Top Ten Free Must-Have Apps for New iPhone Users

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Top Ten Free Must-Have Apps for New iPhone Users by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Written by Adam Itkoff

Got yourself a brand spanking new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Just get a 5 or maybe a hand-me-down from your spouse, sibling, or parent? Maybe you’re just trying to be a bit frugal and bought a used iPhone to save some coin.

No matter how you did it if you are a new iPhone user, or even if you’ve had one for awhile but just want to see if you’re covered, this post is for you.

Top Ten Must-Have Apps for New iPhone Users

At the risk of sounding like a total nerd, iOS changed my life. I went from having a “dumbphone” without access to the Internet, to an iPhone 5 at the height of its launch in 2012. Suddenly, I went from struggling to turn my phone on, to floating through multiple rounds of FIFA and streaming new music the instant it was released.

For a few short months, I was in heaven. Since then I’ve taken to reviewing the latest apps on TheiPhoneAppReview, and have developed a propensity for all apps bright, shiny, and otherwise immaculate.

In this vein, and courtesy of TheiPhoneAppReview, here are my Top Ten Free Must-Have Apps for New iPhone Users!

whatsappicon 150x150 Top Ten Free Must Have Apps for New iPhone UsersWhatsApp Messenger  – Free

What App is worth gobs of cash, and can let you connect with absolutely anyone around the world?

Two words; What’s App. This app is simple and delightful, it boasts a graphic similar to “Messages” or “Facetime” and will fit in easily with your other communication apps.

Nope, users don’t need to be in the same network to contact each other. In fact, they don’t even need to be on the same continent.

 

linkedinicon 150x150 Top Ten Free Must Have Apps for New iPhone UsersLinkedIn – Free

This little app is constantly redesigned to meet the latest iOS rollout, and can help you land the job of your dreams.

Connecting with others is extremely easy, and in fact, I would argue that the mobile version is way more enjoyable than the desktop version.

With a new plan for Content Strategy delivering you stellar articles, and an instant way to connect with colleagues from any industry, this one is a top download for sure.

 

facebookmessengericon 150x150 Top Ten Free Must Have Apps for New iPhone UsersFacebook Messenger – Free

Facebook Messenger has undergone a major overhaul in the last few months.

Now designed for use outside of the Facebook app itself, messenger boasts a simple way to connect with those that you usually chat with inside of Facebook’s Desktop Version.

I actually know some people who have cut off their cell-phone plans entirely and use What’s App and Messenger in conjunction entirely off of Wi-Fi. With a call function, hilarious emoticons, and lightning fast messaging, why not?

 

instagramicon 150x150 Top Ten Free Must Have Apps for New iPhone UsersInstagram – Free

If you just had a delicious meal, you might want to post it to Instagram.

If you just saw a cool sunset, you might want to post it to Instagram. If you just did anything, you might want to post it to Instagram. And in fact, people really do all of this and more.

This app has an explosive user base and is delightful to use. With a new revenue model and the rollout of a slow motion “Hyperlapse” counterpart, Instagram won’t slow down anytime soon.

 

soundcloudicon 150x150 Top Ten Free Must Have Apps for New iPhone UsersSoundCloud – Music & Audio – Free

Sure there’s Spotify and iTunes, but have you downloaded Soundcloud?

This Berlin-Based app is working on new revenue streaming models, and will be a household name soon, that is to say, if it’s not already. Songs that haven’t cleared copyright are posted liberally to stream free of cost; including unreleased gems found absolutely nowhere else on the Internet.

This app is an incredible find, and just by following some of your favorite artists, you’ll be turned onto new tunes you may have otherwise never discovered. Simply put, Soundcloud is a huge win for music lovers of all genres.

sunrisecalendaricon 150x150 Top Ten Free Must Have Apps for New iPhone UsersSunrise Calendar – for Google Calendar, Exchange and for iCloud – Free

Plenty of people are relatively unimpressed with iOS’s standard calendar app. Others simply sleep through their alarm clocks and need a new solution.

For iPhone users of all types, the Sunrise app is an absolute pleasure. You can sync this calendar app with Facebook to remember birthdays, customize your use of the app to fit your needs, and generally stay ahead of the curb with the Sunrise App.

The app is extremely quick, aesthetically delightful, and a must-have for new iPhone users.

