iPhone app mini-reviews

I already installed the 2.0 firmware on my old iPhone and downloaded a few of the free applications from Apple’s new App Store.

Some of the applications like Exposure, SmugShot, NetNewsWire, Twitterrific, and Remote seemed very polished, while others like ShoZu still seem pretty rough.

Twitterrific works almost exactly like the desktop version. NetNewsWire is a pretty basic RSS news reader that syncs perfectly with the desktop version or NewsGator Online.

Exposure is a great way to browse Flickr. You can view your own pictures or those of your contacts. One of the best features is Near Me, which uses the iPhone’s location capability to find pictures near your current location. SmugShot is a very simple application that lets you take a picture with the iPhone’s camera and immediately upload it to SmugMug. I’d really love to see something similar for Flickr.

Apple’s free Remote application lets you control iTunes or an Apple TV from your iPhone. Its display on the iPhone looks exactly like the built-in iPod player, even displaying the artwork and current location in the song just as if it was playing on the iPod itself.

Unfortunately, ShoZu is pretty troublesome. It took several times before it would accept my Flickr settings and log in successfully. The application will only let you set up a WordPress.com blog, not a self-hosted WordPress blog like this one. I was able to set up this blog as MetaWeblog from their website, but it won’t recognize it in the iPhone app.

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