Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week

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Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Turkey Day is almost here, and if you’re like us, you’re starting to feel the time crunch. Sure, we might not have enough time to get the poultry, cranberries and pies together, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take the hours to review some quality apps! We’ve got your Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the week ready to roll, but first, let’s recap the week’s goodies!

This Week’s Stand-Out Apps

This week we showed you how to share docs with OrganiDoc HD, as well as monitor your bundle of joy with Best Baby Monitor. On top of that, we also reviewed the killer makeover app Perfect365 and PicList To Do Manager.

That’s all for our sneak peek, but don’t’ touch the dial! Your Top 5 iPhone and iPad App roundup for the week is right after the break!

Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week

 

Acoustic Ruler Pro

Acoustic Ruler Pro

Acoustic Ruler Pro – $0.99

You know how bats can measure distances using nothing but their ears and voices? We believe some more intelligent chaps might call this echolocation. Either way, you can now enjoy the same power on your iPhone using a crazy creative app by the name of Acoustic Ruler Pro.

The app uses your iPhone to send calls out and “listen” for their return, exactly as a submarine does underwater. This allows for accurate—or so the developers claim—measurements of up to 25 meters with two unique devices, or 1.10 meters with one iPhone and some headphones. We can’t promise it works like clockwork, but hey, when’s the next chance you’ll get to do something this cool with your phone?

IconSettings

IconSettings

IconSettings – Free

Okay, so this one isn’t technically an application, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t the coolest thing you’ve downloaded all month. In fact, we’re so enamored with IconSettings, we couldn’t even wait to get it over to you. In essence, the app is a set of bookmarklets that perform much the same function as SBSettings, only without the need for a risky jailbreak.

Users simply visit the IconSettings site and download their own customized bookmark sets. These sets can be saved to the iPhone’s home screen, and then used to tweak various settings or apps at the touch of a button. It’s never been easier to enjoy jailbreak-esque functionality without the work previously required. IconSettings is sheer genius, and if you don’t have it already, you should get it now. 

 

Fotopedia Japan

Fotopedia Japan

Fotopedia Japan – Free

Have you ever wanted to visit the island nation of Japan? No matter what you’re particular draw to the country, the free app Fotopedia Japan has enough information about the Asian superpower to satiate any and all needs.

Like the other Fotopedia offerings, this one comes packed to the gills with all sorts of photos, videos, and texts about Japan. If you’ve ever wondered what life is like on the islands, the app is an excellent way to find out. Not only that, but it also comes with heaps of interactive maps, making it a cinch to find data by region. There’s also a handy Trip Builder, in case you’re looking to plan a voyage there. Either way, a free coffee book app is a hard steal to pass up.

 

Gmail

Gmail

Gmail – Free

If you haven’t been following the whole Gmail native application fiasco, let us simplify the matter for you with a quick summary: A couple weeks ago, Google released one of the worst email clients to ever hit the App Store. The offering was yanked, and now, after an appropriately lengthy period of time, iPhone and iPad users can once again download the beast from the App Store.

We wish we could say more about the app, but sadly it’s just not the powerhouse we’d hoped for. It’s a slightly more impressive version of the Big-G’s mobile app, and though we appreciate the effort, there’s simply not enough features to replace the stock Mail application. We’re holding out for updates, but in the meantime, you’re welcome to give Gmail native a go.

 

Camera+

Camera+

Camera+ – $0.99

On a similar note, we’re happy to announce that, once again, Camera+ has made its way back into the App Store. The incredibly detailed and easy-to-use photography application was yanked from its post after an “easter egg” allowing the end-user to snap photos with the volume rockers was discovered. And though we certainly didn’t mind the added “bonus,” Apple found it to be less than satisfactory. Thankfully, everything has been worked out on the flip-side, and now Camera+ can go back to our iPhone’s dock.

If you haven’t been using the photo application, you really owe it to yourself to test drive Camera+. The app combines the best of several other image shutters, offering killer filters, impressive social networking integration, and pristine quality. It’s easily the best camera around, and for a limited time only, it’s only a dollar in the App Store!

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