The Week's Best iPhone Apps

In this week's self-contradictory app roundup: Videos, recorded! Hoops, shot! Stuff, copied and pasted! Photos, LEGO-ed! Navigation, given away! Classic movies, obsessively documented! Marbles, gratuitously exploded! Rivals of Yelp, marked for murder! And more...

Simplenote: An app that's similar to, but obviously better than, the built-in notes app, if only for its online syncing abilities. The app is now free, though you can still download a paid, ad-free version for $6.

Facebook: Facebook! You probably already have this. But if you don't, get it now, because it has fully customisable touch notifications. If you have the app, just check for updates. If not, it's still free.

LEGO Photo: Takes photos and converts them into pixel art, in which the pixels are actually little pieces of LEGO. Sort of. There's a nice ripple effect when rendering photos, though the results, unless your subject is well-defined, can be kind of muddy. Free.

Momento: A very pretty journaling app. Unless you've felt the specific urge to keep a journal or scrapbook on your iPhone before, it's hard to recommend this. But if that's something you're into - apparently this is a thing, now - then it doesn't get much nicer than this. $4.

iVideocamera: When this video camera app came out, it was a joke. It recorded postage-stamp-sized video at a stuttering framerate, without sound. Now, it records at a decent resolution - 320x486 - at a full 10fps. This conforms to commonly held definitions of "video", almost! There's still no sound, but this is the best you can do without jailbreaking. $1.19.

Pastefire: Remember Pastebot? It was great. Pastefire is like that, slice in half: Any content you paste to your online Pastefire account, or into a bookmarklet, shows up on your iPhone in Pastefire. One you've got it set up, it's quite a bit faster than sending an email, and the app gives you a lot of options as to how to deal with the pasted content once you've got it. Free.

Typograffit: Instant ransom letters! It's pure gimmickry, but pretty well executed. $2.49.

Dark Nebula: is great. It's basically a marble labyrinth game with guns and explosions. My opinion here doesn't really matter, though, because over the weekend, this app - normally $1.19 - is free. The discount is live now, so GO GO GO.

NBA Hotshot: I laughed at how simple the original Skee-ball game was, but I kept coming back to it. NBA Hotshot used the same physics engine and general concept, so if you've already got one, you probably don't need the other. But if you don't, this simple throw-the-ball-in-the-hoop casual game is a brilliant timesuck, which you can play for a short or as long as you want.

MobileMe Galleries: Apple doesn't release official iPhone apps that much, and adding a MobileMe gallery after all these months seems a little tardy. Thankfully, it's pretty good - better than Flickr's app, for example, and a nice value-add for MobileMe subscribers.

This list is in no way definitive. If you've spotted a great app that hit the store this week, give us your firsthand impressions in the comments. And for even more apps: see our previous weekly roundups here, and check out our Favourite iPhone Apps Directory. Have a great weekend, everybody!

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