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Top 10 UK Paid Apps on iPhone

Overnight hit Tiny Wings flies into top spot

So, JellyCar 3 decided NOT to rewind time, eliminate Icon Skins - Home Screen Backgrounds, and race unopposed to the #1 position on the UK chart today, after all.

Who’d have thunk it, eh?!

Instead, Disney’s deliciously detailed driving sim has been rapidly overtaken by the lightning fast Tiny Wings on its seemingly inexorable ascent to the top of the downloads mountain.

Only a few days after its release from captivity - aka Apple’s approval department (more on them later!) - Andreas Illiger’s one-button wonder has scaled the App Store’s heights, defying gravity and Angry Birds at 60 frames per second.

Slide the heroic Tiny down a sequence of hills, flutter his appendages, and watch the colourful creature soar through the clouds to achieve his lifelong aim...for a few moments at least.

The publisher of Camera+, meanwhile, has already fulfilled one of its aspirations by snapping up a pair of prestigious Best App Ever Awards in January in the Visual Design and Photography categories.

This hugely controversial point-and-click extension was ceremoniously removed from Apple’s marketplace last summer for contravening the Mac maker’s guidelines on APIs.

By reprogramming the iPhone’s volume rocker to act as a camera shutter, tap tap tap had violated The Big A’s Ts & Cs, leading to some - ahem - negative publicity.

All’s well that ends well, mind, for Camera+ reappeared in December at a knockdown price, containing a torrent of new features + an improved load up time, and has shot up the British leaderboard accordingly.

Another title in danger of incurring Steve Jobs’s wrath is Nordcurrent’s 101-in-1 Games, which surely infringes the Trade Descriptions Act by bearing more gaming goods than are advertised, i.e. 116.

Qi’s only joking, naturally, for nobody in their right mind would reject an application for supplying its customers with EXTRA puzzling, racing, sports, and cooking content free of charge. Would it? Naaaaaaah.

Will Nordcurrent’s compendium evade the authorities for long enough to sustain a concerted challenge, and can Tiny Wings maintain its impressive momentum over the following seven days?

Tune in next week to find out.

The official Top 10 UK Paid Apps chart (25 February 2011) is looking as follows:

  1. Tiny Wings
  2. Angry Birds
  3. WhatsApp Messenger
  4. Camera+
  5. Fruit Ninja
  6. Icon Skins - Home Screen Backgrounds
  7. Cut the Rope
  8. Doodle Jump
  9. TuneIn Radio
  10. 101-in-1 Games
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