Every week a few of us from team TiPb will bring you our current favorite, most fun and 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, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.
To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!
The new iPad 2 is out, and I am sure that for the next week, you will be hearing all about it's new features, the new apps designed for it, and how wonderful it is. But in our excitement, let's not forget that the old iPad is still a pretty darn good machine, with plenty of cutting edge apps and features itself (of course, that won't prevent me from trying to get an iPad 2!). In that vein, I have selected Dungeon Hunter 2 HD as my pick of the week. A relatively new sequel to the popular and successful Dungeon Hunter app, this app takes what was good about Dungeon Hunter and adds even more deliciousness. As an action/adventure RPG game, it has many features that you would expect to see in major console games - multiple classes, cooperative multiplayer mode, unique skills and advancement options, and lots and lots of equipment and items to find. The graphics are nice, the controls are easy and straightforward, and the game itself is rather engrossing. There are also difficulty levels and "pro" clases to allow even more variability and enhanced replay. The multiplayer cooperative mode is what interests me the most - my wife like to play games like this where we "help" each other.
So while all the hoopla about the iPad 2 is nice, and the iPad 2 apps are nice (I wouldn't be surprised to see the device and the apps show up on this week or next weeks "pick of the week") let's not forget the original iPad, nor forget that it can still bring it when asked.
[$6.99 - iTunes link]
It is a very simple app but one I use every day. Planet Rock is a UK based rock radio station, usually only available on digital radio or satellite TV. With this app you can listen on the go using either WiFi or the data connection on your iPhone.
The app streams high quality audio and also tells you what song is currently playing along with artist information. Other features are social network integration, schedule of upcoming shows, rock news, weather and a rock tribute calendar.
Planet Rock plays some amazing music from a wide array of rock artists like Ozzy Osbourne, Motorhead, Bon Jovi and lots of classic rock too. Well worth the free download if you like a bit of rock!
[Free – iTunes Link]
Every once in a while I stumble across an amazing app by accident in the App Store. This was the case with Wunderlist. To put it short, I'm a list freak. Between TiPb, running a business, keeping clients info straight, and the 80 billion other things my brain apparently can handle, they're a necessity for my life to run smoothly.
I typically use Evernote for free form notes and ToDo by Appigo for time sensitive tasks. ToDo is powerful but I've never been a fan of the layout and complexity. I found Wunderlist while randomly browsing productivity apps. I'm extremely glad I did. Not only is it free, it offers free syncing! This is a privilege I've been paying Appigo a recurring $20/year to have. I may not be renewing it this summer.
The only thing I would like to see Wunderlist add is recurring tasks. Other than that, the UI is gorgeous and you can even choose from several beautiful backgrounds. It's easy to use and even easier to share your lists with others. You can share via e-mail or share a list and the user will be invited to join Wunderlist. This is extremely convenient for me as when I add a task to my business list, anyone I've shared that list with will see an updated list as well.
Did I mention the best part? It's free! Even the iPad HD version is available for free as well. Check it out and let us know what you think! Wunderlist has earned a permanent spot on my home screen.
[Free - iTunes Link]
Do you live in an area prone to changing weather? Snow storms? Flash floods? Hurricanes? Tornadoes? How about plain old winter, heat, or fog? If you're lucky enough to live somewhere unaffected by any of these things, move on to the next pick. But if you live anywhere else, you might want to take a close look at this app.
My WeatherAlert has been beeping alarms at me for two days now, as we have experienced horrible thunderstorms, flash flooding, and tornadoes. The nice thing is, you can adjust the alarms. WeatherAlert's push notifications offer the usual selections: badge, sound, alerts. You can also choose the weather type for which you receive notifications. And as you can tell from my first paragraph, there are a lot of conditions from which to choose!
WeatherAlert has consistently notified me before local news, and often before the weather actually becomes threatening. Don't get caught out in the storm. Let WeatherAlert warn you.
[$1.99 - iTunes link]
Make no mistake, GarageBand for iPad was created with three different but complementary goals in mind -- to delight and astonish users with an incredibly immersive content creation experience, to raise the bar for developers and challenge them to make mobile software of the same caliber, and to programmatically walk up to the competition, pull out a Bugs Bunny glove, fill it with a brick, and smack them back to the drawing board.
Both GarageBand and it's companion iLife app, iMovie, represent the next generation of tablet software, once again redefining perceptions on what can and can't be done with multitouch and 9.7-inches of glass and aluminum.
But that's big picture stuff and honestly, when you're laying down up to 8-tracks, tapping away on virtual drums, strumming virtual strings, tickling virtual ivory, and laying down some smoking hot vocals to top it off, you won't give a flying frak about the big picture stuff.
You'll be too busy rocking out to GarageBand for iPad.
[$4.99 - iTunes link]
I adore Podcaster and the recent update has made this app even better. There isn't anything wrong with how iTunes handles podcasts, but I needed a way to get my podcasts while on vacation without a computer. Podcaster was my solution. I love it so much that it's become my preferred podcast aggregator. I really like how I can download, or stream, my podcasts on the fly. With the newest update watching video podcasts is even better. In addition to scrubbing through videos, I love being able to skip backward/forward 30 seconds with a single tap. If 30 seconds is too much you can tap and hold the rewind/fast forward buttons to finely tune your scrubbing. Lastly, the ability to play my video podcasts at twice the normal speed is saving me a bunch of time!
If you listen to podcasts at all this is a must have app! Podcaster is on sale so now is the perfect time to try it!
[$0.99 - iTunes link]
With the release of the iPad 2, iMovie for iPhone has be updated to be a universal app for the iPad 2 - and it's awesome. Editing video on the iPad feels so natural, and Apple has done a wonderful job with its design. I'm already familiar with editing on iMovie with a Mac, so the transition to the iPad 2 was familiar and intuitive. Most of my video editing will be done on the iPad 2 with iMovie from this day forward. Check out my hands-on video of iMovie on the iPad 2 to see what I'm talking about!
[$4.99 - iTunes link]
I have been waiting for this game on iPad and now I could not be happier! 16 cars on track plus multiplayer. A long career mode and a decent selection of cars and awesome controls make this a must-have app for any racing fan. Not only that, but if you happen to won an iPad 2, the graphics look absolutely amazing. Buy this app now!
[$9.99 - iTunes link]
iPods came with a great game called Music Quiz, which played a portion of a song from your music library, and gave you 4 options to choose from. Unfortunately when the iPhone was first released, it didn’t include this iconic title.
Music Quiz! is a port of the iPod game, to iOS. You can choose to use all of your music from your iPod library, or just selected songs or playlists.
The app can play, either random points during the song or the beginning of the song. It will play for 8-12 seconds, and the longer it takes you guess your song, the less points you get.
Its a great simple little game, and lets you relive those classic iPod days.
[Free - iTunes link]
News360 is a free universal app that searches over 1000 news sources and presents them in a super easy way. You can read what's important or drill down to the actual source all in the app. It has a lot of great features like a GPS option to show you local events, the ability to save articles, a wiki-like built in highlighter, and excellent social network integration. The app looks totally different from landscape to portrait - going from a flowing news picture view in landscape to a scrollable list in portrait. This app rates a look, as it is a viable replacement to many single source news apps out there!
[Free - iTunes link]
You’re part of the team as well, so we will be choosing one reader to make a submission each week! Just look for my tweet each weekend for a chance to be picked! In the meantime, jump into the comments and let us know your pick of the week!