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25 free iPhone apps

May 20, 2010

It’s been quite a while since I last wrote a roundup of free iPhone apps. Much has changed and there have been many new, free apps added to the iTunes store. So it’s a great time to do an updated list.

If there’s another free iPhone app that you really like that isn’t in this roundup, feel free to post about it in the comments.

And don’t forget the secret bonus app and the free app image gallery. You’ll find them on the last two pages of this roundup.

To download an app, just click on its name or on its screenshot.

Happy downloading!

#25 Bump
Bump makes it very easy to share photos and contacts, and to become Facebook friends. Pick what you want to share then hold your phone and bump hands with another person who is also using Bump.

#24 Dictionary.com – Dictionary & Thesaurus
We can all use a dictionary or thesaurus at times. And now, thanks to Dictionary.com, you’ll have both on your iPhone. This app features reference content from Thesaurus.com and Dictionary.com. It provides nearly 1,000,000 words and definitions, and 90,000 synonyms and antonyms. You’ll also get the Word of the Day, similarly spelled words and audio pronunciations.

#23 Skype
Use your iPhone to make free calls or send instant messages to your friends and family. Skype also lets you call landlines and mobile phones, as well as others using the Skype app. You can even send SMS to your family members and friends.

#22 MySpace Mobile
MySpace is one of the original social networks and now it’s accessible via your iPhone. Use the MySpace app to send and receive messages, browse your friends network, upload and share photos, and post comments. You can also search to find new friends and you can see bulletins to stay up to date with what’s happening on MySpace.

#21 Free Translator
It’s always helpful to be able to read something written in a foreign language. Now you can easily translate languages right on your iPhone. Free Translator can handle many languages including Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

#20 Amazon Mobile

Amazon.com is one of the world’s largest retailers. This free app lets you buy items, compare prices, browse customer reviews, view your cart and track the status of your orders. You’ll also have access to your wish lists, payment and shipping options, order history, 1-click settings and Prime membership benefits. You can even use Amazon Remembers to take pictures of items you see around you that you might want to purchase from Amazon.com.

#19 10,000 Wallpapers Lite
Why keep the same boring wallpaper day after day? 10,000 Wallpapers Lite gives you access to lots of beautiful wallpaper for your iPhone. You can shake your iPhone while running the app to see random wallpaper. Wallpapers are broken down into categories. This lite version has some advertising and is limited to 12 categories.

#18 Kindle
Amazon’s Kindle app gives you access to hundreds of thousands of books in the Kindle Store, including lots of free classic books. You can download book samples to see if a book really interests you. And you can customize your background color, font size and font color. Tap on either side of your screen to turn pages, or swipe left or right to turn them.

You can add bookmarks, notes and highlights. The Kindle app for iPhone also uses Whispersync to automatically sync your last page read, notes, bookmarks and highlights across all of your devices (Kindle, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, PC and Blackberry).

#17 Fluent News Reader
Fluent News takes top mobile news sources and combines them into a customized mobile newspaper. You can create up to 3 custom sections (buying premium access will let you create unlimited custom sections) that are based on keyword searches. News sources include the Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, Time, USA Today, Fox News and many others.

#16 Gravilux
The stars have always fascinated mankind and now you can draw your own on the iPhone. Gravilux lets you draw simulated stars with your fingertips. You can form new galaxies and you can even blow them up like a supernova. Multiple people and fingers can touch the screen at the same time to form collaborative drawings.

#15 Bing
Bing lets you search maps or the web, by typing or by voice. You can set your location, share results and use SafeSearch with pass code protection. Bing helps you find stuff locally and gets you there fast. You can also bookmark searches and sites.

#14 Abstract Glowing Art
Abstract Glowing Art is a cool app that lets you create glowing images on your iPhone. You are limited only by your imagination. The app has more than 30 brushes. You can select brush size, spacing, and colors. You can share your drawings on Facebook, Flickr or via email. You can shake your iPhone to clear the screen if you want, and the app will auto-save your drawing if you get a call.

#13 ESPN ScoreCenter
ESPN ScoreCenter gives you the most comprehensive sports coverage available on your iPhone. It covers the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA, World Cup, NASCAR, Golf, Tennis, Cricket, Rugby and many others. You can get personalized scoreboards, in-game stats, live game details, box scores and scoring summaries. And you can use the myTeams card to follow all of your favorite teams. ScoreCenter is a sports junkie’s delight!

#12 Google Earth
Google Earth lets you experience the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version. You can fly to your current location, view geo-located Wikipedia articles, and search for places around the planet. You can also view a Panoramio layer to see geo-located photos, and you can tilt your iPhone to adjust your view.

#11 Twitter
Twitter is one of the most popular social networks ever. And now you can use the official Twitter app on your iPhone.

Twitter for iPhone features a reorganized search that lets you search all tweets, find users in the same area, and view Top Tweets. You don’t even need an account to search, browse view trends or see the Top Tweets. You can also now sign up from within the Twitter app, and you can even add a second account. Twitter for iPhone makes it easy for you to participate in the world of social networking.

