iPhone – My top 5 Apps of 2010

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As the year draws to a close, here is a quick look back on my top 5 iPhone apps of 2010.

5. Google Mobile App
Cost: Free – App Store

First on my list is the Google Mobile App. Of course it’s easy to bring up Safari and use the default search bar to find what you are looking for, but the reason that this has made it onto my list, is down to Google Goggles. This allows you take a photo of anything from landmarks, books, artwork and barcodes to name just a few possibilities. After your image has been scanned, you can view similar images or search on any text found within the photo.

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4. Word lens
Cost: Free – App Store

Word Lens is an app that has been in development for over two years. The idea behind it, is that it uses the camera view to translate words in real-time. The app itself is free, but there is also two language packs are available, English to Spanish, and Spanish to English, each costing £2.99. The free version has two demos, the first reverses words (as seen below with the text “Flash CS3 Professional”) and the other erases words. This is a very clever app, and quite fun to play around with the demos. Here is the link to the video of the app in full swing, translating text: Introducing Word Lens.

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3. SekaiCamera
Cost: Free – App Store

SekaiCamera allows you to Geo-tag anything in an augmented reality of your surroundings. Looking through the camera of your iPhone, you will be able to see tags that other people have made. Tags can be messages or guides to your surroundings. The only thing that lets this app down is that it would probably be a bit more interesting if more people were using it.

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2. Game Dev Story
Cost: £2.39 ($3.99) – App Store

This makes No.2 on my list, as it is one of the most addictive games I have ever played.. You play as the boss of a software company, where you have to hire and train developers, designers and sound engineers to develop new games for consoles such as the “PlayStatus 2″ and the “Intendro DM”. You will take part in game shows to promote your company and attend annual game awards to win prizes if your games are good enough.

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1. Infinity blade
Cost: £3.49 ($5.99) – App Store

Taking the number one spot on my list is Infinity blade. This is the most impressive game I have ever seen on any mobile device. The graphics and gameplay are outstanding, and free updates with new content have already started to be rolled out in the first few weeks of it’s release. Read the full review here.

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This list could have been so much longer as so many apps have come and gone from my iPhone, but these ones are the ones that have stuck around, and are defiantly worth checking out if you haven’t already come across them. As more developers are becoming acquainted with the capabilities of mobile devices, the quality of apps can only get better. I look forward to seeing what 2011 has to offer.

And with that – the last post of 2010, I wish you all a happy new year, and I’ll see you in 2011. ^^

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