Best Paid Apps - According to MacRumor's Regulars

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Gokunama, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. Gokunama macrumors 6502a

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    We have a best free apps thread, which should be stickied given the thread starters efforts, an excellent thread. We should also have a best paid apps thread. I'll categorize them according to app store categories, link each app to the app store, and rank apps in order of mentions by MacRumor members. Try to concisely list the features that you like about your recommended apps (Your recommended apps will not be listed if no reasons are given, since part of the purpose of this thread is to help people looking for a particular kind of app decide what app to get).

    Productivity
    [app]Things[/app] - a popular to do app, syncs to a desktop counterpart via LAN.

    [app]Pocket Informant[/app] - Schedule and task app. Multiple calendar views, timebars in monthview, and tasks that show up on the appointed days. Excellent developer experience and support. Syncs to Google calendar and Toodledo.

    [app]Documents To Go[/app] with Exchange attachments is proving to be a very useful app for me, allowing me to access, view and edit documents from my work Exchange email, and files synced from my MacBook using the DTG desktop app, which allows syncing of entire folders. Excel editing supposed to be coming very soon.

    [app]Air Sharing Pro[/app] - Great way to store documents and other files on the iPhone. Connect via IP Address. Can also access iDisk and print documents stored. Avatron.com

    [app]GoodReader[/app] - Decent and inexpensive PDF reader. Can handle large PDFs. WiFi transfer. How GoodReader Works

    [app]Outliner[/app] - Great for lists, checklists, and brainstorming. Syncs to an online service.

    [app]Instapaper Pro[/app] - Read articles offline. Articles well formatted, and the tilt scrolling is an added bonus.

    [app]Instaviz[/app] - A learning curve to use this mindmapper/flowchart app, but the flexibility of node linking and automatic organization make it a superb app for figuring out more complex stuff.

    [app]Touch Goal[/app] - Quickly record and view whether you kept to a habit or activity.

    [app]Momo[/app] - Passcode to open this app, tags, full text search, and live URLs, phone numbers, and email addresses make this app very functional.

    [app]Readdledocs[/app] - Get docs from emails into this app.

    [app]iSaveWeb[/app] - Save webpages for offline viewing.

    Utilities
    [app]Measures[/app] - Quick unit conversions, great interface.

    [app]Picture Safe[/app] - Lock pics, and organize them into folders as well as the order of pics.

    Entertainment
    [app]myVideos[/app] - Download videos off various Internet sites for offline viewing.

    [app]Koi Pond[/app] - Very nice relaxing digital pond.

    Social Networking
    [app]mBoxMail[/app] - Hotmail! Get all folders, and open links within the app.

    [app]Beejive IM[/app] - Instant messengar with push notifications. Supports MSN, AIM, Yahoo, Google, and Facebook. Great interface.

    [app]Tweetie[/app] - One of a a few popular Twitter apps.

    Photography
    [app]Photogene[/app] - Crop, rotate, and add filters to your pics.

    [app]Photoforge[/app] - Curve tool bring out detail from shadows in pics.

    Games
    - Racing
    [app]Real Racing[/app] - The most realistic and best graphics racing game.

    - Simulation
    [app]Let's Golf[/app] - Cartoon golf at it's finest. Lots of different locations/characters.

    - Strategy
    [app]Uniwar[/app] - Turnbased online strategy wargame.

    [app]Stickwars[/app] - Recommended, but no description provided.

    [app]Galcon[/app] - Fastpaced online strategy game. A battery killer though.

    - Not yet categorize games
    [app]Geared[/app] - Recommended, but no description given yet.

    Business
    [app]1Password Pro[/app] - Encrypted Password to store Credit Card numbers, membership info, web logins, etc. Automatic login into sites without having to type in usernames and passwords. Syncs to desktop counterpart via LAN.

    Reference
    [app]Oxford Deluxe[/app] - The entire unabridged single volumes Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus all in a beautiful and easy to use interface. Expensive, but worth it.

    [app]Wisdom[/app] - Example sentences, and kanji jump make this indispensible for anyone living in Japan or studying Japanese.

    Music
    [app]Spotify[/app] - although a free app, requires a £10/month premium membership. Unlimited access to millions of artists from all 4 major record labels and a host of others. Stream music over wifi/3g/edge, seamless syncronisation of your playlists, and choose playlists to be available offline (tracks download over wifi). This is a truly awesome service and quickly replaced my iPod app - I removed all my music through iTunes sync and set it all up through spotify, no more USB syncing for me! Not available in the US yet, sorry guys. Coming later in the year I believe.

    [app]Xewton Music Studio[/app] - Keyboard app, an assortment of instruments.

    [app]Beatmaker[/app] - Beats and sound effects, a DJ sort of app.

    Health and Fitness
    [app]Bodybook Fitness Journal[/app] - Great workout log. Highly customizable. Graphs are superb.

    News
    [app]Newsstand[/app] is quite simply THE best Google Reader syncing RSS app I have used. Feature-rich with landscape, sharing of articles, create & edit google reader folders and subscriptions. Superb UI.

    Finance
    [app]Billminder[/app] - Great app to help you keep track of bills, due dates, account numbers, and creditor contact information. Passcode protection is an option (that I use). 1$ for App, and 1$ a year for push notifications. Great interface, calander view, and icons for quick reference. Also allows for auto pay options.
     
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    Billminder. Great app to help you keep track of bills, due dates, account numbers, and creditor contact information. Passcode protection is an option (that I use). 1$ for App, and 1$ a year for push notifications. Great interface, calander view, and icons for quick reference. Also allows for auto pay options.
     
