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

The Year in Apps
The Year in Apps

Saluting all the year’s best, weirdest, and coolest mobile apps

Angry Birds
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!
Mario Batali Cooks!
Cost: $2.99

The Croc-wearing chef’s foray into apps is a blueprint for how cookbooks may evolve.
Twitter
Twitter
Cost: Free

Twitter released its first official iPhone app in 2010, instantly rendering all other Twitter apps obsolete.
Dragon Dictation
Dragon Dictation
Cost: Free

Dictate e-mails, texts, and notes by talking into your phone. It’s much faster than typing.
Netflix
Netflix
Cost: Free with $7.99/month subscription

Netflix waited until 2010 to introduce an app. It was worth it.
DanKam
DanKam
Cost: $2.99

Helps color-blind people—such as approximately 10 million American men—to distinguish hues.
Momento
Momento
Cost: $2.99

This virtual diary aggregates your posts to Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, Flickr, and other sites.
Pulse News Reader
Pulse News Reader
Cost: Free

News junkies can compile their favorite RSS feeds in an image-rich layout. Steve Jobs is a fan.
Instagram
Instagram
Cost: Free

Apply moody filters to your mobile snapshots. Even real photographers dig this service.
Due
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
Fruit Ninja
Cost: 99¢

Spend hours swiping a digital kitana blade through lobbed watermelons, oranges, and pineapples.
Younicorn
Younicorn
Cost: 99¢

Add a unicorn horn to anyone in your photo library. Yes, it’s ridiculous. But it’s also pretty funny.
Dropbox
Dropbox
Cost: Free

A personal cubbyhole in the cloud, Dropbox makes it easy to store and sync across computers.
CardMunch
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
Word Lens
Cost: $4.99/language

Instantly translate foreign languages while scanning menus, signs, or documents.
Mixologist
Mixologist
Cost: 99¢

Shaken or stirred? Who cares. This home bartender app is a cocktail recipe library in your pocket.
SoundHound
SoundHound
Cost: $4.99

Can’t name that tune? Play (or hum) it near your phone and SoundHound identifies it.
Plants vs. Zombies
Plants vs. Zombies
Cost: $2.99

An addictive game in which your garden fights back against the approaching zombie hordes.