Apps on the iPhone, there are so very many of them - how's a person to find the best ones? We look at a whole lot of them here at ReadWriteWeb and we'd like to share with you some of our favorites we've discovered in the month of February.
Some of us on the team are proud Android users but most of us are still using iPhones. I just discovered how incredibly effective the Genius recommendations on the phone can be, so I've been going nuts downloading new apps. Here are the ones our staff is most excited about this month. A semantic personal assistant, health and fitness apps, some great news apps, location based social networking apps and more are included this month.
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Here are the ten apps we discovered this month and are most excited about.
- Siri - A semantic smart virtual personal assistant, chosen by Frederic Lardinois. "Siri is one of the most ambitious mobile services we have seen in the last few years. Imagine if you could just talk to you phone and tell it to call you a taxi, reserve a table at your favorite restaurant or tell you what the weather in New York City will be like tomorrow," we wrote in our review.
- OboPay - A mobile payment app, chosen by Dana Oshiro. Lots of big companies are putting millions of dollars behind this startup that they believe could be the future of money transfers on the go.
- Google Voice Mobile Web App - An HTML5 mobile web app for Google Voice, chosen by Richard MacManus. When this app launched at the end of January, we ran a poll asking readers if it was good enough to use as a phone. 65% said it was. A month later, Richard still feels that way.
- iFitness - A mobile fitness app, picked by Richard, who wrote 2 weeks ago: "Described as 'a personal trainer for your iPhone,' the app lists over 260 exercises. It has text and photographic instructions for all of those exercises, with video for 100 of them... iFitness features exercise logging and graphing. In addition it has 12 routines for various goals; including weight loss, strength, golf program, and more. The app also allows you to create your own custom workout."
- Data Logger from Pachube - An "Internet of Things" feed tracker, chosen by Richard. Pachube is an open source platform enabling developers to connect sensor data to the Web. We covered it in depth this Fall.
- iWriteWords - A much celebrated app to help kids learn to write, chosen by RWW's Production Editor Abraham Hyatt.
- Gowalla - A design-centric location based social network, chosen by me, Marshall Kirkpatrick. I wrote about Gowalla in depth yesterday. I love it, I just with there were more people in Portland that were using it.
- Etsy Adict - An awesome 3rd party iPhone app for browsing Etsy listings. I love this app! I regularly spend hours strolling through listings for ceramic and fiber arts items. If you're not familiar with the wildly popular site Etsy, check out this coverage of the company. The app is built on top of a Mashery-powered API and (disclosure) Mashery is a sponsor of ReadWriteWeb.
- SitbyUs - A mobile web app I reviewed last week and am really excited to use. It's a seat-level check-in system for SXSW. It will tell you in which rooms and what sections your Twitter friends are sitting, so you can find them after a panel, etc.
- Guardian iPhone App - This daily news app is the best I've ever seen. It's fantastic. It's like $5 but it's worth it, if only to see how they made it. But it's lots of fun to use too. If you like this kind of thing, see also the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) app.
Those are our favorite new iPhone apps, what are yours? Stay tuned for next month's selections.