Saluting all the year’s best, weirdest, and coolest mobile apps Saluting all the year’s best, weirdest, and coolest mobile apps The Apps Class of 2010 December 29, 2010, 11:56 AM EST The Year in Apps Saluting all the year’s best, weirdest, and coolest mobile apps Angry Birds Cost: 99¢ This oddly addictive game—in which players launch birds at pigs—is the No. 1 paid iPhone app. Mario Batali Cooks! Cost: $2.99 The Croc-wearing chef’s foray into apps is a blueprint for how cookbooks may evolve. Twitter Cost: Free Twitter released its first official iPhone app in 2010, instantly rendering all other Twitter apps obsolete. Dragon Dictation Cost: Free Dictate e-mails, texts, and notes by talking into your phone. It’s much faster than typing. Netflix Cost: Free with $7.99/month subscription Netflix waited until 2010 to introduce an app. It was worth it. DanKam Cost: $2.99 Helps color-blind people—such as approximately 10 million American men—to distinguish hues. Momento Cost: $2.99 This virtual diary aggregates your posts to Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, Flickr, and other sites. Pulse News Reader Cost: Free News junkies can compile their favorite RSS feeds in an image-rich layout. Steve Jobs is a fan. Instagram Cost: Free Apply moody filters to your mobile snapshots. Even real photographers dig this service. Due Cost: $2.99 An easy way to jot down a quick reminder or set a timer. The pop-ups are annoying but useful. Fruit Ninja Cost: 99¢ Spend hours swiping a digital kitana blade through lobbed watermelons, oranges, and pineapples. Younicorn Cost: 99¢ Add a unicorn horn to anyone in your photo library. Yes, it’s ridiculous. But it’s also pretty funny. Dropbox Cost: Free A personal cubbyhole in the cloud, Dropbox makes it easy to store and sync across computers. CardMunch Cost: Free download, $25 per 100 Take a picture of a business card, and it will be converted into a digital contact. Word Lens Cost: $4.99/language Instantly translate foreign languages while scanning menus, signs, or documents. Mixologist Cost: 99¢ Shaken or stirred? Who cares. This home bartender app is a cocktail recipe library in your pocket. SoundHound Cost: $4.99 Can’t name that tune? Play (or hum) it near your phone and SoundHound identifies it. Plants vs. Zombies Cost: $2.99 An addictive game in which your garden fights back against the approaching zombie hordes.