The Very Best Free Apps Software for iPhone or iPod Touch

Created: September 28, 2009
Last Edited: October 21, 2009
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Point System
I will rank the value or quality of each item with a point from 0(worst) to 10(best).

Astronomy

Stars

See the constellations on your iPhone or iPod Touch screen. Tap the screen to see the name of major stars.
Points
6 of 10

Planets

See when and where different planets and the moon will be visible from your iPhone or iPod Touch. Find out when the moon will be a full moon or what phase the moon is in. Also a spinning globe of the earth that you can control with your finger and see where daylight and nighttime is on the planet. Sunrise and sunset times. Also get info about the planets in our solar system.
Points
8 of 10

Drawing

Whiteboard Lite

Draw with different colors with your finger. Searches for other iphone's or ipod touch's nearby so you can both draw at the same time and see what the other users are drawing on your screen. (No ability to save drawing)
Points
7 of 10

Doodle Buddy

Finger paint with many colors. Connect with a friend and draw together. Draw with anyone as long as you are on the Internet. (3G or wifi) Can invite friends through email or text message. Allows you to save the drawing.
Points
7 of 10

SimpleDraw

Draw with your finger. Touch canvas with two fingers to change color or width. Allows you to save drawing.
Points
7 of 10

Entertainment

Spawn Lite

Watch spinning lights on the iphone screen. Control them with your finger. Double tap for a burst of light.
Points
7 of 10

Liquid Lite

Control liquid with your finger or by tilting your iphone.
Points
7 of 10

Lightsaber Unleashed

A lightsaber appears on your iPhone or IPod Touch. Swing the phone for lightsaber sound effects.
Points
7 of 10

Drinks Free

5800+ Drink and Cocktail Recipes for Free
Points
6 of 10

Finance

Balance

Keep track of your checking account by entering in debit and credit transactions.
Points
8 of 10

Currency

Currency Converter. Keeps track of the exchange rate of over 90 currencies and 100 countries.
Points
8 of 10

Friends

AIM

AOL Instant Messanger for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Points
8 of 10

Yahoo! Messenger

Instant messenger for your yahoo contacts.
Points
8 of 10

HeyWay

Hey Where Are You. Friend Location Service.
Points
5 of 10

Bump

Swap contact information and photos with your friends simply by bumping the phones together. Works over 3G, Edge or Wifi
Points
7 of 10

Games

Crazy Penguin Catapult 2

Points
7 of 10

iBowl

Points
6 of 10

Tap Tap Revenge

Like Guitar Hero or Rock Star for the iPod or IPod Touch.
Points
7 of 10

Labyrinth Lite

Tilt the iPhone or iPod Touch to navigate the steel ball to the goal.
Points
8 of 10

Fast & Furious

Steer and race a car with your iPhone or iPod Touch.
Points
6 of 10

Language

Dictionary.com

Download dictionary to your iphone or ipod touch and even pronounces words!
Points
9 of 10

SpanishDict

A complete english-spanish dictionary and talking phrasebook.
Points
9 of 10

Free Translator

This application provides an interface to the free Google Translate API for many languages including Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Points
7 of 10

Free Spanish Tutor

Native speaker audio for all words. Entertaining puzzle game. Flash cards. Write in quiz. Multiple choice quiz.
Points
7 of 10

Location

Where

Combination of local gas prices, weather from accuweather, starbucks locator, Yelp, Events, Traffic conditions, yellow pages and movie times. My favorite part of this app used to be HeyWhatsThat, a mountain locator, to find out about the mountain peaks near you. But that is being removed in the newest version
Points
5 of 10

AroundMe

Find banks, bars, coffee, gas stations, hospitals, hotels, movie theatresparking, pubs, restaurants, supermarkets, taxis, weather. Very simple interface.
Points
5 of 10

Have2P

This application helps you find restrooms near your current location. Cons: The problem is in most areas not enough people have entered in restrooms, so it seems like just a random list of restaurants, namely Starbucks and stores. If you click on a location it lets you rate the restroom with thumbs up or down (which isn't a good rating system, but it also lets you add a comment. The map function is not good, because it takes you to google maps and drops pins down, but then the restrooms are no longer updated. You have to leave google maps and go back to Have2P.
Points
5 of 10

