The Turkey Day approach-eth, and though we might not be ready for all the food, family, and frenzy, we’re certainly ready to deliver our weekly Top 5 iPhone and iPad applications. Before we dive into that bountiful load of software meat and potatoes, though, why not warm up with some cranberry-less appetizers? In other words, have a sneak peek at some of the cool apps we covered this week, then head on past the break for our weekly roundup!
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
We caught up with our reading this week, covering the children’s playhouse that is Llama Llama Red Pajama. We also shared some of our choice pics with Photo Slide Stream, while getting a tit-bit sick with Virus War Game. To top it all off, we even took a colorful dive into the excellent uTales.
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
That’s it for our sneak peek, but don’t touch that dial! We’ve got your Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps’ of the Week lined up and ready to go!
BatterySense – Free
If you’re like a lot of us and are now battling the iPhone 4S’ (downright) terrible battery life, then we have a bit of good news: No, it’s not an official Apple update, though that’s supposedly in the works, but a tool by the good folks at Phillips that will drastically improve and educate your device usage.
BatterySense is no miracle worker, or at least it doesn’t yet have the ability to harnass the sun’s rays to power your dwindling talk time. However, what it does do is provide excellent, and readable reports on how your energy is being used. Sure, this isn’t the instant cure we’re all waiting for, but if you’re at all eager to work to improve your device’s life, BatterySense will do the trick. Not only that, but as a free app in the AppStore, it’s a foolproof bargain!
AirCassette – $1.99
It seems like giving your iPhone’s iPod a facelift is the new “hip” thing to do, and whether or not you remember how much of a pain in the ass cassette tapes were, AirCassette combines the best of both. This two dollar gem takes any track you’re playing and turns it into a rocking cassette tape, complete with spinning gears, a faceplate with track information, and even a “high quality mechanism.”
Sure, this isn’t exactly an app you need, but if you’re looking for a bargain-priced nostalgia trip, where better a land to end up? AirCassette is gorgeous in a painfully retro sort of way, and there’s always an inherent cool factor in turning your iPhone into a boombox, Say Anything style.
Astrid To-Do – Free
Before you jump down our throats, yes we know there are more productivity apps in the App Store than cheese in a Nickelback song. However, we felt like Astrid To-Do was simply too stellar to leave out of our weekly review.
The title combines the best of all worlds, bringing along a gorgeous (and we mean gorgeous) interface, smooth functionality, exporting out the behind, and an overall improvement in the way we add to-dos to our iOS devices. Astrid has all the features you’d hope for—priorities, notes, etc.—and much more to boot. Best of all, the app is one-hundred percent free in the App Store: That’s code for get cracking, Soldier!
Cyborg Vision – $0.99
At first blush, Cyborg Vision might appear to be just another stupid novelty application—and for the most part, that’s a fair assessment. However, as far as augmented reality titles for the iPhone and iPad go, the app brings a lot of innovative use to the table, supplying a HUD style interface that’s truly engaging.
The app makes use of several online resources to update its face recognition software, attempting to peg your friends as you spy their ugly mug within your iDevice’s camera. If Cyborg Vision can understand their feature sets, it will throw up all kinds of information (both real and fake) to entertain you with. All in all, it’s cheap, fun, and a good diversion at parties.
Aquaria – $4.99
If you happened to miss Aquaria’s award-studded release on the traditional desktop, you’re in luck, as the brilliantly innovative game has made its way onto the iOS platform. The title brings a heck of a lot of engaging gameplay, including a deep game world, intuitive touch controls, and a monumentally tasteful soundtrack. If you’re a fan of iOS gaming, you owe it to yourself to give this one a test drive. The indie quirk charms our socks off, and we have a feeling it’ll do the same for you. Best of all, it’s only five dollars in the App Store, which is an incredible bargain considering the amount of quality gameplay that’s offered.