8 Top iPhone Apps

By Jul 5, 2011July 2nd, 201464 Comments

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It would be rude to assume that everyone has an iPhone let alone a list of top iPhone apps. Truth be told, many of us have very ordinary phones or manage just fine with devices that won’t make us poor. My husband has been a droid fan for awhile now and I have been fighting the digital phone/mini computer craze for years now. I didn’t need another distraction and I sure as heck was not interested in any top iPhone apps.

Until that is…I got my iPhone. And now? I’m a full fledged iPhone lover. I had NO idea what kind of world was about to unfold before me when I liberated my precious phone from her box. I don’t leave home without her.

So what is it about these phones that has everyone buzzing? Here are my top iPhone apps that make living with an iPhone oh so much fun and totally worth sacrificing my husband’s 401k for. (I kid. But sheesh they’re SPENDY phones!):

1. Words with Friends

I confess. I’m a Scrabble addict. Words with Friends is a party on the Scrabble dance floor that just will not stop. You simply find your friends, start a game, and wait for them to play their words. This comes in handy in the lobby of the doctor’s office, during commercial breaks, and at church. SUCH a life saver! (and kidding about church!)

2. Hanging with Friends

If Scrabble is not your cup of tea than maybe Scrabble’s kissing cousin Hanging With Friends will suit you! This app has essentially the same qualities as Words with Friends, but for Hangman! I could go on and on about how addicting it is, but instead I’ll just have you know I am currently playing 14 different people. It’s not addicting at all. *cough*

3. Instagram

I used to see links to Instagram photos all the time on Twitter, but I had no idea it was it’s own social networking system. On the iPhone when you download Instagram you can build a profile, find friends, like their photos, and comment on their photos right from your phone. It’s yet another way to connect, build a following, and reach out to members of your community. Not to mention it’s SUCH a fun way to turn your photos from drab to fab in a matter of seconds.

4. Angry Birds

Are we SO tired of hearing about Angry Birds?? I was too! Until I started playing it to see what the fuss was about. The question that begs to be asked is, Who DOESN’T want to catapult birds into strangely constructed buildings filled with pig heads? Okay, I know it sounds strange, but there’s something oddly gratifying about destroying those pigs and moving to the next level. At least it’s not Farmville. THOSE people really have a problem.

5. Pandora

Color Me Badd anyone? Pandora is the mother of all radio stations. Simply type in the name of a song, singer, or musical group that you’re a fan of and let Pandora do the rest. You’ll be graced with all kinds of music you forgot you loved as Pandora finds any and all songs, singers, and musical groups that relate to whatever you added to your station.

6. Around Me

This app is a blessing for those of us who happen to get lost no matter where we go. Not only is Around Me equipped with a GPS system that will locate your position and give you precise directions to where you are going, but it will also find anything you happen to be looking for. Want coffee while visiting your Aunt Jane in California? Search for Starbucks and Around Me will display a list of the Stabucks nearest you and direct you to one right from Aunt Jane’s house!

7. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr

They’re the four most popular social platforms online right now and they all come with apps that make them extremely easy to navigate, connect, and share via your tiny phone.

8. Best Alarm

Not only does it have the charming appeal of your high school alarm clock, but it comes equipped with your local weather status and when you shake it, it becomes a flashlight! Super handy on those nights when you find yourself roaming around the house in the dark…looking for chocolate…don’t act like I’m alone in this.

Now if only someone would materialize Scary Mommy’s iPhone Apps for moms…I could really utilize that Insta-Sitter App!

What app do you love to use on your phone?


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  • Luke says:

    I just got mine recently and friend recommended me the first application (Words with Friends). Gonna check the rest now!

  • Roxane says:

    Not sure if this one had been mentioned yet but the Camera+ app is fantastic as well as Diptic which lets you make awesome photo montages/collages. Check them out if you don’t already have them!

  • hotpants™ says:

    I had all of these except for Best Alarm and Around Me. Downloading now…

    I love Instagram so much.

  • Michelle says:

    I love Words w/ Friends on my ipad, I know what you mean when you say it’s addictive! I also love the Hootsuite app, because it makes it easier to multitask – I can’t wait for the iphone 5 to come out so I can get one!

  • Trianna says:

    I”m an Android lover! I do wish I had Instagram, but it’s coming soon. I love love love WWF and Angry Birds. I have Angry Birds (original), Seasons and Rio…on my phone, Nook and laptop.

    I am NOT addicted! LOL

  • Marta says:

    I just discovered WWF and I am completely addicted now. I just wish people would play faster! I already have 8 games going because I’m too impatient to wait for someone to play. I’m going to have to look into Hanging with Friends!

  • Maria C says:

    Hmmmm, top iPhone apps. Where to START!

