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CardDrop - Goodbye Business Cards Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on April 26th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: DROP IT
CardDrop lets users drop their business cards for people to pick up later, but the lack of features compared to its competitors means it may not be for everyone.
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Localmind Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on April 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LOCAL ANSWERS
It connects users with locals to get answers to questions about an area quickly, and the ability to earn karma points gives the app a fun game-like appeal.
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Facebook Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 20th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ESSENTIAL SOCIAL NETWORKING
The biggest social network of them all, the Facebook app manages a fine job of making it easy to browse from the comfort of one's iOS device.
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Netbot for App.Net Review

By Ruairi O'Gallchoir on April 20th, 2013
A beautiful and functional App.Net client, mixing Tapbot's famous attention to detail with an easy to use and functional interface.
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Facebook Messenger Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on April 20th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CHAT FOR FREE
Users can reach friends instantly through free texts, voice messages, photos, group chats and even phone calls with this standalone app that integrates well with iOS.
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Mobli Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 29th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: EXCELS ITSELF
With some rather cool video features in particular, Mobli is a photo and video social networking app that deserves to be noticed.
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Dubbler Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 13th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: VOICE SHARING
Don't bother typing your thoughts, speak them instead, for this new social networking app.
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Digisocial Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FLAWED AUDIO SHARING
Digisocial is a quick and easy way of sharing voice clips and pictures with the world, but it lacks some all-important privacy options for the more wary of us out there.
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Static Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CLEAN AND SOCIAL
Static offers an easy portal to many popular social networks, providing relevant statistics simply and easily.
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Chee.rs Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By David Rabinowitz on January 7th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BE CHEERFUL
Use Chee.rs to publish a post about anything to be happy about.
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Wink! Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on December 21st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HALFWAY THERE
Being able to share pictures with specific people is great and all, but why does finding a specific image have to be so difficult?
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Strum Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 14th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOCIAL MUSIC VIDEOS
Strum is the video clip equivalent of Instagram. It has a slightly expensive pricing policy but the vast majority of its content is free and decent.
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Tweetary Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 11th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A TWITTER ARCHIVE
Tweetary enables users to archive tweets for browsing and annotations at a later date. It's useful but pricey.
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Twitterrific 5.0 Review

By Jeff Scott on December 6th, 2012
Twitterrific 5.0 is a whole new version of the familiar Twitter client. Designed by The Iconfactory from the ground up to be the perfect Twitter client. Did they do it?
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Evzdrop Review

Posted by Carter Dotson on December 3rd, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Developer: Evzdrop, Inc.
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPod touch 5

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

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I generally find myself skeptical of location-based services that launch. In general, they have too much of a focus on urban dwellers. Something like Foursquare is only interesting for those who live in a big city. As well, it becomes just noise when shared to people on other social networks, just a shallow way to announce that a person is at a certain place, instead of actually adding value to the conversation.

Evzdrop avoids many of those traps. First off, the service is built to actuallya have people say something. There’s a Twitter-esque 140 character text box that requires input whenever a drop is made. This makes it easy to share thoughts on the place. Think the food at this restaurant is terrible? Say that, and include a thumbs down. Think that this bar is the raddest joint on earth? Thumbs up and a cool message will lead the way. Drops can be shared to Twitter or Facebook (or not at all!), and photos can be attached.

[img id="Evzdrop-4-169x300.png"]Second, there’s actually many, many ways to use the service. It’s possible to listen to places akin to following them on Twitter, and to see what’s happening at a certain place, or to see what’s happened recently. For example, when I spoke to the developers of Evzdrop, they mentioned that people have posted photos and updates from sports stadiums, so people can get a special perspective on what’s happening there. It could even be used as a Yelp-type service, where seeing real, recent opinions on a place is possible, or even just to filter to certain types of places and to see what’s around. Essentially, micro-reviews. This means that in suburban areas, where people are more spread out, there’s value in still posting things, as othe people will be able to see them later. Drops are all public, and those who run places can respond to drops, but it can also be done entirely anonymously.

The long-term problem is simple, as with every other service that’s based on location: it needs users. It needs people checking in at places regularly in order to provide content, so that when a person looks, they will actually see what they want to see. It needs places to actually interact with people regularly. The app also needs some cleaning up in its interface. There’s a lot of options, and a lot of the value of the app can get obscured in buttons and options, and things that look like buttons, like the tiny icon in the upper left, seems like it should be a button but is actually a non-interactive icon.

I find myself very interested in what Evzdrop will do in the future: they’ve done a lot to ensure that it’s something that has value even early on as its userbase is growing, and to ensure that there’s actually interesting content on there. But it just needs more to be something truly special.