Google Earth for iPhoneGet things done faster and more efficiently with an iPhone lifestyle app. These apps can organize your shopping, remember birthdays, find cheap gas or inspire you with thoughtful quotes and mantras. There are thousands of iPhone lifestyle apps on the app store but we’ve tried to come up with the best ones that are free too. Check out the top twelve free iPhone lifestyle apps below.

Google Earth

Free

Google Earth for iPhone iconIt’s, like, the entire world…on your iPhone. Google Earth is cooler than ever when you’re using your fingers to manipulate it, seamlessly zooming around the globe and diving into various places to take a closer look. Free.

Google Mobile

Free

Top 12 iPhone Lifestyle appsYeah, there’s no two ways about it: you have to have Google’s Swiss Army Knife app on your iPhone. Search the internet by voice, location, or now, with the recent addition of Google goggles, by picture. Free.

Yelp

Free

Top 12 iPhone Lifestyle apps

Everyone’s a critic when it comes to bars and restaurants; Yelp puts that impulse to work for you. Search for food, drink, or whatever else by location, price, style and then read up on what people have to say about it. Free.

Wikipanion

Free, $5 for Wikipanion Plus

Top 12 iPhone Lifestyle apps

If you aren’t using your iPhone to settle petty disputes, what’s the point? Wikipanion gives you iPhone-optimized access to all of Wikipedia, that great argument-ending resource, with added features like bookmarking, quick wikitionary lookup, intelligent search and more. Free, $5 for Wikipanion Plus.

AppShopper

Free

Top 12 iPhone Lifestyle appsAside from the shiny facade of the “featured apps” front page, Apple’s App Store is not easy to navigate. AppShopper delivers some sanity to the process, allowing you to easily check out new apps, create wishlists of ones you want, and get alerted when those apps go on sale. Free.

Amazon Mobile

Free

Top 12 iPhone Lifestyle appsAmazon Mobile does an admirable job of shrinking the shopping behemoth that is Amazon.com down into iPhone-friendly form. It recently picked up the ability to scan barcodes, which means that whenever you’re out there shopping in the real world (gross) you can easily check back to see if you can get a better deal on Amazon. You probably can. Free.

MenuPages

Free

Top 12 iPhone Lifestyle apps

If you live in New York, San Fran, LA, Philly, Boston, Chicago, DC, or South Florida and you like food, Menu Pages should be part of your arsenal. It has full menus for an impressive roster of restaurants, so you’ll be able to know what you want before you even get there. Free.

Layar

Free

Top 12 iPhone Lifestyle apps

Augmented reality is often cooler in theory than it is in practice. Layar’s one of the few places where you can peer into the future and see how this whole AR thing might actually amount to something. Free.

OpenTable

Free

Top 12 iPhone Lifestyle apps

Easily make reservations at some 14,000 restaurants which you can search by name or location. Just remember to put down your phone while you’re actually dining. Free.

Weatherbug

Free withads, $1 for Weatherbug Lite

Top 12 iPhone Lifestyle apps

It may not be as cute as some of the competitors, but who ever said weather should be. Weatherbug gets down to business with forecasts, maps, and video, doing so reliably and straightforwardly. Free with ads, $1 for Weatherbug Elite.

Epicurious

Free

Top 12 iPhone Lifestyle apps

A food app with a bit more context than How To Cook Everything—it lets you find recipes based on what’s in season, create interactive shopping lists, etc.—it is well designed and packed with utility. Free.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Free

Top 12 iPhone Lifestyle apps

It’s not the powerhouse that the desktop version is, but for basic edits like crop, straighten, rotate and simple tweaks like changing exposure, saturation, and tint, this stripped down Photoshop does the trick. Free.

[Via Gizmodo]

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I once knew a guy who kept an actual database of all the women he dated so that he could always remember the relevant details about them and prevent awkward mixups. The DateMate iPhone app would’ve been ideal for him.

The basic idea of DateMate is that it allows you to enter details about your partners—birthdays, contact information, silly things that you should recall—and track your encounters with them.

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