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aerospace
Jul 10, 2008, 10:32 AM
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ghostwriter
Jul 10, 2008, 10:34 AM
LOVE: AOL Radio App (free) Weatherbug App (Free)

Apps Not Working: Where - cant find me, errors out, horribly slow on wi-fi

c4blows
Jul 10, 2008, 10:36 AM
I would, but I cant seem to get passed an error message when trying to get into the itunes store. It says to check my connection. What connection? I'm online right now? Is this a 7.7 bug? I didnt have any problems earlier.

Niiro13
Jul 10, 2008, 10:41 AM
Facebook
FREE
6/10
I am a bit disappointed in Facebook. It's very clean in nice, but I am biased cause when I submitted my proposal, I had many features that should be in the Facebook application that could have taken like a couple hours to implement. One of those includes the ability to create albums and tag photos (though they might have tagging). Also, mine had the ability to use applications. If you want to use applications, you'd have to still use the webapp.

AIM
FREE
9/10
AIM is really nice. I like their icon now, compared to the one shown March 6th. It has everything I need but push (I don't need nicknames...I actually prefer the screen name).

Myspace
FREE
9/10
Myspace is really nice. I might start using it more now. They made their app better than my alpha :).

tomccabe
Jul 10, 2008, 10:41 AM
EVERY app i dl is great. Esp Pandora, AOL Radio, MLB At Bat, Myspace (surprisingly), Super Monkey Ball (the game bar is a lot higher than I thought. Very good), ReQuall, Remote, Shazam and certainly PhoneSaber (seriously, it's actually cool)!

aerospace
Jul 10, 2008, 10:42 AM
Use the links on macrumors news page. Works for me.

I have old iphone but am going to wait a couple of days before updating just to make sure there are no big bugs...at least that's the plan lol. We'll see if I can be patient.

philgilder
Jul 10, 2008, 10:43 AM
why not just review the apps on itunes, and help the entire iphone community, rather than the (relatively) few here?

aerospace
Jul 10, 2008, 10:47 AM
why not just review the apps on itunes, and help the entire iphone community, rather than the (relatively) few here?

because we can discuss what we like or not about the app...kinda why we are at a forum, to talk =)

Shot22
Jul 10, 2008, 10:48 AM
why not just review the apps on itunes, and help the entire iphone community, rather than the (relatively) few here?

....because it's Day 1 and everyone's excited....

pagansoul
Jul 10, 2008, 12:31 PM
For me it is the day before Day 1. ;) This is something to do on the breaks at work. I can not wait to get home I see what you all are talking about. They don't let us put iTunes or even Quick-Time on our working computers.

ubersalad
Jul 10, 2008, 01:12 PM
I wasted time syncing some silly applications, so I guess I'll spare some of you the trouble.

Blip Solitaire - Don't bother. It's Pong but worse.
Cube Runner - Similar to hover race.
Epocrates Rx - Professionals only, not for you and I.
Expenses2Go - seems like a nifty application, especially for those that travel for work a lot.
Baseball - It's an encyclopedia of past and present baseball teams/players.
Gengou Free - Convert to Japanese years - not useful if you are not Japanese.

tomccabe
Jul 10, 2008, 01:42 PM
Google - what's the point? Slow to load and it takes you to the same thing using regular Google search.

if you touch the magnifying glass there are different search options including shopping, images and a very cool spotlight-esque Wikipedia search. Not so straightforward as you make it sound.

ballen420
Jul 10, 2008, 01:53 PM
I just started playing, and so far everything I've used has been great:

Free Apps:

Yellow Pages - AT&T will hate this application - and it beats doing a YP search through Safari.

Box Office - Nice little quick movie/theatre search. Like that it has the Rotten Tomatoes ranking next to each film.

Bloomberg - Like the news that it offers in addition to the quotes. Beefed up stocks program.

Sports Tap - Awesome application for Sports Fans. I downloaded MLB At Bat too, but after looking at this, I'm not sure why I did (though MLB is a sick app too) . Itchy trigger finger. This has everything most sports fans would want (other then video).

Dial Zero - Just browsed through this one, but should definitely be a time saver when calling 800 numbers.

WeatherBug was probably the only app I wasn't that impressed with. It's ok, but nothing great about it other then it's free.

aerospace
Jul 10, 2008, 01:57 PM
I thought ATT was planning thier own yellow pages app, wasn't it in the keynote? This one seems to be a knockoff.

ubersalad
Jul 10, 2008, 01:58 PM
if you touch the magnifying glass there are different search options including shopping, images and a very cool spotlight-esque Wikipedia search. Not so straightforward as you make it sound.

Still, very slow to load.

ballen420
Jul 10, 2008, 01:58 PM
One other thing, a few apps ask to use your location, or have a button to find it, to base their searches on (Weatherbug/Yelp/YP). I obviously don't have the 3G, but find that it's very accurate without it.

ballen420
Jul 10, 2008, 02:01 PM
I thought ATT was planning thier own yellow pages app, wasn't it in the keynote? This one seems to be a knockoff.

I just loaded it back up and it says 'Part of the New AT&T' at the bottom. I didn't see it in the keynote. Either way, they would be losing money on their 411 service.

greenyboy411
Jul 10, 2008, 02:01 PM
ibeer and ipint are both great. ibeer is more realistic with its motion but has a slight delay and costs $3. ipint comes with a beer toss game you have to play which is kinda fun, and has a more precise accelerometer usage, but isnt and nifty, though its also free

i probably sound like quite the alchoholic right now....

ubersalad
Jul 10, 2008, 02:02 PM
One other thing, a few apps ask to use your location, or have a button to find it, to base their searches on (Weatherbug/Yelp/YP). I obviously don't have the 3G, but find that it's very accurate without it.
Umm...accurate as in cell tower accurate. That's a given.

Shot22
Jul 10, 2008, 02:03 PM
I thought ATT was planning thier own yellow pages app, wasn't it in the keynote? This one seems to be a knockoff.

There are two Yellow Pages apps. I'm assuming that one is official while the other is a knockoff.

ballen420
Jul 10, 2008, 02:05 PM
Umm...accurate as in cell tower accurate. That's a given.

Sorry pal. Just stating it works fine without GPS.

shanew21
Jul 10, 2008, 03:52 PM
Shazam - Let's you tag a song you hear by putting the iPhone next to the speaker for 12 seconds.

10/10. This app is AWESOME, and very useful for when you are listening to the radio and don't know what song is playing. It's also VERY accurate.

EnderTW
Jul 10, 2008, 04:02 PM
I have a question. What makes yellowpages different from google maps? I've always used google maps to search for businesses? I mean isn't that what 411 is for?

Just curious.

DuFFy
Jul 10, 2008, 04:04 PM
CheckWord - put in a world, it'll tell you if it's evil or good...


Umm, checkword is to validate a word used in scrabble or just to see if a word is really a word, not if the worlds good or evil, or words for that matter..:rolleyes:

ubersalad
Jul 10, 2008, 04:05 PM
I checked one word, and it said "good". hahaha =).

Anyway, phonesaber is funny...I can see bunch of geeks swinging their iphones with light sabor sounds coming out of them.

scotty56
Jul 10, 2008, 04:15 PM
iBeer
Good concept, I am from Portland, OR so beer is a way of life here. Graphics are subpar (comparing to the original iPhone coffee guy on youtube), i was expecting better for three bucks. But, entertaining for ten minutes.

Voice Record
What can I say, we all need and it is FINALLY here!

Whrrl
Hopefully will end up being cool as I add more of my friends to it.

nutmac
Jul 10, 2008, 04:16 PM
My review of the freebies.

App Name: AIM
Rate app: 7
This AOL, MobileMe IM client works pretty well, with pretty good UI to boot (I wonder if it's written by Pinkerton). It would rock once Apple launches push notification service in September. Too bad most of my contacts are on Yahoo! IM.

App Name: Bloomberg
Rate app: 8
This is a fantastic stock tracker, a world apart from very basic iPhone's Stock app. My only reservation is lack of grouping, slow and cumbersome stock finder, and lack of import.

App Name: Dial Zero
Rate app: 6
Not pretty but very useful.

App Name: eReader
Rate app: 5
Very buggy but at least it's not an app containing just one book like 10% of the apps out there. Although adding a book is very tricky, reading experience is quite pleasant.

App Name: Evernote
Rate app: 6
Frankly, I think Evernote is very overrated, particularly how poorly text is rendered (I would love "strip all formatting" option). But it is a ton more useful than iPhone's Notes app.

App Name: Exposure
Rate app: 7
A great front-end for Flickr, with fun Near Me feature. This app is location service enabled. I am deducting a point for annoying ad banner at the top (I suppose the developer's gotta make a living somehow).

App Name: Mobile News
Rate app: 7
A pleasant front-end to AP News, more usable than the web app version. I still haven't decided whether I like this better than NYTimes. I will probably keep both for variety.

App Name: NewNewsWire
Rate app: 9
Aside from slow web page loading and lack of "hide read articles" and landscape, this is a must for any RSS junkie.

App Name: NYTimes
Rate app: 7
I hate the use of serif font, but this app is very powerful, with search and access to what appears to be almost every articles on NY Times web site.

App Name: SportsTab
Rate app: 8
The best free app for keeping up with the latest in sports. My only reservation is the bread crumb trail being on the bottom of the screen (and in proprietary UI).

App Name: WeatherBug
Rate app: 5
The UI isn't great and limited future forecast is frustrating. Otherwise, it offers much more detailed current weather condition than iPhone's Weather app. This app is location service enabled.

App Name: Yelp
Rate app: 8
More useful than iPhone's Maps app for finding places to eat and hang out. I am a bit of Yelp junkie so I am a bit biased. This app is location service enabled.

TonyHoyle
Jul 10, 2008, 04:38 PM
Good:

iPint
NearPics
Shazam
Monkey Ball

Bad:

Facebook - preferred the mobile web page
Truphone - didn't work at all
Where - or.. Why? Google maps does this far better.

Burgess07
Jul 10, 2008, 05:49 PM
Has anyone tried Linguo (http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=284606516&mt=8)?

koshper
Jul 10, 2008, 07:25 PM
ibeer and ipint are both great. ibeer is more realistic with its motion but has a slight delay and costs $3. ipint comes with a beer toss game you have to play which is kinda fun, and has a more precise accelerometer usage, but isnt and nifty, though its also free

i probably sound like quite the alchoholic right now....

i lav you, you're my best mate! (burp)

ballen420
Jul 10, 2008, 08:39 PM
Pandora Radio - 10/10 This is by far the best streaming radio application I've ever used. Set up a quick account and create stations based on artists you listen to. Streams songs from the artists selected and similar artists. Absolutely amazing - and gives you the option to download from iTunes.

Love it. Blows AOL Radio out of the water.

KittyToy
Jul 10, 2008, 08:45 PM
Myspace = Love It
Aim = Love it
Aol Radio= Really love it...i'ts so loud I dont need headphones
Truveo= Preety cool got everything from cartoon porn to Music videos:D

Pocket Express= i can't get it to work...just stays on creating account:mad:

JSMencer
Jul 10, 2008, 10:52 PM
in the myspace app can anyone update their status? I cant get past the keyboard all the way?

jordskee
Jul 11, 2008, 12:41 AM
Which ones better
Cro-mag rally
or
Crash Bandicoot Racing

And why
thanks!!!!!

almostaskater62
Jul 11, 2008, 02:30 AM
just got cube runner (free)
it's very fun and addicting, albeit simple

Luscious
Jul 11, 2008, 09:53 AM
I'll be rating the Apps on a star scale from 1 - 5. I'm rating them in terms of how I think they live up to their potential as advertised by the program description. All of these apps are free.


Mobile MySpace: (4 Stars) - Mobile MySpace works exactly as you'd expect and it's much, much better than using the mobile web site, especially if you're an iPhone 1.0 user stuck with Edge from time to time. You can view your friends list (by top freinds, all friends, people who are online and people who have an upcoming birthday), see who is online, post photo's directly from the phone's camera, read comments and messages sent to you and post comments and send messages yourself. It's a great little app if you use MySpace. I've found that I use it a lot more now that I have this app than I ever did before so if you already spend to much time on MySpace watch out :D.

It's a great app that puts the most common features of MySpace at your figertips. My only minor gripe is that you have to fill in a captcha before you post your first comment during a session (additional posts in a session don't have that requirement) which I think is kind of stupid considering that you already have to authenticate with valid MySpace account and that you're in an external iPhone app which to me should eliminate the necessity for a captcha but perhaps it really is necessary. It also lacks IM functionality. I don't use MySpace IM but I know some people who do and that is the only other major feature I can think of that you might expect to see in this app that isn't here.


Remote: (5 Stars) - I love this app. You can control both iTunes and the Apple TV right from the phone over your WiFi home network. It works very well and the interface is great. You can look right at the iPhone to see the Coverflow image of the tune or video that is playing.


Light: (5 Stars) - This one gets a 5 star because it completely and utterly lives up to all of it's possible potential. It allows your phone to double as a flash light as best that the iPhone can. I'm often arriving home late at night and I've got a key ring with about 20 keys and most look similar. Finding the right key to get into my house can often be a challenge if I've forgotten to turn the outside lights on so prior to this app I'd unlock the phone, hold it to the key ring and try keys until the light went out, unlock the phone again and repeat until I could find the right key. With this handy little app I can forget about all that and since the light is white it's brighter.


Shazam: - (5 Stars) - This is an awesome music identification app that will record several seconds of a song, upload it to a server and return information about the track (title, artist, album, etc). Once you've identified a song you can "tag" (save) it in the app. You can tag an unlimited number of songs and do some cool things with them after you've tagged them like like click a button to be taken right to the song in the iTunes store and e-mail your list of tagged songs via the mail app.


