iFidelity: September’s Smartest iPhone Apps
Sonar [Free] Even if this feels a little Klute-inspired for our tastes, it’s inarguably handy for those of us who struggle with small talk. Instead of hopelessly trying to bridge the six degrees that separate you from the person you just met at happy hour, try Sonar, a social network aggregator that reveals otherwise hidden mutual Facebook friends, overlapping “likes,” and fellow Twitter followers while using Foursquare check-in technology to locate other users in locations as disparate as airports and concert venues. In the event there’s no time to do a complete background check on a prospective crush, the app also divulges any overlapping employment and education histories.
T.S. Eliot Book Collection [$.99] Measuring out your life in coffee spoons? Surely there’s a better way to pass the time. With the no-frills T.S. Eliot Book Collection—seriously, there’s not one frill—immerse yourself in four of the American ex-pat’s classic works, including the short story “Eeldrop and Appleplex” and the five-part wunder-poem The Waste Land. Take Eliot with you on the road or while flying the “marmorean skies.” A must-have for Eliot enthusiasts, the Prufrock is in the pudding.
Blackbook Las Vegas [Free] Self-promotion alert! A weekend in Vegas is always an unpredictable odyssey (like, we still can’t understand how The Hangover Part II didn’t get flushed down the toilet), but it never hurts to plan ahead. Map out your Strip-side vacation with a little help from the BlackBook Guide to Las Vegas. Check out the newest and hottest shops, restaurants, bars and clubs, hotels, and spas in Sin City, while also enjoying insider tips from local night owls (read: drunks), shop hounds, and foodies. Whether you’re looking for Celine to serenade you at Caesar’s or you just want to turn up the heat at Lavo, let us fuel the fire of your bad decisions.
Roger Ebert’s Great Movies [$.99] Nary a movie review is as sacred as the Gospel According to Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize–winning film critic who famously wrote, “I had a colonoscopy once, and they let me watch it on TV. It was more entertaining than The Brown Bunny.” Fearless in both his praise and crucifixion of big-screen releases, the longtime Chicago Sun-Times contributor has put together an app from his Great Movies series, a collection of 300 full-length articles discussing the merits (or lack thereof) of everything from The Godfather to Goldfinger.
Tonic’s Dogood [Free] Ever find yourself trying to imagine a watchable version of Pay It Forward? Stop wasting your energy! Instead, download Tonic’s DoGood, an online initiative that’s set into motion more than a million good deeds since its website launched in 2009. Its new app suggests daily do-goodery such as “Tip your server better,” or “Send e-cards to soldiers.” There’s even a “Global DoGood Counter” that tracks the number of doers on a given day and the record highs for user-generated benevolence. Finally, altruism we don’t automatically associate with Kevin Spacey’s charbroiled mug.
Spotify [Free] It took a few years, but Spotify has made its way across the Atlantic. The music streaming service, which originated as a Swedish startup in 2008 and has since grown to include over 10 million users as of late 2010, debuted stateside this past July. With over 13 million songs at their disposal, Spotify users can wirelessly sync files to their iPhones and iPads. What the app lacks in search capabilities (it’s not easy to browse aimlessly through tracks), it makes up for with its wealth of content. Rate songs and organize them into playlists, which can be accessed—via Spotify’s offline mode—even when there’s no mobile connection.
Luxury Attaché [$1.99] The internet is filled with more guides than you can shake a disco stick at. Luxury Attaché caters to those with a taste for the finer things in life, providing highly curated suggestions on how-to with the who’s who in destinations as far-flung as Mykonos, Stockholm, and Dubai. The app also features exclusive “Concierge Top Lists” that pinpoint a city’s best-hidden gems, from rooftop dining destinations to under-the-radar party palaces.