What's the best app on your iPhone

Useful basic app equipment for the iPhone

The mobile operating system Symbian proves that the functional expansion through apps is nothing entirely new. Many years ago, users installed additional programs, long before Apple kicked off the app hype. Even on Windows Mobile, it was perfectly normal to install applications to avoid the flaws of the operating system. Task managers for terminating crashed programs are explicitly mentioned here.

The App Store for the iPhone made buying and installing smartphone applications particularly easy and ultimately helped the app concept and the system behind it achieve a breakthrough. And that although the Apple marketplace works completely differently than on other platforms. Apple itself puts the thumbscrews very tight for third-party developers and invokes its self-written house rules, known as the App Store Review Guidelines, to keep unpleasant software out of its own ecosystem.

The most exciting software products for the iPhone are not available in the normal app store, but have to be downloaded as jailbreak apps from the shadow marketplace Cydia.

In summary, it can be said that Apple was able to celebrate great success with its App Store.

These apps belong on every iPhone

So what criteria did we use to select our basic app configuration for the iPhone? First and foremost, it's about apps that are superior - or lacking - to the applications preinstalled by Apple. Reasons for this can be Apple's own design ideas, which do not always work to the benefit of the end user. Other candidates for the basic app configuration are so useful and fit so well into the overall concept of a modern smartphone that you won't want to be without them after a short time. Apple's own apps that are not preinstalled can also be found here. So here are the apps we have suggested that should not be missing on any iPhone.

  1. Find my iPhone
    A lost smartphone is not always just annoying. By linking address data, calendar information and email histories, a large number of sensitive data threatens to fall into the wrong hands. To locate, lock or remotely wipe devices, Apple offers the free "Find my iPhone" app.
  2. Find my friends
    With the "Find my friends" app offered by Apple itself, contacts can be displayed where they are currently. So friends can always be located on the map. The app is useful, for example, when several people want to meet in a crowd.
  3. Google Maps
    The satellite view can optionally be shown in the map display. In addition, the traffic situation and public transport can be displayed. If you tap on "Google Earth" in the options, you will see the current position displayed there.
  4. Shipowner
    With the shipowner for the iPhone, the developer has succeeded in creating an impressive Google reader client. The iPhone app is fed directly from the Google service and easily synchronizes all read and marked entries.
  5. IM +
    For 7.99 euros, the developers of IM + are offering a complete package that can be connected to a number of popular instant messaging services. Photos, videos and texts can thus be exchanged between call participants and SMS / MMS costs saved. IM + also supports Skype. Calls can even be recorded and listened to as a voice message. Thanks to the integrated browser, you don't need to leave the app if you ever receive a link. You will stay online for up to seven days in all registered networks and will be informed of new messages via push notifications.
  6. Skype
    The official Skype app offers practically all of the features that have made the VoIP network so popular. This includes the instant messenger function, as well as free IP telephony to all other Skype participants. Due to the spread, the Skype app is more than a practical alternative to Apple's own technology "FaceTime". Since version 4.1.2, Skype also supports the 4-inch display of the iPhone 5.
  7. weather.info
    The free iPhone app wetter.info offers advertising-financed weather information for Germany. In addition to standard information such as the weather forecast for the next few days and the respective maximum daily temperatures, wetter.info also shows interesting additional information such as animated weather maps or a constantly updated rain radar. Current weather reports are also available as video. The free offer is definitely worth a look. Only the advertisements could be perceived as annoying.
  8. iCab Mobile
    Cab Mobile is an alternative browser for Safari and surpasses the standard browser of the iPhone in its functionality. For example, iCab Mobile fills out forms with the integrated form manager, which is a great relief, especially on the iPhone. All in all, iCab Mobile is a very good browser and a real alternative to Safari. Since it is a universal binary for iPhone and iPad, the purchase is very easy for owners of both devices.
  9. Flashlight
    Flashlight uses the iPhone 4's LED light as a flashlight. In older devices, the display is used for ambient lighting. The many options in terms of color and flashing frequency also give the iPhone app a certain depth.
  10. Instapaper
    Every day, more messages hit us than we can actually read. Instapaper is an auxiliary tool that can be used to mark interesting articles for later reading. For this, the user simply integrates the personal Instapaper bookmarklet or uses one of the many compatible iPhone apps. The Instapaper app itself is used to read the reserved Internet pages. To do this, the application downloads messages for offline reading. Comfort functions such as night mode or the preparation and concentration on the pure text elements of each page make Instapaper also useful.
  11. ON AIR
    The ON AIR app shows the current TV program very clearly. The stations can be easily set and sorted. At a glance you can see what's going on. A tip on a program shows the relevant information. A reminder function can also be set for broadcasts, then the iPhone reminds you via push message that the TV report is now starting.

Most of the programs are free offers or lite versions. But you shouldn't reflexively shy away from paid apps either. Many good applications are available from 79 cents.