Top 10 Best and Worst Apple Apps
As of today, nearly 25 billion apps have been downloaded worldwide and in honor of the occasion, Apple is giving the downloader of the 25 billionth app a chance to win $10,000 app store gift card. To celebrate the momentous event, we scoured the iTunes store to put together a list of the top 10 best and worst iPhone apps of all time! Read on to see which ones made the cut.
TOP 10 BEST APPS
The following 10 apps, listed in no particular order, won our top honors for being educational, helpful and super effective. Thanks Apple!
- Find my iphone If you tend to misplace your electronics (like me), this free app will let you use another iOS device to find it by pinpointing its location on a map! And if your phone happens to buried under a pile of laundry somewhere, the app will instruct your handset to blast a sound for two minutes even if it's set on silent mode. If your phone was stolen, the app will also give you the option of remotely deleting all the personal data stored on your phone. Pretty great right?
- Word Lens This incredible translation app uses augmented reality technology to translate real word objects instantly without the need for an Internet connection. So,if by chance there's a menu in English you want translated to Spanish or vice versa, just point the phone at it and the words transform! The app is free but language packs are available for $9.99
- Angry Birds The smash hit game in which players help angry birds dish revenge on the pigs who stole their eggs is a family favorite. And for only $.99, you can fight your way through hundreds of levels! It'll keep you or your kids entertained for hours.
- Epicurious Making a stop at the grocery store this weekend? Pull up Epicurious, type in the ingredients you know you have at home or the type of meal you want to make, and then let the app do the rest of the work for you. The app is basically a virtual cookbook that helps you plan small meals or family dinners on the go. You can even see what percentage of people who made a recipe would do so again, in case you weren't sure what to try out first. This app is also from Condé Nast so pulls recipes from a huge catalog, including Bon Appétit and the now closed Gourmet magazine.
- Pregnancy (Sprout) Though the app runs for $3.99, it's well worth it for those who are expecting. The app works as pregnancy status tracker that takes you through all three trimesters with a realistic 3D image of a baby that changes weekly. It also offers cute tips, like when the baby can first hear your voice, or when you might first feel it kick. You'll also find insightful info on topics like travel, and "starting to look pregnant" or view events, like "second trimester screening tests." There are also some useful extras, like the checklist which shows all the things you'll need to bring to the hospital when the time comes!
- Instagram The insanely popular picture taking is one of Apples best known apps for a reason. It's a free, fun and easy way to take cool photos of your friends and your family on your iPhone. And you can sync it up to your other social networking accounts, like Facebook and Twitter, so that the adorable picture of your kid hugging your puppy will be posted to both accounts at the same time.
- PBS Lots of television and movie streaming apps claim to be free, but later require a membership fee. The Public Broadcasting Network app brings TV to your iPhone, 100 percent free. You can watch NOVA, Frontline, The Secret Lives of Scientists, Antiques Roadshow, and several children's shows all to better entertain you and your family during long car rides or boring doctor's visits.
- Shop Savvy Find the right product at a great price by using this free app. When you're out shopping, just scan the bar code or type in the product name of the item you're eyeing and the app will tell you whether there's a better deal to be had online or another nearby store. Who doesn't like saving money?
- Connect N Color One of the best games for entertaining your kids, this app combines the fun of other connect-the-dots and color-by-number apps. The app's activity pages follow the simple story of Fuzzy the Fox, as he goes through an ordinary day at school. You start by connecting the dots, as each scene in the story offers at least one such puzzle to complete, and when you've finished, you use the color palette to shade in the numbered sections in each puzzle.
- Mom maps For $2.99, Mom Maps provides information about different "kid spots" in your area and sorts them into different categories, including parks, playgrounds, restaurants, museums and indoor play areas. You can use your phone's current location to find spots that are nearby. They'll appear on a map and you can tap on the spot you're interested in to see the address, directions, phone number, URL and reviews, if they're available. The app also has an option to search for a kid spot by name or address. Useful if you're in an unfamiliar neighborhood or looking for fun new activities to try with your children!
TOP 10 WORST APPS
A lot of these apps have already been banned or put into question by the company, but we want to know why they were ever even being considered! These are the most offensive and useless apps (again in no particular order) in the history of Apple:
- Baby Shaker The purpose of the game is just as horrible as the name suggests. Basically, the app turns the iPhone motion sensors into a way for the player to torture and silence an animated crying infant on the screen. Gross! Luckily, Apple finally came to their senses and pulled it from the store.
- Smuggle Truck Boston-based developer Owlchemy Labs created this controversial iPhone game that allows users to drive a truck full of immigrants through the desert. Many people, as well as several immigrant advocacy groups, justly found the game to be racist and hateful and Apple soon banned the app as well.
- I Am Rich This app, which is basically a fancy screensaver, cost $999.99. Yeah, you read that right. Once bought, the app makes a glowing red gem appear on the screen of your phone, followed by the words, "I Am Rich." Its iTunes description read: "The red icon on your iPhone or iPod Touch always reminds you (and others when you show it to them) that you were able to afford this. It's a work of art with no hidden function at all." But the absolute worst part? Eight people actually bought this no-purpose app before Apple removed it.
- Gay Cure This now banned app from Florida-based Christian ministry Exodus International grossly attempts to help turn gay people straight through "biblical teaching." The insulting app caused 150,000 people to sign a petition asking the company to ban it--a large enough number for Apple to wise up and rid themselves of the product.
- BeautyMeter Originally intended for users to rate the face, body, and clothes of those who uploaded photographs, this free app basically encouraged superficiality amongst users. What made it even a bigger problem was that there was no way to prevent nudity, since neither Apple nor the app's creators could manage every single photo uploaded to BeautyMeter. So when a partially nude image of a under 15-year-old iPhone user turned up on the app, iTune finally pulled the plug.
- iFart This app isn't as much offensive as it is useless and nonsensical. In fact, it's kind of a shame that a renowned company like Apple is using their innovative technology to create games that can only be used to make farting noises. Even scarier? The idea that people are willing to pay $1 for it!
- Hold On! Similar to iFart in its complete purposelessness, this "game" is supposed to be entertaining…except that the whole concept is to press a button in the middle of the screen so that phone can record how long you've been holding it. Yup, seriously--that's really the whole idea!
- iNap@work This app manages not only to promote laziness, but to also put your career in danger. It helps workers get away with taking a little snooze on the job by playing fake sound effects of typing, stapling, and other office activities. Um…what?
- Proposal A lot of girls and guys look forward to receiving or giving a marriage proposal. So, where does this app come into play? It turns your screen into an image with the words "Will you Marry Me?" Uh, guys, unless you want a black eye, an ex-girlfriend, and probably a broken phone, I would suggest going another route.
- ChickorDude Ever wondered how womanly or manly you are? This app ranks you on a gender scale from 0 to 100. All you have to do is scan a photo of yourself and upload it to the app and it determines how feminine or masculine you look. You can also share your results on social networks like Facebook and Twitter but why on Earth would you want to do that?
Which apps do you use? Which ones do you dislike the most?
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