 

googlemapsicon 150x150 Top Ten Free Must Have Apps for New iPhone UsersGoogle Maps – Free

Google Maps probably knows where you are right now. In fact, they might even know what you’re doing too.

While Google is notoriously ubiquitous, they’re also extremely helpful. When driving, taking the subway, or even walking, you can get pinpoint directions easily with the Google Maps App.

Even if you have a keen sense of direction, we recommend you download this one. It’s free, and is a wonderful backup plan if you’re on the go.

 

twittericon 150x150 Top Ten Free Must Have Apps for New iPhone UsersTwitter – Free

Do you tweet? If so, grab this free app. If not, get a free account. Simply put, Twitter is the pulse of news and culture.

It’s pretty incredible when you think about how many major global news stories have been broken by Twitter instead of AP, The New York Times, CNN, Fox News or any other “traditional” news outlet. Protests and revolutions go haywire on this bite-sized outlet before they even reach your television, which is wildly slow in comparison.

Twitter is the new communication age taking place before your very eyes. Oh yeah, and follow me @adamitkoff.

 

nprnewsicon 150x150 Top Ten Free Must Have Apps for New iPhone UsersNPR News – Free

If you’re sick of Fox or CNN, NPR is your best bet for credible reporting.

This wonderful app can tune you right into local stations, and will even save special news reports for your listening pleasure anytime.

Objective and insightful reporting doesn’t get any better than this. And of course, because it’s National Public Radio, the app won’t cost you a penny no matter how much you use it.

 

evernoteicon 150x150 Top Ten Free Must Have Apps for New iPhone UsersEvernote – Free

Evernote is a productivity gem. Easily, this one has reached viral ranks, and allows you to organize in a unique and helpful way.

Sync with a desktop version, use digital post-its, or do just about anything else you need to get organized with Evernote.

The Free version comes chock full of incredible features, the app is well-constructed, and in general, tops of our Top Ten list quite nicely.

 

 Top Ten Free Must-Have Apps for New iPhone Users

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Travel Back in Time to WWII with Enemy Dawn

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Price: Free
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iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

 Travel Back in Time to WWII with Enemy Dawn

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

New from Simplus Technologies Group, LLC, Enemy Dawn pits you against an army of tanks and airplanes in their World War II game.

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Enemy Dawn is a side-scrolling shooter set during the World War II era. You’re a Polish soldier commanding a mobile rocket launcher that’s armed with a heavy-duty gun that is capable of taking down enemy airplanes and tanks.

Occasionally, you’ll even have an opportunity to fire an artillery strike on the enemies. However, you aren’t the only one armed in this game; of course the enemy tanks and airplanes are always shooting too.

With precision and proper aim, it is possible to shoot the airplane bombshells out of the sky. However, the mobile rocket launcher is incapable of shooting the tank’s artillery shells, thus making it impossible to avoid any of their fire.

This is rather frustrating since one of the game’s main objectives is based on surviving the enemies’ incoming shots. Overall, the controls for Enemy Dawn are rather complicated which makes the game a lot more difficult that it should be.

There are technically two control options for the game, but there isn’t much of a difference between the two. Enemy Dawn also lacks any way of saving game scores. Additionally, although the game features an option to connect to social media profiles, there isn’t any leaderboard or way of viewing previous scores for levels.

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Enemy Dawn iPhone Game

The high point of Enemy Dawn is that is does offer good graphics and a unique artistic style. In fact the video that opens up the game does a terrific job of setting the stage for the WWII battle that you’re about to experience.

This challenging game features five levels with varying landscapes and locations that are very well designed to put you right in the action.

In fact, it is pretty satisfying when a launched artillery shell hits its target and subsequently explodes. In terms of layout, the menus were a bit odd and not very intuitively arranged.

For example, the “How to Play” section also included “Rate Us,” “Report a Bug,” and “Credits.” Also, after selecting a level, the game displays objectives, but instead of a “play” button there is a little red “x” and a “back” button. This isn’t a big issue, but it was rather confusing at first.

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Enemy Dawn is free to download from the Apple App Store. The game incorporates advertisement videos that you can watch to earn credits, and after a short period you’re given the option to skip the video.

The free version of the game includes two levels. The second level is initially locked, but it can be unlocked if you reach a certain score in the first level.

