If you’ve just recently purchased your first iPhone and want to see what makes this phone so great, it’s no secret that it’s the applications. There are applications for just about anything from music to productivity to games.
To get you started on the most practical and useful apps for any beginner, here are a few of my most useful (and used) ones. (Descriptions are from the iTunes App Store)
Pandora Radio is your own free personalized radio now available to stream music on your iPhone or iPad. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a “station” that plays their music and more music like it.
Lovin’ that tune? Shazam is the quickest and easiest way to discover more about music. Just hold your phone up to the song to identify the track, buy it, check out the videos, get the lyrics, share it with friends – and more!
Evernote for iPhone lets you create notes, snap photos, and record voice memos that you can then access any time from your iPhone, computer, or the web.
Free and easy-to-use task manager. No matter what needs to be done, from shopping lists to projects and todos – there is Wunderlist to manage it all.
A fast and highly customizable Google Reader client that stays perfect sync with Google and presents RSS stories in a clean interface. Feeddler is a universal app that supports iPhones, iPod touches and iPads. The free version is supported by banner ads.
Dragon Dictation 2.0 is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text content for everything from email messages to blog posts on your iPad™, iPhone™ or iPod touch™. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.
Never worry again about not finding a Wi-Fi internet connection. With close to 500,000 free and paid Wi-Fi hotspots in over 144 countries, Wi-Fi Finder is simply the best app for finding free or paid public Wi-Fi hotspots.
ESPN ScoreCenter brings you scores, news, and standings from hundreds of sports leagues around the world.
The Weather Channel (TWC)
The weather application that set the standard now has more tools to keep you informed.
The Amazon Mobile app allows iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to quickly search, shop, compare prices, read reviews and make purchases on Amazon.com using a simple, yet elegant, interface.
Gives you fast and free access to account information and use your phone’s built-in functions to provide a better banking experience. Do everything wf.com can: pay bills, transfer funds, get balances, and more. Utilize GPS to get one-touch access and directions to ATM/location information.
IMDb is the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information. IMDb is the leading app on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to find showtimes, watch trailers, rate movies, browse photo galleries, get US TV listings, find latest DVD releases, explore popular charts and share movie info.
Watch Instant Netflix on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website. With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.
Words With Friends
Experience for yourself why more than 20 million people are addicted to the word building, triple score seeking, chat bubble sending goodness of Words With Friends.
Facebook for iPhone makes it easy to stay connected and share information with friends. Use your iPhone to start a conversation with Facebook Chat, check your friends’ latest photos and status updates, look up a phone number, or upload your own mobile photos to Facebook while on the go.
Follow your interests: instant updates from your friends, industry experts, favorite celebrities, and what’s happening around the world. Get short bursts of timely information on the official Twitter app for iPhone.
Find My iPhone is free for anyone with an iPhone 4, iPad, or 4th generation iPod touch (iOS 4.2 or later required).* Just sign in with your Apple ID on your qualifying device and turn on Find My iPhone to allow you to locate it. Then use the same Apple ID to turn on Find My iPhone on your other iOS 4.2 (or later) devices including iPhone 3G, 3GS, or iPod touch (2nd generation or later). Find My iPhone is also included with a MobileMe subscription.