Recent App Reviews
Anyone having read my Windows Mobile ZX Spectrum emulation bible knows it’s pretty easy to emulate such an inefficient platform even on slow handheld devices (unlike, say, the Commodore Amiga).
Unfortunately, the ZX Spectrum emulator “ZX Gamer 3GS” (AppStore) released some days ago can’t even reach the speed of original ZX Spectrums on the iPhone 3G S, let alone older and slower iPhone / iPod touch models.
After a certain number of variations of a particular genre come out, you begin to wonder what else can be done with that style of game. That’s the way I’ve felt about breakout clones for quite some time, especially since I don’t particularly care for the genre in the first place. Then one came out called Bricks Of Camelot that caught my eye because of the slick visuals. Once I found out that it was from Donut Games I had to give it a try. Turns out that I have not been disappointed at all. In fact, for the first time I think I can say that I actually really enjoy a breakout style game. There’s not really anything new in the mechanics of the game, but rather in the power ups and attention to detail in the environment that make this game so much fun.
I get up at 5 a.m. for work, and typically do not return home until 6 p.m. That makes for a long day—one that leaves little time for exercise. So, I was pretty excited to try Workout of the Day, which helps you integrate a quick but intense workout into your daily schedule. The program uses 16 different exercises to create 365 unique daily workouts. None of these require weights or other expensive equipment. The workouts are around 10 minutes each, so they’re easy to fit into the day. Most involve multiple rounds of lunges, pull-ups, and other exercises. It is a great exercise solution if you’re pressed for time.
I tested a number of task managers when I bought my iPod Touch, but kept returning to Todo. In addition to its fantastic user interface, Todo has the ability to sync with online task managers, such as Toodledo (toodledo.com), Remember the Milk (rememberthemilk.com), or iCal on the Mac using Appigo’s own sync program. You can sort, organize, tag, and categorize all of your tasks to display them in a way that is most useful to you.
Todo: organize and manage tasks
Quickoffice lets you edit or create Microsoft Word and Excel documents on the iPhone. To edit a document, transfer it to your device via e-mail or a wireless network. You can then open it from within the app and add, delete, and format content. I was a little disappointed that the app does not support more document formats such as WordPerfect, Google docs, etc. However, it’s great to be able to work with Word and Excel. In one stroke, this app has turned the iPhone into a serious contender for the business market.
The app’s name says it all. Pocket First Aid provides you with instructions on how to provide first aid for almost any medical emergency. Whether you have to deal with choking, chest pains, or
allergic reactions, this app provides you with instructions on what you’ll need to do if you or somebody near you experiences a medical emergency. This is an app you hope you never have to use—and one you don’t want to be caught without.
Pocket First Aid: important app you never want to use
We have Star Walk 3.0 codes to give away (3 to be exact), so get your comments in before Saturday, 26 September 2009 (11PM EST), for a chance to win a copy of this great astronomy program from VITO. If you already have a copy, tell your friends and family to get over here ASAP before the deadline!!! Full rules follow the break...
A large part of digital photography involves editing photos on your computer to fix the contrast, color balance, etc. Photogene features a fantastic user interface which allows you to edit photos on the fly. You can crop photos, fix colors and contrast, straighten and rotate them, create mirror images, and more. You can even do some fun things like apply special effect filters, caption bubbles, and more.
Photogene: edit important photos on the fly
MLB At Bat not only gives you real-time scores and schedules, but also provides standings, SMS alerts, video, and even live-game action. With the paid version, you can follow your favorite teams using video, box scores, pitch-by-pitch, and even live audio. For just shy of ten dollars, it is the almost as good as being there (maybe even better depending on how your team is doing). This one is a “must-have” for baseball fans.
MLB At Bat 2009 every ball and strike on your iPhone
Instapaper helps you stay on top of the news when you’re away from a data connection. Use the app or the Instapaper Web site to add your favorite news sources to your account. Then, before you head out, sync the app with the Instapaper Web site. Any new content from your selected sites will be automatically downloaded to your device and be waiting for you to enjoy during your commute into work. You can even use the iPhone’s pinch motion to zoom in or out on an article.
Instapaper: offline access to favorite Web sites