Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Best iOS apps

Itâs that time of the year again — hard to believe, I know. The rapidly approaching holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving mean that it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your loved ones. And what could be better than apps? In this post I’ll review some of my favorite iOS apps, both paid and free.

In my 2008 installment of the iOS Gift Guide there were a meager 5,000 apps to choose from in the App Store. That grew to 85,000 apps in 2009 and this year, there are over 300,000 apps on the Store, making choosing even more difficult.

New since last year is the iPad, a brand-new iOS devices that shipped in April. The iPad adds an entirely new, large screen form-factor to the iOS mix. This year I sprinkle a few iPad apps in for good measure, but I have a feeling that iPad apps might need their own list by next year.

In the interest of keeping it fresh and relevant I decided to omit apps that I’ve previously listed my favorite apps post (from August 2010) and my 2009 Gift Guide. This wasn’t an easy decision as both posts include some of my all-time favorite apps, including:

  • TweetDeck
  • Foursquare
  • 1Password
  • Accuweather Web app
  • Pulse News Mini
  • Reeder
  • At Bat 2010
  • Road Trip
  • Flight Update Pro

This list doesn’t include some business-oriented apps that I’ve previously covered, including LogMeIn Ignition [$29.99, App Store], AirMouse Pro [$1.99, App Store] and Documents To Go Premium [$16.99, App Store].

This year I wrap up the iOS Gift Guide with a list of my favorite iOS games and free apps, so don’t forget to click though to the end. That being said, here are some of my favorite apps for iOS…

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