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616. Yup, 616 apps on my phone. Time to put it on a diet again. It seems like the good apps just keep getting better, and people are continually finding great ways to use smartphones.
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Best Free Track, Artist, or Album finder
Spotify Search for any track, artist or album and listen for free with ads. Make and share playlists. This app offers recommendations and readymade playlists.
Best Free Music Recognition
SoundHound Search for songs by singing or humming. It works! I was able to identify me singing Smoke on the Water!. See lyrics move in time with the music. SoundHound Headlines brings you free song streams, new artists. Play music library with LiveLyrics. Facebook and Twitter updates from your favorite artists. iTunes links, YouTube videos, Pandora station launching. Explore music being discovered near you by tapping into the new Music Map feature. Listen to songs with Rdio and Spotify.
Best Free Personalized Music
Pandora Stream music of your choice based on name of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a "station" that plays their music and similar in the same genre. Get a free account and enjoy your saved favorite station on your phone or the web. Not available outside the United States, Australia and New Zealand. For an alternative in other countries, try Jango, which may even be better than Pandora! I'll keep you posted.
Best Free Radio
TuneIn Radio TuneIn lets you listen to the world’s radio with music, sports, news, talk, and comedy streaming from every continent. Enjoy 70,000 live radio stations and 2 million podcasts, concerts or shows on your iPhone, iPad and iPod.
Best Free Ringtone Maker
Ringtone Maker Tired of same ringtones that everyone has? Make your own! If you can play it on an iPhone, you can make it a ringtone. With iOS 5, you can customize the Text tone, Tweet tone, Alert tone, Mail tone, Calendar tone and Reminders tone. Control the start time of the song, as well as fading in or out. Create an unlimited number of new ringtones!
Best Free Book Reader
iBooks Download many of your favorite books from the included iBookstore. Sort your books on your bookshelf or browse them in a list sorted by title, author, or category and organize your books and PDFs into personal collections. Swipe left or right to jump between Collections. Easily adjust your screen brightness to find the perfect lighting for any environment. Personalize font size and pick from six type faces. Keep your bookmarks, notes, and your current page wirelessly in sync between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the automatic bookmark syncing feature. Add PDF documents from Mail, or add books in the industry-standard ePub electronic book format to iTunes and sync them to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Best Free Bookmark Manager
Pocket (formerly Read It Later) Ever come across an article you'd like to read but can't at that time on a browser? Add it to your Pocket list from your PC or mobile, and this app downloads all articles in the list to your iPad for offline reading. Advanced features are limited to the paid version.
Best Free Dictionary
Dictionary Search words offline with this app that includes nearly 2 million words with definitions, synonyms and antonyms. Extra features include audio pronunciation, voice-to-text search, hyperlinked words, Word and Question of the Day, and the Hot Word blog. See also the HD version for iPad.
Best Free Language Translator
GoogleTranslate Translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages using Google Translate. For some languages, speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations. Listen to your translations spoken aloud (24 languages), Display translations in full screen mode to make it easier for others nearby to read, star your favorite translations and query history for quick access even when you’re offline.
Best Free Painting and Drawing
Brushes 3 This great drawing and painting app offers: record and replay paintings, huge brush sizes up to 512x512 pixels, simulated pressure, 64-bit painting on the latest hardware, 14 parameterized brush shapes, adjustable brush settings (spacing, jitter, scatter, etc.), adjustable color opacity, invert color and desaturate, flip and arbitrarily transform layers. Layers support including: create up to 10 layers, lock and hide layers, lock layer transparency, adjust layer opacity, duplicate, rearrange, and merge layers, change blending modes: normal, multiply, screen, exclude. Gestures support:, zoom with two finger pinch, zoom in with two finger double tap, zoom to fit with two finger double tap, toggle interface visibility with a single tap (this can be changed to a two finger tap in the app settings), tap and hold to access eyedropper tool. Import and export options:, import native Brushes, 3 files, jpeg, and png files, export as native Brushes3 files, jpeg, png, and photoshop files (with layers), place images from your photo album into paintings, copy paintings to the pasteboard, Tweet paintings, post paintings to Facebook. Integrated with Dropbox.
Best Free Web Search
Google Search Search the Web with this official Google Search app and get search results and suggestions instantly as you type, take a picture with your device camera, or even speak into your iPhone. Also with easy access to other Google products from the Apps tab.
Best Free Wikipedia Search
Wikipanion Wikipanion was designed for easy, search, navigation and display of Wikipedia entries. Your search history is bookmarked by visit date and includes entries as well as selections within an entry. Includes table of contents browser, font resizing, image saving to the Photo Library, and other features.
Best Free Airport Info & Flight Status
GateGuru Enjoy receiving real-time flight status information (including push notifications), view your TripIt and KAYAK itineraries, view/post airport security wait times, view airport food, shops and services reviews. Quickly search and sort by rating or location. Bookmark airports and post to Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Gowalla to keep your network posted on your travels.
Best Free Camera to PDF
Scan Pages Turn your iPhone into a mobile scanner and convert captured images into PDF documents. Scan Pages organizes and cleans your images creating crisp, clean files. Combine multiple images into one PDF file and store in GoogleDocs, Evernote, Dropbox or share via email.