However, I surpassed the 5,000 point limit on more than one occasion, but the second level never unlocked for me. Hopefully this bug will be fixed soon in a future update. The additional three levels can be unlocked for $0.99 each. However, at a total of nearly $3, this fee seems a bit steep for the amount of content Enemy Dawn has to offer.

Overall this game has tremendous potential and since it is free, it give you an opportunity to get familiar with it, without spending a penny, as the developer works to evolve it into a classic.

enemy qr 150x150 Travel Back in Time to WWII with Enemy DawnEnemy Dawn iPhone app requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Thief Lupin 2: Stealing the World, One Canvas at a Time

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Price: Free
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iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

 Thief Lupin 2: Stealing the World, One Canvas at a Time

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here at the iPhone App Review, and we know we’ve mentioned this before, we’re absolutely mad about arcade games. Anything that has us competing with ourselves to gain higher scores, more points, and trite rewards will keep us occupied for ages.

This is why we are so excited to be bringing you a look at Thief Lupin 2, from Blue Wind, today.

Thief Lupin 2 is a new action-focused title that comes with a unique concept, a wealth of material to be played, and more than enough graphical appeal to keep us attached at the hip.

For more information, you can see our whole review below, just beyond the break.

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It certainly must be said that Thief Lupin 2 offers one of the more unique gameplay styles we’ve seen for any mobile platform. To begin with, the game has you acting as a master sleuth, stealing artwork in the night. What you do with it is never quite clear, but for your efforts, you’ll be given a bevy of jewels to spend as you like.

These jewels can be used to purchase additional items, like armor, clothing, weapons, power-ups and more. You’ll need these, as the gameplay itself can be rather tricky at times.

 Thief Lupin 2: Stealing the World, One Canvas at a Time

Thief Lupin 2 iPhone Game

Primarily, the game has you moving from floor to floor, dodging obstacles as you go in an attempt to stay alive and steal the primary target.

Along the way you’ll need to tap, hold and jump your way past the enemies and blocks that dot the landscape. It’s a strange concept, mechanically, and it definitely takes some getting used to.

You’ll have to rewire your brain to think in terms of jumps, pauses and backwards flings. It’s quite crafty, and though clever, it can be a bit tiring.

Still, though with mountains of gameplay, a heap of characters, and more levels than most, Thief Lupin 2 is a high-quality game with a top-notch concept.

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Which brings us to the subject of Thief Lupin 2’s art: Simply put, Thief Lupin 2 is pitch-perfect. Playing on the new iPhone 6, the clarity and animations are absolutely spot-on, and we’re not sure we have much to complain about. A first for us, we promise.

The characters are inviting, the levels quite detailed, and the small touches absolutely sublime. We love it when a character chastises the protagonist, or a small reference to nationality or gaming culture as a whole appears. There are loads of these minor brush strokes, and when added up together, they create a tableau that’s just magnificent.

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It’s also quite hard to be displeased with Thief Lupin 2’s pricing: It’s completely free in the App Store, making it a speedy pick for those on a budget. For that zero-dollars-down, you’ll get a whole heap of gameplay, including a downright monumental number of levels.

All in all, we’re not as enamored with Thief Lupin 2’s gameplay as we’d like to be, despite the fact it’s so challenged and unique. But with artwork and price tag thrown in, it’s hard to not at least pick it up for a quick go—we’d suggest budgeting at least an afternoon to play it and get comfortable with it, though.

Thief Lupin 150x150 Thief Lupin 2: Stealing the World, One Canvas at a TimeThief Lupin 2 requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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SyncSmart: Transferring Your Contacts Cross-Platform is Easy

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Price: $1.99
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 SyncSmart: Transferring Your Contacts Cross Platform is Easy

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Despite the conveniences of modern life, it’s not all peaches and cream with a smartphone strapped just above the knee.

That may be a stupid rhyme, but the point remains: Often, we’re charged with completing small, irritating tasks that complicate our lives, and keep us from completing more meaningful goals. 

How do you remove some of that graying tension from your day? Well, when it comes to making sure your contacts are backed up from beginning to end, no matter what device you’re using, it’s hard to beat SyncSmart, from FTS Apps.

SyncSmart is an effective app that offers a quick, succinct way to backup and, if needed, move your contacts cross-platform, from iPhone to Android, and vice versa.

