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The 7 Best iPhone Apps Review Websites

Damien Oh 06-02-2009

iphone app reviewsiPhone/iPod Touch users –  how many times have you bought an app from the AppStore only to find out that it is useless, does not function exactly how you expected or you just have no use for it?


When the AppStore was first launched, I was one of many who foolishly bought and downloaded what I thought were the best apps, regardless of whether I needed it or not. Even though each app costs less than $10, it still adds up to quite a sum of money after a while.

After burning a hole in my wallet, I have grown smarter now. Instead of buying apps out of impulse, I will first check out several iPhone app review sites and decide if I really need them and if they are worth my dollars.

Top iPhone App Review Sites

However, beyond that, on my journey to find out the most comprehensive iPhone app reviews, there are 7 sites I have come across that are rather unique and provide an alternative way of checking out if an app is good. If you are an app junkie like me, I would advise you to check these iPhone app review websites out and probably bookmark them.

1. Freshapps

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Freshapps is something like Digg for iPhone applications. You can vote (make fresh) for the app you like and leave comments/reviews for others to read.  If you are an app developer, you can also submit your app for others to vote on.


One thing that I like about this site is that you are able to sort the various apps either by the newest, most fresh or the most discussed. You also can only get it to show paid or free apps and when it was added.

For those who are always looking for only the best iPhone apps on the market, this is a good place to check out.

2. AppVee [No Longer Available]

iphone app AppVee call themselves the “largest and most extensive resource for professional, high-quality video reviews of iPhone applications“. I am not sure how true that is, but it is a fact that they do provide tons of quality reviews. Every app comes with a written review as well as a thorough video walkthrough of the app. Registered users can also add their own reviews.

There are thousands of apps in the AppStore, and it is rather impossible for AppVee to create a video walkthrough for each and every app in the store. Instead, what AppVee does is to handpick those apps that are of any value to the end-users and are worth downloading/buying. They then proceed to develop the written review, screenshots and video walkthrough. Even then, they have already covered quite a comprehensive list of the best iPhone apps on their site.


3. Apptism

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Apptism provides an easy to use user-interface so that you can navigate around and find your app quickly.

What is unique about the Apptism iPhone app review site is that they allow the users to write their own reviews, compare different apps, save their favorite apps to a watchlist, send to a friend or even bookmark them in their user account. This is a good way if you just want to keep track of your favorite apps and/or compare with other similar apps.

4. iPhoneAppPodcast [No Longer Available]

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If instead, you like to listen and watch video rather than reading, then iPhoneAppPodcast is the place to go. iPhoneAppPodcast reviews popular and upcoming iPhone & iPod Touch apps.

They update their site daily, sometime even several times a day, so you will never miss out anything new. Their podcasts are always very detailed and give you a thorough walkthrough of the apps, including the pros and cons. Usually at the end of the video, you will have a good idea if that app is the one you want.

One thing though, the video file size is rather big and it can take quite a while to stream if you are watching the video on the browser.

5. 148Apps

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Most iPhone app review sites only do the top 10, 20 or even top 100 list, but 148Apps prefers the number 148 better. On this site, you will find several top 148 lists. From the top 148 paid apps, top 148 games apps to the top 148 newest apps, you will find a list that suits your needs. In addition, 148Apps also tracks the top 148 app price drop so you will know when your app is on discount.

On the review side, 148Apps provides in-depth reviews so that you won’t miss out any details. Each review comes with plenty of screenshots and several ratings. You can find ratings for iPhone integration, user-interface and re-user/replay value.

For game apps, there is even the graphics/sound rating, game control rating and gameplay rating. If you are too lazy to read the reviews, checking out the app ratings is enough to give you a gauge of how good/bad the app is.

6. iusethis

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The owners of iusethis have a different thinking about apps ratings. They feel that the usual apps ratings are rather biased and based more on personal preferences than the actual functionality. Instead, they feel that a democratic way of of showing how good an app is to see the number of people using it. The more people using it, the better it is.

On iusethis, you can place a vote on the apps that you have used. The number of votes are then displayed on the site with a Digg-style icon. Users can also provide their reviews of the apps they like/dislike.

Iusethis also have a similar site for Mac applications.

7. MacWorld

macworld Among all the iPhone app review sites, MacWorld is the one that I love best. Not only do they provide in-depth reviews, they also list out the pros and cons of the apps. It don’t take long to find out if an app is good, just read MacWorld’s review and you will know it instantly.

Which website do you usually go to for iPhone app reviews?

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  3. Fahad
    April 5, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Great list of app review sites. Can you please add iosappers.com in that list.

  4. aladin
    January 13, 2017 at 7:11 am

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  5. marta
    August 24, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    What about the Netherlands? Any interesting websites?

  6. Zorro
    May 18, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Check Novii.biz for entertainment apps for iphone and ipad.

