The 73 best iPhone apps

11. BLURB (Free)

Used to hilarious effect by Ollie in the latest series of political comedy The Thick Of It, Blurb turns your iPhone into a scrolling text banner. Tap in a message and it’s broadcast in large, scrolling text across your iPhone’s screen, allowing you to order drinks without leaving your bar stool. Novelty with a capital N.

12. SKI CLUB SNOW REPORTS (Free)

The Ski Club of Great Britain’s app is a good way to ensure you’re not piste off by the time you reach the slopes. It provides information on ski resorts across the globe, delivering data on snow depth, piste conditions, the weather and, crucially, how many ski lifts are open in a given resort.

13. MACUSER (59p – £1.19 per issue)

Our sister title MacUser has become one of the first tech magazines in the UK to publish on the iPhone. Each magazine is delivered exactly as it appears on the shelves, with the ability to flick through pages with the waft of a finger. You’ll get a free copy of the latest magazine for simply downloading the app, with subsequent copies charged at a fraction of the cover price.

14. CYCLEMETER GPS CYCLING COMPUTER (£2.99)

Cyclists obsessed with measuring their performance can take advantage of the iPhone’s GPS to track their journeys with a barrage of statistics. Routes are logged and plotted on Google Maps, with graphs showing the speed and altitude of your journey. The software compares your performance to previous circuits, and will read out mile markers and average speed through the iPhone’s headphones, if you wish.
It will even read out incoming messages on your Twitter account. Best of all, routes can be exported in KML format to Google Earth, so you can boast of your pedal prowess and share your favourite routes with friends. Or just find out where you’ve been.

15. ALOQA (Free)

Using your phone’s GPS, Aloqa scans the surrounding area for a huge range of attractions, landmarks and places of interest. The software adds intelligent extras: search for cinemas and it will bring up what time films are showing, for example, while clicking on a restaurant will also unveil a phone number. It’s possible to customise your feeds with dozens of filters – from cash machines and comedy clubs, to local Wikipedia pages and trendy bars.

16. FACEBOOK (Free)

Facebook’s range of mobile applications offer most of the features available on the main site, with your newsfeed, friends list and notifications present, alongside smartphone-specific tools, such as the ability to take a photo and upload it directly to the site. Chat and messaging are both included in the iPhone app, and it benefits from a slick interface that’s faster and easier to use than the clunky mobile website.

17. CLASSICS (59p)

There are plenty of eBook reader apps available, but Classics gives you a bookcase layout that suspiciously pre-empted the iPad’s iBooks interface, as well as a collection of more than 20 (and growing) classic titles, ranging from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Jungle Book, to The Iliad and Paradise Lost. They’re animated to turn like pages, the illustrations are intact, and it costs less than a newspaper.

18. GOOGLE (Free)

The vast compendium of Google mobile apps are overshadowed by one astonishing feature: voice search. Say anything from “petrol stations in Luton” to “Brothers in Arms lyrics” into your phone and Google’s magnificent speech algorithms translate flawlessly almost every time, without any prior training. Better still, results are delivered in a mobile-optimised form, with quick access to maps and directions in the petrol station search, for example.

19. TIOTI TV+ (£1.79)

There’s no shortage of TV guide apps for the iPhone, including an official free one for Sky+, so why bother paying for Tioti TV+? How about the push alerts when your favourite shows are about to start, the remote-record function for all Sky+ channels, the inclusion of iPlayer content in the listings and personalised viewing recommendations? It’s the ultimate TV guide.

Tioti TV+

20. GOOGLE EARTH (Free)

This stunning Google Earth app offers the same high-resolution satellite imagery we’re used to on the PC, but in the palm of your hand. Tilt the iPhone to adjust perspective, click to get geo-located Wikipedia information, and add the Panoramio layer for access to millions of geo-located photos for good measure. Connect to Wi-Fi, rather than the unreliable 3G, to avoid any graphical stuttering as you zoom down from the sky.

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