17 Best Apps for College Applicants and College Students

Phones are not just for phone calls any more. They can be computers, maps, tour guides, game centers, cameras, search engines, and many more things. With the right apps, they can even become a tool for college.

We researched many of the education apps out there and chose the 17 most useful apps to the average college applicant and student. These 17 apps can help you with the college search, with college prep, with your college applications, with academics once you are in college, and with the college lifestyle in general.

Pretty useful, right?

While these 17 apps should not be your sole providers of information, they are certainly a convenient and fun way to take on a small part of the college admissions process.

So browse away, and happy downloading!

1. Peterson’s College Guide

  • What it does – allows you to search for information on thousands of institutions, including such statistics as selectivity, financial aid, and majors offered.
  • Best used for – quick research or browsing to get ideas about different schools. For extensive research, rely on information from the school’s admissions office and website. Also very handy for campus tours.
  • Favorite Feature – “Shake for a College Suggestion” feature. Simply shake your phone and explore the random colleges that come up.

2. College Confidential Mobile App

  • What it does – provides college admissions articles and allows participants to discuss various parts of the admissions process. You can participate in discussions on the go, check college application blogs, and interact with other users.
  • Best used for – Background research and gauging what other college applicants are talking about.
  • Favorite Feature – “Campus Vibe” section, which allows iPhone users to browse through hundreds of reports from students who have gone on college visits at a specific school.

3. futureU SAT

  • What it does – allows you to play SAT prep games on the go. Games are based on a Kaplan curriculum and accompanied by test taking tips.
  • Best used for – supplemental test prep.
  • Favorite feature – portable nature of app allows you to study anytime or anywhere, which is great for consistent test preparation.

4. SAT Vocab Challenge Vol. 1 by The Princeton Review

  • What it does – quizzes you on 250 vocabulary words often encountered on the SAT exam. You can test yourself on definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and positive and negative connotations.
  • Best used for – on the go vocab studying.
  • Favorite feature – some challenges are timed to simulate the actual SAT test-taking environment.

5. SAT Connect

  • What it does – provides on-the-go SAT studying with 800 test questions, 7 diagnostic tests, study guides, and vocabulary flashcards. Provides feedback on your scores and times and keeps track of your progress.
  • Best used for – diagnosing SAT problems areas for yourself and focusing on practice questions within those areas.
  • Favorite feature -gives you detailed explanations of the answers to any questions that you miss, which helps you to avoid making the same mistake twice.

6. Common App Mobile

  • What it does – allows you to fill out your applicant through your mobile phone but this not recommended.
  • Best used for – checking the status of your application and making sure that various stages of your application have been processed.
  • Favorite feature – the ability to check your application status on the go- you no longer have to hover nervously in front of a computer.

7. Dropbox

  • What it does – keeps documents in one easily accessible location, which is great for the variety of essays and other documents that you accumulate during the college application process. Allows you to sync files from various locations.
  • Best used for – storing essay drafts, recommendations, and resumes in a secure location.
  • Favorite feature – app uses an online storage mechanism, which means that your documents are safe from any ill-timed computer crashes.

8. iStudiez Pro

  • What it does – tracks homework and deadlines for all of your classes. You can also color code and label various extracurricular activities and place them alongside your class calendar.
  • Best used for – keeping track of the many obligations that come with being a college student. Having all of your schedule information in one place will make it easy to plan out your obligations and work schedule.
  • Favorite Feature – the “Today” view reflects all of your academic and extracurricular obligations for a particular day.

9. myHomework

  • What it does – provides a digital calendar for your homework assignments. You can sort your homework into different class lists or view it as a calendar.
  • Best used for – planning out your semester when you receive the syllabi for your classes. Knowing when all of your homework is due will help you to plan your workload and to avoid procrastination.
  • Favorite feature – you can set reminder alarms to give you fair warning about upcoming due dates.

10. Stanza

  • What it does – lets you download thousands of texts to your phone so that they are available to you in a more portable format. You can choose from a variety of free works or purchase other works from the app’s partner stores.
  • Best used for – smaller readings for your classes. For most classes it is best to own the actual book. However, for shorter readings, Stanza can save you from a very heavy backpack.
  • Favorite feature – you can transfer books from your e-reader or computer simply by dragging them over to the Stanza icon.

