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Last updated 14/07/2010
* Oz Radar Lite8 - McTainsh - Viewer for the BOM rain radars from around Australia. Free alternative to the paid version of PWAU.
* Consume8 - Bjango - It scrapes the "my account" pages of over 200 different services, and displays the stats on big easy-to-read panels. Think ISP quotas, prepaid credit, postpaid 3G usage, E-toll accounts, etc.
* Allrecipes AU Dinner Spinner1 - All Recipes - Thousands of recipes with the ability to filter by ingredient, cook/prep time and dish type as well as the ability to search by name and favourite recipes and browse featured recipes. Each recipe has nutritional information and can be rated and reviewed by users.
* Free Wi-Fi Finder1 - JiWire Inc. - Displays known free wi-fi places (like Maccas) on a map. Can use your phone's GPS to find the nearest, or you can just browse. Hotspots can be added by users. Pops up ads.
* iFirstAid Lite1 - Survival Emergency Products - Gives you instructions on how to perform first aid in emergency circumstances. Also includes the right numbers to call when there's an emergency (in Aus. from mobiles you call 112, from landlines 000).
* Touch Mouse3 - Logitech Inc. - Control your PC's mouse cursor with your finger over WiFi and type using the iPhone keyboard. It's incredibly smooth, there's almost no lag, three mouse buttons available, two fingers to scroll, and more. "There is nothing better (or cheaper, it's free) for controlling a HTPC" - Takoma (disagreed by tastywheat, suggesting the paid Air Mouse, see below).
* bump4 - Bump Technologies LLC - Bump™ makes sharing with people as simple as bumping two phones together. Just pick what you want to send, then hold your phones and gently bump hands with another person using Bump™
* Lasoo4 - Lasoo Pty Ltd - Lasoo lets you use your iPhone to search across catalogues, products and offers from your favourite local retailers when you're out and about.
* Comics7 - comiXology - Over 2,000 individual issues from publishers including DC, Marvel, Image, Red 5, with free and preview issues available. Don't bother with the individual Marvel/DC/Boom apps as they're simply stripped back, one-publisher-only versions of the main comiXology app.
* VLC Media Player9 - Applidium - VLC player is an open source multimedia player. it opens almost any file, yet it's very powerful and simple to use. A great alternative to the standard media player as is handles more then just M4v files.
* iFitness1 - Hooman Zoohar - $2.49 - An exercise app that includes over 300 exercises, categorised by body part, cardio or stretches. It includes pictures of how to perform each exercise, and the ability to stream video of the exercise as well. Within the app you can create an exercise regime and monitor your progress.
* iTap RDP client2 - Honeder Lacher Wallner - $14.99 - Manage your Windows desktop from your iPhone or iPod touch utilizing the Microsoft RDP protocol.
* iTap VNC client2 - Honeder Lacher Wallner - $14.99 - Manage your Windows desktop from your iPhone or iPod touch utilizing the VNC protocol.
* iNet - Network Scanner2 4 - BananaGlue - $1.19 - Finds out the security risks on your network by scanning for open ports and services.
* Shazam Encore2 3 - Shazam Entertainment - $5.99 - Point it at music and it'll tell you what song it is. And it really, really works. I pick up songs off the radio in noisy shops all the time, and I've only stumped it once, deliberately, with some weird Norwegian new age music.
* Jamie Oliver 20 Min Meals5 - Zolmo Limited - $9.99 - Lots of good, easy to make recipes with nice instructional photos and videos.
* Air Mouse Pro5 - RPA Tech Inc. - $2.49 - Turns your iPhone into a wireless remote + trackpad. Update rate is much better than the free logitech app, and it has a neat application switcher. Perfect for HTPCs.
* MetroView Australia GPS Navigation1 - MetroView Systems - $24.99 - A great little app for, you guessed it, GPS voice navigation. One third to one quarter the price of other competitors up front, no subscription costs, stores maps on your phone so it doesn't use your data allowance and has all the speed limits in it and notifies you if you're speeding/too slow.
* Mooch! (IOU)4 - MirageBox Ltd - $1.19 - A sleek application that helps you keep track of everything you've ever borrowed or lent. Send email reminders, take snap shots as proof, and see transactional histories.
* reeder4 - Silvio Rizzi- $2.99 - Also available for iPad, a fantastic RSS reader which has constant updates - it's nice to have a developer who gives a shit. Syncs with Google Reader, browse by feed or folders.
* Toilet Mate4 - NCM Dev - $1.19 - Toilet Mate can help you locate a public toilet when no one else can (Australia only).
