Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders

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With over 50,000 iPhone apps to choose from, there's a mind-boggling number of ways to make your favorite device do just about anything you can imagine — and almost certainly a few things you would never think of. While it's not hard to find apps for your iPhone or iPod Touch, it's frustratingly difficult to find the best ones.

Best iPhone Apps guides the way, shining the light on over 200 gee-whiz apps that delight, empower, and entertain. Author Josh Clark stress-tested ...

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Overview

With over 50,000 iPhone apps to choose from, there's a mind-boggling number of ways to make your favorite device do just about anything you can imagine — and almost certainly a few things you would never think of. While it's not hard to find apps for your iPhone or iPod Touch, it's frustratingly difficult to find the best ones.

Best iPhone Apps guides the way, shining the light on over 200 gee-whiz apps that delight, empower, and entertain. Author Josh Clark stress-tested thousands of titles from the App Store emporium to hand-pick apps that will make the biggest difference in every aspect of your life: at work, on the town, at play, at home, and on the road.

Capitalize on your time with genius productivity apps, or fritter it away with deliriously fun games. However you use your iPhone or iPod Touch, Best iPhone Apps shows you how to unlock its full potential and make the most of your glossy gadget.

Apps to Help You:

  • Get stuff done
  • Connect with friends
  • Play games
  • Juggle documents
  • Explore what's nearby
  • Get in shape
  • Travel the world
  • Find new music
  • Dine out
  • Manage your money ...and much more!
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...a good guide to a new iPhone user or one who hasn’t yet jumped into the App Store with both feet.

— Ross Rojek,

Mark Frauenfelder
I had a blast browsing through this full-color, 228-page book about the very best iPhone applications.

— Mark Frauenfelder,

Ross Rojek
...a good guide to a new iPhone user or one who hasn’t yet jumped into the App Store with both feet.

— Ross Rojek,

Gregg Ellman
A great help to sort through this iPhone app phenomena...

— Gregg Ellman,

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596804275
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 6.04 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh Clark is a writer, designer, and developer who helps creative people get clear of technical hassle to share their ideas with the world. When he's not writing about clever design and humane software, he's building it. Josh is the creator of Big Medium, friendly software that actually makes it fun to manage a Web site and he's the author of iWork '09: The Missing Manual. In a previous life, Josh worked on a slew of national PBS programs at Boston's WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. Now Josh makes words and spins code at his hypertext laboratory globalmoxie.com in Paris, France, where he lives with his wife Ellen.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Suzie Housley, Midwest Book Review

    With the invention of the iPhone a new era in the technology world emerged. An iPhone is not a simple device that allows a person to make a call. Instead, this invention enables a user to discover new and exciting applications that can help simplify their life.

    With over a thousand applications to choose from, a new user can quickly become overwhelmed at what to select to download for their phone. With Josh Clark's Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders he has conducted in-depth research that was needed to reveal the best applications that Apple has to offer.

    The book is broken down into seven different categories that include:

    -At Work

    -On the Town

    -At Leisure

    -At Play

    -At Home

    -On the Road

    -For Your Health

    Each section highlights the best iPhone applications that relate to the topic. What I found impressive was each application listed the price and a short summary of its strengths. This book explored both free and paid applications. It allowed the reader to compare what they would receive from a paid to a free application.

    Being a new owner of an iPhone, I was so impressed with this book. It offered me the knowledge I needed to get the most out of my phone. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is new to the iPhone or iPod Touch. The wealth of information contained in this one book is invaluable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Great Little Book

    I find this book very handy when it comes to looking up quickly for an app! When you don't have the time to research via your computer the iTunes/Apple Store for apps. This books provides quick reviews of great apps that you can pick from quickly.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

    Good overview of available Apps

    This is a nice survey of apps available. It does a good job of describing how the selected apps work (nice because some are weak on Users Manuals).

    The app store changes so quickly, that any publication is necessarily out of date. This app selection is subject to obsolescence, but never the less is helpful in showing what was best in field at a fairly recent point in time and gives a good indication of what to look for currently.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    Great for New iPhone Users

    Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders

    With well over 56,000 apps of this writing, the iTunes app store can be intimidating. There are just so many apps out there one doesn't really know where to begin. Staring with the top 10 or top 25 is a great place to look, but too often the gems are buried in the middle and nearly impossible to find in that stack of 56,000 apps. Even if you just stick to the top apps, you don't get manuals or easy instructions with them, making purchasing apps that much more of a frustrating experience.

    "Best iPhone Apps" fixes both problems. Author Clark has a good mix of popular apps such as Yelp and Facebook, but also includes some off-the-wall ones such as What The Font which helps you identify a particular font using your camera. Each app receives one dedicated page of explanation and a screen shot - which is a heck of a lot more than iTunes or many developers provide. Additionally, there have been some more expensive popular apps I've been afraid to purchase because there are no demos in the App store (a fatal flaw in my opinion). An example of this is Jaadu VNC. This $24.99 app sounds great, but does it work? I bought it and couldn't quite figure it out until I read this book.

    Unfortunately, while the book is iPhone 3.0 aware, it was published before iPhone 3.0 software and the iPhone 3GS came out, so some of the information is slightly dated. Nonetheless, the apps that are great now will continue to be great. This book is perfect for a non-technical new iPhone or iPod Touch user who isn't quite sure where to begin. A vast majority of the apps listed in the book are free or low-cost so there is little risk in trying and exploring these apps.

    Overall this book is perfect for a new iPhone user or a more experienced user who wants to take the time to learn about some new apps

    Pros: Covers a wide variety of apps in depth
    Cons: Quickly will become outdated

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