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It’s WebWorkerDaily’s fault that I’ve bought an iPod touch . (That’s my excuse, anyway.) As I looked at potential subjects to write about, I kept seeing cool apps, and I need to be able to test them, right? But why not buy an iPhone, or a […]

It’s WebWorkerDaily’s fault that I’ve bought an iPod touch . (That’s my excuse, anyway.) As I looked at potential subjects to write about, I kept seeing cool apps, and I need to be able to test them, right?

But why not buy an iPhone, or a Palm Pre, which I’d had my eye on for several months? The Pre seems to be a good phone, but it doesn’t yet have the apps that the iPhone does. And the monthly fees for Pre service are considerably higher than what I’m paying now. The iPhone’s monthly fees are even higher, and many folks I’ve talked to don’t find it to be a very good phone.

So, keeping my current phone and buying an iPod touch seemed like a good compromise. I can get good Wi-Fi coverage in most areas where I live, so I’ll be able to go online, even without the phone function.

Many of my WWD colleagues already have iPhones. Aliza has recently written about good apps for web workers. Dawn’s shared her favorites, too. But with the holidays coming up, here are some of my ideas for apps to put on that brand-new iPhone or iPod touch:

Communication

  • eBuddy. A multi-service instant message client for MSN/Windows Live, AIM, Yahoo, Gtalk, ICQ, Facebook Chat and MySpace Chat. Supports multiple accounts on the same service. Versions for web, Android and other platforms also available. Free.
  • Facebook. A well-designed way for Facebook users to keep up with their friends while on the road. The app has had its issues, but they are apparently fixed now. Free.
  • Gist. Scott and I have both found Gist useful, and the Gist iPhone app does a pretty good job of presenting a lot of information in a small space. Free.
  • LinkedIn. This app keeps LinkedIn users, er, “linked in” from their iPhones and iPod touches. The latest upgrade adds some nice features, including an inbox for LinkedIn messages. Free.
  • Nimbuzz. You can use this app to make inexpensive international calls over Wi-Fi. The app also includes a chat function, but it’s pretty rudimentary compared to eBuddy. Free app; rates for calls vary.
  • RingCentral. If you’re a RingCentral user, you can use this app to manage your phone messages and more. Free for RingCentral users.
  • Tweetie. There are lots of Twitter apps, but so far, I like Tweetie the best. It has a clean interface, and supports multiple Twitter accounts. Thanks for the tip, Darrell! $2.99.
  • Waveboard. Mobile access to Google Wave. Will hopes for better access soon; I imagine that this app will become more sophisticated as Wave does. $0.99.

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News

Just about every news source also has its own iPhone/iPod touch app these days. So far, I’ve been impressed with the ones from NPR and from some news outlets that have used the PodCurry platform.

Password Management

I’ve barely begun finding fun stuff, but I think I’m off to a good start with the Google Earth app, and TriPeaks Lite. I’m sure that I’ll find more, but I really need to get back to work now. Happy holidays!

What iPhone or iPod touch apps would you recommend for new users?

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  1. These are great suggestions! :D

    I’d also recommend Flixster, Pandora, TED, and Shazam as must haves.

    We’re working on making our iPhone app, App Popular, a must-have for iPhone/Touch owners. It assists with app discovery.

    Also, for the interior designer and anyone planning their living space: Mark On Call.

  2. I don’t understand why anybody would spend a buck on Waveboard when it’s the same thing as the mobile Wave website.

  3. You have a nice list of apps, but I have an issue with the Google Wave app. The app is a waste of a buck. According to the info page of Waveboard app “it’s just a front end for Google Wave… shows the standard web presence for mobile devices.” When I first got Wave I added a bookmark to my home screen. This is free and easy to do. You can see the bookmark here http://twitpic.com/ozrxl

  4. I’d be very interested to hear whether anyone has found a “nice and elegant” (to use your very apt phrase) solution to website bookmarking. I have used delicious for a while on a PC but I find the iPhone (well, in my case, the iPod Touch) app clunky – too many steps involved and it doesn’t offer suggestions of the tags you’ve used for other sites, only the tags other people have given for the site you’re looking at.

  5. Rajwinder Hundal Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    ipod touch,,apple has provided so many best features in it.we cannot find these features in other players. BUT only problem with ipod is that everytime i have to take a backup if i want to add new songs or other data,,that is really annoying.. :(

  6. Nice selection, although kind of obvious (good you said it s for newbies)
    We gathered them in a nice embeddable widget you can add to your blog and each paid app generates a commission we donate to Charity Water

    There you go

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    Ouriel Ohayon
    Appsfire

  7. I have the following recommendations:
    – Remember The Milk (RTM)
    – Make a link to gmail on the dashboard
    – Skype
    – Koredoko (see the locations where you took your iphone photos)
    – HeyWAY
    – Flickr
    – RSSPlayer (very nice podcast app)
    – Shazam

    If you have a jailbroken phone:
    – SBSettings (quick access to 3G/Wifi switch)
    – Lock Calendar
    – Backgrounder
    – MxTube
    – Five Icon Dock
    – Flashlight
    – Maps Enhancer
    – Notifier
    – SMS helper
    – Winterboard

    But you have some excellent recommendations as wel!

    1. Skype is a good suggestion — works really well.

  8. Flyblown Crisis Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    Evernote is a great app. It’s a little slow on iPhone 3G.

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