There are thousands of iPhone apps out there, and for someone who’s new to the scene, it can be a little daunting to pick out a few that will help them out. What’s a newbie to do?
Start here, that’s what. The team at iPhone.AppStorm has come up with 100 of our favorite apps and put them in one convenient location for everyone to use as reference. These are the best, brightest and coolest apps that we personally use, and would recommend to anyone who asks. What’s that? You just asked what our top 100 iPhone apps are? Hit the jump and find out in convenient alphabetical order.
There are lots of great camera apps out there, but when it comes time to take a panoramic shot, look no further than 360 Panorama. It’s simple to quickly take shots and stitch them together, creating great wide shots in the process.
If you’re doing any kind of secure browsing, having multiple passwords can get confusing. 1Password Pro gives you a way to store all of your unique passwords, and then you can unlock them with just one password of your own. Plus, it can sync with the Mac app via Dropbox. Bonus!
The stock Calendar app is OK, but if you really want to get yourself organized and productive, look at Agenda Calendar. It’s kind of like the stock app on steroids, with multiple views and options, yet it sports a minimalistic look. If you’re tired of Calendar, give this one a shot.
AirPlay sure does come in handy, but sometimes you want to watch a video that isn’t iTunes friendly. AirVideo can connect to your Mac and play all sorts of popular file formats such as AVI, MKV and others, and then play them on your iPhone. It’s like AirPlay, but for your iPhone and better.
If you’re a fan of Reddit, catching up on the latest while on the go can be a bit of a pain. Alien Blue makes that transition a bit easier, giving you a straightforward way to post and read via your iPhone. Better yet, you can scroll through images using the Canvas view.
Those of us who own our own websites often use Google Analytics as our go-to traffic tracker because of its ease of use. Now you can do the same thing on the go, using Analytics Pro. Check multiple accounts, view graphs and data for various metrics, and zing through it all via Wi-Fi, 3G or even Edge. Best for the OCD webmaster who’s never in front of their computer.
You haven’t heard of Angry Birds? Maybe you missed the stuffed animals in Target, or the T-shirts in Wal-Mart or the USB drives at Staples, but Angry Birds is a huge gaming sensation worldwide. Fling various bird species with a slingshot and attack the evil green pigs and their fortress. Kill them all and you advance to the next level, with squawks of happiness playing the background.
Why would such a basic app be in our Top 100 list? Go ahead and head down to an Apple Store and buy something. Instead of trying to find someone to check you out, just use your iTunes account via the Apple Store App. Scan your purchase with the camera, and out you walk with your receipt sent your way. Doesn’t get much easier than that.
It seems like we’re always stumbling into Wikipedia for one reason or another, but doing so on your iPhone can be a less than enjoyable experience. To change that, check out Articles. It lets you go through Wikipedia like a pro, displaying results in a clean and intuitive interface.
What more can be said about Audium that hasn’t been said before? It replaces the standard Music app and gives you a cleaner interface and appearance, making the music listening experience that much more pleasurable. Listen to your music the right way.
Battleheart isn’t an RPG, but it does share some of the same gameplay mechanics will still offering a cute and cuddly appearance. Create a party of heroes and strike out into a fantasy world to take on the bad guys. Mix it up and go across the huge campaign — 30+ levels — and have a blast doing it.
IM apps on the iPhone are far and wide, but BeejiveIM is one of the leaders — so much so that the lineup ranked twice in our Top 100 list. This particular version integrates with your Google Talk account, allowing you to chat with your buddies on the go, reliably.
BeejiveIM with Push takes all of the great instant messenger apps and bundles them up all into one package. Whether it’s AIM, Facebook, Jabber or anything else, it’s all covered in just one app. Sure, it’s a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for, right?
If you use Google Calendar to organize your schedule, then you need CalenGoo to keep it updated on the go. Available both with and without a data connection present, CalenGoo lets you modify and work on your Google Calendars right on your iPhone. Talk about handy!
If you play Call of Duty, then you need Call of Duty Elite for your iPhone. This app tracks and maintains your multiplayer stats, and allows you to spy on the competition to get a leg up in that next matchup.
