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.
Speedtest.net: Need for Speed is Relative When Network Testing
When it comes to bandwidth network speed testing apps like Ookla's Speedtest.net everything is relative. The results you get depend on your distance from the server you're running the test against, the number of people within proximity who are accessing the same network, your service provider and other variables. Two people, standing within feet of each other, running the same app, may not even come up with comparable results.
iHomePage: You Can Go Home Again
In its own way, Timefold's iHomePage, is sort of a Web page design app. The difference between this app and a real Web page designer is that iHomePage is used to replicate a home page — yours, or someone else's — and access elements of that page all from one screen.
Big Browser is Small on Feature Functionality
Full-screen browsers like Big Browser, while not a dime-a-dozen, are plentiful in the App Store. They're all designed to expand the visible content on a Web page by hiding the top and bottom menus.
Ringtone Recorder: Make It Personal
Ringtone Recorder - While the iPhone offers numerous features and customization options, most ringtones (officially-sanctioned ones, at any rate) have been limited to songs purchased in the iTunes store which are enabled to be used as ringtones.
TextFree Unlimited Feels Like A Let Down After The Hype
Pinger, known for its popular iPhone interface, has developed an application that many users are clamoring to message boards and review sites to cheer as another great innovation. Supporting America's pastime, texting, with a contract free, low cost iPhone/iPod utility, TextFree Unlimited gives the user unlimited messages, albiet with limited texting capabilities, at no per message cost.
Google Launches Image Search for iPhone and iPod touch
Google Image Search - Google launched today a new image search results page for iPhone, iPod touch and Android phones in the US, the UK and Japan, according to Leo Ting, software engineer, Google Mobile Search.
Be Discreet About Your Contacts with Hide-A-Caller
I get it. Sometimes people need to be discreet when it comes to the contacts in their iPhones. Hide-a-Caller delivers what it promises: fake aliases for the names you want to hide.
Hide-a-Caller from Smash Software is great in theory, and it is free.
Flower Picker is a Bad Pick
Sometimes you just don't know what type of flowers you should buy for a special occasion. Flower Picker is an iPhone app from Gentav that wants to help you out. Unfortunately, you are probably better off deciding on your own.
Groups: Drag & Drop Contacts is a Smart Way to Manage Your Contacts
Groups: Drag & Drop Contacts Management makes sorting your contacts into groups as easy as a poking a finger into a warm apple pie. This app, from Guided Ways Technologies, does exactly what its name implies.
Most Wanted: "Just The Facts" You Need
Ever since 1988, if I’m home on a Saturday night I’m tracking criminals with America’s Most Wanted. Watching reenactments of crimes, paying close attention to the age enhanced photos and listening to John Walsh describe the details of deviant behavior. For those that hate crime and the people that commit them, what could be better than a show providing information of wanted fugitives and missing children?
Supersize Me - ZumoDrive Sends Your Files into the Cloud
Zecter's Supersize Me - ZumoDrive joins a growing list of file-sharing apps such as Box.net's Box.net and Sharpcast's SugarSync that enable you to store your content in the cloud and download it to your iPhone or iPod touch.
ACTPrinter Virtual Paper: A Must-Have For Every iPhone With a Mac
Have you ever had a document on your computer that you wanted to take with you but didn’t want to waste paper or printer ink on? What did you do? If you had the ACTPrinter Virtual Paper app for your iPhone or iPod touch, you sent the document from your Mac to your phone and you were on your way.
dB Provides Measured Innovation
dB - For those of you that love things that help you chronicle all facets of your life, Faber Acoustical has developed a uniquely original application that deserves your attention. In the age of Web 2.0 and countless social network platforms out there, dB provides an interesting approach to enable us to tell the stories of our lives.
iSurvive Loses Itself in a Wilderness of Words
I wanted to like iSurvive Wilderness but in the end, it lost me. North New Orleans Blade Works' app aims to be a pocket survival guide for anyone who might lose their way in the wilds and need to find food, start a fire, navigate, perform first aid and do all the other things they teach you to do in Boy Scouts.
WeatherCyclopedia Is a Nearly Perfect Storm of Information
If you're a weather dweeb like I am, WeatherCyclopedia will send you sky high. Telemet, the developer, bills this app as "The Most Comprehensive Weather Encyclopedia Under the Sun," and I believe it.