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’s the best of the best from February.
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:
February’s Best Apps
ToonPaint: When you first use ToonPaint, it feels like you’re using an adjustable photo filter, and not much more. Then, you start painting. I’ll let the video explain this one.
As someone who can’t draw an even circle, let alone a convincing portrait, I can vouch for this one. Brutally inartistic people: Remember how you felt when you used to trace cartoons as a kid? This is like that, again, on your iPhone. $2.49.
Essential App Directory Inductees
Camera Pro Plus: It isn’t enough for a camera app to add options to still shooting. No, nowadays you need video.
Meebo: An ultra-slick messaging app that makes every other free entrant look either quaint or crappy.
Angry Birds: I could have gone outside last Saturday, but I didn’t. I played Angry Birds instead. I have no regrets.
Logitech Touch Mouse: Does 75 per cent percent of what more expensive iPhone-as-a-touchpad apps do, for 0 per cent of the price.
Fring: Because Meebo is that good.
Snapture: Replaced by Camera Pro Plus.
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!