Best Free Compare Costs Per Unit
Best Value Compare the cost of two products no matter their package quantities, sizes or units. Display costs per unit and indicates which of the two is a better deal. Supports both Metric and English measurements. Currently not available in the US.
Best Free Credit Card Processing (U.S. Only)
PayPal Here While there is no free credit card processing, this app turns your iPhone into pocket-sized encrypted card reader. Save money not buying a credit card processing terminal. Process Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card for with 2.7% transaction fee in the United States. Use your iPhone's camera to add funds from checks, or send invoices. (Also in the U.S). Charge multiple tax rates, offer discounts, set up an inventory list.
Best Free Financial Markets Info
Bloomberg Follow the world's financial markets in one app. Bloomberg offers news, stock quotes, company descriptions, market leaders/laggers, price charts, market trends analysis, and more.
Best Free Mind Mapping App
Mindjet If you are a more visual than linear thinker, Mindjet lets you enter ideas, tasks, and meeting notes into intuitive visual maps that help you organize concepts and prioritize action items. Create new maps or import them from Mindjet Connect. Easier to see than explain, Mindjet offers lots of options for creating, moving, linking, and copying entries and formatting their appearance. Access to PDF, Word, Pages, Excel, Numbers docs stored in Mindjet Connect. Synchronize with Dropbox, export to PDF.
Best Free Text Editor
Fast Keyboard is a text creator and editor with two rows of additional keys, including numbers, symbols, unicode symbols, frequently used words, and email/article templates. Sync to Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter and other apps. Other features include reading document files (doc, ppt, xsl, keynote, pages, number, pdf, images), adding tags to files, using arrow keys to move the cursor, emailing, text/file, and opening file in other apps.
Best Free Voice Dictation
Dragon Dictation Save typing and use your voice to text or email your friends, send notes and reminders to yourself, update your Facebook status or tweet to the world, faster and quicker when you are on-the-go. Supports a multitude of global languages.
Best Free Word, Excel and PowerPoint Editor
Quickoffice from Google lets you create and edit Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Work can be saved in Google Drive, which offers up to 15GB of free storage, or attached with emails.
Best Free Graphing Calculator
FreeGraphing Calculator This calculator has the usual functions as well as square root, cube root, nth root, natural log, log base 10, log of arbitrary base, absolute value, factorial, permutations (nPr), combinations (nCr), modulus, random integer, bell curve, cumulative normal distribution, decimal to fraction. But the real star feature of this app is its graphing capabilities: allowing you to graph up to four equations at once, graph in polar coordinates and parametric equations, and you can drag the graph or pinch to zoom in or out. Also offers a unit converter, constants for scientific calculations, As well as a host of other features, most well beyond anything I’ve had to contend with.
Best Free Fractal Viewer
Fractile Plus If you find math scary and all its complex equations unsightly, then this app will warm you up to the beauty of mathematics. A fractal has been defined as "a rough or fragmented geometric shape can be split into parts, each of which is a reduced-size copy of the whole." Huh, you say? Think of it as a reduced-size copy of the whole, much in the way that broccoli romanesco repeats its pattern in a fascinating kaleidoscope. Fractile Plus explores the famous Mandelbrot set which is based on a very simple mathematical formula, yet has amazing complexity. Zoom in up to 10 trillion times magnification to find intricate spirals, flaming tendrils, and a seemingly endless smaller repetitions of the set itself. Save high-res images up to 13 megapixels. Optimized for the retina display. No ads!
Best Free Historical Graphic Timeline
Timeline Eons Scrollable timeline and editable time range that can span trillions of years into both the past and the future. Includes Natural History, World History, U.S. History, Science & Technology, Art & Architecture, and Sports. Extensive and wide-ranging events, from the Big Bang to historical events and future projections. The free version displays the entire timeline for 15 days, and from year 1950 to 2050 thereafter.
Best Basic HTML Guide
Learn HTML Basics Learn the basics of HTML, the codes the pages of the World Wide Web. Sections include Introduction, Get Started, Basic, Elements, Attributes, Headings, Paragraphs, Formatting, Fonts, Styles, Links, Images, Tables, Lists, Forms, Frames, Iframes, Colors, Color Names, Color Values, and Quick List Reference page.
Best Free NASA
NASA The official NASA (United State National Aeronautics and Space Administration) app offers videos, picture of the day, launch information and countdown clocks, mission information, and a vast collection of images. 3G or Edge network connection required.
Best Free Technology, Entertainment, Design Talks
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit started in 1984 devoted creating a forum for world's most fascinating people including education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends. It hosts two conferences annually and a variety of other award-winning talks and presentation and offers the best talks and performances free. The entire library of more than 900 TEDTalk videos are available for browsing and searching in both online and offline modes. Bookmark or download your favorite TEDTalk for playback anywhere. Tune in to TEDRadio for instant, one-click access to a continuous stream of TEDTalks audio. Share favorite talks and playlists with your friends.
Best Free Explore New Web Content
StumbleUpon! Dive into epic. Escape the ordinary. Amplify the OMG. StumbleUpon takes the boring ol’ Internet and makes it way more awesome by only showing you stuff you like. Tap the Stumble button and come get lost in a wonderland of videos, photos, and webpages personalized just for you.
