10 iPhone apps from Northern Ireland you should check out

November 2010

I’ve been spending a bit of time recently designing an iPhone app and as a result I’ve installed quite a lot of apps on my own iPhone for research. One thing I’ve noticed is there are a load of great iPhone apps and developers based here in Northern Ireland.

I recently tweeted looking for recommended Northern Irish iPhone apps. Based on a combination of the replies I got, the top 10 local apps from SyncNI and my own personal favourites, I’ve put together this list of apps from Northern Ireland that you should definitely check out.

1. Pocket Universe

Pocket Universe is an easy-to-use app that will help you learn constellations, bright stars and planets. You can literally hold up your iPhone 3GS/4 in front of you, and the app will use the built-in compass to display the same view of the sky you see - but one that’s complete with names and information.


Developer: Craic Design

2. Used Cars NI

Search Northern Ireland Used Cars for sale, Offers, Vans, Farm/Plant, Motorbikes, Caravans/Motorhomes, Salvage and Boats in an easy-to-use application.


Developer: Ecliptic Labs Website: Used Cards NI

3. Shhmooze

Shhmooze helps you connect with the useful or interesting strangers around you. With Shhmooze you don’t need to ‘work’ a whole room - you can focus on getting to know the people you need to know – quickly and easily! Change the way you meet people with Shhmooze!


Developer: Shhmooze

4. Belfast Music

The Belfast Music iPhone app showcases past legends and contemporary inspirations that have shaped the music landscape of our city. Check out where Belfast legends grew up and cut their musical teeth, and check out the many venues that show off the present wealth of musical talent.


Developer: Filmtrip Ltd Website: Belfast Music

5. Cool FM

Listen Live to Cool FM on your iPhone, at home, at work, on the move.


Website: Cool FM

6. Rory's Story Cubes

Rory’s Story Cubes is an invitation to shared creative thinking, just open-ended enough to encourage spontaneity and humor, just structured enough to maintain focus and challenge…Play it by yourself. Play it with friends. Play it with family. Play it at a party. By all means, play it.


Website: Rory’s Story Cubes

7. NI Job Finder

Search through Northern Ireland’s largest selection of jobs.


Developer: GCD Technologies Website: NI Job Finder

8. Hector

When a hostage crisis erupts in the centre of Clappers Wreake, only one man has the diplomatic finesse to defuse a simmering situation before it boils over into a stew of butchery and bloodshed: Detective Inspector Hector.

It’s not for kids.


Developer: Straandlooper Website: The Hector Files

9. Rock Out

Think air guitar meets the real thing. A simple interface ensures you can feel the rhythm, follow the beat and rock out to the music in true style.


Developer: The Design Zoo Website: Rock Out Legend

10. Irish FA

Get the latest information from inside Northern Ireland football.


Developer: Paper Bag Website: Irish FA

Bonus: Lookaly

Added as a bonus since this is the one I’m associated with. Lookaly helps you find the best places and services in your area based on reviews from others.


Developer: Ecliptic Labs Website: Lookaly

More apps from Northern Ireland?

Apologies if I forgot any obvious ones or overlooked your own app. There are a lot more that I’ve missed but I’m more than happy to add them to the list here.

If you know any good iPhone apps from Northern Ireland or have developed one yourself, leave a comment below with the link and I’ll add it here.

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