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.
GoodGuide Fills Consumer Information Gap
GoodGuide is a new addition to the app store that marries truly useful information with its perfect match, the mobile platform. This is one of those apps that provides a solution many consumers have been waiting for — a comprehensive guide to the health, environmental and social impacts of everyday products like shampoo, cleaning products, sun screen, or medicine.
GoodRec Focuses Recommendations by Highlighting Friends
Geo-location applications are cool when then they are simple, easy to use and don’t feel overdone. Goodrec is one of those apps. Goodrec offers recommendations on books, movies, wine, bars and restaurants.
Big Oven delivers 250,000 Recipes in Free App
If you like to cook, you might want to check out the free app from "Big Oven" an interactive Recipe site which boasts over 250,000 recipes. The Big Oven iPhone App, which allows you to create and upload your own recipes as well as tap into the recipe database stands out mainly by the sheer amount of content, and not necessarily the quality.
Slifter - The Bargain Hunter
Slifter is the first iPhone shopping app that provides local retail product searches. Developer GPShopper came out with this user-friendly tool, listing over 350 million products in more than 200.000 stores across the US.
Style.com is the Real Deal for Fashionistas
The designers are top notch, the photos are drool-worthy, the news is juicy. What more can a devoted follower in the Cult of Style want? The app is extremely intuitive to use. Choose a section — new shows, all shows or couture — choose a designer, then swipe to view the collection.
Threads is Great for Viewing T-shirt Art from Threadless
Do you love Mondays because you know it's the day that Threadless releases new t-shirt designs? Then you need to check out Threads, the free app from Ian Marsh for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Threads is a mini-gallery to showcase the weekly t-shirt designs at our favorite cotton and silkscreen retailer.
ColorSutra: Color Matching 101
ColorSutra claims to take the guesswork out of "matching colors" so the idea of using my iPhone (with its built-in camera) as an color matcher was a compelling one! After downloading the application ($1.99), I decided to reach out to ColorSutra's developer, Alex Rybkin, to find out what the application really did and how it worked.
Chanel - the iPhone Fix for Fashionistas
The Chanel Haute Couture Show for fall/winter of 2008/9 will be welcomed by the Sex and the City fanbase as well as other fashionistas but it promises more than it delivers. I was expecting to see the entire show but the video of the label's fall/winter show in Paris only offers a one-minute trailer, showing only six designs as well as head designer Karl Lagerfeld at the end. So for anyone who wants to see the spectacle of the entire show this might might be a slight let-down but since this app is free there is no risk involved.
BlackBook is the Definitive Hip Urban Guide
There are several good restaurant review apps in the AppStore (my personal favorite is UrbanSpoon), but they all suffer from clutter - the hip, trendy sushi spot that you really want to go to is listed right next to the neighborhood Jack in the Box.
Who is Hot?
"Who is Hot?” takes awkward silences to a new level.
The app basically takes your contact list and tells you where the source of the phone number originated and then grabs the current weather situation and puts that next to the contact name, phone number and city.
Yelp Needs Help
As a web service, Yelp is pretty good. Want to find a good thai restaurant in the mission district of San Francisco? Yelp recommends Racha Thai, with a rating of four stars and 32 reviews. How about the best burger in Boston?
Ebay Mobile is a Good App for Auction Addicts
I am not a massive eBay user; but I can recognize a good app version of a website when I see one, and the eBay app fits the bill.
Free, slim and efficient; the app allows you to quickly monitor and bid in all your auctions.
Wine Log is hardly worth the $2.99
Wine Log by Byte Plan is an app for wine-lovers (such as myself), who want a clean app to keep track of their wine tastings. The problem with the app, though, is it forces you to do everything yourself, so its really just a notepad masquarading as a wine application.