What Are Top iPhone & iPad Apps in the Year?

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Jan. 11, 2011 - PRLog -- With more than 300,000 applications for iOS devices, Apple’s iTunes App Store is a marketplace of enormous proportion. Apple has released its annual iTunes Rewind feature and named its apps of the year, which makes this the perfect time to reflect on the apps that have managed to best the competition and rise to the top of the charts this year. The new styles of Apple accessories include chargers, a stand, Bluetooth keyboard and stylus with integrated ballpoint pen to suit the needs of every iPad user.

That's great, but what are the final top 9 apps really like? Below they are:

The first is Doodle Jump. If you used to play simple games, then this is for you. All you've got to do in Doodle jump is keeping jumping your little alien thing-me-bob further up the screen. The higher you go the better score you get. There is little to this game to be honest, however like Canabalt and all those flash games that you've lost an afternoon in the office too, this can become incredibly addictive. Apple no doubt loved the fact that to control the movement of your little critter you've got to tilt the iPhone from side to side. Tilt too far and you'll miss that all important ledge.

The second one is Financial Times. Before you get too excited about this app being free, it is only currently free until 31 July 2010. However that said the FT shows us what a newspaper app can and will be like when it comes to consuming news on the go. Complete with its trademark pink paper, stories are displayed in traditional newspaper column format with you working your way left to right to read more. Of course its not all about words, there is video and photos too, although some of the FT journo's are clearly scared by the idea that having been able to hide behind their typewriters now they are having to read off autocue.

For the Brushes for iPhone, you can get both an iPhone and iPad version of this app, and annoyingly unlike some dual apps you'll have to buy this one twice. What you do get though is an app that lets you paint to your hearts content on your Apple device with a variety of brushes, layers, blend modes, and then the chance to undo or redo if you make a mistake.

While the TabToolkit is a guitar tablature and music notation viewer that lets you see how tracks are played out so you can learn the moves to your favorite's songs. Off the bat you'll get a handful of tracks to listen and watch, and although they are pretty basic - Star Bangled Banner anyone? - They do give you an idea of how it all works before you go about importing your own sheet music.

Articles are available for both iPhone and iPad, Articles is basically a way to look at Wikipedia pages from your Apple device rather than head over to the site itself.

Jamie's 20 Minute Meals is in fact a digital cook book.

Star Walk for iPad for the people who is interested in the stars, but aren't really sure where Orion is or how many stars make up Cassiopeia. Hoping to give you a helping hand is Star Walk, an iPad and iPhone app that will let you see where the stars are in the sky.

Real Racing is one app that Apple has been touting for ages. And as a popular app so it's no real surprise that it made it in to their top list for winners of the awards.

Pinball HD, it's the classic pinball machine re-jigged for the iPad. You'll get three pinball tables to begin with - Wild West, The Deep, and The Jungle, with the option to buy more tables from the app store when and if you want.

All the above apps, have all been downloaded by us from the App Store, and had a play, in order to give you our hands-on opinion, rather than just regurgitating what the blurb says.

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