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What are your "must-have" iPhone or iPod touch apps—the ones you can't live without? (Figuratively speaking, I hope.) Please omit apps that come pre-installed.

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Please exclude iPad-only apps from here; there's Great iPad Apps for those.

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Why do people insist on downvoting in these types of questions. That's really in poor taste, I think. If you don't like something, just leave it alone. –  Philip Regan Aug 31 '10 at 20:39
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Hmm.. the price probably depends on the Apple store (e.g. for me prices show in Euros) Which price should we note? –  Juan A. Navarro Aug 31 '10 at 20:56

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ShopShop

App Store (free)

I feel like a bit of a dork for posting this but I find it quite useful and simple. It's just a list app. It keeps a repository of all entries you make so you can quickly add them back the next time you need it. Make a grocery list and check them off. The next time you won't have to type out items you've already used, just add them to a new list from the remembered items.

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Angry Birds

App Store

The best game in the app store

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I bought into the angry birds hype, but quickly got over it. Realized it was just a trial and error game with a good physics engine, not exactly my forte. A great time waster nonetheless. –  xdumaine Jan 31 '11 at 13:13

Pocket

App Store

Pocket lets you save webpages to read later, even without an internet connection. Ideal for those who have iPod touch but don't have access to Wifi. Also while travelling in subway, where 3g always goes haywire.

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Opera Mini

App Store (free)

Opera Mini offers the fastest, most cost-efficient web-browsing experience for your iOS device today.

Of course, if data limits/costs are of no concern, just use Safari for the most beautiful browsing experience on iOS — but Opera Mini is perfect for travelling abroad, to keep data roaming costs to a minimum, or when you’re stuck with a slow connection.

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Prompt

App Store ($7.99)

Allows you to SSH from any iOS device. I find it indispensable for doing C++ homework.

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Talkatone

App Store (free)

Allows you to make completely free phone calls using your Google Voice account.

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Instacast

App Store ($1.99)

It's the best Podcast-App in the AppStore, and handles Podcast much better than iTunes.

  • Download all Podcasts; automatically and in the background
  • Stream Podcast over Edge, 3G or WiFi
  • Continue where you left off
  • Support for iCloud
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Zite

App Store (free)

Zite is a free personalized magazine for your iPhone that automatically learns what you like and gets smarter every time you use it.

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Twitterific for Twitter

App Store

A great Twitter client for iPhone and iPad. Free/ad version and paid versions available.

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Grocery IQ

App Store

A great grocery list management app. Can be shared across users - so for example, I can add items at home on my iPad and the list is synchronized to my wife's iPhone while she shops.

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TechNews

App Store

This is errr... my app, but I couldn't find any rules on this one. Anyway, it is a really cool news app about Apple and other related stuff.

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Tweetbot By Tapbots

App Store (Price: $2.99)

Description

Tweetbot is a full-featured iPhone (and iPod touch) Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it’s the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds & animation, or features like multiple timelines & smart gestures, there’s a lot to love about Tweetbot.

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iGmail

App Store (free)

Just a browser wrapper to use gmail easily and quickly. I find this much better than regular Maill.app - too bad it doesn't have an offline version thus being slow and not as much reliable.

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Viber

App Store

Viber is a MUST-HAVE app. Lets you make and get free calls over 3G or Wifi even the app is not running. Notifies you when there is a call for you. Also gets your contact list and notifies when a friend installs VIBER. Sound quality is amazing even on 3G. I am talking to my best buddy living in Switzerland freely via Wifi from Turkey. And VIBER is a FREE app.

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Doodle Jump

App Store

Doodle Jump™ is THE MOST ADDICTIVE GAME on the App Store. Enough said :)

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Dictionary.com

App Store

Comprehensive, yet free, dictionary & thesaurus. Key features:

  • All word definitions come with the app—no internet connection needed
  • Decent UI with autocomplete (no need to type in the whole word)
  • Audio pronunciations (internet connection required for this)
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Pulse

App Store

Reeder is the best RSS reader for Google Reader. But Pulse is much nicer to randomly read various feeds.

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OmniFocus

App Store

Task management application that uses the Getting Things Done (GTD) organizational method. Also available for Mac and iPad.

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WhatsApp

App Store

WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messaging app which allows you to exchange messages with your friends and contacts without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is cross platform and available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia (beta) and yes, those phones can all message each other! To send and receive messages, WhatsApp utilizes your existing smartphone internet data plan: 3G/EDGE (or Wi-Fi when available)

In addition to messaging, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry WhatsApp Messenger users can send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.

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Spotify

App Store

For listening to music off the internet (directly on wifi/3G or via offline playlists).

NB: Spotify is only available in certain countries, and Spotify Premium (€9.99 or £9.99 per month) is needed to use the iPhone app.

Now with iOS 4 + iPhone 4 (unlike with my unjailbroken iPhone 3G earlier) the experience is really good, as you get background play and ability to use normal iPod playback controls (e.g. the headphone remote). In other words, it's similar to using the built-in iPod app, except that you have approximately 10 million tracks available at your fingertips.

 

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IMDb

App Store

iPhone app for the largest movie database website IMDb

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Articles

App Store

Best way to read Wikipedia.

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Is this better than the official Wikipedia app? –  mipadi Sep 27 '10 at 16:36
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I would say yes, but this of course is subjective. –  Marc Sep 29 '10 at 9:17

SoundHound

App Store

SoudHound seems a lot faster than Shazam. Will start to try to match a song even before the full capture. It also identified songs that Shazam didn't. And SoundHound's free version allows unlimited matches, while Shazam allows 5 per month.

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Sleep Cycle alarm clock

App Store

An alarm clock that analyzes your sleep patterns (using iPhone accelerometer) and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase.

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Cydia

Cydia (jailbreak required)

Cydia is a software application for iOS that is a graphical front end to APT and the dpkg package management system. It allows a user to browse and download applications for a jailbroken iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

cydia-screenshot

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PlainText

App Store

Dropbox text editing.

For editing text on iPad & iPhone. PlainText is a simple text editor with a paper-like user interface. Unlike the default Notes app, PlainText allows you to create and organize your documents in folders and sync everything with Dropbox.com. Requires iOS 3.0+

After trying different note-taking apps like SimpleNote and Evernote, I discovered this beauty a few days ago and it immediately replaced the built-in Notes app for me, both on my iPhone and my iPad. It fit my needs perfectly, and is really simple & beautifully designed. YMMV, but it's free to try.

P.S. Elements is a feature-packed alternative with Markdown support and built-in email, but I'm not sure I need those features and it's $4.99.

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Things

App Store

Task management tool. The todo items can be synced (over wifi) with OS X and iPad versions.

 

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Cheaper alternatives exist, but I haven't regretted buying Things (having used it for almost 2 years). I like the simple yet powerful UI. –  Jonik Aug 27 '10 at 9:52

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