My Top Ten iPhone Applications for 2009

The iPhone has taken the world by storm and with the App Store functionality the iPhone customisability is growing rapidly. Apps are a dime a dozen and most of them are fairly pointless and possibly even useless.


There are however a few useful and even life altering applications for the iPhone. These are the applications we should all be making a fuss about. So with this in mind here is my list of ‘Top iPhone Apps’ for 2009 on Version2.

1 ) Things

“Things is a beautifully focused and amazingly intuitive task manager.” I run all my tasks from here including complex projects at work. ” Other task managers either oversimplify or are too difficult to use. Either way you are not getting stuff done. Things instead has the right balance between ease of use and powerful features. You can even sync wirelessly with the desktop version of Things using Wi-Fi.” Read more…

2 ) Bloomberg

I use Bloomberg to keep up to date on my stock prices and charts as well as to research new stock options. The app design has used the iPhone strengths well by creating automatic chart views whenever you turn the phone sideways on a stock detail.

3 ) Bible

This application feeds from the website It feeds bible text directly from the website in a variety of bible versions including the NIV. Bible also allows for limited offline bible versions to be downloaded to your phone. Youversion has a unique concept of allowing users to comment and share thoughts on scripture and the application provides easy access to these contributions. The app also includes ’email to friend’, bookmarking functions and a daily reading plan.

4 ) News24

A direct feed of collective news in South Africa. The application allows you to customise your news feed choices and saves you having to buy a newspaper to stay up to date.

5 ) Spend

This is most likely one of the most important apps I have. I use Spend to run all my budgeting. I have been able to drop my complicated excel budget spreadsheets and use a simpler, more intuitive interface for managing my budgeting and expenses. I now know exactly where I am in my spending all the time.

6 ) Pingle

A great application – simple because I use to manage my status updates in the social blogosphere. Now with the Pingle app I have been able to update more regularly and more effectively to my various update options.

7 ) WordPress

Using WordPress to run this blog means that an iphone application that allows me to stay up-to-date with comments and posts on my blog. I have found it a great way to load new post ideas as and when I think of them.

8 ) Remote

This is the most convenient application when I am entertaining at home. I often set my laptop up to play music in the background through my home sound system. With the Remote app I can control the volume and choice of songs from anywhere around my house. Saves me getting up all the time to turn the music down when we start eating etc. Plus it always gets attention when people see it in action.

9 ) Delicious

Gain access to you delicious boookmarks at anytime. This app is extremely helpful in the weirdist situations.

10 ) Tripometer

An easy to use and intuitive application that keeps track of my milage. I can control both the personal and business milage and there is no guessing the distance as it calculates the milage by using the odometer readings. What would make this app the best would be if it could calculate your milage without inputting any data and simply measuring the distance in a GPS manner. One can dream can’t he?

3 thoughts on “My Top Ten iPhone Applications for 2009

  1. ShawnD

    Some good Apps mentioned. News24 & Bloomberg I use daily.

    Other brilliant Apps worth mentioning are Midomi (identify music playing anywhere – a real party trick!), DSTV Guide, & Juxtaposer (amazing photo editor).

    1. Mike Saunders

      Thanks Shawn

      Midomi is cool but Remote seems to get more of a reaction at party’s for me. I will check out Juxtaposer soon.

      Readitlater has become a new favourite! Lets me tag articles online and it syncs with my iPhone allowing me to read offline versions from my phone at a later stage. Great for keeping up to date with industry news etc.

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