10 Off-the-wall iPhone Apps

A woman looks at an iPhone inside an Apple store in Palo, Alto, Calif., on April 21, 2009, in front of a display promoting iPhone applications. See more iPhone pictures.
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iPhone users can choose from thousands of applications (or apps) designed to enhance productivity, simplify social networking or provide other useful benefits. There are also tons of games for the iPhone, many of which offer rich graphics and action-packed play that rival high-end game consoles.

With new apps being introduced daily, it's not surprising that a few of them would cause iPhone and iPod Touch users to scratch their heads, wondering how they came to be developed and, most of all, why. In this article, we'll explore a few examples of iPhone apps that appear to reflect the developer's desire to march to a different drummer.

But just because they're different doesn't mean that the apps described in this article are useless. Some appear to be solutions looking for a problem. For example, you may not realize that having an assortment of sound effects at your fingertips could somehow make your life more enjoyable. But it might.

So, look at our examples, listed in no particular order, then fire up your iPhone or iPod Touch and head over to the Apple App Store. If it's pure entertainment with little or no redeeming social value you seek, you're sure to find it in these apps.

Note: Most of the apps discussed in this article will run on the 3G iPhone or the second generation iPod Touch. Apps that utilize telephone capabilities run on the iPhone only. Please see the Apple App Store or the developer's Web site for details.