WeatherBug: - (3 Stars) - You can track weather at an unlimited number of locations and it gives you a lot of information in addition to the current temperature like wind speed and direction, today's high and low, the heat index, humidity percentage and the dew point. It also gives you weather information two days out from the current day. That information consists of a the high and low and an incon representing the kind of weather to expect. By clicking on the day you get a more detailed breakdown of conditions during the day and during the evening.

My problem with this part of the app is that it would have been since to be able to see more than two days down the road. 5 - 10 days out would have been nice and it would have also been nice to see a more detailed forecast either for morning, afternoon and evening or (even better) an hour by hour forecast.

It has a "Radar" feature which overlays current weather patterns onto Google maps. The only problem is it doesn't automatically center the map over the current location so if you want to monitor the weather in another state you have to manually zoom out and than manually move the map over to any other areas you want to check out. When you change locations I think this should happen automatically.

It also contains a "Camera" feature that you can click to see live shots taken by external cameras in various locations near the location you've currently selected.


NYTimes: - (4 Stars) - About to board a plane or enter some area where you won't have a WiFi, 3G or Edge data connection for a period of time? If so and you'd still like to be able to read the New York Times then this app is for you! It's like having a real copy of today's New York times at your fingertips complete with pictures for some of the top stories of the day. The user interface is great and navigating between sections and stories is a breeze and as I mentioned the best feature is that it caches the data it downloads in the app so once you've downloaded it you can view the data even if you don't have a WiFi, 3G or Edge data connection. There are two downsides to this app. First, a small banner ad displays at the bottom of stories when you read them but IMO that's a small price to pay to have the contents of the times in front of you. If you have a WiFi or 3G connection you can download the days content fairly quickly but it takes forever over Edge.


VoiceNotes: - (4 Stars) - This is a straightforward voice notes application that lets you record voice notes and give them a title. You can easily re-arrange their order and delete notes you no longer need. A built in search feature allows you to search through your notes by title. The only feature that I can think of that this handy little app is missing that I might like to see would be the ability to send my voice notes as an attachment via e-mail.


Urban Spoon: - (5 Stars if you live in or near a large city in North America, 1 Star otherwise) - If you often have trouble deciding on a place to eat this fun little app allows you to determine your location and have a restaurant near you randomly selected. The app automatically determines your location then allows you to shake the iPhone (or click a Spin button) and it will randomly select a restaurant using the following criteria (area of town, type of cuisine, average cost of a meal). You can lock any of the three categories so if already know the area of town in which you'd like to eat and/or the type of cuisine and/or the average amount you want to spend then you lock the category or categories in question and the select a random restaurant that fits that criteria. You can then view information about the restaurant like it's address and phone number (and of course tap either to view the area in Google maps or to dial the phone number) and the percentage of Urban Spoon users who like the restaurant and the total number of users who have voted. You can also view restaurant reviews from sites like Citysearch and view reviews of the restaurant by major local newspapers.

Be warned though that this app lives up to it's title and if you don't live in or frequent a very major urban area with lots of restaurants to choose from (think the top 25 - 30 cities by population in the USA and a few major cities in Canada) then this app won't be of any use to you unless you're traveling there. It also requests to determine your location each time you open the application. It would have been nice if the program could save your last location so if you were still there it wouldn't have to be determined again.


Where: - (2 Stars) - Great location based app in theory but it's a bit buggy and will kick you out from time to time. The app will determine your location and can show you restaurants located near you, Starbucks located near you and, more importantly, works with data from gasbuddy.com to show you gas stations in your area and what they are charging for a gallon of gasoline. It also includes a free service that you can sign up for that will show you the location of your friends if they have also signed up with the service. There are some other cool features in the app as well but the bugs frustrated me. I think this application has a ton of potential but I'd hold off on installing it until the bugs are fixed.


LocalPicks: - (3 Stars) - This app will determine your location and show you a list of restaurants in your area from the TripAdvisor.com database. You're given the following information about the restaurant initially: name, type of cuisine, a star rating and distance from your location. You can click a restaurant to see the following additional information: address, phone number, price range and a Google map showing the location of the restaurant. You can click a "Reviews" button to see reviews of the restaurant posted to the web site.

I found that the cuisine listed as being served at some of the restaurants in my area was not correct and that there weren't many reviews posted but since I live about an hour north of Detroit that didn't surprise me. All in all it's a handy app if you travel often and want a quick way to get an overview of nearby restaurants. This app could be made much better if it allowed users to rate restaurants and submit both reviews and corrections to the listing if you found a mistake right from the app.

nitsuj70380
Jul 11, 2008, 10:39 AM
[QUOTE=Niiro13;5758773]Facebook
FREE
6/10
I am a bit disappointed in Facebook. It's very clean in nice, but I am biased cause when I submitted my proposal, I had many features that should be in the Facebook application that could have taken like a couple hours to implement. One of those includes the ability to create albums and tag photos (though they might have tagging). Also, mine had the ability to use applications. If you want to use applications, you'd have to still use the webapp.


Not to mention the fact that you cant even look at you or others ppls walls?? WTF?

Shasterball
Jul 11, 2008, 10:43 AM
I'll be rating the Apps on a star scale from 1 - 5. I'm rating them in terms of how I think they live up to their potential as advertised by the program description. All of these apps are free.

Great reviews! Thanks.

Deofol
Jul 11, 2008, 11:05 AM
Pandora Radio - 10/10 This is by far the best streaming radio application I've ever used. Set up a quick account and create stations based on artists you listen to. Streams songs from the artists selected and similar artists. Absolutely amazing - and gives you the option to download from iTunes.

Love it. Blows AOL Radio out of the water.


I agree with one minor caviot. Don't pause it. If I do and come back later, it doesn't play anymore, wont start back up, and kills the whole sound engine on my iPhone. I have to then restart the entire phone to get it working again.

Other than that, awesome!

xjames
Jul 11, 2008, 11:27 AM
Shazam - Let's you tag a song you hear by putting the iPhone next to the speaker for 12 seconds.

10/10. This app is AWESOME, and very useful for when you are listening to the radio and don't know what song is playing. It's also VERY accurate.

indeed, I just tried it with some very obscure songs just to test it (by Agepe, a Brazilian artist, and Shizuko Overdrive, a band that doesnt exist anymore with only one album)... it found them both. I'm impressed.

afkbradshaw
Jul 11, 2008, 01:05 PM
shazam works great, wont be free for long tho

techNerd
Jul 11, 2008, 02:07 PM
App Name: Wooly Willy
Rate app: 9.5
Awesome App! If you are a fan of Nostalgic things like me then try it out! The company that made the app put up a unique app that is going to be useful for me to kill some time for sure. It didn't hurt my wallet either.

cynr4eva
Jul 11, 2008, 02:29 PM
Three words: Tap Tap Revenge!!

I wanted to start with the free games, and this one is great. Seems dumb at first, but watch the tutorial and get the hang of it. Lots of free fun.

pooryou
Jul 11, 2008, 05:17 PM
shazam works great, wont be free for long tho

That's a shame, it's fun to play with but I would not pay to use it.

mikes63737
Jul 11, 2008, 05:32 PM
App Name: WeatherBug
iTunes Price: Free
Rate app: 8/10
Pretty good all around, not as "pretty" as Weather.

App Name: Twitteriffic
iTunes Price: Free
Rate app: 8/10
Works well, it's a little hard to navigate.

App Name: Remote
iTunes Price: Free
Rate app: 10/10
Works flawlessly.

App Name: AOL Radio
iTunes Price: Free
Rate app: 8/10
Works well, finds Local stations. There's two volume settings: in the app and on the phone (side buttons). If you turn the app up all the way, it sounds like crap. Really, really, really bad crap.

App Name: AIM
iTunes Price: Free
Rate app: 2/10
Horrible. Truly Horrible. It forgets nicknames that I assign to contacts, and it's slow. It feels like a piece of alpha software.

App Name: Monkey Ball
iTunes Price: $10
Rate app: 10/10
So much fun! It takes a bit of getting used to, but it's addicting so you won't notice.

App Name: Cro-Mag Rally
iTunes Price: $10
Rate app: 9/10
Fun. It's easier to learn than Monkey Ball, but the graphics are lower quality and choppier.

App Name: NYTimes
iTunes Price: Free
Rate app: 7/10
Slow. Doesn't load all images. (Maybe stories don't have images, but it looks funny)

App Name: Pandora
iTunes Price: Free
Rate app: 6/10
The interface is a copy of the iPod app, and they tried so hard to make it look like the iPod app that it doesn't work or feel like it should. It's kind of slow, too.

App Name:
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Mykbibby
Jul 11, 2008, 09:44 PM
AppStore: Its a dream come true. I downloaded a few free apps (AIM, Facebook, AOL Radio, eBay, Remote), and bought some too (Trism, Monkey Ball, Enigmo, Band), and love them all. A quick review of these apps...

-AIM: Will be the best app on the phone in October. For now, its good. Push notification is a must for this app to take off. I don't want to sit in AIM talking, when I could be doing other things.
- Facebook: Awesome! I like this app a ton! Only peeve is that I can't view my friends' walls...
- AOL Radio: This app has huge potential. It gives access to a vast amount of Internet Radio stations, and totally makes up for no FM Tuner. In fact, it is much better than an FM Tuner. Its like having satellite radio on the phone. A+ App!
-eBay: As a frequent eBayer (iPhone 1 sold for 450, PowerMac G5 sold for 2500!), this app is great. Again, Push notification is needed to take this app to the next level.
- Remote: I see no point for controlling iTunes, but I see a huge point for controlling Apple TV. I wish it controlled everything though... :-(

-Trism: Best iPhone Game to date, and the best Puzzle Game of all time. While games like SMB are fun, you have to be at a certain precise angle at all times. Trism is easy, releaxing, fun and addicting. A+ app!
- Monkey Ball: Very Hard at first, but once you find the right angle, its more fun. Gets kind of boring for a 9.99 Game...
- Enigmo: Awesome Sound Effects, but very hard as you advance. So hard I get very frustrated with it. If you like a challenge, get this game! This game has an awesome design though, very intuitive and sleek.
- Band: 12 Bar Blues is the best. Enough Said.

w00tini
Jul 11, 2008, 10:01 PM
Not one mention of the Apple Inc Texas Hold-Em?! Shame!

;)

Anyway, its amazing. Get it, well worth $5. At least Apple is realistic with their pricing.

The NYT app is also stellar. They just need to beef up their infrastructure because it loads really slow right now. I highly doubt they were ready for the server load :)

bmms8
Jul 11, 2008, 10:06 PM
i might be mistaken but i thought with the 3G the phone allows multiple applications to run. When using Pandora radio, if i press the Home button the music stops, is this the way it was meant to be? thanks!

w00tini
Jul 11, 2008, 10:13 PM
i might be mistaken but i thought with the 3G the phone allows multiple applications to run. When using Pandora radio, if i press the Home button the music stops, is this the way it was meant to be? thanks!
You cannot run apps in the background, so Pandora needs to be open to be used. by the way, does that belong in the 'App Review' thread??

AJsAWiz
Jul 11, 2008, 10:53 PM
I purchased Splash Shopper and Splash ID because I use the stand alone Mac desktop versions. Both are pretty slick EXCEPT I'm having difficulty syncing them with the desktop versions. I've contacted Splash Data by email and got a useless response. They don't publish a phone number so I've sent them another message. The desktop versions of these apps have worked flawlessly for me for years!

That said . . . . these two are winners, unless you need to sync the data ;)

Badandy
Jul 11, 2008, 11:25 PM
I purchased Splash Shopper and Splash ID because I use the stand alone Mac desktop versions. Both are pretty slick EXCEPT I'm having difficulty syncing them with the desktop versions. I've contacted Splash Data by email and got a useless response. They don't publish a phone number so I've sent them another message. The desktop versions of these apps have worked flawlessly for me for years!

That said . . . . these two are winners, unless you need to sync the data ;)

I just bought SplashID for the iPhone. Is there any way that I can somehow backup the data I enter into the iPhone version of SplashID without buying the desktop version (assuming they get syncing to work)?

Or am I SOL?

KapitanIksrog
Jul 12, 2008, 12:16 AM
AppStore: Its a dream come true.

I second that. I am blown away by the Apps and the App Store right now. I couldn't get my hands on a 3G today and I forgot about it since about 8 PM when 2.0 was released (officially... I waited and then I had trouble getting it). Only drawback is I see myself spending waaay too much money at the beginning.

Here are some quick reviews:
AIM - 7/10 - Will go up in September/October
AOL Radio - 8/10 - I love this app. I agree that its like having Sirius (I had uSirius on a 3 day trial). Great for an office job like I have where they block every streaming site that exists
Pandora - 9/10 - I have found that all my radio stations are great. I have an Oasis one and it threw an insane Verve, Oasis, Blur, Beatles combo at me a few minutes ago. (The best thing about an app like this is it lets me relax on trying to get all 200 GB of music I have onto a 16 GB phone. I feel that the artist specific stations are great for artists that you are occasionally in the mood for). Only point taken away is because you can't leave the program and multi-task.
IGN Games - 10/10 - Simple and to the point. My fiance is already thrilled that she won't be waiting 5 minutes for the IGN page to load while I sit in the corner at gamestop.
Shazam - 8/10 - Impressive. Does exactly what is says.
Sketches - 9/10 - Had this on installer and I can't be without it. I can aimlessly doodle for ages. I like drawing pics of all my contacts and adding them.
Midomi - 5/10 - Haven't used it too much but my fiance and I tried singing 6 songs each into it that were well known and only got one that was accurately returned. But, maybe we suck at singing.
iPint - 6/10 - I actually think this "game" is impressive and pretty responsive. I hope they make more complex levels and add a "spill meter" on certain levels. Score would go way up with more content.
MLB.com At Bat - 10/10 - My head almost exploded when I saw this in action. If there is an NFL app like this, I might just completely lose it.
Phone Saber and World 9 - 6/10 - Both could do more but are great as free apps. Unfortunately these will, without a doubt, win me the most annoying person of the year award. I'd love to see updates to these. For World 9... how about different NES games to chose from? I would love to make a punching motion and it to make the Little Mac punch sound (and super punch sound).