SitOrSquat: Bathroom Finder

This application is slightly better than Have2P, except for the fact that sometimes it pauses for a long time trying to load a map of New York even though I am in California. It uses Google maps within the app though so it updates the restroom list as you scroll around. Unfortunately, not enough people update it so it is mainly a list of Starbucks, gas stations and other stores. If you click on a restroom you can rate it with 1 to 5 stars. Also users can upload photos of the restroom and the hours are sometimes listed.
Points
6 of 10

Mail

AppGmail

Read and send your gmail.
Points
7 of 10

Package Tracker Lite

Track UPS, FedEx, USPS and DHL packages.
Points
7 of 10

Maps

Google Earth

Almost just like Google Earth for the computer. Beautiful satellite maps of the earth. Spin the globe. Zoom in. Tilt the terrain by placing two fingers on the screen and sliding down. It has labels for cities and places, but there seems to be no option to turn on street maps.
Points
8 of 10

MapQuest 4 Mobile

I like this map app. It has really clear and simple maps. It shows the highway exit numbers clearly. Get directions. At the bottom is a carousel of icons for hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, gas stations, Coffee shops, Post offices, parking garages, grocery stores, schools and traffic.
Points
7 of 10

History: Maps of the World

Displays maps of the world throughout different time periods in history. Scroll around and zoom into the maps. Good for history lessons.
Points
6 of 10

Music

Shazam

Identify music from the radio, TV or other speaker by holding the iPhone up to the speaker and pressing "tag". It will then show you the artist and the name of the song.
Points
8 of 10

MiniPiano

Shows a piano keyboard on the screen. Tap the keys to play. Even play multiple keys at the same time.
Points
6 of 10

FingerPiano Lite

Similar to MiniPiano. Shows a piano keyboard on the screen that you can play. But also has a few songs that have scrolling notes on them. When they reach the correct spot then you press the key on the piano to play the song
Points
7 of 10

Pandora Internet Radio

Listen to radio songs on your iPod Touch or iPhone. First sign up with a free account, then type in an artist name or song to start listening.
Points
7 of 10

Last.Fm

Listen to radio songs on your iPod Touch or iPhone. First sign up with a free account, then type in an artist name or song to start listening. I like this one slightly better than Pandora because it seems to play more songs from the artists I like.
Points
8 of 10

Remote Control

Remote

Control the music on your PC iTunes Library with you iPod Touch or iPhone. See your computers playlist and play, pause and skip songs. (The music plays from your computer speakers, not from your iPod or iPhone.)
Points
7 of 10

RemotePad

Use iPhone or Ipod Touch as a touchpad for your PC App Server for PC or MAC: http://www.tenjin.org/RemotePad/index.html
Points
6 of 10

Mocha VNC Lite

Log in to a computer with a VNC Server and then see and control the computer screen. Move the mouse and type on the keyboard.
Points
6 of 10

Tools

Google Mobile App

Easy and fast way to search google from your iPhone or iPod Touch. Use your voice for the search term. Also uses My Location so you don't have to type in your location for the search.
Points
7 of 10

Units

By TheMacBox - Units Converter. Convert between Currency, Area, Temperature, time, length, weight, speed, volume, data, ruler.
Points
7 of 10

iHandy Level Free

Turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a level. You can level in 3 modes: portrait, landscape or face up to measure slope.
Points
7 of 10

Stanley Level

Another free level app. But this one does not have as many features as iHandy Level.
Points
5 of 10

To Do's

An easy to manage to do list with high, normal and low priorities. Also a checkbox to check off items that have been done.
Points
6 of 10

Free Wi-Fi

By YOUniversal Ideas - Free Wi-Fi Locator. Uses your location to find nearby wi-fi hotspots or you can search by zip code or city.

Cons: If you click on the address of a hotspot the app takes you to google maps and just shows one hotspot, not multiple hotspots. Then you have to exit google maps and go back to the app if you want to see more hotspots. Also not very many hotspots are listed, but this is because not enough users are sending in public hotspots.