Sure, you could use the standard Calendar app, but don’t you want something that’s pretty and functional too? Calvetica’s gorgeous interface makes inputting tedious appointments an absolute pleasure, even if the event you’re scheduling isn’t. Plus, it allows you to work with contacts as well to share appointments.
It was one of the big apps that changed the way we view photography on the iPhone, and today, Camera+ is still a huge player in the game. Not only will it improve your picture taking ability, it also lets you edit and tweak images to perfection. What was once a dull picture can now become a work of art, all on your iPhone.
CloudApp is similar to Dropbox in a lot of respects, and Cloudette for CloudApp lets you access your CloudApp account from your iPhone. Send links to files with a custom URL shortener, upload your pictures from your iPhone’s library and more. All users of CloudApp should have Cloudette on their iPhone.
The best iPhone games are fun, easy to pick up and painfully addicting. Check off all three for Cut the Rope, a simple game with incredible complexity. Just swipe the rope that holds your monster in place so you can drop him in the box, but beware, it’s not quite that easy.
Journaling is a popular pastime for many people, and Day One gives you an excellent outlet for your writing needs. To make the process simpler, Day One syncs with iCloud or Dropbox, allowing you to use the desktop or iPad versions of the app as well, making it as friction free as possible to notate your thoughts.
You’ve got a package coming from Apple, but you want to make sure that you’re there when the delivery guy comes, otherwise you won’t be able to sign for it. Delivery Status Touch combines a super clean interface with a multiple delivery options (including Amazon), keeping you in the know on what’s coming to your door and when.
Before Siri there was Dragon Dictation, and the latter is still very popular among iPhone users. Simply speak into the app and it dictates everything into text which you can then send via email, text or whatever else you like.
Who doesn’t like Dropbox? The service comes with 2GB of free storage, and with the free iPhone app you can also access your data on the move. This is perfect if you’re like us and keep a lot of your work on the service, and occasionally need to grab something or look at a document real quick.
Like Cloudette, DropCloud is a CloudApp service that allows you to connect to your CloudApp files from your iPhone. The big advantage here is that you can upload files in the background, even if you’ve closed the app itself, making it awesome for sending pics and videos to the service.
The battle of the Twitter apps is pretty big, and one of the leaders is Echofon Pro, which is completely ad free. There’s inline video and photo previews, push notifications and the ability to mute users if someone gets a bit too chatty. Plus, it’s fast. Really fast.
Evernote is another one of those apps that helps you feel like you’re living in the future. Take a note, scan a business card or just shoot a picture and send it to the service where it’s stored for free and synced with your other devices. It’s note taking on your iPhone.
Like Evernote, Evernote Food is a note taking service of sorts, but this is aimed towards your dietary intake. You can take pictures of meals you love, share those items with friends via Facebook or Twitter, or just use it as a recipe database. Sync it with your Evernote account for the ultimate in organization.
Every picture you take on your iPhone contains Exif data, which is all of the technical info about the image itself. Exif Wizard-Pro allows you to upload those pictures to an FTP account, as well as view the GPS data on a map. It’s an excellent tool for pro photographers, or just the prosumer who knows what they want.
Do we really need to tell you what Facebook is? Well the Facebook app for the iPhone is a mobile version of the website, complete with Timelines, status updates and everything else you could use. Additionally, you can sync your Facebook contacts with your Address Book, including pics and photos.
So you know about Facebook, but what about Facebook Messenger, the IM tool built into the web app? With FB Messenger, you can have conversations with your FB friends anytime you want from your iPhone, without using the FB app itself. Not only is it more convenient, but it also is speedier as well.
Find My Friends is probably the coolest app that Apple has ever put out, particularly for parents. Once both parties install and sign up for the app, they can sync up and allow temporary or permanent access to each other’s locations. Want to know where the wife is? Lost a kid at the mall? If they’ve got an iPhone, you’re covered.
That LED on the back of your iPhone is for more than taking pictures. Flashlight turns it on for you to illuminate your path, but also allows you to control the rate at which it turns on and off. Flash an SOS if you’re in trouble, or tap it to the beat of your favorite song — the choice is yours.