Yep, now I feel like I have gone crazy.

ref26
Jul 12, 2008, 12:18 AM
Pandora Radio - 10/10 This is by far the best streaming radio application I've ever used. Set up a quick account and create stations based on artists you listen to. Streams songs from the artists selected and similar artists. Absolutely amazing - and gives you the option to download from iTunes.

Love it. Blows AOL Radio out of the water.

I've been using the pandora website for awhile and it's great, it's awesome to have it for my Touch, and that I can use my login info and have all my stations all ready :D

importluva
Jul 12, 2008, 12:43 AM
Not one mention of the Apple Inc Texas Hold-Em?! Shame!

;)

Anyway, its amazing. Get it, well worth $5. At least Apple is realistic with their pricing.

I would rate Hold-Em at 8/10. Its a big app at 50+mb but it is well executed. Kills battery life real fast unfortunately.

Now if only Apple would release that Touch Fighter that they demoed. I've been looking for a space ship game but doesn't seem to exist?

Chef Medeski
Jul 12, 2008, 08:02 AM
As for spoon, it definetely does not know what the major cities in Canada are because it only has two and it left out the seconded largest with over 4 million people! Vancouver barely has 2.5! Dissapointing...

aft
Jul 12, 2008, 09:39 AM
Units
$1.99
1 out of 10

Converted temperature wrong and interface is very screwed up....dissappearing buttons. BTW posted a review in iTunes, but it doesn't show up are the editing/reviewing reviews to make sure nothing is too negative?

suneun
Jul 12, 2008, 11:50 AM
I've tried only 3 apps so far, though I read through the descrips of most of the Free Apps. I'm cross posting this from the iPhone app/hack forum because I realized this is the actual app forum (!)

Shazam
Free
10/10
This listens to a song for 15-20 secs and tells you what the song is. I only demo'd with one song which it got correct, but reviewers say they've had fantastic results. This is excellent.

ePocrates
Free
8/10
Registration is evil. They want to know your name, which medical school you went to, what year you graduated, and they attempt to VERIFY that you went there. Ick. That's where I dinged it on the rating. Try bugmenot if you hate registration. But otherwise, impressive and important app for health workers. The download is actually an install app which then installs the larger entire application. So don't be fooled by the 0.7 mb file size.

Tap Tap Revenge
Free
8/10
This is a well done game (and free) with tapping and shaking to music. The downside is that they're pre-done music so it can't take music from your library. I expect they'll add that (possibly for a fee?) since they had it in a previous version apparently. There's even a two player version and a contest today and tomorrow with a $300 gift certificate prize.

Yes there are a LOT of silly apps on the iTunes store (sim stapler, white screen flashlights, bubbles, pretend beer/milk, lightsaber sound on movement). I haven't downloaded any because I don't want to crud up my iPhone. But they look like fun!

SmartriX
Jul 12, 2008, 01:19 PM
Hopefully someone will find my two cents useful!

As I was halfway typing this long review of my installed apps my iphone crashed on me and I am now having to restore it as we speak...

Aqua Forest:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxpGdRH7J5I
Amazing showcase of accelerometer, awesome sandbox gameplay, great way to waste some time. Def not everybodys cup of tea, if youre interested, tastes like "hell of a sand falling flash game" that can be found and played online.

Aurora Feint:
http://aurorafeint.com/
Hands down the best free game on the appstore right now. Superb graphics, great presentation, addicting puzzle gameplay and its the only game with RPG elements available at the moment, you have nothing to lose at the cost of free!

Brain Challenge:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNS42Rzcjmc
Feels like a bit washed down version of brain age for ds, very similar to xbox live version. Perfectly priced for the amount of content it offers, I am especially enjoying the daily brain trainer that will keep track of your usage stats, similar to wii training for wii sports. Crisp user interface and great graphics. For anyone who likes brain teasers or math questions, etc.

Enigmo:
http://www.pangeasoft.net/iphone/enigmo/index.html
Nothing to say but what an exquisite translation of the existing mac version currently available. Rocksteady frame rate, great controls, overall great purchase. Tastes like the incredible machine or armadillo run.

iPint:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLp0s88pH3I
Fun at first but gets boring very fast, will probably delete in a while if not for the novelty of showing off, its free!

iXpenseIt:
http://www.ixpenseit.com/
Does everything it says, great finance tool, well integrated and feels solid however lacking a few obvious functions. Setting budget categories and then the transactions adhering to a specific set budget by week or per month then displaying how much money you have left in each budget, would also be nice to see vendors in the transaction list instead of the categories. Really hope for an update because it is a great app.

Light:
The free one, yep its a white screen, it is a bit whiter than using a safari screen or mail screen for the same purpose just for the fact of using those extra 30-40 pixels of white area.

Mix Meister Scratch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ihU-ZD80pA
Another novelty application that is fun for 10 mins, turns screen into vinyl record that allows you to scratch on top of existing ipod music, comes with 10-15 available scratching noises, able to adjust volume.

NearPics:
Handy dandy little application that gps's your location and displays pictures other people have taken near your area, you can also click on the map icon to locate exactly where that picture was taken via geotagging. Fun to see other pictures of your area, could be especially useful on vacation. Takes a second or two to start up but solid thereafter.

OneTap:
In my opinion the best movie app out there right now, except for that wierd map flash at the beginning of every start up. GPS's your location and displays theaters, showtimes, popular movies at the box office and where theyre showing, ratings and descriptions via imdb, streaming trailers and directions to the theater. I chose this over the others because the other two, boxoffice and movies.app simply didnt find all of the theaters I use!

PhoneSaber:
Yup, turns your phone into a light saber, pretty accurate sounds for the motions, allows you to change colors, fun with your freinds, novelty at best, its free!

Quordy:
http://quordy.com/
Awesome little word finding game that utilizes shaking the phone to jumble the words up and adds sliding your finger in multiple directions to find different words, compare yourself to other players times and challenge freinds!

SaveBenjis:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMdm2gl9Hug
This is a very useful application for anybody who buys anything, which would be everybody. Simply type in what you are going to buy, or the barcode number if you have it, and it will display all of the cheapest places to buy the item, supplying the online link if necessary.

Shazam:
Application that listens to whatever is playing at the moment and will identify artist, song name, album art etc. Will also display itunes purchase link when available, very accurate!

SportsTap:
Feels very solid, I used the webapp before this native app came out and it feels much better. The quickest way to find out sports scores for any sport, and its free!

Super Monkey Ball:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v0Y1Haa-oQ
Looks and smells great, a good indication of where gaming on the iPhone is headed. Be warned that the controls take a while to get used to and can be very frustrating. It boggles my mind as to why SEGA would condone a gameplay mechanic that involves turning the screen away from the player half of the time. Could very much use the update to include a sensitivity slider for the accelerometer and a calibration tool to choose your center to adhere for multiple sitting positions.

TapTapRevenge:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6HuXJy1J_w
Guitar Hero and Rock Band fans can't go wrong with these free iteration!

Texas Hold'em:
http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Texas+Hold'em/news.asp?c=7622
A must for any poker fan alike, awesome graphics, easy fast gameplay and an intuitive camera system that reacts to the accelerometer. Easy purchase.

Trism:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hy0ptZisr70
Easily the best puzzle game available in my opinion, very original concept, makes use of multiple directions, looks and sounds good and very solid.

Applications I hated and deleted:

Big Canvas Photoshare:
Crashed and never worked

zintin
Not enough features to even feel useful in your hand.

Limbo
Maybe I am just out of the loop, but I will stick with facebook.

BoxOffice
Never found my fav movie theatres.

Movies.app
Never found my fav movie theatres, movies very slow to stream.

Pangea VR
Useful for a VR photographer, but too slow to use for pure fun.

AJsAWiz
Jul 12, 2008, 01:29 PM
I just bought SplashID for the iPhone. Is there any way that I can somehow backup the data I enter into the iPhone version of SplashID without buying the desktop version (assuming they get syncing to work)?

Or am I SOL?

Here is the first answer I received from Splash Data support:
Thanks for contacting us. You can download and use the SplashID desktop for
iPhone for free:

http://www.splashdata.com/splashid/download/iphone.htm

You still need to buy the handheld application from the App Store though.

To import your data from the previous version, see this FAQ:

http://splashdata.com/splashid/support/iphone.htm#import

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

-Justin
SplashData

It didn't help me but maybe you'll find some useful information :rolleyes:

JW008
Jul 12, 2008, 01:49 PM
Along the lines of SplashID, I'm about to get SplashMoney. It's a budget app that does everything I use in Quicken for $9.99. Plus, next week they're releasing a desktop companion that will sync between the iPhone App and the desktop app. This is exactly the type of iPhone App/Desktop App companionship I hoped would open up with the App store.

If anyone is interested, here's the link to the iPhone app: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=283035434&mt=8

And here's a link to a free trial of the desktop app: http://www.splashdata.com/splashmoney/desktop/index.htm
The iPhone syncing isn't enabled yet, but I asked on their forums last night and they say that they're shooting for a release next week.

Badandy
Jul 12, 2008, 01:57 PM
It didn't help me but maybe you'll find some useful information :rolleyes:

Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks a ton!

SmartriX
Jul 12, 2008, 02:08 PM
Along the lines of SplashID, I'm about to get SplashMoney. It's a budget app that does everything I use in Quicken for $9.99. Plus, next week they're releasing a desktop companion that will sync between the iPhone App and the desktop app. This is exactly the type of iPhone App/Desktop App companionship I hoped would open up with the App store.

If anyone is interested, here's the link to the iPhone app: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=283035434&mt=8

And here's a link to a free trial of the desktop app: http://www.splashdata.com/splashmoney/desktop/index.htm
The iPhone syncing isn't enabled yet, but I asked on their forums last night and they say that they're shooting for a release next week.

Definitely what I am looking for in exchange of iXpenseIt...thanks!

Alan Taylor
Jul 12, 2008, 04:24 PM
Units
$1.99
1 out of 10

Converted temperature wrong and interface is very screwed up....dissappearing buttons. BTW posted a review in iTunes, but it doesn't show up are the editing/reviewing reviews to make sure nothing is too negative?


I doubt it since there are reviews that refer to installer.app and jailbroken phones.

suneun
Jul 12, 2008, 04:42 PM
Thanks for mentioning Trism. I hadn't heard of it before and it looks awesome. Just got it!

mikes63737
Jul 12, 2008, 08:00 PM
Now if only Apple would release that Touch Fighter that they demoed. I've been looking for a space ship game but doesn't seem to exist?

It's a sample app, which was created by Apple as a demonstration, and is available on ADC. (here (http://developer.apple.com/iphone/samples/index.action#CrashLanding))

arjunreddyj
Jul 12, 2008, 08:35 PM
i opened a yellow pages app my screen went nuts its showing some odd colers and nothing is working i tried pressing home screen power button nothing is working i guess i have to wait till battery drains to re start

noisebleed
Jul 12, 2008, 10:06 PM
splashshopper > everything.

it's not just for shopping... take a look at it, it's just... wowzers.

Tim!
Jul 13, 2008, 01:06 AM
AIM- seems fairly responsive enough. Wish there was a yahoo and a msn one too though this will do for now. 7.5/10
AOL Radio-Havent really messed around with one that much but so far I like :) 8.3/10
Baseball-Not really all that great I thought it would have recent info and be updated more... 5.7/10
Facebook-Currently its better to just use safari and log on to facebook and see more stuff... hopefully a update will fix this soon 4.3/10
Light-Does what it does.... nothing revolutionary but nothing bad 8.9/10
Livesportz-Its fairly slow but it is free and quick way to check scores 7/10
Motion-X PokerFirst thing I actually bought from the app store and it was worth it. This game is one of the most addicting games I have ever played and I can not recommend it enough. 9.6/10

Polska
Jul 13, 2008, 09:18 AM
[QUOTE=ghostwriter;5758671]LOVE: AOL Radio App (free) Weatherbug App (Free)

The problem that I had with Weatherbug is that is only in Farenheit, giving no option to use Celsius.

Erick Pessa
Germany

Polska
Jul 13, 2008, 09:33 AM
I purchased Splash Shopper and Splash ID because I use the stand alone Mac desktop versions. Both are pretty slick EXCEPT I'm having difficulty syncing them with the desktop versions. I've contacted Splash Data by email and got a useless response. They don't publish a phone number so I've sent them another message. The desktop versions of these apps have worked flawlessly for me for years!

That said . . . . these two are winners, unless you need to sync the data ;)

I've been using SplashID since it's PalmOS version and I am pretty satisfied with it. I used to sync it with my desktop version with Missing Sync (I had a TyTN II). I also sent them a message asking about how will be the sync system and I will buy at the Apps store as soon as they let me know how it will work.
Cheers!
Erick Pessa
Germany

egor
Jul 13, 2008, 10:33 AM
I'm not sure if a sticky thread is the best for reviews, but anyway...