Concept and Functionality 

Essentially, SyncSmart offers a feature set that looks like this: By signing up for an account with the service, you can then upload all of your contacts to the company’s servers, and then forget about them.

You’re done! If you should move to a different device— SyncSmart’s boon here is that it’s supported on both Android and iPhone—all of your contacts are available instantly, without any loss in-between. 

That’s quite a feat, considering the sheer number of contacts you may be porting around. If you’re like us, half of your contacts book alone consists of business contacts you may not see more than a few times a year.

Keeping everything straight can be a real hassle: One that SyncSmart hopes to help ease. 

 SyncSmart: Transferring Your Contacts Cross Platform is Easy

SyncSmart iPhone App

It’s a great idea, and in our experience, it’s one that works quite well. We had zero problems backing up our contacts to their cloud, and in our initial tests, zero issues were found in transport in said contacts.

Plus the cloud storage of your contact info is included with the cost of the app. There is no additional charge.

All in all, it seems SyncSmart does exactly what it says it will—just as it should.

Design and Interface 

However, SyncSmart does suffer a bit in the looks department. The application is a bit hard to look at, quite literally when it comes to the sign-up forms.

Currently, you’ll find white text on a black background, which might seem a pithy complaint, but it initially left us with no idea how to create an account. 

Thankfully, there are some good parts to SyncSmart’s minimalism. The app is incredibly easy to navigate, and if you’re in a hurry an account can be created and used in a matter of minutes. Otherwise, there are certainly areas where SyncSmart might be better off with some new paint. 

Overall Value

Still, for an app that costs a scant $1.99, it’s hard to argue with the value that SyncSmart is presenting. Even should you use it but once to move from iPhone to Android—or vice versa—you’ll have had your money’s worth. 

All in all, this is a good application with practical applications. Though it’s not quite the looker we’d like it to be, it more than adequately does the job, and that’s all (really) that we can ask of it. 

syncsmartios qr 150x150 SyncSmart: Transferring Your Contacts Cross Platform is EasySyncSmart requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Iron Dome – Missile Defense Will Test Your Reflexes and Your Memory

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Price: Free
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 Iron Dome   Missile Defense Will Test Your Reflexes and Your Memory

Reviewed by Jim Desposito

Iron Dome – Missile Defense, from Simon Rosenzweig, is a simple game to play and one that’s also quite addictive. The object of the game is simply to tap the incoming rockets as they move down the screen towards your town. You have five buildings to defend and, while it starts of slow and easy, it get more challenging pretty quickly.

Features

As stated this is a simple game, and that is one of its key strengths. Sometimes you just want a game to start up quickly so you can go after your high score before your latte is ready. This game gets it done in spades.

Featuring attractive cartoonish graphics, and a rousing soundtrack, rockets get launched far away (we know that because they’re relatively small) and then come down closer, and a bit larger, right over your precious river-side buildings.

The timing of the rockets is pretty straightforward, what goes up must come down, and in this case exactly where each one went up, only a bit larger, since now they’re on the way down and they’re closer. So, all you have to do is watch for the rocket to go up, put your finder there and wait for it to come down. Easy, right?

Well, that depends on how many rockets just went up.

Gameplay

This game gives you plenty of time to warm up. The rockets go up one at a time, with a decent gap in between launches, and you can pretty easily place your finger where you expect the rocket to come down and tap it before it hits.

 Iron Dome   Missile Defense Will Test Your Reflexes and Your Memory

Iron Dome iPhone Game

You’ll quickly get the hang of when to tap and your buildings will be safe. After a while though, things start to get hairy and the rockets launches get closer and closer together.

To beat the game at this point you have to remember where the next rocket due to come down was launched. If you just wait to see it coming down you probably won’t be able to get to it before it hits.

While you’re watching where you expect the next rocket to come down, you’ll also be watching to see what other rockets have launched so you can be ready for them next.

There are no powerups but to be honest, the way the game is now, there’s really no place for them. We’d like to see some additional challenges added to the game, such as different size rockets so you have to make sure you prioritize the bigger ones.

Another way we’d like to see this game grow is to have many more rockets coming in but then let you place flak in the sky to knock them out. Powerups would then make sense since there would be more game parameters to work with.

