List of the best free apps. By categories

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by firedogut, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. firedogut macrumors regular

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    One thing i have noticed is we don't is a good list of free apps. so here is my attempt at getting this going.

    Games
    Crash landing- Hard Game....try to land the shuttle by moving the iPhone
    Paper toss- Flick balls of paper into a trash can. Watch out for the fan blowing air.
    Tap Sudoku- Very good Sudoku game.
    Chess With Friends - online chess. Make a move and come back a few hours later to continue the game
    Words With Friends- free Scrabble-esque game
    Tap Tap Revenge 2- guitar hero type game
    Live Poker - online Texas hold em game
    21 Pro - single player black jack
    Words With Friends - free Scrabble-esque game

    Radio
    Pandora - Stream music to your phone
    Shazam - Don't know the name of the song playing. Use Shazam to identify and tag it
    Slacker- Stream music to your phone
    NPR News- Stream NPR stations to your phone. search by city or call letters

    News
    Fluent News - multiple news sources, offline caching, and similarly grouped stories
    gathered in one place
    Times Mobile - Times magazines own app. Offline caching as well.
    NPR News- Stream NPR stations to your phone. search by city or call letters
    USA Today- newspaper on iphone

    Social Networking
    Facebook- Facebook on the iPhone....there goes my day
    Skype- VOIP calling. Free to other skype members. cheap to land lines.
    Duo twitter and facebook status updates.
    Twitterific -Twitter apps
    SimplyTweet- Twitter apps
    Wordpress- Blogging
    IM+ Lite:- free Instant Messenger (no cost per message): Twitter, GTalk, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ,
    MySpace, Jabber, Geo-location, send photos.

    Photography
    CropForFree- Crop Photos
    FlashForFree- Makes your Photos look like a flash was used
    HDRForFree-
    FilterFXForFree- Filters for your pictures
    FisheyeForFree- Fish Eye Filter
    Pixelpipe - upload all of your photos and movies to whatever service you prefer
    Flickr- upload to yahoo's Flickr

    Restaurants and location based finders
    Yelp-find restaurants and other businesses around you
    OpenTable- Find a restaurant, read reviews, view menu, and make a reservation.
    WHERE -location based app for Gasoline, Starbucks, etc.
    Chipotle-order from iphone
    Pizza Hut - order from iphone and get 20% your order
    Dunkin Donuts - order from iphone

    Free Text Messaging
    Text Plus- Free texting to other cell phones, not just the iPhone
    WhatsApp Messenger- free sms texting between iPhone users

    Thumb Drive Apps
    FileAid- upload files via wi-fi to the iPhone. Also check out DriveAid (not free) if you want
    to use your cable.


    Productivity
    Evernote- productivity aid. Does a lot of stuff
    Translator - language translator
    Funambol- Back up your contacts
    Dictionary.com- What do you think it does
    VoCal- Set a reminder without the fuss of typing into my iPhone

    Travel Apps
    Most travel sites have an app (Travelocity, hotels.com, Kayak, etc)
    Trapster - gives warning of police hide out spots. like google map, tracks as you drive and
    notifies you of any upcoming hide out spot
    Google Earth
    The Weather Channel- radar, current and future weather forecasts

    Movie
    Fandago- See movie times, watch previews, and buy tickets
    Flixster- See movie times
    Now Playing- movie previews and showtimes

    Shopping
    Snaptell - Get ratings of games, dvd, books by taking a picture
    Global Apps - See the top 100 in every category in every iTunes store.
    Store Extender - Browse new and discounted apps
    iDeals - find the best bargains offered online each day from popular sites
    Shipments - track packages from FedEx, UPS, etc
    Amazon.com- shop on amazon

    Other
    What's On - "TV Guide" type apps
    i.tv- tv show listings and Tivo remote
    iWrecked- Auto Accident Aid. a must have
    Epicurious- largest catalog of cooking recipes on the web. You can also add the recipes for the meals to a shopping list.