Applications

Talking Phrasebooks by CoolGorilla (Free) - 6/10 - These come in quite a few languages and won't cost you anything. The basics are covered for each language, from travel to numeracy. As well as showing you the written form of the phrase you can hear how it is pronounced.

The interface of a phrasebook is important. In the case of these apps it isn't stellar, slightly unresponsive and too much nesting. Rather than being able to listen to many phrases from a single page you have to go to each phrase's dedicated page.

On the other hand it's an impressive collection of audio phrases considering they are free. You'd expect many more if it was a product you'd paid for, though. Minor quibble, would like a volume control.

Lonely Planet Phrasebooks (From Free to 5.99) - 8/10 - Compared to the previous phrasebooks reviewed these have a large amount of content and a far better interface (little nesting and responsive). I suggest everyone interested downloads the free Mandarin phrasebook to get an idea of the quality (plus Mandarin is a pretty useful language to have anyway). 5.99 isn't bad either, but bear in mind that a real phrasebook would cost the same and have many times more phrases (but no audio, obviously).

Zenbe (Free) - 7/10 - So this is a ToDo list and a very good one. It syncs to Zenbe (which I haven't heard of) and does everything you would expect. A nice clean green interface. You can create many lists and choose a due date for each item if you wish. The most important thing is the ability to tick items off (not possible in notebook). If you wish you can also share the lists. Would be nice to be able to put in an address for each list or listed item (that linked to google maps), but other than that a nice app. This won't replace notebook though, I hasten to add.

Bloomberg (Free) - 8/10 - This far surpasses the inbluilt stocks app and is a must for anyone that used that. Many options, you can add your portfolio if you wish (and it'll track your gains/losses based on each stock based on the book value you enter). You can also read up on news of each stock or the market (for which there is a dedicated page which includes foreign indices). Other statistics for each stock include the P/E, year on year return, highs/lows and volume. The charts are nice too, turn it sideways for a more detailed chart where you can select the time period.

It doesn't get a higher score because the interface is a bit slow and more technical charts are not provided (no candlesticks here). Also the portfolio is only for long positions, no shorts. I still recommend it though, if I could delete the stocks app that comes with the device I would.

Games

Caissa Chess (5.99) - 7/10 - How much you like this obviously depends on how much you like chess. First up, what it lacks. There is no multiplayer and it is entirely in 2D (not that it'd work in 3D). What has it got? Well there are loads of different boards and pieces, you can choose your combination. The full chess ruleset is also there, as you'd expect. You can save your game on exit, undo moves and select from 14 different difficulty settings. At 5.99 it's not cheap if you have the iPhone and can simply use an online chess game in Safari. On the other hand it's the only chess game working on iTunes right now (the other one is missing from the store). A competent but not spectacular game.

Super Monkey Ball (5.99) - 6/10 - This isn't as hard as people make it out to be. It's an average game that gets an average score. The graphics are colourful, although unlike the levels the monkeys are just sprites and not 3D models. One of the bigger problems is that you have to hold your device practically flat, as if you were holding the level itself. On the one hand this is logical, on the other it's uncomfortable. One of the bigger problems is the lack of features, there are no mini-games to speak of and in many ways it feels rushed compared to Sega's other Super Monkey Ball games which are usually amazing value for money.

Texas Hold'Em by Apple Inc. (2.99) - 7/10 - This is astounding value for a game that features multiple actors captured with video. On the other hand it is just hold'em poker with no other variants provided. How much you like texas hold'em affects how much you like this game. Personally I find it can get tedious. There are many different tables with increasing buy-in requirements and prizes, some have a final table you proceed to after winning the first.

You can either hold this in portrait view and see the players make their decisions (watch closely, they have tells that indicate when they're bluffing) or you can stick it in landscape and see the whole table at once (a more traditional view). Watching everyone make their decision in portrait view can take a while, so I recommend landscape.

The way you interact with this game is clever, throw the cards away with your finger to fold; move your chips to the centre to go all-in or tap the chips to make a more precise bet.

There is also supposedly multiplayer, but I haven't gotten it to work. It is unclear whether this is with people in your vicinity or online (I assume online, I don't believe the devices can do ad-hoc networking). There is certainly no lobby system like you'd typically find with an online game. So if it does work, you'll end up on a random table (and I doubt there is a chat facility).

Cube Runner (Free) - 4/10 - A 3D game where you pilot a 2D ship around 3D cubes. Easy on easy, hard on hard. There is little to this game but then it won't cost you much. It's fun for a minute at a time.

iPint (Free) - 1/10 - ****.

kis
Jul 13, 2008, 10:33 AM
SplashID: 8/10 - great app, works perfectly on the iPhone. I was able to import all my old data from the palm version and sync it without a problem. I'm deducing a point because the desktop version, for whatever reason, takes about 2 minutes to start!? And another one because together with the desktop app it's too expensive.

Mobile News: 5/10 - works ok but crashes when I try to add my location

eReader: 7/10 - got it to work after fiddling with it for half a day. Doesn't work with my fictionswise.com account (produces download errors) and some books in my ereader.com bookshelf aren't listed for whatever reason. The reading experience is good and so is the selection in the bookstore. It also lacks the possibility to add bookmars. Apart from that it's good

New York Times: 9/10 - great interface, great quality news but it's a tad slow

Pocket Express: 5/10 - after finally getting past the account creation, I'm somewhat underwhelmed. Didn't find my location (for the weather forecast). The whole app is somewhat slow.

WeatherBug: 5/10 - would work great if we used the English system over here. 90% of the world's population uses the metric system - if that were added, I'd give it a higher grade.

kis

BelAir57
Jul 13, 2008, 04:30 PM
I've only been using free apps so far. With approximately 1,000 Sudoku games out there for the iPhone, I'd rather wait a bit to see which one ultimately turns into the best. With that said...

Remote-- Super sweet. It's pretty much everything someone could wish for. Great interface, nothing difficult about it. Only thing I wish it could support was access of the Internet streams on iTunes. 9/10

WeatherBug-- Has one of the most important features I was looking for in a weather app: Radar. Has some other features that are nice that don't exist on Apple's Weather app, but those aren't nearly as important to me. Some nice stuff, but quite a bit of clutter. 6/10

BoxOffice-- Good on-the-go app. Has all the movies out in theatres either in alphabetical or rating order (ratings via Rotten Tomatoes). Theatres either in alphabetical or distance order (Current Location supported). I'd like to see future support of movie reviews (such as the web app Tomatometer). 7/10

Epocrates Rx-- Another good on-the-go app. Very useful information. Requires free registration. Though, seeing as I am no pharmacist or doctor, the app occasionally throws in too many abbreviations for me to understand as an everyday consumer. 8/10

Cube Runner-- Fantastic free game. Would be worth purchasing if it actually asked for a few bucks. Relies solely on the accelerometer (which can quickly eat battery life). Addicting and a lot of fun. 9/10

TapTap Revenge-- Kind of like a mix between Guitar Hero and DDR. Relies on both touch and the accelerometer (accelerometer is optional, however). I had some troubles with the accelerometer when it wanted me to go sideways, but a great little program nonetheless. 8/10

JirboBreak-- Just like the classic game of Bricks but with a few modern twists. You can touch-control the paddle, or you can move it via arrows on the screen, your choice. Fun, but not very difficult, and can get old pretty quickly. (You start out with 10 lives, and I still had 7 on Level 13 on my first try). Should be more challenging. 7/10

Facebook-- Where's the wall? Chat and Inbox support, but that's pretty much as good as it gets. The only one of these apps I recommend you don't get. 3/10

benfilan
Jul 13, 2008, 06:12 PM
I can't believe no-one has mentioned SimStapler!

just one word......SPLENDID!:D:D

AJsAWiz
Jul 13, 2008, 06:23 PM
SplashID: 8/10 - great app, works perfectly on the iPhone. I was able to import all my old data from the palm version and sync it without a problem. I'm deducing a point because the desktop version, for whatever reason, takes about 2 minutes to start!? And another one because together with the desktop app it's too expensive.

kis

I have the desktop version of Splash ID which is great. I deduct 8 points because the sync feature didn't work (well it worked one time after trying a newer version of iPhone Splash ID, erased all of my data then would not sync again).
My ratings:
Splash ID desktop 10/10
Splash ID iPhone 2/10

There are many others experiencing this sync problem. Check out the Splash ID topic here under App Store. And the forums in Splash Data as well.

AJsAWiz
Jul 13, 2008, 06:26 PM
I can't believe no-one has mentioned SimStapler!

just one word......SPLENDID!:D:D

ROTFL

Pooshka
Jul 13, 2008, 06:32 PM
Hopefully someone will find my two cents useful!

As I was halfway typing this long review of my installed apps my iphone crashed on me and I am now having to restore it as we speak...

Aqua Forest:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxpGdRH7J5I
Amazing showcase of accelerometer, awesome sandbox gameplay, great way to waste some time. Def not everybodys cup of tea, if youre interested, tastes like "hell of a sand falling flash game" that can be found and played online.

Aurora Feint:
http://aurorafeint.com/
Hands down the best free game on the appstore right now. Superb graphics, great presentation, addicting puzzle gameplay and its the only game with RPG elements available at the moment, you have nothing to lose at the cost of free!

Brain Challenge:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNS42Rzcjmc
Feels like a bit washed down version of brain age for ds, very similar to xbox live version. Perfectly priced for the amount of content it offers, I am especially enjoying the daily brain trainer that will keep track of your usage stats, similar to wii training for wii sports. Crisp user interface and great graphics. For anyone who likes brain teasers or math questions, etc.

Enigmo:
http://www.pangeasoft.net/iphone/enigmo/index.html
Nothing to say but what an exquisite translation of the existing mac version currently available. Rocksteady frame rate, great controls, overall great purchase. Tastes like the incredible machine or armadillo run.

iPint:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLp0s88pH3I
Fun at first but gets boring very fast, will probably delete in a while if not for the novelty of showing off, its free!

iXpenseIt:
http://www.ixpenseit.com/
Does everything it says, great finance tool, well integrated and feels solid however lacking a few obvious functions. Setting budget categories and then the transactions adhering to a specific set budget by week or per month then displaying how much money you have left in each budget, would also be nice to see vendors in the transaction list instead of the categories. Really hope for an update because it is a great app.

Light:
The free one, yep its a white screen, it is a bit whiter than using a safari screen or mail screen for the same purpose just for the fact of using those extra 30-40 pixels of white area.

Mix Meister Scratch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ihU-ZD80pA
Another novelty application that is fun for 10 mins, turns screen into vinyl record that allows you to scratch on top of existing ipod music, comes with 10-15 available scratching noises, able to adjust volume.

NearPics:
Handy dandy little application that gps's your location and displays pictures other people have taken near your area, you can also click on the map icon to locate exactly where that picture was taken via geotagging. Fun to see other pictures of your area, could be especially useful on vacation. Takes a second or two to start up but solid thereafter.

OneTap:
In my opinion the best movie app out there right now, except for that wierd map flash at the beginning of every start up. GPS's your location and displays theaters, showtimes, popular movies at the box office and where theyre showing, ratings and descriptions via imdb, streaming trailers and directions to the theater. I chose this over the others because the other two, boxoffice and movies.app simply didnt find all of the theaters I use!

PhoneSaber:
Yup, turns your phone into a light saber, pretty accurate sounds for the motions, allows you to change colors, fun with your freinds, novelty at best, its free!

Quordy:
http://quordy.com/
Awesome little word finding game that utilizes shaking the phone to jumble the words up and adds sliding your finger in multiple directions to find different words, compare yourself to other players times and challenge freinds!

SaveBenjis:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMdm2gl9Hug
This is a very useful application for anybody who buys anything, which would be everybody. Simply type in what you are going to buy, or the barcode number if you have it, and it will display all of the cheapest places to buy the item, supplying the online link if necessary.

Shazam:
Application that listens to whatever is playing at the moment and will identify artist, song name, album art etc. Will also display itunes purchase link when available, very accurate!

SportsTap:
Feels very solid, I used the webapp before this native app came out and it feels much better. The quickest way to find out sports scores for any sport, and its free!

Super Monkey Ball:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v0Y1Haa-oQ
Looks and smells great, a good indication of where gaming on the iPhone is headed. Be warned that the controls take a while to get used to and can be very frustrating. It boggles my mind as to why SEGA would condone a gameplay mechanic that involves turning the screen away from the player half of the time. Could very much use the update to include a sensitivity slider for the accelerometer and a calibration tool to choose your center to adhere for multiple sitting positions.

TapTapRevenge:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6HuXJy1J_w
Guitar Hero and Rock Band fans can't go wrong with these free iteration!

Texas Hold'em:
http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Texas+Hold'em/news.asp?c=7622
A must for any poker fan alike, awesome graphics, easy fast gameplay and an intuitive camera system that reacts to the accelerometer. Easy purchase.

Trism:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hy0ptZisr70
Easily the best puzzle game available in my opinion, very original concept, makes use of multiple directions, looks and sounds good and very solid.

Applications I hated and deleted:

Big Canvas Photoshare:
Crashed and never worked

zintin
Not enough features to even feel useful in your hand.

Limbo
Maybe I am just out of the loop, but I will stick with facebook.

BoxOffice
Never found my fav movie theatres.

Movies.app
Never found my fav movie theatres, movies very slow to stream.

