By Thomas Lord
on 3.2.09

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The iPhone has come a long way since its inception. It broke barriers with its touch screen, web apps, and, finally, native apps. With over 15,000 apps available, it’s hard to decide which ones are worth your while. I’ve spent my fair share of time (read: a lot) downloading iPhone/iPod Touch apps and, long story short, I’ve uninstalled a good portion of them. Why? Because they either sucked or I never used them.

For your benefit, below is a list of the 25 best iPhone apps and links to get them on iTunes. In my testing, I was also tasked with jailbreaking my iPhone to discover the best of the underground app world (thanks, Eric). So here’s the list, in no particular order. They may not be the “best” or top rated, but they’re my take on what might be the 25 best apps for the Gear Patrol reader… and isn’t that what matters?

Pandora Radio

pandora-iphone-appBest Pandora iPhone App (um… the only one): Pandora Radio has to be one of my top used apps. When I’m getting bored of listening to what I’ve crammed on my iPhone or just looking for some new music, I open Pandora, enter a name of one of my favorite bands and bam! Pandora creates a station that plays their music or something in the same realm. The service works well over 3G and EDGE and is in the must-have department.

Free on Pandora Radio

Google Mobile

google-iphone-appBest iPhone Google Search App: Google mobile is the world in your pocket. With voice search and a “my location” feature, you can find all types of joints within your vicinity. Need to know what the name of those plastic tips on your shoe laces are? Ask Google mobile (I’ll save you the trouble, they’re aglets).

Free on Google Mobile App

RSS Runner

rss-runner-iphone-appBest iPhone RSS Reader App: Simple design,clear interface, and you can import your RRS feeds from Google reader. Yes, it’s that simple. RSS and efficient-reading junkies need look no further.

Free on RSS Runner

Pageonce – A Personal Assistant

pageonce-iphone-appBest iPhone Organization Tool App: PageOnce is a cool little app that lets you access various accounts all in one spot. Credit cards, Swiss bank account, Netflix, bills, and whatnot. It pretty much gives you a little summary of what you have going on all over the interwebs. Logins and passwords are securely stored and, if you lose your precious, you can log onto the site and have your content blocked from peering eyes. A $10 premium version of Pageonce is also available that provides detailed financial info, transaction/balances summary screen, 4 digit pass-code, and removes the ads.

Free on Pageonce - A Personal Assistant

Apple Remote

apple-remote-iphone-appBest Integration of iTunes App: Remote allows you to control your iTunes from your iPhone, which is pretty freaking iCool. Paired with an Airport Express and you can have music piped through your whole place. Now, when you bring a lady over you don’t have to go over to your stereo and pop in a CD. Instead, discretely open Remote on your iPhone and get that playlist going, son!

Free on Remote

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