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Handy iPhone apps

iPhone apps I find useful (sorry, haven’t updated this much lately, but still relevant)

App Features
Panorama
$10
  • Features: Seamless stitching of photos for wiiiide things like this and this
  • Pros: Faster, higher rez, more stable and better designed that the other iPhone panorama app \ Saves work if interrupted
  • Cons: Kind of expensive (but well worth it given it can do a 360 panorama). Not updated recently, but still works well in iOS4.
Panlolab
Free ‘Basic’ version
$2 ‘Pro’ version
  • Features: Arrange and layer photos around a sphere \ Stretches but does not stitch. Think Hockney, or tiles — like this
  • Pros: Great GUI, easy and fun to drag and rotate pictures \ Cool results.
  • Cons: If you want seamless, use Panorama \ Can crash with more than 15 images
WunderRadio
$6
  • Features: Streaming audio/radio
  • Pros: Extensive station directory \ Handles pretty much every format out there, even wma/asf \ Great support — contact them to confirm if your favorite station is supported before buying.
  • Cons: No Real Audio support \ Some stations using windows media formats have whacked cookie registration that don’t work properly (but email their support, sometimes they can fix it)
Packet8
No monthly fee.
1.5¢/min to Canada
3¢ to the UK
1¢ to China 

Handy comparison table

  • Features: Cheap international calling (pseudo call-back) \ iPhone Web app with dialer and address book
  • Pros: 1/10th or 1/20th AT&T’s usurious international rates. (AT&T=20 to 60¢/min to Canada? WTF? I’m calling Canada, not Ghana) \ No monthly fees
  • Cons:
    Not a WiFi VOIP app like TruPhone – requires dial tone, so not helpful if you are roaming on AT&T outside of the US \ Not a true iPhone app, so does not tie into iPhone address book \ Pain in the ass to add numbers to web address book \ Reauthentication happens way too often (once a week or so)
Fring
Free
  • Features: VOIP app + SIP + Skype + IM client (Google, AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ)
  • Pros: Simple to use / integrates with iPhone address book
  • Cons: Can’t group contacts / hard to tell who is on what service people are on / VOIP has some latency / doesn’t run in the background unless you jailbreak your iPhone
iTeleport (Jaadu)
screen + keyboard: $25
screen + mouse only: $10
  • Features: Kick-ass VNC (screen sharing) client — jaadu = magic
  • Pros: auto-discovery of VNC hosts (i.e. any Mac with screen sharing on your local network) / works very well over distance (if you know how to configure ports on your router) / arrow key control means you can use it as a remote control for PowerPoint
  • Cons: Ridiculously expensive, but it does the job better than any other VNC client out there — it literally is magic
Chopper
$1 (usually $6)
  • Features: You fly a helicopter by tilting the iPhone, and get to blow stuff up
  • Pros: Ridiculously entertaining, controls are fantastic, best iPhone game I’ve played
  • Cons: You will end up playing it way too much
FlightTrack
$5
  • Features: Track flights, gate changes, baggage claim — flighttracker.com, but optimized for your iPhone
  • Pros: way faster than digging though poorly designed web pages / flight status maps with weather / shake iPhone to get a random flight
  • Cons: Can’t zoom into maps / no estimate of flight time remaining
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2008 5:54 pm

    Details on AT&T vs Packet8 vs TruPhone long distance pricing:

    https://burritojustice.wordpress.com/iphone-apps/iphone-intl-calling-options-att-packet8-truphone

  2. April 26, 2010 12:17 pm

    Go To There provides real time arrival predictions for public transit agencies all across the US and Canada. If you ever use Nextbus, Go To There is the app for you.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/go-to-there/id336041160?mt=8

  3. October 1, 2010 2:10 pm

    Def check out the Scoutmob app: http://scoutmob.com/san-francisco/mobile

    Bringing you the sweetest justice: cheap eats and local deals.

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