Pangea VR
Useful for a VR photographer, but too slow to use for pure fun.
mate, you've got one of the best app selections. as soon as i saw the aqua forest, i purchased it in a snap. cheers for the youtube links.

robbyx
Jul 14, 2008, 10:40 AM
Since I haven't seen it mentioned, I'll add Starmap to the list of quality iPhone apps. Next time you're away from the permaglow of the city, gazing into the night sky, wondering what's what, whip out your iPhone and fire up Starmap. On one of my recent backpacking trips I was telling a friend how cool it would be if there were a device that, using time/date/GPS info, would draw the night sky. And now here it is...on my iPhone!

IM31408
Jul 14, 2008, 11:28 AM
all my reviews are here:
http://theapprater.blogspot.com/

I only have 3 at the moment, but more are coming

mark34
Jul 15, 2008, 08:53 AM
outside of your issue with finding your theaters, I have found box office and movies to be good. They both find my theaters in Austin and work well. I have not found a single movie app that does everything. I have the following on my iphone:

box office: best interface, schedules, buying, can rank by rotten tomatoes score
movies.app; adds trailers and stuff
tomatoes; quick search for rotten tomatoes reviews

mark34
Jul 15, 2008, 09:00 AM
I am amazed that there is not a good flight schedule and tracking application for all airlines. Am I missing one that exists?

megahertz
Jul 15, 2008, 10:06 AM
There's only BA. :'(

mrpalmer420
Jul 15, 2008, 11:35 AM
My main problem with the apps is the ones that use the locate me feature. For some reason the darn thing says i am in Hong kong even though i am in NJ. Don't know where to find a restaurant here but found some boss Steakhouses in Hong kong.

emb531
Jul 15, 2008, 06:48 PM
Here are some screens and a review of Aqua Forest.

Overall Score: 4.5/5

It is a puzzle/free form game, which uses elements and other objects. The game also uses the accelerometer to its advantage.

The graphics, game play, and overall coolness of this game are it's strengths, basically it is awesome. There are a total of 50 puzzles, 10 in each of the 5 categories, providing for lots of fun and value. The only disadvantage is the game lags somewhat when there is a lot going on the screen. Hopefully this will be fixed in an update, but even still, this game is certainly worth the price!

Some screenshots:

Home Screen Icon

http://i34.tinypic.com/28v5z76.png

Home Screen (The tree grows as you finish more puzzles)

http://i35.tinypic.com/s33fwl.png

Puzzle Menu

http://i34.tinypic.com/2nl7dvk.png

Sample Puzzle (object is to get the water into the gray area)

http://i33.tinypic.com/9gx35c.png

Free Background (with some water splashing around)

http://i35.tinypic.com/2vteauc.png

Drawing Tools

http://i35.tinypic.com/24b6q7m.png

Elements

http://i33.tinypic.com/30vopc7.png

So, in conclusion, if you haven't purchased this app already, do it now! It is great, and will only get better when it is updated to allow for better optimization.

JoshJosh117
Jul 15, 2008, 07:44 PM
Super Monkey Ball - 8/10
It has excellent graphics, smooth gameplay, and a variety of levels. However, the controls are a bit finicky and it is often frustrating. It could also do better with some minigames AND A SAVE FEATURE!

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D - 7/10
This game also has good graphics. However, racing is not the smoothest. It is a bit choppy and could use some work. Collecting items is also difficult, because they are so darn small! The music is pretty bad as well, but this game has plenty of modes and tracks.

Maxxx85
Jul 15, 2008, 10:50 PM
MotionX Poker: 4/5
Awesome app, only $4.99 Its a dice poker game that I never thought I'd play as much as I do but I find myself playing this more than Texas Hold Em app. It's very addicting so beware before buying it cause it'll consume your time.
Very enjoyable App good job on this one to whoever made it.

Whorehay
Jul 16, 2008, 12:49 AM
Here are some screens and a review of Aqua Forest.

Overall Score: 4.5/5

It is a puzzle/free form game, which uses elements and other objects. The game also uses the accelerometer to its advantage.

The graphics, game play, and overall coolness of this game are it's strengths, basically it is awesome. There are a total of 50 puzzles, 10 in each of the 5 categories, providing for lots of fun and value. The only disadvantage is the game lags somewhat when there is a lot going on the screen. Hopefully this will be fixed in an update, but even still, this game is certainly worth the price!

Some screenshots:

Home Screen Icon

http://i34.tinypic.com/28v5z76.png

Home Screen (The tree grows as you finish more puzzles)

http://i35.tinypic.com/s33fwl.png

Puzzle Menu

http://i34.tinypic.com/2nl7dvk.png

Sample Puzzle (object is to get the water into the gray area)

http://i33.tinypic.com/9gx35c.png

Free Background (with some water splashing around)

http://i35.tinypic.com/2vteauc.png

Drawing Tools

http://i35.tinypic.com/24b6q7m.png

Elements

http://i33.tinypic.com/30vopc7.png

So, in conclusion, if you haven't purchased this app already, do it now! It is great, and will only get better when it is updated to allow for better optimization.

Looks awesome! What other games have you played and how would they compare to AquaForest? I'm trying to give myself a 25 dollar limit and this may make me spend closer to $30 :(

drummerbooker14
Jul 16, 2008, 07:42 AM
Motion X Poker
4.99
9

Very simple but very well made game. uses the accelerometer to detect shakes and rolls the dice with either numbers 1-6 or 9-A like cards. The 3D graphics are done very well for the iphone. One of the main aspects is the level of achievment throughout the game. You move up onto different tables to make more money, you unlock gems by doing special things (i.e 2 same exact hands in a row), and you unlock new dice(although i am unsure how they are unlocked, it seems to unlock randomly on good hands). It's a very fun game and one of the best in my opinion for the iphone.

shaggymac
Jul 16, 2008, 09:44 AM
I thought ATT was planning thier own yellow pages app, wasn't it in the keynote? This one seems to be a knockoff.

Yellow Pages was made by AT&T. Thats why it always crashes!

IM31408
Jul 16, 2008, 11:17 AM
all my reviews are here:
http://theapprater.blogspot.com/

I only have 3 at the moment, but more are coming

6 more reviews have arrived

Aurora Feint
TTR
Bubbles
AIM
Facebook
Light


All of my reviews are too long to post in this forum so thats why I keep re-routing to my blog

mikahopity
Jul 16, 2008, 03:00 PM
VAY

I believe that this game just arrived at the app store in the last day or two, but it is an absolutely phenomenal iPhone game. This is exactly what I had in mind when I first thought of iPhone games.

I believe (and could be wrong here) that it is a port of an old Sega CD game. It is an RPG very much in the style of the Final Fantasy series (read: turn based combat).

The graphics and sound serve the game well, and the overall feel of the game is good. I am at the very beginning, so I can't speak too much of the story, but it is standard RPG fare.

What I love most about this game is the brilliant implementation of touch controls. Tap on a spot to walk to it, double tap to run in a straight direction. It sounds very simple, but when you actually use it, it really shines.

Overall, this app is definitely worth the $4.99 asking price. I paid $9.99 for both Super Monkey Ball (pretty good) and Crash Bandicoot (slightly better than Monkey Ball), and I think that this game is more entertaining than both.

If you like RPGs, definitely check this one out. To find it, just search for Vay in the app store.... otherwise you have to go through pages upon pages upon pages upon pages of apps.

Overall Score: 4.7/5.0

emb531
Jul 16, 2008, 06:36 PM
Looks awesome! What other games have you played and how would they compare to AquaForest? I'm trying to give myself a 25 dollar limit and this may make me spend closer to $30 :(

I only have bought Super Monkey Ball, so in comparison, they are two completely different games. But both are great, and SMB will probably drive you crazy at first, but it gets to be a lot easier once you learn the controls.

Flowbee
Jul 16, 2008, 06:41 PM
All of my reviews are too long to post in this forum so thats why I keep re-routing to my blog

How about putting a link to your blog in your footer and summarizing your reviews. Otherwise, you're just spamming.

MrCatMan
Jul 18, 2008, 09:22 AM
Splash ID - 7/10. I like it it. Keeps my passwords safe and sound. Does a much better job than notes.

Voice Notes. 6/10. Paid about 6 if I remember. Probably overpriced but was a necessary addition.

OmniFocus. 6/10 Paid about 12. Again overpriced and until it links to calendar I think it will be of limited value.

Evernote. Free. 7/10 I like it a lot. I think as I get used to it will be of even more value.

Shazam. Free. 10/10 Amazing. I now officially feel old. You know when you showed your gran your ipod and she said "Aw isn't that amazing; all your records in that little box" I now know how she feels. I technically understand it; I'm just amazed that it works.

File Magnet 3/10. Paid 3. A bit of a waste of time. Have to be on wifi so if I want the file I'll look on my mac.

Salesforce. 6/10. Free. A lot of potential here. A bit complicated to set up but will be great for work.

Sketches. 7/10. About 6. good fun drawing application. Worth a punt.

Near Pics. 2/10 Not much use really

Snap my Life 2/10 Ditto

Birthdays. 6/10. 4 I think. OK but would be much better if it back fed into my calendar.

Where 4/10 prefer Prefer Maps I think. Have not got 3G so that may make if more useful. Painfully slow to render..

Itip 3/10. A bit of a waste of time

BA Flights. 7/10 Good to have UK Specific app but I really want the BBC iPlayer. Come on Apple and BBC - Do the deal.

Pinball 6/10 Good fun although a bit small to follow.

MonkeyBall, Crash Bandicoot, Ms Pacman, Cro Mag: Not a massive gamer but quite good fun if I'm bored on the train. There are more comprehensive reviews here than mine.

Facebook 5/10 - No wall, No tagging. Sort it out Facebook

AIM. 4/10 Not enough of my friends use often enough to make it useful

Enigmo 9/10 5.99. great game. Absolutley doing my nut in. Very addictive be careful. Also quite hard. I'm stuck on level 8!

Ivan P
Jul 18, 2008, 09:30 AM
Facebook 5/10 - No wall, No tagging. Sort it out Facebook

Maybe uninstall/reinstall or check for an update, mine has an option to view the wall (should be directly under your profile picture); selecting it takes me to a screen that shows all my wall entries with "Write something" at the top.

AJsAWiz
Jul 19, 2008, 12:52 AM
Whatever you do . . . . don't buy Splash ID if you need to sync

It doesn't sync for a lot of users . . . . This iPhone app was not ready for Prime Time . . . . probably rushed out of the door :eek:

Four20
Jul 19, 2008, 11:58 PM
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D

$9.99
http://www.appstoreapps.com/2008/07/19/crash-bandicoot-nitro-kart-3d/

captsapp
Jul 20, 2008, 07:42 PM
Ok, so here are the apps I have and my impressions of each:

Facebook: this was the first app I downloaded and I love it. with the update it's even better. I really didn't understand why people didn't like it so much at launch - I figured it was good for the first day and it was updated pretty quickly, should get even better.

Myspace: Once again, I have to go against the grain with this one. This app is terribly disappointing, much like the actual site. It is slow, unresponsive, and doesn't even display the correct bulletins most of the time. The Facebook app takes you straight to your home - this one makes you wait while it signs you in EVERY time. I was actually excited about this app, because I don't go to Myspace very often and I wanted to keep up with it. Hope this one updates quickly.

Google: just starting to dig into this one, but just what you'd expect.

WeatherBug: Not as great as I was hoping, but loads better than the Weather that the iPhone came with (which is NEVER accurate in my hometown). It's not quite as good as the Weather.com webapp, but it loads much quicker.

SportsTap: Awesome to have all those scores in one place. Not very fond of the interface (kinda boring), but very useful. Definite keeper, especially when futbol season rolls around.

MLB.com: this one just feels cool. It doesn't have everything I'd like (Like a "Gameday" option), but I'm not gonna complain. The video highlights are gold. Does have a little trouble updating occasionally.

Pandora: Wow. But those of us who love the website knew that. Still cool.

HolyBible: I chose this app because it's from LifeChurch.tv, and I've only needed it once so far (I forgot my Bible and was teaching a class - whoops!). Worked really well, and I like that it has multiple versions. Very handy for people like me who like 3 different ones. The app kinda needs a home page.

BoxOffice: I've been keeping an eye on the movies.app one, but this one's free. I hear movies.app has the trailers, but usually I've already seen those. This has Rotten Tomatoes ratings next to the movies, but I don't use that a lot. What was really cool was that it found my location, found my theater, and then showed me showtimes very quickly. Links to Fandango. At free, pretty unbeatable.

Shazam: Another wow. absolutely amazing. Cool just to play with.

I just got two others, but haven't used them yet. I'm hoping there's enough people in my area to make Grafitio cool.

Peace
Scott

kjiphone
Jul 20, 2008, 07:50 PM
I am a wine fan and purchased both Wine Log and Wine Snob. I have a palm pda and had purchased Wine Enthuisast and really liked it, so I thought these apps would be cool. Wine Log does as it says, no problem. But Wine Snob does nothing! It is just terminology that any wine fan already knows. Not worth the money! Would love to see Wine Enthusiast come up with an iphone app!

nomad01
Jul 21, 2008, 07:57 AM
File Magnet 3/10. Paid 3. A bit of a waste of time. Have to be on wifi so if I want the file I'll look on my mac.


Hmmm... unless I'm mistaken, you just have to transfer the file from your mac onto your phone and then it's yours to take with you.

I've got a bunch of PDFs and Word docs on my iPhone in FileMagnet that I can access anywhere.

PMB
Jul 21, 2008, 08:59 AM
anyone else here drooling over rolando?

