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.

Power Cam for iPhone

Power Cam is one of many apps trying to make your picture-taking a bit easier, and while the $1 offering does add some interesting features, it doesn't measure up to similar photography apps.

Alarm Clock Pro and Alarm Clock Free for iPhone

Both the paid and free version of iHandySoft's Alarm Clock application join the ranks of similar offerings in the App Store. Both are fairly decent utilities, but they lack compelling bells and whistles to make them stand out from the crowd.

Umbrella Today? for iPhone

You won't get a lot of satellite imagery and sophisticated weather information with Umbrella Today? The app aims to simply answer the question posed by its name -- will you need an umbrella today?

Police Radio for iPhone

With an easy-to-use interface and great support, this app could be just the ticket if you’ve got the citizens-band itch to scratch.

TED for iPhone

The TED conference says it's dedicated to "ideas worth spreading," and this app -- which provides access to TED demos and talks via your iPhone or iPod touch -- makes spreading those ideas as simple as possible.