    1. Craftgawker
    Endless photos of beautiful, wonderful, gorgeous crafts made by bloggers. And when you click on the photos it takes you straight to their blogs, most of them with tutorials. Again, great way to connect!

    2. Bloglovin’
    Excellent way to keep track of my favourite blogs and read new posts. I’m a big fan of it on my laptop but was ecstatic to see there was an app too! Like you say, a lifesaver for those ‘waiting room’ days.

    3. Shazam
    Have you ever listened to a song on the radio, in a bar, in a cafe, or in the elevator that you instantly fall in love with and no way of finding out the name of the song/artist? Just turn on this app, point it in the general direction of the music and it will instantly identify the song. GENIUS!

    That’s all for now!

    Maria xx

  • Wyletter says:

    You listed several of my favorite apps. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I have Angry Birds. I was one of those people who did not understand the hype around the game. That is until I tried it. I was hooked with the first catapult of one of the little birds. I also enjoy Talking Tom and Talking Gina. The WordPress app is also a favorite of mine. So many apps. So little time.

  • How I love my iPhone. We are an Apple Family. We have all Mac items. Each of us have our own Mac Book Pro, and everyone has a iPad, (Just Hubby and I have the 2nd version) The kids (13 and 11) have an ipod touch. Our Mac Mini’s are used as servers. We have a Mac Mini in the family room to so we can have all of our music shared in one spot. We also watch Netflix shows from our Mac Mini.

    I have had an iPhone since the beginning. My husband and I met on Yahoo 15 years ago, so being a part of social media is second nature to us.

    Here are my favorites…

    1. I can’t fathom being without Twitter, FaceBook, Game Center, ibooks or Kindle (those are just ultimate basics for me)

    2.) Splash Shopper is one of those apps I had since I had my Palm phone. Not only do have my shopping list for the grocery store, but just about any other shopping I do too.

    3.) My favorite games are Bookwork, Align It, and Wheel of Fortune

    4.) If you like to relax for a minute or two try these, Magic Window, aSleep HD, and if you have little kids you will love “Lullabies” It allows you to listen to different lullabies on piano, and then customize them…I like “All Pretty Little Horses” then I add on the sound of horses on a cobblestone road, but the great thing is there are more sounds to add if you wish. You can then save those and add them to your ipod.

    5.) I have purchased so many dictionaries, but my favorite is WordBook. It keeps an ongoing list of all the words I have looked up. It has voice, so it gives me the pronunciation of the word. It has several words of the day too.

    6.) If you like to cook epi, cookbook, big oven, baking and icookbook are all great. Epi and Big Oven are free.

    7.) So if I miss Mass, I have iMass on my iPhone. Bible Douay-Rheims, iMissal, and Saint a Day are all “Must haves”.

    8.) News, I have several NYTimes, NPR, BBC News, USA Today, and my favorite is AP Mobile

    Bonus is Yahoo Messenger…If you have an account you can IM your friends as well as Text to them. This is going to be integrated into iChat as soon as Lion comes out, so you can text and IM to all devices. So excited for Lion, and OS 5!

    Many of the Apps that are on your iPhone you can also have on your iPad, and on your Mac. If you have any questions…I am happy to answer. No, I don’t work for Apple.

    One more thing…Not a lot of people know that Apple has a FREE camp for kids. If you have a Mac you can sign up for free workshops as well as free camp for the kids. It is a 3 day camp a couple of hours for each one of the three days, and on the 3rd day the parents watch the movie that the kids have made.

    Sorry for the extra long post!

  • Alright y’all . . . I am ADDICTED to Words with Friends! Majorly. Like seriously, I’ve already added those of you who (I could see) lent out your user names on here. I’ve also been playing for about an hour with like 20 other games LOL!

    So add me!

    untypicallyjia <- Original right? LOL

  • Angelia Sims says:

    LOVE WORDS WITH FRIENDS!! I actually started about 5 random opponnet games just to play more. I don’t spend time working out highest scores. I play as fast as I can.
    Anybody that wants to play start a game my user name is ‘angeliasims”.

    I’ve had an iPhone for years, but still haven’t played angry birds. I think I need to though, sounds like a good stress release. HA.

    My favorite apps, other than the ones listed, are Bubble Pop, Brain Trainer, Flixter, and LetsTans.
    LetsTans is a puzzle game with shapes.

    I’m starting to like Abble Dabble (another scrabble game except it tallys the word score for you). I love not having to figure out points! I’m just not crazy aobut the screen.

    I’m also liking my Kindle app too, but really, iPhones just ROCK.

  • Nikki O says:

    Just got my iPhone today, woo hoo!

  • I love my Pandora, my Angry Birds, and the social apps. But specially love my WordPress app, can’t live with out that one for I got to keep in touch with my blog!!! And of course my Wordreference app, I’m a writer after all.

  • Jennifer says:

    I LOVE WWF, but I’m a total cheater. Of course that doesn’t mean I win.

