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.
DriveMe is a very interesting application, and one that is highly useful. It will record your speed, distance traveled, and other useful little tidbits. Then, it will graph it, give you average speeds, idle time, and even allow you to enter ongoing attempts at the same route. This allows you to compute your work route, find better ways, and make sure that you speed only a little bit. Additionally, DriveMe has a database that stores your maintenance information, allowing you to keep everything you need in one place. The only downside is that there is foreign language lettering alongside the English words. Though the fun tidbits of your drive make it worth the $.99, the maintenance log makes DriveMe a no-brainer.
3: Tradewinds 2
Tradewinds 2 is an interesting and addictive game. Basically, you take control of a ship during the Golden Era of Piracy, and decide what to do. You can play as five different characters, battle ships, and trade. This game is very similar to various computer games, but extremely unique to the iPhone. The graphics might look cartoonish, but the game play, the controls, and the UI are absolutely flawless. Plus, as an open-ended game, you can get hours of entertainment out of it. Take control of your ship and sail the seven seas with Tradewinds 2 for only $2.99 today.
2: Doom Resurrection
One of my favorite first person shooters of all time was a little game known as Doom. In the game, I could run around shooting monsters, and maybe even chainsawing them if I wanted to. Doom Resurrection takes me back to Mars, and makes me fight those daemons of Hell all over again. Oh, and it does it on my iPhone. With amazing graphics (note, they are better than those in the original game on a PC), a sweet story line, and great UI, this game is absolutely amazing. Frankly, in any other month, Doom would probably have been the first place winner. Doom Resurrection is expensive at $9.99, but it is well worth the price.
And the #1 app from June 2009 is…
1: Quickoffice Mobile
One of the things that has been keeping the iPhone from reaching a wide business audience is the lack of any real Microsoft Office support. Sure, you could read and view documents, spreadsheets, and PDFs, but you really couldn’t alter them if you wanted to. That is where Quickoffice steps in. The application allows you to open all sorts of documents, edit them, save them, and send them. The UI is extremely easy to use, and it feels native to your fingers. I often thought the I would never find a good office suite on the iPhone until Microsoft released one, but Quickoffice surprised me. Though it seems expensive at $19.99 a pop, it is essential for any business person.
Well, folks, there you have it, the top 10 iPhone and iPod Touch applications from June 2009. If you wanted to buy all of these applications, you would be set back only $37.95, and Quickoffice is half of it! However, you also will need to pay the monthly fee for Sirius Radio if you are interested in it. If you have any suggestions for next month's list, or want to tell me what I missed, please let me know in the comment field.