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Top iPhone Apps

Sep 9 2009, 6:30am CDT | by

Top iPhone Apps
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I love my iPhone most days, though I am not particularly fond of the AT&T network of late with all the dropped calls and other issues that go along with it. Still, the iPhone is a wonderful piece of hardware and one of my favorite things about the device is the wealth of apps that are available. Today I am going to run down my favorite iPhone apps for your perusal. I particularly like the iPhone as a gaming platform, so more than a few games are on the list, read on for all the details.


My favorite game for the iPhone right now has to be Deerhunter3D. This game is an arcade favorite and is tons of fun to play on the iPhone with good graphics and fun game play. I beat the game long ago, but I still find it fun to play the game again.


Traditionally I am not a fan of casual video games; I prefer shooters on the PC. However, I am not such a fan of shooters on the iPhone and lean more towards casual titles. One of the most fun casual games available on the iPhone is a little game called Build-a-lot. In the game, you take neighborhoods, build new homes, and update old ones. The game is lots of fun and you can be hooked quickly. If you want a fun game to pass the time, Build-a-lot is well worth the few bucks it costs to download.

AC 130 Specter

If you are a fan of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare you probably remember the levels in the single player game where you are the gun controller inside the flying C130 aircraft. Those levels were some of my favorite of the entire game. I ran across a slick game from Glu called C130 Specter that looks and plays exactly like those levels, for under a buck. The game graphics are white and black like you are looking through night vision gear and you have three weapons at your fingertips to take out personnel, buildings, and vehicles.

DirecTV App

One of my favorite non-game apps on my iPhone is the DirecTV app. You can use this app to set any program you want to record from anywhere you can get a mobile phone signal. Your DVR at home doesn’t even have to be connected to a broadband connection. I have used the app to record many movies and TV shows that I forgot about to watch later. I would have paid for this app and the best part is that DirecTV offers it for free.


I am a big movie buff and love to watch movies at the theater. The Fandango app not only shows show times at any theater near you, but you can buy tickets for them right from the app as well. The only downside is that on a few occasions movie times on the app have been wrong, but the app is accurate more often than not.


I am a big car enthusiast and I ran across a free app called PocketDyno. To use the app you have to secure the phone inside your car so it doesn’t move around or accuracy is out the window. Once it is secure the app uses the accelerometer inside the iPhone to give you information about your car like 1/4 performance and 0-60 time. The app may not be as accurate as a run down the drag strip, but it is very fun to use, and it's free.

Lose It!

If you are trying to lose some weight and get in shape one of the best things you can do is track how many calories you take in each day. Once you have everything you eat on a chart in front of you, it is easy to see where you are going wrong. I use an app called Lose It to track calories and other dietary items like protein that I eat. The app works very well, is free, and is well worth a download if you want to get in shape.

eBay App

I have a serious love hate relationship with eBay. I love that I can get rid of the old junk around my home that I don’t want, but I hate eBay policies and how much of the balance of power is put into the buyer's hands. If you are an avid eBayer, the eBay app is a great way to keep an eye on the stuff you are selling no matter where you are.

These are my favorite iPhone apps on my personal iPhone right now. If you have some cool apps on your iPhone that you want to let us know about, leave the info in the comments section below.

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