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  8. iPhone Application Development
    January 29, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Thanks for post good article and sharing your knowledge with us. Keep it up.


  9. Travel Blogs
    January 5, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Great list of apps!

  10. Free Iphone Applications
    December 19, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Great list of app sites thanks!

  11. Macworld
    December 14, 2009 at 2:57 pm

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  12. TheStatus
    December 3, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Check out the "Travelers Toolkit" on the itunes Store. It's one of the most useful Apps on the store today! If you ever take an airplane or travel in general, you will need this.

  13. Sweetchuck
    November 29, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    g star- i downloaded the stage name game and think it's almost as good as the asian boob app.

  14. Mike
    November 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I would like to see AppsPatrol on this list. They are my favorite site for iPhone app reviews because they only add quality apps to their site. I am of the opinion that with so many apps out there, I only need to hear about the good ones!

  15. g star
    November 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    check out : libertymobile.ca. im guessin some canadians smoked up and came up with thes apps. funny platform and content... looks good too. im diggin using it to pick up when im out.

  16. Dave Johns
    November 15, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I'm surprised Pocket Gamer isn't in there, best site for iPhone game reviews on the web

  17. Sandro
    November 10, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    My favorite iphone app review site is touchmyapps.com

    Lots of good content there and I highly recommend it.


  18. Ian
    October 29, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I have personally found appspatrol.com to be the best review website around. I have tried some of the others but they all seem to be bias or written after 5 minutes of play. The people over at appspatrol really take the time to write a solid review.

  19. Debbie Gordon
    October 11, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    After you've looked at all the others come to appshouter to see why we are clearly the best

  20. Ingrid
    October 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I found this site that joins a whole lot of websites together in the one site and I liked it reviewmyiphoneapp.com

    I think many sites will join together sooner or later.

  21. iphone app reviews
    October 1, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I have found 148 Apps to be the most trustworthy and comprehensive site. The website provides the upsides and downsides to the games you are interested in. Its list is constantly updated to reveal the most up-to-date apps.

  22. geetha
    September 15, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Great reviews.. Do any one suggest me sites where the webmasters review websites submitted by the users?

  23. CJ7
    August 23, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    One of my favorite iphone review sites is (touchmyapps.com) TouchMyApps

    Nice reviews and they do great headphone reviews as well.

  24. techMD
    July 27, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    For people who want reviews of medical apps or news about them, i've found to be a really good site. They review a good amount of paid apps as well.

  25. Josh
    June 17, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Though I'm just starting, you can find reviews of what I believe to be the best apps on my website.

  26. John
    April 11, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I like http://www.theiphoneappreview.com

    The reviews are honest and the writing is great.

  27. Mike James
    March 24, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Hi Guys, I have 10 Promo codes to giveaway for the iPhone App Store. The Giveaway expires on 31st March 2009 so come and grab yourself a Promo code by visiting


  28. whit
    March 17, 2009 at 8:54 am

    I like http://www.theicrew.com

    They don't review a ton of apps but the ones that they do review are very good.

  29. rob
    March 11, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Unbiased, up-to-date and straight forward app reviews at


  30. Rich
    March 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    The best new iPhone app review site right now is slapapp.com. They offer completely unbiased reviews. And if they don't have a review for something your looking for just contact them and you'll recieve feedback almost immediately.

  31. Boots
    March 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Freshapps is really good but I could never get 148apps to work, anyone else having issues with it?


    • Damien Oh
      March 9, 2009 at 4:06 am

      148apps works fine for me.

  32. Dimitri
    February 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    hehehe... gotta love all the sites that didn't get mentioned...

    how about whatsoniphone.com


  33. Glenn
    February 20, 2009 at 10:48 am

    While I agree these are good sites, I have to put my site up against any one of these.


    We are the ORIGINAL and ONLY site that gives away every app we review for free. NO STRINGS attached.

    We also have major vendors such as EA Mobile, Gameloft, and Chillingo, as well as many other respected iPhone developers parterning with us.

    We have video reviews, forums, and a great community and growing every day! Check us out at least see if you like our style?

    We are even listed in many apps on iTunes

  34. Raymond
    February 20, 2009 at 1:07 am

    What about just free iPhone apps?


  35. Robin
    February 14, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    And what about our site?

    We are a mix these days of daily news and unique app reviews, for the ones that don't know yet;


  36. Jim Swarthau
    February 10, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I listen to a podcast called Mac-Aroni. The guy who does it has fun with the whole thing and recommends iphone apps just about every week. GREAT ARTICLE!

    • Damien Oh
      February 10, 2009 at 8:06 pm

      Do you have the URL to the podcast?

  37. J.D.
    February 9, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    What about appleiphoneapps.com . It's a pretty damn good site for app reviews.

