Best iPhone Apps

What are the Best iPhone Apps and are they free?

Free Apps to Improve Your  iPhone Experience

Best iPhone Apps
Best iPhone Free Backgrounds

If you’re bored with your new iPhone 4, perhaps you haven’t been downloading enough of the best iPhone apps. If there is one thing that sets the iPhone apart from the Droid and other mobile phone competition it’s the great Apps. I’ve downloaded so many so-called ‘best iPhone Apps’ that I cant even count them all. In fact, there are way too many to cover in a single review. For that reason, this is just one of many review articles I will be doing on iPhone Applications. This is by no means an all-inclusive review of the best iPhone Apps, but a summary of some really good iPhone Apps that I’ve found very useful.

Best iPhone Wallpaper

Looking for the most impressive HD Backgrounds for your new iPhone 4 wallpaper? Changing your iPhone’s background can really freshen up your device. In fact, whenever I change my wallpaper it makes me feel like I’ve just gotten a new iPhone.  A few notes on how wallpaper backgrounds on the iPhone work: HD Backgrounds belongs among the best iPhone Apps.

HD Backgrounds

The iPhone has two different settings for storing HD Backgrounds:

  1. Home Screen Wall Paper
  2. Lock Screen Wall Paper

All of the pictures in your photo library can be set as the wall paper on your active home screen, or as the wallpaper you see when your phone is locked.
You can use the same picture or a different picture for both the lock screen and the home screen. Wallpaper backgrounds are the one app that can keep your iPhone looking and feeling new and fresh. Great thinking on Apple’s part, but what is the best way to get images and/or photos on your iPhone?

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Free Iphone Wallpaper

Best HD Background App

WallpapersHD is the first app that I downloaded since upgrading that really distinguished the new iPhone 4 from the old iPhone 3GS. WallpapersHD has some of the most incredible, beautiful, high definition photos and images you will find anywhere. The new and superior high resolution, retina display of the iPhone 4 really comes to life when you start viewing these images. Not only are the photos and images of outstanding quality but there are literally thousands of them. WallpapersHD has over 10,00 high quality images. As of the time this article is written, there are 1075 pages with 9 images on each page and more being added every day. Furthermore, the HD Backgrounds can be filtered by category or searched for by type. These images, when displayed on the new iPhone 4 are so jaw-droppingly good that they nearly look as though they are 3D on your screen. It is very quick and easy to sort through the images on WallpapersHD and save them to your iPhone’s photo album. Yes, WallpapersHD is fully compatible with older versions of the iPhone. They still look good on my wife’s iPhone 3GS, though not quite as spectacular as they are on the iPhone 4. This is a must have app for your iPhone and the best part? It’s Free! Add it to your Best iPhone Apps Collection.

Best Web Browser

The iPhone gives you a nearly-perfect web browsing experience. I will explain later why it’s not quite perfect. For now, let’s go over some of the contenders for best web browsing iPhone app. My favorite iPhone web browsers are Google, Safari and Bing in that order.  In reality, Google and Bing are more of a search tool then a web browser. Safari is Apple’s own web browser which comes with the iPhone. Both the Bing and Google web browsers can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store. Either of these two programs give you features, technology and functions that you cannot get even from your desktop browser.  You will still want to use Safari if you want the experience of a true Desktop Web Browser. With either the Google or Bing application installed on your iPhone, you can do a web search merely by speaking into your phone. This feature works amazingly well, even with extremely long phrases. For instance, the other day I wanted to know how to change the oil on my 1997 BMW 540i. I touched the microphone on the Google  App touch-screen and spoke into the phone, “How do I change the oil on my 1997 BMW 540i?”  In about 3 seconds, the Google Search engine produced a list of DIY articles telling me how to change the oil on my car. Not only is the speech search feature accurate on phrases and research terms, but it is pretty good with people and names, too. If speaking into your iPhone’s web browser isn’t good enough on it’s own, both Bing and Google also allow you to use your iPhone’s camera to search by picture. For instance, I snapped a picture of my Stanley 25′ Tape Measurer that was sitting on my computer desk. Google’s search engine produced a list of results, including the exact model of my tape measure: 33-425 Powerlock-II. Amazing stuff – and so easy to use! I might say it’s a tie between Google and Bing, but I prefer the Google Search Engine. They both belong in your  best iPhone Apps Collection. I vote the Google App, not only the best web browser, but the best Free iPhone App., period! There’s only one reason iPhone web browsing is not perfect and it has nothing to do with Google, Bing or Safari.

iPhone Flash Player for iPhone

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Flash Player iPhone?

