10 iPhone Apps for the Holidays

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Apple's ( AAPL) new iPhone 4S is sure to be among the most popular gifts this holiday season. Here are 10 apps to fill your new phone with for December and beyond.And for more holiday shopping stories, check out TheStreet's Black Friday Hub page.

TripAdvisor

Cost: Free

TripAdvisor is an elegantly designed iPhone app that makes it dead simple to check out reviews of hotels, restaurants and attractions for your holiday vacation.

The app has full reviews that you'd find on the TripAdvisor Web site in addition to photos. You can also browse the hotel's location on a map, call to make a reservation with the tap of your finger, and check out a Street view via Google ( GOOG) Maps.

In addition to hotels and restaurants, you can also use the app to find inexpensive flights.

Best Buy ( BBY)

Cost: Free

Best Buy has released an updated mobile app just in time for the holidays. The revamped app includes a price scanner, a list of nearby stores based on your zip code and the ability to check your gift card balance.

There's also a rebate finder to determine all the rebates available on your new products, a search engine to find your game's trade-in value and a list of hot iPhone and iPad apps.

The Best Buy app had a ton of features but we felt a bit overwhelmed.

We liked the photo scanner best which let you take a picture of an any electronics product--the app magically determined what the photo was and let you know its price and availabilty at nearby Best Buy stores (we tried it with an HP Financial calculator and it worked!).

FlightView

Cost: Free

Heading to Hawaii for vacation but afraid your plane will be delayed by an incoming snowstorm?

FlightView is a flight tracking app that lets you check on the status of incoming and in-air flights. Just list the airline, flight number and departure date and the app will tell you the flight's progress (delayed or on time), terminal gate and baggage claim information.

You can even track the flight's progress through the air.

Amazon's ( AMZN) PriceCheck

Cost: Free

There are tons of price comparison apps out there but Amazon's PriceCheck is one of the better ones because of its simplicity.

You can scan an item using its barcode, snap a picture of it with your phone's camera or speak the name of the item and the app will pull up the product from Amazon's Web site complete with prices, a description and reviews.

If you find a product you like, you can buy it directly through the app using your Amazon account.

Target ( TGT)

Cost: Free

Target's iPhone app is one of the best designed in-store apps we've seen. Rather than having to page through a laundry list of features, the app has a handy bar at the bottom with images ("products," "weekly ad," "lists," etc.) that you can tap on.

The bar then shrinks if you're, for example, browsing through products, but can be brought up again by tapping on the Target logo at the bottom of the screen.

The app also lets you use your Target gift card straight from your phone, manage your wedding or baby registry and check product availability via QR codes.

Parking In Motion

Cost: Free

Trying to find parking during the holidays can be a disaster. Next time, try the Parking In Motion app, which displays parking information for over 300 cities in the U.S., 50 cities in Canada and 200 around Europe.

Click "park me" and the app uses GPS to determine your location and the closest places to park nearby in real-time. Once you've found a good spot, you can view hourly price, hours of operation and lot type (garage, valet, etc.).

There's even an "airport" function that lets you compare prices for parking near major airports.

In September, Parking In Motion raised a Series A funding round from IDG Ventures and Fontinalis Partners. It plans to include new features soon like street parking rules, meters and restrictions as well as the ability to pay your meter from your phone.

Wal-Mart ( WMT)

Cost: Free

Wal-Mart has released a new iPhone app just in time for the holidays as well. It features a number of ways to add items to your shopping list, including search, barcode scan and speaking the item names.

This was our favorite feature of the app, as you could build your shopping list by speaking all of the products you wanted without pausing (say "bananas, Diet Coke and eggs," for example, and the app knows to separate each of the items out individually).

Wal-Mart's app also displays digital coupons for items you're interested in and lists in-store availability as well as what aisle the product is in.

Coupon Sherpa

Cost: Free

Coupon Sherpa gives thrifty shoppers access to hundreds of coupons right from their phone.

The app lets you search for coupons by store ( Quiznos, Kohls, etc.) or by category (jewelry, shoes). There's also a separate category with just grocery coupons.

Coupon Sherpa's coupons are either mobile, meaning they can be scanned directly by the cashier, or must be printed out and presented in the store.

TheFind

Cost: Free

TheFind is another price comparison app, but it differs from Amazon's PriceCheck by displaying products not only from the Web but also from nearby stores.

There's also a price watch function that lets you set a target price for a specific product and receive alerts when the app finds the item for that price or lower.

Baby Travel

Cost: Free

Traveling with a baby is tough, but holiday madness makes it that much stressful.

The Baby Travel app tries to make this experience easier for parents with a customized packing list -- travelers list the number of days they're going on vacation, the climate and the number of babies, toddlers and adults that will be traveling.

It then spits out a packing list with all of the necessities the family will need on their trip (it covers everything from insect repellant to sunscreen and hand sanitizer).

The app also offers soothing sounds that might comfort babies, such as rain and a waterfall.

-- Written by Olivia Oran in New York.

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