Apple's iTunes Store has thousands of apps. But you don't need to spend hours looking for the best productivity tools, utilities, and games for your iPhone.

We've put together a selection of the best apps exclusive to Apple handsets.

Productivity tools

Sync your calendar
CalenGoo syncs with your Google Calendar and even has a similar look. Other neat features include the ability to invite people to events, plus an integrated task list.
Price: £3.99

Browse in style
Re-creating a desktop browser on the iPhone's screen, Atomic Web Browser has tabs, ad blocking, multitouch gestures, a passcode lock, Facebook/Twitter integration, and more.
Price: Free basic version, 59p premium version

Manage your reading
Through Instapaper you can save web articles you browsed on your iPhone for later reading, using a browser bookmarklet. The Instapaper website reformats your saved articles (sans Flash ads and clutter) for quick reading on the desktop.
Price: Free.

Reference apps

Get answers
The WolframAlpha app is the ultimate tool for know-it-alls. Ask questions in sentence form, and the semantic search engine returns the answer. Though it can already answer just about any question you ask, the creators are constantly updating it with new information, making it an ideal companion for pub trivia night.
Price: 59p

Discover healthful recipes
In the Whole Foods app you can find creative recipes using what you have on hand, and see them in an easy-to-read interface.
Price: Free


Cook with a pro
The How to Cook Everything app, based on Mark Bittman's book of the same name, gives you access to 2000 recipes, as well as to no-nonsense cooking advice, how-to illustrations, ingredient information, built-in timers, and organised shopping lists.
Price: £2.99

Utilities and timesavers

Watch your calories
For keeping track of your caloric intake, Quikka Calorie Pro is a handy tool. The app tells you exactly what you're eating during the day, and it gives you a chance to enter your food intake on the go, so that you don't forget to do so later.
Price: 59p

Add a phone line
SecondLine brings a second line to your phone (with a special number). Calls on that line connect as free or cheap VoIP calls over a Wi-Fi or 3G data connection, but they can move to a mobile network (which costs you plan minutes) when such connections are unavailable.
Price: Free

Never forget passwords
To maintain your usernames and passwords on your iPhone in one place, try 1Password. The mobile app syncs with the desktop version, as well. If you wish, you can use it to store other personal information, too, such as your National Insurance number and credit card numbers.
Price: £5.99 basic version, £8.99 premium version

Locate Wi-Fi anywhere
A must-have for travelers, Wi-Fi Finder is a directory of paid and free Wi-Fi hotspots in over 280,000 locations in 140 countries. You can filter results by provider or by location (restaurant, café, and so on).
Price: Free

Find your way
The TomTom app turns your phone into a GPS navigation device with turn-by-turn directions. Maps and routes are stored in your phone's memory, so updating maps and changing routes happens quickly and without requiring a wireless network connection.
Price: £42.99

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No need to sift through all the titles at the App Store – we've picked out 18 of the best, including IncrediBooth, Whole Foods, and WolframAlpha.

Audio and photo tools

Revisit the photo booth
One of the first apps to use the iPhone 4's front-facing camera, IncrediBooth gives you an almost genuine photo-booth experience (minus the shopping centre atmosphere). You get three 'retro effects', and you can share a photo strip or just one image with Facebook friends.
Price: 59p


Make trippy photos
In Diptic you can combine two or three photos to create a cool new image. Juxtaposing a close-up of your cat with a photo of your pals has never been so addicting.
Price: £1.19

Hear new music
In Last.fm you enter the name of an artist you like, and the app recommends other artists based on your preferences. You can listen to as much music as you want, too.
Price: Free

Find public radio
With Public Radio Player you can hear public radio stations from all over the country. After detecting your location, the app can supply a list of the stations around you.
Price: Free

Entertainment apps and games

Keep it rolling
In the bizarre but fun I Love Katamari, you're a pint-size alien prince who has been ordered by the King of All Cosmos to collect objects by rolling a highly adhesive Katamari ball. You use the phone's accelerometer to control the Katamari.
Price: £2.99

Slay the undead
The Plants vs. Zombies strategy game has you defending your home from zombie invasion with an arsenal of deadly flora. Cute animation, witty humour, and addictive gameplay make this title one of the best paid games in the App Store.
Price: £1.79

Play word games
In the Scrabble-like Words With Friends you can play against buddies or strangers. The game cleverly uses push notifications to tell you to take your turn, and you can invite pals to play via social networks.
Price: £1.79

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