When I got my iPhone I immediately started looking for good Islamic apps. Unfortunately, I was smacked in the face with useless and faulty app after app. Some were cool (i.e. the Korean Quran app) but not of any use of me (unless I learn Korean). But I battled forth on the notoriously slowly loading pages of iTunes to look for proper apps that will make my iPhone an Islamic-Machine! An iSlam if you will.
It says a price on this app here, but there is a free version which serves all your needs.
Beautifully made app! I have the free version but I'll probably buy the iQuran pro version because it's just that good. It has a list of all the surahs in the Quran and you have the option to keep it Arabic only or have a side by side English translation. You can also download different types of recitations to aid you in memorization or tajweed. You can even choose from two pretty themes!
Seriously, you'll never have to wonder which direction to pray in again. This app is so relevant to my life I danced a little on the inside when I discovered it. As a university student and a commuter I often find myself having to pray in places that aren't designated prayer areas and then half guessing which general direction I'm supposed to pray. But with this app that uses the iPhone gyroscope it shows you what exact direction the qiblah is! Also it has a lovely prayer chart and reminder and you can choose to have athan reminders as well. Unfortunately this only works on iPhones and not iPod touches.
3. Bukhari (iHadith)
I LOVE THIS APP! Ok, all the other apps are wonderful. But I always carry a pocket Quran with me and I do usually pray in the right direction, and I know what times to pray. But I don't carry over 7,000 hadiths with me.
But now I do!
Bukhari is the best $0.99 I've ever spent. When you open up the app there is a 'Hadith of the Day'. All the collections are sorted by type (there are ninety three!). You can bookmark certain hadiths for later reference and you can search for hadiths.
All hadiths are Sahih so you know that your reference is 100% truth!
These are the three most useful apps I found myself. There are many that don't just cut it Islamically or are not very useful as actual apps (crashing etc). The iPhone is a great tool and shouldn't just be used for idleness. You can use technology for good! Every time you're on the train or bus just whip out that iPhone or iPod and start memorizing some Quran! Alhumdullilah.
Also, if you're thinking about buying an iPhone I hope I convinced you. I promise, I'm not being paid to Apple to do this. However, Steve….if you're reading this. I wouldn't mind being paid…
And guys, if you enjoyed this review say so in the comments! I'll have a few more themed app reviews coming at you, inshAllah.