There may not be such a thing as a free meal, but there are literally thousands of free apps that are just as good as, if not better than the ones that you pay for!
However, the whole process of downloading every app that takes your fancy only to find out that they are a waste of time and simply take up space on your iPhone isn’t much fun.
So, we decided to compile a list of 20 very cool iPhone apps that are totally free. Here you go!
Last.fm does the work of Internet trolling for you. The idea is similar to the Music Genome Project: create your own radio station using a band you already like, and they’ll play music that is similar in sound and scope. But beyond just playing the music, Last.fm will also show you whether that band is currently on tour (and if so, where and when), what tracks you recently listened to (helpful if you’ve zoned out and suddenly want to recall the name of that really great tune they played three songs ago), and music stations they recommend based on your preferences.
Sometimes you’ll think you’ve caught the golden fleece, and later you review your photos and discover that it is actually a bronzey-olive colour. Should you go out and take it again? No! Just photoshop it!
Use the tool to crop, straighten, rotate, flip, exposure, saturation, tint, black&white, and soft focus until your picture is perfect.
Twitter may have it’s own app, but Tweetdeck Inc. have been playing that game a lot longer. Tweetdeck features an innovative ‘column’ style of viewing. By swiping your finger left or right you’re able to view each separate column, and what each one contains is down to you entirely. TweetDeck isn’t limited to Twitter either; with Facebook integration allowing you to view friends, and create your own, status updates. This app is more like a social dashboard with speedy access to each of your friends’ little worlds.
NinJump pulls off the impressive feat of being incredibly simple as well as stylish. You control a Ninja running up a gap between two buildings and have to avoid various obstacles by spin-jumping between the walls. If you hit a ninja star, squirrel or bird during your jump, you get power-ups that temporarily accelerate your skyward journey. If you get hit while on the wall, you die instantly and the game starts again… and you’ll start again with it, because it’s just so damn moreish.
How many times has this happened to you: you’re walking down the street, and an ever-shady college street musician accosts you and asks how to buy pet insurance, how to make an origami frog, or how to identify a Northern Oriole on a nature hike. Of course! These are everyday occurrences for all of us. Well, now you can be prepared for just about all of life’s most perplexing challenges. How to fix your leaky faucet. How to know if you’re boring (hint: it may or may not involve making videos on how to know if you’re boring). How to make balloon animals. How to clean up after a party so your parents won’t know.
This app could save you hundreds of pounds in phone bills over the next few years. Essentially, Viber is Skype for phones, seeing as you can speak to anyone in the world, (provided they are a Viber subscriber and you both have an internet or Wi-Fi connection), for as long as you like for free. You simply search for them in your contacts and press the Viber call button that will connect you through the Viber network. For those of you worried about going over your data allowance, simply connect to Wi-Fi and the call is totally free, no strings attached! Unlike Skype, you can search for people with their phone numbers as opposed to their email addresses, which is another added bonus.
This app will have you cooking tasty dishes in no time. The dinner spinner lets you narrow down what you want, choosing from thousands of recipes and selecting your meal by ingredient, cooking type or cuisine, to ensure you end up with the perfect dish.
Ever fancied having your own secretary to type your text messages for you on the move? Well now you can have just that – and she won’t talk back, ask for coffee breaks or make personal calls on your phone! This is Dragon Dictation 2.0 for the iPhone.
Software dictation is no longer the clunky, slow, error-ridden thing of the past. While you can’t expect Dragon to spell phrases like “globigerina ooze” correctly, it does a fantastic job with simple, straightforward speech. This is just perfect for texting, sending emails or updating your Facebook profile.
Tweakersoft’s AroundMe application uses the iPhone’s GPS functionality and Google maps to help you locate services and businesses in and around a particular neighbourhood. You can use your current location as a starting point, or enter an alternative city or town – great when you’re planning a trip away from home.
Some people may think of Paper Toss as a bit ’2008′ but the fact that the developers are still releasing new levels for it now in 2010 is a testament to its appeal. The premise is that you throw waste paper into a bin, with a randomly-powered fan affecting its trajectory. Paper Toss includes several levels and Global Scoreboards, but it’s the simple, finger-swiping gameplay that makes this an all-time free classic.
Football/Soccer fans rejoice because now your finger is just as skillful or even better than David Beckham. Score free kicks and the bend it like Beckham with just a simple swipe of your finger. This game is incredibly addicting and includes four exciting game modes, 21 achievements and leader boards.
Photo-altering app that has effectively become an image-based social network. Spearheading the recent social networking trend of sharing images rather than words is Instagram. This app allows you to take photos, enhance them with a series of effects, and seamlessly share them on social networking sites.
What makes Instagram stand out from other photo-sharing apps is that it has effectively become a social network unto itself. You can build up a network of friends and contacts whose photos you appreciate within the app itself, making it a pure image-based social network.
You can be the life and soul of your own party as you mix your favourite tracks on this fun little app that turns your iPhone into a set of decks. DJ Mixer starts your iPhone record collection off with free tracks from Adam Freeland, Bassnectar, Steel Fisher, PENTyRAID and others, with the ability to download more and more free music that will have your headphones sounding like it’s 1999!
If you’re a business professional or just a busybody, Evernote just made things a lot easier. In the past, any kind note taking we did on our iPhone’s, work and home computers, and any other device was really a pain in the neck because nothing was in sync! You had to either copy data between the devices, keep mental notes or whatever and sometimes things became really disorganized. With Evernote this all changes. This popular note taking application is a must-have for note organization and is regarded as one of the most essential applications for users in all walks of life.
Are you an active member of ebay? Then the ebay application must be definitely on the list of your most useful iPhone apps. From your iPhone, you will have the access to most of the ebay controls such as listing and selling a couple of items. You can also make transactions from the app like buying and setting you bids on particular items. Also, the app features a messaging service that will enable you to continue communicating with friends. The app features a home page where you can access the search inquiry, your ebay page, the sealing page and lastly, the settings page where you get to customize the app.
There are few things funnier than when somebody breaks wind inappropriately; the comic effect of a ill-timed fart transcends age, race and gender and will have people from any walk of life in stitches wherever you are. Well, now you can harness that comedic power in an iPhone app, with Fart Cushion simulating the well-known sound of a farting noise that you can blame on a poor, unsuspecting victim…and best of all, it’s free!
Tripit is for all those organised people out there. Travelling can be stressful but with Tripit, it allows you to have all your travel details in one place. From flights, taxi pick-ups to key events, everything will be stored, checked and covered. You’ll never forget or miss anything!
While Apple is the undisputed king of new technology Google is the king of connection. No man is an island and for a business to flourish connection is crucial. This is where the free Google App package comes in very handy for any budding entrepreneur starting off on a limited budget. With a Google account and the Google App you will never be more than a second away from your contacts, customers or business plan.
Not everything that Apple touches turns to gold, and Gorillacam is a great example of a third-party doing it better. It adds a whole bunch of settings that should have been included in Apple’s offering, including a self-timer, anti-shake, time-lapse, bubble level (for taking level photos), and a three shot burst mode. The best feature, however, may be the “Unlimited Rapid-Fire” mode, which takes up to 1.6 photos per second continuously until you run out of space. The whole app is free, too.