Best Iphone Apps 2010
The best Apple iPhone apps of 2010 are part of a multi-billion dollar industry. Apple’s iTunes Store has twenty overall categories, from games to news, with more than 300,000 apps for sale in 2010 and growing.
- Groupon. Everyone wants a bargain and this Apple app removes the need of checking your email to check daily deals. Instead, it instantly updates you to the day's discounts that could range from spa treatments to restaurant dinners for half the price.
- Instagram. If you have ever wondered how your Facebook friend made your 2010 group shot look vintage, he has Instagram to thank. This Apple app has visual effects and filters to transform even the plainest of photos into hip 1970s looking sepia photographs or any number of things. It also provides for painless social networking, letting you share photos to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites with a click.
- Foursquare. Stalking has never been easier. This Apple app lets you “check in” to share your location with your network while garnering badges and points. Your ultimate goal in Foursquare-dom is to become mayor, awarded to the user with the most number of check ins for a specific location.
- Hulu. This Apple app makes you stream television content. The Hulu library has a wide selection including past seasons of Glee and White Collar. The caveat is that it requires you to subscribe to the Hulu Plus service and is only available for US consumers.
- Google Voice. After a long and public battle with Apple, this app finally saw the light of day. Although only applicable for Gmail users based in the US, Google Voice gives you a phone number that allows texting, calling and a voicemail service that transcribes the message even if it does not always get the transcription right.
- Angry Birds. Pop Quiz: What do you get when you have five angry birds and a bunch of green-colored thieving pigs? This Apple app has become a global phenomenon. The point of the game is to dish out revenge against the pigs that stole the birds’ eggs by annihilating the enemy in 240 game levels.
- Pair It. This Apple app is geared to wine and gourmet food lovers. Should you pair a 2003 New Zealand Merlot with greasy Chinese take out? Pair It will tell you, “Hell, no.” Maybe not in those words, but this Apple app designed by wine experts from Sonoma, a county famous for its wineries, guides you from making a lethal pairing mistake. It is matchmaking central for food and wine, and apparently a good one. As a TechCrunch reviewer aptly puts, “This app knows wine.”
- Now Hiring. For less than a dollar, this application can be a game changer for the unemployed or those shifting careers. Now Hiring makes job searching easier by letting you save searches, filter them through numerous ways, identify contractual, temp, full-time and other opportunities, and isolate results based on location, including zip code. Most of all, the job postings are always updated so you save valuable time and effort by not tailoring your CV and cover letter for a job that closed two months ago.
- Word Lens. This is an app that language learners and translators will love. Aim the iPhone’s built-in camera at a magazine, document, newspaper, sign or anything with standard printing, and the app will replace and translate it for you. As of 2010, it only does English to Spanish and vice versa, but developers are working on expanding the language selection.
- Kindle. Electronic book readers, although no substitute for the feel and smell of print, is meant for book lovers wanting to save space and paper without sacrificing their book collection. This app syncs to your Kindle, so if you do not want to lug the e-reader around while still continuing to the next chapter, this Apple app is the answer.
Posted on: Mar. 26, 2011