More cons: The problem with these apps is they don't download a huge database of wi-fi hotspots into your iPod or iPhone. Instead they grab the info from the Internet. Therefore you need Internet access. So if you have an iPhone this might not be a problem because the iPhone can use 3G or Edge network. But for the iPod Touch you can't get a list of hotspots unless you are currently connected to wifi already. So for best use with an iPod Touch, BEFORE you leave for a certain city you need to look up the hotspots at home or maybe starbucks.

Points
5 of 10

Wi-Fi Finder

By JiWire Inc. - Free Wi-Fi Finder. Uses your location to find nearby wi-fi hotspots or you can search by zip code or city.

Cons: If you click on the address of a hotspot the app takes you to google maps and just shows one hotspot, not multiple hotspots. Then you have to exit google maps and go back to the app if you want to see more hotspots. Also not very many hotspots are listed, but this is because not enough users are sending in public hotspots.

More cons: The problem with these apps is they don't download a huge database of wi-fi hotspots into your iPod or iPhone. Instead they grab the info from the Internet. Therefore you need Internet access. So if you have an iPhone this might not be a problem because the iPhone can use 3G or Edge network. But for the iPod Touch you can't get a list of hotspots unless you are currently connected to wifi already. So for best use with an iPod Touch, BEFORE you leave for a certain city you need to look up the hotspots at home or maybe starbucks.

Points
5 of 10

Ebay Mobile

Search, bid and check activity on Ebay.
Points
7 of 10

WritePad

Write notes with your finger with letter recognition. Then you can save or email the note.
Points
5 of 10

Transfer Files

I tried all kinds of transfer files between PC/MAC and iPhone/iPod Touch applications. Many of them are very similar. I am including many of them because they all have features and benefits at reading file formats that some of the others may not do.

The problem with all of these apps is they aren't very useful unless you jailbreak your phone. If you don't jailbreak your device then each app just gets its own documents folder that is not shared with any other application. That's right, you can't access your regular pictures, video or audio folders. And the apps can't share folders between each other. But if you jailbreak your device then you can use any folder on the iphone or iPod Touch. Then again, most of these apps use only their own folder anyway. If you have experience with these apps please let me know.

Note: If you have the new iPhone OS then you can transfer images to and from your device by accessing the device in My Computer under "Scanners and Cameras" just like you would with a regular camera hooked to your computer through USB or a USB flash drive.

iPhoneBrowser

This app does not download to your iPhone. It is an app for PC computers. You hook your iPod to the PC via USB and then open iPhoneBrowser and you can browse folders and transfer files to/from the iPhone. To transfer a file to the device you have to use drag and drop. But to copy a file from the iPhone to your PC you have to right click on the file and click Backup File. Then you can view your files by clicking on Functions -> View Backup Files.

In the folder DCIM/.MISC I can see pictures. I can preview the images in the program. And in the folder DCIM/100Apple I can see pictures. In the folder iTunes_Control/Music I can see folders with songs in them, but I cannot tell what the songs are because they have random file names. But I can click on Preview and listen to the song.

Cons: This program would be more useful with a jailbroken device.

Points
6 of 10

iPhone Explorer

This app does not download to your iPhone. It is very similar to iPhoneBrowser, but there is a version for MAC and for PC. You hook your iPod to the PC via USB and then open iPhone Explorer and you can browse folders and transfer files to/from the iPhone or iPod Touch. You must use drag and drop to copy files. There is no copy and paste under the edit menu.

In the folder DCIM/.MISC I can see pictures. I can preview the images in the program. And in the folder DCIM/100Apple I can see pictures. In the folder iTunes_Control/Music I can see folders with songs in them, but I cannot tell what the songs are because they have random file names. But I can click on the filename and listen to the song.

Cons: This program would be more useful with a jailbroken device.

Points
6 of 10

DiskAid

I do not recommend downloading this program. It is almost the same as iPhoneBrowser and iPhoneExplorer and it lets you download the app to your PC or MAC for free, but after 14 days it wants you to pay $10 to register it. And I can no longer preview or copy and paste files after 14 days. Also requires XP Service Pack 2.
Points
2 of 10

FileAid

This app lets you transfer files from the iPhone or iPod Touch over wifi using ftp in a web browser like IE. However, the cons are you can only use a folder that was created just for this app. And you can only access the files in the folder through this app.

