Saturday, July 19, 2008

My Top 5 iPhone Applications

So of course I picked up a shiny new iPhone 3G on launch day.  I was lucky to be in Hillsboro Oregon at the time which meant my line was not too long and I got to take advantage of no sales tax.  It's been a while since I've posted (I'm going to correct that in the next few weeks), so I thought I'd do a round-up of my top 5 favorite 3rd party applications.  In no particular order here they are...

This is Apple's fantastic iTunes remote.  I don't have an Apple TV yet, but I have been playing with this with my iTunes library on my laptop and it works flawlessly.  I can't wait to get my condo all setup so I can take full advantage of this tool.

This has to be one of the less polished games in the iTunes store, but it is addicting. The basic goal is to fly your little ship through a minefield of cubes, if you hit a cube, you die. You pretty much just compete against yourself for high score. The game could use stages, so you don't just end up playing the same first level over and over again, but short of that, it is an awesome first showing for a casual game.

Evernote is a great desktop tool for knowledge capture.  It works on Mac and Windows, and with their latest release they have included an iPhone client.  This comes in handy so often in my life when I have meetings where lots of white boarding occurs.  All I have to do is open Evernote and take a picture of the whiteboard and the image is automatically synced with my laptop.  On top of that, Evernote has fantastic OCR technology allowing you to then search all of your content, even my aweful whiteboard chicken scratch gets properly indexed.

I always have a terrible time picking a restaurant when it comes time to go out to eat.  This tool solves that problem in a fun way.  Using location based services, Urbanspoon will zero in on your city.  You then lock in your options, be it neighborhood, cuisine or price.  Then simply shake your phone and Urbanspoon will randomly pick a place for you, if you don't like it, shake it again!

Tie: Pandora and
Both of these applications do very similar things. Based on the same technologies of their respective web sites, you can get a customized radio station based on your music tastes. Pandora is based on the Music Genome Project, which uses a more scientific approach to matching tunes. relies on social networks and listening patterns to do something very similar. I am a user, so I like this app for that reason, however, I believe Pandora streams much more reliably with less waiting for buffering.

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