Glacon Lite

September 27, 2008

Type: Game

Cost: Free

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10

Review: This game is very ADDICTING.  The point of the game is to destroy all the enemy planets.  You start the game with one planet with 100 people on it.  Automatically your planet will reproduce(the bigger the physical planet the faster it  reproduces).  In order to win your going to need to spread your people to other planets so that you can reproduce faster.  You can also attack the other team’s planets to make their population go down or if you send a big enough army you can take over their planet.  There is a number in the bottom right corner of the screen and that allows you to choose how many people are going to be sent from your planet to the enemies.  You have to make sure you keep a good defense on your planets though or else the other team will take them over.  In this version of the game there are 10 difficulties.  On the settings screen you can adjust the sound and on the help screen they do a very good job of explaining the rules and the point of the game.

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Verdict: This game is very addicting.  I played for 30 minutes thinking it was only 5 minutes.  If you enjoy this game a lot, there is a paid version ($4.99) that has more features.  If you don’t download this your missing out.

Link: Glacon Lite

PapiPole

September 14, 2008

Type: Game

Cost: Free

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10

Review: This game is just like PapiJump and PapiRiver.  It provides you with a good way to kill time and have fun while doing it.  In this Papi game you have to navigate Papi, who is perched on the top of a pole, to catch the falling hamburgers and avoid the falling spike balls.  You lose the game whenever you get hit with 4 spike balls or Papi falls down.  This game seems pretty basic but the way you move Papi makes it unique.  You slide your finger on the tan part of the screen and it moves Papi.  Think of it as if Papi is balancing on the stick and you need to keep him balanced.  If you want him to move fast you can let him fall to one side and then swipe across the screen fast so that he becomes balanced again.  The settings screen has the normal Papi option of turning up the sound.  You can also submit your highscore after you play a game, just like all the other Papi games.

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Verdict: If you enjoy the other Papi games, you probably already have this downloaded, but if not pick it up.  It is a little more challenging than the other games which makes it more fun.

Link: PapiPole

Air Sharing

September 12, 2008

Type: Utility

Cost: Free (Until September 22)

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10

Review: This is a great app and a good (and free) alternative to File Magnet and Datacase.  It allows you to easily transfer a multitude of different file types to your iPod Touch/iPhone wirelessly.  It is very easy to setup (just map to the network location they tell you to from your computer) and allowed me to transfer a 1gb file in around 20 minutes.  This is a really good app if you want to watch a movie but don’t want to sync your iPod.  They provide highly detailed instructions and some good settings such as password protected sharing as well as public access.  You can also delay (or disable) your iPod Touch/iPhone from going to sleep.

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Verdict: Definitley pick it up for free before September 22.  Even when it begins to cost, this will still be a very useful app.

Link: Air Sharing

Grafunc

September 6, 2008

Type: Utility

Cost: $1.99

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10

Review: Here’s another school related app in honor of the end of the first school week.  This is a graphing calculator with great options.  Inputting your equations is easy and simple.  You are allowed to have six equations on the graph at a time with a different color for each.  You can easily find intersection points and axis intercepts with special buttons.  When you graph an equation, you are able to tap and hold your finger then drag to come up with single points.  On the options menu you can adjust your window (easier to just pinch and stretch on graphing screen) as well as reset your view.  You are also able to turn your labels on and off and select the sampling quality.  There is also an extensive help screen which will get you using this app’s many functions quickly.  As an extra bonus you can use this app in landscape mode.  In terms of other competitors on the app store, there is an app called Touchplot ($4.99) which was a massive waste for me.  You cannot graph more than one function at a time and you can’t use brackets.  On top of that Touchplot’s interface was hard to use.

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Verdict: I highly suggest picking up this app if you are in any math class at the moment.  It is 1/50 the cost of even the cheapest graphing calculator and who wants to go on their computer if they need to graph something?  Stay away from the competitor’s Touchplot app because from experience it has minimal function.

Link: Grafunc

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aSleep

September 3, 2008

Type: Health

Cost: $0.99

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ 10/10

Review: We all have those nights where we just lie there and can’t seem to get to sleep even though we are really tired and all we want to do is sleep.  This app might just be able to combat that problem.  I downloaded this app two days ago and have tested it twice and it really does work because I fell asleep within 20 minutes of using it.  The basics of this app are that there is a timer (I set it for 30 minutes) and an impressive list (50) of sounds.  You select how long you want to play a sound for and what sound to play.  From there you can put your iPhone/iPod Touch to sleep to save battery.  Once the timer ends the sound will fade out and the app will automatically close to save battery.  Hopefully by this time you are sleeping like a little baby.  So far I have tested the Beach sound effect and Rain (seems to be a favorite of the commenters).  I played both sounds through a pair of speakers from the dollar store and each time I fell asleep before the timer reached zero.  Even if you don’t fall asleep within the timer, the app will relax you so that it is easy to sleep.  You have a choice of sounds from many different categories such as Nature (beach, rain), Life (shower, airplane cabin),  Noise (alien, computer), Insturments (bassline, organ), and Sounds (meditation, voices).  For the iPod touch users there is a really helpful volume slider which helps you choose the perfect volume to fall asleep too (lower is better).  There is also another app which is exaclty the same on the app store called ambiance but I decided to buy this one due to comments from other users.