  • Kristy Wilce says:

    Don’t have an iphone!

  • Jennifer says:

    I have an Android (which I LOVE)
    Alchemy. This game is ADDICTING!! You take elements and combine them to make new ones. But there’s a possible 380 that you can find! I’ve got 302.
    HeyTell. It’s like voice-texting your friends.
    I am also a sucker for a good soundboard. The best one I’ve found yet is Instant Buttons. It has every sound you could possibly need for any situation. Hilarious for game night.
    TweetCaster is fantastic for twitter-nerds (like me)
    Facebook for Android is also great.

  • I am addicted to Words with Friends on my Droid….and understand Hanging with Friends is equally as fun. Not into Anrgy Birds yet….

  • OwningSingle says:

    I’m a words with friends addict. Add me Swash_01. I’m definitely gonna check out hanging with friends.

  • Katie says:

    I *love* ShakeIt. You take a picture & shake your phone so it looks like a polaroid. So fun!

  • I have a Blackberry and like accessing the basics.. FB, Twitter and email. I’m not much of a gadget person and laughed when I got my BB (2 weeks ago) and then heard a report about how behind the times they are… lol! It gets me where I want to go for now!

    • Kat says:

      I LOVE being able to access my email now. That’s probably been the biggest perk of all for me.

      • Jennifer says:

        YES! That’s what I love best about my smart phone. Only problem is, when I delete emails, it only deletes off my phone, not off my whole email account. 🙁

  • Barbie says:

    I always got frustrated with Words with Friends. None of my words would ever fit where I wanted them to go. I am so glad Hanging With Friends was created, and I’m pretty good at it. Instagram has me taking more photos than I ever have, and with all of the filters they look pretty good! Cell phones have come a long way, haven’t they?

    • Kat says:

      Hanging With Friends definitely doesn’t take as much thinking! I could spend thirty minutes trying to work out high scoring words on Words with Friends!

  • What a timely post – I just got a new iPhone and always looking for fun and helpful apps!

  • You listed all of my favorite apps!

  • Grams says:

    I’ve only had my Android phone for about a week, but I’m hooked. And I love Words with Friends.

  • Taylor says:

    Oh my gosh! I could have written this post! I had NO idea what phones could do these days.

    About a month ago I convinced my husband that we had to get iPhones. I’m so happy he said yes. We switched to AT&T so we were able to get the $49 deal and my hubby got a refurbished iPhone 4 for cheap. I will seriously never go back. I LOVE my iPhone.

    I love all those apps you listed plus MyFitnessPal, Etsylovers, Blogger+, Scatterbrain, GasBuddy and a billion more.

    By the way, I’m sending this from my iPhone. 😉 I’m hardly ever on my computer any more….

  • I did the same as Red Door Kitchen — got the $50 upgrade to an iPhone. I love, love, love it!

    Still haven’t gotten WWF, despite friends asking me to word with them (too tempting, too time consuming, too likely I’ll get addicted and not get my writing done!). My favorite so far is HootSuite, the Squarespace app (my blog is on Squarespace) and Fooducate, which gives food purchases grades and provides more healthy options, all by scanning the UPC symbol.

    Great post!

    • Kat says:

      Wow! Fooducate sounds awesome!! Totally downloading it now. 🙂

      And you’re right about WWF…it’s time consuming AND addicting.

    • @ Lisa – what is HootSuite all about? I keep seeing it but I’m not sure what is does/is?


      • @ Red Door Kitchen: HootSuite makes for a much easier time with Twitter. You can create “streams” that narrow the tweets down to the category you want (such as “mentions” or “retweets” or, like I have as one, “fellow grandparents”). It also allows you to add additional tabs that follow your Facebook pages, personal and “fan.” You can write one “tweet” that’s also added to Facebook pages, if you want, all in one writing. It renders Twitter less overwhelming and your social networking more manageable. It’s awesome on the computer and just as helpful with the app. Check it out online first to see if you like it (www.hootsuite.com) and if so, there’s the mobile app for it. Let me know what you think of it. Good luck!

        • Thanks Lisa!

          I set up an account, but it wanted to link to my personal FB page and not the one I set up for my blog. I will putter around with it more this weekend and see if I can work out the kinks (had some work to do for class last night and didn’t have enough time to “play”).

          I appreciate your help 🙂

  • I love the Bubble shooter app and the Holy Bible app

  • I love my iPhone!

    AT&T had a good deal last month (maybe still in effect) where I could upgrade to the iPhone 3G for $50. Worked for me!

    My favorite apps are Grocery IQ (free), Around Me (I think it was free), and Instagram, and of course Facebook and Twitter.

    @ Teresa – thanks for explaining Dropbox. I wasn’t sure what it was. Off to check it out!

