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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Top 10 Apps for the iPhone

Top 10 Apps for the iPhone

This year has seen a steady incline in iPhone Apps being developed. Anyone who owns an iPhone is spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing an App to download, no matter which category. With the steady stream of new Apps being released, it is difficult for any of us to keep up with what's new and also what is in fact actually worth downloading. I hope to assist in this area with what I think are the best Apps of 2013. Being an iPhone App tester I am in position not to just judge an App on its uniqueness, value for money etc. but also its actual 'quality'. Many of us actually judge an App by its quality, often without realizing it. Just look at some App reviews and see the users comments.

The following list represents what I have found to be of outstanding quality, and many other factors including value for money, uniqueness, usability and usefulness during my iPhone App testing sessions during 2013. Each of these Apps have been downloaded and tested by myself and my test team and have all passed rigorous iPhone App tests.

1.Skyfire web browser

One of the most annoying times being an iPhone owner is when browsing to a website only to find that the website has flash content. As we know, the iPhone doesn't like any kind of flash content, and so this App was greeted with excitement and also trepidation, as we had to ask the question; could it really play flash videos? Well, the answer is undoubtedly a big yes. This for me gets the 1st place rating for 2013, as it not only is unique and very well designed, but has actually improved the iPhone itself. The App works by converting Flash content into a format that the iPhone can understand with very good results. We tested this with a vast array of different files and content formats, and for the most part the results were outstanding, just a few minor issues but nothing to really complain about.

2. Alarm Clock

This is one of those 'must-have' type Apps that every self respecting iPhone owner should have. It rates very highly in usability and has a surprising amount of features for something marketed as a clock. For example, it has multiple themes and colors to suit everyone's taste, also displays local weather information, a music player and also a flashlight would you believe. Our test team rated this one highly for its ease of use and above all its usefulness, probably the perfect App for anyone away from home.


Most of us use search engines and many of us have downloaded search engine Apps for our iPhones. But, when we tested this one, we found just how good a simple App can be if its designed correctly. This one rated highly for its usability, and is pretty much perfect from a functional aspect. It has a nice bonus of having a speech recognition feature built-in, so you don't even have to waste time entering information.

4. Angry Birds

Not being a fan of simplistic games on my iPhone, I was blown away by this App. It is fun to play, and incredibly addictive. Its no wonder this App has been one of the top selling Apps of all time. It includes many lengthy levels and is outstanding value for just 99c. This App scored very highly in our Usability and Functional tests. Transitions between screens was simple and effective, and there were no issues relating to stability seen during our long-term system testing.

5. Battery Doctor Pro

There has been much talk about smart-phones and their inability to hold a charge for any considerable length of time. This handy utility really made a difference to the battery life of the iPhone, and stood head and shoulders above the competition. We found on our functional testing this App was solidly built and was simple to use. It provided very useful information back to the user including how many minutes were remaining etc.

As iPhone App Testers, we are looking forward to testing some great iPhone Apps during 2014. If the quality of the App's tested are anything like 2013, then as Testers and iPhone owners, 2014 is going to be a good year!

Author: James S Clark
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