Smartphones are most productive when they are packed with the best and great apps. Your iPhone (4, 4s or the new 5) can be the best mobile technology in your palm if you pack it with the right apps. Not every good app is free and some great apps will cost you money, but when you come across  great free apps, take it. The iPhone apps on this list have consistently shown outstanding performance this year. These app have recorded thousands of downloads if not millions and you can try them out and let us know your comments.

Adobe Photoshop Express   for iPhone brings photo shooting and editing basics, like cropping and exposure adjustment to your iPhone, while also letting you get creative with photos, with a lot of impressive effects. Choose from a variety of one-touch effects, or simply drag your finger across the screen to crop, rotate, or adjust color. Add artistic filters like Soft Focus or Sketch.

Articles. Just enter a search term and let Articles find the Wikipedia entry you are looking for. Use the integrated maps feature to learn about interesting places and historic events around your current location, or anywhere else in the world.

With a  slick  interface, RadioPlayer  the internet radio app has  access to about 300 UK  radio stations. All the BBC services, and hundreds of commercial stations. Radioplayer  is a not-for-profit company, aimed at making radio listening easier and it’s  backed by the BBC.

Stay. Discover exciting places to visit in over 120 cities, and create social travel guides with your friends! Avoid roaming charges with offline maps. Entire city available offline : Download the entire city to your mobile, and discover new places even without an Internet connection.

Facebook Camera. Another Facebook spin-off. This  app lets you crop, add filters and tag friends, then upload entire albums at once. Post a bunch of photos at once, See friends’ latest photos in one place, Play with crops and filters, Tag friends, add captions and say where you are , See photos from different apps.

Tips and Tricks. If you want to optimize your iPhone experience, but don’t want to dig through various websites or forums — then Tips and Tricks for the iPhone is for you. Unlock colorful Emoji icons, extend your battery life, master Siri, type faster, create photo albums, and uncover more hidden features with 170 pages of easy-to-read tips, tricks, and secrets for everyday iPhone use.  turntable lets you play music together with your friends and other people online. Each DJ takes a turn playing a song and the entire virtual room hears the song.  Join a room, and you’ll find other users spinning their favorite songs before an audience of avatars. You can also be a DJ yourself, and rack up experience points by playing songs people like.

Instapaper.  A simple great tool to save web pages for reading later. Save web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your iPhone or iPod touch’s screen. Install the Instapaper bookmarklet on your desktop browser, and when you open the Instapaper app on your iPhone, the article will be there waiting, in an easy-to-read format.

FileHound lets you directly access and download all your files on your PC everywhere you go with your iPhone! You can either download and view the files with iPhone local viewer/apps or stream the files in their native PC applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Windows Media Player, iTunes, etc.).

Pocket allows you to save articles and other content on the web to “read them later. When you find something on the web that you want to view later, put it in Pocket. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet, or computer so you can view it any time, even without an internet connection.

Springpad lets you stockpile notes, tasks, ideas, images and more for later. The app synchronizes with the browser-based version at, too, which lets you  save clippings of web pages. Save what you love, organize it into smart notebooks, collaborate with others and share it with the world.

Camera Awesome, the smartphone photo app from SmugMug that offers nearly 300 filters and effects for photos. Camera Awesome is an iOS app  aims to replace the default camera app on your iPhone or iPad. The ability to capture videos up to five seconds before you press record is also a great option.

Weather+. This app puts all your vital weather information on one page, and the background video matches the weather conditions. Weather+ gives you current weather conditions and a 5-day forecast of all worldwide weather stations. The information is visualized with beautiful full screen video loops for all conditions.

Securesafe. Save your passwords, PINs, credit card details, online banking access codes and important documents in a highly secure password and file manager. Your passwords and files are really safe- highly secure AES-256 and RSA-2048 encryption.

Around Me allows you to quickly find out information about your surroundings. The location-aware mobile search app identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theatre etc.

If you have other  recommendations you want us to check out, post your suggestions in the comments.