11. Mental Case

  • What it does – allows you to create flashcards using text, images or audio, or to download existing online flashcards. After you create the flashcards, you can quiz yourself directly from your phone.
  • Best used for – cuts down on the time you put into writing out flashcards and gives you more time to quiz yourself.
  • Favorite Feature – being able to make flashcards with high quality images is especially helpful for classes where you need to know diagrams and graphs.

12. Instapaper

  • What it does – saves webpages so that you can access them later, even when you do not have Internet access. Saves most webpages as text only files, making them easy to read even on your phone.
  • Best used for – bookmarking articles or pages that you need for class, or that you are just interested in. Being able to access these even without wireless coverage gives you more freedom to read and study wherever you like.
  • Favorite Feature – if you are looking for something new to read, you can check out what other friends are reading or choose from the Editor’s Pick list.

13. Evernote

  • What it does – allows you to make random text, audio, or visual notes about pretty much anything. You can record notes, ideas, or snapshots in a searchable database for easy access later on.
  • Best used for – remembering all of the random facts and ideas that you will absorb both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Favorite Feature – it converts text from any snapshot images into text that is readable and searchable on your phone.

14. Bump

  • What it does – allows you to exchange phone numbers and other contact information when you “bump” your phone with your friend’s.
  • Best used for – frenzy of introductions that you will encounter during your first weeks of college. You will meet so many people, and Bump provides an easy and fast way to get their contact information.
  • Favorite feature – it almost goes without saying that being able to exchange phone numbers simply by touching phones is pretty cool…

15. PocketMoney

  • What it does – keeps track of your finances with data from any checking, savings, or credit card accounts that you input.
  • Best used for – making sure that you do not overstep your financial boundaries in college. It is so easy to forget how much money is in your checking account, but this app makes that information readily available even when you are on the go.
  • Favorite Feature – charts and other analytics help you see where you are overspending and how to cut back

16. Wi-Fi Finder

  • What it does – shows you the various wi-fi hotspots in your geographic area and how to get there.
  • Best used for – finding places to study in your local community. The app is also helpful if you are studying abroad, where it can sometimes be difficult to simply stumble upon a wi-fi hotspot.
  • Favorite feature – clear directions to the nearest wi-fi location

17. Urbanspoon

  • What it does – helps you find nearby restaurants and view ratings and reviews for each establishment.
  • Best used for – finding a restaurant in your new college town. College is all about exploring new things, so challenge yourself to discover the unique local restaurants that your area has to offer.
  • Favorite feature – “Slot Machine” gives you a randomized restaurant choice when you shake your phone. It’s great for when you are feeling particularly spontaneous.

University-specific applications

Most universities offer smartphone apps featuring calendars, upcoming events, university news, and important logistical information, such as dining hall menus or bus schedules.

Once you have decided which school you might attend, you should check their website or iTunes for any available apps.

How to Find More of the Best iPhone Apps

In previous articles we have been looking at iPhone apps best suited for what you use your iPhone most. Do you use it extensively for business? Is your iPhone more for personal use? Do you travel a great deal or do you like to use it for play and fun? Whatever the reason you use your iPhone there are apps available for either free or nominal fees at iTunes and many new apps stores that are trying to distinguish themselves from iTunes so that they get noticed. A recent article said that the number of apps on iTunes will go over 300,000 some time in November 2010. If you are an app developer how do you get your iPhone apps best noticed by consumers if you are buried among several hundred thousand other apps?

Most review sites for apps categorize them by utility and pay status. The best review sites list the various apps in category in order based on their statistics from iTunes (download numbers). For example, we mentioned that the Free Apps were categorized as the Top 50 Free… and the Top 50 Paid… Apps in the review site appstoreapps.com. Under the free category for Utilities I noticed there was a WiFi locator function. How can this be of any help when your iPhone has its own WiFi capability and if you can not get online then you know you are not near a WiFi hot spot. I guess it could come in handy if you want to get online with your lap top and do not have an idea of where to go.

If you are one of those people who just love ringtones and you have pretty much exhausted the Myxer site you can download for free the 1001 Ringtone Lite (Free ringtones) app. There were some excellent reviews that said this was perfect for those who do not want to pay $.99 for ringtones on iTunes and who do not like the packaged ringtones that come with the iPhone. The biggest complaint I could see was that it was difficult choosing ringtones due to the fact that there were so many good ones.

If you use your iPhone mostly for business there are several apps that can make your device a much more powerful one. There are apps for UPS, USPS and FedEx and even a Zip Code finder that can help you with any kind of shipping problems or issues that come along. Keep in mind that these are free apps and do not require any kind of subscription or membership to use. The USPS app gives you maps of the closest post offices to your location given by GPS along with the ability to estimate postage and track any packages or letters with tracking numbers. The USPS, UPS and FedEx apps are iPhone apps best used by people in logistics that have an iPhone.

