The iPhone is a music player, phone, and web browser, but for some people, that’s just not enough. They need applications that expand the iPhone’s usability to include sometimes mundane but always necessary tasks. That’s OK, though–some of the tools that the iPhone can replace are pretty cool.
Here are four tools that your iPhone can replace in your everyday life.
1. Capentry Tools – iHandy Level is one of the most popular utilities on the iTunes App Store, and it’s certainly the only time in my life where I can remember being happy about a simple level. It uses the iPhone and iPod Touch’s balancing features to provide an accurate digital level that, once calibrated, is a great tool for hanging pictures, fixing furniture, and making you look like a bit of a geek to all of your carpenter friends. Best of all, the application is free.
The company that makes iHandy Level also offers a cheap iPhone/iPod Touch tool kit that includes a protractor, ruler, and surface level.
2. Flashlight – The simply named “Flashlight” application may be one of the dumbest applications on the iPhone, but that doesn’t make it any less useful. It works very simply. The application displays a large white screen (or, if you’re feeling mischievous, blue, red, etc.) and you use it as a flashlight. At the iPhone and iPod Touch’s higher brightness levels (which you can access from the settings menu), it actually works pretty well as a flashlight, letting you find your keys in a dark room or survive a power outage, provided that the power outage is pretty short, since it’ll zap your battery life in no time.
3. Car Research – Not exactly a tool, I know, but very closely related, and this app is too cool to ignore. If you’ve got any problem with your car, the RepairPal application lets you know what your repair should cost, and even uses your location to estimate a cost in your area, helping you avoid auto repair scams. So, while it won’t actually repair your car for you, it’ll save you quite a bit of cash.
4. Compass – For a buck, Sun Compass figures out your location and provides a simple and easily usable compass on your iPhone or iPod Touch. There’s also a free compass that takes a little bit more work called simply Compass. Either way, it’s nice to have the extra navigation tool–although your iPhone can pinpoint your location with GPS, making it a little less useful in average day-to-day life.
Do you know of any other iPhone applications that replace everyday tools? Post in our comments section below.