5 iPhone apps that will make you a hero
Superpower: Settling arguments about where to eat
When you're out with a date (or a group of friends) and nobody can decide where you're going to eat, Urbanspoon's iPhone app can come to the rescue. Just put in some search terms (or don't, whatever) and shake it. It'll give you a restaurant that will hopefully settle your argument without any hurt feelings over who got to choose. If you end with a place that nobody likes, just shake again. It's also handy when you're by yourself in a new neighborhood and want to sample the local eateries, so you can use it to be your own hero, too!
Superpower: Getting anywhere fast in some big cities.
Before you complain: yes, I know this only works in a handful of cities, particularly New York, Chicago, Boston and DC. The thing is, it works so well you might as well have superpowers. I can't count the number of times I've overheard someone on the phone in Manhattan saying, "Why don't you just HopStop it?" HopStop is well known for giving some of the best point-to-point directions via subway or cab, and telling you how much it'll cost to get there. Plus, it's expanding to new cities all the time.
Superpower: Not getting overcharged for repairs
RepairPal gives you price estimates for the various things that could go wrong with your car so you can make sure you're not getting insanely overcharged. I'm a geek, but I'm by no means a car geek, so I doubt I'd even have a clue how much to pay for car repairs without looking it up. This way, you can do it from the road while you're waiting for the tow truck to come and collect your broken car. It's not like having the power to remember everything, just the power to remember things that will save you a bunch of money.
4) iFirst Aid Lite
Superpower: Knowing how to deal with any basic injury
iFirst Aid is an app that offers easy offline access to first aid info taken from a published guide by a registered nurse. It shows you how to deal with burns, bleeding, CPR, poison and choking, and it also contains a list of worldwide emergency numbers. If you've ever thought about carrying a first aid book around but felt silly about it, why not get an app instead? It takes up way less room in your backpack. Mutant recuperative abilities not required.
Superpower: The world's collective knowledge in your pocket
If you're at all like me, you look things up on Wikipedia all the time. Or, more to the point, you're away from your computer and you WISH you could look things up on Wikipedia all the time. How many bets would have been settled if I had just kept Wikipedia in my pocket with the Wikipanion app? It's faster and more legible than browsing to Wikipedia with Safari, and it lets you save photos to your iPhone and play Wikipedia's .ogg recordings of word pronunciations. Who needs superhuman brain-power when you can take Wikipedia everywhere?