The Washington Post has an article listing “the best 35 iPhone apps of the year” thus far. Of that list almost half are games. Looking through those non-game apps I found there were some with which I totally agreed while there were others I saw it in an entirely different way.
I thought it might be interesting to ask a few of us from the site to post our thoughts on whether or not the article hit it right.
Here’s their list and description… and our thoughts.
1. Slacker Radio $0 — A fantastic alternative to Pandora, which carries a larger catalog and offers Premium accounts that offers something we?ve always loathed about Pandora ? unlimited song skips. (Similar: Pandora, WunderRadio, Last.fm)
Dan – Love Slacker. I didn’t like it when it was first released but Coach encouraged me to take another look. I did and I like! Still haven’t gotten a subscription however since I can’t decide between it and Pandora. Either way you can’t go wrong.
Larry – I’m all about Pandora and haven’t given this one a look. Perhaps it’s time.
Travis - My favorite Internet radio app. One main reason is the comedy channels. I love listening to stand up comedy.
Jason – I love Slacker. The application has really grown and improved since it was first introduced. I still use Pandora, but I’ll often gravitate more towards Slacker and check out artist bios and their selection of preset stations.
2. Hey Where Are You $0 – A beautifully simple application that takes advantage of Push Notification, by letting users ask and answer the question Hey, Where Are You?? (Similar: Loopt)
Dan- Yup, they got it right. Nice simple app that ensures that you can run but you can’t hide.
3. Textfree Unlimited $0 or $5.99 Unlimited — Currently the best alternative to high SMS plan costs, offering free text messaging using Push Notification.
Dan – I reviewed this a while back. It works great. I have no need for it since my wife and I have an unlimited text plan but if you don’t want to pay for sms this is a great way to go. So why haven’t the evil corporate heads “pulled a GV” on it???
4. Bento $4.99 — Create simple databases to store information about every aspect of your life.
Dan – Totally slick! But they wanted the full price for the update to the desktop version after only nine months. I didn’t bite. Still, if you need an affordable database for you Mac and iPhone it is worth a look.
5. TweetDeck $0 — Our new, favorite Twitter client that takes advantage of the same layout as its desktop counterpart ? multiple columns, separation of user groups, and more. (Similar: Tweetie, Twinkle, TwitterFON)
Dan – I like the layout a lot but I’m sticking with Twittelator Pro
Larry – Probably my least favorite Twitter client. I’ll use Twitter Fon Pro, Twittelator or Tweetie before I use Tweet Deck.
Travis - I am not a heavy Twitter user, so I use TweetDeck for quick looks throughout the day.
6. Print and Share $0 –Print files, emails, web pages, contacts, images and even snapshots direct from your camera, straight to your home printer. Simple setup and works perfectly.
Dan – Yup, great utility and worth having on your iPhone even if you don’t see the need right now. At some point you will need it and you’ll be glad to have it available.
Travis - Truly amazing! I was impressed with the print quality of my iPhone photos.
Jason – Extremely handy application. The convenience of being able to print out an email without having to drop and move to “another” machine makes it completely worthwhile.
7. Flight Tracker $1.99 — Watch flights in real-time and get up-to-the-minute arrival and departure times. This has saved me countless delayed pick-ups from the airport.
Dan – You can do this from the browser but this is so much more convenient. Got it when it first came out and still keep it available. Another “you’ll be glad you have it when you need it” app.
Jason – Since I can track a flight from Google, I haven’t been using this app too much. I’m also a big fan of WorldMate, which gives a whole selection of travel utilities (including flight tracker) in one app.
8. Read It Later $0 or $2.99 Pro– Store any web page for offline reading or to mark as a reminder to read. A bit tricky to setup at first, but it will quickly replace bookmarking for articles.
Dan – Read It Later is a great way to quickly grab articles from the web and have access to clear, clean copies of the text whenever you want it. RIL is similar to Instapaper and I still can’t decide which one to commit to using.
9. iEmoji $.99 –Activate emoticons in your keyboard to include in emails and text messages. Works only for iPhones, but the end reader does not need the app to see emoticons in your texts.
Dan – Let’s you sprinkle little faces in your messages. Enough said.
Larry – There are a few of these applications around, each which enables emojis on the phone. Not sure one is any better than they other.
Travis – Emojis are amusing. Not important, but a fun feature.
10. Birthday Reminder $1.99 — Rarely check Facebook to see upcoming birthdays? This app downloads all of that information so you can access and easily see upcoming birthdays offline.
