A smartphone is more than a style statement, it provides a whole new world of possibilities. There are now hundreds of thousands of apps available for your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and, surprisingly, many of the best are free. Here I’ve compiled a useful list of essential iPhone 4S apps. In which collection you’ll find social standbys, top music hits, super addicting games, practical utilities and a few up and comers.
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Music streaming start up Spotify has taken the U.S. by storm with a web and mobile service for on-demand, all-you-can-stream (at a price) access to a replete music catalog of more than 15 million songs.
2. TaskPad HD
Intuitive TaskManager with cloud sync across iPhone, iPod, iPad and web interface.
The free Facebook Mobile app for iPhone 4 is a must-have if you need to stay in touch with friends and family through the social networking giant.
Songza is a music streaming service for web and mobile that features top-notch playlists curated around music moods, genres and cultures.
5. Socialcam Video Camera
Socialcam is the free and easy way make and share videos with friends and family from your iPhone.
6. WhatsApp Messenger
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform smartphone messenger currently available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones.
7. Highway Rider
Speed junkies, slap on your helmet and experience some high-octane action! Be stupidly irresponsible by breaking all your bones with Highway Rider.
Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity.
9. Men’s Health Workouts
Men’s Health Workouts puts the power of the world’s largest men’s magazine in your hand, featuring exclusive workouts from the world’s top strength coaches, athletes, and fitness experts.
10. Find My iPhone
If you misplace your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, the Find My iPhone app will let you use another iOS device to find it and protect your data.
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere.
12. Tiny Wings
Tiny Wings was chosen as the iPhone Game of the Year in App Store Rewind 2011 in Europe and many other countries.
13. Words With Friends Free
Game studio Zynga has reinvigorated the classic Scrabble board game with a fresh mobile and social twist that makes it more addicting than ever.
14. Nike Training Club
Nike Training Club gives you your own personal trainer, anytime, anywhere. Get lean, toned and strong with more than 85 custom-built workouts.
Follow your interests: instant updates from your friends, industry experts, favorite celebrities, and what’s happening around the world. Get short bursts of timely information on the official Twitter app.
Get on-the-go access to your professional network with LinkedIn for iPhone & iPad.
RunKeeper uses the GPS technology found in the iPhone to track your fitness activity, giving you comparable results to an expensive GPS watch.
18. iTunes Movie Trailers
iTunes Movie Trailers puts the newest and most exclusive movie previews in HD in your hands.
19. Pulse News for iPhone
Pulse lets you choose and share the stories you care about, from thousands of top news sources, your favorite blogs and social networks.
Forkly is a beautiful way to share and discover tastes. We’ll help you discover a new dish around the corner, the best burger in town or your favorite cocktail bar in a new city.
21. Expedia Hotels – Book Your Hotel Rooms
Use Expedia Hotels to find a room anywhere in the world and book in 4 taps. iPad 3 owners: Expedia Hotels is now optimized for you, so you’ll be able to see all the details of every hotel on one screen and find the right room quickly.
22. Glee Karaoke
Glee Karaoke makes you sound like a star. Sing your heart out to songs from the hit TV show while a little magic helps you sound amazing.
SugarSync puts ALL of your data from ALL of your computers right at your fingertips…anytime, anywhere from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
Call, video call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free with Skype for your iPhone or iPod touch.
The official iPhone application from Starbucks! Now you can use Mobile Pay for your Starbucks purchases. It’s the fastest way to pay at Starbucks – just scan and go!
26. HBO GO
Get unlimited access to over 1,400 of your favorite HBO shows, including HBO original programming, hit movies, sports, comedy and much more—now available on iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch!
27. iStudiez Pro
Take advantage of iStudiez Pro easy navigation and never miss another course, lecture and lab, track tasks and deadlines, plan homework, arrange assignments and much more!
28. New Oxford American Dictionary
As Oxford’s flagship American dictionary, the New Oxford American Dictionary sets the standard of excellence for lexicography in this country.
29. Green Eggs and Ham
This timeless Dr. Seuss classic has been delighting readers since 1960. Sam-I-am never gives up trying to convince his friend that green eggs and ham are a tasty treat.
30. Google Search
Search the web faster and easier with the latest Search app from Google. Get exclusive search features only available in this app for the best search experience.
This isn’t the be-all-end-all list of must-have applications, of course. So, we encourage you to add your app suggestions in the comments below.