Easily one of the most addicting games on the iPhone, Flight Control uses a simple concept to get you hooked: Land planes at an airport. Simple, right? With different aircraft coming at different speeds and you constantly trying to avoid collisions, well it gets difficult quick. Lots of fun to be had here for sure.
Whether you’re waiting for your flight to come in, or tracking a loved one’s travels, FlightTrack gives you live status updates of the plane’s travels, showing you where it is on an overhead map. This comes in very handy when you’re sitting in a parking lot waiting for a flight to arrive, trust me.
When Flipboard came to the iPad, it changed the way we consume social media. Now that it’s moved to the iPhone, it’s done the same thing, just on a smaller scale. Some even ditch the traditional apps to read their feeds and just use Flipboard because it’s simpler and easier to use. Plus, it looks beautiful.
Everyone’s favorite social network check-in service is on the iPhone, making it as fun to use as possible. Get to your location, check in and if you do that enough times, you could become the mayor and get discounts.
Slicing fruits may seem like a tedious task, but Fruit Ninja makes it fun. Swipe your finger across the screen every time a fruit pops up into your view and hack it into pieces. Hit multiple fruits at the same time to get bonuses and combos.
Want to find a good book? There are over 7 million people in the Goodreads network who have put 200 million books on their virtual shelves, all with recommendations and reviews. Plus, now you can read e-books in the app, just in case you want to get in on the rapidly growing public domain books they have on hand.
Grocery shopping can be a pain, but GroceryIQ helps fix the problem by making it as simple as possible. Build your grocery list using the database stocked to the top with products, scan barcodes at the store to remember new products or even find coupons while you’re at the store. It’s the best way to organize your list and get that shopping done faster.
Remember Bionic Commando on the Nintendo? Hook Champ works on a similar concept, giving you an 8-bit styled player a hook and allowing you to swing back and forth between platforms. It’s also got upgradeable parts, so if your player needs assistance, you’re covered.
You’re watching a movie on the couch and you think to yourself, “Who plays that character, anyways?” IMDb has your answer and more, with full cast listings, titles, production staff and everything having to do with movies and TV shows. Throw in movie trailers and theatre listings, and you’ve got a full featured app ready for the red carpet.
There seems to be a social network for everything nowadays, and now there’s one for gamers, too. If you’re playing a game, will notify your friends that you’re ready for some competition, just in case they want a challenge. You can even check in with Twitter or Facebook.
If you took a picture and plan on posting it to a popular site, don’t you want to make sure that you get the credit? Impression allows you to add watermarks to your images, while still keeping the original image intact, just in case. You can alter the opacity, font, color and what the text says, all on your iPhone.
If you haven’t played Infinity Blade II yet, go ahead and stop everything you’re doing and get on it. No seriously, we’ll wait. This hack-and-slash game has amazing graphics, stellar gameplay and high replayability. Put this one up against any console game, and it just might win.
Traffic sucks, no way around that, but if you can avoid it entirely than you’re one step ahead of the game. INRIX Traffic aims to get you out of traffic jams and onto the roads at speed to get to your destination faster.
Big fan of Podcasts? Who isn’t? But iTunes isn’t the only great place to find new ones, so in comes Instacast to save the day. With it you can manage your subscriptions, play your podcasts whenever you like and download them on the go. It’s the best podcasting app out there that we’ve found, and you might like it too.
This is another one of those apps that if you don’t already have it on your iPhone, get it now. It’s the best way to take and share pictures with your social networks, and it’s so popular that it’s even become a verb. (“What, you don’t Instagram your Lego collection? Weird.”) Get it now and start having fun.
This is a fairly long article, and maybe you don’t have time to read it right at this second. So what do you do? Get Instapaper for your iPhone, and then you’ll never have a problem again. It’s simple: Install the Instapaper bookmarklet on your iPhone and computer, and whenever you want to read a long article later, click the Read Later bookmarklet. Then it’s sent to your iPhone for your viewing pleasure. Easy as pie.
Driving games are a blase, and nothing could be more accurate a description for Jet Car Stunts. It’s part racer, party aeronauthical challenge, as you fly down 36 tracks on your wheels and in the air.
