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iPhone 2.0 and Applications

July 15, 2008 ·

Just a quick post about everyone's favorite blog topic: the updated firmware for the iPhone and the new AppStore. I was away in Vegas (more later!) so I missed all the trauma/drama that some people suffered. I updated my iPhone yesterday with absolutely no problems and my wife updated hers with no problems either. Yay! So it reset my home page layouts (boo!) and reset my default ringtone (grr!) but otherwise it was very smooth. So then I went off to the AppStore to see what was useful / interesting:
  • AIM - 'nuff said! I'm seancorfield on AIM (just in case you're not on my list of 200+ buddies). It works except for a repeatable crash whenever I try to view my "coldfusion" group. Not a big deal since I mostly go through the "All Online" view. Hope that gets fixed.
  • WeatherBug - weird but interesting. I wish the radar would automatically zoom in on the selected station.
  • AirMe - I think Flickr is really dumb but this app will have me using it a lot. It lets you take a photo and it will automatically tag it with the current location and weather and upload it to your Flickr account. Easy enough that I'll actually take more photos on my iPhone and publicize my photostream!
  • Twitterific - I tried this and didn't like it (or had some issue with it?). Anyway, it did not stay installed for long. Twitter via the web is fine on the iPhone.
  • Evernote - I'm just starting to use Evernote but haven't really figure out what I'm going to do with it yet. Having the application on the phone is easier than working via the website. We'll see.
  • People - This is Yahoo!'s White Pages and I like being able to look people up by name or phone number and then add them to my contacts / address book.
  • Dobot Todos - I don't know whether I'll actually use this. I've gotten used to 43actions via my iPhone (I'd love to see a real application version of that!). Dobot Todos is a nice, simple to-do list.
You may have noticed but those are all free. I didn't see anything that I'd actually pay for (although if I ever get into Omnifocus - great outliner / ideas tool - I might pay the $20 for the iPhone native application). What applications are you loving? (or hating?)

Tags: iphone

3 responses

  • 1 Joshua Curtiss // Jul 15, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    I hadn't heard of AirMe, nice! I had mediocre feelings on Flickr until my sister got my wife excited about it, I bought her a Pro account, and now she uses it like crazy. She's proof positive how Flickr enables a non-technical user to easily share photos with other non-technical friends.

    AIM is useless to me until Apple's service allowing push notifications for 3rd party apps goes into effect. I don't want to sit in the AIM app to get IMs. Same goes for any Twitter app.

    Speaking of which.. If you prefer the web to access Twitter.. Try They provide a nice iPhone interface via Safari.

    Remote is a killer app if you use iTunes with a stereo system or AirPort Express, or an Apple TV.

    InstaPaper is an interesting way to defer web content for viewing on your iPhone without having to use an Internet connection.

    Pandora is a killer way to listen to your Pandora stations on your iPhone. Even if you don't care about Pandora, it's a great demonstration of superb streaming support on the iPhone.
  • 2 tony of the weeg clan // Jul 15, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    today i became the proud owner of a new 3g black 16gb iphone... she wont be in for another 10-21 days, but she is mine and she will be shiny and waiting for my music... man ive been waiting for this for a looooong time...
  • 3 Chris // Jul 16, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Remote is a great app. I also have WeatherBug, AIM, google mobile, Shazam, and iPint.

    I agree WeatherBug zoomed in radar based off your location would be good.

    AIM is annoying having to keep the app open to stay connected. Sure I can turn this to off, but if I'm idle from my phone for too long (you know when I'm actually doing work) then it will lose connection and keep me signed on but I won't receive any messages. I have a test AIM account and verified this. Anyone experiencing different?

    Shazam is a very nice app that recognizes a song. You can even tag it for later ease of use and buy the song from iTunes from this app.

    Finally, iPint is kind of a pointless game, but it's free and has some interesting effects with the beer. I won't spoil it for everyone, but it's a free app so definitely worth a laugh. Plus it may be more fun if you play it drunk.