Are you looking for a Flash Player for iPhone?

Surfing the internet on the iPhone is a breeze until you stumble upon web content that requires Adobe Flash Player. When I got my first iPhone 3GS over a year ago, I remembered thinking, “There is nothing I can do on my desktop PC that I cannot do on this amazing iPhone”. That was before I tried loading some Network reports and discovered the graphics and line charts wouldn’t display. My Safari Browser screen gave me the message that I needed Adobe Flash player to load this content. So, what did I do? I immediately went to the iTunes store and looked for an Adobe Flash Player for the iPhone.  The reason for this is not because Adobe refuses to make its flash player for mobile devices. Apple refuses to allow it because Adobe’s Flash Player is a resource hog which will greatly slow down the browsing experience of any mobile device, including the Droid. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of Flash Player even on my speedy desktop, for this very same reason. I’ve been told that Flash really cripples Performance on Apple Macs, too. The idea behind Apple is to put pressure on website owners and developers to produce content that is mobile device friendly. The Flash Player and mobile devices browsing are not a good match. There are, however, are some rumors about improved, faster mobile versions of Flash Player to be coming out from Adobe. Ultimately, it will be up to Apple. Beware of a deceptive product on iTunes called, Flash Video Review. This is not a Flash Player. It is merely an eBook. Many users have been duped into paying $9.99 for a worthless eBook review on Adobe Flash Player. I cannot understand why this product is allowed on the iTunes store. Instead of an iPhone Flash Player, I look forward to more mobile-friendly, speedy websites that don’t require it. The best of the best iPhone Apps shouldn’t require stodgy old Windows Software.

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Rear Projection Televisions

rear projection televisions
Mitsubishi DLP TV

Best HD Digital TV for the Money

No matter what High Definition Digital Television you buy today, there will always be one around the corner that is more technologically advanced. So, if you’re worried about being outdated, you might as well never buy a new television: With the latest innovations in Plasma, LCD, LED and Laser technology, owning a television which is outdated is not a risk, but a reality. In my opinion, there is really only one mistake you can make with the purchase of a new HD TV: Buying one that is too small. 20 years ago, anything over 32” was considered a big-screen television. A few years ago, when 1080P LCD was the latest rage, I made the mistake of going with a 42” LCD TV rather than a larger 1080i 50” for the same money. In the four years that I’ve owned the television, I have yet to play a blue-ray or 1080P move on it. The 42” Screen seems small in comparison of the 50”, 55” LCD screens today for the same money. In fact, the only way you will appreciate the difference of the 1080P resolution vs. the 1080i is on a larger screen. The larger the screen, the more apparent becomes the resolution difference of the picture.  Therefore, the one mistake you can never make on a TV is to purchase one that is too big. The greatest advancement in televisions over the last 30 years is the increase in resolution. The viewing difference between 1080i and 1080p is miniscule compared to the difference between 1080i and our older non-HD televisions. In my opinion, playing blu-ray movies on a 42” television is a waste of money. Get the bigger screen if you want to enjoy the highest resolution. The last consideration is whether or not you need that latest LCD or LED technology.

Size Matters MOST when it comes to HD TVs

6 years prior to the 42” mistake, I made a similar blunder (for different reasons) on a bulky, heavy 46” Mitsubishi DLP TV. Actually, in those days, they were not using DLP technology; Rear Projection Televisions were using Red, Green, Blue guns and were prone to lots of convergence problems. The TV was fine, but by the time I got around to playing HD content on it, there were lots of better Televisions on the market for less money. 42” LCD and Plasma Televisions seemed to be replacing the bigger, bulkier projection TVs in people’s homes at an alarming rate. While other TV makers continued advancing LCD technology, Mitsubishi continued refining its Rear Projection TV’s with DLP, automatic convergence and much brighter imaging. While other TV makers abandoned DLP Rear Projection manufacturing altogether, Mitsubishi started introducing bigger, but smaller form-factor models at much more affordable pricing: That is, 60”, 65”, 73” and even 82” Mitsubishi DLP TVs with pricing which was competitive with the latest 50” LCD TVs at the time. The DLP televisions are infinitely sleeker and slimmer than the bulky, digital Rear Projection Televisions from 10 years earlier. Today, the latest rage are LED Televisions, costing twice as much as the significantly larger sized 2nd Generation Mitsubishi DLP TV’s from 3 years ago. Don’t get me wrong, the LED televisions are extremely sleek, thin and have the brightest picture imaginable for a lightly lit room like your den; but how do they compare for sports and movie viewing enjoyment?
Which would look more impressive in your dark basement or home theatre room? Watching the Super Bowl on a 42” state-of-the-art LED or on a 65” 2007 Model Mitsubishi 73” Rear Projection DLP TV?  Would you rather watch a Blu-Ray version of Avatar on a 42” LED TV or on a 65” DLP Screen? Which one is more affordable? The puny LED TV in your Den or the 65” Mitsubishi DLP?  Rear Projection Televisions offer television viewers the most bang for the buck by far!

