The results are in for our first ever CNET 100: iPhone Apps. For 10 business days, 10 CNET editors presented their favorite 10 iPhone apps, and you voted on the best of our best. Let the countdown begin!
Sure, we've used IMDb for years to look up favorite actors or find out what year a certain movie came out; however, when editor Eric Franklin is watching a movie or TV show at home with his wife, he can surreptitiously look up movie info and trivia without distracting too much from the show.
CNET Staff Writer Josh Lowensohn is so devoted to Evernote for iPhone, he typed his entire CNET 100 piece using it. The cloud service saves your notes, photos, audio notes, Web clippings, and other tidbits of information. The work you do on one Evernote client can just as easily be set aside and picked up somewhere else, without any friction.
Best of all, Evernote is free, though you're limited to a certain amount of data per month. More can be had by signing up for the pro service, which comes with some additional features on the Evernote Web site.
The iPhone Facebook app is uniquely suited to the smartphone. It gives you a grid of popular options, a secondary page where you can store shortcuts to the profiles of people you keep in touch with, and it gets appropriate push notifications--when anyone comments on a wall post of yours or sends you a message, for example. It's one of the best phone versions of a major Web service we've seen.
Editors are often word nerds, and we're no exception. Reference apps like Dictionary.com don't usually quicken one's heartbeat, but for those of us whose bread is buttered on the strength of our vocabulary and prose, then proper spellings, accurate definitions, and apt synonyms are just other essential nutrients in the daily diet.
Alien Blue is an app for social news site Reddit.com. It packs several native app features that make reading Reddit on your iPhone far more enjoyable than it is through Safari.
Among its notable features is a full-screen viewer that lets you read articles and view pictures without any of the interface, as well as a button that runs articles with tiny text, or lots of formatting through Arc90's Readability viewer.
Unlike the site's official iReddit app, Alien Blue has been updated quite a bit in the last few months.
Price: Free (in app purchase for Pro features are $1.99)
This is one of those apps that can be a lot of fun, provided you know what to expect. No, it won't offer all of the features of the high-end software, but it offers more than enough basic options for tweaking your shots. And with the improved camera quality of the iPhone 4, it's even better.
Senior editor Kent German has written about Flight Control before, but he can't emphasize enough how much he loves this game. Your job is to be an air traffic controller and juggle airplanes as they fly in from all directions for a landing. Different planes flying at different speeds keep you on your toes and you'll have to deal with the occasional helicopter as well.
Get it right and you're the choreographer of a smooth ballet, with flights lining up behind each other. Get it wrong, however, and you'll wind up with a mess on your hands.
Some of us use Pandora's streaming music service every day over Wi-Fi and data networks. My iPod Touch + Pandora + a pair of Logitech speakers = a constantly fresh music experience. Better yet, the app version of Pandora currently limits its ads to banners rather than audio interruptions, so (shhh!) it's basically like having free satellite radio.
Once you discover ooTunes, you may never go back. With talk radio and 150 genres of music, you can get your fix of pretty much every FM/AM broadcast you can think of locally and nationally. On top of that, you can record broadcasts, and ooTunes supports multitasking in iOS 4. It's a little pricey, but worth every penny.
Angry Birds almost needs no introduction, being one of the most popular iPhone games ever, and it's hard to argue with how well the game plays on the iPhone and iPad touch screen. Something about the muttering birds, the smirking pigs, and the physics-based gameplay creates a perfect storm for making a great iPhone game. Three CNET editors recommend this game, with at least one suggesting it to anyone who asks what app they should download when getting started with a new iPhone.