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When I worked at a local office, I used to walk to a nearby restaurant for lunch and watch a movie on my iPhone while eating. But now, I eat more at home or with a buddy, so the opportunity doesn’t really present itself to watch anything with the iPhone. What about you? Do you prefer to use the iPhone as one of your main video sources or would you rather watch video on something bigger like an iPad or regular television? Let us know in the poll.

I went on a business trip out of the country recently, and before I left I checked with AT&T to find out what my international phone rates were looking like. Once I regained consciousness, I told my family that I would get ahold of them with FaceTime anytime I needed to talk.

And that’s what I did, but after using it for a bit it became … awkward. But why? Let’s talk it out after the break.
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A week or so back, I tweeted about a statistic I had seen online. The premise was that the average iOS customer spends around $150 on apps. At the time, I joked that I probably spent more than that in a few months, but then I started thinking about it. Frankly, it kind of festered in my head for a bit. Why does that number seem low to me?

So to get it out of my head, I decided to put it to a poll. Please select from the options on the right, and then we can check back on the results later to see how much our readers spend per year.

Whenever you buy a product, you always run the risk of something newer, bigger and better coming along sometime soon. But with Apple products, most of the time you have a general idea when the next big thing will be on the shelves, because they follow a fairly predictable pattern.

But then the expected release date for the iPhone 5 came and went and here we are with no idea when (or if) the iPhone 5 will make an appearance in 2011. Sure, all signs are that it’s coming out in September, but with Apple, no one can ever be sure.

So what do you do if you need a phone now but believe a new one should be out any day now? Let’s talk about that after the break.

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Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Western Cyprus Travel Guide. The developer describes Western Cyprus Travel Guide as an independent guide to Western Cyprus, featuring the best restaurants, hotels, historic sites, scenic walks, shops, vineyards, outdoor activities, car and boat hire, annual events and luxury villas.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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Ever since the iPhone was first released, all of the talk has been about who’s going to win the smartphone wars. Originally, it was a 3-horse race between RIM, Android and iOS (With Windows Mobile following along somewhere in there), but now it looks more and more like RIM is out of the picture, or will be soon. That’s unfortunate, because even though I’m no longer a BlackBerry user, it’s best for everybody that RIM stays in the game.

But why? Wouldn’t it be better for Apple to crush the competition and become the No. 1 OS in the land? No, not really. The more competitive the market is, the more innovations will come out for consumption, and the better we all will be as a result. Don’t believe me? Let’s hash it out after the break.
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Everyone here at iPhone.AppStorm would like to send out a huge thanks to this month’s iPhone.AppStorm sponsors, for all of the great work that they do. If you would like to advertise on the site, you can purchase a space through BuySellAds.

You could also look into getting a Quick Look submission, which is another easy way to show off your app to all of our readers.

Ensoul — Personalize and customize your iPhone contact images with full-size shots, make custom wallpapers and more with an easy to use application.

Billings Touch — With an intuitive interface and a straightforward workflow process, Billings Touch makes time tracking, invoicing and quoting a simple process.

Fast — Save time by using Fast, an app that learns as you type and autocompletes text for you. It’s an innovating writing system that makes typing on the iPhone a much quicker process.

Retrocalc — Take your calculator up a notch by using an iPhone app that has a different look and feel than the iPhone’s built-in calculator app. Choose between 12 different calculators and backgrounds as well.

Ideas to Apps — If you want to design your own iPhone app, this is a great place to start. It’s a step-by-step guide to designing your own app, then finding someone to develop it for you.

CopyTrans Tune Swift — Changing PCs or switching to Mac without losing your iTunes library? CopyTrans TuneSwift is the easiest and safest way to move iTunes data to a Mac or any PC. Backup the entire iTunes library including iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone backups. Save the latest changes of your iTunes library by using the incremental backup feature. Import the iTunes library from an external hard drive and restore it from previous backups. Anytime & anywhere your iTunes library just a flap away!

One More Thing 2011 Conference — Head to Melbourne, Australia on August 13th to see and hear iOS developers talk about how they succeeded in the App Store. Get ready to get motivated!

BAC Alcohol Calculator — No one wants to get hurt by drinking and driving, so the BAC Alcohol Calculator gives you a way to approximate your blood alcohol level, that way you don’t get in a car if you’re unsure of your ability to drive.

AppBackr — Are you an app developer looking for funding? Or maybe you’re someone who wants to help out a developer by backing their project, and then make a return on the investment. AppBackr puts both people together, creating a positive way for all involved to make money on an app.

adnX — adnX is a company created in 2001 with the goal of providing innovative applications for Mac. We think that it is the most advanced operating system in the world and the easiest to use. We take great pleasure in building products for Mac and we are committed to creating quality software that will make the Mac even more user-friendly. Since 2008, we are also creating mobile versions of our applications for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

iPhone Transfer Platinum — Easily backup movies, music, photos (PDF and EPUB formats), books, ringtones to computer and iTunes, transfer iPhone files, transfer PC to iPhone/iPod. Backup iPhone to iTunes. Synchronize iPhone with iTunes library quickly. Convert and copy any videos, audios formats like 3GP, AVI, FLV, M2TS, MTS, MKV, DVR-MS, MPEG, TS, NSV, MOV, H264, RM, WMV, etc to iPhone. Rip DVD moviess, DVD folders or ISO files, then directly transfer to iPhone.

CopyTrans Manager — Sick of iTunes? Is it too complex and slow for your needs? Looking for a faster, lighter and free alternative iPod manager? CopyTrans Manager is the perfect iTunes replacement for your iPhone or iPod. Add music & videos to iPod, edit song tags and artworks, create and organize iPhone playlists, preview tracks with the integrated music player. It has never been this simple!

Last week we talked about syncing your iPhone, and that got me thinking about the current iPhone syncing situation in my close family. I’m a Mac guy, and my mother is a recent convert as well, so we both sync our iPhones to our Macs. But my father and my wife both use PCs to do their syncing, and I don’t see that changing anytime in the near future.

Conventional logic says that our reading audience is going to skew primarily to the Mac side of things, but I’m curious: Do you sync your iPhone to your PC or your Mac? Place your vote here, and check back often for the results.

The other day, I wrote a post about how the iPhone 5 needed to be a full redesign for a multitude of reasons. Again, this started me thinking about what exactly Apple could do to top the iPhone 4, because even though it has some pretty obvious flaws (see: antenna), it’s still the best cell phone I’ve ever owned by far. Even though I’m just one of those guys who buys the new iPhone per routine, the buying public needs a reason why the latest phone is better than the last one. I started to wonder what the killer feature in this next version could be, because there’s not really much left to do other than continue to keep up with technology.

After much debate, I couldn’t really come up with a firm, definitive answer. Instead, I came up with a few options, some of them more likely to happen than others. Let’s talk about them after the break.
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We’re happy to announce that we have chosen five winners, who will each receive a free copy of Ben the Bodyguard for the iPhone! The winners are:

Thanks again to everybody who entered!

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