Best Free Movie & TV Reference
IMDb Movies & TV Watch trailers, browse photos, find latest releases, explore popular charts, rate movies and share movie info from a huge resource of more than 1.5 million titles, and 3.2 million celebrities, actors and actresses, directors and crew members.
Best Free Music Maker
Falling Stars Love at first sight? (or maybe sound?) This app produces a fun, creative, and soothing sound you can manipulate by inserting additional visual elements that change the sound and rhythm.
Best Free Remote Control for Apple Devices
Remote Control iTunes and Apple TV using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad over your Wi-Fi network. Choose playlists, songs, and albums as if you were right in front of your computer or Apple TV. From anywhere in your home change a song, pick a playlist or browse through your entire library. (Text from iTunes)
Best Free Air Hockey
Air Hockey Gold Play with one or two pucks. Play with someone else, or a computer opponent.
Best Free Dot Game
Dots A simple game of connecting as many same-colored dots as you can in 60 seconds. Share on Twitter and Facebook with your friends. Weekly score boards reset every Sunday, giving you a chance to make it to the top. Explore endless mode, the no-limits, gravity shuffling mode, un-timed mode where you kick back and take your time while planning strategic moves. Play your friends with local Multiplayer mode, or pass back and forth with a friend for a showdown. Each dot you earn can be spent on Power Ups. When used wisely, Power Ups can have a big impact on boosting your score. Get more dots for every dot removed from a game, or buy them.
Best Free Word Game
Words With Friends With a user base of 20 million people, Words With Friends is certainly one of the most popular word games. Like Scrabble, build words, and try to triple your score. Either play with a random opponent from anywhere in the world, invite your friends to play remotely, or play with a real person beside you.
Best Free Cycling Route Tracker
Strava Cycling Track your rides with GPS, view the map of your ride as you record , get key stats like distance, speed, elevation gained and calories burned, collect heart rate, power and cadence data from ant+ and bluetooth le sensors, climb the leaderboards, set personal records and earn king or queen of the mountain honors, join monthly challenges designed to push you further, see how you stack up against friends, locals and pros, follow friends, find and invite your friends via facebook, motivate your friends with kudos and and comments, share your rides on facebook and twitter, find places to ride, explore the most popular segments anywhere you go.
Best Free Fertility / Menstrual Cycle Tracker
iPeriod My Cycles tracks ovulation signs to increase your chance of pregnancy and takes the guesswork out of tracking your period, predicting your ovulation window, and predicting your future periods. Track your period, symptoms, medications, mood and more related to your cycle.
Best Free Medical Reference
Medscape Drug reference, disease & condition reference and treatment guide, tables & protocols reference, daily medical news an alerts, continuing medical education (CME/CE) activities, unlimited access to all features. offline access to the clinical reference, multitasking.
Best Free Medical Resource Guide
WebMD WebMD provides health and medical information with tools including Symptom Checker, Conditions, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Essentials, and Local Health Listings, without an Internet connection. (Some features my be limited outside the United States). Personalize by saving drugs, conditions, and articles of interest.
Best Free Nutritional Information
Fooducate Scan UPC barcodes with the iPhone's camera to search over 200,000 products to make healthier nutritional choices. See a product's both good and bad highlights. Learn if an item contains excessive sugar, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, additives and preservatives, and controversial food colorings. Works in United States only.
Best Free Prescription Medicine Reminder
RxmindMe RxmindMe alerts you when you need to take a prescription. Enter all your prescriptions, setup reminders, and track your history. Lot of features: nine types of reminders, quantities count down as you mark your reminders, email prescription history including importing into Excel, no info uploaded to servers, passcode protected, and more.
Best Free Run Tracking
RunKeeper Track how far you went, how long it took, what your pace/speed was, how many calories you burned, and the path you traveled on a map. You can sync data with the RunKeeper website where you can view a history of all of your activities, and cumulative totals of all of your vital stats. You can also share your progress with friends by posting your activities to Facebook and Twitter, and creating a profile page that allows people to view all of your public activities.
Best Free Sleep Monitor
Sleepbot SleepBot is smart alarm, sleep cycle tracker, ambient sound producer that records movements and while you sleep. Customize to wake up gently with 10 gradual alarms during your lightest sleep phase. Listen to soothing ambient soundtracks as you fall asleep. Analyze any time range to see sleep debt, average sleep. Ambient noise offers soundtracks to help you gently fall asleep.
Best Free Walk Tracking
Map My Walk Track walking, cycling, running and over 600 types of other activities with:, pace (avg, max, current), gps route mapping, distance, calorie counting, elevation profile, route navigation, nutrition, food, diet, and weight tracking, and real-time stats (avg, min, max) during workout. Voice prompts give you updates on your progress. Syncs with heart rate, speed, cadence, and power sensors from Cycleops, Wahoo, Polar, Garmin and others. Compete on local courses, receive automatic achievements and overall rank on leaderboards for popular local runs and rides. Tracks in the background so you can listen to music, take calls, and use your phone. Post your workouts to Facebook and Twitter, or private.
