Editor’s Picks Apps

Buy Koi Pond on the App Store

Koi Pond: Find Zen Bliss With Relaxing Pool of Virtual Fish

The intrepid Blimp Pilots development shop just released Koi Pond 2.0 with a variety of new features. The 1.0 version was great; the 2.0 version adds a variety of improvements to the Zen experience that is Koi Pond - movable lily pads, 3D sound, the ability to feed your fish (try shaking the phone), and finger nibbling (hold your finger still in the water and see what happens).

Buy Face Melter on the App Store

Face Melter: Pliable Fun for Photos

Contact list beware... I'm going to pinch your faces! Face Melter is so much fun, I just can't stop. I've already moved on from faces to dogs and inanimate objects. The premise is this — if you can shoot it, you can melt it.

Kaleidoscope is a Gorgeous Adaptation of the Original Toy

If you like to look at pretty things you could go out and get yourself a collector's edition kaleidoscope for around a thousand bucks. Or you could buy Kaleidoscope for $1.99 and use the rest of the money to frame your fancy new artwork.

Crash Bandicoot - a Top Notch Racing Game

Crash Bandicoot, now published by Vivendi Mobile, is originally a PlayStation game developed by Radical Entertainment which has sold over 40 Million copies. Crash Bandicoot Nitro Cart 3D is a racing format set in the make-believe "Wumpa Islands"; the objective is to race around the track, avoiding oil slicks and enemy fire, and targeting "crates" containing goodies like extra lives and exotic weapons, such as surface to air missiles.

Buy Urbanspoon - Restaurant & Food Reviews on the App Store

UrbanSpoon - a must for iPhone foodies

Urban Spoon is a small Seattle startup (three employees as of last year: see this coverage), focused on the restaurant review space. Unlike Yelp, which relies on social/user reviews, UrbanSpoon took the approach of incorporating existing review data from trusted sources like CitiSearch.

WingNuts MotoChaser -- Arguably the Best Game on iPhone

WingNuts from FreeVerse is a 3D, realistic moto-cross simulation. Using the acceleromoter, you race through the desert, woods etc, avoiding obstacles, and trying to reach the finish line before your time expires. 

Buy myLite LED Flashlight & Strobe Light for iPhone and iPod - Free on the App Store

myLite Flashlight and Colored Strobe

Of all the lighting apps out there, myLite has the best combination of luminescent choices. Start with a plain old flashlight, choose "normal" under effects and customize any color and brightness using the simple sliders.

AppCraver LOVES Fingertip Sports Air Hockey

There are currently two AirHockey games on the App Store. We HIGHLY recommend the two-person game by Sea Lion Games. To play, you hold the iPhone flat and both players control a knob on one side of the phone, pushing the puck around on the virtual air hockey surface.

Buy WordPress on the App Store

WordPress for iphone

I am writing this post on the wordpress app for iPhone. The app is free, and extremely self explanatory. It's very easy to write a new post, edit a post, or even take and attach a picture to a post.

Break Touch 3D is a great game, but a little too easy

Break Touch 3D is a great game, but a little too easy

If, like me, you are a Blackberry refugee, the first game you look for on iPhone is the equivalent of Blackberry BrickBreaker. Break Touch 3D is that game. At $2.99, you don't need to think too much before buying this wonderful time-waster.

PacMan and MsPacMan now available for iPhone

PacMan and MsPacMan now available for iPhone

Two of the best selling arcade games in history, Pacman and Ms PacMan are now available for purchase on the iPhone. These are not knockoffs of the original games, but completely remastered versions, with the authentic music and play.

Tetris for iPhone is fantastic!

Tetris for iPhone is fantastic!

There are hundreds (if not thousands) of Tetris ripoffs, including the iPhone-ready website iphone-tetris.com but there is only one official iPhone Tetris application, and that's the one from Electronic Arts.

Twitterific is an excellent Twitter client for iPhone

Twitterific is an excellent Twitter client for iPhone

Twitter is one of those new applications that either you "get" or you don't. Twitterers love the product for its ability to blast updates about your day to day life ("I'm at Starbucks, right now, getting a latte") to your friends, and basically anybody who cares to "track you".

Pandora is the Killer Music App

Pandora is the Killer Music App

When the Pandora music discovery service first appeared in 2004, I was fascinated with the product. Just type in the name (or part of the name) of your favorite band, and Pandora will create a custom "radio station" around that band, including songs from the band itself, as well as songs that "sound like" that artist.