    • Kat says:

      That’s where the deals are! My husband was due for an upgrade on his Droid, but was able to put it towards an iPhone for me instead. 🙂 He’s a good man.

  • Katherine says:

    So I don’t have an iPhone – yet. But I’m so excited for when I will finally get one (hopefully this summer, fingers crossed.) But even without an iPhone, I’m such a huge fan of Angry Birds and Pandora. The thought of getting to take them with me everywhere, now that just makes a girl happy.

  • I’m like you, I never really wanted one….until I got one, and now I’m hooked! And actually after only 4 months, I lost it in the movie theater just a couple of of weeks ago. I was mortified! Of course no one turned it in, so I scrounged up some cash, got on Craig’s List and got lucky. Someone was selling one in the small town I live in, and it was in perfect condition.
    I use a few of the apps you mentioned, but a couple that I like are Hootsuite (that way I can automate and just post once); MileageBug – a great app for keeping track of tax deductible mileage, that always knows the current IRS published rate and you can download the data to your computer and export to CSV when it’s time to do you taxes; Dragon Dictation – record notes to yourself, article ideas, product ideas, letters, etc, then email them to yourself and they’re already in text form, so minimal typing to format it. Very cool.
    Dropbox is my latest addition. With a free account, you can put documents online and access them anywhere, including your iphone. Everything’s password protected, but it’s handy if you need to refer to something frequently, but can’t store it on your phone and don’t want to print it up and carry it in your purse.
    I’m off to check out Pandora & Best Alarm, thanks!

    • Kat says:

      Oooh!! I love new iPhone recommendations! Will definitely be trying those!!

      And I’m with on losing the phone…I haven’t had mine long but would panic if I lost it. Partly because I’m so addicted to it and partly because it’s a spendy piece of equipment to lose. My husband would kill me.

  • lindsey says:

    Very cool! Do we know which of these apps are also available on Android phones?

    • Kat says:

      No, but that’s a great question…my husband has a droid and I know he gets Words with Friends…but that’s about where my knowledge stops.

      Useful I know. 😉

  • Life As Wife says:

    Hahah Scary Mommy’s iPhone app list was hilarious!!

  • I’ve not heard of Best Alarm before, sounds like something I could use for those late night snack of chocolate, erm I mean fruit and veg.

  • Jenn says:

    Shocking! That you’d sit there an socialise on an iPhone!
    Just revolting!


    I have a BB.

    I love my BB VV Much!
    We are BBF’s.

    We love the shopping list app… we love the Show Me Blogger app… we love Call Blocker App!!! Much we do!!! We love the Holy Bible App – which makes the MYM thing more doable if I forget my bible next to my bed (coz I never forget my BB – which also acts as a torch when I’m stumbling around at ridiculous MYM hours of the morning).

    However… the best thing about my BB is the email links to blogs – I get it right to my phone. Also… Internet and emails are free… which means I can go online to Bible Study Tools for hours for free, and I can do my banking, and I can chat on whatsapp for free to those people that don’t have BBM…

    In the race between iPhone and Blackberry (BB)… I choose BB.
    (mainly because it’s all I know… but also because the internet is free!)

  • Weep, weep, sniff, sniff. I’m one of the last people on Earth (okay, maybe not really, but certainly one of the last bloggers on Earth) without a handy dandy uber snazzy smartphone! Even my wee girl knows what Angry Birds is, thanks to her cool, hip Uncle…my baby brother.

    But, you know what?! My #3 button on my old school phone doesn’t work anymore, it’s excrutiatingly painful to key in a text without the letters D, E, & F…it’s like a whole new code that even the Urban Dictionary doesn’t cover, and while I’ve never had an urge to be one of the ‘Cool Kids’ before, I’m feeling mighty left out of this whole new world. So…we’ll see…..

    In the meantime, have fun with all your groovy apps! :>

    Oh…but, my old school phone does have an alarm clock with a ring tone so annoying that I can’t possibly sleep through it. Score one for the five year old phone! ;>

    • Kat says:

      I HAD that phone! They serve their purpose I suppose. Part of the reason I resisted a smart phone is because I’m home ALL the time…why in the world would I need another way to connect online when my computer is right here?

      I totally don’t need it. It’s a frivolous purchase at this point and I don’t care. I can’t go back.

      I don’t have an iPad though…isn’t it true you can use all those same apps with an iPad…maybe you can try one of those. Not that they’re any cheaper.

      • Oh, but I want one of those bright, shiny, handy dandy, uber snazzy smartphones! :> I just haven’t been able to rationalize the extra monthly $$ when, like you said, I’m home all the time. But, I’m working oh so hard at that rationalizing thing and I’m convinced that if I work hard enough at it, I’ll talk myself into it…eventually. :>

  • Mama Mary says:

    I’m so addicted to Words With Friends, it’s not even funny! My game name is my twitter handle if anyone wants to play. : ) @MamaMaryShow