he ain't.
And a nice Blue Moon Belgian white wheat ale is helping the night along too...
Evernote is a really interesting iPhone app I'm using actively. It is a way to capture any kind of information you want to keep around and indexed. On the phone you can make an audio note, text note, or camera image note. Their server scans, reads, and indexes any text, including reasonable handwriting, in images, which is pretty amazing. Also uns on your Mac (or Windows), or just via web, so you can always get and add to your data anywhere. A lot of my data is captured on the Mac (including iSight cam) and looked up on my iPhone. Everything's stored on their server. And its free, except for very heavy users (there's a reasonable bandwidth limit). Worth trying out.
Grocery IQ, Weather Bug, Caissa chess, Metronome,& OmniTuner. All of these are really nice apps. I especially like Grocery IQ since I do the bulk of the shopping. My wife is an RN and has a load of medical apps on hers that she really loves.
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Spreadsheet and File Magnet and Wide Email (and Bejewelled 2 - pretty!). Spreadsheet is really coming along as an app - you can compose proper spreadsheets in it which are readable (as Excel XML 2003 files) in MS Office or OpenOffice/NeoOffice etc. There is a problem with OpenOffice v3 at the moment - they've managed to break the XML '03 export code since v2, so the xml docs contain OpenDocument internal cell referencing instead of R1C1 as they should.
And there's a 'still in development' app called PhotoSync that lets you browse your iPhone-snapped pix in a browser over wifi and copy them to your mac/pc.
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