Best Free Grocery List
Grocery iQ Create shopping lists for each of your favorite stores. Arrange list items in the order items are found in the store. Email lists, Print coupons from the app, scan barcodes to add items too. Sync online with free account.
Best Free Meal Planning
Food on the Table Create a weekly menu with this meal planner and shopping list. Import recipes from other web sites like Epicuious. Save them in folders to your recipe box.
Best Free Ocean-Friendly Seafood
Seafood Watch Seafood Watch recommendations help you choose ocean-friendly sustainably harvested seafood and sushi at your favorite restaurants and stores in the United States, but is also useful in other countries. Sushi categories include Best Choice, Good Alternative, and Avoid. New Project Fish Map feature lets you contribute to the app by adding the names of restaurants and stores where you've found ocean-friendly seafood and locate businesses where others have found sustainable seafood. Also list of “Super Green” seafood that’s good for you and the oceans.
Best Free Recipes
Epicurious Search over 30,000 food and drink recipes by main ingredient, each rated and reviewed. Add recipes to your favorites, create a shopping list from recipes, share by email, Twitter, or Facebook and other services.
Best Free Sushi Guide
Sushipedia If you don't know Unagi from Tobiko, then this app is for you! Includes complete list of popular sushi, with photos, descriptions, tasting notes, and historical facts. Search by name and ingredients, or attributes. Find out what's in season now. Save to your Favorites. Toggle between English and Japanese names.
Best Free Try On Virtual Glasses
glasses Yes, while this is a commercial app to sell prescription and sun glasses, but their methodology for creating and aligning a selfie video for trying on virtual glasses is pretty impressive. You can try on thousands of glasses and sunglasses and turn your head to view from different angles in photo-realistic 3D. They only sell glasses in the United States, but your can get outfit yourself on your phone, then shop locally. Users outside the United States may experience errors and will not be able to purchase from us (yet).
Best Free Voice Activated Assistant
Dragon Go! Tired of surly Siri saying, "I'm sorry, I can't help you with that." or don't have access to Siri at all? Dragon Go's voice activation can search as well as access Fandango, Accuweather, Pandora, Yelp, and more. The Dragon Carousel delivers the best search sites enabling side-to-side comparison of search results and share them via email, text messages via Facebook and Twitter.
Best Free Financial Markets and Business News
MarketWatch Track world financial markets and business news headlines, full-stories and commentary throughout the day. MarketWatch editorials report the day’s most important stories, together with global market news, real-time quotes, and markets analysis and insights
Best Free Magazine Aggregator
Flipboard One of my favorite apps and one of the best interfaces ever! Select to read articles covering This Week, News, Business, Tech & Science, Video, Curators, Photo & Design, Living, Entertainment, Sports, Local, Travel, and Style. But why stop there? You can also access your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Reader, Instagram, Flickr, Tumbler, and 500px accounts. Read later services include Instapaper and Read it Later. Does it get any better than this!
Best Free News Aggregator
Pulse News Just as Flipboard is a great magazine aggregator, Pulse News is great for the news. Share stories from thousands of top news sources, your favorite blogs, and social networks. Collect your favorite stories and sync them to send to Instapaper, Pocket, Evernote, and Reader, all in one tap.
Best Free RSS Reader
Feedly Reader Feedly delivers your favorite content in one place. Browse and share news sites, feeds, tumblr blogs, and YouTube channels. Offers a dark interface which is my preference to reduce the glare of a light screen. Integrated with Pocket, Instapaper and Evernote. Sharing content on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ or directly using Buffer.
Best Free Password Manager
1Password stores all your vital information, including logins and credit cards in one secure vault. You can log in to websites without having to remember your passwords, fill in credit card information, and access most used features by storing them in your favorites.
Best Free Database to Excel App
All-in-1 List Build lists which you can edit in Excel and can be re-imported. Import and export via USB, Email, Wi-Fi & Dropbox. Note that this free version allows a total of 100 items for all lists.
Best Free Team Collaboration
Asana is a shared task list for your work team. Key Features include create, prioritize, and assign tasks, stay up-to-date with mobile Inbox, push notifications, and badges, search to find tasks, projects, people, and tags. You can add due dates, recurring tasks, followers, tags, attach images to tasks, and attach files from Dropbox. Sync in real-time. Collaborate with up to 15 teammates for free.
Best Free Vehicle Maintenance & Service Records Log
AUTOsist You can maintain service records on multiple cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, planes, by taking pictures of receipts, log gas mileage and compile reports in PDF files. Add additional notes and share with others and set reminders for upcoming maintenance.
Best Free Launcher with Notification Center Widget
Launcher with Notification Center Widget Launcher installs a widget, which you must enable, in the Notification Center, allowing you to launch apps, as well as call, message, email, and facetime with people you are most in contact with. You can get directions home, access favorite websites or access a specific Facebook page. Note that not all apps on your device are supported.
Best Free Email App for Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail
myMail Sometimes you need another email app to keep account separate or, in my case, the native iPhone email app wanted to download all 100K plus emails with no way of limiting the number. MyMail strikes a nice balance between being easy to view, yet giving a long enough of a list of emails to make it efficient to use. Use myMail to manage messages in your Gmail, Hotmail, Live, Outlook, Yahoo, MSN, iCloud and AOL email accounts at once. This app also supports any IMAP and POP3-enabled mailbox.
