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The Best Free Apps For Download On The iPhone & iPad

Updated on January 16, 2012


If you are looking for the best free iPhone apps and iPad apps then look no further. Here we will look at the best free app for the iPhone and iPad. A review of a few of the tops apps, where to get hold of them and what you should be looking to download. This guide will tell you all you need to know when it comes to free iPhone apps.

The iPhone has been around for a few years now. The iPhone revolutionised the way people think about the humble mobile telephone. With the release of the first iPhone came the iPhone apps. At first just a few hundred were available, but now there are hundreds of thousands of apps available for both the iPhone and the iPad. Obviously you can’t have them all, so we will now have a look at some of the best free iPhone apps that are available.

Stick Cricket

Fun & Games Apps

If you are looking for fun and games then there are plenty of free iPhone apps out there for you. One of the most recent free games to be added to the apps list is Stick Cricket. This is a fantastic game that takes the online version and simplifies it in app form. This is a game that most people will soon be hooked on. Another free game for the iPhone is Paper Toss. This is a very simple idea yet it gets users hooked instantly. This is one of the games that has been around for a while but it still massively successful.

When it comes to entertaining apps there are lots of free ones to choose from. Apps such as Talking Gremlin, Talking Gug, Talking Tom Cat or Talking Bacteria are all good fun. These are a very simple idea but highly entertaining. There are also free sound apps that are very popular such as Atomic Fart, Air Horn or iGun. These are all very basic apps but in the right setting they are great entertainment. One that is very handy to have is Retina Wallpapers HD. This gives you thousand of images to choose from to use as wallpapers, there are some beautiful shots on there they you can download for free.


Social Network Apps

If you are looking for free social network apps then there are plenty to choose from. Without a doubt the most popular of these is Facebook. This is a brilliant app that has so many options available, it is almost as good as the online version of Facebook. Skype is another one that is ideal if you use Skype on a regular basis, you can use this to make free calls all over the world. Another very popular one is the Twitter app. This is very easy to use and is probably exactly what Twitter is designed for, you can share your thoughts with the world while you are out and about.

A clever free app for the iPhone and iPad is Ping Messenger. This gives you the ability to send messages and pictures for free. You just need to add other Ping users and then you are set up. Bump is a clever one, this gives you the ability to bump iPhones with other users and share files and data. MSN Live Messenger is another great free app if this is something you often use on your computer, again it’s all about the ability to message other people for free. There are lots of great free social networking apps out there, you just have to know where to look.

Utilities Apps

If you are looking for free utilities apps for the iPhone then there are thousand to choose from. Most are pretty pointless but there are a few that are very handy. RedLaser has been a popular free download for a few years now. This gives you the ability to scan barcodes on products and then compare prices online. Alarm Clock is another one that comes in very handy, this lets you use you iPhone as a digital display that lights up with the time, very handy when you are in bed. It also has an alarm and lets you use music from your phone as the alarm sound.

Other handy little free apps include things like iHandy Level which is a spirit level. Digital Thermometer which finds your GPS position and tells you the temperature in your location. Torch apps that lights up your phone and help you see in the dark. Mirror apps which use your camera so that you can see yourself in your iPhone screen. There are so many handy utility apps in the app store, you just need to browse through till you find something useful.

Google Earth

Navigation Apps

If you are looking for free navigation apps then there are plenty to go at. One of the best free apps out there at the moment is Navfree UK. This is a sat nav app that has all the basic features you need if you are planning a journey. It’s easy to use and pretty reliable, it’s not quite as good as the Tom Tom apps but as this one is free it’s really worth downloading. A free app that many people make use of is Compass Free, this is simply a compass app that uses GPS signals to find out which way you are heading.

A free app for the iPhone and iPad that everyone should have is Google Earth. This is a fantastic app that is really limitless in what it can do. You view pretty much anywhere in the world, see pictures of the areas, find out details about roads and other transport. Google Earth is one of the best free apps there is for the iPhone. There are also lots of apps that give you information on train times, airports, buses and any other form of transport you may be looking to use.

BBC News

Reference & Information


One of the best free apps for the iPhone has to be the Wikipedia app. This has a wealth of information and is so easy to use. If you want information on pretty much anything then this app can help you find it. This app has been one of the most popular downloads for a few years now. Another useful free app is Dictionary. This one is pretty much self explanatory and it does come in very handy sometimes.

BBC News is a free app that many people download. This is always kept up to date and there are all the latest news headlines and often even some video clips of the latest news stories from around the world and locally. There are also several newspaper apps that are free to download, ranging from The Sun to The Independent to the New York Times.

Weather Apps

Something that many people use there iPhone or iPad for is the weather. There are lots of free weather apps out there but the best is probably the Met Office Weather app. This has all the latest weather news for the UK. There are lots of excellent features on there including a rainfall radar which can tell you exactly where the rain is falling. The app can also find your current location and tell you the exact temperature and weather conditions.

If you are relying on the weather then the iPhone can be very useful. Apps such as The Snow Report or Ski Club Snow Report are very handy if you are planning a trip to the slopes. MSW Surf Forecast is ideal if you are wondering how the waves are shaping up. There is also Tide App, which gives you all the latest tide times for your local area.


Other Handy Ones

iBooks and Kindle are two excellent free apps that give you the ability to read books on your iPhone or iPad. These are very popular downloads and well worth getting hold of. A handy app for business people or if you are travelling abroad is Currency Converter, this gives you all the latest exchange rates in all the major currencies. One that I like is Documents Free, with this app you can use your iPhone or iPad as a word processor. Simply type out your document and then email it to yourself.

If you are looking to get fit then MiCoach is a superb free app. This helps you train and get fit and will set training schedules for you, map out your routes and then track your progress. This is another brilliant free app for the iPhone. If you are a sports fan the Sky Sports News is perfect for you as it gives you all the latest news headlines, scores and fixtures from the world of sport.  

As there are so many apps available for the iPhone and iPad it can be very difficult to know what to download. This list is by no means the be all and end all of apps. There will be other apps out there that are well worth downloading. But when it comes to the best free apps for the iPhone and iPad these certainly are right up there at the top of the list. If you have an iPhone or iPad it’s well worth downloading these free apps and making use of them.


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      7 years ago

      Great games

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      Umais manzoor 

      8 years ago

      I want to download stick cricket On


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