iPhonians Of Washington, DC! Here Are The Top 5 Apps Of 2009 & Possibly 2010


As we are wrapping up the year 2009, I felt like wrapping up the top iPhone Apps of the year for my fellow Washingtonians who are crazy about iPhone.

Apple continued to build it’s massive iPhone app store in 2009. As the quality of apps increased, we saw pretty much everything in our daily life could be done through our iPhone. From checking our bank balances to our stock portfolio, to checking movie times to making a reservation…like the commercials say…there’s an app for that. I look forward to the apps that come our way in 2010.

It is amazing how Apple started with their iPod touch that became immediately recognizable names around the world and then it came iPhone with such great success. Considering their tough competition – Droid, Android, etc, not sure how long Apple can sustain their leadership in the space. I think the key to their success has been the ever-growing app store which currently boasts over 100,000 apps . Although, it is a big number, the majority of apps available are less than appealing, there are a few gems that stand out from the rest.

Although, I am an Android believer, I know many of you in Washington, DC will continue using iPhone and most likely will keep it through out 2010. I have put together a list of top five iPhone Apps in 2009 for you. I think they will stay popular through out the next year too.

Top 5 iPhone Apps:

Facebook 3.0
Allows you to access your friends, notes, pictures, and events using almost every feature the actual site offers. This app, based on the enormous social networking site, has seen many changes and just keeps getting better with time. Here’s the full list its features:
1. The “new” News Feed
2. Like
3. Events (including the ability to RSVP)
4. Notes
5. Pages
6. Create new photo albums
7. Upload photos to any album
8. Zoom into photos
9. Easier photo tagging
10. Profile Pictures albums
11. A new home screen for easy access to all your stuff, search, and notifications
12. Add your favorite profiles and pages to the home screen
13. Better Notifications (they link to the comments so you can reply)
14. Quickly call or text people right from the Friends page
15. Messages you are typing will be restored if you quit or are interrupted by a phone call

AppVee’s Facebook 3.0 Review

Fandango
Fandango is out for the iPhone/iPod touch as a free download. There are a lot of movie apps for the iPhone with showtimes and trailers out there, but Fandango is the 800 pound gorilla for the US market’s online movie info and ticket purchasing. It links to more than 16,000 domestic screens. It allows you to view trailers, see showtimes, purchase tickets and read reviews using this free movie app. This is a must have for any moviegoer, giving you all you need to know about movies in your area at your fingertips.

To make purchasing easy, you can enter your credit card details in the app. Fandango says it is securely stored, and it hides all but the last 4 digits of your credit card. On the other hand, if your iPhone is stolen somebody can see a lot of movies, as there is no password protection on the ‘buy’ button.

It’s a very good way to get tickets in a hurry if you are out and about. Fandango usually charges about a buck for each ticket, but when the lines are long it’s worth it. Note: According to the Fandango site: “Convenience charges currently range from $0.75 to $1.50 per ticket depending on geographic location. IMAX screening and some special events have a $2.00 convenience charge.”

Since you can’t print your ticket from the iPhone, Fandango sends you a pick up code in an email, or you can show your credit card at the theater, and in some cases you can go to an automated kiosk at the theater. Fandango knows what redemption method is used at the theater you’re attending, so the email will advise you.

AppVee’s Fandango Review
Here is where to get it and how to install it

Mobile Navigator
Filling the void left by the default maps application, this app offers turn-by-turn directions from your device just like any dedicated GPS would. It provides a landscape GPS with plenty of features and a user interface that makes sense.

Navigation for iPhone absolutely rocks!! Compared to anything I’ve seen so far, Navigation has done an amazing job. Voice is clear, prompts are at the right time, signs and Reality view is the most amazing piece of this software. The app offers turn-by-turn directions from your device just like any dedicated GPS would. It provides a landscape GPS with plenty of features and a user interface that makes sense. Any moron can follow directions with this. For $70 its a good deal.

Pros:
Very accurate
Great clear maps
Amazing graphics
Loads fast
Doesn’t crash or freeze
animation and rendering is really smooth.
Better than any GPS I have purchased so far.

Cons:
Takes time to start at first.
No real time traffic yet. (People would pay for extra features)
Can’t buy custom voices (male, female, personalities, sexy etc) (People would pay for extra features like this)
Custom cursor (Car, SUV, pointer etc icon)
Takes a while to install, the app is HUGE

AppVee’s Mobile Navigator Review

TweetDeck
I haven’t tried this one yet. If it works anything like the desktop version, I will also be making the switch. Apparently, the app version features the same column-based friend group structure as the desktop version, the ability to synch with the desktop version, and Facebook-esque status updates. I understand all the wonderful features that can be found in the TweetDeck desktop app are packed into this iPhone version. With a sleek interface and great features, this app is one of the best of the many Twitter apps out there. Get it here

AppVee’s TweetDeck Review

Dropbox
It allows you to sync up with your Dropbox account and have access to all of your files right from your device. You can download files, upload photos, and maintain control of your folders.

AppVee’s Dropbox Review

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

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