5 Useful Apps for the Newcomer to the iPhone World

There are really only two types of people in this world: those that like the Apple platform in all of its flavors, and those that don’t. If you’re not really a big Apple person, then you might want to find another guide. Hey, those Android phones are nice and who can knock the BlackBerry? However, around here we’re pretty Team Apple, and we really like it that way. If you’re not sure how to get started with your shiny new iPhone, we are definitely the right people to ask.

Now, when it comes down to usefulness, we admit that everyone’s going to have a different definition. We like ours: whatever helps us make our day a little brighter, a little more cheerful, and a lot more fun. That can be silly things, or really productive things. Hey, all work and no play, right?

So below is a list of 5 great iPhone apps for newcomers. Now, we already know that some of you are going to have strong opinions once we post the list. That’s OK — just make sure that you sound off in the comments with the apps that didn’t make the list. If there’s something that’s really amazing, we want all of our readers to benefit from it. If you don’t have anything new, then let this list just be your guide — the rest will fall into place from there!

1. LED-Flashlight

Now, it might sound silly to start the list with something as small as a flashlight program, but admit it: you’ve used your phone as a flashlight before. This is just an app that makes that process a lot easier. Instead of trying to deal with the backlight, you can actually use the camera flash as your flashlight to end all flashlights. It’s going to chomp through some battery life, but why would you really care about that? It’s a flashlight; it goes without saying it’s not going to be battery friendly!

2. AroundMe

This is a very neat, very visual app that shows you anything of interest around you. It’s another marriage of mapping technology, camera technology, and GPS, but it’s pretty and the comments can help you sift out the good from the bad. Definitely wroth checking out.

3. InstaPaper

InstaPaper turns everything you read online into its own little collection to be savored for later. If you’re someone that can’t be online without checking out the news, then this is something that you will definitely want to look more into. Some people have compared it to turning the entire Web into your own personal library, which is never a bad idea.

4. RedLaser

Who says that online shopping is always the best way to go? Retailers are starting to get savvy about competing with online retail zones, which means that there are more deals to be had. The way RedLaser works is pretty straightforward: you scan the barcode with the camera on the iPhone, then the app compares the product with exact matches online. That way you can really see if you’re getting a deal — or if it would be better to look online until you find that you were really looking for.

5. Siri

Imagine having a personal assistant with you around the clock — yes, even at 3am! This is the premise behind Siri, and it’s a premise that’s so good it led to Apple actually buying the app. Now that’s one heck of an application! You can have Siri remember appointments and also search for locations that you might need to stage an event or just meet up with that important client for coffee.

Of course, we could have listed a lot more apps — which ones can YOU not live without? Again, sound off in the comments!

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