Thursday, January 20, 2011

Best selling iPhone apps of all time
Part 2: Top 10 FREE apps

There are app lists and there are app lists. This one, however, is neither of those. This one is the app list. It's the app list because it represents not just what Pocket-lint thinks are good apps - although incidentally, it's well worth keeping you eye on those - but what the entire world makes of them. These are the most download apps for the iPhone ever

Top 10 Free

1) Facebook

Unsurprising to find the ridiculously well visited social network and internet phenomenon at number one of the all time free apps for iPhone. All the same, it is an incredibly well put together piece of software with the last upgrade offering a great GUI incorporating a photos carousel and the ever increasing Facebook Places functionality. If you don't have it already, you probably don't have an iPhone. Free

2) eBay

Oddly, it's possibly not the best application for accessing this institution of an online auction website but it certainly does the trick. You can use the app for all the features you'd need off the top of your head, including monitoring your auctions, your watched items and your messaging centre as well. Free

3) Google Mobile

Google Mobile is the app that lets you experience some of those nice bits of software that Google made specially for Android but on the iPhone instead. New to the party is Google Goggles which sits alongside the Google Voice Search, Contact Search and some good old fashioned internet search as well. You can get round most of this with what's already on iOS but it's not quite the same. Free

4) Shazam

Around since the days when you actually had to dial numbers of an over the phone service, Shazam is still rocking it out on the iPhone. Yes, there are probably other bits of music recognition software out there these days but it's still done using one of the best systems around. The biggest improvement and change from the good old days is probably the way you can tag an organise the tracks you discover. Much better than when you had to scribble it down on a piece of paper. Free

5) Google Earth

What can often feel like a bit of a luxury on your desktop actually works out as a superb way to pass the time on the iPhone. Google Earth lets you travel from one side of the world to the other and all with the swish of your finger. Unlike Google Maps, you don't need a connection to be able to use it and it offers a much more flexible, geographic view of our planet and all that's there. Free

6) Skype

It's taken a while for Skype to turn up on the iPhone in full but it's just about made it. There's always been the chat element but, thanks to the front facing camera on the iPhone 4, you can now use the Skype app to make video calls over 3G or Wi-Fi. What that's going to cost you in data over mobile broadband is another thing though. Free

7) Movies by Flixter

Movies by Flixter, with Rotten Tomatoes is your one stop shop for heading out to the cinema or catching a film at home. It'll bring you cinema times and locations, lists of new release films and DVDs, film reviews courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes, show you trailers and even allow you to rent or but movies straight to your device. If you're into film and you watch them regularly, then this is the app to have. Free

8) Paper Toss

There had to be space somewhere for the original finger flicker and No.8 on the all time most downloaded free apps list is that place. What's great about this time wasting classic is that it actually depicts time wasting. It's all about chucking a screwed up piece of paper into a rubbish bin on the other side of a room. It's office basketball and just the kind of game you can imagine as the afternoon's activity at certain public companies. Still awesome. Free

9) Bump

Bump made its name as the app that was responsible for the 1 billionth download from the App Store and is an ever-so-slightly pointless but quite socially amusing way of transferring information from one phone to another by, essentially, bumping one handset into another. You can share music, photos, messages, videos, locations, calendar events, become Facebook friends and pretty much anything else you want. What's quite nice about it is that it's done privately via its own Bump internet servers.

10) Sky News

Quite a coup for Sky to get its news app onto this list but its managed it. One of the reasons might be that it's actually a really good app. It allows you to watch Sky News live over 3G or Wi-Fi as well as bring you stories from the UK, the world, stories on showbiz, sport and a weather forecast as well. Covers pretty much all the news you'd want to consume while on the hoof. Free
How many of these do you have and which ones are you about to download? Let us know in the comments.

Read more: Best selling iPhone apps of all time - Pocket-lint

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