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Some of our best iPhone apps choices are highly practically (see Nebulous Notes), others aren’t. Today’s entry is 3Frames which sits firmly in the second camp. It’s a curious photography app that allows you to make short clips that you can turn into animated gif files. It grabs a burst of pictures then produces a nicely jerky finished product.

We’re especially taken with the UI design of the app which uses short animated gifs itself to create a consistent experienced (saving a file gets you an animation of someone twiddling their thumbs). 3Frames is a totally bizarre app but will easily provide you with way more than £1.79 worth of entertainment. You can see one of the .gifs we made in the app after the jump…

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While a lot of iPhone puzzle apps stick with the traditional 2D layout, Puzzle Planet forces you to work in 3D as you spin planets to complete the crust, create ravines, mountains and volcanos and add life to landmasses while battling with comet strikes. If that sounds hectic, you’re right.

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It was inevitable really that in the wake of Instagram and Hipstamatic, someone would create a retro-filter-packing video app with social features plonked in there too.

And lo the it has come to pass with Viddy which snug on to the iTunes App Store yesterday. If you’re familiar with Instagram, you’ll get Viddy, our best iPhone apps entry today…

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There are way too many iPhone Twitter clients but sometimes I see something that plays with Twitter in a more original way that gets my head turning.

Flipboard did it on the iPad by grabbing Twitter feeds and bundling them into a personalised magazine and Smartr did the same for the iPhone by making links far easier to read, scan and enjoy. Today’s best iPhone apps entrant is another intriguing approach to displaying tweets…

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Summer is just behind those grey clouds and with it the frightening prospect of having to be seen in public in swimming trunks. Today’s best iPhone apps entrant is perfect if you’re watching what you eat to get yourself a little trimmer. MealSnap gives you an estimate of the calories in any meal you eat by analysing a quick snap. I’ve tried it on both meals laid out on the plate and packaged items and it really does seem to work…

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I’m a sucker for iPhone games featuring zombies. Age of Zombies already has pride of place in our best iPhone apps list (despite being a little too short) and I’ve been searching for a new undead-battling title to join it. I’ve found it…

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Occasionally games take a trip round the houses and consoles before they reach the iPhone. Today’s best iPhone apps entrant, Max & The Magic Marker, is one of those and it’s at its best in its iOS incarnation. A member of the same drawing adventure genre as Scribblenauts(which should come to the iPhone), Max & The Magic Marker is a really inventive game with fiendish puzzles and a really enjoyable way of solving them.

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Today’s best iPhone apps entrant is a bit of a mutant combining the location skills of Foursquare, the song identifying smarts of Shazam, the music recommendation skills of Pocket Hipster and the photo-sharing fun of Instagram in one place.

That may sound like an utter mess but, in fact, Soundtracking works brilliantly. Want to share a tune you’re currently enjoying? Fire up Soundtracking and it’ll show the latest song you’ve played on the iPod app, let you identify a song playing around you or look up the song in the Gracenote database…

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