We’ve already given out our awards for the top Mac products of 2008. Now, iPhone software gets its turn in the spotlight.
The iPhone software updates introduced by Apple this year delivered plenty of benefits to iPhone and iPod touch users—so many that the iPhone 2.1 update captured one of those aforementioned Editors’ Choice Awards. But easily the greatest benefit delivered by this new generation of software has been the ability to download and install third-party software on your mobile device of choice.
And iPhone and iPod touch users agree. Since Apple’s App Store opened its doors in July 2008, users have rung up more than 300 million downloads of the games, productivity boosters, and other apps that line the store’s virtual shelves. Clearly, you’re excited about what the App Store has to offer.
And we’re excited, too. We’re continually searching through the more than 10,000 programs available for download from the App Store, trying to find the best tools for being more productive, staying in touch, getting creative, blowing off steam, and more.
All this week, we’re highlighting our favorite App Store offerings. In this first installment, we’re focusing on games. All work and no play makes for a dull iPhone. The 10 games featured below will help you decompress in style.
If you’re a fan of the classic word-building game Boggle, look no further than Lonely Star Software’sQuordy (). To play, just drag your finger across the letters on the board to form words and score points. The $3 Quordy has an attractive interface and offers network and pass-along play as well as solo play modes. There’s even a comprehensive high-score board so that you can track your progress. It’s a huge amount of fun.—JASON SNELL
Find yourself having a spare minute and feeling like giving your brain a short mental workout? Try Brain Tuner (). The object of this free game from Bridger Maxwellis to identify a series of mathematical equations as either correct or incorrect as fast as possible. It’s an excellent way to develop or brush up on basic math skills.—ROMAN LOYOLA