People may think that being spoiled for choice is a good thing, but if you really can’t decide where to go to get your iPhone app recommendations then this can be a bit of a headache. Let us provide a metaphorical painkiller with this list of the top 10 best app review websites in the world today. Modesty prevents us from listing ourselves, so here, in no particular order, are the best of our peers.
As the name suggests, iLounge focuses on all things Apple, especially the iPod, iPhone and iPad digital media players, accessories, and related software. Situated in California, Dennis Lloyd began the website way back in 2001 with the fledgling site quickly becoming the Internet’s top site for iPod users and information. With 20 million page views per month, iLounge is committed to providing the world’s best coverage of iPod-, iPhone- and iPad-related products and breaking information and has been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
iMore takes a more holistic approach to the tech world, with separate sections for iPhone/iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and webOS. Laid out in a blog format, the website formerly known as Tipb is the sister site of crackberry.com and owned by the tech behemoth Mobile Nation which updates its 13K+ monthly readers with news, reviews and features every day of the year.
Taking the app world by, well, storm, this smooth, blog-format website has a whopping 29K readership and has separate sections for iPhone, Mac, Web, Android, iPad and Windows, updating its followers with daily news and reviews. Anyone can submit their app to be reviewed but beware, as their scribes can really lay into some of the more under-performing apps that make it onto the App Store.
The layout of this website is fairly ad-heavy and Yahoo’s sponsorship is plastered all over the place; that being said, it’s fairly easy to find what you’re after, be it news, reviews or top lists. It has a bit of a ‘members only’ feel to it, seeing as you have to be signed in to access a lot of the sections; however, if you don’t mind giving your social media details over then there is a plethora of content that’s yours for the picking.
Exclusively Apple in its coverage, iDownloadBlog features articles and trending pieces on everything from the iTV to how best to jailbreak the latest version of iOS. They have an almost-suspiciously large social media following which is vindicated when you see how often they tweet and post useful tips and tricks for their fans. The biggest little blog in the tech world.
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, AppAdvice offers its readers guidance on how best to fill their iDevices’ home screens, as well as peddling the rumour mill when it comes to what’s happening behind Apple, Android and Windows’ hidden veils. The layout is very Marmite-y in that you will either love or hate the rows and rows of cubes that link to single reviews and articles. Worth visiting for its ‘appisodes’ daily advice posts alone.
Named after the amount of apps that the original iPhone could store at once on the first incarnation of iOS, this blog takes the list format style of recommendation to the extreme. Highly prolific in covering new releases, if you’re struggling to find a review of an obscure app then this site is probably your best bet. Considering their high output, the quality of writing is pretty high, so we offer our props to the editors. Props, editors, props.
8. App Safari
These chaps clearly know that it can be a jungle out there when it comes to finding the right apps (ouch), so they’ve compiled lists of the best apps that you can use as a reference point. Another fun element of the website is that it gives away a free app everyday, creating a more personal touch that escapes some of its bigger peers. What I really like about this site is that it’s not saturated with advertising; these guys are clearly doing this for the love of the app!
9. Daily iPhone Blog
Well, guess what this one does? By blogging (daily, naturally) about all things iPhone, this website has risen fairly quickly in Google’s rankings; some of the posts are fairly simplistic ‘Top 5 Wallpaper’ articles but there are a few decent news articles and review pieces scattered around the place. With a bit of tightening up, this site could go far.
10. iPhone Application List
The only app review website not to use the abbreviated term for ‘application’ in it’s title, this site posits itself as, “The first unofficial listing of iPhone apps and reviews”. Yeah, we don’t know what that means either, but this basic site does have a lot of apps listed on its pages and if you want the essential information in a more colourful format than the App Store then this is where to go. There aren’t many actual reviews though, so in fact, you’re probably better off waiting for them to appear on the Store…
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