Best Free Handwriting Calculator
MyScript Calculator If you enjoy writing math equations instead of navigating a keyboard, then this app is for you. Simply write your formula and it transforms into text. Make a mistake? Just scratch over it and it’s gone! Your results can be copied to the clipboard or exported to other apps.
Best Free Visual Organizer
Trello Another team task collaboration app, but this one offers a more visual approach. Use this app to work by yourself or in a group with others. You’ll work with a system of cards that can contain to-dos, comments from others, or photos, videos and PDFs.
Best Free Aggregate Search
FlexSearch Search Google, Bing, Wikipedia, WolframAlpha, Answers.com, Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus, About.com, eHow, WikiHow, Youtube, Goog-Images, B-Images, Flickr, Photobucket, WebMD, PubMed, Healthline, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook! Share to Facebook, Twitter, and email.
Best Free File Syncing
Dropbox It's disappointing that Apple chose not to allow the iPhone to double up as a handy USB drive on the run, but Dropbox is almost the next best thing. Upload files from your desktop and sync them between multiple computers. View, copy, or email links from your phone.
Best Free Google Calendar
CalenMob Access your Google Calendar app with a simple and clean look similar to the Google web calendar. It supports eight standard views: day, week, month, four-days, year, mini-month, week agenda, and agenda. Synchronizes with your Google Calendar when opened or changes are made. Receive push notification, SMS, or email.
Best Free Handwritten Journal
Moleskine Journal Created by a team of artists and designers Moleskine apps emulated the classic qualities of the original dead-tree journal of simplicity and elegance. Features: include artist toolset: watercolor brush, pencil, pen, eraser, highlighter, and scissors. Size control and color selector include value slide, opacity slide, custom swatch library. Portrait and landscape modes, including unique double-spread view in landscape mode. Thumbnail view with editable menu. Multiple undo and redo. Built-in camera for immediate image taking. Share via email, Facebook and Twitter. Sync Evernote and backup to Dropbox. Paper selection offers plain, ruled, and squared, plus page templates from the Weekly Planner, Passion Recipe Journal, and Storyboard Notebook. Navigate with gestures such as pinch, spread, 2-finger scroll and page flip.
Best Free Internet Search with Content Results
Yahoo! Axis Not everything innovative on the web comes from Google. Get actual results visually instead of just a list of links. Works with your favorite desktop browser (via a plug-in) to access bookmarks and recently visited pages across all your devices. Bookmarks and recently visited pages are available wherever you need them.
Best Free Multi-Page Document Scanner
CamScanner Free Turn your camera in to a portable scanner for digitizing receipts, notes, invoices, whiteboard discussions, business cards. Image cropping and auto enhancing algorithm creates clearer images. Extract texts from images with OCR (optical character recognition) for later searching, editing or sharing. Share as DF or JPEG files. Print with AirPrint. Collaborate with friends or colleagues to comment and exchange ideas. Add annotations or watermarks. Search for files with tags. Upload to Dropbox, Evernote, Box, and Google Drive. May add watermark, but I haven’t seen one so far. No in-app ads.
Best Free Note, Image & Sound Recorder
Evernote Take notes, ideas, pictures and recordings with your iPhone, and sync them instantly to your Web, Mac or PC version. It indexes your notes and recognizes the actual text within the pictures so that you can easily search.
Best Free Remote Computer Access
TeamViewer Remotely access your computers. Uses multi-touch gestures: left click, right click, drag & drop, scroll wheel, zoom, change monitors. Keyboard controls including special keys such as Ctrl and Alt. Remotely reboot, adjust the screen resolution. Access computers behind firewalls and proxy servers.
Best Free Simple List
Simplenote Use Simplenote for notes, lists, ideas and automatically synchronize with your computer and other devices. Need more power? Can also utilize tags, pins, versions, and sharing. Check the developer's download page for a variety of other programs this app works with.
Best Free To-Do List
Any.DO A clean interface doesn't interfere with focusing on what you need to get done. Features include cloud sync (although is hasn't worked for me), speech recognition, time & location reminders, any.do moment, folders, notes, repeating tasks, calendar view, gesture support. Drag & drop to plan your agenda, swipe off a task to mark it as complete & shake your iPhone to clear your completed tasks. Choose among several themes. Set priorities with a tap. Switch between Date view (Today, Tomorrow, Upcoming & Someday) and Folder view.
Best Free To-Do list (Getting Things Done)
Nirvana Nirvana is a GTD® task manager for Getting Things Done®. Capturing thoughts whenever they occur and focusing on the thing you should be doing right now is at the heart of Nirvana — freeing your mind to be in the moment and focused on the task at hand. This app is the mobile extension of the cloud-based Nirvanahq.com desktop.
Best Free Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Email Aggregator
Cloze One inbox for email, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Best Free Camera Roll Organizer
Slidebox Slidebox offers a better way to sort and organize your images. In your Camera Roll, a simple upward swipe deletes an image and downward swipe places it in an album. Deleted images can be restored for 30 days. A simple app without a lot of functionality, but what it does, makes it quite worthwhile.
