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10 essential iPhone apps for fun and work

The app store is full of apps, and these will provide a lot of fun and productivity.

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The Music app preinstalled on the iPhone is pretty good, but some of us want one even better. This app steps in by offering an interface that is easier to use by touch.

It also comes with several free equalization settings that have been designed to maximize the audio output of certain headphones and speakers. The sound is tailored for each to provide the best sound possible. There are quite a few optimizations available for many speakers and headphones available for in-app purchase.

Free

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The iPhone calendar app is very basic, so this one is a good replacement for those wanting more. The views are optimized for the iPhone screen, and use a suite of gestures to operate the advanced functions.

It is a complete replacement for those wanting a good calendar app on the iPhone.

$2.99

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The iPhone camera is pretty good and coupled with this app make for a powerful photo-taking duo. The app adds sophisticated photo editing functions to a decent camera app making a full-featured photo system.

There are filters to apply to photos, and the Awesomize feature which can make almost any photo better with one touch.

$0.99 (Limited time only)

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You can't use a smartphone without a good weather app, and this one fits the bill. It presents a wealth of information about both current weather and the immediate forecast on a single screen. It uses a beautiful animated backgraound that varies depending on the actual weather.

$0.99

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Dropbox users should grab this app right now. It provides full interaction with files stored in the cloud. You can upload files and photos taken on the iPhone directly to the Dropbox cloud with the app. You can tag files as Favorites for offline viewing, perfect for air travelers.

It is an essential app for Dropbox users.

Free

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Evernote is the most used app/service on all of my computers, and the iPhone app is first-rate. It offers full interaction with notes stored in the Evernote cloud.

Notes can be created by voice, text entry, taking photos or uploading images. They can be tagged for easy reference on any device with an Evernote app.

Free

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Google+ users will delight in this app, with its gorgeous interface for keeping up with your online friends. Updates are presented in a scrolling manner, with images taking full advantage of the iPhone's Retina Display.

Video chatting with Hangouts is very well done, and a joy to use on the iPhone.

Android owners were rightly upset that the iPhone got this great version first, but they've since gotten similar functionality.

Free

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The Kindle app on the iPhone turns the phone into a full-featured ebook reader. Graphical access is given to the online Kindle library, and the reader yields a great reading experience even on the small display of the iPhone.

You can now send PDFs to your iPhone using the Amazon supplied email address for the iPhone.

Free

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This app was formerly known as Read It Later, and lets you capture whole web pages for future reference. Captured information is presented in an easy-to-use manner, and can be web pages, video, just about anything you can find on the web.

Pocket lets you access the saved articles even when offline, perfect for air travelers. It can be used to read articles saved in Zite and Flipboard, among other apps.

Free

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This app is the best mobile version for accessing Twitter on any platform. The gesture-based interface is tailored to get the most use out of the Twitter timeline.

Notifications can be configured to work as desired, or turned off altogether.

$2.99

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