Anyone that travels by air will tell you that the restaurant and services can vary drastically from airport to airport. Some airports have a really good selection and others don't. Some have the restaurant you want, but it's way the heck on the other side of the terminal. Also if you're looking for other things like whether or not the airport has Wi-Fi or where is the closest ATM machine, an app that has all of this info in one spot would be very handy.
GateGuru has all of this and more
One of the biggest problems is not knowing what's on the other side of security. Often times directory apps such as Yelp or AroundMe stop at the TSA line. There's no way of knowing what's near YOUR gate. With GateGuru you can either use the built-in Location services support to show you your current airport or simply key in the airport code/city to find the airport you're headed to. This will help you plan accordingly for an airport that you're on your way to especially if you've never been there before.
It's funny how one of the first apps I looked for when the App Store first opened was a unit converter. It's not that I do unit conversions everyday, however when you need one you need one. So I found one that worked pretty good and I stuck with it. I mean after all, a unit converter either works or it doesn't. It's like a calculator. Back then I thought only thing that separated one from another was the various conversions available. The one I had did all the types of conversions I needed so I wasn't really shopping for a new one.
What makes one converter better than another? The Interface!
Once I really started getting into apps I could really see that although you might have a basic utility that does the job, user interface plays a very big role. For example, look at the number of tip calculators out there (by the way my favorite is BigTipper). Calculating a tip and splitting bills is pretty basic stuff. So what separates one from another is the interface and the speed at which you can use the app. This is what led me to Convertbot. Convertbot is actually FUN to use because of the user interface.
Things is a well known to-do management application on the Mac that also has an iPhone companion app. The iPhone version of Things work very well both standalone and in sync with its desktop big-brother, helping you to keep track of what you need to do.
The interface of Things is clean and simple. They have managed to get the entirety of a full to-do management system into the iPhone, utilizing the simple touch gestures to control your items.
Each menu and screen is well thought out and it feels like a solid app in all areas. It is simple to move to-do items and mark them as due/not due from your Today screen or edit them. More on that later.
As important of an application as Things is, its interface is a big thumbs up, including the icon, which proudly sits on my first home screen.
BestAppSite.com to give away a $50 iTunes Gift Certificate
That's right! We're trying to get the word out about BestAppSite.com and one way to do that is to give stuff away. So we're starting with a $50 iTunes Gift Certificate to one of our lucky readers.
How to Enter
Entering for the drawing is really easy! Just leave a comment below on this post. telling us your favorite iPhone/iPod touch app. That's all you have to do. The deadline to leave your comment is Sunday, January 17th, 2010 at 6PM EST (GMT-5) and we'll pick a winner from one of the comments based on a random draw. Each comment will be assigned a number. So if you're the first comment you'll be #1 and so forth and so on. We'll use the Random Number iPhone/iPod touch app to actually pick the number. The winner will be announced here on Monday, the 18th, 2010.
I'm a long time user of FileMaker Pro. However, lately it seems that my needs for the power of FileMaker Pro have lessened in my day to day world. Don't get me wrong, I still use FileMaker Pro for all the heavy lifting of managing the database for my Mac users group (MacGroup-Detroit, Inc.), but personally for smaller projects Bento is great.
Create and Manage Databases on the go
I must admit that when I first heard about Bento for the iPhone and iPod touch I assumed that it would merely be a syncing tool to compliment the desktop version of Bento (which I've reviewed here today). Boy was I wrong! This is a stand alone app that has the same elegance and easy of use as the Mac desktop product. Of course it will sync with the Desktop version, but it also stands alone.