December 27, 2010 | Andy Boxall
If you’ve been lucky enough to receive an iPhone 4 for Christmas, then you need to start downloading apps for it right now! We’ve got two sets of 10 for you here, the first covering a general set of applications which every iPhone 4 owner would benefit from, and the second set suggesting ten apps for more specific needs.
For All Users:
- Twitter/Facebook. The official applications for the well-known social networks. There are many Twitter alternatives, so don’t be afraid to give them all a try, but for Facebook, the official version remains our favorite. Free.
- Skype. Chances are you use this on your desktop machine already, and the iPhone version is equally as helpful. Free.
- Infinity Blade. The definitive iPhone game in terms of graphical achievement, and thankfully the game itself is great too! Read our review here. $5.99/£3.49.
- EverNote. An incredibly complete app for storing ideas, notes, photos and even audio. You will have to pay a monthly or yearly fee to unlock some features though. Free.
- Zinio. Read many of your favorite magazines on the move, via your iPhone or you iPad with this great application. Magazines are downloaded in-app, and are identical to their print editions. Free.
- Reckless Racing. Our current favorite racing game, with great graphics and lots of oversteer. Read our review here. Check out Real Racing 2 if you’re after a more realistic driving game. $0.99/£0.59.
- Google/Bing. Much more than a simple search app, each offers many bonuses including Google Goggles, voice search, maps and a barcode scanner. Free.
- iBooks. It’s Apple’s own eBook store. Free.
- Angry Birds. More of a phenomenon than a simple game, this is arcade gaming at its best. Don’t forget Angry Birds Seasons! $0.99/£0.59.
- MultiConvert. Convert just about anything, from time to weight to currency. Free.
Want Something Specific?
- Skyfire. Frustrated because you can’t watch Flash video? Skyfire’s alternative web browser solves your dilemma. $2.99/£1.79.
- Instapaper. Save interesting web pages and articles for reading later, on or offline. The app then formats them for your device and removes ads and other distractions. $4.99/£2.99.
- R-Type. Still one of the very best sideways-scrolling shoot ‘em ups, and a fantastic arcade conversion too. Read our review here. $0.99/£0.59.
- FlightTrack Pro. Do you travel a lot? Organize and manage yours, or someone else’s, flights with this impressive application. Read our review here. $9.99/£5.99.
- Documents To Go. Create and edit Word and Excel files, plus view PowerPoint documents and PDF files. $9.99/£5.99.
- Ocarina. The original musical app for the iPhone, and it’s still breathtakingly brilliant today. $0.99/£0.59.
- Kindle. One of the many eBook readers for the iPhone/iPad. If you already use Amazon for your eBooks, you’ll be wanting this app. Also consider Kobo and Stanza. Free.
- Air Display. It’s quite pricey, but you get what you pay for. This app turns your iPhone or iPad into a wireless, extra display for your desktop computer. Read our review here. $9.99/£5.99.
- Qwak. Enjoy a good platform game? Qwak is still a brilliant example of a touch control system working well on a platform game, plus it’s huge fun to play! Read our review here. $2.99/£1.79.
- Reeder. If you use Google Reader, then this is one of the best Reader clients for the iPhone. $2.99/£1.79.
Hopefully that has given new iPhone owners a few ideas! If you’re an existing user and have an application you think a newcomer should download, then let us know in the comments!