Notes, Voice Memo, Google Sync, E*TRADE Mobile Pro, Camera Zoom - TiPb Picks of the Week


Every week a few of us from team TiPb, bloggers and forum crew alike, will bring you our current favorite, funnest, most useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they're iPhone (or iPod touch) related, they're fair game.

So who's on deck this week and what are our picks? Find out after the break!

Chad's Pick: Notes

Chad's pick of the week has to be the built-in iPhone Notes app. With the iPhone 3.0 software update, the Notes application has become much more useful; spotlight search, in-line delete, landscape and syncing has bumped Evernote for tasks (using the Autofocus system) and is very simple to use. Couple this with the built in ability to email your notes, you have one killer-app! [Built in]


Chris' Pick: Voice Memo

My pick of the week is the Voice Memo app in iPhone 3.0. From the early days of my Palm Zire, I always liked having a voice recording app. I felt it was useful to be able to jot down a quick note or htought, rather than typing it out (and especially if you are driving and can't type!). As soon as I got my iPhone, I purchased a voice memo app, and now Apple has included one. True, it doesn't offer all of the accoutrements that some do (voice to text, wifi synching, etc) but it is a nice feature to include, and I find myself using it on almost a daily basis. Now if only they made it able to record phone calls. [Built in]


James' Pick: Google Sync

In my upcoming job change, I will be losing the free Exchange server I was using to house my contacts and calendar. Enter Google Sync. With free Exchange connection for push calendar and contacts, I am able to safely save my data in the cloud. [Web link]

Justin's Pick: E*TRADE Mobile Pro

I've using this app for little over a month now and love it. I find the user interface design to be very intuitive, especially with all the functionality that is packed into it. Also, a recent update has now added push notifications for stock and account alerts which makes it even more useful. You can do almost everything on that app that you can do from the computer like trade stocks, view streaming real time quotes, transfer money, view market and stock news, and much more! To sum it up, if you have an Etrade account this is a must have app. [Free - iTunes link]


Matt's Pick: VLCRemote

This is a very nifty app for those of you that enjoy watching videos on your PC or Mac. VLCRemote controls VLC player via WiFi (my mac was using a LAN line, but it's on the same network). The app lest you control all the basics, plus view your playlist, utilize different skip speeds, and use an IMDB lookup on selected playlist items. This is a must have app for an VLC user! [$2.99 - iTunes link]


Rene's Pick: Camera Zoom v1.1

Not withstanding the conspiratorial selection of multiple built-in apps above, I'm joining Justin in staying true to the App Store with a freshly updated little photo gem, Camera Zoom. While the iPhone 3GS did wonders with 3 megapixels, auto focus, macro, auto white-balance and overall picture quality, still missing is any form of digital zoom. Enter the simply named app above. Just move the slider to frame the scene as tightly as you'd like, up to 4x magnification, then snap the shot. Results aren't optical quality, of course, but they're surprisingly good. If you use your iPhone as a convenience camera replacement, this is a must-have app for your toolbox. Works fine as the hardware allows on iPhone 3G under 3.0 as well. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

Camera Zoom v1.1

Your Pick?

You're part of team TiPb too, so what's your pick? What app was your absolute fav last week? Let us -- and everyone -- know in the comments!

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Notes, Voice Memo, Google Sync, E*TRADE Mobile Pro, Camera Zoom - TiPb Picks of the Week


I would have to pick the Price is Right. The game is on sale for only $.99 & pardon the pun "The Price is Right." Pretty cool game, worth checking out.

I live camera zoom. I'm just curious if the pics are also geo-tagged for use with iphotos places app.

I also love Camera Zoom. By far the best app I have downloaded. Though I doubt it's Geo-Tagged as it doesn't ask for your location......

Why would anyone like that zooming program? Like dude said above, it's just cropping.It's gotta be grainy right?

What's with E*TRADE Mobile Pro I tried to download it and got a not available in the Australian store message. Does anyone know if or why it's been pulled.

How can i make the notes keyboard come up faster? I double tap, let my finger on the screen. Sometimes it's really frustrating that the keyboard doesn't pop up. How can I make it show up faster?

@Roberto - you just haveto be patient and let it load first. If you watch closely, you'll see it flicker when it loads. Kinda like when you view a pic or zoom in with safari and it has to re-focus. After you see that flicker, one tap is all it takes.

I use google sync for contacts and calendar. It really is fantastic. Edit the contact in ur contacts, add address details etc and BAM appears a couple sec later on ur phone. One of those small things that really helps completes the iPhone.

Camere Zoom for .99 cents is an amazing app that adds digital zoom. Works great when the auto-focus is activated by moving it closer and further from the subject your shooting. Get amazing detail when 3'' from bug size subjects

@Nikel & Adam
No, Actually its not grainy at all. Maybe with iphone 3g but my new 3gs with 3.1mp takes camera zoom to another level. I used the pinch to zoom and screen feature before this app to enhance my pics. Camera zoom not only adds digital zoom but also image clarification process at the end before photo is stored. When veiwed with pinch/zoom possibilities for details are AMAZING!!!

I vote for Camera Flash. Yes it makes the pictures a little grainy but it also makes an otherwise un-veiwable picture of me standing next that hot chic veiwable !

Can anyone recommend a decent printing application? HP app only prints pics and some of the other apps that can print web pages require my Macbook to be on, right?

E*TRADE Mobile Pro!! Suk!! Still very slow, landscape chart take forever to load. Good luck buying any thing in a millions shares. Won't let you order more than 999,999 shares. Not enough data digits for Penny stock. !!!Update Plzzz!!!! luv the push notification alerts tho(on the last update) UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My pick:
Stone Loops of Jurassica
Really a fantastic game. Check it out. And, only .99 plus they have a lite version. Buy the .99 while it's on sale.

Camera Zoom is just cropping. The samples they post look awful. Get an App that crops and you can have both versions of your photo. Digital zoom always stinks. Even on a high quality digital camera. Try running some actual tests rather than wishing for the tooth fairy.