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    AppStart for iPhone

    by AppAdvice.com

    The very first app you're going to want is our AppStart for iPhone. We created it just for new iPhone owners. Think of it as a very cool owner's manual except AppStart is colorful, informative, and fun instead of dry and boring. It's an absolute must for new users.

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    Facebook

    by Facebook, Inc.

    This one's a no-brainer. If you use Facebook, download the free official app. Keep in touch with friends, family, and coworkers via photos and status updates. There are certainly other options for Facebook on the iPhone, but none of them tops this free, official version.

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    Twitter

    by Twitter, Inc.

    Facebook's not your bag, but Twitter is? Download this app and you can access your Twitter account with a simple, free download. The official Twitter app is a must have for Twitter users. The app has a very crisp interface that is easy to use, making it a great addition to your new iPhone.

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    Instagram

    by Burbn, Inc.

    If you like to make your photos fancy to share with others, then be sure to add Instagram to your home screen. The app allows you to easily snap a photo and apply over a dozen different filters to your photo, making it really pop. Once you find the filter you like, you can easily share your photo with the world using Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Posterous, and Facebook. You can also find and follow friends who use Instagram and let them know your thoughts by liking or commenting on their photos. The ease of sharing photos is why Instagram is an essential iPhone app; that fact that it's free certainly doesn't hurt.

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    IM+ Pro

    by SHAPE GmbH

    If Facebook and Twitter are not your preferred (or only) mode for keeping in touch, IM+ Pro is another option. In this day and age there are plenty of ways to communicate. Keep in touch with one app instead of downloading several different apps. IM+ Pro supports AIM, Yahoo!, ICQ, and many more messengers.

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    Skype for iPhone

    by Skype Communications S.a.r.l

    Want to talk to your distant friends and family face-to-face? If you both have newer model iDevices you can FaceTime, but what if you don't? Skype is a must-have app on the iPhone. The app lets you make and receive both audio and video calls in the background.

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    Yelp

    by Yelp

    You've gotten ahold of your friends, but where are you going to meet up? With Yelp, you can find reviews of any business in your area. Every kind of business is included, but restaurants are definitely Yelp's focus. If you like finding new places or exploring town, this is the app to have on your phone.

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    Shazam

    by Shazam Entertainment Ltd.

    Have you ever been out and heard a song that you really like, but don't know the title or who sings it? If you want to find out what the name of the song is, then pop out your iPhone and let Shazam listen to it for a few seconds. It'll find the name of the song 9 out of 10 times and tag it so you can find it or buy it later. If you want more features there are paid versions of Shazam.

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    Fandango Movies – Times & Tickets

    by Fandango

    You've figured out what that unfamiliar song is and now you want to see a movie. Check movie times and get detailed movie information on your phone with the Fandango app. You can even buy tickets, get reviews, and see which movies are coming out soon.

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    GasBuddy - Find Cheap Gas Prices

    by GasBuddy Organization Inc

    While you're out and about, you'll probably need to fuel up. Get the best gas prices in your area with GasBuddy. Never overpay for gas again.

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    Google Translate

    by Google, Inc.

    Do you have plans to travel anytime soon? Translate from one language to another by typing or speaking words and phrases with this amazing free app. By typing the words, you can translate between 70 different languages. So if you are lost in France and need to know where the train station is, Google Translate can speak your questions aloud in French. It also has a full screen mode making it easier for others to read. This app can turn anyone into a polyglot.

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    Kindle

    by AMZN Mobile LLC

    The other forms of entertainment I've mentioned above are great, but there really is no substitute for a good book. The Kindle app lets you turn your iPhone into an eBook reader. The huge selections of books available and the app's ability to sync your place among all of your iDevices and even your Kindle device make this app a winner. Check with your local library because some will let you borrow books for free with this app.

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    Evernote

    by Evernote

    Need to keep track of things, like movies, books, travel, games, friends, and more? Evernote provides free note taking on the iPhone that can rival any paid version. Take notes on the go, and sync them wirelessly and automatically with your other iDevices and your computer. Text, voice, and image notes are included. I really can't say enough about this free, universal app; it is always the first app I recommend to my friends. Just try it for yourself.

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    Plants vs. Zombies

    by PopCap

    Another way to show off your brand new iPhone is through games. Mobile gaming has come a long way in the past couple of years. A classic game that has become a favorite for many of us is Plants vs. Zombies. Keep the zombies that are on your lawn from entering your house with a team of defensive plants that you handpick. Place these plants strategically on your lawn to slow down those undead and eventually knock them to pieces. The game doesn't lose its play value once you beat it, but if you want more, grab its sequel, Plants vs. Zombies 2, for free.

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    Infinity Blade III

    by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC

    A game that will show off the processor speeds of your new iPhone is Infinity Blade III. There is a reason why Apple chose to showcase this game at their keynote speech. Hack and slash your way through a dynamic 3D world, cast devastating spells in your favor, and upgrade your equipment to fit your needs. The graphics are stunning and the gameplay is addicting. There are two Infinity Blade titles prior to this one if you wanted to start from the beginning of the story. The battles are never the same and you will have spectators in awe when they see this being played on a phone.