The best and worst apps of 2009. Did your favorite app make our list? We locked ourselves in a room and duked it out to come up with AppJudgment's top 5 Best and Worst mobile apps of 2009. The final verdict on both lists may surprise you!
2009 saw a land grab the likes of which we haven’t seen since the days of the railroads. Greedy software companies and websites tried to cash in on the cellphone app store hype, and released tens of thousands of new programs for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry.
Many of them were quite good, but some of them were atrocious. And the dreck wasn’t solely the province of no-name companies either. Enjoy AppJudgment's final verdict on the best and worst apps of 2009.
With hundreds of apps to choose from for your iPhone, Android or whatever smartphone you may have, how do know what's worth the download? AppJudgment is your daily source for phone app reviews and previews.
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Version 184.108.40.206 | Developed by Adobe Systems, Inc. | Free
Photoshop.com Mobile has the brand name, the right price, and does simple fixes for your photos. But this iPhone app lands itself in the #5 spot due to pure disappointment. The top imaging name in the world should blow away the competition. Give us better filters, layer and drawing support, and more utilities than what we can already find from lesser known developers... and we'll look forward to Photoshop.com Mobile's growth in 2010.
Version 4.3.2 | Developed by Qik, Inc. | Free
Qik was a revolution in live streaming when it came out with the first ever commercially available method of streaming live audio and video from a mobile device (originally the Nokia N950). With the iPhone app store finally coming online more than a year after the release of the original iPhone, it was expected that Qik would come out with a phenomenal live streaming application for the iPhone. This was not the case. Qik's original official app for the iPhone did not capitalize on what made Qik famous in the first place: live video and audio streaming from a mobile device. FAIL*
*Please note that since the 30-second review of Qik was taped, Qik released an updated version capable of doing what we all expected it to do: live stream.
Version 3.0 | Developed by IMAK Creations, Inc. | $0.99
There are thousands of mindless diversions available in the App Store, but Hold On! certainly stands among the most mindless of 2009. In the Hold On! app, you are faced with a red button. Your challenge? To see how long you can hold down the button. That's it. For a mere dollar, the endless thrills can be yours.
Version 1.1 | Developed by John Christensen | $1.99
I generally don't get miffed about wasting a dollar ninety nine. That's pretty much a 20 ounce diet coke, and I drink about a billion of those every week. But dredging up the memory of Ghost Hunter EMF for the iPhone... and I think to myself, "worst dollar ninety nine I've ever spent. an electromagnetic field detector for the iPhone... or at least the iPhone 3Gs... hold it up, learn the fields, wait for the readings that indicate Ghost Action!
Sure, I mocked it's almost useless interface as a great way to distract fools and small children.... and while my coworkers refused it a place on the top 5 worst apps of 2009... my overall annoyance for one trick apps that don't do anything, well, they were undeniable. Plus we were locked in a small room and they all wanted out.
Ghost hunter emf? More like yet another annoying novelty app... props the John Cotant for writing it and getting folks to pay for it... now I want the time it took me to install it and run it back.
Version 1.0 | Developed by Shimon Limor | $0.99
Our number 1, Worst app of 2009 could very well be a joke, but if developer Shimon limor intended it to be there's not a single wink from him anywhere in the app. "Proposal "Will you marry me?" allows you to Enter a name, proposal text, and image. Then start the app and show it to the person you'd like to spend the rest of your geek filled life with.
Now I want to make it very clear to you guys. If you intent to take this app seriously, It's not going to work trust me, I tried.
Version 1.0 | Developed by Ustream.tv, Inc | Free
At number 5 is Ustream Live Broadcaster for the iPhone. It may not be the first app to allow you to live stream, but they're definitely ahead of the pack in terms of streaming services with a large established community.
Decent quality live video streaming from your iphone, even if it's not a video capable 3GS. On screen live chat, and fantastic sharing features.
Version 3.1.1 | Developed by Beejive, Inc. | $5.99
Beejive is an instant messaging application that supports all major programs - Facebook, Google Talk, Yahoo, MSN, MySpace and many others - and consolidates all of your accounts into one well-designed, easy-to-navigate interface. Beejive may not be the cheapest IM application out there, but it is the best value from this viewer's perspective - intuitive, simple to navigate, and highly reliable.
Version 2.1 | Developed by atebits LLC | $2.99
Coming in at Number Three, I'd like to congratulate Tweetie 2, which almost all of my coworkers like more than TweetDeck. Apparently they don't enjoy the columns interface, but weep with joy over Tweetie 2's wee orbs that indicate new messages, dragging the timeline for more messages, and, even I'll admit this part is nice, the offline features... you can write tweets to send later... there's more to this $3 upgrade, but you'll need to track it down to find out!
Version 1.1 | Developed by Nuance Communications | Free
Dictation software with the name "DRAGON" has been around and has been continually developed and improved since 1982 with development funding by DARPA. Fast forward a long way to the impressively free Dragon Dictation for the iPhone and you will NOT be let down. More impressive than the price point is the almost pinpoint accuracy of this app's ability to turn spoken word into written text in pretty much real time.
Version 3.04 | Developed by Newtoy, Inc. | Free
Words With Friends is a mobile version of the game we all know and love, Scrabble, and I affectionately call this 2009's time suck. Highly addictive and fun, this app has all the features to keep you playing with friends late into the night.