Apr 27 2009
It’s only been a week, and the App Store is already the talk of the town. With apps coming daily, its sure to keep us interested for a long time.
Before I start calling names, I’d like to lay out what makes a good app and what won’t get you on this list. Poor apps do nothing more than a shortcut to a website, while good apps make online and offline worm more interesting. While there are a lot of low-effort apps, here are some of the winners so far:
This is a simple, free white pages app with clever address book integration. The lookup is pretty accurate, and with one tap you can add the found person to your address book.
This may seem like a cheap web site launcher, but it is more like the beginnings of Quicksilver for the iPhone. It groups results intelligently (with icons) and also searches your bookmarks. Hopefully Google keeps going with this and adds event searching and app launching.
You know and love it on the Mac (recently turned free), this rss reader is free, syncs locally for offline browsing and uses NewsGator’s online service to keep your read/unread status in sync. It could be enough to get me to switch from Google Reader.
Track your forecast, check our radar and even live local webcams in this uber-waether app. It’s a must-download for anyone that goes outside.
Pretty impressive first week huh? No doubt there’s more on the way. We’ll keep tabs on the quality freeware for the Mac and iPhone.