So I finally bought an iPhone 4S...

Posted by Hamz (6846 posts) -

...after five years of using a Sony Ericsson K750i I've opted to jump on the smart-phone-band-wagon (umpteen years late I know) and got myself one of those iPhone 4S thingamajigs today. I managed to get a pretty good contract with O2 as well with unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 1GB of data usage a month all for the affordable price of £36.00 a month, minus the one off fee of £50 to 'purchase' the phone.

Old faithful, we've had a lot of memories together him and I...

My real question however is related to the Apps Store and more specifically to get some recommendations from you guys and girls as to what the 'must have' apps are for iPhone users and naturally, with this being a video game site and all, to get some gaming related app suggestions as well.

So Giant Bomb community, help a brother out here and enlighten me as to what apps I should be looking into!

#1 Edited by Hamz (6846 posts) -

...after five years of using a Sony Ericsson K750i I've opted to jump on the smart-phone-band-wagon (umpteen years late I know) and got myself one of those iPhone 4S thingamajigs today. I managed to get a pretty good contract with O2 as well with unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 1GB of data usage a month all for the affordable price of £36.00 a month, minus the one off fee of £50 to 'purchase' the phone.

Old faithful, we've had a lot of memories together him and I...

My real question however is related to the Apps Store and more specifically to get some recommendations from you guys and girls as to what the 'must have' apps are for iPhone users and naturally, with this being a video game site and all, to get some gaming related app suggestions as well.

So Giant Bomb community, help a brother out here and enlighten me as to what apps I should be looking into!

#2 Posted by Baillie (4039 posts) -

@Hamz: The Giant Bomb App. Haha, I'm funny.

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#3 Edited by fetchfox (1221 posts) -

Good on you! I recommend: Twitter, Facebook, Shazam, Autostitch(personal favorite photo app), Evernote and Wordfeud. There are a billion more apps, so just check out the categories for what you'd like to have an app about, and check out some reviews. Happy hunting!

#4 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

istudy pro to keep track of assignments and courses material

pulse is an RSS aggregate, I have like 40 feeds on there, really well laid out.

Instacast is for podcasts and makes it so you don't have to sync to itunes everytime, well worth it

Facebook, Yelp if you eat out a lot,

Nike+ because I run, sleep cycle to wake me up calmly

#5 Posted by emergency (1193 posts) -

Uh well for starters, you seem to have chosen a £36 a month contract with £50 upfront. It's generally a good idea to pay more upfront and pay less per month cause it works out cheaper. Anyways, there are a tonne of decent games on iOS. Tales of Monkey Island, NBA Jam, Bejeweled, Game Dev Story, Peggle, Plants vs Zombies, Ace Attorney, Ghost Trick, GTA 3.

#6 Posted by Joker369 (868 posts) -

@Hamz: Nice. Here are some of my favorites.

Whiskey Media Video Buddy is a good app for watching videos for all of the whiskey sites except Tested since they use youtube for their videos now.

Camera+ is a great app that adds a timer and independent focus and exposure settings for the iPhone camera.

You can have some good laughs with VidRythem by Harmonix.

Jetpack Joyride is probably my favorite time waster on the iPhone.

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is probably the best game on the app store if you're looking for a more in-depth experience.

USA Today is the news app I use.

The free Twitter app is also good.

Radio Alarm Clock is a alarm clock and a radio that I use every day to wake me up.

Chu Chu Rocket works surprisingly well on the phone

Game Dev story is also great.

You might also want to browse through some of the app of the day videos on Tested to get some recommendations.

#7 Edited by Jrinswand (1695 posts) -

Games: Jetpack Joyride and Words With Friends. Infinity Blade 1 & 2 and #sworcery are good too, but those first two games (particularly WWF) are the only ones I play on any kind of regular basis. And avoid Sonic CD. It's a good game, but the controls are crap.

Apps: Facebook, Pandora, Wikipedia, IMDb, InstantWatcher, The Weather Channel, The Free Dictionary and Joystiq are the only ones I use with any kind of consistency. The free Flashlight apps are pretty useful as well.

