Hello, and welcome to the sixth installment of iWant, iNeed, iRecommend. This is a monthly series that will, simply put, present the top ten iPhone and iPod Touch applications from that month. At the end of the year, the 120 mentioned applications will then go head to head to see which apps become the top ten for the year. If you would like to read my previous top ten lists, as well as all my other iPhone and iPod Touch application reviews, you can see them here. While this list is subjective (as are all top ten lists), I did my best to base this on actual use, not my own opinion. Enjoy.
10: Baseball Scorecard
Ahh baseball, America’s pastime. A game where stats and records stand the test of time, and one where you can always compare the achievements of one player to another, no matter when they played. To bring about this comparison, stats are very carefully recorded and used by players, coaches, and fans alike. Baseball Scorecard takes away your pen and paper, and instead lets you use you iPhone or iPod Touch to keep track of the game. It gives you rolling menus, which allow you to select the hit, the play, the strike, etc. You can add teams, edit teams, and even print out full stats. Baseball Scorecard will allow you to do all of this, while setting you back just $3.99
Avalinx is a company that has been on my top 10 list several times. Though they normally have entries from their PRO series of cards games, they are on the list for a different type of application this month. MovieLingo is an application that gives you quotes, and then asks if you if you know what movie they are from. While this is simple, it is enjoyable as you can test yourself, create games with friends, and even remember old favorites. Plus, as I love trivia, this helps the app out quite a bit. You can hear some quotes from MovieLingo for absolutely nothing.
We all know what the Yellowbook is. It is a phone book that has numbers of people, businesses, and governmental organizations. With Yellowbook for the iPhone, you simply type in what you want and your zip code. The application will then find related and similar businesses near you, and direct you towards them. It will also give you the address, a map to the location, and the phone number. Basically, it is a much smaller version of the phone book you get at your door. And, just like the Yellowbook that comes to your door, this version will not cost you a dime.
As you probably have learned by now, I am extremely into applications that help citizens learn about our government. myGovernment is one of these applications, and it is quite interesting. You can browse and search laws and proposals, look for senators by name, state, and nickname, and even get everybody’s contact information. As our legislators work on many important issues, myGovernment is essential to contact them and let your voice be heard. Plus, you don’t even need to crack open your wallet to get it.
6: Sirius XM
The iPhone application from Sirius XM was one of the most anticipated applications of the year. The application basically gives you access to Sirius Satellite Radio on your iPhone. This allows you to listen to sports, new music, or talk shows while wandering around your city. It also means that you no longer need to buy a dedicated device to get access. Though the Sirius XM application is free, you need to pay the monthly fee of $13 for service.
5: Local Gas Prices
I drive, and I drive a lot. Due to this, I often need to buy gas. With the price at the pump the way it is, I utilize online sources to discover the cheapest places for me to fill up. Now, I no longer need to go home, as I have a source on my iPhone that will tell me where to go. Local Gas Prices will list prices, find me the cheapest location, and show me how to get there. It also is able to show me the current trend in pricing, so I can wait until the perfect moment. As Local Gas Prices is a web application, there is no charge for it.