After focusing on our favorite iPhone games, our look at the best the App Store has to offer continues with our picks for the top communication apps. The iPhone has e-mail and SMS features. But there’s more than one way to stay in touch, as the following four apps prove.
(Note that, like our Editors’ Choice Awards, our picks for our favorite App Store programs is restricted to programs released by November 1, 2008.)
Read our review of Twitterrific; get more info on Twitterrific at the App Store.
Twitterrific isn’t the only good Twitter client available via the App Store—an attractive alternative is the free Twinkle ( ) from Tapulous. Although the nonexistent price tag is certainly appealing, what you’ll really appreciate is Twinkle’s Location capabilities. With a tap, you can view all tweets within one to several hundred miles around you—an invaluable feature for following local events, from wildfires to surf conditions.—CHRISTOPHER BREEN
Read ourreview of Twinkle; get more info on Twinkle at the App Store.
Best instant messenger
Read our review of AIM; get more info on AIM at the App Store.
Best way to keep tabs on your friends
Facebook claims more than 100 million active users on its social-networking site, and I claim a tiny fraction of those as people I’ve reconnected with after many years. The Facebook iPhone app ( ) helps me stay connected with them, thanks to its well-designed interface and strong feature set. With the iPhone client, you can view your friends’ latest news, status updates, and photos, as well as comment directly on a person’s status. Facebook on the iPhone offers badge notifications when friends comment on your Wall or when you get friend requests—you can now even confirm or ignore requests from within the app itself. And your inbox contains all of your sent and received messages.—JONATHAN SEFF
Read our review of Facebook 2; get more info on Facebook at the App Store.