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

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

The first breath of Autumn air rolls in, and we’re still covered in heaps of iPhone app reviews! It was a great week for us here at the iPhone App Review, and we’ve got your obligatory Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week ready to roll! Before we dive in, though, have a sneak peek at some of the great reviews we covered!

This Week’s Stand-Out Apps

This week’s games included the country fun of Swamp Defense, as well as the ups and downs of Plus-n-Minus. Not to mention the pranking fun of iCrack. Finally, we even showed you how to relax a bit with Healing Waves for the iPhone.

That’s it for our sneak peek, but don’t worry: The Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of The Week are just after the break!

Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week

Adobe CreatePDF

Adobe CreatePDF

Adobe CreatePDF– $9.99

Finally, the iPad and iPhone have their own—and official—version of Adobe Acrobat. The media giants newest iOS release, CreatePDF, isn’t a direct port of the desktop computing classic, but it’s still leagues ahead of all the other PDF makers, readers, and shakers available in the App Store.

CreatePDF will do everything with your files except mail them to your boss. However, considering the ten dollar price of entry, it’s not surprising that the app supports all manner of file types including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OpenOffice, as well as all the usual Adobe flavors like Illustrator and Photoshop. Not to mention the app presses some of the finest looking PDFs you have ever seen on an iPad. If you’re in the business, or just have the need, get this app.



iSheetMusic – Free

Using your iPhone or iPad as a sheet music reader just got a heck of a lot easier, thanks to iSheetMusic. This free release makes it easier than ever to treat your iDevice as a sheet music repository, offering up a gorgeous and simplistic way to read your staves on the go.

iSheetMusic even comes with an in-app metronome that can be used for practicing. The app itself is loaded with a few, free tunes (Amazing Grace, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, etc.) but many more are available in the ever-growing iSheetMusic store. If you’re a serious musician and iDevice owner, you owe it to yourself to give this free app a test drive—and to email the developers, asking why we can’t upload our own sheet music yet!


Dolphin Browser

Dolphin Browser

Dolphin Browser – Free

Everyone’s favorite Android browser has finally landed in the App Store. The thing looks just as great on your iPhone as you’d expect it to, and the app comes with all the third-party browser functionality that Mobile Safari has been lacking.

Don’t get us wrong, Mobile Safari is still the smoothest browsing experience around on your iPhone or iPad. But considering Dolphin Browser comes with gestured-browsing support, easier tabbed navigation, and a host of other Firefox-esque features, you may just want to have the app laying about. It’s not yet a full replacement for the stock browser, but it’ll get you through any severe superuser cravings with its feature-rich interface.




Instamap – $1.99

Instamap finally brings a competent Instagram experience to the iPad, offering a quick way to view your subscribed photo feeds, though there’s currently no way to upload your own photos, making everyone’s favorite hipster camera app still a one-sided street.

Thankfully, Instamap’s interface is rock solid and absolutely gorgeous on the iPad. The app also allows users to track specific locations for Instagrammed photos, making it easier than ever to stalk a certain street corner. Combined with the option to feed photos via hashtags, you will never again miss another #foodphoto. It’s a wonderful option for the Instagram fan with an iPad, and the price is certainly right in our book.


FiLMiC Pro

FiLMiC Pro

FiLMiC Pro – $2.99

FiLMiC Pro is the best thing to happen to the iPhone’s camera since the addition of videography way back with iOS 2.0. This app is seriously good, offering a simple way to take your iOS video to the next level. The app is loaded with professional features like color bars, resolution customization, and frame setting, making it the ideal utility for the director on the go.

Like most camera apps for the iPhone, FiLMiC Pro clocks in at $2.99. However, for that cheap three bucks (think a latte at Starbucks) users can enjoy one of the slickest and most powerful video apps available in the App Store. Never before has it been easier to create your own short films with only an iPhone: Hell, shoot for the stars and shoot a full-length! Anything is possible with the app, easily making it a must-have.


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