TECH LAB Downloads transform iPhone into handy tool By Hiawatha Bray | October 9, 2008
It seems a shame to run down the battery of an iPhone by making phone calls. There are so many more interesting things to do with it since July, when Apple Inc. opened up the popular smartphone to outside software developers.
The result is a torrent of helpful little programs, or "apps," that turn the iPhone into a powerful handheld computer. At Apple's iTunes online App Store, there are thousands to choose from, with more turning up every day. Which are the best? Depends what you're looking for. I favor the powerful, the practical, and the cool - programs that do useful stuff and look stylish as they do it.