The Week In iPhone Apps: Spiders, Robots, and OCDS

This week in your facelifted, more searchable, iTunes-sortable app roundup: Flickr goes official; Navigon grows more sociable; spiders poop web; your homescreen gets organized; rhythm games find a new muse; and robots master the art of pillow talk.

The Week In iPhone Apps: Spiders, Robots, and OCD

Tick Talk Robot: In the mornings of the future, humanoid, quasi-British, deep-voiced robots will lull you with a reading of the day's news, stroke your hair, and breathe fragrant, bacon-scented air across your cheek until you wake. Until then, there's Tick Talk Robot, which does pretty much the same thing, except without all the roboculinary eroticism. Two dollars.

The Week In iPhone Apps: Spiders, Robots, and OCD

AppButler: This isn't quite as cool as the press materials make it out to be, but it's still not a bad idea, considering how much easier it is to arrange apps with iTunes 9. As it stands now—as a web app—AppButler gives you a bunch of free icons to place on your springboard as dead links, which act as labels (News, Productivity, Music, whatever) for your apps, so you can make interesting homescreen layouts. A native version—whatever that would look like—is mired in the approval process as we speak.

The Week In iPhone Apps: Spiders, Robots, and OCDS

Riddim Ribbon: A new concept rhythm game showed off at Apple's iPod event this week, Riddim Ribbon shoots your avatar/ball/blob/thing down a pathway, on which you have to hit lots and lots of targets. The more you hit, the more the song builds; the fewer, the sparser the instrumentation gets. This one comes out in October, unfortunately.

The Week In iPhone Apps: Spiders, Robots, and OCD


Fantasy Sports Stats Grabber
: Aggregates cross-league stats in a Fantasy-league-friendly way, so you can keep closer track of how much money you've lost to your coworkers in this bizarre ritual of manhood that I'll never, ever understand. A buck.

The Week In iPhone Apps: Spiders, Robots, and OCD

Flickr: Better late than never, Yahoo. At least the app is good at what it does, which includes uploading and geotagging photos, and managing your account. Warning: It can be sluggish, especially when loading thumbs. That's nothing to get too worked up about though, seeing as this one's a freebie.

The Week In iPhone Apps: Spiders, Robots, and OCD

Navigon: Navigon was only a killer feature or two away from a clear victory in our iPhone nav app Battlemodo, and with the latest free update, it may have gotten one. Or two! Now it features a full, proper-noun-reading text-to-speech engine for giving you vocal directions, as well as inbuilt music controls, which replace the iPhone's limited default popup panel. Obvious, maybe, but still awesome.

The Week In iPhone Apps: Spiders, Robots, and OCDS

Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor: You play a spider with an extremely overactive web gland, and hop around a bunch of levels, trapping bugs and solving mysteries. The demo video at the app's website makes a better case for playing this lovely little game than I can, but I will say this: Spider game, I love you. Three dollars.

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