Weekly Roundup: Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of The Week

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

We won’t lie: We’ve been tickled pink by the cool weather that’s been blowing through our neck of the woods. But don’t think we’ve been ditching our reviewing duties to go dance in the sun and tie ribbons in our hair! No, we’ve been just as efficacious as always with our iPhone app reviews. In fact, we’ve got your Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week lined up and ready to go. Before getting that far, though, why not enjoy a sneak peek of the iPhone apps we covered this week?

This Week’s Stand-Out Apps

We took the time to show you how to make killer ringtones from your iPhone with Ringtone DJ, but we also gave you an expose on how to educate your newborn children with Baby Symbolizer. If you like your iPhone meat a little more gamy, then take a look at Trafy, whose killer tilting action we covered in full this week. We also detailed how iProgress can save your life, or just make it a bit more productive.

Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week

That’s it as far as our sneak peek for the week goes, but don’t touch that dial, you Itchy Beaver you! No, we’ve got what you want: The Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the week can be found just below the break.

VideoSurf

VideoSurf

VideoSurf – Free

VideoSurf is the kind of app you wish you’d thought of first, but would have had no idea how to code had you actually invented it. Either way, this iPhone app’s functionality is absolutely incredible, just as its predecessor Shazam once was.

If you’ve ever been watching some cable show on some lost cable channel and wondered exactly what the hell you were peeping, gone are your days of modern confusion. Just point VideoSurf at the tele, and after a beat or two, it sends its sample to the Internet, returning with the show title and information about the program. It works like magic (when it works, which is surprisingly often) and no matter how you slice it, VideoSurf is simply cool.

 

Vocre

Vocre

Vocre – Free

Douglas Adams’ days of the Babbelfish are steadily approaching. With Vocre for the iPhone, it’s now possible to have a UN translator in your pocket, opening up doors at home, as well as abroad or over seas.

Users simply boot up the application, tell it what languages are being spoken and by what sexes, and away Vocre goes. The app listens attentively to what’s being said, and as long as the words are spoken clearly and at a reasonable pace, it’s translations are incredibly accurate. It works with a solid heap of languages, and with excellent text-to-speech functionality, the app is easily worth a try, in-app pricing scheme aside.

Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged – $14.99

For fans of the classic novel, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is your new wet dream. The app is certainly priced heftily enough for the Objectivist thinker, but for the steep price of entry fans can enjoy one of the largest resources for the seminal piece of literature we’ve ever seen.

Like Ayn Rand or hate her (Yeah, not a hard guess with us), the app comes with an indisputably massive amount of information, including handwritten manuscript notes, recordings of the author, and of course the full written text. It’s a great resource for those who want it, though the price will likely put-off the non-devotee.

Dolphin Browser HD

Dolphin Browser HD

Dolphin Browser HD – Free

We covered the iPhone release of this Android favorite awhile back, and now we’re tickled pink to announce the release of the same great Safari killer for the iPad. This time ‘round, Dolphin Browser comes with all the same tab-based navigation, gesture support, and bookmarking utilities you’d expect.

The thing looks absolutely marvelous on the iPad, sporting a matte finish, green leaf color schemes, and excellent gesture navigation. The app is even better than Terra, offering a truly impressive browsing experience on everyone’s favorite tablet.

 

Turntable.fm

Turntable.fm

turntable.FM – Free

If you’re like us, you’ve been wasting more time than is healthy curating the perfect playlist in a turntable.FM room somewhere on the Internet. The Flash “game” has absolutely conquered the hip and Internet-savvy among us, and now (thankfully?) we can take our addiction with us on the go.

Turntable.FM for the iPhone brings along all the same great functionality you’d expect of the Flash-based title. It’s just as much fun as the desktop edition, only now you’ll have to keep yourself from listening constantly to your favorite locations. Good luck with that though, Pilgrim. And if you’re new to the game, there’s no better time to give it a test drive, especially as turntable.FM is free in the App Store.

 

 

 

 

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