The UPS and FedEx apps are both very similar in functionality to their main web sites with tracking available right away along with a map with shipping center locations pin pointed on a map based on the GPS location of your iPhone.

Find more information at iPhone Apps Store.

The Best Social Media Managing Apps Part 1

As a social media manager who’s always on-the-run, you could be certain to rely on a few important apps to keep you engaged and connected with your community. Here are the best apps that come highly recommended:

1. TweetDeck

With this app, individuals could customize their Twitter experience with columns, groups, automatic updates, and saved searches to assist them in staying up-to-date concerning intriguing topics and people. This free app permits users to track what other people are stating about them, and provides updates through links, videos, sharing photos, and tweeting.

2. HootSuite

This app allows businesses to utilize the social web to launch their marketing campaigns, grow and identify their audience, and distribute target messages around several channels. Through HootSuite’s dashboard, groups might collaboratively schedule updates to WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and a host of other social networks through mobile, desktop, or web platforms. Teams additionally may track industry trends and campaign results. A basic membership costs nothing; a pro membership is priced at $5.99 per month.

3. Gowalla

This free app allows users to share the places they visit with contacts and friends, utilizing videos, pictures, and posts. Social media experts may connect with Gowalla through Twitter and Facebook. Gowalla presently provides native apps for iPad, Palm, Blackberry, Android, and iPhone. Support for additional phones might be offered in future times by 3rd-party developers.

4. Shareaholic

This free tool for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and additional browsers, allows users to share all pages, anytime, with over 100 services such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Mail, LinkedIn, and WordPress. This tool allows users to simplify their bookmarks, as well as locate new materials as they come onto the Internet.

5. Kinoma

It’s a mobile social media player which provides a plethora of features to users. Obtainable for Symbian/S60, as well as Windows Mobile 5 or later smartphones, Kinoma Play is priced at $29.99, with a no-cost trial offer. The company additionally provides a FreePlay version.

6. Friendbinder

It brings together friends from a spectrum of social media websites, like Digg, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook — even if friends do not join its no-cost service. Friendbinder allows users to track every friend within one place, and permits users to post responses and replies.

7. Twollo

Wanting to slash through the noise of billions of Twitter accounts? This is made to assist Twitter users in finding a narrower audience for their posts. There’s a 4-day free trial offer. After that, it costs $5.99 per month for 5 keywords; $9.99 per month for ten keywords; $19.99 a month for twenty keywords, and $59.99 per month for unlimited keywords. A yearly subscription is also available for five, ten and twenty keywords.

8. Chirpstats

Formerly named Twitless – it’s a Twitter follower statistics tool notifying Twitter account-holders as someone stops following you and informs them. This service, obtainable by following Chirpstat upon Twitter, will graph a users’ follower history over a period of time.

9. Nest Unclutterer

Created by a staff curious about uncluttering life, this app assists users in ridding their Twitter follower marketer base, serial followers and other people. This free app eliminates followers who’ve been inactive for a certain span of time, assists in creating a white list, and allows users to review an account list.

10. Pluggio

It simplifies tweeting through scheduled tweets. This app additionally allows users to raise their following and find their content. There’s a free thirty-day trial offer. A plus account is priced at $7.95 a month, a premium account is $9.95 per month and max account is priced at $19.95 a month.

Part 2 (another 10 recommendations) will be featured on website coming soon. See resource box for details.

How a Free Tan App Helps You Get a Better Tan

The tanning industry is a burgeoning one. It’s estimated as a multibillion dollar per year industry that is continuously growing. In the United States alone there are more than 22,000 tanning salons serving millions of people nationwide. It’s estimated that more than one million people tan each day, which is more than a quarter billion people that are tanning each year. There are three popular methods by which you can enhance your skin tone: indoors with a tanning bed, indoors with a spray-on tan or outdoors. But how do you track your tan and find salons, the sunrise and sunset each day? Thanks to new apps for Apple powered devices, a free tan app is the easy answer.

Tracking Your Progress

With a free tan, app you can track your progress. The best apps offer a nifty software feature for iPhones and other Apple powered devices. You set the type of experience you desire (indoor or outdoor), and then you take a picture of your skin before you tan. You also use a shader from the app to set your desired outcome shade. After you finish a session, you take a picture again to track the progress of your skin tone. The application tells you how many shades you gained in tone, and how close you are to reaching your target tone, so you don’t over tan.

