[Required reading: Part 1: Freedom]

Now that your iPhone is jailbroken, you can add more functionality by installing some sweet third-party applications to make your iPhone even more useful. This is a list of applications (available via Installer) that I use and recommend. If you have favorites of your own, please add them to the comments!

  • BSD Subsystem and Lighttpd: You’ll need both of these apps installed before you’ll be able to install anything else. Install these immediately. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

    Ready? Right, then continue on with the rest of this list.

  • MobileTwitter: I’m new to Twitter, and this app makes it really handy to add new posts while on the go. Since I haven’t been blogging here on Dean(ish) nearly as much as I used to, it’s nice to have an easy mobile solution.
  • ShopList: You can use this app to make lists. You can have several different lists, each with their own items. Once you’ve picked up the item, you can check it off and it moves from a Need list to a Have list, which is pretty cool.
  • Snapture: This is a replacement for the default Camera app. Snapture adds a few more options, including zoom and burst mode.
  • Garf: It’s Simon for your iPhone.
  • iSolitaire: It’s freakin’ solitaire. If you don’t like solitaire, I’ll punch you.
  • Lights Off: Like Lights Out, but less copyrighted.
  • Pool: Pretty cool billiards game.
  • Tris: The best iPhone Tetris clone I’ve played yet.
  • TTR: Tap Tap Revolution is frickin’ awesome. It takes songs from your library and lets you play ‘em like DDR, but with your fingers.
  • Yeti3D: It’s like Doom, but it can be controlled by the iPhone’s accelerometer which is pretty damn amazing.
  • Dashbuster: If you subscribe to Blockbuster’s mail-in dealy, you can manage your queue with this app. There’s an app for Netflix too, if that’s your bag.
  • SummerBoard: Allows you to use custom themes, rather than the plain ol’ black Apple theme. You can find themes in Installer under Install > Themes (SummerBoard). (Note: Not all themes in the Themes (SummerBoard) folder are compatible with all firmware versions.)
  • Wallpaper: Allows you to change the wallpaper.
  • Make It Mine: Allows you to change the “AT&T” text at the top of the screen to your own text.
  • WildEyes!: This file explorer lets you browse the contents of your iPhone right from the iPhone itself. (A later edition of this Maximize Your iPhone series will discuss how to browse your iPhone from your PC.)

Something else that I’ll add isn’t actually for an app to download via Installer, but it’s something equally as nifty: Orb. You can use Orb to stream media content from your computer to another computer, to your Wii, and now even to your iPhone. Assuming you have Orb installed and operational on your PC, just open up Safari on your iPhone; go to mycast.orb.com; and add the page as a shortcut on your home screen. When you use Orb, you’ll notice that the Orb team has put a great deal of effort into making a really slick iPhone interface for their product - it looks and acts just like a native iPhone application.

If there are any apps that I’ve missed then please feel free to include them in the comments below. Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series, which will talk about making custom ringtones.