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Skype for the iPhone

March 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Skype for the iPhone. The first thing I noticed is it’s VERY unstable. No matter what I do in the app, it crashes within the first minute or so. I even tried resetting my phone thinking it was just a glitch. Nope. Crashes almost instantly. How can you release an app like Skype for a device like the iPhone and not at least iron out stability issues? It’s unusable as it stands right now.

Aside from the usability of the app based on stability, there are some worthy mentions about the Skype app. The interface is pretty nice. It’s intuitive and familiar if you’ve used Skype before. It has some nice features such as importing contacts from the iPhone contacts list and using a picture from the camera roll as your profile pic. It’s also got the standard iPhone interface for input as well which is decent.

I called my wife on our cellphone with skype out and also dialed the test call which is available upon the install. The call worked and was somewhat decent but sounded kind of tinny and there was some slight echoes. Skype has always been like this but it seemed a bit worse than usual.

Overall, I think this will be a cool app once they fix the stability issues, but until then I have no need to click on it and will refrain from doing so. 4/10

ScummVM iPhone

March 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Remember those old Lucas Arts adventure games you used to play when you were a kid? Sam and Max, Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, etc? Well now you can relive those old adventure games while on the go.

The ScummVM project has been around for several years and the good folks involved in this project have ported ScummVM to several devices and platforms including the iPhone. ScummVM is a game engine interpreter, which basically means it’s an outlet to run the old games that you once played through a newer game engine. Think of it like an emulator of sorts, but not.

The touch screen interface of the iPhone works very well in conjunction with the old point and click style adventure games and they have added other features such as swipe gestures, accelerometer support, and a built in keypad. In order to get ScummVM you must install it from the cydia iPhone app repository. You must jailbreak your iPhone to get this. Jailbreaking an iPhone is very easy and shouldn’t cause any harm to your phone or iTouch (though I’m not responsible for any damages, etc. etc. that “could” happen if you want to try this out 🙂 )

All in all, the iPhone is a great interface for games like this and ScummVM rocks. If you are feeling brave, then jailbreak your iPhone and relive your childhood memories of when games were actually good and humorous. 7/10

Trace iPhone game

March 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Trace is a very cool game which is available on the iPhone’s apps store. It’s a platformer as well as a puzzle game. I believe I got this one for free but I can’t remember, I would probably still pay a couple of bucks for it though if I had to.

In Trace you draw your platforms using the touch screen of the iPhone. You move your character (a stick person) through the level using touch controls and maneuver through objects by drawing platforms at various locations, lengths, and steepness.

There are several levels and some of them can be very challenging. The game is also fun for kids so if you feel safe handing your son or daughter the phone for a bit, they will get a kick out of it too. All in all, a very well done and thought out game. I hope they add more content in the future. 8/10

Pocket Money for iPhone

March 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Pocket Money for the iphone… where to begin. I like the ability to pull in QIF data but there are no filters or customization to do this so it just pulls in all information. It takes a long time to load anything more than six months to a years worth of data and it likes to lock up the phone from time to time.

There is absolutely no way to set up scheduled reminders, only scheduled transactions, so if you are like me and still manually pay all of your bills online then you will be annoyed by the automatic transactions.

They have a graphing system but nothing as complex as quicken or other products. The graphs are built using the google API which is cool, but honestly it’s not very pretty or customizable and you need this for a money app.

The pricing is pretty high too for an iPhone app and I felt ripped off that I paid 5 bucks for this app, especially since I ended up deleting it. If you want my opinion, stay away from this app and get something more basic from the appstore like “Checkbook” which is only 99 cents. 4/10

Lose It! iPhone app

March 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Lose It! is a weight loss app for the iPhone. You can get it for free from the app store. This application is very well done and probably one of my favorite apps on the iPhone.

Lose It! captures your daily calories balance as well as nutritional information. You can set goals for weight loss and track your weight loss by a line graph. You can add various food and exercises from a database or add your own custom food and exercises.

I have lose 28 pounds in under three months because this application is so easy to manage and keep track of everything. I definitely recommend this app if you are planning on losing some unwanted weight. 10/10