You’ve had a really bad day. Isn’t it best to just fly around on a jetpack and kill some people? That’s the general idea with Jetpack Joyride, a side scrolling game that makes collecting coins and flying an awful lot of fun. So a few people get hurt in the process. No biggie, right?
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to capture quick notes with a virtual whiteboard? Ask and you shall receive, because that’s Jot in a nutshell. Draw whatever you like in multiple pen colors, all using your fingers. Plus you can save your notes for later reference.
JotNot Scanner Pro turns your iPhone’s camera into a scanner. Although that seems simple, it also includes image stabilization and a multitude of exportable formats, so you can send that doc via PDF, PNG or JPEG, whatever works best for you. Super handy for receipt capturing for business expenses, or just to send scans of a doc that you forgot to send at the office.
Everyone has a LinkedIn account, be it a job requirement or just to get yourself new work. Having access to the site on your iPhone allows you to connect to potential employers or coworkers, plus keep your work life organized. It’s all the benefits of the website, but on your iPhone.
Want to know more about your immediate area? Localscope scours the web for geo-tagged information, and by pulling up the app you can find out what’s going on (or happened) near your spot. You can even use it worldwide in your travels, if you prefer. The results can be stunning, including images, notes and a lot more.
Mage Gauntlet is an old-school RPG in the style of the console classics, and includes 84 levels and 86 achievements to go through. Explore this fantastical world set in a magical time and lose yourself in one of the best games for the iPhone.
Although we’ll soon have an update to MLB At Bat 12, this is one of the best sports apps you’ll find for the iPhone. Follow your favorite team from Spring Training all the way to October. Watch special videos and listen to gameday audio with an MLB.TV subscription, and you’ll get even more out of it.
Want to go for a hike, run or ski and want to track your path on some uncharted territory? Motion X-GPS tracks your movements and places them on a topological map, letting you see how far and how long you went on your adventure. It even allows you to record altitude differences to see how high or low you’ve travelled.
No one likes getting lost, and NAVIGON North America helps to solve the “are we there yet?” problem that most parents have. Enter in your destination and NAVIGON plots out a precise course for you, then tells you how to get there through voice announcements. It’s available for multiple areas too, so if you’re looking for something other than North America, you’ve got options.
Spreadsheets can be boring, but not so with Numbers. Sure, it’s a bit more accessible on the iPad or your Mac, but having the ability to change some numbers on the go is not only handy, but sometimes essential. If you don’t have it yet, make sure you get Numbers before you next important meeting.
So you’re travelling overseas, and you need to get around but you don’t want to pay those outrageous roaming charges for out of network data. OffMaps 2 lets you look at maps offline, using OpenStreetMap as its source for crowd-sourced data. Plus, there’s even restaurant recommendations.
Rate anything you want with Oink, a social network that lets you assign a rating to anything and everything around you. So what good does that do? Now your friends can give you recommendations on a restaurant/store/location without even talking to them, streamlining the process entirely.
We can’t say enough good things about OmniFocus. Not only is it the most in-depth task manager for the Mac, but the iOS version for the iPhone is just fantastic. It works with Siri, syncs across platforms and looks awesome, too. And if you don’t believe us, take a look at that icon. Gorgeous, right?
Ever wonder what happened on a particular date? Ask no longer, just pull out On This Day … and get the facts pulled straight from history. Plus, you can also look up specific days as well, and open those entries up in Safari.
With OpenTable, you can get a reservation at your favorite restaurant through your phone. As if that wasn’t enough, if you sign up for a membership you can get reward points good towards Dining Cheques redeemable at said restaurants. Not too bad.
If you buy yourself Numbers, you’ll have to buy Pages too so you have two out of the three members of the iWork suite on your iPhone. Pages allows you to edit and create documents on your iPhone, using templates or your own designs. Plus, you can use the power of iCloud to sync your docs across the iOS platform, and coming soon, on OS 10.8.
It’s the Internet’s radio station. Pandora lets you make your own station, then they fill it up with music that you’ll like, all automagically. Plus, it’s free.
It’s arguably the most beautiful social network on the iPhone, and has one of the best interfaces around. But it’s better than Facebook, because your network is limited to 150 of your closest friends. Sure, they had a stumble recently, but this is still one of the best apps for the iPhone, period.
