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Some Of The Most Useful Free iPhone Apps To Make Life Easier
Users of the iPhone 3G and 3GS know just how useful some of the many apps or applications that are made for the phones are. At least a dozen new applications come onto the market every day and the sky is the limit. Here are some of the most useful apps for the iPhone that can make life easier. Several of the following apps also work on Blackberry devices as well.
Saving Keystrokes With Vlingo
Vlingo is a voice operated search engine interface. You can search Google or Yahoo by simply speaking a query such as "pizza restaurants in Chicago" and more than ninety nine percent of the time the correct search will come up. For those accustomed to earlier speech to text programs you might be wary, however Vlingo is suprisingly accurate. There are a few words that will fool it, but for common terms, chances are you are going to get the right result. Vlingo saves you several seconds of typing, no matter how fast you are. Vlingo works on Blackberry devices and the iPhone. www.vlingo.com/
It is a free app and can be found in the iStore.
Mapquest For Mobile Devices
The Mapquest App for the iPhone
Mapquest is not only an iPhone app but is available for a variety of programs but it definitely belongs in the top ten. Mapquest is being used more and more by corporations for mileage reimbursement and having it on your phone saves you the time of booting up your computer. Mapquest for mobile is a must have app for anyone who travels. Compare the routes that Mapquest chooses vs. your GPS Navigation System to choose the best route.
Trapster is an iPhone and Blackberry app that helps you avoid speed traps. Users update the system to report police radar traps in real time. The more trapster users in an area the more accurate it is. Place your iPhone or Blackberry where you can safely glance at it while driving and it will alert you to reported speed traps. Trapster reports not only speed traps but red light cameras, speed cameras and more.
MotionX Gps Lite
The free version of MotionX GPS offers you a GPS interface for your iPhone suitable for basic navigation. Keep in mind that it does require a cell phone signal to display maps. You'll have basic features without a cell phone signal though. The free version includes a compass, stop watch, iTunes integration, and aerial maps. MotionX GPS is great for joggers, hikers, boaters or anyone who wants to have a basic GPS. The paid app is only $2.99 and offers many features the free one doesn't have. Below is a screen shot of that version.
Some other iPhone, Blackberry and similar OS apps worth having include Craigsphone, which helps you navigate Craiglsist easier, Paypal, Pandora (streaming music), Weather Bug and eBay.
For iPhone users in remote areas where cell phone service is bad see this article: How to Boost iPhone Reception
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