There are some apps that are simply the best-in-class for their category. Letterpress is the best word game available on the app store. Vine is still the best social video app, despite Instagram’s entry in the category. Reeder is the best RSS client for iPhone, and Limelight is the best social movie app available on the platform. That being said, there are some categories that are so filled with strong contenders it’s hard to find a best-in-class app for them.

I’ve been playing guitar for over a decade now, and if there’s one thing I can tell you with absolute certainty, it’s that there are more apps for guitar players in the App Store than we could ever cover at AppStorm. That being said, I’m certain I’ve got the best-in-class app for most guitarists’ needs with GuitarToolkit. Read on to find out what makes GuitarToolkit a must-have app for any aspiring string musician. (more…)

Do you collect wine? Maybe you’re just getting started, stocking a wine cabinet of a few bottles to make sure there’s something on hand for every occasion. Or are you a serious collector with a vast wine cellar and a penchant for older vintages? You might be interested in a new wine app focused on answering the question, “What should I drink now?”

Each wine in your cellar will peak at a certain window of time, and then begin to deteriorate in taste. VNTG helps users keep track of their bottles and filter their inventory by that wine window, as well as several other criteria like grape varietal or style. But is the VNTG app ready to pop the cork, or does it need a little more time to age and mature? Keep reading to find out.

(more…) developers have produced a wide variety of applications, ranging from simple ports of Twitter apps to innovative apps that support’s file storage API. Apps that support the service’s basic user timeline are plentiful, but the spotlight has shifted to the apps that ditch conventional design and support’s new and innovative features. Chimp is one of the newest clients that does just this, and today we’ll put it under the microscope to see just how well it stands up to the competition.


I was actually really late to the photo filter game on my iPhone. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I really got into Instagram, and Analog Camera really rejuvenated my love for a truly mobile camera app. (Actually, I’d say it spoiled me). The iOS 7 camera has me excited, but I’m not sure it can replace both those apps on my home screen.

That being said, I’m always up for trying new camera apps, because I think they’re a lot of fun. Recently, Sprinter caught my eye: It’s an Instagram-like camera app that uses as its social network, so the community is already there. Sprinter’s goal is to make sharing photos to ADN as easy as possible. Read on to find out what I think about this new app. (more…)

The App Store features over 900,000 apps. Of those 900,000, a small percentage are widely used or even recognizable by most iOS users, and of that small percentage is a very tiny group of apps that can be considered “innovative.” While taken for granted by many now, Shazam was a truly remarkable app when it was released. By simply tapping a button, the app would identify the title and artist for a song you heard playing in public. Bump was also a truly innovative app when it was released, allowing users to instantly swap contact information by the mere action of bumping hands.

To be considered an innovative app, it’s my belief that it must inspire a user to say, “Wow, that’s really cool” during their initial use — or something along those lines. When I first used Thunderspace, I had such a reaction. Find out why after the jump. (more…)

Wacom has created some great tools for artists and made it easier to get hand-drawn illustrations into the digital world of vectors and pixels. When I stumbled across Bamboo Loop, I was excited to see what Wacom had to offer iOS.

With a range of templates included and to download and the ability to draw on your images, Bamboo Loop is creating a social sharing platform for photos and the feelings that accompany them. I’m going to take a look at this new image annotation app and see if it’s more tool or toy. (more…)

What do mysteries, math, scientists and oranges have in common? They’re all stars of a game we’ve included in this week’s Game Friday!

Click through to uncover a wealth of new and entertaining titles to fill up your iPhone’s game folder … (more…)

Today, people of all ages can learn to code amazing applications for our beloved iPhones. Veeral Patel can attest to this statement.

Though he is just a high school student, Veeral has shown that he too can play at the same level of the adults in the app industry through his recent release of Owl, a daily facts application I reviewed not too far back. Recently, I had the chance to talk to Veeral about his experience as a student developer, his experiences at this year’s WWDC and what we can expect from him in the near future. Enjoy.


I spent about two weeks making my initial decision to use Byword or iA Writer. I sound like a typical writer making the typical choice between two predictably minimalist apps, which is very true. But the reason I took so long is because I wanted something that fit my life perfectly. When your life involves writing online and your personal device is an iPhone, using a minimalist tool makes sense. I’m not writing for print here.

Originally, I chose iA Writer. I liked the blue cursor and the way the app felt when I used it. I loved the animations, and I liked its colour scheme. Today, thanks to Byword’s 2.0 update, positions have reversed and I now use Byword for all my writing needs. Read on to find out what made me switch.


Whether you’re looking to start running, or looking to run your fastest race ever, Gipis Running can deliver a plan specifically for you. Just set your running goal and the app will handle it from there. Gipis will provide you with a training regimen to complement your running experience (if applicable), your goals and your schedule.

Then all you have to do is … run! Log your runs using the app, upload your workouts and then kill it out there on the track. That’s all there is to it. Come on, click “more” and I’ll show you how it all works. (more…)

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