Dan – Technology making you look more thoughtful and attentive than you really are? I like it. I had not used this before but on Friday Pocket Informant popped up a message to call my sister and wish Martha and Steve a happy 15th. I would like to think I would have remembered but I love how this made sure I didn’t miss it. This app does so automatically from my Facebook friends. Nice! I’ll get this.
11. Mover $0 — Swap contacts and photos with other iPhones in an easy way. Requires both users to have the application, but it is free and quick to download. (Similar: Bump)
Dan – Another “you may not need it now but when you do you’ll be glad to have it”.
Jason – I have to say, between the social networking apps (and regular ol’ email) on the iPhone I rarely used this one. Since both users have to have the app installed, it is usually just easier (IMO) to just upload the photo you want to share to your Twitter account, Facebook, etc. — or just send the image to the specific person(s) you want to see it. I’ve used Bump for contacts, but didn’t really get “into” Mover. Maybe I just need to give it another shot
12. Simplify Music 2 $5.99 — Listen to your entire music library from your home computer, streamed quickly and without any lag. (Similar: Simply Music, imeem)
Dan – Love it love it love it! Give me access to all my music on the go. Great! Let’s me access friends’ music libraries too? love it even more!
Larry – A clear must have for me. I used to carry my entire iTunes library on my phone. Now I don’t have too and I haven’t lost access to my entire music collection no matter where I am.
13. Cell Minute Tracker $0 – We prefer Cell Minute Tracker to AT&T?s minute tracker any day. Much simpler, easy to navigate and much faster.
Dan – Meh! We have a larger plan than we usually need and when we go over we have rollover minutes. As a result, I never check.
Jason – I use more data than voice, and never go over my minutes (like Dan said, I just go into the rollover minutes). Maybe useful for a family plan that needs to monitor their pool of minutes more closely to avoid overage charges.
14. QuickOffice $12.99 — Edit Word and Excel documents on the go.
Dan – I’m using DocsToGo and am more than satisfied.
Jason – Ditto. DocsToGo has been my go-to, and it’s always done the job for me.
15. Photogene $2.99 — There are a multitude of photo editing apps out there, but you really only need one. Crop, rotate, adjust colors, and add filters with Photogene. (Similar: Camera Bag)
Dan – A fantastic all-in-one image tweaking app. It is the first camera app I recommend new iPhone users get.
Larry – Photoshop for the iPhone. I love it.
Travis - I love it! I use it most when trimming up panoramic shots.
Jason – Super app. I actually checked it out (with color splash) after Dan’s post on Must-Have iPhone camera apps.
16. Skype $0 – Superb quality Skype-to-Skype over WiFi using the Skype application. Finally be free of your computer and microphone to make those long distance calls. (Similar: Truphone)
Dan – Has…Never…Worked…For…Me!! Seriously! I use Skype on my computer all the time but the iPhone app has never worked well for me. It takes too long to load, is laggy and the voice quality bites. Get Truphone or Vopium. They actually work.
Larry – The only thing I’ll use it for is Skype Chat. And since IM+ supports that now I’m not sure I even need Skype installed on my phone any longer.
Jason – just too frustrating. Attempted to talk to a friend in Australia with it and it…did…not…go…well. I would echo the favor towards Truphone if you need a VoIP app for your iPhone.
17. Kindle $0 — Skeptical at first, but found eBook reader surprisingly easy on the eyes and good for taking in a quick chapter. Offers plenty of free content, but wont be replacing your physical Kindle.
Dan – Very nice for any Kindle owner since you get to have the same books on it as the Kindle itself. (well… usually) Overall, however, the eReader and Stanza aps are more full-featured. Since content not app drives this, however, it is the right call.
Larry – I use it in emergency situations only. Not really a fan of hour long reading sessions on the iPhone. But for a quick ten minutes, knocking out a few pages is fine.
Jason – Very handy. While you would not want to read “War and Peace” on your iPhone (well, i dunno, maybe someone would), it is a great way to get some reading into your day during those frequent 10 or 15 minute blocks that add up throughout the week while you are waiting in line or just taking a break.
18. Beejive IM 3.0 $9.99 — We mentioned this on last year?s roundup, but it deems reiteration. So far, the best multi-IM service client on the iPhone, now with Push Notification. AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, and more.
Dan – This was my IM client of choice for a long time. now I use IM+ and am very happy with it.
Larry – Found it very buggy when it was first released and therefore, like Dan, switched to IM+. Not sure if the bugs have been worked out. I’m happy with IM+ and haven’t gone back.
19. Redlaser $1.99 — Extremely reluctant to include this on the list, but it does deserve a bottom slot. Scan UPC codes for price comparisons on the go, but wait for an update for improved scanning and database.
Dan – Don’t know it, but I will need to check it out.