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How to score 250 apps for 99¢

225 apps ios iphone ipad ipod touch in one 99 cents

If cash is tight -- perhaps you just paid off your credit card bill racked up over the holidays – then consider one of the affordable "bundle" apps that include a number of programs for your smartphone or tablet.

When it comes to quantity and quality, the recently updated AppBundle 2 offers the best bang for your buck. While not all apps are homeruns, consider this collection a veritable Swiss Army Knife for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

In fact, all the iOS apps bundled in this one download are free to use (read: no in-app purchases required), plus they're ad-free and won’t take up valuable screen space or storage space on your device.

Once you download and launch the 156MB app from RV AppStudios, you’ll see there are a few ways to wade through the wide assortment of bundled applications. For one, you can swipe through all the apps, 16 per page, each with an icon and name, such as Find My Car (and app that lets you “geo-stamp” where you parked so you can easily find it later) or YouTube (to access all of YouTube’s video with a simple interface). Another way to find something is to tap on one of the four categories: Utilities, Camera, Entertainment and Games.

You can also search by keyword, favorites (once you’ve flagged them as ones you like) or use the app’s clever dashboard screen that features the time, weather and recently viewed apps on the main page.

Some of the top apps bundled here include Video and Photo Safe (protect your images with a passcode), Type N Go (which lets you see what’s in front of you while texting, via the rear camera, while walking), access to Google services (Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Voice, Maps, Reader, and more), World Clocks (select cities around the globe), Walkie Talkie (use Bluetooth to talk to other nearby iPads, iPhones or iPod touches) and Audio Memo (great for iPads, as Apple doesn’t include a voice recorder on the tablet).

Not everything is useful, however. The Mayan 2012 countdown app isn’t relevant in 2013. The Baby Names app simply lists names alphabetically, with no ability to search for one -- nor does it tell you the origin or meaning of the name. And some apps didn’t work on all devices, such as the Baby Monitor app that only works on iPhone but not iPad.

The Games section only has 7 apps out of the 250, and they’re somewhat forgettable, so don’t bother buying AppBundle 2 if you’re primarily interested in games.

Overall, though, this all-in-one app is a steal for $0.99 cents – not just because of the (mostly) quality applications, but consider the space and time it’ll save you from downloading these apps individually.

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