With the iPhone and the iPod Touch both sitting close to the top of the most-wanted list of gifts last Christmas, it is likely that there will be thousands of new customers looking to load applications onto their shiny toys. However, the classic conundrum facing any iPhone owner of ‘which apps should I choose?’ is surely intensified for the newcomers who might be a little overwhelmed by the choices on offer. If this sounds like something that has happened to you, check out the top ten apps for January 2010 to get an idea. This selection barely scratches the surface of the app store, but it is a good place to start.
Games are a big part of the App Store and Aera hits several sweet spots which should win it many fans. For one it is very cheap without feeling it and its classic aerial combat in biplanes feels fun to control and is distracting for longer than most iPhone-based games. Even more excitingly is Aera’s use of the iPhone’s Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to take on a friend in a duel or a game of airborne capture the flag. So in summary, good graphics, fun gameplay and a multiplayer mode makes Aera a highly recommended game.
This is essentially a last-minute car rental application that allows you to instantly find a fancy motor if you want to impress a client or a larger vehicle if you have some stuff to lug around when you are moving house. Using a simple interface you can quickly make a reservation directly from your iPhone, or indeed cancel a booking at the last second if your plans change. Convenient and clever, Zipcar is a useful app for any iPhone owner.
The Guardian App
The Guardian Media Group has recently launched its own application for the iPhone for a one-off price, whilst many other newspapers are seeking to offer subscription-based paid for services to phone users. This app will let you see the latest news stories and comment in print, audio and video and its functionality is expected to continue its expansion over the coming months. The Guardian’s website is one of the most popular online news resources and having access to it all from your iPhone in a single application will prove to be very useful for many.
There are tons of specialist apps for the iPhone and the iNavX app is one of the most targeted. If you like to sail the high seas around the Americas then this provides an excellent navigation accompaniment, with detailed marine charts showing your position.
I Am T-Pain
T-Pain basically invented the autotune genre which has swamped the R&B music charts and this app puts the power of vocal alteration in your pocket. You can use it to automatically synthesise your voice to make it sound like a crazy hip hop robot, or add it to existing backing tracks to make a fully fledged hit. It is also ranked as one of the best apps of 2009.
If you are studying for an exam or working on a presentation then Mental Case is the perfect, modern alternative to flash cards. Many people use flash cards to help them learn, but this app allows you to create sets on your iPhone which you can take with you wherever you go and continue to fill your brain with facts and figures that could help you pass a test or impress an audience.
Eat This, Not That!
Based on the hit dieting book, this app allows you to get into the habit of making healthier choices when you are at the supermarket or in a restaurant by suggesting alternatives to calorific cuisine. It also allows you to track the number of calories you are consuming daily, as well as letting you enter in any exercise you have done to keep a close eye on your weight without having to adhere to a strict diet or exercise regime.
If you are a fan of gigs and events then this little app will help keep you up to date with the latest tour news and even let you purchase tickets to see the best shows in town. You can transfer over your list of artists stored on iTunes to let the app automatically search for suitable events.
If you are into trading stocks and shares then this application can keep you up to date with the latest developments on the market and automatically tracks unusual activity to make sure that you are always one step ahead with your investments.
Following the exploits of stick-figure hero Captain J, you take on a series of high paced, action packed missions of cartoony violence, with an arsenal of 11 weapons and hordes of unique enemies to fight. With a low price tag this is already tearing up the gaming app charts.