    Sports
    ESPN Score Center- Keep up to date with sport scores. Set favorite teams and sports

    E-books
    Wattpad- free e-books.
    Stanza- Free and paid e-books
    i'll add more categories as apps get added

    Reference
    KJV Bible - audio bible
    Holy Bible- by Paul Avery
    Zillow - real estate info


    just reply to this thread and i'll update the list so it stays nice and neat

    what to buy apps. here is the list of the best apps to buy
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=787750
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    It is too convoluted to really get into over a forum thread where people will chatter between posts.
     
  3. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    CropForFree
    Funambol
    Pandora
    Travelocity
    Shazam
    Snaptell
     
  4. Goldfrapp macrumors 601

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    Social Networking:
    Facebook
    Skype

    Reference:
    Dictionary.com
     
  5. firedogut thread starter macrumors regular

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    that why i will update my post with what you guys think are the best.

    to make is easier on me please lists the apps by category and put a quick description.

    example
    Photo apps
    CropForFree----crop photos in your photobook
     
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    Slacker - Radio
    Flixster - Movie showing time
    Translator - language translator
    Yelp - Local business rating/review (ie. restaurant, massage, shopping)

    Bump - transfer contacts/photos with another iphone by bumping both phones together

    Trapster - gives warning of police hide out spots. like google map, tracks as you drive and notifies you of any upcoming hide out spot.
     
  8. Gokunama macrumors 6502a

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    News
    [app]Fluent News[/app] - multiple news sources, offline caching, and similarly grouped stories gathered in one place.

    News
    [app]Times Mobile[/app] - Times magazines own app. Offline caching as well.

    Books
    [app]Stanza[/app] - Best e-book reader I've tried yet (I haven't tried Kindle, as we can't get Kindle books in Japan).

    Utilities
    [app]Store Extender[/app] - Browse new and discounted apps, it could use a bit of work on resuming browsing. I've got to restart at the begining of the list again if I get interrupted.

    Utilities
    [app]Global Apps[/app] - See the top 100 in every category in every iTunes store. I've found a couple great apps in other stores that aren't popular here in Japan due to their not being easy for Japanese to use.
     
  9. davpel macrumors member

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    Top Free Apps -- Plus a Disclaimer!

    My list:

    1) Amazon.com - invaluable if for nothing more than to have its user generated product reviews handy while out shopping. Turn on Amazon one-click ordering, get yourself an Amazon prime account and then this app is like crack!

    2) Pixelpipe - upload all of your photos and movies to whatever service you prefer, all from this one app. Supports popular destinations such as Flickr, Picasa, SmugMug, YouTube, Vimeo, Revver . . . the list goes on and on. Will even upload to multiple sites at one time. I haven't used the built-in uploading features of the iPhone or any specialized "single-site" apps since I downloaded Pixelpipe a few months back.

    3) What's On - I've tried may "TV Guide" type apps over the past year or so, but none work as fluidly and are as elegant as this free app. Most are slow as molasses when downloading data, but this app really flies. To increase its speed even further, I suggest selecting your favorite channels in the guide and deleting the ones you know you will never watch.

    4) Shipments - the easiest way I've found to track packages from FedEx, UPS, etc. You sign up for the service online, then whenever you get a shipping confirmation from a retailer, simply forward it to TrackMyShipments and all pertinent information will be synced with the iPhone app.

    5) iDeals - find the best bargains offered online each day from popular sites like Woot!, Monoprice, DailySteals, Buy.com, etc. Sort deals by type, make in-app purchases, share deals with friends. Exclusive deals coming some.

    [Full disclosure: iDeals is my app. I'm a solo developer who got into the game for fun and the challenge of trying something new. If you look at my profile, you'll see that I'm not here simply to promote my app, but rather have been a longtime reader and contributor to the iPhone forum here at MacRumors. I hope you take a few minutes to download my app, give it a spin and, if you like it, post a positive review on the app store. I got hammered with negative reviews due to a compatibility issue which arose when 3.0 came out. It took forever for Apple to get the new version up and that limbo period really killed me. Thanks.]
     
