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Must Have iPhone and iPad Apps

With over 500,000 apps, great apps are easy to overlook in the App Store's vast library. If you're curious to know what top-of-the-line apps you may have missed, we've listed a few below. 1. Instagram:(Free) Although it didn't secure a spot on the most downloaded apps list, Instagram won Apple's iPhone App of the Year award after recently adding a bunch of new filters and the ability to save photos at higher resolution (iPhone 4 and 4S only). New live effects let you see a preview of what the final photo will look like, so you don't have to apply filters after you take a picture.2. Snapseed: ($4.99) Snapseed, a photo-editing app for iPhones and iPads, works with photos taken with the Apple device's camera or from photo albums. You can add photo filter effects, similar to Instagram, but Snapseed also permits advanced editing adjustments of brightness, ambience, contrast, saturation, and white balance, among many other settings. Apple named the iPad version of Snapseed its iPad App of the Year, and the iPhone version finished as a runner-up for the iPhone App of the Year in the photo/video category.3. Penultimate: ($.99) If you want to take handwritten notes on your iPad, look no further than Penultimate. The app gives you three paper styles to choose from, and you can store your thoughts in as many notebooks you can create, on any topic, project, or category. Penultimate captured sixth place on Apple's top iPad apps chart.

4. Words With Friends: (Free ad supported or $2.99 with no ads) Zynga's addictive Scrabble clone allows you to play multiple turn-based games simultaneously with up to 20 friends. This game took seventh place on the paid (ad-free) iPhone app chart for 2011, while the free version (with ads) landed in third place on the free iPhone app chart. Words With Friends also allows you chat with your opponents5. Tiny Tower: (Free) Though Tiny Tower doesn't appear in the top downloads charts, Apple named this addictive 8-bit-style game its iPhone Game of the Year. Tiny Tower puts you in charge of a residential or business block of towers; you can build and furnish additional floors to attract "bitizens" (residents) and then manage their daily affairs (much as in SimCity).

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