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Jeff Merron is a writer and editor who wrote full-time for ESPN.com's Page 2 for five years and has contributed to Slate, Consumers Digest, Yahoo.com, Information Week, Byte Magazine, and many other national outlets.

iWeather Complete Pro for iPhone

If you like lots of weather information packed tightly into a single screen, then either iWeather Complete Pro or the free iWeather Complete is worth a look. But both versions require you to put up with clutter in the name of completeness.

Stress Free with Deepak Chopra for the iPhone

There's nothing relaxing about this app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Instead of undoing your stress, Stress Free with Deepak Chopra will add to it, thanks to an unintuitive interface, a total lack of documentation, and poor technical support.

MailTones for iPhone

Most users who utilize -- or at the very least monitor -- their e-mail on the iPhone or iPod touch will likely find this audio e-mail notification app quite useful.

Emo Weather for iPhone

This fun and funky little weather app provides the basic weather information most people need. And its cartoon characters may make you smile in even the worst weather conditions.

WxFix Standard for iPhone

Some of its features fall short and the interface can take some getting used to, but overall, this app packs an impressive amount of information into the features you'd depend on for a weather app.

GoodReader for iPhone

The more you use this superb PDF file viewer, the more you'll discover what it's capable of doing. GoodReader's file transfer capabilities are top notch. And it's the reading experience in which the app truly shines.

Pzizz Relax for iPhone

This impressively relaxing sleep aid provides plenty of variety in a small package.

Print Magic for iPhone

This app, which aims to let you print from your iPhone to a printer on your network, has a lot of promise. Unfortunately, the current version commits too many unpredictable errors to be worth your download.

Runner's World Shoe Shop for iPhone

Much of the information found in this free running shoe-shopping app can be found elsewhere. But Runner's World Shoe Shop does a better job at presenting data and providing ways to drill down to the crucial information.

Brain Quest Blast Off for iPhone

Modality has done a terrific job of transferring the Brain Quest experience to the iPhone and iPod touch. The apps retain the spirit of the popular learning tools with a fun question-and-answer format.

The Weather Channel Max for iPhone

The Weather Channel Interactive makes a perfectly fine free app for the iPhone. So why pay $4 for this premium version? Because The Weather Channel Max offers a number of unique features, highlighted by predictive radar in motion and a customizable start page.

iClipboard for iPhone

Want to add copy-and-paste functionality to your iPhone or iPod touch before the iPhone 3.0 update arrives? The copy-and-paste features in iClipboard work as advertised, though the app is severely hamstrung by the current iPhone OS.

Philips Docking Entertainment System DCP851/37

While the DCP851 can serve as a decent external speaker system for your iPod, its video functions and design don't match those of its predecessor.

iPhone trivia apps

We take a look at a trio of iPhone trivia games, with Ben Stein: It's Trivial taking home the grand prize in this showdown.

Pace for iPhone

Ron Forrester's Pace may get you in the habit of keeping a journal to log your runs, walks, or jogs. This dependable app is well thought out, and enjoyable to use.