TiPb Picks of the Week

TiPb.com Picks of the Week

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!

Pimp Your Screen - @GeorgiaTiPb

I really enjoy being able to customize my iPhone background as much as possible, Pimp Your Screen allows you to do just that. I had so much fun selecting among the various wallpapers in order to get that perfect look. There is a vast amount of beautiful backgrounds that will appeal to men and women. Take this application for a spin and let me know which wallpaper you choose.

[$0.99 - iTunes link]

Memorable Meals - @alli_flowers

My friends love to tease me because every time we go out to eat, I take pictures of the food. Sometimes when a dish is brought out, it's like a delicious piece of art, and I want to remember it. So when I saw the app Memorable Meals, I thought it might help with this budding hobby of mine.

Memorable Meals allows you to track meals that are, well, memorable. You note what meal it is - lunch, dinner, breakfast, or if it's an appetizer. Remember where you had it and what the occasion was. Lots of room for notes, and even voice annotation. My only complaint is that you can only attach one photo per entry.

One of the nice features is the search function. Let's say you're trying to remember what you had that was especially delicious at a particular restaurant, or what someone made at a dinner party - you can easily find it.

And I discovered when using Memorable Meals tonight, that by entering the photos in an app, my friends no longer make fun of the activity. Go figure.

[$0.99 - iTunes link]

Consume - @andrewwray

Bjango has a lot of great apps in the App Store, but I think my favorite has to be Consume. Consume is a sort of all-in-one tracking app that lets you keep tabs on your mobile phone usage (minutes, texts, data etc), broadband use, track packages or club memberships and a number of other cool things. Recently AT&T started cracking down on unauthorized MyWi users who tether their iPhone connection to different devices without an official tethering plan. Some speculate that they're only targeting heavy data users, so I've been using Consume a lot over the past couple of days to closely monitor data transfers when I tether so I can stay under the radar.

Rene was able to talk to Marc Edwards of Bjango last year about how Consume works and some of the other cool things you can do with it, and they've done a great job of keeping the app up-to-date and functional. If you're looking for an app with awesome design and great functionality then go ahead and give Consume a try for free!

[Free - iTunes link]

Instapaper 3 - @reneritchie

Instapaper 3 is a big update to an already great app. The major focus is on social integration to aid in reading discovery but you know what, and while I'm sure many new users will appreciate that, I've grown accustomed to using Instapaper in its classical sense -- to "save" articles I want to read later. These are typically articles I come across while working that I just don't have time to read now on my Mac but hope to be able to at some point when I'm waiting with my iPhone or curled up with my iPad. It's less about discovery -- for me -- and all about getting reading done. For that it has always, and continues to shine.

There are some minor nags -- I love the tilt-to-scroll feature on the iPhone version's toolbar but it's absent on the iPad version's. It's gimmicky but cool and I'd like it on both. [Update: Tilt-scrolling can be enabled on iPad via Settings pane, Scroll mode per @instapaper. Sorry about that!] Likewise I love the pagination option on iPad and would like it on iPhone as well, along with the page-turning animation we've gotten used to in iBooks, Kindle, and other reading apps. The reason I'm bringing this up is that the developer, Marco Arment, appears to put so much thought into interface and usability. It makes you want to talk If you try to page and the feature isn't toggled on, it asks you if you want to turn it on. If you tap the top bar it takes you to the top as you'd expect but asks you if you meant to tap it and offers you the option to return to where you were in case you tapped it by accident.

There's so much thoughtfulness in the app that even though, again, I personally won't be using all the new social features I think a lot of users will, and they're going to enjoy the way they're implemented because Instapaper is as much a blueprint for how to design a great app as it is a reading client.

[$4.99 - iTunes link]

FX Photo Studio - @iMuggle

FX Photo Studio is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. If you've used Instagram, you'll love this app. Just like apps like Instagram, it lets you overlay effects onto your photos. But FX Photo studio also allows you to layer effects. I spent tons of time recently experimenting with different effects and settings. It also lets you do other things like cropping, flipping, and other basic photo editing functions. If you find an effects mix that you like, you can save it to your presets tab as well for easy access later.

It's definitely a great app to have handy for anyone who edits and shares a lot of pictures online. Check it out and let us know what you think!

[$1.99 - iTunes Link]

Cooking Mana - @skeetobite

I have selected Cooking Mama as my pick of the week. Not so much for myself, but instead for my daughter who plays it ALL the time. For those unfamiliar with the game, Cooking Mama is a cooking game, where you try to prepare recipes according to the instructions. The iPhone version of the game makes full use of the iPhone features - using the accelerometer to "pour" items into a pan, using multiouch to stir, using the gyroscope to move a pan back and forth on the stove. It is actually a very interactive game. As you play, you unlock other recipes and the game gets more and more complex. There are also in app purchases for other recipes.

I will admit, I have tried it and see it as "ok". However, my daughter (7 years old) loves it, and plays it all the time on her iPod touch. So if you have a young child at home, or if you fancy yourself young at heart, you might want to give the game a try...of course, you might never get your iPhone/iPod back again!

[$6.99 - iTunes link]

Instagallery - @llofte

Since joining the Instagram crowd, I have wished it was a universal app so that I could browse the photos on my iPad. Instagallery lets me do just that. With Instagallery, I am able to view photos, like them, and leave comments. It's awesome.

[$1.99 - iTunes link]

iLockScreen Maker - @RobT43 (Reader's Choice)

iLockScreen Maker is really great because it allows you take any photo on your iPhone and format it to fit your lockscreen. It's not nearly ads powerful as something like Lockinfo, but it does allow you to add some flair to your lockscreen without having to jailbreak.

You can format pictures to fit, add lots of different frames in many colors, and add calendar bars to the lockscreen.

It's quick and easy to use, and comes in a free version and a paid version (paid option has more frames and backgrounds).

[$1.99 - iTunes link]

Your pick?

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!

Leanna Lofte

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at iosapps@imore.com

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JonnyGerman says:

FX Photo Studio has a lot of functionality but a really horrible UI. No thumbnail previews and no sensible organization of the different functions - it is a whole lot of poking in the dark and hoping something cool comes out. I recommend PictureShow instead, it is more powerful and MUCH easier to use.

JD says:

Instapaper may have been revolutionary when it was first released, but for me it has long been overtaken by Read It Later. I don't understand why IP still gets so much more attention; it has less features and RIL formats articles flawlessly that IP has trouble with.

Tonos para Celular Honduras says:

The one that I want to get right now is the InstaGallery app, I'm an addict of the Instagram community and this app will make my life easier!

Garysturn says:

I wish Instapaper would make there new features optional. I am not the least bit interested in social networking my Instapaper articles and the new Icons are just in the way and bother me. I also don't like some of the features they added in version 2. Adding all kinds of features and options is not always good. What made Instapaper popular was the simplicity of how it worked and worked fast. Now it is getting all mucked up with options that not everyone wants. When it isn't broken don't fix it.

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