Best mobile apps of 2010

Dec 30, 2010
Tech

There are approximately 500,000 apps available to download to iPhones, iPads and Android-based smartphones and tablets. So what were the best apps and games created for these devices in 2010? Most of the action still on the iPhone From photography apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram, to entertainment apps like Netflix, to shopping apps like Groupon […]

There are approximately 500,000 apps available to download to iPhones, iPads and Android-based smartphones and tablets. So what were the best apps and games created for these devices in 2010?

Most of the action still on the iPhone

From photography apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram, to entertainment apps like Netflix, to shopping apps like Groupon and Price Check by Amazon, there was no shortage of great titles available at our fingertips.

Check out other great non-game iPhone apps of 2010 here.

Of course there was no shortage of excellent iPhone games released in 2010. Late in the year, games like Infinity Blade, N.O.V.A 2, and Laura Croft and the Guardian of Light revolutionized how graphics are displayed on mobile devices. Yet the simple and addictive Cut the Rope emerged as the biggest competitor to all-time champion Angry Birds (which was released in late 2009).

The other most notable games released for the iPhone in 2010 can be found here.

Social networking enthusiasts can also tap into great apps that were introduced and updated in 2010 here, while news junkies can feast on these great apps just off the presses.

iPad expands the playing field for apps and games

After the iPad was released in April, the best apps that emerged on that device did more than just configure to the new 9.7-inch screen size.

Flipboard is pioneering the concept of social media magazines, beautifully illustrating status updates and blogs posts from contacts in your network. Aweditorium brings back the old school concept of flipping through albums at the record store to the iPad.

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More top non-game iPad apps of the year can be found here. And for a selection of the best magazines to make their way onto the iPad, don’t miss this our list of the most innovative magazine apps of 2010.

The iPad also appeals to casual and hardcore gamers alike. The best iPad games of 2010 (so really all-time) included Real Racing HD, Scrabble, and Madden 11 for iPad. More coverage of the best iPad games of 2010 can be found here.

These are the Android apps you’re looking for

At year-end, there were more than 200,000 Android apps available making Google’s mobile operating platform the story of the year in the app space. The best non-game Android apps of 2010 included Skyfire Web Browser 3.0, continual updates to Google Maps and the new and improved Facebook for Android. Read more of our selections here.

For gamers, Angry Birds took flight on Android devices in 2010. Robo Defense, MiniSquadron! and Reckless Racing were also apps that shined on this emerging mobile gaming platform.

Happy New Year, and Happy Downloading!

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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