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Summer Travel Series: Great Gear And Apps For The Season!

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Greetings fellow travelers and adventurers, and welcome to my special summer travel series! To go along with iPhone Life's upcoming special Summer Travel digital issue, I'll be doing a special summer column featuring some of the best gear, gadgets and apps that can help make your summer adventures even more convenient, enjoyable and memorable.

 

First up in the series, I'd like to introduce you to a relatively new product on the market: the Verbatim Mobile Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard. 

 



AmIOK?! - Twitter, Facebook, email status sharing! for iPhone

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With the exploding popularity of Facebook, Twitter, E-Mail and texting over the last ten years or so it has quickly become difficult to keep up on them all.  If you are spending time sending out messages to your friends and family through all these different tools it can get quite repetitive and time consuming.  The AmIOK app has solved that problem by allowing its users to make Facebook status updates, Twitter updates, and send e-mails and texts all at once.



Apple and Microsoft Come Together in Polaris Office!

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Polaris Office is a pretty unique app of its kind.  To sum it up, it allows Apple users with devices such as the iPad or iPhone to access and edit Microsoft Office documents.  Of course, it's a lot more extensive than just that; but this is why it has become one of the most popular business apps to date.  As for its cost, many people believe that the worth definitely meets its value. 



What I played this week - Ichi and more gaming news

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This week, I review Ichi; advanced pong/puzzle game rising fast in app store popularity, and as about as simple as a game can get and still provide devilishly mind-twisting fun. Also, some important news: for those who have heard me ranting but not yet sampled the Galaxy on Fire 2 space adventure (SD version)--99 cents for a very limited time (expires June 15th, 2012) so do not tarry too overlong to snag it. In other iOS gaming news, Bank Job side-runner freebie has been released, and a new 3D racer called Bounty Racer coming this summer. I hope to review both in an upcoming WIPTW column, time permitting. Read on for the Ichi review and full game news releases...



Multi Audiobooks Player App Review

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Multi Audiobook Player has been rated as an unexpected great app in 2010.  Because there are a variety of apps geared towards the concept of media, this particular one has surprised many critics.  There are numerous features that are offered that can't be found with its competitors.  And for those that enjoy listening to audiobooks, you'll appreciate the innovative idea behind it. 



Panda Sweet Tooth Full for iPhone

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The Panda Sweet Tooth Full app is a fun game where you control a panda that goes through levels collecting different foods.  There are several different worlds where the panda needs to collect different types of foods beginning with strawberries.  Each world is broken up into several different levels.  If you’re able to complete a level successfully and collect enough of the food you’re looking for you’ll get three stars.  If you complete it without dying but miss too many items you’ll get two or one stars.



What I played this week - Draw the Line, InstaJam, Trailers, Ichi and Kitaru news!

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Welcome to my somewhat weekly app review column (aka WIPTW), where I mostly review games and "play-oriented" apps and news. This week, have 3 apps to review (and another to preview), so won't waste any time with my usual blabbering. Draw the Line is a cute puzzler with physics aspects. Ichi is still under embargo, but can say it's another interesting puzzle game soon to be released. InstaJam is a basic drum machine app, and iTunes Movie Trailers though not a game, is an iTunes award-winning freebie vid player handy for finding all the latest movie previews. Last but certainly not least, I offer up a quick QA with some of the Aoineka folks about their coming Kitaru game, and you don't want to miss this iPhonelife exclusive about what could shape up to be one of the best iOS 3D gaming experiences ever!



Tracks app review for iPhone

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At first glance many people might think that Tracks is just another social media tool for their smart phone.  If, however, you give it a chance and launch this impressive app you’ll quickly see that it is much more than that.  To start with, this app was clearly developed by professionals who know not only how to program a mobile app but also how to make sure it looks and functions flawlessly. 

The app allows users to store and share all sorts of things with exactly who they want to.  This includes anything from music to documents to photos and videos.  You can use the easy to understand settings to make sure you’re only allowing your friends to see a specific item, or you can share it with everyone. 



A Unique Touch: X-Doria iPad And iPhone Accessories.

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In the ever-so-crowded field of cases and folios for iDevices it's an understatement to say that it can be a challenge for one brand to stand out from the crowd. To that end, X-Doria is a company that has created a unique and varied product line-up, products that appeal both to a sense of touch as well as a sense of visual aesthetics.



iPhone Reviews | iPhone Life Magazine

We have several iPhone reviews.  Articles like, iPhone Goes 3G,is one of many that gives you a more in depth look at Apple's products. Here are several iPhone reviews on past and current models.

"On July 11th, 2008, Apple and AT&T stores started selling the iPhone 3G, and over one million consumers bought one in the first three days, making this the hottest smart phone launch ever.  The 3G brings speed,assisted GPS, and a new low price to Apple's smart phone platform. And while the hardware has definitely been improved, it's the OS 2.0 and software suite that is truly revolutionary."

In iPhone 3G S and OS 3.0, we take a first look at the new 3G S. Resting in your hand, it looks pretty much like the 3G, but in this case, looks are deceiving. The iPhone 3G S sports a faster processor, better battery life, a 3 megapixel camera, enhanced 3D graphics, and a variety of other improvements.  Best of all, it's claimed to be twice as fast as the 3G.

We also reviewed the new OS 3.0 and software suite.  Apple added some nice features, including Cut & Paste capability, enhanced A2DPBluetooth that supports stereo headsets, an upgrade of SMS to full Multi MediaServices, improved search feature, landscape keyboard in Mail and other apps,and additional enhancements to Calendar, Contacts, iPod, and Safari.  Apple also added a new native app to the application suite.  VoiceMemo lets you capture and edit short audio recordings and e-mail or SMS them toa friend.

iPhone reviews: Apple began selling an unlocked versionof the iPhone 4S (iPhone Life Article Here). That means that you can use it with any carrier, andyou don't need to sign a contract.  Unlocked phones are a big advantage for frequent travelers. GSM is the most common standard abroad,and the whole cell phone business model is typically much different in other countries. No contracts, no subsidized phones. You simply buy a SIM card and put it in your phone. You can even buy SIM cards at kiosks in airports and on the street.