Welcome to Best iPhone Apps

Trying to find an app? There’s a website for that.

With over 100,000 apps in the App Store, it’s easy to find apps but paralyzingly difficult to find the best. We’ve done that hard work for you. Best iPhone Apps book author Josh Clark and a team of O’Reilly editors have stress-tested thousands of titles from the App Store emporium to select a single top pick for each of a sprawling range of categories.

These are the must-have downloads. This site features only five-star apps, the best-designed software for tackling the task at hand. We test a metric ton of apps each week but post only a very select few, giving the nod to the very best tool for each category. Our goal is to save you time as we discard the alternatives and also-rans to present simple “here’s the app you want” recommendations with concise capsule reviews.

What’s on your mind?

We want to hear from you! Don’t be shy about commenting on our picks: Share your super-secret power tips for using a specific app; tell us about your favorite alternatives to the apps we pick; ask questions about an app’s features. The comments section of each pick is ready and waiting.

Got an app to recommend? Drop us a line at bestiphoneapps@oreilly.com.

About the book

Best iPhone Apps book cover O’Reilly’s Best iPhone Apps book is a hard-copy compendium of the must-have apps, a savvy catalog of the App Store’s best and brightest. Easy to browse and hard to put down, the book surveys over 200 apps to unlock the full potential of your iPhone or iPod Touch. Get the most from your time with genius productivity apps, or fritter it away with deliriously fun games. However you use your glossy gadget, this book reveals the apps that will make the biggest difference in every aspect of your life: at work, on the town, at play, at home, and on the road.

About the author

Josh Clark is a writer, designer, developer, and speaker who helps creative people get clear of technical hassles. When he’s not writing about clever design and humane software, he’s building it. Josh is the creator of Big Medium, friendly software that actually makes it fun to manage websites. In a previous life, Josh worked on a slew of national PBS programs at Boston’s WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. Now Josh makes words and spins code at his hypertext laboratory Global Moxie. He's the author of Best iPhone Apps, iWork ’09: The Missing Manual, and Big Medium: The Complete Guide.

Keep up with Josh’s latest iPhone app picks online at Best iPhone Apps or via Twitter by following @oreillyiphone.

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