5 iPhone search apps that will help you answer those burning questions anywhere, anytime.
Remember those days when you had to wait until you were at a computer to look up information? With the dawn of the iPhone era, that time is well and truly over. Here are five top iPhone search apps that cover everything you could possibly need – and much, much more.
The JumpSearch iPhone app has access to 40 popular US websites, meaning you can find what you’re looking for without having to type out the full URL of a search engine or store. The website categories featured in the JumpSearch app include storefront and web retail, news and sports, book sellers, finance, reference, general search and social networks.
Once you tap in what you’re looking for, you can choose which store or search engine you want to use to find it. You can mail the search results to a friend or open the page in Safari to browse further.
OK, Siri isn’t technically an app, but it’s still worth a mention. Siri is an intelligent personal assistant installed on the iPhone 4S. Like a real personal assistant, you can ask Siri questions and it will perform tasks on your iPhone or provide you with answers.
You can ask Siri for restaurant recommendations, directions, business details and web searches. To access Siri on an iPhone, hold down the Home button until “How can I help you?” appears on the screen. Siri is currently only available on the iPhone 4S.
Price: FREE (pre-installed on iPhone 4S)
When you’re in unfamiliar territory and hunger strikes, you want to get cash, or you need to find a gas station, the AroundMe iPhone app will come to the rescue.
Choosing from business categories including banks, bars, drug stores, gas stations, hospitals, hotels, movie theaters, restaurants and taxis, you can find almost anything you need. AroundMe shows you where relevant establishments are located and maps out the route from your current location. You can save the information to your contact list or email it to a friend.
The Zillow iPhone app takes the hassle out of house-hunting by letting you scout out rental and purchase prices in any neighborhood in the U.S. As well as getting “Zestimate” sale and rental values for any individual home, you can search homes for sale and rent by location, or have a peek at those in the area you’re driving or walking through.
If you want a certain-sized apartment, or need to stick to a budget, Zillow can help you find homes using search filters. Save homes for later, share them with friends or show your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
As the King of reference websites, a Wikipedia iPhone app is a must for those moments when you just have to find out the answer to something.
Wikipanion streamlines Wikipedia access for iPhone users. It contains intelligent features, such as a table of contents browser that knows where you are in the page and bookmarking. You can view your history grouped by last visit and also use the Wiktionary dictionary without leaving your current page. Wikipanion is advert free, so you won’t get noisy pop-ups interrupting your browsing sessions.