We’ve been up early reviewing apps again, toiling like the giddy elves we are just to bring you today’s Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week. We don’t mind—honest! But before we get into the meat and potatoes of this week’s releases, why not check out some of the great apps we reviewed?
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
That’s it for the sneak peek, but as promised we’ve got your Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week lined up and ready to go.
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Ustream – Free
After what feels like bloody forever, Ustream has finally landed onto the iPad. The app, which iPhone users have been able to enjoy for some time now, has been remodeled for the iPad’s larger screen, bringing with it one snappy interface and several useful features.
Ustream comes with AirPlay support, allowing users to beam their videos straight to larger screens, assuming they’re enabled for it. Best of all, as AirPlay is a background process, you’re free to continue to use your iPad for other things while videos are engaged. If you’re also the lucky owner of an iPad 2, you can broadcast your videos directly to Ustream for some live webcam extravaganzas—if you’re into that kind of thing.
Knot Guide HD – $2.99
Knot Guide HD is the sort of app that you may not need until you really need it, but when you do, you really do. That was tricky, but the idea is the same: Knot Guide HD will show you how to tie or untie just about any knot in existence, making it essential for some and only a curiosity piece for others.
As the HD version of the iPhone staple Knot Guide, Knot Guide HD brings the same wealth of information as its predecessor, only redesigned for the big screen. The presentation is fantastic, and the extra leg room really helps with learning to tie or release the knots. The interface itself is rustic and inviting. For the app’s price, you’ll get a ton of knotted information, and one excellent bit of cyber packaging.
Wreck This App – $4.99
For those familiar with the “Wreck This Journal” series, by Keri Smith, Wreck This App by the Penguin Group offers the exact same, recklessly defaced fun on the iPad and iPhone.
The app isn’t so much a game as it is a request for your creativity. Users are given a set of prompts and a space in which to fulfill the instructions. Prompts themselves can range from being rather banal, “Draw a picture,” to “Find a photo of yourself you dislike and vandalize it.” It’s great fun, and an excellent way to shave boring minutes off the morning commute.
FlareGun! – $ .99
Meeting up is hard to do: Arranging your contacts, sending invitations, keeping track of where all your best mates are. It simply isn’t worth all that effort just to have a beer! With your aches in mind, FlareGun! is here to smooth over the process.
This handy utility is one of the most useful apps we’ve seen in a while. The app grabs hold of the contacts you specify, sending them a text with your exact whereabouts in a matter of seconds. Does someone want to know where you are? As long as they have a smartphone with Google Maps, they’ll be able to read FlareGun’s flare, and even get directions straight to you. It’s quick, easy, and doesn’t cost a penny more than a dollar. That’s a bargain to us!
NASA Visualization Explorer – Free
Finally, we bring you yet another coffee book style app, only this one comes from the Feds themselves! Well, NASA anyway, but Big Government is Big Government, right?
This incredible app by the science mega-giants brings a wealth of visual information to the common man about NASA’s space explorations. The app details—with videos, pictures and texts—the various components of dozens of space missions. NASA Visualization Explorer also features a new topic each week for you to dive headfirst into. All in all, especially considering the duty free pricing, this app is a great way to learn, and an even better way to support a budget-gutted institution that really does do a lot for scientific research.