Another week coming to a close here at the iPhone App Review, and just as the sweltering summer heat kicks in, too! If you’re indoors and wicked bored, don’t touch that dial: We’ve got our top five iPhone apps picked out and ready to roll your way. But before we dive into the meat and potatoes of this weeks gems, take a sneak peek at some of the cool apps we covered this week:
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
It was a fantastic week for games here at the App Review: We got our avian-style groove-thing on with Bubble Birds and Duck Hunt AR, but we also showed you how to ring your tropical bush with Jungle Games. We even showed you how to save the planet with Joe Versus, in case that’s more your style.
We also spent some time with two great educational apps, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi HD for the iPad and iTeacher for the iPhone. And finally, if sports is more your thing, we took a look at an excellent basketball resource Next Game Live for Basket.
That’s all for our sneak-peak this week, but don’t think we’re done just yet. No, we’re only getting started! Check us out after the break for a look at our Top 5 iPhone and iPad apps.
Video Time Machine – $ .99
Are you feeling a bit retro? Do you wish you had a portal into the past, or even just a way to see video and photos from as far back as 1860? Look no further, good sir, as Video Time Machine, by the folks at YouTube Time Machine, has finally landed on both the iPhone and the iPad.
The iPhone app is like a mobile museum, featuring curated videos from as far back as a century and a half. Simply select a time-frame and a category (categories range from old television programs to classic music, and even to oldies adverts) and away the iPhone app goes, pulling up media for your perusal. It’s a unique blast from the past that can be had at a stellar price, and if you find a video you like you can immediately share it to either Facebook or Twitter.
The Bond Mixology – $1.99
Straight out of the chute is an excellent iPhone app with one goal, and one goal only—to get you drunk while teaching you about James Bond. Still with us? Good, as the Bond Mixology is one wicked app.
If you think Bond’s only drink of choice is a martini shaken, not stirred, then Bond Mixology is exactly what the doctor ordered.
The iPhone app features a wealth of drinks and drink recipes, as well as contextual film clues that detail every drink Bond ever had in every Bond film ever. It’s a wealthy bank to draw from, and with data coming straight from IMDB, Bond Mixology guarantees a good night drinking with friends.
Gourmet Live – Free
Gourmet Live, which recently landed its delicious tush onto the iPad, has undergone a bit of weight-loss and is now freely available on the smaller iPhone. The iPhone app features drop-dead gorgeous design, simplistic navigation, and a wealth of free foodie articles that include some tasty recipes. There’s a fair amount of content available gratis, with much more present via in-app purchase. If you’re looking for a more mobile edition of Gourmet Live, or just need a good recipe book for the iPhone, you could certainly do far worse than this excellent addition to the AppStore.
ILoveNYTheater – Free
This free, universal app is a Godsend if you’re in the Big Apple and need a quick ticket like no other. The app is a full-featured Broadway guide, offering information about locations, showtimes, nearby hotels, and even dining opportunities in the proximity.
The app shares a lot of its design with Fandango, including the lack of a broker mark-up. All tickets are purchased straight from TicketMaster, meaning the only fee you’ll have to pay is the unavoidable market rate. Best of all, ILoveNYTheater is free in the AppStore, meaning you have no excuse to not see Wicked this weekend—or at least not a good one, anyway.
Flare – $ .99
And finally, though certainly not least, we have yet another incredible video iPhone app. Flare is a dirt-cheap alternative to the boring, built-in iPhone video recorder, and is the only app in the AppStore to offer HDR filming.
Flare’s main boon is its High Dynamic Range shooting, meaning the lighting contrast between darks and lights in your area will shine like never before. The app is as easy-to-use as the stock video recorder, and can turn any boring scene into an all-out Festival of Lights.