  10. emailYasmin macrumors member

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    Very Nice Thread. Also in review if you could put if free App has ads in it.

    Hate Ads.
     
  11. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    You need to get over that then. How do you expect them to make any money? A developer has two choices (actually three, if they just give it away), they can sell the app for a price and maybe make money if enough people buy it or they can make it free and have lots of people download it and make money on the ads.


    OP, I noticed you didn't put Funambol on the list. It's a life saver program if you ever need it (your HD has crashed, you didn't backup, and you need to get your contacts back).
     
  12. firedogut thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm sorry I can't post any program that you suggest. Hope you understand.
     
  13. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Uh, no?? Why did you post the other stuff?
     
  14. firedogut thread starter macrumors regular

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    The only reason i posted the other apps is because i also have them.

    I'm sorry but FiredogUT can't take advice from iphone.aggie

    i hope you understand.
     
  15. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    You mean, FiredogTU. :)
     
  16. firedogut thread starter macrumors regular

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    Keep it coming. we need more free games.

    remember it needs to be free.....no trials that only let you use the app for a short time or limits what you can do to make you buy the paid version.
     
  17. str1f3 macrumors 68000

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    You can add Tap Tap Revenge 2, Flickr & i.tv (tv show listings and Tivo remote).

    Edit: you can also add the free version of Twitterrific and Now Playing (movie previews and showtimes) also. Kind of amazing how many good quality free apps there are.
     
  18. ozzyman500 macrumors 65816

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    Sorry to break it to you, but most "good" games cost a dollar or two in my experiences anyway.

    Anyway some other good apps are Google Earth for traveling and The Weather Channel.
     
  19. ctt1wbw macrumors 68000

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    Words With Friends, free Scrabble-esque game.

    WhatsApp Messenger, free sms texting between iPhone users.

    Facebook, of course.

    Duo, twitter and facebook status updates.

    Twitterific free, or SimplyTweet free, two great free Twitter apps.
     
  20. Gokunama macrumors 6502a

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    [app]Chess With Friends[/app] - online chess. Make a move and come back a few hours later to continue the game.

    I think Stanza should be included in there due to the free downloadable books from The Gutenberg Project. Your call though.
     
  21. RobT macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the thread and the list!

    I know these topics show up somewhat frequently and it seems every time I find one or two new apps I didn't know about. Makes it all worthwhile, so thanks!

    And I'll add a couple decent freebies:

    WHERE: (Good, simple location based app for Gasoline, Starbucks, etc.)

    Wattpad: More, free e-books.
     
  22. ArtRock.com macrumors newbie

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    Wordpress

    Wordpress is a pretty good app-- as far as a blog thing goes.
     
  23. !Dragonfly! macrumors newbie

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    Im+

    Social networking:

    IM+ Lite: free Instant Messenger (no cost per message): Twitter, GTalk, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ, MySpace, Jabber, Geo-location, send photos.

    VR+ Voice for Twitter / Facebook / Blogger / MySpace. Send people a voice mail without have to call them on the phone. On-the-fly conversion to MP3 ensure the recording can be played on any Mac, PC or mobile.
     
  24. FearNo1 macrumors 6502a

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    Games
    Live Poker - online texas hold em game
    21 Pro - single player black jack

    News
    usa today

    Reference
    KJV Bible - audio bible
    Holy Bible by Paul Avery
    Zillow - real estate info
     
  25. muxbox macrumors member

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    Productivity

    I know i am being biased. But my best Free productivity app has to be

    VoCal - Free Edition

    It is very quick way set a reminder without the fuss of typing into my iPhone so i can also do it on the move. Allows upto 3 reminders which should be enough for most people. Professionals and busy people can get the full version for unlimited future reminders.
     

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