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Verdict: It really works, so if you have trouble getting to sleep, this app will help you.  Even if your skeptical I suggest you download it.  The only downside is the 172 MB size of the app.

Link: aSleep

CheckPlease

September 2, 2008

Type: Utility

Cost: Free

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8/10

Review: There is a million different tip calculators on the app store and originally I didn’t see any purpose for them.  During the next couple weeks I realized how time consuming it is to calculate and split a tip and meal cost unless you’re some mathematician.  This is where this app comes in.  Just open it up type in the cost of the meal and choose your tip percentage and number of people to split the meal with.  Checkplease will give you the exact value of the tip each person should leave and the amount they need to pay for the meal.  You also have an option to use exact/rounded values.  From the settings menu you can change to an older version of the app’s layout and set a default tax rate.

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Verdict: Never fear splitting up a bill again with this handy app.  Some people might not have any use for this app while others might begin to use it often.

Link: CheckPlease

TouchCalc

September 1, 2008

Type: Utility

Cost: Free

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7/10

Review: In honor of school starting tomorrow I decided to review an app themed appropriately.  This app is a scientific calculator which is close to the same Apple provides you (landscape mode version) but with more features.  Imagine yourself walking down the street trying to remember the Cos of 180 degrees.  Now you can just whip out your TouchCalc app and figure it out in seconds.  This app is really helpful for basic calculations when you just need to use a calculator quickly so this won’t help you when doing advanced stuff.  Still this calculator has a memory along with the normal scientific buttons and can work in three different modes.  Also the buttons seem to be just the perfect size which is good because this app doesn’t work in landscape mode.  The settings screen is pretty basic and is where you change between you modes and other prefences.

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Verdict: Pretty good calculator app for basic use but won’t help you much when trying to do advanced calculations.

Link: TouchCalc

ShoZu

August 31, 2008

Type: Utility

Cost: Free

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10

Review: This is a great app with the purpose of uploading your pictures from you iPhone/iPod Touch to a massive list of social networking sites.  I use it everyday to upload my screenshots I take for this website.  To start you need to select which websites you are part of and want to upload to.  After choosing each site you need to give them your login details.  Once you successfully complete this you are able to click on the website you want to upload to on the main screen.  From here you have the option to upload a picture, view all the of the pictures you have uploaded and add feeds which allows you to view your friend’s picture feeds.  Uploading a 320×480 screenshot takes me about 1 second and appears in my Flickr account of about 4 seconds (over WiFi).  I have only tested this app with Flickr so other websites such as Facebook and Photobucket may provide you with more features.

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Verdict: Very useful app that is perfect for those of you who often upload pictures taken from you iPhone to social networking sites.

Link: ShoZu

Papi River

August 30, 2008

Type: Game

Cost: Free

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10

Review: This app is for all you Papi Jump lovers.  Basically the goal is to guide Papi down a river while avoiding the walls which will slow him down.  When he gets pushed back behind the back end of the screen the game is over.  The movement in this game is controlled by the accelerometer and feels kind of weird at first because Papi seems to be affected by momentum and kind of slowly moves from side to side.  It takes a little getting used to but once you get comfortable it’s easy.  This game has the same layout as Papi Jump where there is a settings screen, game start screen, how to play screen and finally a more games screen.  The how to play and more games screen both lead to Safari links (but the developers added a link on the pages to return back to the game).  Once you start the game Papi starts being pushed down the river and once you die a screen comes up where you can submit your score and play again.  The settings screen is pretty simple with options to change your sound volume and calibrate your tilt sensor.

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Verdict: Awesome game which is just as fun as Papi Jump once you get the hang of moving Papi around.

Link: Papi River

BlackJack Run Lite

August 28, 2008

Type: Game

Cost: Free

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8/10

Review: This is a pretty fun game and is one of my favorite on the app store.  This game incorporates some of the rules of blackjack with a twist.  The game consists of 5 rows where you try to place cards to add up to 21 (or as close as you can get).  The free version the game is made up of 3 rounds each consisting of 30 seconds.  The next card to be played is always placed up near the top of the screen and if you don’t like it, you have the chance to skip one each round.  Your score is calculated based on your five rows and the total that is added up from the rows.  If you score at least 95 points on the 5 rows you will also be eligible to receive bonus points for time left, blackjack bonus, hand of 21 bonus and all rows 21 bonus.  The only option/setting for the free version of this game is to change the background but the $4.99 paid version allows you to change the number of rounds, number of seconds in each round, starting cards in each row and change the position of where the row total is displayed as well as keeping track of your high scores.

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Verdict: Fun free game but if you don’t feel there are enough settings and you enjoy the game enough you might wish to buy the paid version.

Link: BlackJack Run Lite