Today is the day that many 1st time iPhone users have been waiting for! Starting today you can walk into a Verizon Wireless Store or Apple Store and walk out with an iPhone running on Verizon's network. Since many of you will be first time iPhone users, I thought that I would put together this list of Must Have Apps. Make no mistake about it, with hundreds of thousands of great Apps on the App Store it is very very very very hard to limit a list to just 10. I took the approach of "which Apps do I use the most?" "Which Apps are not as obvious as others such as Facebook, Twitter, etc., that the user will go grab anyway?" "Which Apps would I first install on a new iPhone?" and lastly "Which apps provide functionality that's just simply not in one of the built-in Apps?" So in no particular order here's my list:
I follow all my favorite sites via their RSS feeds. Unfortunately the iPhone doesn't have a built-in dedicated RSS reader App. Reeder is my new favorite RSS App. It syncs with my Google Reader account and this means that if read a story on my iPhone or my computer or my iPad it's marked as read so that I don't have to read it again on the other devices. Reeder has a nice clean UI (user interface).
Get Reeder for iPhone for $2.99 here from the
Although the iPhone has a built-in notes App it's pretty basic and doesn't offer FREE wireless syncing unless you have a supported IMAP account/Mac Mail, etc. I can't seem to make one of these must have lists without my readers telling me that it's incomplete unless I list Evernote. So here ya go 🙂 All jokes aside Evernote is a great App that allows you to sync notes wirelessly with your computer iPhone and computer. You can access the notes, photos, voice memos, etc. anywhere you have access to web browser as well.
Get Evernote for FREE here from the
I wouldn't be able to function without my To Do List. Sadly the iPhone doesn't have a to do list app built-in and while there are some great Todo list Apps out there (yes I have Things too 🙂 ), my preference is Appigo's Todo. Todo has a simple interface with syncing capabilities to your computer and the cloud. I started using their cloud based service and love it. It allows me to manage my To Do's anywhere I have access to my iPhone, iPad or the web.
Get Todo for the iPhone for $4.99 here from the
Adobe Photoshop Express
While the iPhone is equipped with a nice camera and decent photo management and sharing abilities, it doesn't have any built-in photo editing capabilities. There are tons of photo editing Apps for the iPhone. Adobe Photoshop Express provides most of the basic editing features with a clean touch interface that users will want and best of all it's FREE. You can share your edited photos on Facebook, Twitter, Email and Photoshop.com with background uploading.
Get Photoshop Express for FREE here form the
The built-in Google Maps App is great! While it does give you directions from point A to point B, it doesn't give you turn-by-turn voice directions and it requires a data connection to work. Navigon MyRegion Apps provide you with true turn-by-turn voice directions and the built-in maps mean that you don't have to have a data connection to use the App. There are tons of great features in this App and the reason I'm recommending the MyRegion version is that most of us don't drive all over the whole country. These Apps are moderately priced for your particular region and if you ever need either of the other two regions you can add them on at any time via an in-app purchase.
Get the Navigon MyRegion Apps for
$29.99 UPDATE! Navigon Apps are on Sale in honor of New Verizon iPhone owners $14.99
East (AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, IN, KY, MA, ME, MD, MI, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV)
Central (AL, AR, CO, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NM, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, WI, WY)
West (AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY)
Also if you are interested in getting Navigon North America it's ON SALE too for only $29.99
My setup above is: