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The iPhone was a revolution in mobile browsing. For most of us, it was the first time we got a taste of a phone-sized browser that, aside from Flash, could really handle the full-size web without compromises.

Before the App Store came along, I frequently browsed the web using mobile Safari. Almost anything I wanted to do, be it play a game or check Facebook, required me to go through Safari. These days though I find that there really is an app for everything, which leaves my mobile web browsing at almost nil. Only occasionally will I want to check out a restaurant’s menu or run a quick Google search while I’m out.

Despite the myriad of industry experts claiming that mobile web apps are the future, I don’t regularly use a single one but stick exclusively to native apps. This week’s poll asks the same question of you. Do you frequently browse the web on your iPhone or are you more apt to use native apps for everything? Vote in the poll and leave your comments below.

Congratulations to @southrngirlygrl, you are the winner of our a free OtterBox iPhone case of your choice worth $50! You will be contacted shortly with more information.

To everyone else, thanks for entering and sharing the competition with your followers! Stay tuned for more great giveaways and awesome app reviews.

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Apple tech blogs have been talking almost ceaselessly about Apple launching a cloud-based music streaming service. Given that they’re the top seller of music on the planet and largely responsible for the digital music revolution, you’d think that Apple would be the company most suited to take on such an endeavor.

So where is it? Is this another mini-iPhone incident where rumor sites are just leading us along without any solid leads that it’s actually going to find out? Let’s explore.
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Photography-related apps make up a sizable portion of the App Store. With these fun and useful tools you can build panoramas, apply vintage effects, create 3D images, and more. Many of the apps, such as Camera+ seek to not only complement the default camera app’s features but replace them completely with a much more fully featured utility.

Our poll question today asks how often you use the default camera app that comes built into your phone as opposed to a third party solution. Do you use exclusively third party apps or do you like to stick to the default utility and then import the resulting images into other applications?

Vote in the poll and leave a comment below telling us your typical photography workflow on the iPhone.

Are you prone to swing a hammer, climb a mountain or get covered in motor oil? Have you been in the market for an iPhone case that can withstand your active lifestyle?

The Otterbox iPhone 4 Defender Series Case could be just what you’re looking for. Read on to see what we think of it and whether or not you should pick one up.

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As we all know, when Microsoft jumps off on its own on some endeavor, the results are uncertain at best. The software giant is definitely no stranger to success, but you have to admit, doomed projects like the Zune and Kin aren’t exactly rare (Microsoft fans, feel free to rant about the Netwon and G4 Power Cube).

What Microsoft is good at is using its mountains of capital to acquire companies that are successfully innovative and this week they reached a deal with Skype for their biggest acquisition yet at $8.5 billion. This is an interesting move that has everyone speculating on just what Microsoft plans to do with everyone’s favorite chat client. Following is a brief discussion on what you can expect both as a Skype user and a Mac/iPhone owner.

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In today’s poll we ask a simple question: How do you use your iPhone? Apart from being plain curious, we are always trying to structure and evolve our content so that it’s more appealing to you, our readers.

You can help us do that right now by giving us a good idea of what you’re generally doing when you open an app. Are you looking to get something done for work like checking on today’s todo list or finding the fastest route to the airport? Or are you mostly using it for personal endeavors as you check out Facebook and listen to Pandora?

Vote in the poll on the right and then leave a comment below with your top three apps that you open the most on your iPhone. Not your favorites mind you, but the apps that you actually use daily!

As always, thanks for your participation and for supporting AppStorm!

Photo labeling may not be something you are normally familiar with and to be honest I was the same until I found Labelbox. A fairly new iOS application by Stepcase. Labelbox has been taking the App Store by storm recently, being downloaded over a million times in less than a month.

Labelbox makes labeling photos exceptionally easy in an aesthetically pleasing way, and with great end results. Photo labeling may not be your thing, but have a go at this and see if it changes your mind, it did mine!

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Have you ever seen a plant or animal in your area and wondered what it was or wanted to share it with other interested people? It turns out your iPhone provides the perfect companion for a hike into nature.

Today we’ve got a few apps to check out the next time you decide to take a break from civilization and explore the great outdoors.

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It’s Friday night and I am taking my lovely wife to see a film. Naturally, to find what’s playing and when, I look to my iPhone. This brings around a tough decision though. I have not one app for this job, but a folder full of them! Which should I use?

They all accomplish pretty much the same thing. Some, like IMDB, have tons of other features and really just focus on movie times as a non-core function, but it’s nice to have all of that information at your fingertips. Others, like Flixster, really focus on getting you the info you need quickly and without distractions.

I want to know which app you use for this. Not which one has the most features or the best interface but the one that you actually turn to every time you want to go see a movie. Today’s poll lists the popular options and has a place for you to write in anything that’s not listed.

Once you’ve voted, leave a comment below and let us know why you use the app that you do!

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