Yet another week gone by here at the iPhone App Review, and it looks like our cooking lessons are starting to pay off: Our app reviews are sliding out hot and thick like never before! But before we serve you up our weekly digest of the Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the week, why not take a sneak peek at some of the cool iPhone applications we’ve covered recently? Go on, Soldier, eat up! Your sneak peek is getting cold!
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
First off the plate, we showed you how to win big with the Great Contest for the iPhone. For those more into gaming, we slung out a steamy review of the Tetris clone Bricks Up, as well as Alien Raid’s tower defense based physics madness. There’s also our review of Face Bender, which makes “saving face” so much more meaningful.
That’s it for our sneak peek, but don’t think we’re done there! No, we’ve got your Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week lined up and ready to go right after the break: Don’t touch that dial!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
Quora – Free
If you’re like us, you frequently find yourself at a loss about some piece of information or another. If you’re even more like us, you likely hit Google with any lingering questions you may have during the day. If that’s your modus operandi, then have we got a winner for you: Quora’s new iPhone app makes it easier than ever to learn on the go.
The online Q&A service makes it dirt-easy to find information nuggets on everything from sports to the Royal Family. All of the excellent site’s data is collected in this free mobile application, making it simple to browse the Quora database while on the go. Best of all, you can ask your own questions, too, and get a response on-the-fly from a real expert.
Skype – Free
Our next iPhone app is hardly a fresh one, but with a recent update, Skype brings a lot of new functionality to the iPhone, the iPod Touch 4g, and the iPad 2. Best of all, the mobile video provider’s excellent mobile application is still free in the App Store.
New updates bring full support for Bluetooth headsets, meaning if you’re a super important businessman—or just like looking like a Borg drone—then you’re covered on all three listed devices. There’s also new-fangled image stabilization for when the kids run off with your devices. Other than that, it’s the same old Skype you know and love—Oh, but with better emoticons this time around.
Chefs Feed – Free
If you’re an iPhone-owning foodie with a thing for apps like Yelp and Ness, then scoot over and make room for Chefs Feed. This isn’t just any old food recommendation software: The service makes you best mates with the best chefs in your area, providing you with geo-tagged restaurant suggestions from the Iron Giants themselves. You can search for dishes by type, by restaurant, or even by specific chef.
Obviously, Chefs Feed works best in a city with lots of chefs—We’re thinking New York, Glasgow, London, Los Angeles, etc.—but since the app is free in the App Store, it’ll cost nothing to boot up and check out. And that sounds like a blue plate special to us!
Vulture Clickables – Free
For those familiar with New York Magazine’s Vulture department, you’ll already know what the entertainment provider’s mobile application is all about. For the uninitiated, Vulture Clickables is a compendium of everything hip, hot, and viral on the Internet, including videos, music, images, etc. Best of all—besides being free, that is—Vulture Clickables isn’t just a repackaging of the content available on Vulture, but a whole new trough to snarf from.
If you’re looking for a quick and convenient way to kill a few hours, minutes, or seconds on your iPhone, Vulture Clickables will do so with ease.
IMDb Trivia – Free
Rounding off our free selection of apps this week is IMDb Trivia, a fresh-faced trivia offering from the Internet-based entertainment giant. If you’ve ever looked up an actor or movie after uttering the phrase, “Oh, who was that again?” then the app is for you. If you feel like you’ve never said that phrase in your life, then you need IMDb Trivia more than anyone: Obviously you’ve got to start watching a few more movies.
The iPhone app is simple enough, offering an array of questions about which actor or actress is pictured, or what movies a performer made. All of the TV and movie-based questions come in various packs, which can be purchased and played through at will. They’re truly massive, so have no fear of being done with IMDb Trivia anytime soon.