The iPhone Apps Everyone Should Have May 2011

The iPhone Apps Everyone Should Have May 2011

The end of the month is here, and that means it’s time to do a little housekeeping on our list of the absolute best iPhone apps. Who will be inducted? Who will unceremoniously get the boot?


Shine: Shine is a beautiful weather app that doesn’t overcomplicate itself like so many others. Think of it as a slightly more detailed version of Apple’s never-been-updated weather app with the same ease of use. $1.19.[imgclear]

Super 8: A super fun, full-featured and free vintage video camera app. Not only does it let you shoot video (with either camera), you can change effects and filters by swiping across the camera case in mock fashion and play the video by pulling down a projector screen. You can even add flickering and scratching film. So cool and so free. Free.[imgclear]

Leafsnap: Leafsnap is the smartphone user’s secret weapon to a more meaningful relationship with trees. It’s incredibly simple and strangely addictive: find a tree, grab a leaf, snap a picture. The app scans its outline – parsing criteria like smooth or jagged edges, single- or many-lobed – and tells you what tree it thinks it came from. It’s similar to the “whoa! this is the future” feeling you get when you deposit a check via smartphone. Free.[imgclear]

Hound: Hound is a voice recognition app that’s essentially a really, really good music-specific search engine. You speak an artist’s name or song title into the app and it’ll pop out all the stuff you want to know. The voice recognition part of Hound is great-it’s the future!-but the detailed results of Hound is what will keep it on your phone. Free.[imgclear]



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