From alarm clocks to flashlights, utilities are some of the most useful apps in the App Store. For a list of our favorites, check out AppCraver’s Editor Picks of the Best Utilities for iPhone and iPad, or read on for breaking news and reviews of utility applications from the App Store.
Group Messaging with Top Utility SMS
If you’re convinced text messaging is the best way to communicate with friends, family, and even co-workers, then having a utility app that manages your messages may be useful. SMS management is the purpose behind Top Utility SMS for iPhone, a messaging app that incorporates groups, favorites, and GPS location into the iPhone’s messaging capabilities.
Access Your Computer Anywhere With Remote Desktop Apps for iPhone and iPad
This article has been updated for 2011 with even more of the best apps for turning your iOS device into a remote desktop client. Originally written with the idea of using the iPhone for remote access, most of the features in these applications apply equally to iPod touch and iPad devices.
RoomRuler! Gives a Little Room Re-Do Assistance
RoomRuler! is an app with a nifty concept that could come in handy when decorating a room. Basically, the app is designed to let users take photos and then it applies a built-in algorithm to calculate the approximate dimensions of a room.
Measure Faraway Objects with SpectaRuler
SpectaRuler is a very clever utility that allows the user to measure the distance, height, and elevation of objects. How is this possible without actually walking up to the object with a massive tape measure?
Get Basic Device Info with System Manager
System Manager for iPhone is an inexpensive app that provides information about your device’s use that you can’t get in any native application—specific information about memory use, disk space, battery life, and device identification.
Battery Boost Magic App is an Essential iPhone Maintenance Utility
Do you need Battery Boost Magic?
Stop reading this review if:
you don't care how much time you have left to talk on your iPhone, play videos or audios, or surf the Web;
you really don't mind if your iPhone or iPad battery doesn't get fully charged;
a smudgy screen doesn't bother you much; and
you don't think there's a point to preserving your battery life.
Ringtone Designer Pro: Create Unlimited Ringtones for Your iPhone
Ringtone Designer Pro — The ringtone on your iPhone says a lot about you. Choose the wrong ringtone and your otherwise hip iPhone will become a loud label announcing your inner geek. Unfortunately, sometimes, the only way to get the perfect snippet of sound is to create your own ringtone.
Alarm Clock Pro Works Like a Charm
Amongst my favorite apps for iPhone are the truly purposeful ones that render the iPhone a convenient multi-purpose device. Granted, a good many practical utilities come as default installations but the free and paid alternatives for some of them offer a few better features.
Control Your PC with Jumi Mouse
JumiMouse Plus enables near total control of your PC. For Windows machines a user can control the mouse, enter text, or take over other programs.
JumiMouse works well at working as a touch-mouse remote for a computer, which is an ideal way to control things such as media playback or simple scrolling.
Earthquake Preparedness With iPhone and Quake SOS
Though I’ve seen a pretty wide variety of iPhone apps in every category and admittedly don’t know all of them by a long shot, Quake SOS is the first app I’ve seen that is designed for use in a natural disaster emergency.
HippoRemote Turns iPhone into Multitouch Mouse
With HippoRemote Pro, your iPhone controls your computer like a wireless mouse and keyboard. There are other remote control apps, but this is the best.
Vopium Offers Limited Phone Experience
Vopium is one of a group of apps that uses a Wi-Fi connection to make and receive phone calls and text messages. It is a good concept—the more one can avoid AT&T's spotty network, the better.
iTOT - The Innovative Time-Out Timer
Designed for parents, iTOT – The Innovative Time-Out Timer is an iPhone application meant to turn your phone into a time-out aid. A fairly decent concept, iTOT features some good ideas in terms of design, but unfortunately the execution is a bit lacking.
Get a Free Insurance Discount Code with Insure Me
Insure Me is an app aimed at helping people find iPhone insurance at a special discounted rate to guard against theft and damage. While theft and damage are both real possibilities for iPhone users, there is such a thing as handset replacement insurance available through your wireless carrier.
With Palette.able, Your iPhone Becomes Your Color Consultant
For those who are design and style-conscious, but may have difficulty with the rules of color, Palette.able gives iPhone users color compatibility guidance at your fingertips. More than just a color wheel, Palette.able is a color compatibility app that allows users to select and compare two colors at a time, breaking down their compatibility into percentages.