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My Top 20 iPhone Apps for 2009

Monday, January 4th, 2010

I live on my iPhone. In fact, it has changed my relationship to the data I consume more than any technology I have ever used. Part of the reason for that is the App Store, and in 2009 the choice of apps exploded. Below is a list of 20 apps, in no particular order, that I either use regularly, like a lot, or think show promise for the future. While I use and love many of the default iPhone apps, such as Google Maps, I tried to keep this list based on app store downloads. This was much tougher than I thought it would be. It started as a top 10 list, but there are some apps I could just not remove from the list. Some I have barely used, but I feel they could be game changers after a few updates. Oh yeah, many of these are free. Enjoy!

Tweetie 2 – The ultimate Twitter client. With multiple account support and many advanced features. My primary twitter interface.

N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance – My Favorite first person shooter to date.

IMDb – The Internet Movie Database. Lookup a movie, tv show, or celebrity, and get all the related details.

Shazam – Identify the songs you hear playing in movies or the radio.

RedLaser – Check online prices by simply scanning a products bar code.

Flickr – A great way to view your flickr images, or those of your flickr contacts.

U-verse TV – Only useful if you have U-Verse TV, but this has come in very handy for programming my DVR when I’m not at home.

AP Mobile – The latest news, via Push Notification.

Domain Scout – Find that new domain name, fast and easy.

Lookup – A great DNS lookup tool. Lookup A, CName, NS, MX, SOA, PTR and more.

UStream Broadcaster – Stream live video from anywhere you have a WiFI or 3G internet connection.

Reel Director – Video editing for the iPhone. Amazing app with transitions, titles, trimming and more.

Slowmo – Create fast or slow motion videos right on the phone. Combined with Reel Director (above) you have a video studio on the phone.

Pano – A simple way to take panoramic photos with your iPhone.

TrueHDR – Merge two photos with different exposures to get photos with better dynamic range.

TiltShiftGen – Simulate the effect of a Tilt-Shift Lens to create miniature looking photos.

PS Mobile – Photoshop Mobile, enough said.

Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum – Great memories of an old game.

Now Playing – Find the movie times, and reviews, you need, based on your location.

iSSH – An SSH, telnet, raw, X11 and VNC client. Yes, all of them.

There are more where these came from but it’s a start. If you have others then mention them below or contact me and maybe I’ll do a more comprehensive, category based list for new iPhone owners.