Hang w/ (Free)
You’d love to be able to hang out with your favorite celebrities right? And by that we mean watch live streaming video of them on your phone. This app offers the potential for conversation, too. It’s effectively a way to broadcast video from and to your iPhone. The celebrity worshipping side is being played up, but you can use this app to create your own broadcasts if you like and try to build a fan base of your own.
Do you ever stop to consider what makes you feel happy? We could all use more happiness and it’s something that you can pass along to friends and family. This app plugs into your Facebook account, but it’s like a filter that edits out negativity and encourages you to share all of your little happy moments each day. Recording and sharing positive things is a laudable idea and you’ll already know whether this is something that could work for you.
Sing! Karaoke (Free)
Fancy yourself as a singer? You can prove it with Sing! Karaoke, which transforms your iPhone into a portable karaoke machine. The basic app is free, but you’ll need a subscription ($2 weekly, $5 monthly, or $25 annually) to enjoy access to the large library of tracks. You can also pay $1 for a one-off single track if you prefer. You can hook up with your friends and enjoy duets or group performances in person or online. The app also features voice filters and the ability to upload and share your best performances.
Fotopedia Heritage (Free)
Whether you are actually planning a trip or just daydreaming about your next adventure you should check out the free Fotopedia apps. This one is focused on World Heritage sites, but you’ll find standalone apps covering Paris, National Parks, Italy, and even North Korea. They are packed with gorgeous photographs of places you’ll immediately want to visit. There are maps with points of interest marked, but the really great thing about these apps is the photography and the recommendations from experienced travelers.
With Flock, you can automatically share photos with Facebook friends based on your shared location. The app checks metadata on location and time and then cross references with your Facebook friends to make photo sharing easier.
Forget downloading different apps for each IM service like, AIM or Yahoo Messenger, especially when the limitations of the iPhone mean you won’t be able to switch between them without closing one. Fring combines all the most popular instant messaging clients in one app, plus Twitter, Facebook and even SIP and video calling. We also dig the no nonsense layout, and extras, like built-in history.
Many photo-editing apps fall down when it comes to being accessible and intuitive, while others lack the depth you need to get great results. Snapseed is perfectly balanced. You’ll find a range of basic tools to fix up your photos, a nice line-up of creative effects, and handy sharing options. You can get great results with these tools without having to undertake a tutorial first.
SketchBook MobileX (Free)
Forget using the back of a napkin for your next brilliant idea. Sketch it out in full color with this free version of Autodesk’s powerful Sketchbook Mobile. Multiple tools, brushes, synthetic pressure sensitivity and a streamlined user interface make it a breeze to scratch out images as quickly as the wheels in your mind turn – with a little practice.
Old-time geocachers may bemoan the lack of prep work that this all-inclusive geocaching app eliminates, but casual geocachers won’t be able to deny the convenience. Just fire it up and when you’re in a new area to find nearby caches, read the details, drop a pin on the map, and get searching. You can even post field notes to help others, right from the phone. We’ve used it for impromptu caching in the middle of a hike or just strolling around the city.
Instagram is one of the most popular apps for the iPhone and there are good reasons why. Not only does Instagram let users apply a huge selection of vintage-style filters to their mobile photos, but it also has a social platform for sharing and commenting on those photos with friends. The app has created a Facebook or Twitter-like design just for mobile photos, allowing users to ‘follow’ friends, comment on photos, and view all of their friends’ photos in one feed. The high-quality filters and social sharing aspect make this app a hard one to beat for iPhone photo-enthusiasts.