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I Love Katamari ($7.99)

Available on iPhone o nly

In this cute game, you're a puny alien prince whose been ordered by the King of Cosmos to push around a highly adhesive Katamari ball (yeah, we think it's weird, too). The more objects you collect in a room (pencils, paper clips, etc.), the larger your Katamari gets. You can end up rolling up entire cities and islands if you're persistent enough. But unlike the original PlayStation 2 title, I Love Katamari for iPhone uses the device's accelerometer to push the ball around. Swiping the screen performs a speed roll and the effect is almost better than the original.

MobiTV ($9.99/month)

Available on BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Mobile

MobiTV brings a wide selection of high-quality channels right to your smartphone--live. Basically, it's a streaming service over the carrier's data network (3G is recommended for a decent viewing experience). MobiTV also displays an electronic program guide for easy navigation between channels. Though MobiTV's video quality might not be as good as SlingPlayer Mobile's, this service is unusually flexible and offers the largest selection of channels across all major U.S. wireless carriers.

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D ($5.99)

Available on iPhone, Symbian S60

It's hard to ignore Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D. You've probably seen it showcased on iPhone ads on TV and online. There are lots of good racing games in Apple's App Store, but this one stands out with solid tilt controls for steering, good music, and plenty of diversity via the story mode. Unlike many iPhone games, Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D permits you to adjust the accelerometer sensitivity to your liking. There are 12 stages to unlock so the game is sure to keep you busily tilting your iPhone for a while.

Slacker Radio (Free)

Available on BlackBerry, iPhone

Yet another Internet radio service, Slacker Radio stands out by allowing you to ban certain songs or artists from your online stations. Users can find new stations and enjoy good quality sound even through 3G/EDGE connections. Slacker Radio app also performs station caching on the handset's memory, so you can listen to music while traveling on an airplane or outside the cellular signal area. This feature, dynamically manages your cache (the stations you listen to more grow larger) and allows for up to 500 songs to be stored per station.

SimCity ($4.99)

Available on iPhone only

SimCity for iPhone is one of the hidden gems of the iTunes App Store. The game looks almost identical to its PC counterpart; and though sluggish at times, it can keep you enthralled for hours--until your battery runs flat, as a matter of fact. Longtime fans of the Sim genre will definitely enjoy this mobile version, and newcomers will find it a relaxing way to waste time (if you can overlook the periodical crashes). Overall, it's a good value for your dollar, rewarding you with many hours of enthusiastic play.

Mobile App Bonanza

Learn about more great app options for your cell phone by reading these stories:

"Best Free Apps and Services for Your Phone"

"Best IPhone Apps: Office and Personal Productivity"

"15 Nifty BlackBerry Apps"

And for a suitable smartphone to load those goodies on, see our ranked chart, "Top 10 Cell Phones."

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