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, 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, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.

To see what we picked this week, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

Alli's Pick: CalenGoo

I haven't used a day runner or paper calendar since my first Palm Pilot. To me, this is the real magic of using a handheld digital device. I got spoiled using Agendus on my Treo, and in addition to just noting my calendar events, I want multiple ways of viewing them, icons, and more.

CalenGoo really fits that niche for me. It gives me many more options than the (lousy) iPhone calendar, and syncs with Google, MobileMe, or whatever Exchange client you want to use - in combination if you choose.

Day view, list view, month view, icons, CalenGoo has it all, and in the month view, you can pinch to zoom! It also uses Tasks from Google and puts them right on your calendar. The developer is responsive and has been doing regular updates. This is a must have app for productivity!

[$6.99 - iTunes link]

Ally's Pick: ToneFXs (jailbreak)

ToneFXs allows you to change pretty much every system tone on your iPhone that you could think of. I love this app mainly because most of my friends have iPhones as well. Some are jailbroken, some aren't. When an email would chime in, all of us would look at our phones. This app solved that problem. I have my own text and email tones, as well as personalized system tones. I no longer mix up other people's iPhones going off with my own. ToneFXs is available via Cydia on any jailbroken iPhone.

Andrew's Pick: WootWatch

is a free app in the App Store that lets you see all the daily deals from woot.com, sellout.woot, shirt.woot, wine.woot, and kids.woot. Some of the features of this app include auto-refresh, support for woot-offs and alerts for when new items become available. You can swipe up to get a detailed description of today's item complete with pictures and product specs, along with a witty overview of why you should buy the item in full Woot style. The only caveat I noticed is when you want to purchase an item, it takes you out of the app and pulls you into safari to complete the transaction. Not a deal-breaker by any means, but it would be nice to have an in-app way of doing this.

What I personally love about this app as a parent is the kids.woot support. This is an app I launch daily in order to see what great deal for the day I might snatch up for my daughter. If you've ever purchased anything on Woot, you know how low the prices can go and how good the deals can get. We highly suggest taking a look at this app, as there's no risk being that it's a free app. Go grab it now!

[Free - iTunes link]

Brian's Pick: Instagram

Instagram is a fantastic photo app that allows you another way of sharing your photos with all your friends on your favorite social networking sites. You can either use the app to take a photo or you can import photos already on your device. Once you have a photo selected you can choose between over a dozen different unique filters to apply to your pictures to make them have different feels than just a normal photo. You can follow friends and leave comments on peoples pictures and share your photos with everyone. It supports all of the iPhone models as well as the iPod Touch and iPad. The app is free in the App Store and is a blast to use and share photos with your friends.

[Free - iTunes Link]

Chris O’s pick: LED-Flashlight

This week I have chosen a very simple app for the iPhone 4. It is a flashlight app, there are many available in the app store; but I use LED-flashlight. It's simple but useful, all it does it light up your camera flash so you can use it as a torch. It is really bright! The app comes in really handy every day for me. While walking the dog, fishing out items lost under the sofa this app is killer!

[Free – iTunes Link]

Chris V's Pick: Sonic the Hedgehog

It's time to go old school! With the rapid release of new games and gaming systems recently, it is easy to overlook some of the classic games out there. Some of these games have been rereleased on the iPhone, including one of my all time favorites - Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic was a speedy little hedgehog, playing in a scrolling 2D background, but the main difference between Sonic and games like Super Mario Brothers is that Sonic was FAST! This game spawned a number of sequels, including ones I remember playing on my Sega Game Gear and Sega Dreamcast, and it is fun to just play some of these classic games. The import works well, and for $4.99, Sonic is a fun way to pass the time. I am sure that eventually many of these classic games will make their way onto my iPhone.

[$4.99 -iTunes link]

Leanna's Pick: Perfect Photo

Perfect photo has recently become my favorite photo editing application. It is loaded with many editing tools and features. One of my favorite things about Perfect Photo is that when you apply a change, the app gives you a random fact while waiting for it to save. Another huge draw to Perfect Photo is the recent addition of red-eye removal and spot healing. Now I can make sure there are no blemishes on my face the faces of my friends before uploading to Facebook and Twitter!

[$0.99 - iTunes link]

Rene's pick: Gift Plan

From Glasshouse Apps, makers of the excellent Barista and Cellar apps for iPhone and Early Edition for iPad, comes Gift Plan -- and it just might save your ass this holiday season. It's gorgeous, of course, and it works as good as it looks. The idea is simple -- we humans (okay, especially we male humans) are forgetful, oblivious, doomed lot who will miss birthdays, anniversaries, and even annual events like Christmas with stupefying regularity. So why keep failing when an app like Gift Plan can help us succeed.

Gift Plan will import your important dates from Calendar and even Facebook, sort, color-label, prioritize, filter, and otherwise help you get your gifting organized, and then remind you with alerts to get it all done.

Best of all, it's on introductory sale right now so save money on Gift Plan so it can help you spend money on your loved ones.

Bonus tip from the developer: Record your wife's clothing size. It'll keep you off the couch.

[$0.99 - iTunes link]

Your pick?

You’re part of the team as well, so jump into the comments and let us know your pick of the week!

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Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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Ally, does that mean ToneFX has finally been updated? I purchased it when I jailbroke the first time, and then couldn't use it cause it wouldn't work with iTunes 9.whatever. That would be nice if it works again - since I paid for it!

I like the idea of a better app to manage my google calendar than the built in or mobile web versions (or desktop version on iPhone that doesn't quite working in my preferred month view) ... but I will NEVER be comfortable giving a third party access to my gmail account. My LIFE is in my gmail account.

You had me with Sonic the Hedgehog! Just seeing the app image brought back a lot of great memories of staying up late and trying to master the game. I hope the app can hold up to my fond memories.
I also liked the CalenGoo app with great functionality but I find the app a little hard on the eyes. I just wish the design was a little more appealing.

@Alli - hm i never knew it was broken, weird.
it works fine for me. it aggregates all your tons in app - i never use iTunes with it, if you mean it pulls your iTunes made ringtones in, then yeah all mine show up too. it'll also pull any soundpacks you download from winterboard in as well. i wish bite did this instead of JUST giving me iTunes options.

Need for Speed Shift - my latest game obsession. The "drifting" feature is silly though. (Drifting is the WWE of motorsports IMHO.) Still, NFS Shift is fun, the graphics are great, and it's satisfying to accumulate badges, unlock cars and tracks, and of course, to win races!

@Ally - They must have really updated the app. The old version had to import the converted tones through iTunes. Gonna install and see.
I just wish Efko's support were better. They used to be great, now they are pretty unresponsive.

I too was a Palm user since the beginning, and still think that OS had the best calendar. Still miss it. Anyone know of an excellent calendar that syncs with Outlook? I use MiCal, and while it is good (with nice recent updates), it still isn't perfect.

Nice list!
I like VC Audio Pro. It is like audacity on Windows.
Great for creating podcasts with multiple-tracks.

My vote for the best PIM on the iOS platform is PocketInformant. It by far the most polished and capable app available on the platform. I have used Calengoo, SaiSuke, MiCal, Calvetica, QuickCal, and WeekCal. I always come back to PocketInformant.
My pick of the week is Perfect Browser. It is a very fast and full featured webkit Browser. It supports tabs and full screen view. It just received a nice update this past week which added favorites importing. For now, it is my primary browser.