1. Jennifer Chappell's Avatar
    Well, it's my turn with the iPhone 3G in the Round Robin! I bought one a couple or 3 weeks ago and have been wanting to play with it. And now I can!

    I've been downloading some fun apps. Are there any good utility apps that any of you have used and would recommend?

    I like the Weather that is included on the iPhone, but is there a weather app that gives more detailed information like wind velocity, etc.?

    I've been messing around with the Maps and like the GPS. How do I look at the "street view"? I heard that there is a street view but haven't seen that option anywhere.

    Good luck everyone!!

    This is an Official Round Robin Contest Thread!
    12-14-2008 11:42 PM
  2. Rene Ritchie's Avatar
    Welcome Jennifer! Here's hoping the iPhone restores a little of that Palm OS Zen to your Round Robin experience.

    As quick map of Google Maps, we whipped up this flow chart. Hope it helps!

    Google Maps for iPhone OS 2.2 Feature Flow | The iPhone Blog

    Now, anyone wanting to win an iPhone 3G, here's your chance to post on this thread, help Jennifer out, and get yet more chances to win!
    12-14-2008 11:54 PM
  3. mth785's Avatar
    For a better weather app I suggest WeatherBug, it is a free app.
    12-15-2008 11:21 AM
  4. Jeremy's Avatar
    For a better weather app I suggest WeatherBug, it is a free app.
    I prefer The Weather Channel app. Free as well.

    For instant messages spend the money to get BeejiveIM. Best IM client there is on the iPhone or WM. IMO.
    12-15-2008 11:38 AM
  5. ryanlberg's Avatar
    good luck with the iphone lots of info on the site
    12-15-2008 12:08 PM
  6. combatdoc's Avatar
    Right now I get the most real use from WhatTasks and Air Sharing. Great apps and inexpensive.
    12-15-2008 01:00 PM
  7. cjvitek's Avatar
    I would go with the Weather Channel app as well. It is pretty nice.
    12-15-2008 09:34 PM
  8. Jennifer Chappell's Avatar
    Thanks everyone! I'll try out those apps! I can't wait!
    12-16-2008 01:37 AM
  9. Jennifer Chappell's Avatar
    I downloaded The Weather Channel app and LOVE it! Thanks for the recommendations! I looked at many other weather apps too, the free and the paid apps. Lots of them very interesting, but I think I'll stick with The Weather Channel for now.

    I also downloaded the lite version WhatTask and I like it too!

    Anybody using Smart Dial? I got that this morning and so far, it seems to work pretty good. I have waaaay too many contacts since I set up my iPhone to sync all my email contacts. I've got to go back and change that. Many contacts are repeated like 3 or 4 times.
    12-16-2008 07:38 AM
  10. Duvi's Avatar
    Welcome to TiPb.



    12-16-2008 09:10 AM
  11. marcol's Avatar
    For a weather app I'm using WeatherPro, mostly because it's the only one I think that has both satellite and rain radar for the UK. It has other plusses too though: seven-day forecast, three-hourly forecast (essential in my view), nice graphs of forecast temperatures and precipitation probabilities, and hourly updates to current conditions. It's all wrapped up in a very nice UI and has been faultless and completely stable for me thus far.

    Other recommended utility apps: Air Sharing (document sync and viewing), NetNewsWire (RSS), Quickpedia, 1Password, Jaadu VNC, PhotoCalc (if you're a photographer), MobileFiles (more document sync and viewing - only useful if you have a MobileMe account), Darkness (it only does sunrise/sunset, moonrise/moonset and related stuff, but it's very pretty )
    12-16-2008 10:33 AM
  12. Wyatt's Avatar
    I dont use a lot of utility apps but some of the apps I recommend are:
    • eReader of digital books (requires eReader, Fictionwise or related acct)

    • eWallet for your passwords, logins, personal info, etc

    • Google for search the includes contact info on the iPhone and voice activation

    • Remote for controlling iTunes music on your PC over Wifi

    • Shazam for tagging music you hear on the radio or anywhere else
    12-16-2008 11:00 AM
  13. 3gmacattack's Avatar
    The weather channel app is a great weather app. To enable street view you have to hit the orange icon of a little person that come up when you drop a pin. However not all streets have street view but most do. Beejive Im is also an app worth checking out!
    12-16-2008 11:38 AM
  14. Touch Me's Avatar
    I'm a fan of Weather Underground which has an iPhone version, i.wund.com, that formats a variety of info for the smaller screen. But for weather and road reports, it is hard to beat my state's DOT site for current info, traffic, forecasts and, my favorite, highway cameras. Jennifer may want to see what her DOT offers.

    Because it is her own iPhone I will also recommend the Geocaching app for a good example of what the iPhone can do. It costs money and it is a specialized sport but, who knows, she might like it or already know of it.
    12-16-2008 02:12 PM
  15. Rene Ritchie's Avatar
    Jen:

    Make sure you try out the Google Mobile App. Go into settings and enable Voice Search. Then just lift to your ear (like a phone), say what you want, and Google does magic.

