TiPb Picks of the Week - Holiday edition

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 this week, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

Ally's Pick - Doodle Jump Christmas

Who doesn't like Doodle Jump? Lima Sky has been ever faithful about issuing updates for well over a year now. This time they did it a bit different and released Doodle Jump Christmas as a separate app. (Users of the original version still have a Christmas theme.) At first I was a bit skeptical to download the Christmas edition, but I'm glad I did. The graphics honestly are better and the new monsters are awesome! Hopefully this app will get updates for other holidays as well. I hadn't played Doodle Jump in several months and the Christmas edition has got me hooked again. It's also got GameCenter integration so you can try and out jump your friends as well. It's a great addition to the ever growing holiday line-up of games. Between this and Angry Birds seasons, I'm less productive than ever!

[$0.99 - iTunes Link]

Brian's pick: Netflix

Netflix is my Christmas pick of the week even though it is not a Christmas app per say. However I am picking it due to it's functionality for parents as the holiday season means a lot of travel typically. With the Netflix app on your iOS device you can allow your kids or even your bored spouse to watch Christmas movies to get into the holiday spirit even more while traveling to or from friends and family. There are plenty of Christmas movies available to be viewed which will make travel that much easier and more pleasant!

[Free - iTunes Link]

George's pick: Is It Christmas?

Do you or your kids keep waking up, thinking, "Is it Christmas Yet?" What hassle it must be to rummage through a calendar trying to work out what day it is.

Well, there's an app for that.

Is It Christmas? - Does exactly what it says in the tin. Its a very simple, amusing app that tells you if it is or isn't Christmas.

The app boasts full Retina support and accelerometer support, as well as local push notifications, so you don't even have to open the app to see if the day has come.

The app was recently updated to included an iPad version to tell "Is it Christmas?" so you can see if its Christmas in HD glory.

Its not the most productive app ever, but its funny for a laugh here and there.

[Free - iTunes link]

Georgia's pick: Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift

My holiday pick is Cut The Rope: Holiday Gift. If you've played the regular Cut the Rope (and you really should have by now!) this is the addictive iTunes favorite with a sweet holiday twist. The object of the game remains the same, to feed candy to an adorable monster called Om Nom. You still cut ropes with a swipe of your finger, use bubbles and other mechanics to avoid the pitsfalls and keep your monster’s sugar tooth in check, but you get some extra levels, and some holiday cheer like candy canes, Christmas stockings... and did I mention more free levels?. Get this game before Om Nom goes into a diabetic coma.

Leanna's pick: Angry Birds Seasons HD

Angry Birds Seasons for iPhone, iPad now in app store!

As a member of the addicted to Angry Birds club, I could not turn down Angry Birds Seasons HD. The "Seasons Greedings" level pack is like an advent calendar - each day unlocks a new level ending with Christmas Day. I love this because I can focus on achieving 3 stars every day without being tempted to move on to the next level. A new Angry Birds level was a great way to add some more cheer (as well as frustration) to my countdown to Christmas.

Rene's pick: FaceTime

Apple didn't invent the front-facing camera phone (I believe Nokia did, back in 1812 or somesuch) but with FaceTime they did what they always do -- made a fringe technology mainstream. You pick up your iPhone 4, iPod touch 4, or go to your Mac, pick a contact, hit a button, and -- boom! -- you're looking at friend or family member across town or around the world.

It's no surprise Apple has spent half of the iPhone 4 commercials showing off FaceTime and hitting those emotional and nostalgic notes. These are Kodak moments made live and made motion. Grandparents and grandkids, fathers and mothers and sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, friends new and old, FaceTime brings them together and to life.

This year, if you have or just now get an iPhone 4, iPod touch 4, or Mac, turn on FaceTime, get on Wi-Fi, and call up someone you love. That's what the holidays are all about.

Your pick?

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

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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