Also, aside from the basics, my iPhone is a podcast/audiobook machine. If you haven't checked out WTF with Marc Maron or Dan Carlin's Hardcore History, you should do so posthaste.

#8 Posted by EuanDewar (4758 posts) -

PEGGLE

SKYPE

AKINATOR IS PRETTY COOL

GAME DEV STORY. And all the ones other peeps mentioned.

#9 Posted by EuanDewar (4758 posts) -

Oh and Steam and Amazon for your impulse buying needs.

#10 Posted by justinsimonin (45 posts) -

Sword and sorcery ep +1
Best iOS game I've played

#11 Posted by Jeust (10477 posts) -

Wolfram Alpha as it is such a great application for mathematics, being able to calculate even integrals.

#12 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

Temple Run

#13 Posted by Zelnox (383 posts) -

The two apps I use the most are Tweetbot and Instagram. The new Instapaper has beautiful typeface for reading. Pretty useful to sync articles to read offline.

The only game I seem to play is Tiny Tower, although I do have Jetpack Joyride, and Final Fantasy Tactics installed.

#14 Posted by Radar (887 posts) -
  • Reeder
  • Flipboard
  • WolframAlpha
  • Dropbox (or whatever cloud storage you use. SkyDrive and Box.net have apps aswell)
  • The game platform apps (XBL, Steam, etc)
  • The Film/TV apps - Netflix, HBOGO, imdb
#15 Posted by returnofjake (231 posts) -

I had that Sony phone for years, too. Best phone I've ever owned, everything about it was great. Except the joystick, that sucked.

As far as apps go, bejeweled blitz is a great version of the game. And if you like broken sword, they made a competent portable version.

#16 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7051 posts) -

The MBMaM app is great sine it can be a pain navigating the MaxFun site on a phone.

#17 Posted by Sweep (8817 posts) -

Haha, what the fuck is that? Buttons? On a phone? Get outta' town!

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#18 Edited by mscupcakes (612 posts) -

You can get DigiDrummer which I have spent hours playing along with songs. Has a couple of gongs on there too 8)

#19 Edited by Portis (1285 posts) -

I used a K750i for about 2 years and it is still my favorite phone I have ever had. At the time that phone was released a 2MP camera with autofocus on a phone was fucking mind blowing.

#20 Posted by Sackmanjones (4652 posts) -

If you wanna get a good nights sleep try the sleep. Cycle app. It's kind of amazing how well it works

#21 Posted by Sackmanjones (4652 posts) -

Also amazon and steam are great! Now you can spend money even on the go!

#22 Posted by Legend (2649 posts) -
@Baillie

@Hamz: The Giant Bomb App. Haha, I'm funny.

First app I bought when I got my iPhone 3GS. :D
#23 Posted by StarvingGamer (8000 posts) -

Search for Kariosoft

Buy everything that you see

#24 Posted by DAFTPUNK (1213 posts) -

@Hamz: Flipboard is a must!

Instagram

Insta Paper.

#25 Posted by Gav47 (1542 posts) -

Use http://www.freemyapps.com/You should be able to get Infinity Blade 2 for free.

Other games: Asssassins Creed Recollection, Spelltower, SpaceChem, Angry Birds Space, Radballs, Monsters Ate my Condo, Where is my water, Blueprint 3D, Beat Hazard, 100 Rouges, Civ Rev, Flight Control, Blockus.

Other Apps: Flipboard, pulse, your favourite news site app, 4OD, Planetary, John Drake's VidRhythm, Shazam, coloruncovered, My Xbox live, Steam. Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Box.net apps, if you use those services

Appshopper will let you see previous sales on apps and allow you to make a wishlist that will send you push notifications when something goes on sale. If that not enough, Neogaf has a very active iOS OT, no deal gets past those guys.

#26 Posted by Hizang (8534 posts) -

Apps

  • Twitter.
  • Facebook.
  • Netflix.
  • RedLaser.
  • VidRhythm.
  • Instagram.
  • Shazam.

Games.