Best Free Camera App
Camera Plus Nicely designed camera that offers up to a 5 times digital zoom on your iPhone 4 and 4s, dual cameras for both photos and videos, flash, anti-shake, tap to focus, tap anywhere on the screen to take a photo, countdown timer for self portraits, and cropping. Share photos via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr or Mail.
Best Free Geotag
Geotag Photos Lite This app tracks your GPS location for geotagging pictures. It creates and uploads a GPX file which can be read by location-aware programs like Lightroom, iPhoto, Aperture, Picasa. Export support through Dropbox, iTunes, by email or from web. Geotag your JPG or RAW files and use Lightroom’s map to find and view your photos. Modes include continuous for most accurate data, or logs position every few minutes which saves your battery.
Best Free Image Editor
Adobe Photoshop Express Edit photos on your iPhone easily—touch to crop, rotate, adjust exposure, saturation, tint, black and white or contrast, and add artistic effects or borders, then save them or upload to Facebook or Photoshop.com.
Best Free Panoramic Stitcher
Photosynth Easily make panoramic images and share them. Panoramas are created in real-time with interactive capture. Create full-sphere panoramas. Zoom, pan, and rotate panoramas with the built-in view. Save to the camera roll. Share to Facebook, Bing Maps, or email.
Best Free Photo Annotation
You Doodle This app offers a ton of tools including add text and captions with choice of colors, fonts, outlines, glow, scaling and rotation, smudge, blur, crop, edit, cut, copy, paste, paint, scissors tool, flip, rotate, merge, tint, erase, draw, add shapes, legend creator for maps and other diagrams, insert multiple images for collage creation, table creator. Share to Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, sketch book, Twitter, Tumblr, Dropbox, email, text message, Camera Roll, printer or copy to clipboard.
Best Free Photo Blog Aggregator
FotoMag More than 150 of the best photography blogs organized into several categories including: Photographers, Forums, Digital editing, Gear and News, Lighting, HDR and Photography business news. Browse individual blogs or browse a neatly laid out collage of the latest entries from all the blogs.
Best Free Selective Image Editor
Snapseed Once, it cost $5 USD for this app, but now it's free! Snapseed not only allows you to adjust white balance, saturation, and contrast, but also offers precise selections on just portions of an image as opposed to global image adjustments. Probably the most powerful image editor available on the iPhone. Filters include Black & White, Vintage Films, Drama, Grunge, Tilt Shift, Details, Center Focus, Frames, and Retrolux. Language support includes English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Arabic. Share your images via email, Google+, and other built-in sharing links.
Best Free Video App
YouTube Once part of the iPhone's native apps, now you need to download this app to watch the world’s videos and keep up with your favorite YouTube channels with the official YouTube app for iOS. Sign in to access your subscriptions, playlists, and uploads. Find videos and channels with voice search and query auto complete. Subscribe to channels, read comments, enable subtitles. Sharing to Google+, E-mail, Facebook and Twitter.
Best Free Video Snapshot
SnapStill Easily clip still photos from videos. Drag left and right to move forward and back, scroll with frame-by-frame precision. Saves in original resolution for best quality to your Camera Roll manually or automatically. Record videos from within the app, or import from your Camera Roll, or iTunes Files Sharing, Select multiple stills for batch sharing or deleting, Share on Twitter, Facebook, Weibo, and more. Copy stills to memory and open in Messages app, Open stills and videos in compatible third-party apps, Saves location and timing metadata for viewing on a map and in a timeline, Has five color themes. Works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. No ads.
Best Free Live Video Streaming
Periscope lets you broadcast live video from your phone, and will notify your followers who can join and comment and send you hearts in real time. Requires a Twitter account. Your videos are available for later replay. Think of this app as a moving selfie!
Best Free Group Texting
GroupMe GroupMe tests to group of people, like a private Twitter. Share photos by taking them owith in the ap or send from your camera roll. Invite others with a simple URL.
Best Free Instant Updates
Twitter 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.
Best Free Neighborhood Social Network
Nextdoor Nextdoor is the free, private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. Connect about the things that matter immediately around you like finding or giving away things, seeking or offering recommendations on service providers, organize a block party. A good way to meet your extended neighbors and act locally. Sorry, United States neighborhoods only appear to be supported.
Best Free Non-Facebook Social Networking
Google+ Stay connected and share your life with Google+ for iPhone and iPad. Join a Hangout, post a photo, or see what friends are sharing while you’re on the go. Offers video chat with up to 9 friends with mobile Hangouts, sharing photos.
Best Free Professional Network
LinkedIn LinkedIn helps find inside connections when looking for job, connects with old friends and colleagues, and provides access to industry experts willing to share advice. Linked in claims over 135 million professionals use LinkedIn to exchange information, ideas and opportunities.
Best Free Project Funding
Kickstarter Kickstarter funds films, games, and music to art, design, and technology projects by allowing each project to appeal for direct funding through the online community. Discover new projects , watch project videos , Get updates from projects and your friends, use the app to stay connected with your backers , track your project’s progress, and post updates.
Best Free Social Networking
Facebook Facebook keeps you connected with your friends. Start a chat, share photos and status updates, upload photos.