* GoodReader4 - Good.iWare Ltd. - $1.19 - Extends PDF download and reading functionality. Stores PDFs locally, handles larger PDF files brilliantly, putting a "g" in front of a link in safari (ie. ghttp://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf) automatically downloads into GoodReader.
* Pocket Weather AU4 - Shift Jelly - $2.49 - Australian weather which extends the lite version to include animated weather icons, rain radars, synoptic and satellite charts, push notifications, landscape view, sunrise and sunset times, tidal information, 3 more skins and more.
* Ballistic: Field Tactical Edition6 - Jonathan Zdziarski - $23.99 - App for long range rifleshooters. Has a database of over 3,000 commercially available loads and projectiles with trajectory calculation based on user inputs such as atmospheric conditions, range, wind, sighting configuration, ballistic co-efficient as well as a HUD that gives a readout based on these inputs, of your windage and elevation for the range you are shooting at.
* Lux Touch5 - Sillysoft Game - Free - Risk (the board game) for iPhone. Stupidly addictive if you're into that sort of thing.
* Chinese Chess Master6 - Clickgamer Technologies Ltd - $4.99 - a nice graphical layout of the board with a set of 280 chess problems, the ability to set up the pieces on the board to make your own problems, as well as vs Computer or vs Human play with Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity. "The best Chinese Chess app" - Antraman
1 - tantryl
2 - lunchbox1988
3 - Takoma
4 - The Tick
5 - tastywheat
6 - Antraman
7 - hectorbustnuts
8 - SqualStrife
9 - Dazerath
Unsorted due to lack of decent descriptions and details:
* Zinio2 - decent e-sub site - free reader
* Remote2 - great if you wanna control a running itunes instance on your network without finding keyboard or if you are busy (ie; pooping).
* iSequence2 - audio synth app
* BeatMaker2 - same as iSequence
* FingerBeat2 - again, similar
* Scribbler2 - fun little doodling app that re-sketches your gibberish
* GrafAnalysis2 - 3D Graf/tag analysis/gen tool that allows you to see your childish glyphs in a graf style manner.
* UrbanSpoon2 - finds restaurants around you (as best as it can).
* Match It2 (Food and wine matcher)
* Red Laser3 - Barcode scanner, identifies the item then finds cheap prices for it.
* MultiConvert3 - Unit converter. Everything from length and weight to international shoe size and fucking kinematic viscosity.
* Dictionary!3 - Erm, dictionary.
* Flashlight3 - Sets a white screen to maximum brightness, which actually makes a decent torch. Also has colours. Whatever.
* GenesisLite3 - Use gravity pockets to divert force fields to light up planets, which play harmonies as you ignite them. Really good fun and a challenge as it progresses.
* Words With Friends2
* Fruit Ninja23
* Angry Birds2
* Robot Unicorn Attack2
* Sim City2
* Tiger Woods PGA2
* Red Alert2
* Game of LIFE2
* Sims 3 and Sims 3 World Adventure2
* Trivial Pursuit2
* Vegas Pool2
* Blizzard Authenticator2
I gots me an iPhone. Only a 16GB 3GS, but it's nice. And I got it on a $35 cap with 3 free months, so I'm only paying $735 over 24 months and getting $160 of calls/text + 300MB of data (+1GB extra for the first 3 months). And that extra 1GB runs out I'm thinking up upgrading to the $39 plan which adds unlimited text and ups the data to 1.5GB, then the TCO will be $807-$819 (depending on how/when the 3 free months applies).
So that's nice. Yes, I'm quite happy about the price.
I got the iPhone for a few other reasons. The large quantity of accessories (I've ordered about 20 things from dealextreme.com, I expect to use about 3 of them, but gogo cheap crap!) was a big draw. The reasonable size screen is nice. A lot of mobile websites are designed with it in mind. The lack of external moving parts was also appealing. Relatively aerodynamic - nice. Music and video plays pretty smooth. Easy to tether to a computer - big plus. I wasn't that happy about the whole pretty much have to use iTunes thing, but it didn't worry me. One of the biggest draws however was the Apps. Yes, there's a lot of absolute shit, but there are gems in there.
But now I've got the phone, I've discovered that you pretty much have to know what they are by name. Otherwise finding them is virtually impossible.
The sorting options are Release Date and Name. There don't appear to be any filters but Paid or Free and in the What's Hot sub-categories you can sort by Featured - whatever that means. Categories have thousands and thousands of apps, but no way to order them by star rating or amount of reviews or even price. And in iTunes you can't even see the damn star ratings without opening up each individual app.
Am I missing something? Have they really forgotten to set up a decent way of finding things?
Edited by tantryl, 25 November 2010 - 07:15 PM.