Here are three great iPhone apps to start off the week. Wine Spectator: WineRatings+ is a refreshed app offering a lot of great content for free, or even more for a small monthly subscription. Moveline, despite only offering its services for the New York metro area currently, is still a great way to make moving day that little more palatable. NFL Pro 2013 is a new football game from Gameloft with improved graphics and more realistic action, plus better team management options.
Wine Spectator WineRatings+ (Free)
What’s cool? For free, readers can browse Wine Spectator’s comprehensive vintage charts, watch video and enjoy the daily news feed. For $2.99 per month, users receive access to the entire database of wine ratings, which is automatically updated with more than 1,000 new reviews each month.
Who is it for? Existing users of the older Wine Spectator VintageChart+ app (which this one replaces) can update to the new app for free, but access to the premium features requires a $2.99 monthly subscription, available as an in-app purchase. That’s still less than it costs for a single glass of wine!
What’s it like? There are a few other wine apps in the iTunes App Store, though many don’t have the expertise and breadth of coverage that Wine Spectator offers. Still, oenophiles should check out Hello Vino and Wine Ratings Guide.
What’s cool? Moving is always fraught with tension, so any help (even in app form) is welcome. You tell the app what you're moving, and it returns a detailed inventory including an estimate of the boxes you'll need to pack. After reviewing the inventory, you can then receive price quotes from local and long distance moving companies.
Who is it for? If this all sounds great (and it is) the big catch is that the price quote and moving services are only for companies in the New York City metro area currently. Let’s hope more cities are added soon! Nevertheless, this app is a still a great concept.
NFL Pro 2013 (Free)
What’s cool? The official NFL license means you can play as any team. You’ll experience better graphics and animations this time round. There’s a new management system in place so you can control every aspect of your team including hiring players, upgrading stadium income, and practicing various plays so you can pull them off perfectly when it counts.
Who is it for? Fans of NFL Pro 2012 will appreciate these new updates and enhancements as well as the smooth motion-capture technology for improved realism. Football fans can’t go wrong, especially for free, but as is common with Gameloft titles, in-app purchases for extra credits are often necessary to get the most out of it.