Finding Salons

With hundreds of salons that are located near you, which one are you going to tan at each day? A great feature of a tanning app is that it helps you instantly find these salons. It does this by using GPS coordinates, which also provide you with directions to the salon you have selected.

Setting Helpful Timers

A key concern about tanning is that you may get burned or sustain injury. A free tan app addresses these concerns with a built in timer. This timer helps you avoid getting burned, and also lets you know when it’s time to shift your body for a more even tone.

Daily UV Index Information

There are certain times of the day where it’s dangerous to sunbathe outdoors because the sun is too hot. With a daily UV index, you can know when the safest times to tan are. You can also learn about sunrise and sunset to maximize your outdoor tanning experience.

Tanning Tips

One final way that a free tan app helps you is with daily tan tips. These tips can range from information about skin cancer to the best products to use for tanning. With helpful tips, you make the most of your tanning experience.

Are You an Expert Applicationalist, a Great App’er, or Do You Have App Envy?

In this day and information age, it appears there is one skill you will need if you want to succeed. You must be knowledgeable and able when it comes to running your iPhone, SmartPhone, iPad, or Tablet Apps. You see without expert app knowledge you cannot compete for maximum productivity in your life or job.

You just will not be able to keep up with the flow of information or get what you need to get done in a timely fashion. In fact, you are more apt to cause a texting foul while driving than if you have all the best app information at your finger tips. Let me explain.

If you have the power to get instant information you won’t be stressed for time and thus, try to multitask at the inappropriate time, and then find yourself committing a major sin, or even a traffic crime. Let’s face it, texting while driving, or checking the stock market on your smart phone is liable to get you in a serious accident. And Lord help you if a traffic cop is cruising by while you’re doing it. They are going to let you off easy, and it is senseless to demand your day in court. That’s a ticket you won’t win.

The most efficient person in the workplace will climb the corporate ladder the fastest, just as an entrepreneur running a business who has all the information at their fingertips can make faster decisions, and get more done. With the right applications they will be able to do things on the fly, things they never were never able to do before, giving them the advantage.

Now then the question might be what will you put on your resume if you are an expert in running smart phone and iPad apps? Will you put on your resume and employment application – that you are an; applicationalist?

Is that something that you may in the future add to your resume list of accomplishments, alongside of your degree from college? It will matter in the future, as a matter of fact, it probably matters right now, as there are 700,000 Apple apps, and knowing which ones to use, and when to use them can make all the difference in the world. The reality is you must change with the ever evolving high-tech society, or you will be left out in the cold, at least that’s what I’m being told. I have one more suggestion for you, that you please consider all this and think on it, if I might be so bold.

Why You Should Always Check Out an iPad Apps Review

The iPad Apps Store is the largest in the world. Every single day thousands upon thousands of games and applications are being added to the store. As you can probably guess, with an app store this size there is very little in the way of originality. Some original games do sneak through the cracks of course, but more often than not a lot of iPad apps that you find can be remarkably similar. This is why you are going to need to find reviews to find out what the best apps are.

With all of the apps available, there seems to be nothing that the iPad cannot do. Weather you’re booking your next holiday, preparing your child for their next exam or just looking for something to keep your brain ticking over. With the best free iPad apps your daily chores will become so much easier.

I am going to be honest with you. The majority of reviews that you can find through the Apple store are not ‘real’. There are many people out there who pay others to get good reviews and download just so they can be bumped up the Apple store listings. I am not saying it is right, but it is something that happens far too often for my liking.

After getting a new ipad, you’ll probably head online to take a look at some of the free iPad apps or paid iPad apps that are available in the hope of making a decision on whether something is worth purchasing or not. Without the help of a good review chances are, you’ll make the wrong decision and end up wasting your money which is very deflating and annoying to say the least. This is why you should always find a good iPad reviews website just to be on the safe side.

Independent websites will try to give the best possible reviews so you can make a decision before you purchase. There is normally no marketing jargon and most offers a good and a bad attribute of the apps been reviewed. This way you can be sure that you will find the perfect apps or games that you are looking for. After all, no matter how cheap the apps are priced; you don’t really want to waste money do you? There are a few websites that accept payment from developers to get reviews. As you can probably guess, you will want to steer clear of these. You will want to find one that offers truly independent reviews so you can make a completely informed decision as to whether you should purchase something or not! You will also want to make sure the review websites you choose is regularly updated.

