10 New iPhone Apps for Fall

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -As some stores in the U.S. and Europe are already gearing up for the launch of Apple's ( AAPL) iPhone 5 in October, consumers are preparing in droves to ditch their current smartphones for the new device.

Forty-two percent of Android users plan on buying an iPhone as their next phone, while 67% of BlackBerry owners say they're going to switch too, according to a recent note from Piper Jaffray.

Of course, expect new iPhone users to start filling their phones immediately with the 450,000 plus apps available in the App Store.

Here are 10 of our favorite new iPhone apps for this fall.

ScatterBrain

ScatterBrain is an easy way for you to keep track of your thoughts throughout the day, whether it's remembering to pick up a carton of milk or paying your electric bill.

To create a note, click on the "plus" icon and enter a title ("Personal," "Work," "Groceries," etc.) and a description. You can then color code each note depending on your preferences and set reminders. The app also lets you text and e-mail posts (useful for things like long grocery lists or guest lists for parties).

We liked the app's simplicity but wish there had been just a few more functions such as camera integration.

Ness

Ness acts like a Pandora ( P) for restaurant recommendations, asking you to rate nearby places and then suggesting dining options based on your preferences.

The app also takes into account Facebook and Foursquare check-ins, telling you how any times the place has been mentioned on either of the two services (i.e. its popularity)

Once you've identified a handful of restaurants you like (as well as those you don't), the app will spit out suggestions based not only on your preferences, but those of people with similar tastes to you.

You can also filter your results -- if, say, you're looking for a New American restaurant but don't want big chains and are looking to stay within a set budget.

When you find a place you like, the app lists its address, hours and contact information.

We were impressed with the app's accuracy -- many of the restaurants it suggested were ones we had been meaning to try.

One downside: Because the app is still relatively new, it lacks the robust review database of a site like Yelp. Also, while Ness could tell us where to go, there was no information about features like ambiance or menu.

Trover

Trover is a new iPhone app that helps you discover new places around you in a unique and visually interesting way.

The app uses GPS to track where you are and then displays a grid of thumbnail photos that other users have snapped of nearby places (images near TheStreet's office in New York's Financial District included Ground Zero construction, art in City Hall Park and a sculpture of the Wall Street bull).

If you find a particular photo that intrigues, you can click on it to see more details or post comments.

Also, if you're more interested in discovering places around the globe, you can set the app to pull up images from faraway cities and neighborhoods.

Kinetik

Kinetik is a new app recommendation service that uses social media to filter through the over 450,000 programs available in the App Store.

First, you need to sign up which (sigh) requires a Twitter account. You can "share" apps with your friends by picking your favorite programs you've downloaded on your phone, which are then posted across Twitter and Facebook.

Kinetik then shows other apps which have been shared by people in your personal networks and displays those that are "trending" across social media (letting you sort by categories including finance, productivity and navigation).

We like the idea for Kinetik but feel it still has a ways to go -- the app really needs to build up a solid user base before it is useful.

Blogger

While we were slightly disappointed after reviewing the Blogger app for Android earlier this year, we were happy to discover that its new iPhone version includes several key features that were previously missing.

For one, users can create posts on their Blogger app while they're on-the-go and then access them later on their computer. They can also write drafts on their computer to be edited or published within the app itself.

The app also allows you to add pictures, tags and your location to posts, while accessing all of your previous entries.

Turntable.fm

Super popular Web site Turntable.fm has been gaining major buzz in the last several months and that's translated into investor interest. The online music service boasts more than 600,000 users and just scored $7 million in venture funding.

Its new iPhone app is basically a mobile version of its site, letting people access rooms where they can take turns playing songs for each other through five DJ booths. Users can rate the songs as "awesome" or "lame" and comment, too.

The app, which just came out earlier this week, worked surprisingly well for its first version. The music looked slick and streamed well through our 3G connection, but got buggy when we tried to add songs to our DJ queue.

Gootip

Think of Gootip like Yelp meets Quora--a location-based question and answer service.

Let's say you just moved into a new city or new neighborhood and are looking for a decent hardware store. Rather than sorting through tons of reviews, you can post the question to Gootip, tag the specific location you're looking for, and (hopefully) get answers from helpful locals who know best.

Here's the cool part: The app takes users recent check-ins through Facebook, Foursquare and Gowalla to determine the best "experts" to answer your questions based on their location. Say for example, you ask a question about the best Italian restaurant in the East Village -- Gootip will notify users who frequently check-in to places in that neighborhood so the most knowledgeable people are giving you advice.

Unfortunately, despite the app's potential, our experience with Gootip was less than optimal. More than six hours after asking several basic questions through the app ("What's a fun bar on the Upper East Side?"), we still had no answers.

iHeartRadio

Clear Channel's new iHeartRadio app is similar to Pandora, in that it lets users create custom music channels by entering an artist's name or song -- the app then creates a personalized playlist based on the user's preferences.

We entered the artist Katy Perry and soon had a playlist full of similar female singers like Taylor Swift, Amy Winehouse and Kelly Clarkson.

Just like Pandora, users can also indicate "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" depending on how they feel about the song.

iHeartRadio also boasts several advantages over Pandora, including the ability to listen to stations commercial free (at least until the end of the year) and unlimited music streaming (versus up to 40 hours for Pandora).

Qwiqq

Qwiqq is a user-generated deals site that lets you see and share offers with the people around you. The app encourages users to snap photos of deals and products around the city, such as a margarita at happy hour or a pair of designer jeans on sale, and then to write descriptions of the images.

You can then browse these photos which are divided into categories like beauty, food, fashion and family.

We like the idea of screenshots as a way of illustrating deals but questioned the app's ability to filter out actual deals from spam. It was difficult for us to tell what was actually a "deal" and what wasn't.

Mingle

Mingle is a new iPhone app designed to turn the hundreds of strangers you see each day in the coffee shop, park or industry conference into potential business partners, friends or even dates.

The program (which requires a Facebook account to join) lets you introduce yourself to others digitally by using information culled from your profile on the social network. You can select the type of data you want others to see, such as your occupation, education, hometown or interests.

The app then displays a list of nearby users -- you can request to view a person's profile or to chat with them through the "ask a question" button.

While we like the concept of Mingle we're slightly skeptical about whether people will view it as an effective way to meet others.

-- Written by Olivia Oran in New York.

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