Overall Value

We can see lots of potential for this game going forward in both its complexity and its challenges. As it stands now this game is a solid basic game. Quick to start and fun to play.  It’s a free game so there’s really no downside and it just might become your “go to” game for those times when you have a few minutes to kill.

irondome qr 150x150 Iron Dome   Missile Defense Will Test Your Reflexes and Your MemoryIron Dome – Missile Defense requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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11 Easy Ways to Protect Your Mobile Device and Personal Information

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It never ceases to amaze me just how powerful our mobile devices are. I’ve been around a bit and can remember when they were called PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant) and Palm Computing was the lead dog in the race. They were cool for their time but only good for contacts, notes and your calendar. You’ve come a long way baby :)

Now mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and wearables are truly computing devices that rival the power of high end pc’s and workstations. As such we do much more with them and so the importance of protecting the information stored on them cannot be understated.

Have you accessed your bank account from your iPhone? Sent and received emails with who knows what information in them? How about logging into multiple social media accounts and apps with the same user name and password? Uh huh, thought so.

iphonesecurity1 300x216 11 Easy Ways to Protect Your Mobile Device and Personal InformationThink about it, just about everyone you know or will ever meet is very likely to have at least a smartphone, if not several mobile devices. Don’t you think hackers and crooks know that too? The information stored on your device is valuable and everyone knows it, the only question is, can they get to it?

We would like to give you some tips on things you can do, simple things really, to help keep your information safe and private. Most of these tips are just plain and simple common sense. The problem most people have is not that they don’t know how to protect themselves, they either just don’t think about it or, probably worse, they don’t think it’s a problem, until it’s too late.

Do you know when most people buy a back up disk or a subscription to a cloud service? Right after their system crashes and they lose irreplaceable file, photos, and more, that’s when.

So don’t wait until the horses are out of the barn, close the door now.

Here are 11 basic things you can do to keep your mobile device and your personal information safe:

  • Your iPhone and iPad have passcodes to lock them. Use them. If your device falls into the wrong hands this will wipe them clean if too many incorrect codes are entered. You can then restore your new replacement device from your local or iCloud backup. You did back it up, right?
  • Install a highly rated virus protection app to protect your phone from viruses and malware. You do it on your PC (right?), so do it on your other computer, your smartphone.
  • After using any app (or web site via a browser) make sure you completely log out when you’re finished with your session. Don’t just close the app or browser.
  • Read the comments from others before downloading an app. You might see comments that will make you decide not to download it. Just because the app in in the App Store it doesn’t mean it is 100% safe. Most, of course, are but that’s no reason to be careless.
  • Make sure you’re always using the latest versions of all software on your iPhone or iPad. This includes iOS as well as the apps you’ve downloaded, especially any apps having to do with financial or medical accounts.
  • Use an app that is specifically designed to manage passwords. These apps will encrypt them so even if someone were to access the data on your device, they could not read your passwords. If you just jot them down in a notes app they are not encrypted and much more vulnerable.
  • Make sure you’ve set up “Find my iPhone” in “Settings” under “iCloud”. This will let you locate your phone, providing the battery isn’t dead, from your iCloud account (accessed from a browser on your Mac or PC). Once in iCloud you can also opt to wipe your device if you determine it can’t be recovered.
  • When using your device to access accounts in a public place, be aware of others looking on. These “shoulder surfers” may see info they shouldn’t.iphonesecurity3 300x200 11 Easy Ways to Protect Your Mobile Device and Personal Information
  • When you’re ready to move up to the next generation of your device (did someone say “iPhone 6″?), whether you’re going to sell it or trade it, make sure you reset it to the factory settings so all of your personal data is wiped clean.
  • Beware of phishing scams. If you use email on your iPhone or iPad, make sure to use the same safeguards as you do on your Mac or PC regarding avoiding email scams. Do not open emails from people you don’t know and, even if it’s from someone you do know, don’t click on any links. If the email is about ebay, for example, go to your ebay app or open another browser tab and key in the url yourself.
  • Remember that public WiFi is just that, public. Anyone who is on the same network can, with the right app or software, see who else is on it and what they’re doing. If you’re doing any type of sensitive work or accessing your bank account, it’s much safer to use your cellular data and, if needed, turn your phone into a hotspot for your WiFi iPad.

 

There are certainly more things you can do, but like anything, covering the basics will go pretty far.

So enjoy using your iDevice and always remember, someone is trying to steal your information.

 

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