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SaudiMac Team’s Best of 2010 List: Mazen Al-Angary

I have been wanting to write a list of my favorite apps on both the iPhone and iPad, plus I have been asked so many times about my favorite applications on iOS devices. So I thought that the best time would be before the end of the year, since some of those app might be on sale, making it a great time to purchase them or get the free ones. So after you’re done with this list, it will be your turn to share the apps you liked this year on the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

Please note that (+) means that it is made for both iPhone and iPad.

Without further a due here it goes.

iAngary’s iPad Best of 2010 List:

Social Apps:

Twittbird (+)

Gowalla for iPad

Twitter (+)

GetGlue for iPad

Productivity Apps:

GoodReader (It even gets better and better with every update)

Yojimbo (still to show that it has a high potential, I use the Mac version and need a way to sync)

DropBox (+)

Prompster LE (Helps you with public speeches, works with Arabic text, yet has an issue with alignment)

Writing Apps: (my speciality)

Pages (love it)

Notebooks for iPad (to write novels and books)

Penultimate (if you get the Griffin stylus, you might not need a moleskin)

Plain Text (distraction free writing)

Reading Apps:

Instapaper (amazing when you need to read articles later) (+)

Offline Pages (as good as instapapers, yet it grabs the whole webpage) (+)

Zinio (I don’t buy printed magazines any more) (+)

iBooks (I simply love it, the best English book reader) (+)

Tools & Utility Apps:

1Password Pro (you can either use it as standalone or sync it with your Mac/PC version to store all your passwords) (+)

CalcBot (a calculator with an attitude) (+)

Night Stand HD (drop gorgeous night stand) (+)

Activity Monitor Touch (great to monitor your iPad) (+)

Delivery Status touch (overlook your shipments, and get push notifications) (+)

Find My iPhone (or any iOS device you own, great for everyone since it is a free service by Apple now) (+)

RSS Apps:

Flipboard (this free app still has a long way to prove that it is one of the best, yet so far it is amazing).

Pulse (at first glance I hated this app, but after taking it for a short spin, I discovered a gem of an app).

NewsRack (used to swear by it, till they messed up the OPML importing process, hope it gets a fix soon) (+)

Reeder for iPad (I can see how this RSS reader was made specially for the iPad, simply amazing).

Lifestyle Apps:

AppShopper (my goto app and site to discover new apps, I check on them multiple times a day, plus getting push notifications) (+)

Amazon Mobile (amazon on your iPad) (+)

Epicurious (a delicious way to discover new cooking recipes) (+)

Creativity Apps:

Keynote (a great app to create stunning presentations)

Adobe Ideas (sit back and get creative) (+)

Popplet (brainstorming with style)

BlogPress (easy way to blog, and it works unlike other apps) (+)

Photography Apps:

Photoshop Express (a light PhotoShop on your iOS) (+)

TiltShift (add stunning tilt shift effects on your photos) (+)

Navigation & Travel Apps:

MotionX GPS HD (with the ability to download maps for offline viewing, a great travel companion)

Booking.com (If you ever tried this amazing website, you should give this free app a run, stunning and easy to use) (+)

Music Apps:

Shazam for iPad (can’t even count how many times I found music using this app, comes handy when you hear a tune and want to find it)


iBomber Defense (I loved the first and second games on my iPhone, and now you get to play defense on the iPad) (+)

Planets Vs Zombies HD (hours of endless hours of hilarious fun)

UNO HD (this game should have been on the iPad since day one)

Minigore HD (it is dark, and cold, you’re feeling lonely, yet they keep on coming)

Flight Control HD (if you have the nerves for it)

Angry Birds HD (they are angry, and they’re on a mission)

Angry Birds Seasons HD (now they are themed, a special season edition with new levels)

Modern Conflict HD (great strategy battle game)

Cut the Rope Holiday Gift (This green creature is so cute, must feed it candies) (+)

iAngary’s iPhone/ iPod touch Best of 2010 List:

Some of the apps are plus application (work on all devices), and have been mentioned on the list above, so I will only list only the apps on the iPhone and iPod touch:

Social Apps:

FaceBook (social in your pocket with push)

Gowalla (great app to discover places around you, you can learn more by watching this long video).

Groups 2 (the best way to arrange your contacts, with many features like sending mass SMS and email)

Communication Apps:

WhatsApp (could be one of the best communication messaging apps out there)

Viber (just came out days ago, it offers free calls over 3G or WiFi).

Pushme.to (a cool way to send me messages from a phone or the web, you can try sending me stuff here, oh and don’t forget to leave your email so I would get back to you).

Jawbone Thoughts (slick UI, this app enables you to send voice messages to a friend or a group of friends, think of it as voice email in a way).

Photography and Video:

Camera+ (Currently unavailable on the AppStore)

iMovie (this app is outstanding, when it comes to editing your HD videos right on your iPhone).

Pro HDR (great app to capture stunning photos on your iPhone)

Health & Fitness Apps:
Lose it! (this is one of the oldest apps I have been using, and still find it very useful).

Naturespace (put your headphones on, layback and you will be transported instantly to another relaxing place

Tools & Utilities:

Pastebot (this app does one cool thing, if you copy something on your iPhone you can paste it on your computer, and if you want to copy something from your computer, you can paste it on your iPhone, watch the video here).

Grocery Gadget (No need to prapare a paper list every time you go grocery shopping, set your lists once and tick away, you can even add prices to estimate how much it will cost you).

SambaMobile (If you have a SMABA bank account, this app is a must. Requires their security token to get access)


Cut the Rope (Wish I got it on my iPad, it is that good).

Now it’s you turn, share the apps you liked in 2010 on the iPad in the comments.

Cheers and Happy New Year. 😀

About Mazen Al-Angary


  1. Hi,
    you mention MotionX GPS HD as a good app for the ipad – I am very interested in using this for desert trips here in KSA – are there maps to download for Saudi Arabia that can be used in this app?

    Best regards

  2. Hello this is somewhat of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding experience so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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