Best iPhone Applications for Conservatives

The iPhone is a treasure trove of information, but the "App Store" through iTunes can be daunting. There are literally hundreds of applications, and it's tough to know which ones are worth owning and which ones aren't worth a second look. After much trial and error (and lots of wasted money), here are the 10 best apps for conservatives. All prices listed are subject to change without notice.

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Proud Republican

Apple.com

Price: $.99
Proud Republican is the best Republican app in the app store, period. Not only does it provide an in-depth "history lesson" on the GOP, it provides a list of local forums for like-minded users to communicate with one another. It, too, has a news aggregate from top conservative sites too numerous to mention. It also can use a built-in geo-locator to find users' U.S. House and Senate representatives and provides them with contact information and links to their sites. All this would be enough to put it at the top of this list, but there's one more perk: at least three dozen patriotic backgrounds. Although it's called, "Proud Republican," this app might just as well be called, "Proud Conservative."

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Conservative Talking Points

Apple.com

Price: $1.99
Without a doubt, Conservative Talking Points is the single most informative application on the iPhone for political conservatives. This app includes 50 topics and more than 250 individual talking points, all arranged in alphabetical order from abortion to welfare. Perhaps the best aspect of the application is that the points are concise enough to be read through quickly, yet detailed enough to thoroughly cover the subject. In most cases, examples are provided to provide additional insight. CTP is an extremely intuitive app that will continue to provide information on topical issues as it is periodically updated.

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Conservative Pulse

Apple.com

Price: $.99
Conservative Pulse is one of the most straightforward apps on the list, and it is its simplicity that makes it one of the best. Most of the app is dedicated to the tweets of conservative leaders and commentators, as well as the Top Conservatives on Twitter (#TCOT). The last part of the app is an aggregate of top conservative web sites like FOX News, the Drudge Report, National Review, Politico, Townhall, Washington Times, CNS News and the Wall Street Journal (among others). Like many aggregate apps, users can view the article links within the application without having to navigate to safari to view the full web pages. The aptly named application truly puts users' thumbs firmly on the pulse of the conservative movement.

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Freedom 970

Apple.com

Price: FREE
It might seem odd to see an application for a Portland, Ore. radio station so high on this list, but when that radio station offers the Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin programs for free, it begins to make sense. When those programs are able to be streamed in your iPhone's background, it makes even more sense. Nevertheless, the app does have room for improvement; for example, the podcast and text buttons were down during our review. Still, Freedom 970 is an excellent talk radio app. For those who want a little more (Rush, Michael Medved, Glenn Beck, etc.) and are willing to spring $2.99 for an app plus a subscription fee, check out "Talk!" by Centerus, Inc. For the price, though, Freedom 970 can't be beat.

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Conservative Update

Apple.com

Price: $.99
Conservative Update is perhaps the best conservative aggregate in the app store precisely because it doesn't just offer conservative perspectives. In its "Views from the Right," it offers a selection of headlines from the top conservative sites on the web, including National Review, Washington Times, Hot Air, RNC and Townhall. It also includes video from CSPAN and the White House. Finally -- and here's the best part -- it also offers "Views from the Wrong," which draws headlines from two top liberal sites on the web, Salon.com and The Nation. What's nice about this aspect of the app is that many conservatives want to see what the other side has to say ... so they can prepare their arguments accordingly.

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QandO

Apple.com

Price: Free
Even if it weren't free, QandO would have broken the top 10. The official app of Questions and Observations Online Magazine (QandO.net), this application offers what it calls a "neolibertarian" perspective on politics, the economy, military issues and foreign policy. Users wanting a more balanced perspective might want to look elsewhere, because QandO is all commentary on news of the day. Although blistering at times, QandO commentary is insightful and well-written. Conservatives shouldn't be concerned about the "neolibertarian" label; the views and opinions definitely spring from a conservative viewpoint as its slogan, "Free markets, Free People," proves. If you're looking for great conservative commentary, this is it.