ViperrepiV
Jul 21, 2008, 03:24 PM
anyone else here drooling over rolando?

is it out?

mark34
Jul 22, 2008, 09:15 AM
Whatever you do . . . . don't buy Splash ID if you need to sync

It doesn't sync for a lot of users . . . . This iPhone app was not ready for Prime Time . . . . probably rushed out of the door :eek:

This one is fixed btw... there is an update.. i found a discussion on the company's site where they worked with the early donwloaders (including me) to fix it. I downloaded the fix and it works great now.

AJsAWiz
Jul 22, 2008, 12:12 PM
This one is fixed btw... there is an update.. i found a discussion on the company's site where they worked with the early donwloaders (including me) to fix it. I downloaded the fix and it works great now.

I was one of those "early downloaders" and they have offered many suggestions, none worked.
If you're talking about version 4.02 I haven't seen it released yet on iTunes App Store and if you're talking about the previous release just before (4.02) that. Downloaded it . . . . same problem . . . . same crap :eek: I stand by my original statement.

Glad it worked for you though.

JML42691
Jul 22, 2008, 08:32 PM
I have updated some of my reviews and included a few new ones, here is the link to the new post: Post Link (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=5970836&postcount=126)

pranavss11
Jul 26, 2008, 05:49 AM
Palringo is a good IM client!

bobbleheadbob
Jul 26, 2008, 06:21 AM
I'm getting an error message from the NYTimes app every time I sync my iPhone. WTF? :confused: Still seems to work OK, though.

I like that app, Crash Bandicoot and Texas Arcade for paid games, Labryrinth Lite and Jirbo Arcade for free and quick games (e.g., when you're waiting in line somewhere), and WeatherBug, iTip, and Vicinity for utility/productivity apps.

My favorite and most used app, however, is Twitterific. I bought the Premium edition and find myself twittering more than ever. :)

Four20
Jul 26, 2008, 07:58 PM
http://www.appstoreapps.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/aol-radio-player-200x300.png (http://www.appstoreapps.com/2008/07/26/aol-radio/)

FREE

With over more than 25 genres and over 200 stations to listen to. . .who needs an old school radio anymore?

Video Review (http://www.appstoreapps.com/2008/07/26/aol-radio/)

noisebleed
Jul 26, 2008, 09:27 PM
Last.fm > aol radio.

by 500%

Four20
Jul 26, 2008, 10:57 PM
http://www.appstoreapps.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/trism-slide-200x300.png (http://www.appstoreapps.com/2008/07/23/trism/)

$4.99
8/10

I am sooo freaking addicted to this game right now.

Video Review (http://www.appstoreapps.com/2008/07/23/trism/)

scotty96LSC
Jul 26, 2008, 11:00 PM
http://www.appstoreapps.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/trism-slide-200x300.png (http://www.appstoreapps.com/2008/07/23/trism/)

$4.99
8/10

I am sooo freaking addicted to this game right now.

Video Review (http://www.appstoreapps.com/2008/07/23/trism/)
I played this from takeoff to landing the other day, 2.5 hours Ft. Lauderdale to Dallas. I had several people ask me about it. I do find that it does eat away at my battery life though.
Great game.

wok
Jul 26, 2008, 11:27 PM
Spinblox (http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=284944912&mt=8)
My wife and I have been addicted to Spinblox since the store opened. She played a lot of the free web app version this summer and got hooked, and I think the native version is extremely polished. It's from the makers of Space Out which got a quick writeup on Touch Arcade. I'm really surprised that it only has 8 reviews so far, but it's holding strong at 4 stars, :)

Great for puzzle game lovers, in the same vein as tetris, lumines, wario's woods, columns, etc.

http://www.binarysquare.com/images/Spinblox4.png

(Just posted this over on Touch Arcade, but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of activity over there.)

illitrate23
Jul 27, 2008, 05:47 AM
App Name: Remote
the other con is that you cannot connect to a computer without a wifi router, at my summer house in NH I often bring my computer and being able to use my iPod to control the music would be nice, but I have no router there.

can you not Create Network on your mac (from the airport icon in your menubar) so that the mac becomes the router? then connect to it from the wi-fi settings on the Touch and then Remote should be able to search for your iTunes library
just tried it on my macbook and iPhone and it works perfectly

JML42691
Jul 27, 2008, 12:56 PM
can you not Create Network on your mac (from the airport icon in your menubar) so that the mac becomes the router? then connect to it from the wi-fi settings on the Touch and then Remote should be able to search for your iTunes library
just tried it on my macbook and iPhone and it works perfectly

Thanks for the tip, I never thought of that, I'll try that soon.

Four20
Jul 27, 2008, 02:40 PM
http://www.appstoreapps.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/whrrl-map-200x300.png (http://www.appstoreapps.com/2008/07/27/whrrl/)

Whrrl
Free
6/10

This is an application that brings your friends, the places they like, and you all together on one map. So you or your friends can check the map and look at what your friends think about the businesses around you.

Video Review (http://www.appstoreapps.com/2008/07/27/whrrl/)

theunseen
Jul 27, 2008, 06:37 PM
1) The New York Times
2) Enigmo

My favorites so far.

Four20
Jul 28, 2008, 12:03 AM
1) The New York Times
2) Enigmo

My favorites so far.

I just started playing Enigmo today. Blew my mind!

mackmgg
Jul 30, 2008, 12:40 AM
idk if this is the rite thread but

in ur opinion (i DO have a jailbroken ittouch)
Tap Tap Revenge
OR
Tap Tap Revelution

warburg
Jul 30, 2008, 06:02 AM
There are two Yellow Pages apps. I'm assuming that one is official while the other is a knockoff.

The YPMobile app is by far better than the Yellow Pages app! It's also a free download.:)

spyker3292
Jul 30, 2008, 03:14 PM
idk if this is the rite thread but

in ur opinion (i DO have a jailbroken ittouch)
Tap Tap Revenge
OR
Tap Tap Revelution

Revenge is way better.

queshy
Aug 1, 2008, 06:48 AM
Enigmo is easily a 9/10.

It's really addicting and it's a blast. Really challenging, too.

This app is for everyone. Definitely worth the $10.

The good thing about it is that it's simple and so easy to get into. After beating a level, you really feel like you accomplished something, lol.

JasonBucy
Aug 1, 2008, 12:17 PM
hey i got a question, not sure if its been answerd or not, but is there a IM app that dosnt use sms txting or charge monthly? :confused:, my point is can i use AIM withought paying AT&T so much a month for text service??

bladehavoc
Aug 1, 2008, 01:17 PM
The AIM app uses regular data transfers. You don't use any SMS while using the AIM client.

JML42691
Aug 4, 2008, 12:05 PM
I've downloaded a few more apps since my last review of apps, removed some, and re-added an app that I already deleted.

Updated and New Reviews

App Name: Box Office
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: 9
When I downloaded this app I was almost expecting it to be a 3/10. It really helps to get a quick movie time, and now with the most recent update, trailers and reviews to. My local theater doesn't allow online booking so I cannot speak to that. Sadly this app is no longer available from the App store, but if it pops back up, then be sure to download it again before it gets pulled.

App Name: Facebook
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: 6
After noticing that they released an update, I re-downloaded this app and now like it a little bit more than beforehand (my old review was a 3), I still wish that the mini-feed included more than status and picture updates, and that there was a way to get notifications and respond to requests, maybe in the next update.

App Name: Cro-Mag Rally
Itunes Price: $5.99 (was $9.99)
Rate app: 9
This app is good in just about every way, but I feel that it could have been better. But I have no cons or problems with it. Highly recommended.

App Name: Platinum Solitaire
Itunes Price: $3.99 (was $7.99)
Rate app: 10
For a solitaire app, they did an amazing job and included so many other card games, some of which I have never heard of before and am now addicted to. My only complaints about it is that they make you watch the 10 second video each time you open it and that it takes forever to return to a game after you go back to the home screen. NOTE:This video was removed in the last update and the app runs much smoother now, they even made it easier to listen to your own music while playing. Highly recommended to all who are solitaire addicts.

App Name: Google
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: 5
The fact that this app redirects you to the Safari app for all of it's results just makes in more of an inconvenience than an aid. I have gone back to using Google's mobile app as a web mark on the home screen, as the application was more of a pain than an aid.

App Name: iProcrastinate Mobile
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: Not Yet
After fooling around with the features on this app, I have to say that it looks great and should be a great help, that along with the fact with the developer being a member here, I would have to recommend downloading this app if you are a high school or college student, as it looks like it will help a lot, I can't give it a number yet though, as the school year hasn't started yet.

App Name: Jaw Breaker
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: 8
A great free game app, not much else to say though, it is tough trying to beat your own high score and this game can help pass the time while waiting for something.

App Name: PegJump
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: 7
A great app of this classic game, yet another great free game app.

Unchanged Reviews

App Name: Remote
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: 8
A great app from Apple, a feature that I wish was included since day-one with the device. The only cons that I can come up with is that I hear that it cannot connect to AirPort Express directly. But otherwise this app is everything that I could have wished for with this feature.

App Name: Super Monkey Ball
Itunes Price: $9.99
Rate app: 7
This app is a great game to pass the time, but it lacks one thing in my mind and has two problems. The one thing that it lacks is the ability to save a game between stages, and the other thing that is a problem for me is how fast it kills battery life. The other problem is that there is not way to adjust the sensitivity of the movements.

App Name: iMaze
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: 4
It is a good thing that this app is free, because the developer tried to use the device's ability too much, only being able to control the bubble by tilting the device makes it hard to use. If they had made this app with the ability to move the ball with your finger then it would have been a much more successful app.

App Name: To Do
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: 5
I was hoping for an App that would eliminate me from having to use a note as my to-do list, but it is even more inconvenient to use than the note app. I was hoping that this app could be more than I wanted, but after all, it was free. I ended up deleting this app from my touch since the review.

App Name: YPmobile
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: 7
This app was a major success, but I haven't had the need to use it more than two times, so I can't speak for it for more than a 7. I ended up deleting it just because I didn't use it enough and it was taking up space.

App Name: NY Times
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: 8
This app makes it a lot quicker to get news than through their site on Safari, and that is what makes this app so great. Highly recommended for NY Times readers.

App Name: T4Two
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: 5
This app looks like it should be good for when you are actually playing somebody, but if they made a way for the "computer" to face you then this app would have been a lot better. I ended up deleting it to free up space because I never used it.

App Name: AIM
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: 8
A pretty decent app, my only problems with it are that when you leave the keyboard up when you have multiple IMs, a simple fix would have been to make the dot of the other conversation red when it got a new message or something like that. Otherwise, it is a great app.

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s41/jml42691/IMG_0001.png http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s41/jml42691/IMG_0002.png

harlonpepper
Aug 4, 2008, 09:25 PM
Yelp

8 of 10

I started with 7 of 10 because it's definitely missing a few things, but I'm very confident they'll improve it. Yelp is an innovative company for sure. Living in SF, CA Yelp has amazing coverage of just about every category, so for me to be able to easily get it on the iPhone, dial out seamlessly, etc. has been a godsend. No more texting Google...

mr.lava
Aug 10, 2008, 01:18 AM
9.1 / 10.0 Texas Hold'em - $4.99

Best Texas Hold'em application hands down and it will probably stay that way. Very polished graphics and UI. The only slight con is currently no online play and the need for a wifi connection in multiplayer mode. Addicting!


This is just a preliminary review.

More in depth reviews to come when my iPhone finishes restoring...

Project-79
Aug 11, 2008, 06:27 PM
I have a website full of App reviews (see sig)!

I hope you enjoy it!

P-79

The iPhone Dude
Aug 11, 2008, 11:33 PM
Found an app that requires real thinking... Fit 2 Vote.... at first I thought it was a stupid idea for a game, but I'm a political junkie... so for 99 what the hell right?

Then I found out its fricking hard to beat this game. There's nothing prejudicial about it, but it does make you think and that's a rare thing for iPhone apps. They say they are going to keep updating it with the election. If they do, I will keep playing it.

I found the web site and read the funny genesis of the game, looks like a couple of independents, trying to make sense of Obama or McCain. Cool... Smart. Check it. Report what you think.

http://inspired.com/products2.html

The iPhone Dude

RRutter
Aug 14, 2008, 11:22 PM
LOVE: AOL Radio App (free) Weatherbug App (Free)

Apps Not Working: Where - cant find me, errors out, horribly slow on wi-fi

I also love both AOL Radio App and Weatherbug. The best thing about weatherbug is that it has screenshots, so I can see how the weather looks when I'm in airports traveling to a place. I can just whip out my iPhone, and actually SEE what the weather looks like. Very good app, and very smart to put it free because I had never heard of that company before I found it in the app store. I would do the same thing if my company was not well known. Just make it public and free.

:apple:

quigleybc
Aug 16, 2008, 12:36 PM
unreal..... Mind blowing!! This is the app I've been waiting for!!! Works perfectly!!

So happy.

RussOniPhone
Aug 17, 2008, 03:49 PM
Is anyone else having the same issue as I am with Over Here? What happens is when you get your location you can only move the red dot to the edge of the map it wont let you move the map at all to correct the poor location it did, the map isn't even drawn all the way what a fine piece of work. Don't try to get support their so called web site stinks. Save your money. Tried to re-install a few times as well...

I am so surprised that most of the location apps I have tried stink and this is one of the coolest features the iPhone has, especially the 3G.... Come on developers I would pay good money to have something that works. I do realize this is first generation iPhone apps and it should get better, but some of these developers are getting some good cash returns for their efforts, so give some support if your stuff stinks.

I was being as nice as I could here I am not happy with so many of the apps that Apple is letting get through..:confused::confused:

chanatown
Aug 17, 2008, 04:48 PM
App Name: Pandora
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: 8

Cool interface and allows for Pandora to be used on the iPhone. Works easily if you're already a Pandora user.