Best Free Video Calls
Skype Enjoy free video calls with front and rear-facing cameras with anyone else on Skype over 3G or Wi-Fi. Also has instant messaging and voicemail.
Best Free Cheap Gasoline Locator (USA and Canada)
GasBuddy helps you find the cheapest gas in the USA and Canada by city and zip code. Earn points for reporting gas prices.
Best Free Hiking & Mountain Biking Trails, GPS Tracker (Primarily North America)
AllTrails Going on a trip to a national park or other cities in the United States? You can explore 50,000 trails across North America complete with maps, photos, and reviews for outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing and snowshoeing.
Best Free Electric Vehicle Charging Station Locator
PlugShare provides a charging map for electric vehicles with over 50,000 public stations worldwide, including those in all major networks in North America (Tesla SuperCharger, ChargePoint, Blink, SemaCharge, GE WattStation, Aerovironment, eVgo) and Europe (RWE, Clever, Endesa, Enel). Includes over 150,000 station reviews and 30,000 photos to make driving electric easier.
Best Free Community-Based Traffic and Navigation
Waze is the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join drivers in your area who share real-time traffic & road info to save time, gas money, and improve daily commuting. You can also report accidents, police traps and other hazards you see on the road. Get road alerts along your route and find the cheapest gas prices around you shared by the community. Also offers turn-by-turn voice guided navigation, Live maps.
Best Free Currency Converter
XE Currency Converts world currency and precious metals rates with live currency rates and stores the last updated, so no Internet connection is needed. Monitor up to ten currencies, shake to reset rates, pin your base currency for convenient access.
Best Free Earth Navigation
Google Earth Hold the globe in your palm and tour the world with a wipe of your finger to search for cities, places and business with millions of geo-located photos and other useful information. You can also tap the Location Icon to zoom from space to your current location in just a few seconds.
Best Free Home-Hosted Travel Accommodations
Airbnb With over 450,000 listings in more than 34,000 cities, Airbnb connects you with home-hosted accommodations. Explore properties, vacation homes, and apartments, and add them to your Wish List to share with your friends Search for last-minute accommodations worldwide or find long-term sublets, in penthouses, yurts, or treehouses, or open up your home to travelers. Access your itinerary, message your host, and get directions to your listing,. For hosts, manage your listing and get acquainted with potential guests before you say yes. Accept, decline, pre-approve, and send special offers to guests.
Best Free Itinerary Tracker
TripIt Not only does this app keep track of all your travel plans, just forward your confirmation emails to email@example.com and it creates your itinerary for you and syncs with your calendar and TripIt online! TripIt recognizes reservations from over 3,000 booking sites including cruises, restaurants, concerts. You can share trip plans with family or colleagues directly, or via Facebook and LinkedIn.
Best Free Local Businesses
Yelp Search for reviews of businesses near you, then narrow it down by neighborhood, distance, price, or what's open. Browse reviews, add your own! Share on Facebook and Twitter. Make reservation through Open Table. Look up addresses and phone numbers then map and call them.
Best Free Local Travel Information
Wikihood What are the most important sights to see around you? Is there a museum, castle, park or church nearby? What persons are related to this place? What's historic? What do others find interesting nearby (15.000+ ratings). Wikihood organizes Wikipedia information to enhance your travels. In English and German. U.S iTunes say it is only available in the U.K. iTunes store. Someone please check and let me know.
Best Free Navigation Maps
Google Maps Yes, is Google Maps is back! Not as a native iPhone apps but as a download. Now includes voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View. Self corrects if you deviate from the prescribed route. Improved overhead perspective view. Find places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews. Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone. Use gestures to explore the map and browse results
Best Free Restaurant Reservations
OpenTable Make restaurant reservations and receive a confirmation at more than 15,000 OpenTable-enabled restaurants in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom. OpenTable members earn Dining Rewards Points redeemable for Dining Cheques good at any OpenTable restaurants.
Best Free Ski Forecasts & Reports
OpenSnow Created by meteorologists to predict and report on the best snow conditions. This may be United States only.
Best Free Travel Reservations
KAYAK Compare flight, hotel and car rental deals, track your flight status, view and manage your trip itinerary, look up baggage fees. Has sliders to narrowing departure and return time. Seems to me more feature rich than the iPad version!
Best Free Wi-Fi Finder
Wi-Fi Finder Finds over 650,00 free or paid Wi-Fi locations worldwide. Filter results by location type, provider, and save results to favorites.
Best Free Internet and Wi-Fi Speedtest
Speedtest Test the speed of your online connection on over 3,500 servers worldwide. Over 5 millions tests conducted daily. Records your results for future reference.
Best Free Mobile Data Usage Tracking
My Data Manager Monitor your data usage on mobile, wi-fi, and roaming. Add a shared or family plan and track usage across members. Track data usage on single or multiple devices, view historical usage. Set usage alarms to avoid overage charges.
Best Free 3D Solar System Guide
Planets Enjoy a 3D planetarium style view of the sky as well as a flat view of sky. (Tip: tap the compass icon in the upper left corner and watch the sky move as your iPhone moves. Also has rotating 3D globe of planets and the moon.
