2 billion app downloads; which are the best?

This past Monday, Apple announced that more than 2 billion mobile apps have been downloaded from its Apple App Store.  There are now more than 85,000 apps available to the more than 50 million iPhone and iPod touch customers worldwide and over 125,000 developers in Apple’s iPhone Developer Program.

So there’s now an app for virtually everything, from flashlights and silly games to top notch applications with valuable and interesting information.
FierceMobile has created an interesting list of the Top 10 Apps that “simplify your life”.

3Deep:  3deep users share information on their current status, whereabouts and preferred means of contact, and the app’s Tell Me When feature indicates whether communications are best initiated via voice, text, e-mail or IM. Users also determine when and with whom they want to share deep presence information, and can limit how much personal data they wish to divulge on a case-by-case basis.

Aha: Power to the people: instead of relying on official traffic info, this app connects (American) iPhone users on the (same) road and lets them inform each other with traffic info.  Basically someone can record an audio message and it’ll be transferred to other users in the neighborhood.

MotionX GPS: indicates and tracks the user’s position wherever they go–not just on street maps, but also topographic and satellite maps, which explains why the software is so popular with runners, hikers, skiers and boaters. Also allows users to save up to 303 personal waypoints to identify favorite locations (including sharing via Facebook, Twitter and Google Maps) and store up to 101 tracks to retrace later.

Put Things Off: A simple, efficient tool for creating notes and lists, Put Things Off encourages users to focus on what’s important each day and “put off stuff that’s not”.

– Sherpa: Sherpa promises a customized user experience that improves each time you use it, recommending retailers, restaurants and attractions as it begins to understand your likes, dislikes and behavioral patterns.

Snac: makes it easier to get at popular applications like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr while also offering up news, weather, email and related tools in a user-friendly, at-a-glance format.

Vlingo: speech recognition app delivers a single voice interface that works with native and third-party applications, offering one-button access to contact lists, search tools, local listings and social networking status updates.

WeatherBug Elite:  offers live local weather conditions and forecasts with the addition of full radar animation as well as supplementary map layers spanning infrared satellite, humidity, air pressure, wind speed and next-day high and low temperatures.

Wertago: this free app not only pinpoints where the action is, complete with real-time ratings, tags and reviews, but it also tells you which of your friends are already there and includes tools to message and coordinate plans with them.

Zagat to Go ’09: includes over 40,000 reviews from the venerable ratings guide, as well as suggestions covering nightclubs, hotels and retailers.

Which are your favorites? Post a comment below.

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  1. I have downloaded MotionX GPS. People bitching about TomTom’s $100 iPhone navigation app can either a) bitch louder or b) download MotionX GPS Drive by Fullpower. It’s $3 per month or $25 per year, and it works just fine.

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