The Appolicious weekend adviser for October 16-18

Oct 16, 2009
Games

Whether you are a Twitter fiend or somebody new to the service checking it out for the first time, Tweetie 2 (released this week) is a killer app that you should download immediately. Despite its controversial $2.99 price tag, the app became an immediate hit because of its ability to seamlessly manage multiple accounts on […]

Whether you are a Twitter fiend or somebody new to the service checking it out for the first time, Tweetie 2 (released this week) is a killer app that you should download immediately.

Despite its controversial $2.99 price tag, the app became an immediate hit because of its ability to seamlessly manage multiple accounts on the fly and integrate your Twitter contacts with your iPhone address book. Like its predecessor, Tweetie 2 will set the standard for new functionality we should expect from mobile Twitter clients. This is one upgrade worth paying for.

What other apps should you consider downloading this weekend?

Beyond the Buzz

Another buzz-worthy hot app recently released is Buzzd. The free app allows you to tap into activity at nearby restaurants, bars and clubs. Integrated to a Twitter feed, Buzzd has the potential to be a breakthrough app, but currently lacks a critical mass of users to make it consistently effective. Two separate Appolicious advisers had decidedly different impressions after playing around with the app.

Magdelyn Skacan enjoyed “the clean, simple interface” of Buzzd, and, as a heavy Twitter user, found “the ability to see tweets from places in real time (to be) extremely valuable.” Skacan gave Buzzd four stars. Tiesha Miller, however, had a less forgiving experience.

“Instead of user-generated tips, I found outdated posts and marketing rhetoric abound,” Miller wrote in her one star review. “If Buzzd suddenly gets a groundswell of participation, I can see the utility for those who want this kind of information.”

Luxury at your fingertips
The iPhone offers a wealth of applications that deliver all the luxury goods money can buy. Exclusive brands including Chanel, D&G and Ralph Lauren are discovering new ways to interact with current and prospective customers via iPhone apps.

In her two-part series, Kathryn Swartz detailed which brands distinguish themselves in this growing appmosphere. Her reporting includes insight on luxury watchmakers and automobile companies, as well as suggested apps to download for your next high-end shopping spree.

If it’s in the game, it’s in the iPhone
There is no industry that the iPhone is transforming more quickly than portable video games. Sports games in particular like $7.99 Madden 2010 and the $2.99 Baseball Superstars can be acquired for a fraction of their console cost, and include unique iPhone-specific features. Appolicious sports ace David Lister walks you through all the options with his list of favorite sports games for the iPhone.

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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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