December 28, 2012, 7:32 AM — Congratulations on unwrapping your brand-new iPhone! Undoubtedly, you've already fired up the device and are eagerly exploring what the phone has to offer. Now that you've learned your way around a bit, its time to load your iPhone up with apps, both fun and functional.
Although the iPhone comes preloaded with a handful of Apples own apps, you have thousands upon thousands of third-party apps to choose from in the App Store. Sorting through the lists can be an overwhelming task, so here are a few suggestions to help get you started. With these excellent apps, you can make the most of your iPhone and really show off its capabilities.
Recently, Apple released a stand-alone app for managing podcasts, separating the podcast-listening experience from the iPhone's Music app. While the Podcasts app is good, Downcast ($2 in the App Store) is even better. Downcast lets you easily search for and subscribe to podcasts directly from your device. The app also allows you to create playlists, so you can arrange to listen to, say, Radiolab right after This American Life without too much toggling. Andas is standard these days -- the audio can play in the background while you use other applications. You can also share your listening habits with Facebook and Twitter friends. Downcast stands out due to its simple navigation and iCloud integration -- if you have an iPad or another iOS device, you can use iCloud to sync episodes, podcast subscriptions, and playlists between devices.