Full review:
http://chanatown.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/pandora-iphone-app-review/

chanatown
Aug 17, 2008, 04:49 PM
App Name: Evernote
Itunes Price: FREE
Rate app: 9

I didn't even know about Evernote until I found it for the iPhone. Now I'm hooked!

Full review:
http://chanatown.wordpress.com/2008/08/13/evernote-iphone-app-review/

Darthzilla
Aug 18, 2008, 12:08 AM
AWESOME.

There seems to be a teeny lag and it tough to get too precise...but its awesome.

Would like to see an APP developed that was a proper sketching program for artists... but as is this is really fun.

I'd give it a 7

kevingaffney
Aug 19, 2008, 04:18 PM
I'm a really big follower of English football and have found ifooty really good. Application is free and is really quick to get results from

zorigon
Aug 22, 2008, 12:23 AM
Just posted about this on another thread someone started, but spotted this afterwards. New here, so please forigve.

Anyhow, here is a pretty darned cool freebie in the app store.

App Name: iVote
Itunes Price: free
Rate app: 1-10: I give it a 10 because I haven't put the darned thing down since I found it.
Your Review: so they throw questions at you. .. political, entertainment, sports, etc. And you select from multiple choice answers. You can then see immediately what the results are across all users. Very slick! You leave comments and vote on other people's comments.

Darn.. they just put up another question. Favorite cartoon. Gotta vote!

Zor

Solver
Aug 24, 2008, 01:25 AM
Just to mention, there are a few app review postcasts available in iTunes:

"iPhone app podcast" (lots of small video app reviews)

"Apple iPhone apps postcast" (more small video app reviews)

"The app show" (a 30 minutes an episode talkie)
These guys also interview developers.

Evil Editor
Aug 30, 2008, 05:10 PM
Hey gang, we had the luck to get a world-exclusive hands on look at LED Football.

It's retro-tastic. Seriously.

Here's our full preview:
http://gamesareevil.com/2008/08/iphone-led-football-exclusive-hands-on-preview/

yalag
Sep 3, 2008, 11:00 AM
App Name: MyDelicious
Itunes Price: 1.99
Rate app: 9
URL: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=288703020&mt=8
I bought Yummy and MyDelicious. MyDelicious is miles ahead of every delicious client out there (I also bought tastymarks, my god that was a disaster...). MyDelicious's developer actually gave some thought to how people will use it. All apps currently have a 30 min sync limit, this app doesnt. This app is actually the only app that will allow you to view the page inline rather than open in safari. Not to mention it has multiple tag search. Just everything I needed. Promised upcoming feature includes emailing bookmarks which is also something I could use.

sdarlington
Sep 4, 2008, 08:45 AM
As the author of Yummy, I would just like to point out that there is no 30 minute sync limit. It synchronises on launch and there is a refresh button on the main screen. Delicious itself sometimes imposes a limit, but this will affect any client.

It is also possible to search on one or more tags.

I thought the ability to add, edit and delete posts -- currently unique among iPhone clients as far as I'm aware -- was a more compelling feature than an inline web view, but clearly this is something that I will consider adding if it is a popular request.

--> Stephen

ishopukisfake
Sep 4, 2008, 07:09 PM
Downloaded quite a few apps now,

My faves are Posimotion Pool, GTSWR (racing game) and break classic

I really enjoy pool games and the physics are sound are pretty good in this one. The only improvements or updates I think it needs is an aftershot line, ball rotation animation when in motion, and definitely an option to apply spin to the ball, which could be added pretty easily with an icon in a corner.
Its a great foundation, and with these improvement will be a classic.

GTS word racing has surprisingly good graphics and smooth animation for the iphone. Once you get used to the accelerometer the handling of the car is very good also, can't really think of any faults with it, excellent driving game.

Break classic is really addictive, great gameplay, great sound, great visuals. Its the block game where you have a paddle and a ball and have to prevent the ball going off the bottom of the screen and knock out the blocks above. Really simple game but very enjoyable, could do with a few more levels, but probably the game i play most, and its a free app : )

amazingmiki
Sep 7, 2008, 08:24 PM
Labyrinth is pretty cool.

pooryou
Sep 9, 2008, 03:01 AM
I don't understand how Apple allows something like this to be posted, isn't Space Invaders property of Taito/Midway?

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=288410088&mt=8

Not that it's any of my business, but it sounds like it isn't even a good version judging by the reviews.

Evil Editor
Sep 10, 2008, 10:20 PM
I'll be honest, we didn't WANT to like this mobile version of Spore. But the truth is, it's an exemplary title for the App Store, and has more depth than most games currently available.

Check out our full review here at your convenience. Would love to hear your thoughts.

http://gamesareevil.com/2008/09/spore-origins-hands-on-review/

rsk137
Sep 11, 2008, 05:17 PM
App Name: Memengo Wallet
Price: $.99 from the App Store.

Memengo Wallet is an application that allows you to store your information in a single, secure location. Some of the things it stores are credit card info, website logins, email accounts, and a plethora of other things in your "wallet". There is a default folder in your wallet when you log in that's actually a readable tutorial about anything and everything in the application. The tutorial looks a little cheesy but it's filled with a ton of great info. The interface is simple, basic, easy to navigate, and straightforward. This might turn a few people off who want all of the bells and whistles or an award winning design, because there isn't any of that here.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee37/Ryanmarcel/1219505206.jpg

Adding a card to your wallet is extremely easy. All you have to do is open up the folder you want to add the card in, and click the "+" symbol in the top right corner. That opens up your menu where you can select the type of card you want to make. You get a good list of choices to choose from and once you select the one you need, you just start filling in the information. Once it's filled in and saved, it's added to the folder to storage.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee37/Ryanmarcel/1219477023.jpg

Memengo has a couple features that are well worth mentioning. One is the ability to sync it over the air with your account on their website. Syncing/backing up with the online account is surprisingly quick. It only takes about five to ten seconds and it's all synced up. It probably depends also on the amount of data being transferred, but when I first added all of my information and synced it, it still only took about five to ten seconds. It is free to sign up an takes just a few minutes to create an online account with them and it gives you another place where you can access your information. You can also edit your wallets and cards on the website and you will still need to enter your encryption key just like on your phone. It even gives you the ability to print off your wallets so you can have a hard copy.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee37/Ryanmarcel/1219476999.jpg

I'm sure you are curious about how secure your information is. You can choose to encrypt your data so if you transfer the data later, it's unreadable even by Memengo. When you encrypt your data, you must select a password. Once selected, make sure you remember it as there is no way to retrieve it if you forget or lose it. Each time you start up Memengo and choose your wallet, it will prompt you to enter in your encryption key. Once entered, you are free to go about your business. If you exit the application or your iPhone goes into standby, you must re-enter your encryption key. There is more security information on Memengo's site.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee37/Ryanmarcel/1219476971.jpg

I want to take a second to comment about the staff at Memengo. When I first downloaded the app and tried it out, I loved it. So, I jumped online to provide some feedback and let them know that I enjoy their application and a question I had. Hours after I sent the feedback via email, I received an email back from them thanking me for the feedback, answered my question, and were very professional in their manner. I was quite happy as you typically don't see that happen very often, let alone hours after. I know that if I have any questions, I can count on them to give me an answer.

Overall this is an absolutely fantastic app for what it does. The only downsides I can really see for some people is the simplistic look of the interface and that fact that you can not get back your encryption key if it's forgotten. It doesn't have a ton of bells and whistles nor the prettiest looking interface, but it does what it says and it does it very well.

Final Rating

* Ease of Use: 4/5 - It's a very straight forward application that has a tutorial that covers the entire application. Just make sure you don't forget your encryption key.
* Interface: 4/5 - This application is a plain jane looking piece of software. It's not cluttered by fancy graphics and special effects to distract you from the real purpose of the app. While it's what's best for the app, some may not like the "boring" look of it.
* Price: 5/5 - With the features that are packed in here and the ability to create a free online account your can sync/back up your information to, $.99 is a steal for how convenient having all of your stuff, encrypted even, at the touch of a button.


Recommended? Yes.
Click here to go to Memengo's site (http://www.memengo.com)

AJsAWiz
Sep 11, 2008, 06:59 PM
I'll be honest, we didn't WANT to like this mobile version of Spore. But the truth is, it's an exemplary title for the App Store, and has more depth than most games currently available.

Check out our full review here at your convenience. Would love to hear your thoughts.

http://gamesareevil.com/2008/09/spore-origins-hands-on-review/

Thanks for posting the link for the comprehensive review :D

ApplePicks
Sep 13, 2008, 04:58 PM
I recently purchase the much anticipated SPORE for my iPod Touch. Now, other than Crash Bandicoot, and a few of the guitar and music apps, I haven't really been playing many games for the Touch, yet.

At the purchase price of $9.99 I would have to say this is a pretty fun little game. Keeping in mind that this is on a mobile device it's pretty kick butt! The graphics are superb, the best I have seen on the Touch. The game play is great... I mean this isn't some long epic that you'll want to play for the next six months but, it is a fun app for $10 bucks.

SPORE definitely has me waiting, anticipating more releases from EA! This is the first game I have played for the iPod Touch that really feels like a game developer put some serious effort behind it. Good job Will Wright!

Rating: SPORE 8.5

Evil Editor
Sep 24, 2008, 05:04 PM
From what I can tell, this game got overlooked to some degree. It was funny too because our Portable Editor kept trying to shove the review over to someone else.

But once he got into it, his tuned dramatically changed. Here's the full review:

http://gamesareevil.com/2008/09/imangi-is-deceptively-simple-fun-iphone-ipod-touch/

(If you enjoyed PopCap's Bookworm, this is probably a no brainer)

mickbab
Sep 27, 2008, 12:44 AM
BAND
A$2.49 (sale price?)
8 out of 10
I really like this app because it is simple and easy to use, and always fun when you have nothing else to do. Love the 12 bar blues guitar.


TAP TAP REVENGE
Free
9 out of 10
This is an awesome app. Can't say i'm very good at it but it is really good. Handy that you can download all the extra songs even though you have to download them on the phone (correct me if i'm wrong).


SUPER MONKEY BALL
A$12.99
9 out of 10
A lot of people say this app is too hard to control (which i also thought originally) but after a bit of practise it really is a great app. I've had it since i got my iPhone (July 12) and have only just got around to using it frequently and learning it properly.


TRIS
Free
8 out of 10
A great remake of a great game. On a recent search i couldnt find it so i think it may have been deleted from the app store. Sometimes the controls are a bit sensitive but overall it is really good.


OM NOM NOM
Free
8 out of 10
Another great remake of another great game. It's snake, what else is there to say.


CUBE RUNNER
Free
7 out of 10
The iPhone version of the internet game (found here - http://www.funny-games.biz/cubefield.html) which uses the accelerometer really well. I have fun with this.


Some amongst many. A big congrats to all the developers out there making apps!!!

ihateallex
Oct 3, 2008, 02:14 PM
I thought ATT was planning thier own yellow pages app, wasn't it in the keynote? This one seems to be a knockoff.

I looked it up. The company that makes the Yellow Pages app is a sister company with Yellow Pages. The company is called Avantar (here's their website (http://www.avantar.us/))So I think their app is legit.

They also make Showtimes which I think is awesome. It's way better than Now Playing and slightly better than Movies. (Read my post here for more info. (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=6346878#post6346878))

josgraha
Oct 8, 2008, 05:28 PM
Are cross-posts okay? Sorry if they are not but I posted some info about an app called Ahoy and Ahoy! Lite which was just released. Pretty simple app so not much to review but it solves the missing feature of being able to quickly exchange address book entries between iPhones without typing. Here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=577007) is the link to the original post (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=577007).

Lunchbox700
Oct 8, 2008, 06:48 PM
Iheart Radio was added to the appstore last night. http://appshopper.com/music/iheartradio

It is another streaming radio application. I have to admit the only reason why I downloaded it was for Kfan radio from here in MN (my am reception sucks). All the stations are clear channel stations, and there is only 12 stations right now (which is odd considering the amount of stations they own) of the 12 there is variety so that is good, and since a lot of stations sound the same I guess it doesn't matter much. The sound quality is very good to be honest even if we did have good reception I would probably use this application anyways. Not a bad app for free it will get use from me

TheZimm
Oct 8, 2008, 07:00 PM
Theres a bunch of reviews on my site, but not this one =] but anyway, LuX Touch http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=292538570&mt=8

is really great. It's a game where you conquer the world it's alike the desktop version. They're going to come out with an update:
http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p339/Zymman/Picture2-7.png

Also, it's modeled after an old favorite board game of mine, risk, very fun

It's free, and worth it

Zym

Kenya
Oct 11, 2008, 01:59 PM
I throw my vote in for White Noise and Shazam. White Noise is an app that plays a full range of sounds to help you sleep, study, meditate, whatever. I've had the app since it was free but I think the current $0.99 price is reasonable and worth it. A recent update added new sounds including Tibetan bows, cat purrs, and clothes dryer sounds. My favorite are all the rain sounds except the one with the birds. Birds freak me out :eek:

Shazam is an app that you launch to identify a song on the radio, tv, or the car next to you. I've used this app more than I thought I would initially. It works flawlessly except when the artist is local or underground. I recommend both apps highly. Enjoy!

ficbot
Oct 11, 2008, 04:06 PM
First of all, I want to say thank you, this is a really excellent thread with lots of great reviews. By far the best review thread I have seen. Now, some comments about the apps I have:

Dicee/Tripzee/iDice: I was looking for a good Yahtzee clone. Dicee is awful, poor controls, no sound, hard to tell what you are doing. Tripzee is okay, but you can't see all the scoring options without scrolling, so that's annoying. iDice is the best of the lot, but the 'roll' button is too small, and often I need more than one try to hit it. Could use some refinement.