Mitsubishi DLP TV

What used to seem big in size yesterday no longer seems big today. The 42” LCD television in my den requires me to wear glasses in order to view from my kitchen table. It not only seems twice as small, but cost twice the money as the 65” Mitsubishi DLP TV that I purchased earlier this summer.  I purchased the Mitsubishi WD-65C9 Mitsubishi DLP TV from an online retailer. The television retails for $1399.00, but I paid under $1000 for it; including shipping. The WD-65C9 impressed me before I even removed it from the box. It was so light-weight that my wife and I were able to carry it downstairs without even breaking a sweat. The WD-65C9 was nothing to carry and move around compared to my old, 46” Rear Projection Mitsubishi television; which is now being put to good use in the guest bedroom. The Mitsubishi DLP TV WD-65C9 was a breeze to setup. It comes with all of the inputs you need: plenty of HDMI, Component and RCA jacks, etc. My goal here is only to provide an overall impression of the value of a rear projection DLP TV, rather than a full review on this particular model, but just a few things to note: The WD-65C9 takes about 30 seconds to warm-up to a decent picture from the moment you first power it on. This is a minor annoyance, but certainly not a game changer. My overall, first-impression of the huge 65” display was jaw dropping and exceeded my expectations for a DLP Rear Projection TV. Even in fairly well-lit day time conditions, the WD-65C9 produces an outstanding picture. When the room is dark, a Mitsubishi DLP TV is unbeatable in my opinion. I could have paid twice as much for a 50” LED television, but would not have been as happy. The 65”screen is the perfect size for my basement and is fantastic for viewing Baseball, Football, Movies, Wii and X-Box 360 games.  Unlike my other two television choices, this is one that I’ve been extremely comfortable and happy with from the very beginning. I could not have possibly chosen a better fit for my basement at a better price. And it’s not as if the Mitsubishi WD-65C9 DLP Television is obsolete. This TV is 3D Capable!  With the money I saved on the television, I can buy the 3DC-1000 Kit and a Sony Playstation 3 For Blue Ray Movies and still save $1,000 over the price of a 55” LED Television. As it stands, I didn’t get the latest in Rear Projection Televisions either. But because they have continued to advance this technology, the older Mitsubishi DLP TVs are an outstanding value.

The Latest Rear Projection Televisions

Mitsubishi DLP Televisions have evolved. The latest DLP models; the 838 and 738 series come in 65”, 73” and 83” sizes. The technology most responsible for bringing down the price of my 65” WD-65C9 is probably Mitsubishi’s new LaserVue Rear Projection TVs which boast brighter, more vivid colors. These televisions come in 65” and 75” sizes and are significantly more expensive than their older DLP TVs. At nearly $4,000 and 4-times the price of the one which already looks so sweet in my basement, I have no regrets for having not invested in state-of-the-art television technology.

Best HD Video Camera

Best HD Video Camera

What is the Best HD Video Camera for under $500? $250? $150?  It’s great news these days if you want to record High Definition home movies. It won’t cost you a whole lot to get near professional looking HD Quality Video. With the introduction of the new Flip Video Mino HD, you can now find the 2nd and 3rd generation HD Camcorders for around $100 or lower. No, a camera this small isn’t necessarily the best, but it might be the best for most people’s situations. There is no question that Digital Recording of HD quality Video to your computer via USB is extremely convenient. The question is, do you have to pay more to get better quality recordings? A Professional HD Video Camera will obviously give you the very best quality, but those cost thousands of dollars more than the handy, miniature HD recorders reviewed here. The top choice is not limited to the one you cannot afford or care to lug around.  My purpose is to point you to the best cameras in the $500, $300 and $150-and-under price range. What I like about consumer-end HD Video Recorders is the convenience. There is no tape to record to and thus, no need to convert them digitally to display them on your computer. In fact, with very little effort you can copy directly from HD cameras to your PC or Laptop instantly, for immediate viewing. Digitally recorded Video Files will instantly copy to DVD Media for viewing on your big screen television. Or, you can plug the flash drive into your TV or Game Console if it has an available USB port – and if your television is equipped with an HD resolution, you’re in for a high definition treat. If I still had a VHS, SVHS, 8MM, or Compact VHS Camcorder, I’d throw it away and replace it with a $150 USB HD Video Camera; that’s how good these things are. So, let’s see if you can get the best HD video camera in the $100-$500 range with video recording that will look good on that large, 65″ Rear Projection Television I bought Last Summer.

