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.
Gesture Dial: Speedy Dialing, Emailing and Texting with a Flick of the Finger
It's hard to imagine that something as simple as an app that speeds your dialing, emailing and texting could be fun, but that's what Smallrock Software's Gesture Dial is.
Here's how it works: Assign a unique gesture — by swiping your iPhone's screen — to each person in your contacts list.
Smart Dial Streamlines Calling Contacts
Gary Fung's Smart Dial is yet another take on the many different ways you can dial telephone numbers stored on your iPhone.
Smart Dial is as streamlined as they come. Instead of scrolling through your contacts list to find the name of the person you wish to call, launch Smart Dial and start spelling out his or her name using the number keypad.
Boingo Wi-Fi Takes You Wherever You Want to Go
Boingo Wi-Fi makes it easy for you to set up a wireless account for your iPhone and then log into any hot spot on the ubiquitous Boingo Wi-Fi network.
The monthly fee is $7.95 for unlimited access and when you sign up using Boingo, the first month is free.
Compass Free is Probably Lost on Most People
There's not much you can say about Masayuki Akamatsu's Compass Free because it just doesn't do much. Actually, it doesn't do anything. Launch the app and you get an image of a compass with a shaded area that runs from the edge of the screen to the center of the compass.
iCodeRed is Like Having John Wayne in Your Pocket
iCodeRed - Planning on going skiing this winter and worried that you might get buried in an avalanche? What if you're worried that you'll fall and can't get up? What if you're just someone who worries a lot?
iNetwork Speed Test for Network Nutters
Are you a network nut? You know, a person who constantly wonders how fast his or her network connections are? Do you have bookmarked two or three sites where you regularly go to check your bandwidth?
Connect from Crowded Road Hits and Misses
Connect - Having to make a telephone call to some couldn't-care-less corporate entity makes me think of poor old Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day, forced to relive each day over and over. Hell is not other people; hell is having to find a real live person to talk to at a ginormous company.
WiFinder Gives You the 411 On Wireless Networks
(Editor's Note: Unfortunately, due to Apple's policy on WiFi finders this item is no longer available in the App Store.)
Lars Bergstrom's WiFinder is one of those things you don't know you need until you start using it.
vlingo Takes Voice-Recognition Mobility to the Next Level
vlingo, the company, has just released vlingo, the iPhone app, which is similar in concept to the fast-rising Google Mobile app. Like Google's app, vlingo makes it possible for iPhone owners to vocally enter search terms into Google.
Quickoffice's MobileFiles Provides Fast Access to MobileMe's iDisk
Editor's Note: MobileFiles has been replaced by Quickoffice Lite.
Quickoffice, which built its reputation on developing office suite apps for the Nokia S60, Symbian and Palm OS platforms, has now put itself on the iPhone.
iTimeZone Keeps Your Head Straight
iTimeZone - You are scheduling a teleconference for 10:00am with your colleagues in New York, London and Tokyo. But what time will it be at their offices? Will anyone be in?
To solve this dilemma usually takes figuring out the time difference for each of these cities separately.
Master Your iPhone Keyboard With iType
Whether you are a typo-prone fumbler like most of us or a shining iPhone prodigy like some precious few, iType has just what you need to respectively hone or prove your skills. New from iggyGames, the makers of Chess Puzzles, iType is two games in one free application: Word Speed and Word Attack.
Use Searchme: to Flip Through Web Pages Like iPod CD Covers
Searchme:, developed by Searchme: is one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" kinds of apps. It's an innovative approach to Web searching that is optimized for the iPhone. And it's cool beans.
AlibiSMS Sends a Text When You Really Need One
German developer Jens Beuckenhauer adds to the category of fake call/SMS apps by releasing AlibiSMS in the app store. The company that started 4 months ago when the app store was opened and which focuses solely on the development of iPhone apps, gets into competitive terrain here, but AlibiSMS does what it promises and will work for anyone who wants to use text messaging as a way of escape.
GottaDash Lets You Customize Fake Calls
GottaDash is a premium fake caller app that offers simple and easy-to-use functions. Unlike some other fake-call apps like Wingman or Exit Strategy, GottaDash lets you customize your calls with several selections.