  • Angry Birds/Space.
  • Super Crate Boy.
  • Plants VS Zombies.
  • Scribblenauts.
  • Peggle.
  • Jetpack Joyride.
  • Wheres my Water?
  • Munch Time.
  • Cut the Rope.
  • Tiny Wings.
  • Game Dev Story.
  • Bookworm.
  • Flight Control.
  • Age of Zombies.
  • Fieldrunners.
  • Bejeweled.
  • Slice It.
  • DoodleJump.
  • Save Pencil.
  • Temple Run.
  • Quarrel.
  • Robot Unicorn.
  • Ghost Trick.
  • Beat Sneak Agent.
#27 Posted by yoshisaur (2645 posts) -

Congratulations! I find the only people that the product are those that don't have one. The others just don't like it - you know, like a normal human being.

Anyhow, I would recommend the following apps:

- iA Write:. Simple & elegant writing app. Good for note taking or jotting down ideas.
- Downcast: Downrigh the best Podcast app on the iPhone. I've used at least 10+ and none meet this app in quality.
- TeleNav: Great GpS app, 'nuff said.
- AV Playe:- Simply send your videos from your computer over an FTP client and watch all file types on your phone. It's fantastic (and quick) for when you need a new episode transferred for a boring day.
- Orchestra:Free task app that does what paid apps do, but better.
- Reeder: Great RSS app for blog reading.
- Epic Win: Another To-Do/Task app. Love it because You turn everyday tasks into XP to level your character. Even gives you comical loot.
- Kindle: Self explanatory me-thinks.
- Zombies, Run: Probably heard This one on the podcast. It's a great app to get you in shape, however I don't recommend turning on the Zombie mode unless your in better shape than the average American.

Now onto games.

- Shadowgun: A gears of war type clone, very fun and the controls are actually different.
- Sky Gamblers: I was surprised at the quality if this title. It's a jet fighter/dog-fighter that is a lot of fun to play. multi-player is a blast, too.
- Infinity Blade 1&2: fantastic brawler type games made for he iPhones interface. Must buy.
- Shadow Era: if your into great card games, don't pass this one up. Free to get into, and I still haven't purchased anything with real cash.

That's just a sliver of the apps and games I have on my phone. I have been an avid iPhone user since the 3G launch and my phone has nearly 4 pages of apps/games that I use regularly.

Again, enjoy your iPhone!

#28 Posted by pedantics1 (11 posts) -

Cave co. ltd. Shooters:
Espgaluda 2, Dodonpachi Blissful Death, Dodonpachi Resurrection, Bug Princess, Bug Princess 2, Death Smiles

Popcap Games:
Peggle, Beheweled, PvZ

iOS Centric Titles:
Fruit Ninja (prob the Puss in Boots branded 'sequel' if you only get one of them), GeoDefense, one of the Angry Birds games, Infinity Blade, Tiny Wings, Groove Coaster, Eliss.

#29 Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx (2605 posts) -

Shoulda stuck with Sony ericsson - new ones are beast

#30 Posted by chrismafuchris (1088 posts) -

Tiny Tower

#31 Posted by TheeGravedigger (93 posts) -

Instacast for podcasts. Allows subscriptions and automatic downloads.

Good reader for PDFs

Steam client.

IM+ for instant messengers

Flipboard

#32 Posted by buemba (89 posts) -

Drop7 was my most played game of 2010 and 2011 and I'm pretty sure it's free now (Play hardcore mode, in my opinion it's much better than the regular one).
Jetpack Joyride, Bejeweled, Canabalt, Ghost Trick and Spider: The Secret of Bryne's Manor (Or something like that, don't remember the exact title) are also very good.
Flipboard, Instapaper and Photo+ are must haves.

#33 Posted by theanticitizen (258 posts) -

Any game by Kairosoft

#34 Edited by heavymetalwaffle (106 posts) -

Sol Free Solitaire - Who doesn't love a good game of Solitaire?

Alien Blue - If you're into Reddit, that is. It's the best Reddit client around; the free version also doesn't have ads.

Ultimate Rage - Like rage faces? Want to send them to friends? This app has hundreds of them. It isn't free (it's cheap, though), but the faces are all high-quality and the creator updates with new faces pretty often.

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