iOS features a wonderful app store that's populated with some pretty handy and/or fun programmes. We all know it’s tricky for newby iOS users to hop into a foreign smartphone/tablet eco-system and even some experienced users might have stopped paying attention to the numerous new applications debuting each day. That is the reason why we’ve compiled this next list of our five favourite programmes. Our standards for judgment include usefulness, fun, creativeness and inspiration, and we haven’t included programmes that ship with the OS itself. Now, let’s begin.
1. Up first, Waze is meant to replace your smartphone’s default navigation and/or maps app, and it's also available for Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile and other gizmos. Unlike Apple’s Maps app, Waze features turn-by-turn navigation with audible directions. The interface is beautiful and intuitive, and it’s pretty easy to use. We prefer Waze over other third-party solutions because it's free, and the app crowdsources traffic and cop-location information to help Waze drivers avoid delays, wasted time and boredom.
2. Next, AirDrive adds flash-drive functionality to your iOS device over Wi-Fi. Our only criticism is that the settings of some wireless routers will need be altered to permit the app to work, and it does not work over USB in situations when the router does not support AirDrive out of the box. Still, it's a great app, and it beats all the other options. Plus, it works with any Mac, PC or Linux machine, and it doesn’t work via iTunes like other apps.
3. PXL is another great app for photo modifying. Unlike any other photo editors, this one is rather unique and isn’t ideal for the majority of situations. Still, the photos you can make with this app are amazing, and they are rather gorgeous even if you don't really know what you're doing. For a buck, it’s worth a spot in your iPhone if you enjoy creative photo editing applications.
4. The Animoog software synthesizer features the stellar Moog sound inside the vicinity of your iPad. The sound is quality is first class, and we would not be surprised to listen to it in pro albums. It’s plenty of fun, and you can make some rather unique music with it. It doesn't record within the app itself. But hook it to your Mac’s Logic Pro or Garage Band app, and you are ready to go.
5. Eventually, Air Video streams just about any video file to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Combine it with an Apple TV, and you can stream that HD video to your HDTV. For less-affluent, picture and TV buffs, this app is a required tool in your arsenal.