Best HD Video Camera for under $500

Sony HDR-CX110 High Definition Handycam Camcorder

(4.5 Stars)
The HDR-CX110 has an average 4.5 Star rating from 30 different Amazon users. The CX110 uses Sony’s high-quality Carl Zeiss Vario Sonar-T lens to achieve excellent video quality. Is it the best HD camera in this price range? Close enough.  Users reported very bright, colorful, realistic recording in well lit conditions and better than average recording in darker areas. The Optical Zoom of the CX110 is 25X which is HUGE. The Sony HDR-CX110 records full 1920×1080, 60FPS HD Video to a Sony Memory Stick. That’s my only complaint with Sony is that their memory sticks cost more, but fortunately Sony lets you use a typical SD stick with this product. NICE. You’ll want a large capacity memory stick for high definition video. I would recommend 32GB. People say the zoom lens, recording quality and LCD screen are very good. The CX110 is also very light. You can also shoot 3MP Still Photos with the Sony CX-110. The darn thing weights nearly 1/2 a pound. The retail price for this superb HD Video Camera is around $500, but you can get them way cheaper than that if you shop online.

Best Video Cameras Under $200

Flip Video Mino HD

Flip Video Mino HD
Flip Mino

There are 3 Generations of Flip Video Cameras. The latest one is the Flip Video Mino HD 3rd Generation. It comes in both a 4GB and 8GB SD Version. These little cameras are the slickest, most convenient, easy to use, high quality low end HD Camcorder I’ve ever used. What I like about the Flip Cameras is that there are no cables to mess with. A convenient USB port flips out, plugs right into your PC or Laptop and opens up on your screen for viewing the videos you’ve taken. The quality in doors, even in low-lighting is much better than I expected for a best hd video camera in this price range. Hundreds of 2nd Generation Users of the Flip Video Mino Camcorders rated them an average of 4.5 stars. The build quality, ease-of-use and quality video for the money were cited as reasons for the high ratings. An 8GB version might cost you $229.00 tops. Only the UltraHD Flip 8GB Camera and the Flip Video Mino HD Models have Image Stabilization.  One of the most aggravating results of Video Cameras this small is you will get dizzy watching the results due to the shakiness of your hands while you recorded; keeping some from being considered best hd video camera. The Image Stabilization makes a difference, but is still not quite as smooth as larger models.

Best Cameras Under $150

Flip Video Ultra HD 2nd Gen

(4-Stars)
The Flip Video Camcorders have come a long ways. The first one I ever laid my hands on was not High Definition Quality, but I was still mighty impressed. Thanks to a very rapid innovation refresh rate, there are already obsolete Flip Video HD Cameras selling for well below what the first standard definition ones cost just a couple of years ago. Nearly 1,000 Amazon Users gave the 2nd-Gen Flip Ultra HD Camcorder a 4-Star Rating. The build quality and video are excellent for the price. You simply can’t go wrong for $150.00 or less. Expect to pay as low as $119.00 for an HD Flip Camera if you shop the sales below.

(4.5 Stars)

Creative VADO HD 3rd Gen Video Camera

The Creative VADO HD got the very highest rating for features and video quality from PC World. I happen to agree with their reviewers. The VADO HD seems to shoot better than the rest of the low priced HD Video Cameras in low-light conditions. The wide angle of the lens is excellent for a video camera this small. On very cool feature: An HDMI port on the side so you can plug this sucker directly into your High Definition TV and immediately watch your recorded videos in High Definition. Both the Creative Vado and Flip Video HD Cameras lack Optical Zoom Control. Also, there is no Image Stabilization advertised on the VADO, though the video seemed smoother than the non-Image Stabilized HD Flip Cam models. One last thing, I’ll mention. No matter how good these tiny, little hand-held video cameras shoot video, they’ll never match the overall quality of the larger ones with the large optical zoom lens. If you really want to be serious about good videos for under $500.00, go for the Sony HDR-CX110.  Smaller HD Video Cams weigh 5 to 6 ounces. The Sony weights .52 LBs.. Not exactly a big sacrifice on size. If I wanted to shoot decent video, I’d go for the more expensive Sony HDR-CX110. If I was looking for small, convenient video shooting, I’d use the iPhone 4 or a good, small digital camera. For me, the best choice is one that I can take with me just about anywhere and still get reasonable video quality.