Sure, Photo Stream is neat, but wouldn’t you rather transfer your photos wirelessly to other locations as well? PhotoSync lets you transfer photos to other iOS devices via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, or to popular services such as Dropbox, Facebook, SmugMug or more.
So you want to take a panoramic picture but don’t know what to use? Try Photosynth, an app that lets you make and edit panoramic photos, then share them to services such as Facebook. It’s one of the best panoramic image makers for the iPhone, bar none.
Zombies have overtaken the world, and now they’re trying to get into your backyard. To stop them, drop down plants with various firing capabilities, and make sure the zombies don’t get to your porch. Not only does the speed ramp up pretty quickly, but the difficulty does as well, making this a replayable game, plus a lot of fun.
Rdio is a social music system. Sound weird? Well it’s not, and it lets you listen to unlimited music anywhere you go, then share the info with friends. It’s a great way to discover new music based on what your friends like. This is a paid service, but it’s worth the price.
Google Reader is one of the most popular RSS readers out there, and Reeder lets you keep up with those feeds on your iPhone. It also lets you send articles to Instapaper, ReadItLater or Readability, or even Twitter and Facebook.
Everyone could stand to lose a pound or two, and RunKeeper will help you meet your goals and make it fun. RunKeeper tracks your runs or bike rides using the GPS in your iPhone, and then lets you know how far you went and how many calories you burned. But there’s much more to this app than just that, so go out and get it now so you can lose those lingering holiday pounds.
Weather apps on the iPhone are a dime a dozen, but Shine does it right. It’s got a beautiful interface, and better yet, it works and works well. Give it a shot.
SiriusXM is a paid satellite radio service, but once you’ve given it a try, you’ll sign up. It’s the best commercial-free music out there, plus quality talent such as Howard Stern for fans of talk radio. The iPhone app gives you all of the benefits on the car version, but in your pocket.
Everyone loves Skype for communication, be it text, audio or video, and it’s on your iPhone as well. It works over 3G and Wi-Fi, and keeps you in touch with all of your friends wherever you are. Plus, you can send IMs for free.
You could use the built-in Camera app to take your pictures, but Snapseed makes it more fun by allowing you to tweak your photos endlessly. There’s a handy Auto Correct feature too that makes photo corrections a one touch affair. When you’re done, share your images to your favorite social network, or via email.
As the name implies, SocialCam is an app designed to create cool videos on the iPhone, and then share them via your social networks. Similar to Instagram, you can also edit your videos to give them unique looks and filters.
You’re out at a concert, and you want to record a live performance and then share it with your friends. With SoundCloud on your iPhone, you can do just that. Record any sound, then share it via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Foursquare. It seems simple, but once you start using it, you’ll never want to go back.
Sometimes your connection doesn’t seem that fast, and you want to find out if there’s something choking your connection — or maybe it’s the opposite, and you want to show off to your friends. Speedtest.net allows you to test your iPhone’s connection speed via the app, that way you can either find the problem or bask in your glory.
Spotify is like having a jukebox in your pocket, but without the ungainly size and awkward Fonzie references. Stream music online or just enjoy it offline, then share it with your friends. You can also sync your own music files wirelessly to your iPhone. There’s a reason this service is so popular, so check it out today.
You want to take someone’s money, but they only have a credit card to pay you. What do you do? Bust out your Square reader, plug it into the headphone jack on your iPhone, then swipe their card and take their money. By signing up for a Square account, you can accept credit cards on your iPhone easily, transforming the way money is exchanged. It’s awesome.
Why is a Starbucks app so handy? Because it integrates Mobile Pay into the app, that’s why. Load up your Starbucks Card account with cash, then you just have to whip out your iPhone to pay. There’s also all of the usual handy features, such as a store locator and drink builder, but Mobile Pay is where it’s at.
Everyone loves watching TED talks on their computer, and now you can watch them on your iPhone. There are more than 900 different videos available,so you’ve got plenty of options the next time the urge strikes.