#10 Google Mobile App
Use voice or typing to search Google. You can simply speak into your iPhone to do a search. The app supports American, British, Indian or Australian English accents. And it also supports Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

You can search your phone’s contacts and you can take advantage of suggested search queries that appear as you type. You can also search Google Maps, Images, News, and Shopping too.

Google Mobile also contains links to other popular Google services including GMail, Calendar, Docs, Reader and more.

#9 The Weather Channel
The weather is something we all need to know about at some point. The Weather Channel makes it easy by bringing you a full-featured weather app for your iPhone. The app provides full screen, customizable radar maps, and pollen forecasts. It also uses Google Mobile Maps to help you zoom and pan faster. You can set your location or use location lookup. You can also see traffic road cams.

#8 Facebook
Facebook for iPhone lets you stay connected to your family and friends.

You can post status updates, photos, and links. You can also post comments on the status updates and photos of your family and friends. You can also chat, see events, send messages and create notes. The Facebook interface is easy to navigate, just click News Feed, Profile, Friends, Inbox, Chat, Requests, Events, Photos, Notes, etc. You can also take photos and upload them from the Facebook app.

Facebook for iPhone makes it extremely easy stay in touch, wherever you happen to be.

#7 eBay Mobile
eBay Mobile for iPhone lets you search, bid and check on your auctions. You can also read and send messages. EBay Mobile makes it easy to keep an eye on your auctions and to find stuff on eBay that you want to buy. You can even purchase items that require immediate payment.

#6 textPlus
Why pay to text your friends and family? TextPlus lets you send and receive free text messages on your iPhone. International texting is also free from app-to-app. You can text through Wi-Fi, Edge and 3G. You can group text conversations for work or school or other social circles. You can also start a conversation on your iPod Touch or iPad and pick it up later on your iPhone.

#5 World of Warcraft Mobile Armory
World of Warcraft is one of the most popular games of all time and now you can use your iPhone to access information about your characters, game news, calendar, items and guild. The interface and sounds of the WOW Mobile Armory are right out of World of Warcraft. You’ll feel like you’ve got a little bit of WOW on your iPhone.

Why bother logging into the WOW armory in your browser when you can do it right from your iPhone? You can access your character’s talent calculators, see their glyphs, browse through items and view their achievements. You can also sort characters by level, name, realm, race, class or achievement points. And you can even browse your character’s local auction house.

If you’re a World of Warcraft player then go get the World of Warcraft Mobile Armory right now. It’s as close to having WOW on your iPhone as you’re likely to get.

Keep tabs on all your characters via Blizzard’s armory app.

#4 Pandora Radio
Get free, personalized radio right on your iPhone, with Pandora Radio. Just type in the name of your favorite artist, song or classical composer. Pandora will make a station for you that plays that music, as well as similar songs from other artists. Pandora makes it easy to discover great music that you might otherwise have never heard.

#3 IMDb Movies & TV
IMDb is one of the best sites on the web for information about movies, TV shows and celebrities. Now you can get it all on your iPhone for free. You can get information about more than 1.5 million movies and TV shows, and more than 3.2 million actors, directors, celebrities and crew members. You can also view movie trailers and read user reviews of movies and TV shows. And you can view charts, see critical reviews of movies and TV shows, and find quotes, trivia and goofs.

#2 Pocket Pond
Pocket Pond lets you enjoy a gorgeous pond full of koi fish. The app features the relaxing sounds of nature, thunderstorm effects and customizable lily pads. You can feed the koi, and the water will react to your touches and swipes. Pocket Pond is a great way to relax with your iPhone. If you upgrade to iFish Pond, you can catch the fish and unlock new interactive critters.

#1 Camera Plus
Camera Plus lets you get the most out of your iPhone’s camera. You can tap-to-focus, zoom, use a soft flash, crop photos, use effects, share photos, take photos in portrait or landscape, and review your photo history. Camera Plus is what the iPhone’s own camera app should have been all along.

If you pay .99 cents, you’ll get the pro version that lets you record video, tag and geo-tag videos, upload videos to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. The pro version also lets you lock your private photos and videos, provides anti-shake and auto-focus, and lets you use burst mode and timed capture.

Whether you use the free version or opt to buy the pro version, you’ll get a ton of use out of Camera Plus.

That’s it for the 25 Best Free iPhone AppsĀ but don’t go away just yet! There’s a bonus app on the next page and there’s an image gallery on the last page.


Bonus App! Flashlight
Remember the scene in the Lord of the Rings, when Galadriel gave Frodo a gift that would be a “light when all other lights go out?” Well now you can have your version of that with Flashlight. Flashlight turns your iPhone into…well…a flashlight!

You aren’t stuck with just white light any more though; you can also change the color and do cool special effects including Strobe Light, S.O.S, Yin-Yang, Trippy, and Holiday Lights.

Don’t walk in dark places without your iPhone flashlight!

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2 Responses to 25 free iPhone apps

  1. Rohit on August 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Nice list man, but its one year or older apps, here i found some more new iphone apps http://www.geekersmagazine.com/best-free-iphone-apps-for-3g-3gs-4.html
    but thing is some of useful apps he missed too which you featured!

  2. Sarah on May 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Neat list, if a little old. This Top 10 iPhone app list is pretty cool too:

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