  38. Lost Guy
    February 9, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    i def have got burned on a few apps before so i will be trying out some of these to get more reviews

  39. Bradford
    February 9, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    iGoApps is another good one for finding apps quickly. Great category use as well


    • Damien Oh
      February 10, 2009 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks, that's a nice one.

  40. Elena
    February 9, 2009 at 3:41 am

    Hey there,

    yet another gem for your collection ;)


    It's basically reviews of free apps with a bunch of screenshots for each one and a direct link to the AppStore.

  41. greyvasanth
    February 9, 2009 at 12:22 am

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  42. Damien Oh
    February 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Wow...I am amazed by the contribution by all the readers. Thanks a lot. There are indeed many uncovered gems out there.

  43. Peter
    February 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    You failed to mention Finger Gaming.


    This site has great game reviews.

  44. Davide Di Cillo
    February 8, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Another site is freeiphoneapplications.com with only reviews of free apps

  45. AppBank
    February 8, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I'm sure my website appbank.net has a lots of screenshots you'll know what's the app is even though you cannot read Japanese...

  46. Todd
    February 7, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    What about AppFiend.com?

    You can review Apps and share that knowledge with your friends. Facebook + App Store Reviews = Appfiend.com.

  47. Nina
    February 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I agree with Paul. http://www.appshopper.com is the only one I use. I tracks every change in the app store, including updates and price changes.

  48. waku_waku
    February 7, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Why is my site not listed? :-)

  49. Alex
    February 7, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I like Art of the iPhone artoftheiphone.com because they actually do full reviews. They sit down and play the game all the way through. A lot of these other sites only play the game for 5 minutes, write their first impressions, and move on to something else.

  50. JJ
    February 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    If you want to see iPhone game reviews as well as tips, tactics and strategies, check out iPhoneStrategyGames.com. We tend to deal more with strategy games, things like Lux, Fieldrunners, 7 Cities, iShoot, etc..


  51. Wez Pyke
    February 7, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Some nice sites there.

    Thanks for sharing Damien!

  52. Dane
    February 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    What about AppTheater - video sharing site for iPhone apps:


  53. Douglas
    February 7, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Sorry to see we're not on the list. Besides Macworld.com we get more traffic than these sites. AppleiPhoneSchool.com

  54. Nate
    February 7, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I own the website appstorefans.com which was created right before the launch of the iPhone 3G and made with the exact purpose of reviewing applications, both by a team of reviewers, and by the general community. We ran out of resources and time quickly though, and the site couldn't go through a full launch. If you check out the site though, you can see it is all custom designed and even has its own organized forum. We've modified dozens of mods and plugins to better display our reviews and the site is all ready for a launch.

    If anyone is interested in acquiring this website and community, please send me an email at natebessa[@]gmail[.]com

  55. ryanrit
    February 7, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I have to put a plug in for TheDigitalLifestyle.tv If you want a video review of an iPhone app, check us out:


  56. Paul
    February 7, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    What about appshopper.com? I love that site!

  57. Mira
    February 7, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Great Article! As a new iPhone publisher its a real challenge to get the word out there about our superb real time stock portfolio management tool (PortfolioLive) ... we are definitely going to hit all 7 of these sites.


  58. James
    February 7, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Nice post, I love FreshApp too

  59. James
    February 7, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Great post, I love FreshApp too!

  60. Jerad Hill
    February 6, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks so much for adding the podcast in your blog post. I love the opportunity I have to review apps daily. I understand the file size is a bit large. About 35% of our viewers watch on AppleTV's so the resolution has to be good enough for that. Thanks again for your blog!

  61. Fargonaut
    February 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Great list! I have been a long time user of FreshApps and I love it. Apptism has some cool stuff too, but really, just like you said in the review, FreshApps allows you to sort by newest free apps, and that is what I do all the time.

    • Damien Oh
      February 6, 2009 at 8:20 pm

      I love FreshApp too, that's why they at the top of the list.

      • giadita
        August 31, 2009 at 9:34 am

        Wow, this list got bigger and bigger since my last visit, I am sure lot of developers are going to find this interesting. We'd like to let you know that, if you're an iPhone app developer, you can send us a promo code of your app to support@iwikiphone.com and we'll be spreading the word among our users to get you a review. Just drop us an email with the name, deep link, the promo code and specify if your app only sells in a specific market as we have users from all around the world.
        Best to all!

  62. joe
    February 6, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Which sites, including these or any other ones, do both iPhone and android apps? Or even just android apps?

    • Damien Oh
      February 6, 2009 at 8:19 pm

      AppVee does Android app reviews as well.

  63. jollyrogue
    February 6, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    thanks.. i don't like the reviews on the store, i see alot of 1 stars with comments being that its good.. and 5 stars but people saying how apps are bad.

    • Damien Oh
      February 6, 2009 at 8:18 pm

      I agree with you too. Some of the reviews on the AppStore do not reflect the quality of the app. I prefer to check out alternative sources for more reliable information.