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Conserva

Apple.com
Price: *ON SALE* $.99
(usually $1.99)

With the Conserva application, no other news aggregates are necessary. Conserva's "Top Sites," are all conservative, but by clicking on the "Show All" button, users are given a list of 197 clickable news sites, arranged neatly into bookmark-able categories, such as World & U.S. News, Technology News, Entertainment News, Regional News and others. The sheer number of sites to which Conserva links puts other aggregate apps to shame and makes it worth the normal $1.99 price tag. The app opens into a list of 15 "Top Sites," which are all well known to conservative (NewsMax, Townhall, Free Republican, etc.). "Instapaper" registrants can view all the sites offline by logging in.

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iGOP

Apple.com

Price: $.99
While other apps provide deeper insight into the news and personalities that make up the Republican Party, no app offers the core foundational information about what it means to be a Republican better than iGOP. The app is broken down into eight sections; a home page providing an overview of the GOP, a Republican National Committee Twitter page, RNC Chairman Michael Steele's personal blog, the GOP's national video feed, a link to RNC press releases, the official GOP blog, an overview of core Republican "Beliefs" and a page of "GOP Links." iGOP is a fan-created app, but it is the official word on everything coming out of national Republican headquarters.

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Right Quote

Apple.com

Price: $.99
There are numerous applications in the app store that offer quotes from Republican politicians, America's founding fathers, or conservative leaders, but few do it with the intuitiveness of Right Quote. This app offers users a clean interface, with user-friendly controls; a search option built in, a favorites marker for easy reference, images to go with the quotes and even a link that allows particularly enjoyable quotes to be e-mailed to friends. Additionally, the quotes in this app are geared specifically for political conservatives, not political junkies in general. While other quote apps may be free, the "bells and whistles" on this one make it worth the 99 cents. And, after all, who can put a price on inspiration?

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Drudge Mobile

Apple.com

Price: $.99
No way of accessing the Drudge Report online? No problem. The Drudge Mobile reader provides all the same info in an intuitively crafted application. The app is simple in its design -- just like the web site -- and includes buttons that will take users to all three of the famous Drudge Report columns. The only drawback is that the application must be reloaded using a "refresh" button during every return visit. The upside is that the links all open within the application, meaning users can return to the main Drudge pages after reading, without having to navigate back to the application and restarting it. Overall, the app is excellent, and the developers update it frequently.

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Economy

Apple.com

Price: $.99
For anyone wanting an accurate depiction of the U.S. economy, this app offers it all. Economy includes economic snapshots from business, employment and housing sectors, as well as glimpses into the indicators behind the nation's federal debt, gross domestic product, inflation, interest rates and monetary aggregates. Time-based charts and graphs provide insight into the raw data and trend markers help users understand what's going well with the economy and what isn't. Elsewhere, users can examine each of the leading indicators from all of north America, including Canada and Mexico, as well as breakdowns of all international imports and exports. Information is published weekly or monthly, depending on when it is published.

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My Government

Apple.com

Price: FREE
A comprehensive guide to every members of the US House of Representatives, My Government not only provides the names, district numbers, party affiliations and contact info of Congressional members, it also includes buttons that will connect users directly to their representatives' office by phone or e-mail. There's even a button that will take users to the Rep's Twitter account. But that's not all. A bio page provides the member's full biography. A "spending" tool allows users to track which members are spending how much and on what, and a bill tracker provides access to every single bill introduced on the House floor. The app also includes a forum for users to interact with one another about their own members or others.

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The Fred Thompson Show

Apple.com

Price: FREE
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson is one of the only conservative talk radio personalities to really get the iPhone right. There are a number of applications out there that provide schedule information for talk radio personalities like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, but no links to live streams (and these schedulers, called "Locators" cost $1.99 a pop). Other apps provide links to the streams for expensive monthly fees. The Fred Thompson Show, however, features the entire show (including ads) with the best price possible. What he understands is that by providing it for free, he is reaching a whole new market for his advertisers. It's a great show and a great app. Let's hope the other programs catch on.

