Each month, the best new iPhone apps – and some older ones – are considered for Gizmodo’s Essential iPhone Apps Directory. Who will join? Who will live? Who will die? Here are the best of December, and of the entire year.
For the full directory of Gizmodo’s Essential iPhone Apps for 2009, click here. Here are the best of the month, and what we’ve added to the directory:
December’s Best Apps
“When you know a ratio, you don’t know a recipe, you know 1,000.” Ruhlman’s upcoming Ratio iPhone app looks like an excellent way to spread his theory of ratio-based cookery. Scared of sauce-making or baking? This is for you.
Essential App Directory Inductees
Pastebot, for giving the iPhone the clipboard it deserves, and coming so close to greatness (lack of backgrounding capabilities are the only thing holding it back, and not the dev’s fault). $US3
N.O.V.A, for finally showing the world how to make a proper FPS on the iPhone. $US7.
Gorilla Cam, for offering most of the features of a paid camera app for free.
Ustream, for giving iPhone users live video streaming capabilities they can actually use, and for not neglecting older iPhones. Free.
And that’s it! What counts as an essential iPhone app changes all the time, and so should our guide: If we’ve missed anything huge, or you’ve got a much better suggestion for a particular type of app, say so in the comments. We’ll be updating this thing pretty frequently, and a million Gizmodo readers can do a better job at sorting through the app mess than a single Gizmodo editor. Enjoy!