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Best Overall App Finalists

The 2013 Readers' Choice Awards on About.com

The many high-quality apps available for the iOS are, perhaps, the major thing that separates the iPhone from all other smartphones. Not only are apps fun, they can be absolutely crucial to the way we travel, communicate, and do business. Vote for the best app you used in 2012 here.

5Star Urgent Response by GreatCall
Price: Free
This app works with GreatCall's 24/7 emergency response service. You need to be a GreatCall subscriber to use it, but if you are, you'll be able to get medical, emergency, police, or other help if you need it. The app can pass GPS location to operators to get help to you if you're not sure or can't say where you are.
Download at iTunes
Price: Free or US$4.99
Make sticking to a budget and tracking your spending easier with iXpenseIt. Get a host of useful features: upcoming bill reminders, printable reports, budgeting tools, an expense summary, and the ability to save receipts by taking a photo of them. In-app purchases add things like PDF reports and expense templates.
Download at iTunes
Price: Free
Know what TV shows you like, but don't what new shows fit your tastes? Peel can help. Tag the shows you do and don't like and Peel will suggest shows to match. Friend other users to see what they're watching as another way to find new shows. Peel also doubles as a TV remote control (on Android; the iOS version is reportedly coming soon).
Download at iTunes
Price: Free
Take your entire media library--music, photos, videos--with you wherever you go with Skifta, and vice versa. With the Skifta app, you can choose the media you're interested in enjoying and stream it over the Internet to your device. Alternatively, if you're at home, stream content from your TV, PS3, or stereo using your iPhone as a remote control.
Download at iTunes
Price: Free
Control your TiVo Premiere from your iOS device with this app. You can browse the channel guide on your phone while your TV records something else, schedule recording even when you're not home, and more. If you have a TiVo Stream device, you can also watch shows stored on your home TiVo using this app.
Download at iTunes

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3. Voting runs from Feb. 19 through 11:59 pm ET March 19, 2013. (The voting in any or all award categories may be audited for voting irregularities, so winners are not final until the official announcement.)


Winners will be announced March 27. There's no prize -- just the bragging rights that come with getting recognized by the readers of one of the biggest networks on the web.

Check back with iPhone/iPod at About.com on March 27 to see if your favorite iPhone/iPod accessory or app was nominated and to vote on the finalists. You can also visit our central awards page to learn about finalists in other categories.

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