With the opening of the App store, Apple launched a big hit in the world of mobile phones, comparable to what the company has done previously for online music. Indeed, people have downloaded 60 million applications in one month. As the store continues to be flooded with free applications that only get smarter, the App store stays attractive. To help you sort through the plethora. Tom’s Guide has selected the best free applications for iPhone. Did we pass over your favorite app? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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Though this application was yanked from the iTunes store immediately after its launch in late August, due to copyright infringements, this video game is still one of the most loved iPhone applications; Even though the iPhone’s ability to handle impressive graphics is enticing, it’s a graphically simple game that has impressed many people. Tetris is evergreen. It is a classic among the classics. Some have said it is the best game of all time. Too bad nobody else can download it.
Tap Tap Revenge
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Thank goodness someone developed a free game that takes full advantage of the iPhone’s exceptional touchscreen. Tap Tap Revenge is a rhythm game that works like Guitar Hero. Instead of notes sliding across the screen like guitar chords, bright dots slide down the screen for players to click on at just the right moment. A perk: This game is designed for two players—each one grabs on to one half of the screen.
Break Classic Lite
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Like Tetris, “Brick Breaker” is another classic video game. Video gaming lore gives credit to Apple CEO Steve Jobs for this game, but Jobs only worked on its creation for a couple of days. But that didn’t stop Jobs from sneaking a basic brick-breaking game onto early iPods. He didn’t, however, include the game on the iPhone, iPhone 3G, or iPod Touch. Now you can remedy this omission by downloading this free app onto yours.
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One of the most exciting features in the iPhone is the accelerometer, and though the paid app Super Monkey Ball probably takes advantage of the accelerometer best, Cube Runner—a free app—makes good use of it, too. The graphics aren’t quite as good, however. In the game, you strive toa void high speed cubes and space shuttles by tilting the phone to its right side.
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For fans of shooting games, Cannon challenge is one of the best iPhone options available. You are a tank that must destroy targets hidden in mountains. The tools and tricks you employ to take care of business just might remind you of that hilarious cartoon game series Worms.
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This app can get addicting. Whether you’re at a restaurant, club, or sitting in the car, you’ll want to power up Shazam to satisfy everyone’s curiosity about that song playing in the background. Hold your iPhone up to the speakers, press “Tag Now,” and Shazam will listen to the tune. Give it 10 seconds to process the music, and it will give you an answer. Usually, Shazam returns an album cover, along with a link to the iTunes store or a YouTube video. Sure, sometimes it fails, but overall it is rather accurate. Nothing beats instant gratification!
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This app lets you turn your iPhone in a multimedia remote control for a Mac. The program allows you to display your entire iTunes library on your phone, and control the playlist. Album art is also transferred via WiFi, and you get access to gigabytes of music through your phone.
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Apple provided a weather app and a stock market indicator, but failed to include a default currency converter on the iPhone. Devise makes up for this with an app that easily converts one amount into multiple currencies simultaneously. Works as advertised.
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One popular criticism of the iPhone is its lack of audio and video recording functions. Younote compensates for the audio problem by taking audio notes as well as picture and text notes. Makes the iPhone feel more like a real notebook.
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Makes sense that the hottest phone would mesh well with the hottest social network. Besides the standard community functions, the Facebook app for iPhone includes newer functions, like the ability to take pictures directly from the Facebook App.
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This app seems designed for jealous spouses. GPS Tracker takes advantage of the GPS functions in the iPhone 3G and allows you to track down and record the location of that iPhone. And its sneaky owner…
A Free Level
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This application will please do-it-yourselfers. A Free Level is nothing more than a level tool that will help you perfectly align a shelf, for instance. It uses the accelerometer of the iphone to determine its position and help you correct it to a perfect horizon.
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Free applications seem to do best when they provide a useful tool or a simple fix. Flashlight is a perfect example. The principle is quite simple: brighten up the screen to serve as a pocket flashlight but also as a strobe light during a party. It can flash in a multitude of colors. Strangely, the application cannot be set to launch at its brightest. You have to manually increase its strength after launching it, and if you’re in the dark, that could be tough.
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From the “absolutely useless, therefore strictly required” department: Newton’s Cradle, an iPhone app that mimics the physics of those suspended metallic ball gadgets that executives liked to keep on their desks in the 1980s. Once again, you can thank the iPhone’s accelerometer.
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CubeWorld lets you view panoramic pictures with a feeling of complete immersion within the image. So what, you might ask. Well, the finger-scrolling interface of the iPhone brings a whole new appeal to panoramic images. A picture library is available online.
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If only there were thousands of exciting free texts available for the Stanza e-reader for iPhone, the Amazon Kindle would be completely useless. The texts that are available for this free iPhone reader are easy to page through via the flick of a finger. Never get caught without something to read again.