What differentiates this free restaurant reference guide from others — such as Urbanspoon — is that it's picture-based. Diners photograph their order, and then upload the shots, along with a review. You can also access guides from experts, such as the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain. (Android, BlackBerry, iPhone) (Penny Musco)
This free app boasts more than 25,000 recipes drawn from publisher Condé Nast's collection, which includes Gourmet and Bon Appétit magazines. Browse by meal or category, but the heart of the app is its sophisticated search capability. Recipes include user rankings, photos and reviews. When you find a recipe you like, tag it as a favorite, add the ingredients to a shopping list or email it to yourself or others. (Android, iPhone) (Steve Morgenstern)
This free app is a more democratic foodie resource, boasting a user-generated 200,000-recipe database. Anyone can upload a recipe, so you're going to find a lot more prefab ingredients such as canned tomato soup and Bisquick here than at other apps. This one may lack graphic polish, but you can be pretty sure you'll find a recipe for just about any dish you can think of, and the user-rating system does a good job separating the winners from the losers. A premium version costs $16 annually and offers more features. (Android, iPhone) (SM)
Health & Fitness
19. Lose It!
The free Lose It! app is a handy tool to help you achieve your weight-loss goals. Set a goal — such as lose five pounds in one month — and then the program will calculate your targeted daily caloric intake to reach it. Tap in what you've been eating (by food, such as "one medium apple," or even by brand, like one bowl of "Kraft Macaroni and Cheese") and it will calculate the calories for you (and even fat, sodium and so on, if you like). Exercise is also factored into your daily routine. Your info can be also synched to the LoseIt.com website. (Android, iPhone)
Log your food intake and exercise — wherever life takes you — so you can keep track of your fitness goals. This is the idea behind the free MyFitnessPal app. More than 1.5 million foods and restaurant dishes are in the database, so you can expect an accurate look at your caloric intake for each meal. Because you log into the app with your account details, all your information is automatically synchronized with the myfitnesspal.com website, too. (Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows phone)