Lest you think my 20 years as a Mac user has driven my app collection to new heights, the apps on my Mac pale in significance to the number of utilities on my iPhone. Like most of us card-carrying Apple fan folk, I keep a page with folders full of utilities. Here’s the best bargain of them all.
150 Apps, Not 99-cents Each
As I survey all the utilities on my iPhone, I find that about half are free (often with a version with more features for real money), and the other half cost a dollar or two and sometimes three.
Most of the applications are one-trick pony apps. They do mostly one thing, do it well, and, as is the case with many utility apps, don’t get used often.
Out of about 100 utilities, half of which are commercial, I’ve probably invested upwards of $50 to $100 total.
If you’d like to get an even better bang for the buck, there’s Appzilla 3, which made Apple’s Best of 2012 list, and is the one iPhone utility I use more frequently than all others combined.
Why? Appzilla is the Godzilla of iPhone apps. 150 different utilities in one app for 99-cents.
It’s actually crazy that a single app can store so many tools (and many of those are actually useful). If there’s a better value on the app store I don’t know what it is.
The list of what Appzilla can do is crazy long. Graphics are Retina display ready so images are sharp, crisp and clear.
Favorite apps can be marked so you don’t have to slush through screen after screen to get the app you want.
There’s a dozen games to while away your time. Speaking of time, there’s timers, a zip code getter, voice alerts, calculators, speed test, secret camera recorder, and photo effects.
Some of the tools in Appzilla are of the expected variety.
There’s a thesaurus, a tip calculator, a ruler, an alarm clock, a date calculator, a drum set and a stupid crystal ball app.
Of course there’s an area code database search, a body mass index calculator, along with an extensive unit calculator.
Among the list of oddity apps is a morse code flasher, a coin flip app, and the ever necessary rock concert lighter app. There’s also a stink bomb, both 6 and 12 sided dice roller, and, one of my favorites, a dog clicker.
This is the third Appzilla app I’ve bought since the App Store launched, and I can honestly say two things. First, some of the apps are absolutely, certifiably lame and won’t get used much, if at all. Second, many of the apps are more useful than expected, and could probably stand on their own in the App Store, let alone be included in a package of 150 for 99-cents.
If there’s a better bargain than Appzilla, I don’t know what it is. Challenge me.