Firewords: Great, inexpensive game similar to the Yahoo Games title 'Bookworm.' I play this one a lot and am very pleased with the purchase.

Word Whirl: A 'Text Twist' clone. I bought this one for under $3 and enjoy it, but have since discovered free versions of the same game. I am not disppointed with this title and I do play it a lot, but if I had known about the free versions, I would have tried those first. It was my first day with the iPod and I was not very experienced with it.

ReMovem: I sprung for the paid version for 0.99 and am happy I did. It has some cool variants such as blocks that slide and move. I wish it would keep a high score list or something though.

Moonlight Mahjong Lite: A free game, I really like it. You can choose different layouts, zoom and tilt the board. A great free puzzle game.

And some non-game ones...

Instapaper: This is a free app. You install a button on your browser and when you click it, it saves the page to view off-line. Just sync instapaper by tapping the button for this on your iTouch, and it will download the pages for off-line reading.

eReader: This is also free. I love it. You can download free books from manybooks.net or other sites, and if you are a Fictionwise customer (I am) you can download your books from them too. The app is fast (I found its competitor, the Stanza app, very slow) and quite easy to use. I am so thrilled because one of the reasons I upgraded to the touch from my Nano was the express purpose of being able to read on it. So instead of carrying around Nano, pda and ebook reader devices, I can have it all on one device. I am so pleased with te eReader app and my wish has been fulfilled.

Interval Timer: I think this ws 0.99 too. It is a great app for the gym or for working out at home. You set the time for each interval, and it will beep (over your music!) at the appointed times. I enjoy this style of training for both cardio and strength work, I set them for one minute intervals and just pick an exercise, do it, and when the timer goes, switch to a new exercise. I am very pleased with this buy, a simple app that does just what it says it will.

iSpreadsheet: DO NOT buy this app! I was looking for a basic spreadsheet app, and the app 'Spreadsheet; cost $3 more than this, so I cheaped out and got this one. Boy, am I sorry! It has no shortcut buttons at all, you have to enter every formula manually and if you do it wrong the app crashes! It also has no cut and paste option, no way to get the docs off the ipod via email or synccing or anything, it is just a very limited and not ready for release app. I emailed the author, he says there are plans for upgrades and improvements, but I am still unhappy. This should not be out there. It is not a good app. I wish I had spent the $3 more and bought the other one.

Activities: This app lets you set up activities or tasks you want to complete, and tick them off each day you do them (for example you could say 'go to the gym three times a week' and tick them off each time you go. I like the concept of this app, but have not quite figured out the options. It is not very straightforward how you set up a daily event, and the squares don't turn green even when you tick them off. A help menu would not be amiss. Still, I think this is a free app and it does the job, I suppose...

jparris1
Oct 11, 2008, 10:07 PM
The only app I feel strongly enough about to really evangelize is Saisuke ( http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=289228987&mt=8 ). This app is so much better than the built in calendar app it's not even funny. And the sync with Google Calendar is a real winner. If you use google calendar, particularly to share calendars with family or coworkers, it's really a no brainer. Even if you don't share calendars, I like Google Calendar a lot. I love syncing anytime without a cable, and being able to access my calendars anywhere. The week view and Month view with text on the iPhone are super handy. And the recent updated added more view settinga and more style choices. I hope the improvements keep coming, but even as it is now it's a great app and worth every penny.

I hope some other developers jump into this space too. Palm OS and Windows mobile have numerous choices for PIM/Calendar replacements.

Strippervicar
Oct 17, 2008, 06:09 PM
PhotoFrame

An amazing app that makes your iPhone useful even for the time its charging in the dock (and for me, thats the only amount of time it isn't being used for something). This app turns the phone into a digital photo frame and desk clock, also very cheap - awesome.

www.chillix.net for more info or direct link:
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=293017389

exway
Oct 19, 2008, 02:36 PM
Fingeric
$1.99
8 out of 10

http://tinyurl.com/Fingeric

Pretty addictive action game, great ui and nice sound. I'm waiting for online highscore :D

GhostBusterZ
Oct 21, 2008, 10:26 AM
I am a newbie here, but i thought it was time i joined.
Also , there should be a forum for people addicted to buying apps. Because i think there are alot of us out there. Appaholics Anonymous anyone?

Ones I bought recently.


TOPPLE:
Low price
Jenga meets Tetris in a dark alley. Great graphics! Even love the music in the background
Hugely addictive
Feel professional

MCFINDER:
Free
Finds the closest McDonalds to me. I guess like all the other GPS ones out there but this one is focused solely for the golden Arches.
I have a feeling I will love this one, especially when i am touring (i am a musician)

KNOTS
Like twister but you aren't drunk and it only involves your fingers.
Cool idea, but i get bored quickly.

thatninjaguy
Oct 21, 2008, 02:35 PM
Lightsaber unleashed
8 of 10
free

you basiclly choose a red,blue or green saber. Then you swing you phone round like wii remote listen to it mke cool sounds.

jakemann23
Oct 22, 2008, 11:36 AM
Pathways- Puzzle game- 9 out of 10

Great puzzles and lots of them. Also, after you beat a level you can go back and play it again anytime you like which adds a lot of replay value. I have played a total of about 3 hours and am only half way done with the game!!!(so says the website:eek:)http://www.pathwaysthegame.com. I have been burned on these $5 apps before that have absolutely no longevity whatsoever but this is not one of them. The music is good and doesn't seem to distract from the game play. There is also a little story element that progresses as you play to add that extra bit of entertainment.

I highly recommend this game. Pick it up, you wont be disappointed.

humormuch
Oct 22, 2008, 06:35 PM
App Name: New Digits
Itunes Price: $0.99
Rate app: 10
Creator: Foundero (http://www.foundero.com/apps/newdigits.html)

Orders your contacts by create or modified date and shows you the date. It's really simple but helps me all the time when I can't remember the name of someone I put in my phone.

New Digits in AppStore (http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=293680852&mt=8)

Not sure why Apple didn't include this functionality in their built-in contacts app.

ficbot
Oct 23, 2008, 12:44 AM
Some games I tried out recently:

Dizzy Bee: Loved it. Upgraded to the paid version. This is the maze game for the ipod that I have been searching for. Unlike Biiball Lite, it saves your progress, and unlike Rock N Roll the controls are not all over the place.

Rock N Roll: This was a disappointment. You need to click in a separate area to access each level map. I got lost all the time. I prefer games where you can access the whole level on one screen. I still am playing it because I paid for it, but only in five minute chunks.

Crazy Pipes: Loved it. Its description says it is based on Pipe Dream, so I was expecting to touch the pipes to rotate them into place, but it turns out this is a variation where you slide them around like puzzle pieces. At first, this disappointed me because I was expecting the other thing, but once I got used to it, I really came to enjoy this game and I play it often.

Fire Tail: Hated it. It's like Jezzball, but the play area is too big to fit on the screen. So, while you are at one end being good and avoiding the bad guys, they are zapping you from the end of your tail that you can't see on the screen, and you lose. It would be better to have a less expansive play area and be able to see everything in this type of game.

Hexterity: Mixed feelings. You have to connect lines in a path to clear jewels. It *looks* like a really cool game, and it was cheap enough (I am a sucker for puzzle games and can be gotten on an impulse buy at the right price) that I tried it. But the controls are fiddly (I want to be able to touch to rotate, not have to spin each piece individually) and many times, it looked like something should connect but then it wouldn't. It was frustrating to play and I got impatient. Plus, it has a non-square icon, and that bugs the OCD side of me :)

Masterpiece: This is such a simple game, but it is my new love. This is exactly the type of game I enjoy where it is not dependent on flashy graphics to be fun. it is like a combination of Tetris and Pentomino: you put the shapes on the grid to try and make lines or columns, which clears them away. But you can't rotate the pieces, so you have to plan ahead a little (you can see two shapes ahead) and leave space for the bigger ones. Most of the games I have played have not lasted long, but this is a great, fun, quick game. Glad I got it.

Loops of Zen: Just downloaded this now. So far, so good. But it does not come with many levels. I hope they add more levels in the next update.

Numba: Tried the free version, loved it, upgraded. But I find that I get bored after ten minutes or so. I do enjoy it, but in quick bursts only. It is something I like to come back to throughout the day.

Moto Chaser: Hated it. Got it because I really wanted to try a racing game and it was very cheap, but I hated it. I hated having to keep your finger on the screen the whole time. They should have it so this is assumed that you are and you don't actually have to!

Spin Dice: You spin the dice to make combos and clear them. The 'casual' mode is terrible. You hardly get any spins, and since the game is pretty much dependent on luck of the spin, it is boring and ends quickly. But then I tried timed mode where you get unlimited spins and try to score as much as you can in the allotted time. it was like a whole different game and was very fun. The only quirk is that even if the game ends, it will prompt you next time to continue---at which point it will promptly flash 'game ever' and ask you to put in your high score (again). It should either default to start a new game, or not give you the continue choice if you left it with a game finished. And the casual mode really needs some tweaking!

Stone of Destiny: Waste of a dollar. Pretty, pretty game. But there is only one level of zoom, and it isn't enough. I could not see enough detail to play the game properly at all.

Vektrax: A sort of racing game. Fun gameplay, but it seems there are no levels and it just goes on forever and ever until you lose. I would rather have it be tracks like a racing game, where you can finish in a certain time and then try to better it later. I need the satisfaction of completing something :)

Wurdle: Loved it! Like Boggle, but you can loop around and around, and shake the board mid-game. Also it is timed, so it is great for just a quick game break. I wish the w in the title was uppercase though, it looks weird on my screen.

Zone Ball: Another sort of Jezz Ball clone. Much more fun than the other one. Sometimes, the controls are a little quirky and a line gets sent the wrong way, but overall, it is fun. The opening levels are quite easy though, and it gets a little tedious having to repeat them every time you play.

Anyway, hope these reviews help someone!

weeeza
Oct 24, 2008, 09:41 PM
iMoods http://ax.phobos.apple.com.edgesuite.net/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/browserRedirect?url=itms%253A%252F%252Fax.phobos.apple.com.edgesuite.net%252FWebObjects%252FMZStore. woa%252Fwa%252FviewSoftware%253Fid%253D293924080%2526mt%253D8
$0.99
10


imoods is a great new video app, it has amazing video and different modes, even a clock and alarm

deriko100
Oct 25, 2008, 08:18 AM
Anybody have a review for asleep? I have been on the urge to get Asleep or Awaken (whatever they were called).

YliceG
Oct 31, 2008, 10:29 AM
App Name: PictureDialer
Itunes Price: Free
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TheZimm
Nov 1, 2008, 01:50 PM
Anybody have a review for asleep? I have been on the urge to get Asleep or Awaken (whatever they were called).
Here's one: http://zym5.wordpress.com/2008/09/08/ambiance/

TheZimm
Nov 1, 2008, 01:52 PM
Same! theres a review on my site but also it is so cool and worth the money that theres a cheat code =]

Zym


Pathways- Puzzle game- 9 out of 10

Great puzzles and lots of them. Also, after you beat a level you can go back and play it again anytime you like which adds a lot of replay value. I have played a total of about 3 hours and am only half way done with the game!!!(so says the website:eek:)http://www.pathwaysthegame.com. I have been burned on these $5 apps before that have absolutely no longevity whatsoever but this is not one of them. The music is good and doesn't seem to distract from the game play. There is also a little story element that progresses as you play to add that extra bit of entertainment.

I highly recommend this game. Pick it up, you wont be disappointed.

applover101
Nov 4, 2008, 03:04 AM
This has to be one of my newest favorite apps. The sounds are clean and they music is amazing... I think a couple songs had a few looping problems but not enough to make me give this a bad review... Its in the music section and its $2.99 :)

Its for my 2 thumbs up.

TheZimm
Nov 5, 2008, 03:37 PM
just put up a review of scifly, its a really great game

Zym

autobotjones
Nov 7, 2008, 08:37 PM
Melbourne Metro
$2.00 I think

Really good if your using public transport in Melbourne.
It tells you the departure times of trains, busses and trams from every station/stop in Melbourne.
9/10

Burchie
Nov 14, 2008, 02:37 AM
A.I.Disk was last that i reviewed!
Price: 7.99$
9/10
Review: It's good application. Does connection to iDisk, while i love AirShairing app I wanted something that I can use to sent files for my iPhone from any computer without having to be on the same network and so far this is the best solution. I really enjoyed that back-up system for all my documents and files.

kas23
Nov 14, 2008, 02:54 PM
App: Folders
Price: $1.99
9/10

I love this app. It was what I was looking for! It is really no different than Briefcase or Airsharing, but it has one HUGE advantage, you can download files off of the internet! There is a feature on the app that opens up a web browser. From that browser, you just find the file you want (from an ebook website, megaupload, Mediafire, etc..) and then download it. The file will download right into your Folders app. And when you get home, you can transfer the file onto your desktop via wi-fi. Drawbacks are that it cannot unzip very large files (but you can unzip small files). You cannot download files off of some sites. I found it couldn't work on Rapidshare or Sendspace. Additionally, you can dl an mp3 file and play it, but you cannot add it into your ipod library (you can do so after you export it onto your desktop though). Same thing for e-books; you can't download it and then add it to Stanza (or maybe I haven't figured it out yet).