FOR PRACTICALITY'S SAKE
TrackThis lets you track any FedEx or UPS packages. It saves a lot of hassle when you've ordered some used books off Amazon or had concert tickets sent over, since all you have to do is enter the package tracking number into the app and it'll give you instant updates on exactly where the package is.
SoundHound and Shazam identify any songs playing - anytime, anywhere. No more endlessly Googling lyrics in vain!
Stylebook is more of a fashionista app, but is still very practical. It's basically a portable closet that lets you log outfits for different occasions (work, class, night out, date, etc.), store looks that you love and plan outfits in advance - this way, I never have to spend time remembering which pieces to combine and I love not having to worry about this in the morning.
Mint.com Personal Finance is one your parents will love. It keeps track of your expenses, lets you create financial goals and warns you when your balance is low/you've exceeded your budget. My favourite feature is the visual breakdown of how you're spending your money, which makes it really easy to notice spending patterns (since we're all rather delusional - or in denial - about what we spend most of our money on).
QR Reader reads QR codes that normally gives you access to promotions or sneak peek videos for movies/music videos.
Find my iPhone is the app you've always wanted; it tells you where your iPhone is when you've misplaced or lost it.
Around Me or Google Places locates cafés, ATMs, cinemas, restaurants, etc. nearby. It also provides you with an indicator of how far they are away from you, directions on how to get there, the telephone number of the store and ratings.
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802theApp keeps you up to date on events in Burlington and gives you directions to event locations and local businesses.
Pandora lets you create and personalise your own music channels according to your mood/taste. Spotify is a massive music database that lets you stream free any song you wish. The main difference between these two services is that Pandora will find music similar to the song you search, but not the specific song, while Spotify will let you play that song but doesn't allow you to create a 'channel' based on it.
TO STAY ON TOP OF COURSEWORK
USB Disk turns your iPhone into digital storage space for any essays that need to be printed, files that need to be backed up, etc.
Dictionary & Thesaurus is a very simple app for quickly searching definitions and synonyms. I use the website (dictionary.com / thesaurus.com) on my web browser all the time.
FOR THE UBER-SOCIAL
Foursquare lets you check into locations (like Starbucks or your dorm building) and become "mayor" of the place if you show up often enough. You can earn discounts at businesses like Gap, Steve Madden and most chain restaurants as a reward for checking in frequently. I personally don't use this app, but lots of my friends have recommended it.
WhatsApp lets all smartphone users communicate via a common platform - no more BBM/Ping divide.
Instagram lets you snap photos, make funky edits and post it directly onto Facebook or Twitter.
Viber is absolute genius, but will only work if you have a group of friends connected to it. I've also heard that Skype and Google Voice are good options for free calls.
Words with Friends is a virtual game of scrabble that you can play with your friends.