Lifestyle Apps

Life is beautiful — when you know which iphone apps to use. For a list of our favorites, check out AppCraver’s Editor Picks for Best Lifestyle Apps for iPhone and iPad, or read on for current news and reviews of apps from the Lifestyle section of the iOS App Store.

Check Your Sources for Your Next Read

If you're an avid reader and you buy most of your books from, you'll like Next Read from Square Wheel Software. What Next Read aims to do is make it easy for you to keep track of books you might like to read, whether recommended to you by a friend or discovered while browsing a book store.

Buy Electric Smoke on the App Store

Even Real Smoking Would Be Better than Electric Smoking

Do you enjoy smoking cigarettes but are bothered by the whole lung cancer thing? Nico Becherer's Electric Smoke app is a realistic-looking cigarette or cigar that you can "smoke" by inhaling through the iPhone's microphone.

Buy HappyHour on the App Store

HappyHour Tastes Great, More Filling

With more than 9,000 drink recipes, HappyHour has to be the largest database of drink recipes available in one iPhone app. Of course quantity isn't everything, there's more to making a good cocktail app than stuffing it full of recipes.

Blow Your Mind with Brain Waves

Blow Your Mind with Brain Waves

Your mind is a terrible thing to waste. Your money is a terrible thing to waste. When you waste both at the same time, you're really a loser. I know this from experience. The App Store features several apps that pump binaural audio waves into your head that supposedly will help you self hypnotize, feel weightless, get high, meditate, sleep and go crazy (seriously).

Buy Gratitude Journal ~ the original! on the App Store

Gratitude Journal Gives Back

Most people are generally too busy to stop and smell the roses. Well why make time when you have that help you smell them so to speak? Gratitude Journal is a convenient way to remind ourselves about what we should be thankful for each day. Users merely tap several things they are thankful for directly into the application, listing each thought as a different entry.

Buy Allrecipes Dinner Spinner on the App Store

Allrecipes Is For People Who Like to Play With Their Food

My wife uses the Allrecipes Web site as her go-to source when she's looking for something new to cook. Me, I just keep everything in my head and prepare meals using whatever is available in the kitchen.

CraigSearch Lacks, But Gets The Job Done

CraigSearch by PheedYou, Inc. is another app with the sole purpose of searching the popular online market place I recently reviewed the app CraigsMobileList which basically performs the same task of searching craigslist.

Wired Product Reviews: Does Just That

Wired Product Reviews by CondeNet (the company behind Wired Magazine) is a simple and creatively designed app for the iPhone and iPod touch. If you are a fan of gadgets and gizmos and like to keep up with the latest products this is a must have app.

CraigsMobileList Searches Craigslist with Style

CraigsMobileList by Mobile Simplicity lets you search craigslist with ease. If you haven’t heard of, then go check it out. It’s a great resource for finding & selling just about anything.

Buy iSki on the App Store

i-Ski: Find The Best Times To Ski

It's always important to find out what the conditions are like at the mountain where you plan on skiing or snowboarding. There is no easier way to do that than on your iPhone. At anytime and in any place iSki makes that happen for you.

Buy MyChristmas on the App Store

MyChristmas Will Fill You With Holiday Cheer — and a Buffet of Mini Games

MyChristmas is an all in one holiday app by Talee Talee and it has everything that you need to make your holiday bright. This app is jam packed with whatever you are going to need to take you through Christmas right into the New Year.

Buy Dog Whistle on the App Store

You Can't Teach Any Dog New Tricks with Wawa's Dog Whistle

Here I am, putting Wawa Mobile's Dog Whistle app to the test. I was tapped for the job because the boss knows I have three dogs. According to Wawa, I can use Dog Whistle to train my dogs to do as I command and even condition them Pavlovian-like not to bark when someone comes to my front door.

Buy Amazon App on the App Store

Amazon Mobile Remembers So You Don't Have To is one of the first places I check whenever I'm intent on buying something (forget about the part that I often buy stuff I don't need). I go to Amazon to research products, read personalized recommendations and the always-interesting customer reviews.

Zagat To Go '09 Is No Go for Gourments and Gourmands

Zagat is one of the top reviewers of places "to eat, drink, stay and play," as the rating service likes to say. To get a high rating from Zagat is like getting the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

Buy OpenTable on the App Store

Step This Way, Your OpenTable is Ready

OpenTable claims to be the world's most popular instant restaurant reservation system, and with 8,500 participating restaurants and growing, it would be difficult to prove otherwise. The company's Web site, which is free to register and use, enables diners to locate restaurants, find out whether the restaurant has seating available, book a table and manage their upcoming reservations.