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Visible Vote

Apple.com

Price: FREE
Ever wonder if the people representing you in Congress and the White House agree with your positions? Visible Vote lets you see for yourself. After creating (or choosing not to create) a profile, users are taken to a home page with images of the president and their U.S. legislators. Users are provided a link to the bill descriptions, as well as highlights and other links to articles about it. A "Vote!" button allows the user to cast a yes or no vote on the legislation, which is then sent to each of the user's lawmakers. After each vote, users can return to the home page to see how often their votes were in agreement with those cast of their lawmakers. The app also allows user to write to their lawmakers.

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Twitterrific

Apple.com

Price: FREE
Even after buying and trying several Twitter applications, Twitterrific remains the best one, hands down. Although it doesn't contain a landscape mode, it still has a sleek, user interface with optional themes (the Raven is the best -- with dark colors and backlit selections), intuitive icons allowing users to adjust tweet sizes, conduct a variety of searches and view followers, profiles, timelines and direct messages. The landing page gives users the option to view public or personal timelines, nearby Twitterers and hash-mark trends. At the top of each timeline is a banner ad, but it doesn't interfere with the user experience, because it scrolls up along with the rest of the timeline. It also features real-time updates!

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The Atlantic Wire

The Atlantic Wire

Price: FREE
Conservatives might be apprehensive about the name of this application, but The Atlantic Wire does an excellent job of providing the kind of balance that The Atlantic Monthly lacks. This app is unique among iPhone applications because it provides a concise summary of heated debates on various subjects of topical political importance then includes links to editorials on both sides of the discussion, which all open within the application. It also includes excerpts from the editorials for those only interested in catching the flavor of the opinion piece. This application can occasionally be slow to load, but its price and novelty are enough to overcome this minor deficiency that likely will be addressed in future updates.

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Constitution for iPhone

Apple.com

Price: FREE
Constitution for iPhone provides a simple interface for users looking to read the Constitution in its entirety. The app includes separate tabs for the Preamble, Articles (listed in order) and signers. The first 10 amendments making up the Bill of Rights are grouped together in one tab, while subsequent amendments are listed individually. After the 27th Amendment, all future "proposed" amendments are grouped together in one section. One of the most unique features of this simple application is the "note" tab on every page, which allows uers the opportunity to see which sections have been repealed or amended and where those changes can be found in the rest of the document.

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NPR

Apple.com
Price: FREE
One of the best applications in the iPhone Store, NPR has everything a user could ask for when it comes to political and enterprise coverage. The news section provides complete articles, and a full listing of every NPR program is included under the "program" tab with a button alerting the user to which ones are live. Another button then allows users to find a station that is streaming the program. This is extremely useful for navigating time zones. For example, East Coast users who may have missed a broadcast can take advantage of the time differential by finding a program in another time zone. Previously aired segments are also available, and the app provides a full list of every NPR station in the country.

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Newser

Apple.com
Price: FREE
Newser is an unconventional news app that provides constantly changing news stories in one long linear column. And while many of the stories are political in nature, they are balanced by just as much entertainment and breaking news coverage. The app is fully customizable, however, so any type of news can be eliminated from coverage and it can be called up a number of ways. Perhaps the best feature in this application is the "Off the Grid" section, which provides off-beat articles, weird news and enterprise stories. For a quick roundup of the day's events, no other application beats Newser.

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Fox Business

Apple.com
Price: FREE
Whether it's a market update you're looking for or the latest political news affecting the business world, FOX Business is an application many conservatives will appreciate. Each story bears the unique FOX perspective, and the ever-changing stock sheet provides a direct connection to Wall Street. The app's best feature, however, is its live streaming video of the FOX Business Channel available between 6 and 9 a.m. and from 12 to 1 p.m. EST. Can't watch at those times? No worries. Previously aired videos are available and open within the application for easy viewing. The app also features a "My Money" section, which allows users to track specific stocks through an in-app portfolio.