I thought this might be a hard list to come up with, but I really just took a look at the apps that I use every day, and that made it easy. I won't be including built-in apps like Safari or Mail, but the things that third-party developers have come up with that make having an iPhone such a pleasure. That's not to say that there aren't other apps that compete with some that I've mentioned, which are just as good or maybe better, but these are my choices based on day to day use. So here, in no particular order, are my favorites.
iCam: What a great little app for 5 bucks. I can check on the house and pets. Using webcams that are built into my Macs or stand alones, iCam lets me see multiple cameras, hear audio and turn motion detection on. It sends alerts so that I know if something is going on. iCam can also record movement if you want. It's easy to set up, the network setup avoids issues with firewalls or multiple routers, and it just works. The app is universal.
DirecTV: This app is free and really useful if you have a DirecTV DVR. Using the DirecTV app, I can search for programs while away from home, set up recordings and eliminate anxiety about missing something important. A recent update lets you search for movies, or you can use a more global search to find programs by title, cast member names and other criteria.
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