Top 5 apps that help you find more and better apps

TiPb checks out the best apps that help you find even better apps to load up on your iPhone or iPad

Top 5 apps that help you find more and better apps

Have an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, looking for more and better apps but need help sorting through the hundreds of thousands piled up in the app store? Want to find more apps like your favorite or get alerted when apps and games go on sale? No worries, we've got you covered. Read on for TiPb's top 5 apps -- and web sites! -- that help you find more and better apps!

Genius for apps

Genius for appsGenius for apps is Apple's own recommendation engine built right into the App Store app on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad under the Featured Tab. Since you bought your apps from the App Store, they know what you have and try to find and show you more apps you like. If you share your device and iTunes library with another person, for example your young children, you'll probably see a lot of recommendations that interest them and not you but you can always swipe an item to remove and help "train" the Genius system. It's not the most robust or feature packed app discovery system but again, it's already there. Both iPhone and iPad. [Free - Built in]

AppStart for iPad

AppStart for iPadBy the fine folks at, AppStart for iPad's goal is as simple as it is welcome -- to help new iPad owners with a specific focus find the apps they need to do what they want. Sorting the massive App Store and trying to curate it based on task or user type is no small feat so if you know what you want but don't know how to get started, AppStart is there to do some of the heavy lifting for you. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

Also check out:

  • AppAdvice: Their titular app and available as a universal app for both iPhone and iPad. [$1.99 - iTunes link]


AppShopperFrom, the app brings all the great website services -- new and updated apps, price drops and sales, wish lists and popularity trackers -- and puts it right on your iPhone and iPad. It'll even sync to your AppShopper web account. Universal app - download once, use on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. [Free - iTunes link]

148apps.comNamed after the original iOS 2 limit of 148 apps for device, the site has grown almost as fast as iOS 4's 11 screen, 12-apps per folder-stuffing potential. They track new apps as well as price drops to help you stay updated and on budget. [Free - Web link] is powered by App Tap and brings their social app recommendation engine right into so you can search for apps from our sidebar (look to your right!), see how other users and sites have rated them, and pretty much figure out what's what -- and what's not -- across a fair slice of the web. [Free - Web link]

Your top apps?

So there you have them, our top 5 apps that help you find more and better apps. Be sure to check out our Picks of the Week and iPad App and Games Forum for more recommendations, and if we missed any of your favorites leave them in the comments below!

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Rene Ritchie

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Top 5 apps that help you find more and better apps


The AppAdvice app is not one of the five recommended. You do list AppAdvice app as a sub-note. I didn't see it either, as I glanced at the top 5 names.
I too think that AppAdvice app deserved to be in the top 5 (#1 actually), not a hidden footnote.

Apple's Genius seems flawed. It apparently only use the paid applications as input and mostly (>95%) recommends paid applications. I have several hundred applications on my iPhone, including more than 50 free games for kids and only about 10 paid apps. But this "Genius" feature has never once recommended a free game. It may be free, but it will cost you if you actually use its recommendations.


  • appsaurus
  • appsfire / appstream

plus, two of the "apps" listed here aren't apps at all; they're web sites.
the moral? grain of salt.

AppZapp changed this behavior and created a bunch of community features in the app. It is by far the best app of its kind. Should be number one on this list. Although it's more in the AppShopper style, it also has traits of app genius and AppAppeal too.