    Google Earth is also very pretty. If you're musical, Ocarina is awesome and you could potentially hear what Kevin is playing in Winnipeg! Stanza is great for eBooks, AirShare, VNC, and SSH for the inner geekwork, and I'm sure you'll get tons of good game recommendations.
    12-16-2008 02:17 PM
  16. jhauser3's Avatar
    My favorite app is DigiLite, it's drums on an iPhone... Great!
    12-16-2008 05:25 PM
  17. jamesus's Avatar
    I've been messing around with the Maps and like the GPS. How do I look at the "street view"? I heard that there is a street view but haven't seen that option anywhere.

    Good luck everyone!!

    This is an Official Round Robin Contest Thread!
    Since most people have added what I would add as far as apps, I'll help you on the street view:

    1. Open Maps (obvious first step)
    2. Search for what you want (obvious second step)
    3. Hit the bottom right icon of a page being flipped up
    4. Click drop pin if you have not searched for a specific address or place
    5. Click on the Orange "person" to the left of the information.
    6. View street view!
    12-16-2008 07:45 PM
  18. sting7k's Avatar
    You might want to check out Weather Bug as well. TWC app has some location issues and I can't find away to delete old ones I don't want.

    Other apps you might check out; AP Mobile News, News Desk, Google Mobile app (voice search is cool), wikipanion, shazam, itunes remote, seadragon (from microsoft, gasp!), and an untold number of games.

    Games; Missile Command, Texas Hold Em', Fieldrunners, Snail Mail, TapDefense, and many many more.

    It is quite easy to go overboard on apps, I know I am always checking the app store and looking for the latest greatest stuff. I am an app junkie, just can't get enough.
    Last edited by sting7k; 12-17-2008 at 11:09 AM.
    12-17-2008 11:06 AM
  19. spsands's Avatar
    Good luck, and make sure to come back for any more questions you might have.
    12-17-2008 03:14 PM
  20. devonair's Avatar
    Haha, I'm guessing the round robin rules don't allow you to jailbreak it, huh? =P Oh, the fun kinds of trouble you could get into if that were permitted...
    12-17-2008 08:12 PM
  21. WatersWest's Avatar
    One very simple (and free) yet crazy addicting game is Cube Runner. It makes great use of the accelerometer. Also, Alien Attack is a great Space Invaders throw-back game.
    12-17-2008 10:27 PM
  22. reyza's Avatar
    Utility apps I use are:
    -Evernote (Picture,Voice,Text notes you can sync to "The Cloud")
    -Say Who for voice dialing. I found it accurate.
    -Things is a task/to-do manager
    -Firemail (If you email a lot, it allows landscape texting for sending emails)
    -Spend (Money manager)
    -Jaadu VNC (remote desktop access)
    -NMobile is a pretty cool app. It warns you where radar cameras/speed traps are in your area via gps/maps. It's user inputted so it's always up to date.
    -OneTap for movie listings
    -PocketAid (First Aid)
    -i.TV as a TV Guide

    As mentioned, games you could go all out since there are so many. The ones that made me go 'wow' are:
    -Texas Holdem
    -Guitar Rock Tour
    -The Price is Right
    -Monopoly
    -Ocarina
    12-18-2008 05:14 AM
  23. Touch Me's Avatar
    "The AT&T Apple iPhone (8GB) has a superb 3.5-inch multi-touch screen, virtual keyboard and the best MP3 player we've seen in a phone. A high-scoring, versatile, and innovative smart phone with a few warts. A very good choice for multimedia addicts--and now, even some corporate users."
    -Consumer Reports, January 2009

    Enjoy.
    12-18-2008 12:18 PM
  24. miketlo's Avatar
    Utility apps I use are:
    -Evernote (Picture,Voice,Text notes you can sync to "The Cloud")
    -Say Who for voice dialing. I found it accurate.
    -Things is a task/to-do manager
    -Firemail (If you email a lot, it allows landscape texting for sending emails)
    -Spend (Money manager)
    -Jaadu VNC (remote desktop access)
    -NMobile is a pretty cool app. It warns you where radar cameras/speed traps are in your area via gps/maps. It's user inputted so it's always up to date.
    -OneTap for movie listings
    -PocketAid (First Aid)
    -i.TV as a TV Guide

    As mentioned, games you could go all out since there are so many. The ones that made me go 'wow' are:
    -Texas Holdem
    -Guitar Rock Tour
    -The Price is Right
    -Monopoly
    -Ocarina
    i love those games
    12-18-2008 05:08 PM
  25. bas.o#AC's Avatar
    Haha, I'm guessing the round robin rules don't allow you to jailbreak it, huh? =P Oh, the fun kinds of trouble you could get into if that were permitted...
    once you've had a jailbroken phone, you can never go back to just a plain old iphone....
    12-20-2008 08:33 PM
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