Speak It for iPhone and iPad

This app makes clever use of copy-and-paste and iOS 4's multitasking capabilities to give you a great mobile text-to-speech offering no matter what iOS device you're using.

Beat the Traffic HD for iPad

This app really covers all the bases when it comes to not only looking at current conditions, but what to expect throughout the day. By integrating user reports with publicly available statistics, Beat the Traffic HD gives you the most accurate picture of the road you can get without actually being stuck in traffic.

Magic Window for iPad

This app uses time-lapse photos to turn your iPad into a virtual picture frame with moving images and ambient noises. It's a clever app that would have been even more effective if the quality of some of the images was improved.

RBMA Radio for iPhone

This music app packs in a lot of information to help you discover and enjoy new artists. But it's packed into such a cramped space on your iPhone or iPod touch that it might mar the experience of listening to RBMA Radio.

Scanner911 and Police Scanner 2 for iPhone

We look at a pair of apps that allow you to listen in on police, fire, and emergency radio streams from your iPhone or iPod touch. Scanner911 delivers the goods, while Police Scanner 2 disappoints.

ShapeUp Club for iPhone

The success of this app lies in its ability to do something relatively complicated -- detailed calorie counting -- in a very simple manner. A quick spin through ShapeUp Club, and you'll be amazed that you get this kind of functionality for free.

It's On My Way for iPhone

As a mapping alternative to Google Maps to help you plan a route, this app does a superb job of sorting out the most efficient or convenient route possible.

This American Life for iPhone

Other media outlets would do well to follow the example of This American Life, which has created a superb application for the iPhone and iPod touch.