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  6. Gokunama thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If you can, please try to list concisely what you find great about your recommended apps. It would be helpful to newbies to the iPhone and even Veterans like myself. Just as example, I've never tried Things, as I don't have WiFi on my computer.
     
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    Koi Pond - Very nice relaxing digital pond.
    Let's Golf - Cartoon golf at it's finest. Lots of different locations/characters.
     
  8. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    You just joined three days ago... You aren't a regular... :mad:
     
  9. ifixiphone4JOB macrumors newbie

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    @ 50.88 posts per day makes it easy to move up the ladder :eek:please tell me there is more to life :)
     
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    Wow, that is a very impressive number, I wonder if he can keep it up. :D
     
  11. odelay macrumors 6502

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    Spotify although a free app, requires a £10/month premium membership. Unlimited access to millions of artists from all 4 major record labels and a host of others. Stream music over wifi/3g/edge, seamless syncronisation of your playlists, and choose playlists to be available offline (tracks download over wifi). This is a truly awesome service and quickly replaced my iPod app - I removed all my music through iTunes sync and set it all up through spotify, no more USB syncing for me! Not available in the US yet, sorry guys. Coming later in the year I believe.

    Next up, Documents To Go with Exchange attachments is proving to be a very useful app for me, allowing me to access, view and edit documents from my work Exchange email, and files synced from my MacBook using the DTG desktop app, which allows syncing of entire folders. Excel editing supposed to be coming very soon.

    Lastly, Newsstand is quite simply THE best Google Reader syncing RSS app I have used. Feature-rich with landscape, sharing of articles, create & edit google reader folders and subscriptions. Superb UI.
     
  12. return7 macrumors 6502

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    I'm very partial to Tweetie.

    And thanks for the BillMinder <3.
     
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    Well, according to his user title he is! ;)
     
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    this looks like a personal favorite but i will debate that GoodReader 3.1 at 99 cents actually makes a more worthwhile PDF reader than AirSharing. Just my point of view for this category of fight.

    How GoodReader Works
     
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    Master Dev that is one hell of a postal count, you will overtake me in another week if you carry on like that! :p

    Have any of you played Geared? By far the best app that I have ever played. For something so simple its actually very addictive. I have 4 more levels to go but I have been stuck since last week!
     
  17. Gokunama thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Great! Thanks to the contributers so far. I may add in descriptions for the two games recommended without descriptions.

    I'll defintely add in a link to the Free apps thread when I figure that out.
     
  18. !Dragonfly! macrumors newbie

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    Social Networking:
    IM+: Instant Messenger. Push for Twitter, Skype, Facebook, GTalk, MSN, Yahoo, etc. No cost per message, voice and text for free and save on MMS and SMS.

    GPSed GPS tracking service. Track your trips in real time, attach photos to tracks and share them in Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Blogger.

    Mobiscope: Spy live cams: App to stream public live cams or your own IP cams on your iPhone on iPod touch.

    RDM+ Access your Mac or Windows computer and run any desktop applications remotely from your iPhone or iPod Touch.
     
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    Cheap Thrills

    I do have Koi Pond but it has been replaced by....Cat Piano for .99 Not only do you get cat voices as notes on a piano but you also get Grand Piano for the un-bent. There is also a free version, at least when I last looked. My brother thinks it's a total waste of money but he doesn't like cats and meow gets on his nerves. I myself, love the sound. :eek: It will also drive your dog crazy trying to locate the missing cat.
     

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    ColorSplash!

    I just used this and Photogene to make my new wallpaper.

    What you do is take a picture of whatever you like, make it black and white and then add color to the parts you'd like and then when your done you can reverse it too...very nice apps when put together.
     
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    I use the application iNet. It's a great network scanner when you're in that wireless subnet.
     
  22. aluren macrumors 65816

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    ToDo - has push notification to remind you of your tasks when it's due

    Flightracker Pro - good for those that travel alot. It'll tell you if your flight is arriving on time or delayed, shows which gate you're supposed to be at, and actually tracks the flight path on a map

    Wunder Radio - thousands of radio stations, some of which can be played in the background (just like the iPod app)

    Starmap Pro - the most advance astronomy app, it even incorporates the magnetometer for easy reference as to what and where you're looking at in the sky

    Defender Chronicles - best tower defense game, with RPG element such as gaining levels and buying items
     
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    VR+ Voice for Twitter / Facebook / Blogger / MySpace
     
  24. sishaw macrumors 65816

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    For music: Ocarina by Smule, a real instrument for the iPhone with a great community and lots of tabbed music contributed by users.

    Guitar Toolkit: A lot of resources for guitarists in one place. Highly configurable tuner, chord dictionary, metronome (including tempo tap pad to make it easier to figure out the tempo of a song that you're trying to learn). Hardly a day goes by that I don't use it.

    Now Playing--a great app for finding movies, linked to reviews from Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes--really great developer who will take the time to write you back if you have issues.

    ooTunes--a radio app the way it should be. Lots of features, including a sleep timer, find similar, see the bitrate before you select (great for those times of network congestion), favorites, lyrics, and a cool experimental feature that lets you see what's currently playing on 9 random stations. And a bunch of buttons that I haven't even figured out. Wish I'd found this one first, because its less expensive than some other radio apps out there, and more capable.
     
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    Notemaster: simple and easy way to write notes. allow categories and is quick. A better 'Notes'
    MemoryInfo: too bad it's no longer available
    Docs to Go: MS word on you iPHone. syncs very nicely and easy to use so far
     

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