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December 20, 2009 1:22 PM

The Essential iPhone App Collection For The New Media Professional

iPhone apps all all the rage, but which are the best iPhone apps for the New Media Professional?

Here is a fairly comprehensive list of great iPhone apps (broken down into categories and then alphabetized). Please note that all of these apps are free (unless marked otherwise). I also asked my Twitter community which apps they use, and it came back with the "usual suspects" (with some discrepancies when it comes to Twitter on the iPhone).

News & Information:

  • All Things Digital. The Wall Street Journal's Digital Network.
  • Huffington Post.
  • InstaPaper. Save web pages and documents online and read them via InstaPaper.
  • The New York Times.
  • TED. Inspiring talks and great gymnastics for your brain when the music runs dry.
  • Wikipedia.
  • Yelp! Great recommendations for social activities (hotels, restaurants, bars and more). Try out the "Monocle" option (awesome augmented reality).

Online Social Networking:

  • Facebook. 'Nuff said.
  • Foursqaure.
  • FriendFeed.
  • LinkedIn.
  • Tweetie. ($2.99) Great little Twitter app. TweetDeck for the iPhone is also very impressive. Other recommended Simplytweet, Twitterlater Pro, Hootsuite, and a few others.


  • AroundMe. This app helps you find banks, bars, gas stations and more that are in your vicinity.
  • Battery Master. The Achilles heel of the iPhone is the battery (simply not enough juice). This app gives you a pretty good idea of how much time you have left.
  • Dropbox. Organize and grab files that can be transferred from your hard drive to the cloud and then to your iPhone.
  • Evernote. For all of your note-taking needs.
  • Google. Get access to your Gmail, Calendar, Google Docs, and more. But, more importantly, you now have Google Reader (all of your RSS feeds) at your fingertips and synced with to your desktop version.
  • Quickmark. Uses the camera to grab bar codes and then provides full information on the product.
  • Skype. Can't go wrong with Skype on your iPhone.
  • Stanza. Great little e-reader for the iPhone.
  • Weather Eye. Courtesy of the people at the Weather Network. If you travel a lot, this app will let you know everything you need to know about the conditions.

What's missing? What would you add to this list?

By Mitch Joel