Best Free Analog Clock
SimpleAnalog Simple Analog is a local clock using hands and not digits. It will also display the day of the week and optionally the month at a glance. You can set the display to never sleep. Tap the clock face to cycle through the various display options available. It supports landscape and portrait modes for display. There are currently no alarm features for this application, keeping it simple. Steve would be proud.
Best Free Barcode Scanner and QR Code Reader
RedLaser RedLaser searches for low online from hundreds of thousands of retailers with results from Google, TheFind, SDC, eBay, Milo.com, Half.com, and Buy.com. Scans UPC, EAN, UPC-E and EAN-8 barcodes. Also scans QR code including URLs, contact info, calendar events. Send scanned products as email attachment. Automatic search localization for USD, EUR, and GBP. You can also create a QR Code from your contacts, a URL, or text.
Best Free Browser
Chrome If you are a "tab-aholic," this is your new web browser since you aren't limited to 8 pages like the iPhone's native Safari browser. Sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from your computer to your phone or tablet, and open a tab in Incognito mode to browse without saving your history.
Best Free Calculator
PCalc Lite Calculator PCalc Lite is a fully functional calculator with may enhancements over the iPhone's ntive calculator. Includes an optional RPN mode, multiple undo and redo, unit conversions and constants as well as two user interface themes.
Best Free Craigslist Viewer
Craigslist View Craigslist listings internationally with thumbnail photo previews, maps, and access to your Craigslist account. Includes multi-city searches, posting with photos, account management, favorite ads with notes, and maps and directions.
Best Free File Manager
File Manager File Manager is a virtual USB drive for the iPhone and iPad. View images, audio, videos, PDF documents, Word documents, Excel documents, ZIP/RAR files and more. Supports Apple iWorks documents, Syncs to iCloud, Dropbox, SkyDrive and others. Integrated music player. Passcode protect files. Supports iTunes USB File Sharing. Transfer files from your PC/Mac using Wi-Fi. Sort files by "Name","Date","Size" or "Kind. Share files by email, Bluetooth and Facebook. Create and extract ZIP files.
Best Free Home Webcam Streaming (Mac)
Air Cam Live Video (Lite) Similar to JumiOne, except for Mac computers.
Best Free Home Webcam Streaming (Windows)
JumiOne JumiCam streams two-way PC webcams and audio to your Phone. Use it to monitor your home, your nanny, talk with your kids, check on your dog. Windows computer users will need to install the JumiCam software on your computer. Note that this app is for the pro version with all functions disabled except the web streaming function. It is newer and works better than the older web streaming only app version. Works on Wi-Fi/3G /Edge.
Best Free iPhone Finder
Find My iPhone Locate your iPhone 4, iPad, or 4th generation iPod touch (iOS 4.2 or later required). on a map, send a message and play a sound for two minutes at full volume (even if your device is set to silent). Remotely set a passcode lock on your device, or lock it using your existing passcode, or wipe your device to permanently erase all of your personal data.
Best Free Level
iHandy Level Free You can use iHandy Level for aligning pictures, leveling your iPhone for stills and videos, and measuring angles and more.
Best Free Parcel Tracking
Slice Track your packages with push notifications upon being shipped, out for delivery, or has been delivered. Map your shipments location, track returns or other outgoing packages by scanning the shipping barcode. Support for all the major US shipping carriers including USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, OnTrac, Lasership, Prestige, Ensenda, and others. Keep all your purchases organized in one app for reference, returns, exchanges and warranty claims. For retailers that honor price adjustments, Slice will send you push notifications when the price drops for one of your purchases so you can recoup the difference!, Get cash back from Nordstrom, Best Buy, Walmart, Crate & Barrel, Buy.com, L.L. Bean, HSN.com, Bonobos and others. Also receive product recall information. Sign up with your Google, Yahoo, or Facebook account or create an account. Link your Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail or Live, AOL and other accounts and Slice will automatically find and track your receipts.
Best Free Social Networking Access Permissions
Permissions Review and edit the access you've granted online services to access your private information to your social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Google, LinkedIn, and others.
Best Free Texting
Pinger Free text messaging and phone calling any phone, including landlines and non-smartphones, in the US and Canada. You get your own phone number that you can use to call and text any phone number in the US and Canada, even if you don’t have a calling plan.
Best Free Theft Tracking of Mobile Devices
Prey Anti-Theft Open source, cross-platform anti-theft tracker. Prey lets you keep track of your phone and laptop in one place. This app supports GPS + Network-based geo-location (GSM+Wifi), Delayed or On Demand activation (via push messaging)., Alert messages to user, front facing camera pictures support, and alarm.
Best Free Web File Downloader
iDownloader Free Easily download anything from the web to your i-Device and then view/play the downloaded files or transfer them to your computer.
Best Free Weather Forecasting
Weather Channel Other apps are flashier, but this is the app I keep going to. Offers in-depth weather forecasts for the next 24 hours to 10 days, with innovative maps, active alerts, a video library and real-time Twitter feeds from Weather Channel Tweeters.
This software category is maintained by Reid J. Thaler. Reid is the owner of Reid J. Thaler Photography and specializes in teaching the skills and passion of digital photography.