iPhone Life magazine

Best iPhone Apps

With 100,000+ apps to choose from, how do you find the right one?

As of January 2010, there are well over 100,000 apps available in the iTunes App Store. That’s great news for users of Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch. It means there’s at least one and probably half-a-dozen apps available for just about anything you want to do. Unfortunately, the more choices you have, the harder it is to zero in on the best solution.


Apple provides some help. The App Store is divided into 20 major categories, some of which are divided into sub-categories. In addition, the App Store lists the Top 100 Paid Apps and the Top 100 Free Apps (based on number of downloads), and highlights New and Noteworthy apps, What’s Hot, and Staff Favorites. The major categories also offer Top Paid, Top Free, and a few other lists. Finally, a Power Search feature located on the iTunes home page lets you search for apps based on title, key words, developer name, and other criteria. But even with all this, it’s still pretty easy to get lost in the App Store. What’s a guy or gal to do?


Most of us don’t have time to thoroughly test dozens of apps, but there are people that enjoy doing just that, and they tend to share their opinions on blogs and Web sites. The following articles look at some of the best apps available for the iPhone and iPod touch. The first was submitted by Jeff Scott of 148app.com and reports on apps favored by members of the “Best App Ever 2009” nominating committee. It’s followed by articles from iPhoneLife.com authors and bloggers Nate Adcock, Cindy Downes, Werner Ruotsalainen, and Heather Dale, who describe their take on the top apps. Finally, Werner Ruotsalainen reviews the top multiplayer games and Heather Dale looks at 10 must-have apps for travelers. Read on and enjoy.