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16 December, 2011
Part 5: The Best Free iOS Apps of 2011

The fifth and last mobile platform we are covering with our top 10 free apps of the year is iOS. As the year closes, make sure you haven’t missed some precious app that will make your life easier or more fun. We will also post these articles on Facebook, if you’d like to add your own suggestions or comment on our selection.

Presenting: The Top 10 Free iOS Apps of the Year

  • Loopt - location-based service that allows you to keep in touch with your family and friends by letting them know where you are and what you like. GigaOm review: “Loopt offers people the opportunity to get quick information about a place that could really improve their enjoyment there.” 

Current version rating 3.5/5 stars out of 50+ reviews
Average rating for all versions: 2.5 out of 118,000+ reviews

  • Flixster– this app will give you all the information that you ever wanted to know about movies. This includes directions to your local theaters, ticket information and more.

Current version rating 4/5 stars out of 2,800+ reviews
Average rating for all versions: 3.5 out of 420,000+ reviews

  • Stanza - an app for all of you who just love reading. Choose from a selection of over 50, 000 books, accessible in a variety of different languages. Time Magazine lists Stanza as one of their “Top 11 iPhone applications”

Current version rating 2.5 stars out of 1470+ reviews
Average rating for all versions: 3/5 out of 93, 600+ reviews

  • Wikipanion -the smaller version of Wikipedia. You will be able to enjoy all of the great features that Wikipedia has to offer in this app.

Current version rating 4/5 stars out of 17+ reviews
Average rating for all versions: 3.5 out of 55,900+ reviews

  • AroundMe – locates points of interest near you, no matter where you are. It can quickly tell you about restaurants and bars in your vicinity, as well as other useful categories such as hospitals, ATMs, supermarkets, theatres and more.

Current version rating 4.5/5 stars out of 306+ reviews
Average rating for all versions: 3.5 out of 110,000+ reviews

  • Shop Savvy (Barcode Scanner and QR Code Reader) – this app lets you compare prices and deals on the go. Scan the barcode of any item and you get a list that compares best prices online versus the local store — plus access to customer reviews, tips about coupon codes and more. 

Current version rating 4 /5 stars out of 730+ reviews
Average rating for all versions: 2 out of 41,000+ reviews

  • Nightstand Central Free - turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a high-quality alarm clock with current weather information and customizable wallpaper. It also supports iOS 4 background alarms.

Current version rating 4 stars out of 1,750+ reviews
Average rating for all versions: 3.5 out of 18,400+ reviews

  • Orchestra To Doto-do list app that lets you add tasks, forward emails, speak to the app (voice commands), or type them in normally. It also offers plenty of task viewing filters and methods of organization. It'll let you send tasks to other people, whether or not they use Orchestra, and they can request your assistance on anything as well. 

Current version rating 4.5 stars out of 260+ reviews
Average rating for all versions: 4.5 out of 1,030+ reviews

  • Flipboard - creates a personalized magazine out of everything that is shared with you - from Instagram photos and Facebook updates to Tumblr posts and articles from your favorite publications.

Current version rating 4.5 stars out of 3,700+ reviews
Average rating for all versions: 4.5 out of 104,000 reviews

  • Whole Foods Market Recipes - search for recipes featuring natural and organic foods. You can search recipes by ingredients and dietary preferences such as gluten-free, low fat, and vegetarian/vegan. Every Whole Foods Market recipe includes nutritional information and cooking instructions.

Current version rating 3.5 stars out of 960+ reviews
Average rating for all versions: 3 out of 15,400 reviews

Note: All ratings are taken from the iTunes store on Dec 16, 2011.


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