Best Lifestyle Apps

Best of the Best

#1 Pimp Your Screen


Pimp Your ScreenGet a vast selection of great looking backgrounds, icon skins, app shelves, neon combos, and more. You can also customize both the home screen and lock screen in unique ways. The developers add new eye candy daily.

2. Groupon

(Free,; iPad version:

GrouponGet amazing daily deals for products and services in over 500 cities around the world. See the best deals near you and purchase them straight from your device.

3. iRewardChart


iReward ChartReward your children for good behavior with this neat little app. When your child earns stars, they can pick from a list of rewards, or you can customize your own.

Made for iPad

1. Craigslist Pro for iPad


Craigslist Pro for iPadSearch multiple cities and preview the results with thumbnail images and descriptions. The app uses GPS-based location to find and suggest Craigslist areas closest to you.

2. Catalogue by TheFind


Catalogue by TheFindBrowse through all your favorite store catalogs from one app. This app includes the latest catalogs from leading fashion, beauty, toys, and home retailers.

3. Speakeasy Cocktails


Speakeasy CocktailsA masterful and complete how-to for aspiring mixologists. Features over 90 minutes of HD 
video tutorials, instructional graphics, 
hundreds of interactive recipes, and expert advice from two award-winning bartenders.


1. Amazon Mobile


Amazon MobileQuickly search, shop, and compare prices on Existing customers get full access to their watch lists, order history, and shopping cart. Also includes a barcode scanner to search for products.

2. Craigslist Pro

($.99,; iPad version: $.99,

Craigslist ProThe iPhone version of Craigslist Pro lets you post and manage your Craigslist listings with thumbnail images and descriptions, as well as search via GPS.

3. Zappos Mobile


Zappos MobileZappos again delivers their world-famous customer service in this app, with a 24/7 dedicated support team just for app purchases. 365-day return policy and free shipping both ways. Sold!

Drinking Apps

1. Mixology 

(Free, Full version: $.99,

MixologyA great bartending guide with almost 8,000 recipes. The paid version is ad-free and gives you the ability to enter your own drink recipes. 

2. iBartender


iBartenderThis app has recipes for the most popular cocktails and drinks, and it lets you rate and view top rated drinks as determined by other iBartender users. Shake your device to pick a random recipe.

3. Happy Hours 


Happy HoursAvailable for over 100 U.S. cities, this useful little guide shows you the happy hour food and drink specials around your city. You can also read user reviews and see 
community ratings.


1. Jamie's Recipes

(Free,; $1.99 for additional content packs)

Jamie's RecipesEach recipe has step-by-step instructions with beautiful photography. It also includes a starter "Taster Pack" with 13 recipes, three videos, and a shopping list. 

2. Big Oven

(Free, iPad version:

Big OvenThis award-winning app has 170,000+ recipes and a handy grocery list. You can also enter your own ingredients to get ideas for recipes.

3. How to Cook 


($4.99,; iPad version: $9.99,

How To Cook EverythingAdapted from Mark Bittman's bestselling cookbook, this app features over 2,000 recipes and 400 how-to illustrations. It also includes built-in timers and flexible search features.

Locating and Tracking

1. Around Me


Around MeQuickly find places around you such as banks, bars, gas stations, hospitals, hotels, movie theatres, restaurants, supermarkets, theatres, and taxis. Easy and accurate. 

2. Real 
Estate Search

(Free, Real Estate Search

Updated every 15 minutes, you can find homes for sale in any city around you. Get pricing, property 
details, photos, and more.

3. Family Tracker

(Free,; $.99 to follow up to 10 people)

Family TrackerTrack the location of 
another family's member's iPhone or iPad. Both devices must have the app installed and give permission.

Best Wallpaper

1. Pimp Your Screen

(See "Best of the Best" section)

2. Wallpapers HD


Wallpapers HDFeatures thousands of 
high-definition backgrounds sorted by popularity or recent uploads. Optimized for the iPhone 4's retina display.

3. All-IN-1 Wallpapers Box


All-In-One Wallpapers BoxOver 11,000 high definition images with new wallpapers added daily. You can also upload your own wallpaper for other users to use. 


1. Groupon

(see "Best of the Best" section)

2. Living Social


Living SocialSave 50%-90% at restaurants, spas, gyms, and more. Each day you'll see a new deal. To redeem, access purchased deals from your device and show it to the merchant.

3. GeoQpons


GeoQponsGet thousands of deals, discounts, and coupons each day from retailers such as H&M, Kohl's, Ann Taylor, and Sports Authority. Use the "Local" feature to see deals in your neighborhood.

Don't Buy Award

Mirror for iPhone, iPod and iPad


Don't Buy! Award: Mirror for iPhone, iPad, and iPod TouchHailed by the developer as the "Best mirror app on the App Store," this app's "mirror" is just your device's front-facing camera. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't pay $.99 for a feature I already own!


2011 Buyers Guide
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