MobileMe Gallery, Engadget, TaxCaster, Homerun Battle 3D, Booooly, Readdledocs 2, SoundHound, DropBox, Classics -- TiPb Picks of the Week
Every week a few of us from team TiPb, bloggers and forum crew alike, will bring you our current favorite, funnest, most useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they're iPhone (or iPod touch, and soon... iPad!) related, they're fair game.
Confession: in all the iPad hubbub last week, Rene didn't get around to posting everyone's pick. Bright side, you get almost twice as many this week!
So who's on deck this double-dose and what are our picks? Find out after the break!
Chad's Pick I: MobileMe Gallery
Apple's new MobileMe Gallery app is awesome. I really like the way it previews photos at the top (just like Apple TV) and you can easily share photos, albums or movies. Adding friend's galleries are bonus too! I just wish you could comment on photos...
Just like with the MobileMe iDisk app, once you view an image, it saves it to your iPhone for easy access later. You can also tap and hold to save your images to the iPhone's camera roll. [Free - iTunes link]
Chad's Pick II: Engadget
This week I decided to look at some news apps, specifically Engadgets new app. What is nice is that they have all three of their sites available to view: Engadget, Engadget Mobile and Engadget HD. The app remembers the last news source and looks beautiful doing so. The standard fanfare is there too such as posting to Facebook and Twitter any articles that you find interesting. One nice bonus is streaming video, including the Engadet Show. Give Engadget a try for all of your gadget news from TVs to robots! [Free - iTunes link]
Chris' Pick: TaxCaster Mobile
With tax season upon us, Turbo Tax has given iPhone user an easy tool for a quick tax estimate. With basic deductions and incomes, you can get a rough idea if you will owe money or (hopefully) get a nice hefty refund. You can enter exact amount or just estimates to see what your fate will be this year with the IRS. You cant export data for your return, but for a free app, this is a useful tool to have. [Free - iTunes link]
Derrick's Pick I: Homerun Battle 3D
Homerun Battle 3D is hours of fun, mainly because it has online play. I'd suggest to try out the LITE version of this game and I'm sure you will love it and buy the full version. [$4.99 - iTunes link]
Derrick's Pick II: Booooly!
Booooly is a fun little puzzle game that is very entertaining and I would suggest it to anyone looking simply to pass some time. Even better, Booooly has a free version you can try out on the App Store! [$0.99 - iTunes link]
Matt's Pick I: Readdledocs 2.0
I know in the past, I have picked Readdledocs before; however, with the version 2 having come out, it adds a whole slew of new features that make it easily worth mentioning! Readdledocs is a document viewer with so many feature, it's ridiculous! ;) I think it is probably one of the best, if not the best PDF viewer for the iPhone.
The new application includes numerous new features - a new interface, capable to view PDFs in "text reflow" view (allows the text to be made larger or smaller), better handling of large documents, zipping files, text file creation, file filter views/tasks and lots more! [$4.99 - iTunes link]
Matt's Pick II: SoundHound
Recently I have been digitizing my parent's CD collection and quite often my Mom has come up to me humming and asking me if I knew the song. I rarely have a clue. So the other day I grabbed SoundHound and had her hum the tune and the app found it. We spent much of the evening using the app exploring songs from the same artists. I've been an avid user of Shazam, but SoundHound blows it out of the water with all it's features! [$4.99 - iTunes link]
Rene's Pick I: DropBox
When MobileMe's iDisk stopped syncing on me the last time, turned out it was also for the last time, and I decided to give the much geek-loved DropBox a try. It's free for up to 2GB of data, and $10/m or $100/y for 50GB, but it's features are so far ahead of iDisk that Apple really should buy them up before Google does. For those not familiar, basically it lets you store your files on their cloud server, and with the Dropbox desktop client, mirror that folder on any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer you own. You can see the sync status of each folder and file and easily share them, and the photo folder gets special gallery-style treatment. And, of course, it has an iPhone app that lets you browse your cloud-stored files, or star them to keep a copy locally on your iPhone. Note for the security conscious -- you can, of course, encrypt files or directories before uploading them to Dropbox, but then you lose the web and iPhone access. The battle over convenience rages on! [Free - iTunes link]
Rene's Pick II: Classics
Interested in that iBooks app Steve Jobs showed off for the iPad and upset you can't have one or both new? Users of the existing iPhone app, Classics, know from whence iBooks borrows a lot of its look and feel (with an even earlier nod to Delicious Library!), but that means that if you want to get your bookshelf storing, multitouch paper flipping, eBook read on, you can do it now... With one caveat: as the name suggests, Classics only contains free, public domain, classic books. As a bonus, however, following the iBooks announcement, the makers of Classics have decided to give it away from free, so it's definitely worth a download. [Free - iTunes link]
You're part of team TiPb too, so what's your pick? What app was your absolute fav last week? Let us -- and everyone -- know in the comments!