There are plenty of good reasons to hold out on buying a smartphone: they're too expensive, they're easy to lose/break, and AT&T would gladly upcharge you for breathing too frequently during a phone call if they thought they could get away with it. What's not a valid reason, however, is the argument that an iPhone, Droid, etc is just a glorified web browser. In fact, with the amazing wealth of mobile apps available today, your smartphone can completely transform the way you experience Los Angeles. Check out our top picks for the very best in L.A. smartphone apps.

Note: although most of these are available for iPhone and Android, when applicable, we're discussing the iPhone versions of these apps, because that's what we tested.

[All screenshots via my phone or iTunes website]