Click on what looks like a sync button (two arrows going left and right) and it will tell you which address to type into the web browser on your PC. Something like: ftp://192.168.1.100:2121

You can drap and drop files with ftp or you can use copy and paste.

Features reading of these file formats in the app on your device: Images (JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and others) PDF, MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), iWork (Pages, Numbers and Keynotes), OpenDocument (OpenOffice) (Text, Spreadsheet, Presentation), Plain Text and RTF (Rich Text Format), Audio (MP3 VBR, AAC, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, CAF), Video (standard iPhone formats : H.264, MPEG-4), Web Archives, HTML files, ZIP Archives.

NOTE: One benefit of installing DiskAid above is that then when you copy files to your iphone using FileAid (this app) it puts it in the DiskAid folder. The DiskAid folder can be read by iPhoneBrowser and iPhone Explorer.

Points
6 of 10

Files Lite

This app lets you transfer files from the iPhone or iPod Touch over wifi using http in a web browser like IE. However, the cons are you can only use a folder that was created just for this app. And you can only access the files in the folder through this app. The lite version also limits you to 200MB.

Click on the app and it will tell you which address to type into the web browser on your PC or MAC. Something like: http://192.168.1.100:8080

In the web browser you can upload a file to the device by clicking Browse.

You can read files on your PC by clicking on them. They open and then you can save them to your computer.

Features reading of these file formats in the app on your device: - Most Microsoft Office document are viewable, including limited support for xml documents (Office 2007).
- Image, movie and audio file support is limited to those formats supported by the iPhone OS.
- Apple iWork documents are fully supported.
- PDF.

Points
6 of 10

Discover by mAPPn, Inc.

This app lets you transfer files from the iPhone or iPod Touch over wifi using http in a web browser like IE. Also can find nearby iphones and ipod touchs so you can transfer documents between them. However, the cons are you can only use a folder that was created just for this app. And you can only access the files in the folder through this app.

Click on the app and it will tell you which address to type into the web browser on your PC or MAC. Something like: http://192.168.1.100:8888

In the web browser you can upload a file to the device by clicking Add Files. You can create a folder by clicking on Add Directory

You can read files on your PC by clicking on Download next to the filename.

Features reading of these file formats in the app on your device: 30 different formats including MS Office (DOC, XLS, PPS, PPT) HTML, PJP, JSP, TXT, C/C++, C#, Javscript, H.264, MPEG-4, 3GPP, MP3, ACC, WAV, GIF, JPG, TIFF, PDF.

Points
6 of 10

Travel

HearPlanet (Lite)

Audio guide to the world. Tells you information about your city or other cities you visit. Talks about landmarks.
Points
6 of 10

Kayak.com

Flight and Hotel search.
Points
6 of 10

Video

DirecTV

Not at home? No problem. Control your DVR from your iphone or ipod Touch. Setup recordings and browse TV shows.
Points
7 of 10

i.TV

The best TV guide for iPhone and iPod Touch. Find out what is on TV or what is playing at the movies. Watch trailers and video clips. Notice! i.TV now says it is not available in US. Try TV Guide Mobile instead
Points
7 of 10

PhoneFlicks

Netflix for the iPhone or iPod. Check your netflix queue. Add or remove movies from the queue.
Points
7 of 10

Fandango

Get a listing of current movies and the theatres they are playing at. Watch a preview of the movie. Order tickets.
Points
7 of 10

Showtimes

Get a listing of current movies and the theatres they are playing at. Watch a preview of the movie. Order tickets through fandango.
Points
7 of 10

Weather

AccuWeather

Finds where you are at and displays the weather. Animated radar images.. 15 day forecasts.
Points
7 of 10

Weather Channel

In-motion radar maps. The map feature is nice on this one. It let's you overlay radar or satellite cloud images over a google map and can animate them. Local, national and international video forecasts.
Points
7 of 10
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