My favorite app right now is called Lose it for iPhone. It's taught me Burger King is delicious but I have to exercise about this much to offset 1 Angry burger, which is my weakness:

50 cal - 20 min weightlifting
100 cal - 20 min aerobics
200 cal - 20 min running
200 cal - 20 min swimming
400 cal - 40 min biking
-----
950 cal / 2 hours total to offset one burger at about 880 cal

Another app that looks great (but I haven't tried yet) is Layar. It's a reality browser. I'll leave that to you to figure out, but you need the GPS included in the 3GS iPhone to run it.

I have 3 observations about popularity and what people like:

There are tons of very clever apps out there, but Lose it is very popular and simple. It's a useful app.

Some apps like Layar are very unique and some are complex. People like these niche apps, too.

But, what a lot of entrepreneurs get is that you don't have to be clever or complex. You can just build a better app, like build a better mousetrap. People will beat a path to your door. And, if you build a lousy app, the incredibly simple and effective rating system used with iPhone Apps is just brutal!


So, it would be useful and interesting to hear what your favorite app(s) are. You might also add your observations about apps in general. We can filter this down as replies accumulate.

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I have Lose It! as well, but I haven't really used it much. One of my most used apps right now is "ESPN Fantasy Football 2009."

Other Favorites:
Hurricane - This app is written by Kittycode. As the name implies it is an excellent hurricane tracking app. I happen to know one of the devs on this one and She is a hurricane fanatic.

Twitterrific - I love this app. I have tried others including a brief affair with Tweetdeck, but I just keep coming back to Twitterrific.

LiveATC - This is a great app if you like listening to aviation radio traffic. Using their network of members LiveATC.net provides airport traffic from all over the world.

Kindle - Simple but very nice reader with integration to amazon.com for book purchases.

Pocket Universe - I just started using it two nights ago but I like it so far. The app utilizes both the GPS and compass components of the iPhone to direct you to any stellar object you wish to see. Also has a "Tonight's Sky" feature to tell you what is currently happening in space. For example, through this app I learned that the Orionids meteor shower will be visible tonight off of Orion's arm. Very cool.

I am on the hunt for a good "To Do" program however. Any suggestions?
Without a doubt my favorite app is called The Mindless Time-Killer. It is brutally simple but still fun. It's actually a great drinking game! My high score is 751.
Here's a link to the iTunes store:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mindless-time-killer/id345959504?mt=8
Kevin, I am going to check it out. Let's hear something about your iPhone development experiences...perhaps as the speaker for the upcoming GatorJUG on the second Wed of January?
I really don't have enough to say to make a presentation as such, but I can bitch and moan about the fact that apple doesn't support selling java-based apps yet, only apps written in Objective-C , and the only IDE (near as I can figure) is xCode. After working in Java with Eclipse and Netbeans, working in Objective-C in xCode is kinda rough.

I full list of the apps I've done is here:
http://user.gru.net/nemesis/iphoneAppPages/
Very well, then. We'll have an iPhone development meeting with open forum. I think that would be interesting to a broad range pf developers, especially the ones that do Java apps on the Blackberry.

Kevin Neelands said:
I really don't have enough to say to make a presentation as such, but I can bitch and moan about the fact that apple doesn't support selling java-based apps yet, only apps written in Objective-C , and the only IDE (near as I can figure) is xCode. After working in Java with Eclipse and Netbeans, working in Objective-C in xCode is kinda rough.

I full list of the apps I've done is here:
http://user.gru.net/nemesis/iphoneAppPages/
You can see my favourite apps here on myap.ps/ouriel
Ouriel, Could you please re-enter that URL? I can't get it to resolve. Best, Mike
myap.ps/ouriel


now ok?

Michael Levin said:
Ouriel, Could you please re-enter that URL? I can't get it to resolve. Best, Mike
Perfect - it looks cool. I'm checking it out. Thanks, Ouriel.
will be happy to set you your URL if you want

Michael Levin said:
Perfect - it looks cool. I'm checking it out. Thanks, Ouriel.
I'll take you up on that, Ouriel. I'm downloading it now...
look fwd to discovering your favorite apps :)

Michael Levin said:
I'll take you up on that, Ouriel. I'm downloading it now...

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