The Best Apps

Wow, there are a lot of apps in the app store! And the number seems to be growing exponentially. Any sane person would just ask their friends for app recommendations, and since we're your friends, we've made it easy for you to find the very best apps for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. So get your device ready, pour yourself a nice beverage, and feast away through this year's top apps across every single App Store category. By the way, since we also love some apps more than others (hey, that's life), below we've picked our five absolute favorite apps. Enjoy!


iPhone Life's Top 5 Apps of the Year:

1. Kindle


(Free, app2.me/2482) 


KindleAmazon's Kindle app is my absolute favorite. It lost a few points from me when they removed the dedicated Kindle Store button, but they had to in order to comply with Apple's rules. It is still very easy to purchase books, organize and read them, and it is especially enjoyable on the iPad. If you were to choose one app this year, this would be it.


2. Netflix


(Free, app2.me/2968)

NetflixIf you have a Netflix account with access to online streaming, this app is a no-brainer. This is probably the app I use the most. Somehow the movie and TV show suggestions look more enticing when I see them through the app, instead of my computer. You can't go wrong with an app that turns your device into your own portable movie player.

3. Keynote


($9.99, app2.me/2481)


KeynoteI talked about this app so much that it became a running joke at iPhone Life headquarters. As someone who loves public speaking and creating presentations, I was just blown away by the versatility and functionality of the Keynote app. And even though it still doesn't have all the features of its desktop counterpart, it is a must-have if you ever work on presentations.

4. Mint


(Free, app2.me/2711)

MintThis app is a neat little companion to Mint.com's free financial tracking service. I've found it incredibly useful to have this app with me. I can check my balances with one glance, I can get useful reminders about when bills are due, and I can know instantly if I'm going over a specific budget I've set up.

5. Flipboard


(iPad Only: Free, app2.me/3473)


BlipboardFor iPad users, this app is a must-have. I love using Flipboard to read the latest news, see my Twitter and Facebook feeds in a new layout, and browse through interesting content. It's amazing how much we'll keep reading if the information is presented beautifully. I could make jokes about how you'll "flip" for this app, but I'm pretty sure the pun police just pulled up to my front door.


Books

30 Best of the Best


30 Children's Books


31 Readers


31 Bible Apps


31 Best Comic Apps



Business 


32 Best of the Best


32 Remote Desktop


33 Made for iPad


33 Office Docs


33 Best Business Card Readers


Entertainment


35 Best of the Best


35 Made for iPad


35 Biggest Time Killers


35 Best Movie Apps 


Education


36 Best of the Best


36 Made for iPad


37 Elementary School


37 High School


37 College


37 Alphabet


37 Outer Space Apps


Finance


38 Best of the Best

38 Best Budget Tracking Apps


38 Best Investing Apps


38 Best Banking Apps



Games


39 Best of the Best


39 Best Casino Apps 


39 Best Free Games


39 Best Role-playing 


40 Most Addictive


40 Best Multiplayer


40 Best Word Games


40 Best Mahjong


40 Best Arcade


40 Best Puzzle Apps


41 Best for Kids


41 Made for iPad


41 Best Racing Games


41 Best Shooting Games


41 Best Sports Games


42 Best iPad Board Games


Healthcare & Fitness


44 Best of the Best


44 Made for iPad


44 Best Workout Apps


44 Best Yoga and Meditation Apps



Lifestyle


45 Best of the Best


45 Made for iPad


46 Best Shopping Apps


46 Best Drinking Apps


46 Best Cooking Apps


46 Best Coupon Apps


46 Best Locating and Tracking Apps


46 Best Wallpaper Apps


Medical 


50 Best of the Best


50 Made for iPad


50 Medical Professionals


50 Best Pharmacy Apps


Music 


51 Best of the Best


51 Made for iPad


51 Best for Streaming Music


51 Best for Musicians 


Navigation


52 Best of the Best


52 Made for iPad


52 Best Free


52 Public Transportation

News 


53 Best of the Best


53 Made for iPad


53 Newspaper


53 RSS Readers


54 Best Personalized Magazine Apps


Photography


58 Best of the Best


58 Made for iPad


58 Best Free


58 Best for Displaying Photos


59 Best Apps and Gear for iPhoneography


Productivity


63 Best of the Best


63 Made for iPad


63 Best Cloud Storage


63 Best To-Do List


63 Best Apps for Freelance Writers


Reference


64 Best of the Best


64 Made for iPad


64 Best Dictionaries


64 Best Translators


Social Networking


65 Best of the Best


65 Made for iPad


65 Best Instant Messengers


65 Best Emoticons 


66 Top 4 Off the Beaten Path Social Apps


Sports 


67 Best of the Best


67 Made for iPad


67 Best Fantasy Football


67 Best Sport News 


Travel


68 Best of the Best


68 Best on the iPad


68 Best Travel Guides


68 Best Free Apps


Utilities


69 Best of the Best


69 Made for iPad


69 Best Alarm Clocks


69 Best Free 



Weather


70 Best of the Best


70 Made for iPad


70 Best Hurricane Tracker


70 Best Free

Issue: 
2011 Buyers Guide
Department/Section: 
Apps
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