The plethora of iPhone and iPod Touch applications that have recently popped up on the iTunes music store offer the ability to do nearly anything with Apple’s star products, from on-the-go translators to games to dictionaries that allow you to use the word “plethora” correctly. Some of the applications in the Apps Store, however, aren’t really useful or entertaining, they’re just kind of…cool. Here are 4 iPhone applications that, despite being kind of awesome, don’t really serve any discernible purpose.
1. Zippo Lighter – It’s exactly what it sounds like, a digital Zippo lighter that you light by flicking and blow out. It makes all of the standard Zippo noises, you can choose from several designs, and you can put your own text on the lighter. It doesn’t actually light anything on fire, which is probably a good thing, but it’s great for holding up at concerts if you’re the type of person who loves being mugged. It’s free, and oddly enchanting, so I can’t complain, but if Zippo starts selling digital lighter fluid refills then I’ll probably have to say something.
2. Beer – Like the Zippo app, Beer is an object simulator. When you move your iPhone around, the application simulates a beer draining. You can blow away foam or pour your beer onto a friend’s iPhone, as long as you’ve both paid a buck for the privelege. It’s fun to pretend, but for a buck, why not just buy a real beer? On the other hand, if you’re going to simulate something without actually doing it, maybe alcoholism is actually the right way to go.
3. Flashlight – The great thing about this application is that it turns your iPhone into a flashlight, as the name implies. Great for finding lost keys, avoiding small pets while finding the bathroom in the middle of the night, etc. Of course, your iPhone functions equally well as a flashlight is you simply hit the “iPod” button, since the music selector consists of a primarily white background. But hey, why not download an application for something that you can easily figure out yourself?
4. Lightsaber – When you move your iPhone around, this application makes it sound like a lightsaber. You can even fill up the screen with a lightsaber’s glowing beam, although it looks more like a segment of a glowing turd than anything from Star Wars. I’ve probably spent six hours with this application open, but at no time was I entertained. For some reason, I just can’t stop using it. Maybe it’s my inner six year old, looking around for a ton-ton somewhere to split open.
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