Hello, and welcome to the seventh installment of iWant, iNeed, iRecommend. This is a monthly series that will, simply put, present the top 10 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 10 for the year. If you would like to read my previous top 10 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 10 lists), I did my best to base this on actual use, not my own opinion. Enjoy.
10. PDF Reader Pro Edition
While Apple has done a fine job in making all sorts of files readable on the iPhone, they have yet to make PDFs that useful or great. Instead, they left a void in PDFs, one which third-parties had to fill it in. While countless groups tried to climb to the top of the mountain, one application stood out from the rest. PDF Reader Pro Edition is a simple PDF reader, but it also contains many little add-ons that are useful. You can search your PDFs (for a specific file, or for a specific word), bookmark pages, share, and even edit (copy, paste, delete only for right now). This easily lets you handle all of your work files from the road, and, at only $1.99, it won’t put a dent in your wallet.
9. Gambler’s Anonymous
I am a big-time gambler. I love to play poker, blackjack, or really anything that involves cards and money. Often, I am left with the cards, as the money is given to somebody else. Now, when I bet, I like to stay within my means, and only lose (or win) a certain amount of money. Gambler’s Anonymous helps me do this with ease. This application allows me to enter information about my games, wins/losses, and the money that is changing hands. This makes sure that I am able to keep under my budget, and never go too far into the hole. If you are a gambler – either big or small – you owe it to yourself to grab this application. At $0.99, Gambler’s Anonymous is a sure-fire winning bet.
Say I am walking down the street, rocking out to Tegan and Sara when I suddenly realize that I want to see the ladies in concert. I whip out my trusty iPhone, open up Concertimatic, and find out when they are coming to town. Using your location and the contents of your iTunes library, Concertimatic will find concerts near you that you want to go to. You can find the concerts, get directions, share it with your friends, and even buy the tickets all in one application. At only $0.99, you will never miss a concert again.
7. Task PRO
Everybody has that to-do list floating around the house. You know the one, where it lists chores, bills, and your kid’s baseball games. Well, now, instead of always losing the list and wasting all of that paper, you can keep it on your iPhone. Task Pro is a simple application that keeps track of what you need to do. Unlike most of the other applications that are checklists, Task Pro allows sub-tasking, which makes it much more usable. Instead of simply saying groceries, it lets you list all of the items you are getting as components. This makes shopping, home repairs, and everything else so much easier, and serves to distance it from most of the other apps of a similar nature. At only $1.99, Task Pro is well worth the cost.
6. The Course Club Scorecard
Every few weekends, my father and I will go out and play a round of golf. Okay, fine, we will go out, have a nice walk, and attempt to knock a ball into a hole – we fail at that final step. Of course, we keep track of our score by jotting down our strokes with a pencil and a paper scorecard. No longer do we need to do that! Instead, we now use my iPhone and I jot everything down using The Course Club Scorecard. This application has the cards from your favorite golf courses, and works just like a real scorecard. Plus, if they don’t have your course, request it – they will put it online quickly. As golf fees will dry you out, The Course Club Scorecard is absolutely free.
5. Car Jack Streets Lite
Ages ago, Grand Theft Auto used to be a top-down game instead of the 3D third-person game that it is today. You could view all of the action like a God, and control everything a lot easier. Car Jack Streets Lite brings that feeling back to you, via a game on your iPhone. You are given a full detailed city, a ton of cars to “commandeer,” and lots of weapons to play with. While there is a storyline, I enjoy the driving and shooting so much more. This is probably one of the better GTA-style games out there for the iPhone, and it is well worth the cost – NOTHING. Or, you can grab the full version, Car Jack Streets, for only $2.99.
4. Flight Check
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of applications for the iPhone that check your flight status. Some simply look at the plane you are looking for, others track all planes coming and going, and some help you make your plane on time. Unlike the others, Flight Check does all of this in one application, and it does so much more as well. Flight Check will not only tell you the status of your flight, but it will get you weather information, estimates of TOA and TOD, and all sorts of status messages. Furthermore, it will even give a map of the current flight location. At $3.99 Flight Check is a bit expensive, but it can save you lots of time.
3. Jet Fighters
In the 15 days since Jet Fighters was released for the iPhone, it has received over 2,500 ratings in the iTunes Application store. 2,500 ratings is really good for any application, let alone one that was just released. With Jet Fighters, however, I am not surprised that it has so many. This game is probably one of the largest online games currently out for the iPhone, and certainly one of the best. You take control of a jet, shoot the enemies, and bomb various targets. You can reward people for taking out your enemies, and challenge your friends to duels. Plus, with a worldwide leader board, you will keep trying to be better and better. At a cost of nothing, Jet Fighters is an application that you can not afford to miss.
2. Subway Supreme
With 32 cities from around the world, and more being added weekly, Subway Supreme is the perfect application for any business traveler or tourist. Subway Supreme will download – that’s right, store the information straight on your iPhone – maps and information for all of these cities. You can see stops, information, and even tourist attractions along the route. This application is essential for anybody doing any sort of traveling. Plus, with the planned updates, it will just get better and better every week. Subway Supreme will set you back $9.99, so you better plan on going to a few cities before you pick it up.
And the top iPhone application from July 2009 is…
1. MLB At Bat 2009
Before I start on MLB At Bat, I should point out that it first came out in March of this year. While that normally means that it shouldn’t matter in July, a new update for the application makes it absolutely amazing, and is the only reason it is worthwhile.
MLB At Bat is a collection of baseball information gathered from MLB’s official Web site. You can see batting information, game scores, and even the normal game-cast. Additionally, the newest feature, and the reason it is featured this month, is the ability to watch live streaming games. That's right, you are able to watch live baseball games from your iPhone. Frankly, I believe that this addition makes the application essential for fans, coaches, players, and sports writers alike. At $9.99, all fans of the sport should grab MLB At Bat 2009 today.
Well, folks, there you have it, the top 10 iPhone and iPod Touch applications from July 2009. If you wanted to buy all of these applications, you would be set back only $29.93. If you have any suggestions for next month's list, or want to tell me what I missed, please let me know in the comments.