Best game app: OK, this is the first time I’ve been tempted to declare a 5-way tie, because I probably use my iPhone for gaming almost more than anything else (short of checking E-mail). But I am going to have to just pick my favorite game app for this. And that would be Phase 10. While it’s a game I don’t get to play in real life often, I play iPhone Phase 10 almost every night before bed. It’s got surprisingly good graphics, and a great cast of entertaining opponents.
– Runner-up: Laugh all you want at the name, but the simple Falling Balls game is astoundingly addicting, and I crack up laughing at the scream and splatter graphic when your little stick figure gets squished. This also was the first app I downloaded that used the iPhone’s accelerometer as its sole interface, so I consider it a good introduction to that aspect of the iPhone as a gaming device.
Best time-wasting app: OK, so when you’re sitting there at the dentist’s office, waiting for your turn, with only Highlights magazines to entertain you, it’s much better to immerse yourself in the FML (F%#k My Life) app, because hopefully, reading about someone else’s bad day will help you not worry about the turn your own is about to take.
– Runner-up: Along similar lines, I find myself morbidly amused (like the proverbial train wreck) reading the exploits of the users of TWI (Texting While Intoxicated). In the category of wasting time, it ranks high on the list.
Best geeky app: From the beginning, you probably knew this was coming. Yes, I admit it, I pretend to shoot things with the Star Trek Phaser app, released in honor of the new Star Trek movie, and using the sound effects of said movie. With both a Stun and a Kill setting, it is indispensable for getting rid of annoying Klingons, Romulans, Breen, Borg, Gorn, Ferengi, Jem’Hadar, and those “normal” people who tell you to grow up.
– Runner-up: Yes, it is possible to love both Star Trek and Star Wars, and I show that love by also wielding the weapon of the Jedi, the Lightsaber. Technically, the app is called Lightsaber Unleashed, as it was released to promote the video game, The Force Unleashed. But regardless, with the possibility to craft your own saber and customize the color of the blade, as well as take a menacing picture of yourself to display, coupled with the epic music you can kick off, and topped with the authentic saber-battle sounds you get when you swing your iPhone through the air, you will certainly be the talk of your circle of friends. Whether that is in jealousy or disdain, you won’t be ignored.
Best pointless app: And finally, there are times when you just have to get an app that really makes you scratch your head and wonder why. For me, the best app for that is the Big Red Button that starts by telling you “Do Not Press”. You’ve probably seen it on the Internet, but a version was released for the iPhone, and it’s no less amusing, although that doesn’t make it mean anything other than a laugh.
– Runner-up: Sometimes, when life gives you lemonade, you have to be reminded that it was made from lemons. At times like that, it’s when your best friend texts you to remind you once again, that you just lost The Game. And for times when you lose with nobody around to share your loss, there’s an app for that.
So as you can see, the iPhone is useful for many things, from detouring around a terrible accident to losing The Game, and everything in between. This list is by no means exhaustive of everything I have installed on my iPhone, but I hope it will be helpful next time you browse the App Store.