Reference Apps

When people say the iPhone puts the world in your pocket, they’re talking about Reference apps. For a list of our favorites, check out AppCraver’s Editor Picks of the Best Reference for iPhone and iPad, or read on for breaking news and reviews of reference applications from the App Store.


Buy Google on the App Store

Google Mobile App Lets Users Speak to Search

Google's Mobile App is freakin' awesome. You can search Google's index using only your voice (no buttons to push and no keys to type). It's also location aware so that you can search for places that are in proximity to wherever you happen to be.

Cooliris Adds Tilt and Touch to 3D Web Browsing App

Cooliris Adds Tilt and Touch to 3D Web Browsing App

Cooliris, may change the way you check out media and information on your iPhone. It’s a fresh and edgy application that allows users to search for news and photos on a 3D wall. It’s set up in two different tabs Discover and Search.

bContacts: Not Enough Extras to Merit a High Price Tag

bContacts is an application that is supposed to help users organize business contacts and personal contacts by sorting them into groups and subgroups. Unfortunately, what sounds like a good idea in theory, falls flat.

Buy Emergency Aid on the App Store

1st Response: Emergency Kit is the Perfect Survival App

What can go wrong will go wrong. So it’s a good idea to be prepared. The 1st Response: Emergency Kit is a must-have for those who like to be prepared. It puts as much practical information as possible into your hands for unexpected situations.

Manual for the United States of America

The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust..." — George Washington on leaving office Patriotism and election fever is sweeping the country today.

Buy Whitepages on the App Store

WhitePages App Gives Broad Access to Contact Information — With a Few Extras

The entire White Pages can now fit into the palm of your hand. WhitePages.com delivers a powerful utility app with a seemingly unlimited number of electronic business and residential entries to the iPhone.

Buy Ralph Lauren Collection – Fall 2014/Spring 2015 Fashion Shows on the App Store

Ralph Lauren Fashion House Joins App Branding Game

If you weren’t cool enough to get an invite to the Ralph Lauren show during Fashion week, you’ve got a new way to keep up with the Jones’. Ralph Lauren released its fashion app Ralph Lauren Collection for the iPhone last Friday.

Buy Google Earth on the App Store

Google Earth: A Free Trip Around the World on iPhone, iPod Touch

As of last night the ultimate interactive map and the ultimate interactive phone are now linked. Google Earth is available as a free download for iPhone and iPod Touch. Having Google Earth at your fingertips anytime, anywhere is cool enough.

Buy Election 2016 Map on the App Store

Electoral Map a Toss-Up

Electoral Map is a pretty straightforward application that lets you track the US presidential election with up-to-date polls by state on a map. By clicking on the info button, you can see the underlying data and sort it by state, polling date, and size of lead for either candidate.

Beta Version of BdCraigzList Shows a Promising App

By the looks of a video, which Alan Cook of Vancouver-based Bad Dog Apps has recently sent us, the beta version of his new app BdCraigzList  seems to provide a solid Craigslist tool on the iPhone platform.

Buy Bible+ Maps on the App Store

Amplified Bible for BibleReader - Good but a Bit Expensive!

The Amplified Bible for BibleReader from Oliver Tree Bible Software builds on the company's BibleReader iPhone application ($0.99) to deliver the Amplified version of the Bible for the iPhone.

Buy Congress+ on the App Store

Congress+ is a Great Reference App for Capitol Hill

Congress+ by market research company Cohen Research Group is a great reference app for the politically minded user or for anyone working in US politics like party officials, activists, political professionals or lobbyists. Unlike other apps like Elections or Campaign, Congress+ is a more professional application, which provides information on all members of congress, from their photo, name, title, state and party affiliation to their official bio, their office address, their capitol staff, their committee assignments as well as their website and contact information. Furthermore the user gets to browse campaign news (Google) and use links to campaign websites.

SushiTime brings Colorful Sushi Dictionary to the iPhone

Ever find yourself at a Sushi joint wondering what exactly a specific item on the menu is? It's for this very reason that everybody from seasoned foodies to the newly culinary adventurous will appreciate SushiTime (for the iPod Touch and iPhone). SushiTime acts as a concise reference for sushi related terminology spanning sushi, beverages, appetizers and a hodgepodge of other terms.

Campaign Reflects the Political Divide

Campaign Reflects the Political Divide

Campaign by app developing company Gorloch Interactive is a source of news articles focusing solely on the presidential campaigns of Obama and McCain. Before getting started the user has to provide their political affiliation, choosing either democrat, republican or undecided. This can later be changed in the iPhone settings. Having to make that choice suggests that republicans and democrats require different news sources, which is unfortunate but true.

Buy Elections on the App Store

Elections Needs Improvements to get the Vote

As one of many apps focusing on the 2008 presidential election, Elections shows interesting potential but falls short of being truly useful and informative. Brought to the iPhone by developer Magnificent Library, the app provides lists of candidates for presidential, US congress, gubernatorial and state legislature elections.