The iPhone 4 brings a lot of new features, and this list of top 40 best free iPhone 4 apps will help you make the most of your new phone.
We’ve gathered up 40 of what we feel are the best applications in various categories to give you some guidance in what you should be taking up valuable space with on your iPhone 4. Communicate with friends, plan a better trip, play games, do business and more!
All of these apps are free at the time of this writing, but developers do change their minds from time to time, so do make sure to check the price before you download the application. Also, all links take you directly to the app in the store, so any of these will launch iTunes on your computer or mobile device. Also check out our Top 40 best free iPhone 4 games
iPhone 4 Business Apps
Bump: It can be annoying to give someone your contact information at a party or networking event, all the two people need to do is open up the Bump app, bump the phone against one another and the information is transferred.
Dropbox: Access all of the files in your Dropbox account from your iPhone and on the go.
Evernote: Access your Evernote account and add notes, snapshots and more so you can remember things on the go.
LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a great social network for professional communication, and now you can check up on people you’ve just met the second you walk away from them.
iPhone 4 Communication Apps
Fring: Get two-way video calling with Fring and Skype users over 3G or Wi-Fi long with other communication methods.
Skype: The official application from Skype allows you to make free Skype-to-Skype calls over Wi-Fi and still access their low international rates to call people in other countries.
TextPlus: Free App-to-App messaging as well as regular text messaging. Adds lots of other features such as communities and group chats.
Truphone: You can make free VoIP calls with Truphone, Skype and Google Talk via this app as well as other calls, SMS messages and more, and you can receive calls in the background thanks to the new multi-tasking feature.
iPhone 4 E-Reader Apps
Amazon Kindle: The Kindle app gives you access to all of Amazon’s e-books, and will also sync your purchases and current position in each book across all of the apps and physical Kindle readers.
Borders eBooks: Borders is the second largest book retailer in the United States and has now entered the e-book landscape with both e-readers and applications for all of the major platforms.
iBooks: The Apple e-reader app features a full bookstore run by the company itself. You can also synchronize your books and reading with your other iOS devices with the app installed.
iPhone 4 Game Apps
Dots Free: Play against the iPhone or other people in this classic game of capturing squares, but in this day and age, who needs to do it on paper any more
FarmVille: The game that has taken over Facebook has now come to the iPhone. Prepare for crop harvesting excitement.
GodFinger: A popular game for some time now on the iPhone, it has now been updated to take advantage of the Retina display. You truly are the finger of a God in this game.
Minesweeper: PCs have come with this game since the dawn of time, and now you can play it on the go on your iPhone.
South Park Mega Millionaire: The boys of South Park end up on a Japanese game show and engage all sorts of humiliating games.
Tap Tap Revenge 3: The popular music rhythm game continues coming up with new versions, and still remains free.
Touch Hockey: Air hockey played with your fingers against your friends over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Warships: It only looks and plays exactly like Battlship, but it’s Warships … see what they did there?
iPhone 4 Movie Apps
Fandango: Fandango allows you to not only look up theater locations, schedules and watch trailers, but you can also purchase tickets on the fly.
IMDb Movies & TV: IMDb is well-known for bringing you all sorts of information about movies, television and actors, and now you can do it on the go to hasten settling those inevitable bar bets about who that one guy was in the one movie … you know the one!
Movies: The Movies app from Flixster allows you locate theaters near you, browse their schedules and look up reviews from Rotten Tomatoes for any of the currently released movies.
Redbox: You can use this app to locate the nearest Redbox kiosk to you, see what films are in it and search through all of the other machines in your general vicinity.
iPhone 4 Music Apps
Last.fm: Part social network and part musical service, you can access your account, tag songs and more and keep it playing while you move on to other tasks.
NPR Music: While most people only think of classical music when they hear the name “NPR”, but this app will allow you to listen to tracks from Pop/Rock/Folk, Jazz & Blues, World, Classical and Hip Hop/R&B while you are multi-tasking on your iPhone 4.
Pandora: The always popular Pandora music app has been touched up for the iPhone 4 and works with multi-tasking so you can continue playing music as you surf the Web or read e-mail.
Slacker Radio: The popular streaming music service made up of user created channels over 100 preset selections has now added multi-tasking so that you can continue to listen as you do other tasks.
iPhone 4 News Apps
BBC: Access all of the latest news from the leading news source in the UK.
NPR News: Take the best of NPRs various news shows with you to read and listen to podcasts.
iPhone 4 Social Networking Apps
Facebook: Get access to all of your friends on Facebook, and enjoy fastapp switching and new high-resolution icons and graphics.
Foursquare: Foursquare is the leading location based network and features the ability to see who else is checked in at the same location as you, see businesses around you and more.
Gowalla: The popular check-in service has been prepped to work with iOS4, and as this is the most visually rich of the check-in services, it has been optimized to work with the iPhone 4’s Retina display.
Loopt: See which of your friends are around you and what there is to do in your general vicinity.
Twitter: The official application from Twitter will run in the background brining in new message replies for you, direct messages and your entire stream.
Yelp: Part social network, part location-based app and part a social review service, Yelp has been around for years now and makes it easy for you to find businesses around you and read reviews of them before you head out to them. You can also add your own reviews to the site to keep building up the service.
iPhone 4 Travel Apps
Cheap Gas!: See gas stations near your location and the prices as reported by other users so you can find the cheapest gas near your location.
Free Wi-Fi Finder: Need to make a Facetime or Skype call? Use this app to locate some free Wi-Fi in your general vicinity.
Google Earth: Browse locations, see maps, use the Google Maps “Search Nearby” feature, bookmark locations and more.
OpenTable: Find restaurants near your location and reserve tables fast, easily and get them confirmed.
The Weather Channel: If you’re traveling for any reason, weather can be an important factor and The Weather Channel app is a gorgeous way to look it up.