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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
YouVersion's Bible - The Truth will Set you Free!
Other than the App Store, the only other place I have seen more Bibles for sales is my local Christian bookstore! The Bible is by far the best selling book of all time (over 6 billion copies in more than 2000 languages) so at some level perhaps it makes sense that there are over 30 Bible applications available on the App Store ranging from free to a pricey $28.99.
Trulia Real Estate Search - Launching Early and Often!
Are you looking to buy or rent a house? Perhaps instead of searching online, you would rather whip out your trusty iPhone and simply click "Find Homes Nearby"? That's the basic idea behind Trulia Real Estate Search.
Wikipanion is the Top App on iTunes
The top app on the iPhone is a search app, and it's not Google. Wikipanion is a simple, clean version of Wikipedia for the iPhone; and its also very popular - more so than any free game, and more so than the king of search, Google.
PocketPedia is a cool little app for saving collections of books
PocketPedia is an app that allows you to search for books (or cds) on Amazon, and then store the results in folders. So, for example, you can create list of "cook books" and then include all your favorite cookbooks.