One of our favorite games for the iPhone, The Last Rocket is an 8-bit game where you play as the last rocket left in a facility, and you have to navigate through to safety. Not only is the game awesome, but the sound and graphics are as well. Just an excellent game all the way around.
Not everyone wants the complexity involved with a hardcore GTD app, and Things has a way of simplifying the process while still being complex. Lost yet? Basically, Things has everything that everyone needs to make their ideal GTD app for the iPhone, and now their cloud syncing service is in beta, making it that much better.
Another super addicting game that’s easy to pick up, Tiny Wings is all about getting a bird as far across the landscape as possible. To do so, you touch the screen to cause the bird to plunge into a hill, then let go to use momentum to throw yourself higher in the air. It’s an absolute blast, yet easy enough for anyone to play.
TomTom is one of the biggest names in the personal GPS market, and their iPhone app is second to none. First, this is a universal app, so owners of iPads can have big, glorious maps to navigate them on their path. It also offers turn-by-turn navigation, and does so very well. It’s pricey, but there’s so much here that it’s worth the price.
Planning a big trip can be a giant pain, but TripAdvisor simplifies the process. Get reviews and opinions from real people (not just robots), and find everything you need for your trip in one place.
So you’ve booked your flight, hotel and rental car, now you need to have all that information on hand. TripDeck has a great interface that organizes all of your plans in one place, including scheduled events and more. It also has push notifications if there’s a problem with a flight so you can reschedule accordingly.
Want to find a radio station anywhere in the world? TuneIn Radio Pro lets you find any station you want and then stream it to your iPhone. You can even pause the streams for up to 30 minutes if you have to do something else, or play the music in the background.
Imagine your own personal issue of TV Guide. It doesn’t just tell you what’s on right now, but also when your shows are coming up in the future so you don’t miss them. It’ll even tell you when they come on if you go on a road trip to a different time zone. If you’re a TV fan, you need this app.
When it comes to Twitter clients, Tweetbot is right up there in the top of the heap. The interface is cute and quirky, the design is excellent and best of all, it’s super functional. If you’re looking for a Twitter client that’s different than the standard fare, go with Tweetbot.
The Twitter app is the standard for all Twitter apps, and is the one you’ll need if you want to utilize all of the cool Twitter features built into iOS 5. Even though it’s changed around a bunch over the years, it’s still one of the best apps out there to access the popular 140-character service. And why wouldn’t it be?
How many times have you had an argument with a friend or spouse about what you’re going to eat? Stop the fighting with Urbanspoon. Just let the wheels spin and the app will randomly choose a location, food type and price point — and if you want to lock in one option or another, just lock it in and the rest will spin around it.
If you use Picasa, WebAlbums is your best option for getting images off your iPhone and onto the site. If that wasn’t enough, it can also put those images onto your Google+ account, and stream them to your AppleTV via AirPlay.
It’s no surprise that another Tapbots app has made it to this list, because they’re always some of the best ones out there. Weightbot helps you track your weight losses or gains with a unique interface that also calculates your BMI for you in the process. This is weight loss in style.
Want to send messages to your friends on their Androids and BlackBerries and tell them how lame they are? WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform messenger that lets you send messages to all your buddies, and even lets you switch to SMS to send over pictures.
One of the more addicting games on the iPhone, Words With Friends is the app famous for getting Alec Baldwin kicked off a plane. It’s just like Scrabble, except you can play on your own time with friends across the world on Facebook or their own iPhones. Just be warned: it’s hard to put this game down once you start.
Wunderkit is one of our favorite apps because it lets you organize complex projects between multiple people with ease. It’s part GTD app, part social network, and it works with cloud syncing for the currently in beta Wunderkit web version.
Like Wunderkit before it, Wunderlist is another great app that allows you to get things done. This version though, is focused on personal development; it’s your own list, just for you. It’s completely free for any device you have, and syncs cross platform as well.
Yelp is a crowd-sourced review system that lets you find out what other people think about the place you want to go. Need to find a good restaurant in Detroit? Pull up Yelp. Need to find a boutique in Dallas? Look at Yelp. It’s your go-to source to get everyone’s opinion in one place.
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Did we miss one? Is there an app you’d like to see added to this list? Let us know in the comments.