10 amazing apps for new iPhone owners

OK, they're pretty awesome for existing iPhone owners, too. Best of all, most of them are free. Check my picks, then share your own.

Got a new iPhone? Get some great apps to put on it. Sarah Tew/CNET

Are you the proud owner of a new iPhone 5? Or perhaps a slightly used iPhone 4? Heck, maybe you scored an unlocked 3GS on eBay. Whatever the case, you need apps.

Ah, but which ones? Apple's App Store is home to some 80 gazillion, I believe, and if you're new to the iOS universe, you may have some trouble separating the app wheat from the app chaff.

Have no fear. I've rounded up 10 of my very favorite iPhone apps. They're not all new, mind you, but they're definitely indispensable -- and most of them won't cost you a penny.

Of course, this is just one man's opinion. What apps would you recommend for a new iPhone user? Did I leave out some of your favorites? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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About the author

Rick Broida has written about business and consumer technology for nearly 25 years. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including "The Cheapskate Rules: 21 Easy Money-Saving Tech Secrets." He also writes for CNET's iPhone Atlas and How-To blogs.

 

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