Recent App Reviews
TweetDeck does not have as many features as Twinkle or LaTwit, but it’s a winner because of its next generation UI and ability to sync with the desktop version of the app. You can create groups in the desktop version and have them show up on the iPhone version. In addition, the UI and sounds on both the iPhone and desktop versions are similar, giving you a sense of continuity and making it easier to switch from one to the other.
LaTwit has the features a casual user would want, but the UI is strange. If you like being different, you may appreciate it.
Twinkle is an old favorite and still a good example of what a casual user would want. It includes a simple UI and the ability to upload images and find local tweeters; it even allows access to Facebook. My only complaint is that you have to have a Tapulus account to use it.
TwitterFon has a few more features than NatsuLion, but it still has a simple and easy-to-use interface. Additional features include the ability to upload images, search on tweets, and display tweets near you. Although you might not consider these basic features, even new users may want to do a little more than read and post basic tweets after a few weeks.
NatsuLion is a simple, basic, and relatively fast Twitter application. It does not have photo upload or GPS location capability, groups, or the ability perform searches—that’s what I like about it! It covers all the basics and has a few nice tricks (like shaking the screen to hide navigation controls, conversation threading, and showing the original messages when writing a reply). It even offers two color schemes: light background for daytime viewing, and dark background for night.
Or so says a great article on CNet. The free game 2012 is a tie-in to the movie and is fairly simple. But, according to the article, it uses a feature that may never have been tried before. The object of the game is to get to Tibet (digitally, of course). You do so by answering some tough trivia questions. And here's the innovation: you can use "lifelines" like in the TV game show by using your iPhone to call friends for help — directly from within the game.
First they took us to ancient Greece, then they thrust us in the middle of a war between the human / elf alliance and the Orcs (yeah, I know what story you’re thinking of). Get ready for their wildest adventure yet, as Pocket Monkey Games takes us deep into the heart of the jungle… to help an odd furry creature swing through the trees? You read that right. In Pocket Monkey’s latest game you help a cute little fuzzball with really long arms try and get as far as it can before it either misses a swing or gets stopped by other nasty forest dwellers. I like the simple, addictive premise, but overall the game feels a bit unfinished and doesn’t live up to Pocket Monkey Games standards.
I don’t usually “play” on my iPhone, but once in awhile, I find a “fun” app that gets my attention. MyReef 3D Aquarium is one of those apps.
The free Showtime app from Showtime Networks offers selected full episodes of their programming as well as video clips from their original series. The selected episodes of original series include the new season premiere episodes of "Dexter" and "Californication." Also available are episodes of "United States of Tara," "Weeds," "Nurse Jackie," "The Tudors," "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union," and "Penn & Teller." Video is added regularly. The app also offers select sneak peek clips of the next week's episodes, behind-the-scenes features, and interviews with cast members and guest stars.