I love my iPhone. I never thought I would be one for giving in to modern technology. I always thought that if my old Nokia could take and receive calls and text, that's all I would ever need. It didn't even need to be in colour or have real sounding ringtones. I was happy enough 3 years ago. Until I was convinced in to getting an iPhone.
I say 'convinced' because I was absolutely unsure about it until it was in my hot little hands. I didn't want to join the club or follow a trend.
But boy oh boy, am I glad I did.
I have to say, life is complete for me now. I don't get lost anymore because I have iPhone maps, not a silly street directory that I'm not reading correctly because it's pointing in the wrong direction. I can calculate anything I want, at anytime. So if for example I want to know how many years it would take me to get a life, I could do that. I have up to date weather so I know if I need to take an umbrella to work, and if I were ever interested in stocks, I could use that too.
And if that hasn't convinced you to get an iPhone and be 100% awesome everyday like me now, these apps will. They're free, and they've saved me from many a dull train ride.
Action Movie FX
Action Movie lets you add Hollywood effects to any scene in your life. Just point your camera towards something, such as your partner or boss's desk and record. You can then add effects like missile's, tumbling cars and large rocks that will shoot in to the shot and blow up or crush whatever you're filming.
It's honesly endless amounts of fun, and a good way to vent when you're not so happy with someone.
I have been waiting to update my iPhone just so that I could get this app. I'd heard so many good reviews about it, and once installed I couldn't have been happier with it.
Nike Training Club is like your own personal trainer. It has 85 custom-built workouts depending on what you want to do, be it getting lean, toned, strong, or all of the above.
There are detailed instructions and audio support for each workout, and you can even set it to your own music. So as the timer counts down, you are instructed what to do throughout your 30 or 45 minute workout.
It's seriously simple to use, and seriously awesome. You can even unlock exclusive celebrity workouts.
If you're like me, you like a good holiday. And if you're also like me, you like a cheap holiday. So it really does pay to get this app.
Skyscanner compares millions of flights on over 600 airlines all around the world, and finds you the cheapest deal, on the cheapest dates. All that's left to do then is buy your ticket, directly off the app or it will direct you online. Then, adios.
Triple j Unearthed
If you're a fan of great new music that's free, you'll love this app. With it, you get 53,000 new Australian tracks in a range of genres to listen to, updated weekly.
If you shake your phone, it will bring up a random selection for you to listen to, or you can listen by genre.
Hitting the roads is no fun if you don't know how far you've gone, and tracking watches can be a little pricey. If you agree, it's people like you that will love the free Runkeeper App, which uses the phones GPS technology to track your distance.
The great thing about this app is that you are constantly updated on how far you've gone, your heart rate and average pace. You can listen to your iPod throughout the workout, and share your activity with others should you wish to boast.
"I'll Shazam it" had to be my most used phrase of 2011, following my 2010 favourite "I'll Google it".
Shazam allows you to hold your phone up to any song, which will then identify it by title and artist. It will even link you to the iTunes page where you can then download the track. Perfect for those annoying moments where you simply can't remember the name of a tune.
One of my all time favourites, Instagram is the perfect way to share lovely looking photos. The filtered effects make any photo taken look like it's spent an hour in Photoshop, which you can then share and stream with friends and family.
All of these apps can be found by searching the name in the apps Store on your iPhone. I have an iPhone 3Gs, but if you update to the latest software via iTunes, you'll be able to get any of these Apps. You don't need the newest iPhone.
Oh I have so many more, there may have to be a part two to this article. What are your favourite free iPhone apps? Comment below.
I loved these apps, thanks. I love the idea of Shazam, but the only trouble I found was that it picked up all the American songs no trouble, but I tried 6 different songs by Aussie artists and it didn't get any of them, bummer!!