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Jeff Merron is a writer and editor who wrote full-time for ESPN.com's Page 2 for five years and has contributed to Slate, Consumers Digest, Yahoo.com, Information Week, Byte Magazine, and many other national outlets.

MagicalPad for iPad

This terrific outlining app boasts some interesting features, though it doesn't quite deliver on all the things its developer promises in MagicalPad's App Store description.

Nostalgiqa for iPhone

There's a compelling idea behind this app that aims to help you capture memories and share them in the form of photos and text. But in its early stages, Nostalgiqa proves a little baffling to use.

AVPlayer for iPhone and iPad

Both the iPhone and iPad versions of AVPlayer let you play videos on your iOS device no matter what format they're encoded in. The app performs well and offers an extra feature or two, but transferring videos can be awkward.

Rolling Stone's Beatles Album-by-Album Guide for iPad

You'll get your money's worth from this iPad adaptation of Rolling Stone's Beatles Album-by-Album Guide. But the publisher could have taken better advantage of the multimedia capabilities in Apple's tablet.

Schedule Planner Pro for iPhone and iPad

Though not without flaws, both the iPhone and iPad versions of this calendar app are characterized by elegant design with interfaces that make it simple to create categories and add events.

Scan To PDF for iPhone and iPad

There's some potential in this app that uses your iOS device's camera to scan documents and convert them into PDFs. But it also comes with too many preconditions for proper use, making Scan To PDF a frustrating app to use.

Number Guru for iPhone

This iPhone app mimics the functionality of Web sites that look up phone numbers, but with a few advantages for iOS device owners.

Amphipod's Beltpod Smartview holds your iPod or iPhone during active use

The Beltpod Smartview is a modern-day, slimmed-down fanny pack for active iPhone and iPod users.

Mailing Desk for iPad

This Gmail and Google Apps client for the iPad offers an elegant standalone interface to Google’s offerings. It's certainly worth a try if you use Google's tools.

Abvio's fitness apps poised to make the most of iOS 5's improved notifications

Abvio says its lineup of iOS fitness apps -- Runmeter, Cyclemeter, and Walkmeter -- will make the most of iOS 5's Notification Center when the updated mobile OS ships next week.

Memonic for iPhone and iPad

This note-taking app shows a lot of promises, thanks to tight integration with desktop and Web-based versions and well-thought-out sharing capabilities. But there are some flaws with the iOS version, too.

OmmWriter for iPad

This distraction-free writing tool suffers from some limitations with file management and keyboard shortcuts. But the fact that it creates a placid, relaxing writing environment makes it an intriguing option for iPad users.

Smart Pad for iPad

This iPad offering stands out among calendar apps because its power lies in its flexibility and in the level of detail it allows for.

iWill for iPhone and iWill HD for iPad

Both the iPhone and iPad version of this task manager seems well-suited to users just getting their feet with the Getting Things Done approach to productivity. But making reminders an in-app purchase may limit the appeal of iWill for some users.

FileBrowser for iPad

This app for accessing files on your iPad is very useful, though it could be a more powerful utility if it was more iPad-like.