In addition to this, the best review websites will also try to keep you up to date with the best iPhone apps as well as the best iPad apps. This means, you’ll be able to find something absolutely amazing for both your iOS devices without having to go around in circles. They will also provide reviews on free apps so you won’t waste your time downloading something which isn’t really what you are looking for or fun to use.

Search Results

The advent of the iOS apps store has created a great many opportunities for people to use free iOS apps to improve the quality of their life. The real sweetener in this is that most of the best apps are totally free, or at least offer a free version that has a few less features. Plus you are always faced with a large variety to choose from. Apps are generally cheap and the right app can be worth its weight in gold, if it helps you achieve your goal. Whether you want to take on a new habit, learn a new language, or clear your mind through meditation, there will likely be an app that will help you achieve your goal.

Here’s a brief review of the best iOS apps for self-improvement that can help you accomplish a variety of goals that you might want to achieve.

Possible Goal: Language Improvement

Best free iOS app to complete this task: Duolingo

Duolingo offers the user a variety of languages that he or she can learn, all with fun interactive exercises. The user works their way up through the ranks, as if playing a game. You earn rewards and trophies as you progress further through the app. There are a variety of different topics covered within these exercise including: animals, common actions, places, and many more! Duolingo is one of the best rated apps in the App store and it should come as no surprise. The app presents a fun and challenging way for you to learn a new language. This would be a great place to start if you are embarking on a Language-improvement journey.

Possible Goal: Cultivating a new habit

Top iOS app to achieve this goal: Lift- goal tracking

The Lift app is one of the best free apps for adopting a new habit. It has a daily check sheet that will help you keep track of your goals, and your progress towards them. This constant encouragement and feedback can be critical to taking on a new habit. And, this app is great if you need to build some new routines into your life. This iOS app download is free and easy, so it’s definitely worth a try!

Possible Goal: Learning how to relax more effectively

Top iOS app to achieve this goal: Headspace (on-the-go)

Headspace (on-the-go) is the perfect app for someone who wants to learn to meditate, but is a bit sheepish about the idea. Meditation has been scientifically proven to have a host of benefits and forms the basis for many methods of treatment today. This app takes you step by step through the meditation process and allows you to go at your own pace. Some people find the idea of meditation strange, but many others find that it clears their head and calms the mind. If you feel that your day is too stressful then you will likely benefit from taking 10 minutes out of your day to do this guided meditation.

Thanks for checking out our brief review! There are tons of free apps in the iOS store, so you should have no problem finding an iOS app for whatever you want to do.

5 Best Android Market Apps

You may think that the best apps have a price, but more of them are actually free. If you pay for the app, the cost is still affordable anyway. Who says the best things for life are not for free? Here is a list of the best apps that you can find in the Android market:

1. The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel is one of the best Android apps that you can download from the Android market. The newly enhanced Weather Channel gives you a much better and richer weather experience. Due to customers’ feedback, many improvements were made such as a brand new user interface that includes user-friendly navigation between main weather screens and easier access to maps like animated radar and personalized weather maps. These weather maps are also capable of giving specific weather forecasts, conditions, alerts, notifications and the current temperature.

2. Facebook for Android

Sometimes, accessing Facebook through your browser is too tedious, especially when you know that there is an easier way of connecting with your friends. Facebook is always synonymous to staying in touch with the world. All people have an account; maybe your grandparents do, too. The success of Facebook is so overwhelmingly successful that Android developers created an application for you to access your account anytime and anywhere. Essentially, Facebook is a social network that allows you to do anything like chat with your friends, check news feeds, review events, share links, check messages, upload photos, watch videos and play games. Downloading the free Facebook for Android will allow you to keep in touch with your old friends and meet new people.

3. Twitter

One of the greatest social networking sites that have invaded the Android market, Twitter remains to be a top pick among busy people who do not have the time for Facebook. Most celebrities, political figures and other VIPs are quite active in using Twitter. This Android app allows you to access important updates on what’s happening around the globe, like business, sports, music, politics, entertainment and travel. You can view many interesting topics on what people are talking about. You can also send private messages to your friends, share photos, videos, view maps and a lot more.

4. Angry Birds

When you feel the need for relaxation, fun and pleasure all you have to do is just to play Angry Birds from your Android device. It is one of the best games in the Android market. This game is for everyone to enjoy. Based on the laws of physics, you would not think that this game will be forgotten just yet. Aside from all the fun-filled launching of the revengeful birds, you get to play this game for free. The best thing is that developers keep on releasing new versions every now and then.

