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.
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.
Headset App Makes for an Inexpensive and Handy Alternative Wireless Headset
With the ever-growing list of practical applications for iPhone users that allow your iPhone to become an all-in-one device, sorting out the good from the bad is the only rub.
While you may not have been looking for a way to turn your iPhone into a wireless headset, Shape Services' Headset is an app that does just that.
Typograffit Puts a New Twist on Text
Graffit, LLC, developer of Typograffit, has dubbed its iPhone/iPod touch app a “visual communication toy," and like most toys, it's big fun. Think of one of those crime-caper movie ransom notes composed of letters cut from newspapers and magazines and you get the general idea.
Night Recorder Useful as Sleep Aide, Spy Tool
There are plenty of apps that make voice recordings. But Night Recorder is a unique tool in its ability to record noises in the room not only while it is running but even if your iPhone/iPod touch is on standby.
MusiDash Steers Users to a New Music Player Experience
Is your standard iPod music player running on empty? Check out MusiDash, a creative looking music player that displays in the form of a car dashboard and provides three at-a-glance information readouts.
Mail Notifier: Push Notifications for All Your Email Accounts
I'm always amazed when a new app fits so seamlessly into my routine that it's as if it has always been there. That's the case with Mail Notifier from Enflick. The productivity app provides push notification of email and it works beautifully with Windows Live (Hotmail), AOL, Gmail and any IMAP account.
Doodle Clock - Clock-a-Doodle-do!
Though there are several different clock apps available for iPhone, it’s actually kind of daunting to browse the app store for a useful alarm clock app. At least that has been my experience.
Picto-Mail: Can You See Me Now?
Picto-Mail — Emoji are all the rage, but not everyone has the ability to see the miniature pictograms. Sure there are plenty of apps to unlock emoji on your iPhone, but what about your non-iPhone buddies?