My mother-in-law is one of the many who bought a Verizon iPhone this weekend, so I thought it was time for a post on what you really need to put on your iPhone. (Hint: Pull this post up in your Safari browser on your iPhone and click the links to go directly to the download in the App Store.)
If you have a Nook or a Kindle, you need to put the corresponding iPhone app on your phone. Both Nook and Kindle (although Nook not as reliably) now sync with your device and keep what page you’re on so that if you’ve left off reading on page 200 on your device, you can pick up on that same page on your iPhone.
You know you use Facebook. You need the app.
If you’re on Twitter, you need some kind of Twitter app. I reluctantly recommend TweetDeck for the functionality, although it crashes often. The new Twitter app isn’t bad either.
Find iPhone is a boring, but essential tool to have installed. (See details on how to get it working on your old iPhone if you don’t have a new one.)
To make restaurant reservations on the go, the OpenTable app is great. I use it regularly.
Netflix WatchItNow is available on your iPhone. Works pretty well if you have a decent wireless connection.
Beat The Traffic helps if you’re in a bad situation and need to figure out how far ahead the road is messed up. Traffic maps are updated frequently and the app is pretty easy to use. (Note that you don’t have to sign up for My Traffic in order to use Beat the Traffic.)
In case you want further reading, here are some of my previous iPhone-related posts:
My Favorite Podcasts (If you have an iPhone and don’t listen to podcasts… WHY NOT?!)