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!

Ramp Champ - @reneritchie

Ramp Champ has just gone free. Here's what I said about when I picked it back in October of 2009:

Ramp Champ is co-developed by Iconfactory, so you know it's pixel perfect. A skee-ball type casual, fun, time passer it's perfect for the iPhone. Thanks to in-app purchase you can buy more ramps when -- make that if -- you get through the 4 for so that come with the app. I say if because, while the first challenge is easy, the second is hard, and I think I'll need an Ambrose Chase-style description field to get through the third. And did I mention it's gorgeous as well?

Yet another reason I'm going to have to figure out a way to slip the Icon Factory $10 at WWDC.

[Free - iTunes link]

Shop Savvy - @Alli_Flowers

Still on my scanner kick, this week I fell for Shop Savvy, another really clever app that's also available in the Android Marketplace. Find something you like in a store, and scan the barcode. In a matter of seconds, Shop Savvy will tell you where else you can find it locally, as well as where you can find it online, and the relative cost.

You can almost always count on the item being available for less on Amazon. (It just stands to reason.) But on occasion you'll find that your local shop has whatever it is at a low enough cost that once you add in shipping, you may as well buy it locally.

Tonight I was in our local Pet Supplies Plus, looking at a crinkle bag for my feline children. It was $27. A quick click with Shop Savvy showed me that on Amazon it was only $18, while at Allegro Pet shop it was a whopping $28! However, not only did it not list any other local stores carrying the totally awesome Kitty Crinkle Sack, it didn't list Pet Supplies Plus. Shop Savvy does give you the option of adding the store and the item though.

In addition to being able to add stores, you can add the items if they are not already in Shop Savvy's huge database of consumables, and photos. And of course, you can always look the item up old school, and just type in the name of the product.

There is also a premium version for $1.99. I'm almost tempted to buy it just to see if there are any more options for purchasing the amazing Kitty Crinkle Sack!

[Free - iTunes link]

Order & Chaos Online - @JBaby_9783

Order & Chaos Online is so much fun. I am a recovering World of Warcraft addict having played for 4 years. I haven't played in a year and I thought I was over my addiction. But then came Order & Chaos Online and I fell off the wagon. It's everything people love about WoW only it's on iOS. It's not exactly like WoW but it's so close. I like to think of it as a Pocket WoW. The most jarring difference, to me, is Humans and Elves can talk to and play with the Undead and Orcs. That feels unnatural to me.

I mainly play on my iPad 2 and it plays beautifully. It's even awesome on the iPhone 4. I wasn't sure if it would be since the screen is so much smaller. To my surprise I had no problems. I do prefer playing on my iPad though. You just can't beat the extra screen real estate.

There a few bugs like some quests are messed up. But for a 1.0 release they are easily overlooked. The real question I have is will Gameloft continue to update this game? MMORPGs need fresh content. Overall I'm thrilled with this game. I can't wait to see what the future will bring. Will this push Blizzard into making an official version of WoW for iOS? Sound off in the comments.

Warning: I highly recommend this game but if you value your time and/or your family STAY AWAY!!! Don't say I didn't warn you.

[$6.99, with subscription and in-app purchases - iTunes link]

iPad 2 – @chrisoldroyd

Yes, I decided to take the plunge and get an iPad 2 even though I said I wouldn't!. I managed to grab one on Tuesday this week so it is still early days but so far the upgrade is well worth the money. Went a bit cheap and got the 16GB WiFi model; it’s all I really need as I can tether to my iPhone 4 for data.

The speed increase has been the most impressive part for me, everything works that much faster. Web pages loads without seeing the checker board patterns and apps load in a flash. It is a double win for me. The wife has inherited my original iPad so she's happy too! So far, really loving my iPad 2!

[Starting at $499 - Apple.com]

MyEmpire - @JorjLim

EmpireAvenue is a unique social stock market, based on friends and other online personalities.

By integrating your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other supported social sites, you create yourself as a stock. Your activity on the connected sites, affects your share price.

MyEmpire is a great iPhone app, that allows you to monitor your stocks and shares, as well as buy and sell stock on the go. There are leaderboards built in to the app, so you can see who is best to buy or sell.

The app’s UI is quite basic on iOS, however the functionality in the app makes up for it.

[$0.99 - iTunes link]

xkcd - @llofte

xkcd is "a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language" that is targeted towards a special kind of geek. Most comics are related to computer science, physics, or mathematics. I love xkcd and love it even more on my iPhone. The app is very basic but sends out a push notification when a new comic is available. If you're a fan of xkdc, get this app.

[Free - iTunes link]

Barrel (Jailbreak) - @GeorgiaTiPb

Barrel for Jailbreak

Barrel is a sweet little tweak from Cydia that lets you customize the way the animation looks when you swipe between home pages. On a pure iPhone, the icons just slide over. With Barrel, they can rotate like a 3D cube, or they can slide up or down, scroll or fade, stair-step or squeeze, scatter or carousel, collect or get flippy with it. Or my favorites, curl and roll away or zoom.

It adds just that little extra touch of flare to your iPhone, makes you smile when you change screens, and is a great demo to show people who might be interested in the kind of customization Jailbreak allows.

[$2.99 - Cydia]

Notesy - @/JKK/ (Reader's Choice)

Notesy is the best of the rest in a crowded field of Dropbox-synchronizing text editors. Making use of the phenomenally stable and fast Dropbox API, Notesy is able to quickly and reliably sync notes from my Mac to my iPhone and iPod touch.

Since the notes are saved in the universal .txt file format, the notes aren't locked into any proprietary program; you can view them anywhere you have an internet connection with the online Dropbox web client.

My personal system includes syncing notes from Notational Velocity back and forth to Notesy between two iPods, an iPhone, and an iPad using Dropbox as the behind-the-scenes system; it works great, with no problems to report upon.

Notesy includes timed auto-saving (every two minutes if the file is being edited), an extremely smart, minimalist design, and is super slick; lag isn't an issue with Notesy, even whenever the library of notes approaches a ridiculous size and number.

[$2.99 - 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 the announcement on [twitter](http://www.twitter.com/llofte] or our Facebook page each weekend for a chance to be picked! In the meantime, jump into the comments and let us know your pick of the week!

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