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Atomican Recommended Apps List

 

If you want to recommend an app, please use the format in this link to create an easy to reproduce template and follow the instructions within the template to keep the wording consistent between suggestions.

 

Last updated 14/07/2010

 

Free

 

* 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.

 

 

Paid

 

* 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 Scanner24 - BananaGlue - $1.19 - Finds out the security risks on your network by scanning for open ports and services.

* Shazam Encore23 - 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.

 

 

Games

 

* 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

 

 

Recommended By:

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

* Kindle2

* Marvel2

* iBooks2

* 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.

 

 

Unsorted games:

* PvZ2

* Katamari2

* Monopoly2

* Edge2

* Words With Friends2

* Peggle2

* Fruit Ninja23

* dynamicDICE2

* Angry Birds2

* Robot Unicorn Attack2

* VectorTD2

* MonsterTN2

* Sim City2

* Tiger Woods PGA2

* Red Alert2

* DoodleJump2

* Game of LIFE2

* Sims 3 and Sims 3 World Adventure2

* Trivial Pursuit2

* Vegas Pool2

* Blizzard Authenticator2

 

 

 

 

 

Original post:

 

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.

 

Anyway.

 

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

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yeah searching for apps on the appstore is a bit retarded.

 

I generally rely on reviews found online to sway me towards an app unless it's a utility which can be found easily, like SSH or VNC

 

Don't even get me started on trying to find some cool games...

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Bugger. I was hoping I was just missing a setting.

 

So... we don't even seem to have an Atomican Recommended Apps list...

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Yep, unless you know the name of the app you're looking for, it's pretty horrible.

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So. What Apps do people recommend?

 

I'll add them to the OP. Maybe we can get a list going for poor suckers like me.

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EDIT: I still reommend the ones you listed, but am changing my post to reflect those I didn't describe properly;

 

 

* Zinio - Zinio Publishing - An iPhone frontend for reading your e-subscriptions from zinio.

* Kindle - Amazon - Free application for reading your kindle books, using whispersync to download any new purchases.

* Remote - Apple - Remote controls your itunes library over WiFi.

Edited by lunchbox1988

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I'd appreciate it if people only list the ones they think would be great for everyone (e.g. CommBank isn't going to be useful to everyone, and anyone that wants their own bank app can easily search for their bank name) and give a description of what it is. Otherwise I'll be spending hours investigating them myself and listing them.

 

*EDIT* I also don't think big brand names like Google Apps and Twitter don't really need listing. Similar with things that are essentially mobile versions of webpages likes NYTimes and xkcd - they're pretty much just things you used to look up on the web but can look at on your phone. Easy to find and search for if they're what you want.

Edited by tantryl

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Shazam - 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.

Red Laser - Barcode scanner, identifies the item then finds cheap prices for it.

MultiConvert - Unit converter. Everything from length and weight to international shoe size and fucking kinematic viscosity.

Dictionary! - Erm, dictionary.

Flashlight - Sets a white screen to maximum brightness, which actually makes a decent torch. Also has colours. Whatever.

Fruit Ninja - Slash flying fruit with your finger. Decent distraction.

GenesisLite - 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.

 

--edit-- All free except Fruit Ninja btw.

Edited by Takoma

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iNet (network scanner) - tells you what ports and services are in use on the network you are on.

reeder - great RSS reader which has constant updates - it's nice to have a developer who gives a shit.

Bump

Lasoo - check catalogues for pricing

Mooch! (IOU) - keep track of what you lent (money or things)

Edited by The Tick

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Jamie Oliver 20 Min Meals - Lots of good, easy to make recipes with nice instructional photos and videos. $5.99

Air Mouse - 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. $2.49

Lux Touch - Risk for iPhone. Stupidly addictive if you're into that sort of thing. Free, or pro version with more maps for $5.99

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I started up reformatting suggestions but got particularly bored looking up good descriptions of the options pretty early in the process. I'll try and get back to it later.

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I wanna add Touch Mouse by Logitech. 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. I'm amazed how well the cursor moves. It's absurd that it should work so well. There is nothing better (or cheaper, it's free) for controlling a HTPC.

 

Or playing pranks on your missus by navigating to porn sites while she stares at her PC wondering why the cursor's moving on its own.

 

Which I'm gonna go do right now.

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Hipporemote is awesome

 

Remote control your pc using the VNC protocol, supports multitouch gestures, trackpad, keyboard, universal remote style interface for a majority of the popular media center type apps, browsers and other stuff

 

also launches apps automatically if you want, using Spotlight on OSX so that if you open the Safari remote profile for instance, it will launch it for you.

 

Highly recommended to anyone using a HTPC.

 

Hipporemote is awesome

 

Remote control your pc using the VNC protocol, supports multitouch gestures, trackpad, keyboard, universal remote style interface for a majority of the popular media center type apps, browsers and other stuff

 

also launches apps automatically if you want, using Spotlight on OSX so that if you open the Safari remote profile for instance, it will launch it for you.

 

Highly recommended to anyone using a HTPC.

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Thanks for the suggestions guys. Updating the OP now. Am leaving a bunch of things in the "unsorted" section until I or someone else can be bothered reformatting them.

