What a hectic week it’s been here at the iPhone App Review! Things have been heating up all over the place as Summer draws to a high noon, but we didn’t spend the week twiddling our thumbs, no! We’ve got your Top 5 iPhone apps and iPad apps of the week lined up, but first here’s a peek at some of the cool iPhone apps we reviewed in the last seven days:
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
It was a productive week for productivity apps as we brought you Annual Leave and SkyScanner to all you business-minded folk. We also dished out some cool game reviews, looking at Medley, iLearn With Poko, and Roodie Noodies and the Rubber Ring.
That’s it for our sneak peek, but don’t pack up just yet! We’ve got yer Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the week lined up and ready to go after the break
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Masquerade – Free
You know those hilarious Conan O’Brien clips where he replaces a celebrities mouth with his own and spouts out some funny dialog? Do you ever wish you could do some of that yourself? If so, then wish no longer: Masquerade, a free app for the iPhone offers exactly that.
Just pick a picture of any popular celebrity (or even someone as lowly as your own friends and family) then record some video of yourself gibbering away. The app does the rest, overlaying your salty smackers right onto the photo. You can even adjust the pitch of your voice and add music to the mix. Once you’ve got the concoction you want, you’re free to share the video to your photo gallery, YouTube or Facebook. It’s quick simple fun, and it’s absolutely free—who can argue with that?
Above France – $ .99
Above France is the latest collaboration between photography giant National Geographic and Fotopedia. The app rests within the same design principles as several other coffee-table-book-apps we’ve looked at recently, offering absolutely stunning photography that’s complimented by multimedia information.
Above France is priced at a fairly low $ .99 and offers some truly incredible photographs. The pictures were taken during an helicopter tour of the country, and show a side of France that most Americans may never think about. If you’re bored with the Tour de France and want to see a bit more of the Hexagon, Above France is a cheap (and stunning) way to do it.
TiVo – Free
Finally TiVo has landed on the iPhone, bringing with it a whole host of useful DVR and television programming features. Depending on what kind of TiVo you have, you’ll be able to surf the channel guide, program shows to be recorded, manage existing recordings, and even fast forward or rewind your tele. However, most of those delicious functions are currently limited to TiVo Premier members only, meaning those with Series 2, HD, and HD XL are out of luck. Not to mention that users are reporting very severe bugs with the app. But hey, who can complain? At least your TiVo is finally connected to your iPhone, right?
Scrabble – $2.99
This next app isn’t new to the App Store, but now comes with an extra incentive to load it onto your iPhone or iPad. The app in question is Electronic Art’s Scrabble, which has been titillating iOS users for some time now, but has only just recently been added to the Android Market. Why should we care what’s on Android? One word, amigos: Cross-platform gaming.
Alright, so that was two words. But still, now that the app is available for all your Droid buddies to play with, the multiplayer pool for EA’s Scrabble has finally reached maximum potential. It’s now easier than ever to abandon Words With Friends for the real-deal, and with such a huge potential for online match-ups, it would be hard not to. The app offers everything you’d expect from Scrabble on the go, only in a modern format. If you don’t already have the app, it’s priced appropriately at $2.99, making it an absolute steal for iPhone word gamers.
StumbleUpon! – Free
Our next pick of the week is yet another app that’s not fresh to the scene, but comes with a whopping new update. StumbleUpon! for iPhone and iPad received a fresh coat of paint this week, bringing with it a total redesign of the popular discovery app’s iPad format. Gone are the outdated and hardly-optimized menus. What you’ll find instead is a visually rich, socially engaging and gorgeous user experience that makes stumbling upon new links even easier than before. The previous design was often derided for its clunkiness, but the newest model is anything but clumsy—scrolling, sliding and navigating the new social bar to share content has to be one of the coolest experiences to land on the iPad yet. If you are a regular stumbler, snag this update quick. If not, you might have to change your ways: This app is just that good!