5. Kindle

Probably the best Android app that can widen your knowledge and improve your reading skills is the Kindle. With the Kindle app, you will get the chance to access over 900,000 books in the Kindle library, such as newspapers, magazines and dictionaries. You can also read articles from the Wall Street Journal, as well the best sellers from the New York Times. You will also enjoy many benefits like customizing the page color and font size of your reading material. You can also use links from Google and Wikipedia for more information.

The Best Apps for Your Job Search

With the smartphone revolution in full swing, it is worth considering the best applications (apps) that you can use when job searching. These days, people have less time to spare and like to use their smartphones, tablets and other devices on the move to do the things that they otherwise would not have time to do. One of these is search for and apply for jobs.

With that in mind, we have reviewed 5 of the most widely used job search apps.

1. BeKnown

BeKnown is the professional networking app from Jobs Board giant Monster and is available on iPhone, Android, iPad and BlackBerry. It gives the user the ability to connect with other and update your status (much like LinkedIn). The drawback for this app is that it only allows you to search for jobs that are posted on Monster.

2. Findajob.ie

This is a free app for the Irish jobs board Findajob.ie. On it, you can shortlist your favourite jobs, view job locations on a map and receive job alerts for your desired criteria. The Findajob.ie app is particularly useful because it is Irish however it is currently only available on the iPhone.

3. Fás Jobseeker App

This is an android app for Ireland’s National Employment agency Fás. It is a simple job search app which will allow you to search by keyword and county/location. You can then share the job by email, Facebook or Twitter. It works with Android phones and tablets.

4. LinkedIn

While technically more of a social networking app than a job search app, because LinkedIn is the world’s biggest online network of professionals, it should be noted that job searching is also a feature of it’s app. So not only can you make connections, browse profiles and update your status you can also search for jobs that are posted on LinkedIn’s jobs pages and save your searches.

5. Real Time Jobs

The Real Time Jobs app is connected to searching for and applying for jobs on social media giant Twitter. The app allows you to view a job posted on Twitter and to apply for it you can attach an online CV, a social media profile (e.g. your LinkedIn profile) and even a video CV. This app is currently only available on iPhone.

It is important to note that while these apps are useful for job searching and applying when you are on the move or short of time, they should not be used as a complete replacement for traditional job search methods such as online jobs boards, newspapers and networking with industry. There is no doubt that as technology advances and more and more job search apps become available, they will become more and more influential in the way the 21st century jobseeker looks for work.

Which iPhone Apps Are Best?

If asked which iPhone apps are best, twenty people are likely to give twenty different answers. There are thousands of iPhone apps available and the apps a person prefers has a lot to do with individual life style and personal interests. There are some applications that are more popular than others and that have practical uses for most people. While football fans may name NFL live as the best app, they use other practical apps more often without considering how much easier these apps make daily living.

Most cell phones have a GPS app, but the iPhone has five to choose from. Map Quest 4 is a free app and is functional for most users. The best of the GPS apps is Tom Tom and it is the most expensive to download. Tom Tom reports traffic delays and supplies alternate routes almost instantly. It has a live search function that allows users to locate local restaurants and other venues. This app automatically advises users of local points of interest. For travelers, Tom Tom is absolutely worth the cost.

For those who like to listen to music on their iPhones, Pandora and Midomi are great apps. Pandora supplies a stream of free new music to your phone so you don’t have to listen to the same old songs on your iPod. Users start by choosing their favorite pieces and Pandora will note their preferences and create a customized radio station with new music chosen to suit an individual’s taste. When a user wants to know the name of a song on the radio, he just has to hold the iPhone to a speaker and this app will identify the song and refer users to iTunes to buy it or show related videos from YouTube.

Although not everyone is a news buff, one app available only for iPhone is the NY Times Newspaper. The app allows users to find stories by section or to access the day’s most popular stories. It is well designed and very user friendly. The Times is the most read newspaper in the world and many people like to refer to their stock reports, sports stories, book reviews or political commentary. This app is like a newspaper delivery boy without the reams of paper that comprise the average issue of the Times.

There are over 800 apps for the iPhone and some of them are great and some of them are fairly useless. The best apps for one user may not be good for another. The apps noted here are likely to be used by the greatest number of iPhone owners and, for the most part, are not yet available on most other cell phones.