 

tastywheat - can't find a paid version of Lux Touch so have left it in Free for now.

 

Linux - Which versions are you suggesting? LITE, Basic or Pro?

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Updating the other apps

 

* bump - Bump Technologies LLC - Free - 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™.

http://itunes.apple.com/app/bump/id305479724?mt=8

 

* reeder - 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,

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reeder/id325502379?mt=8

 

* Lasoo - Lasoo Pty Ltd - Free - Lasoo lets you use your iPhone to search across catalogues, products and offers from your favourite local retailers when you're out and about.

 

* Toilet Mate - NCM Dev - $1.19 - Toilet Mate can help you locate a public toilet when no one else can (Australia only).

 

* GoodReader - 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.

 

Also ...

 

* PWAU Lite1 - Shifty Jelly - More detailed than the standard Weather App. > Probably better to retitle it as "Pocket Weather AU Lite" as the abbreviated name does not come up in an iTunes search.

 

I would also add the paid version.

 

* Pocket Weather AU - 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.

Edited by The Tick

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Ballistic FTE calculator...a bit expensive at $20 but an awesome fully featured app for long range rifleshooters. Has 2 parts...a database of over 3000 commercially available loads and projectiles, with trajectory calculation based on a wide variety of user inputs such as atmospheric conditions, range, wind, sighti configuration, ballistic cefficient etc, and the other part being a HUD that gives a readout based on these inputs, of your windage and elevation for the range you are shooting at.

 

The free Facebook app is also quite nice, even the chat function works, and it breaks up different functions of the Facebook page into separate load screens, such as a page for notifications, or status etc, which is nice...you can choose what content you download.

 

Being a fan of Chinese Chess (or Xiang Qi), I find this app, Chinese Chess Master at $4.99 to be the best - a nice graphical layout of the board, with a set of 280 chess problems, the ability to set up the pieces on the board in your own way to make your own problems, as well as vs Computer or vs Human play, with both Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity to play against others on the iPhone as well.

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ComiXology

 

The leading "comic book store" on iPad and iPhone. Over 2000 individual issues from a whole mess of publishers including DC, Marvel, Image, Red 5, with quite a few free and preview issues to test the waters.

 

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.

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Sleep Cycle - Set your alarm, place phone on bed, and it checks your sleep cycle and wakes you up when you are in a light sleep phase during the 30 minutes before the time that the alarm is set. $1.19

 

iXpenseit - simple budget tool, easy to use interface, easy to configure. $5.99

 

Photoshop Mobile - basic image editing. Free.

 

Presize - a ruler in the shape of calipers. Not the easiest ruler to use, but it has come in handy a few times. Free.

 

For Japanese learners, the Kotoba! dictionary is free, and has a bigger word database than my less-than-a-year-old $400 electronic dictionary.

 

Retro Recorder - Great for recording lectures. It has a built in limiter that you can switch on or off, pre or post, and it works quite well, better than any auto gain controller I have used in any other portable device. Records to hq or mq wav, rather than m4a or whatever locked file that the built in voice recording software creates. I was using a Zoom H4 to record music lessons, but it eats batteries and is cumbersome to carry. $1.19

Edited by komuso

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I've added Antraman and hector's suggestions, and created a template linked to in the OP so people can make more uniform and easier to integrate suggestions.

 

@ Antra - I left off the facebook one 'cause kind of like Google Apps and the like, it's an easy to find big brand name if you want it.

 

*EDIT* If someone wants to suggest a better layout for the listings and create a template and maybe suggest a method of sorting or scoring, I'm very open to ideas. I have a pretty crappy visual design eye, so I imagine it could be much better.

Edited by tantryl

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I've added Antraman and hector's suggestions, and created a template linked to in the OP so people can make more uniform and easier to integrate suggestions.

 

@ Antra - I left off the facebook one 'cause kind of like Google Apps and the like, it's an easy to find big brand name if you want it.

No worries.

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I have to recommend a free to try Subscribe to buy app called "Shoeboxed" as a business App.

 

It keeps track of your work expenses and all you have to do is take a photo of the receipt and give it a short description, it then uploads it to some dude who inputs it into a spreadsheet and can then email it to you when you need to claim your expenses from work :-)

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Reminder from Cydia, for those on iphone4 you need to make a change to get it to work correctly.

 

Set cydia to developer mode (manage tab top left in settings) and then search for libstatusbar. Install it and it should work fine.

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Messenger - Windows Live Messenger

 

Adobe Photoshop Express - edits pictures =/

 

 

Umm, they're both free.

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Apart from the ones included with the phone (iPhone 4, at least), my biggies are Skype, TweetDeck (for Twitter), the ABC news app, Metlink (Melbourne train and tram timetables, etc), tramTracker (Melbourne tram timetables, etc), Flashlight (does what it says - uses the iPhone 4's flash as well), Stanza (for ebooks), Urbanspoon (restaurant finder), Facebook, Wikipedia, Dictionary.com, Photoshop Express (image editing app), WorldCard (take a photo of a business card with it, it will recognise the text and automatically input it into your address book), Paper Toss (simple little game where you try to throw a ball of paper into a bin), Monkey Island 2: Second Edition (brilliant game, real blast from the past).

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