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Todoly Reminders Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 10th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: HOLDS PROMISE
Todoly Reminders is a fast if basic To-Do list app.
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Here Are Our Top 5 App Picks to Make the Gym More Fun and Productive

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 6th, 2015

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The gym can be an intimidating place at times. I’m now at a point where I’m pretty comfortable with my gym and my fitness levels (although they could always be improved!), but it’s taken a little while to get there. While I’ve had one personal training session with an expert who set me up with a good plan, much of it has come down to me figuring out what works best for me. That’s where a selection of iOS apps have really helped, both by providing me with useful advice and somewhere to store my workouts, and by giving me something to distract myself with between exercises. Here’s a look at a few of my recommendations.

4 Features We Want to See From the Apple Watch 2

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 15th, 2015

I’ve had an iPhone since they first launched back in 2008. When the original first came out, it had a ton of potential but very little had been realised at that point. Heck, it didn’t even have the App Store! So excuse me while I mutter about how the Apple Watch will be great one day, but probably not until its second hardware revision has been released. Following that logic, here are a few ideas of exactly what we’d love to see the second time around.

4 Games We Really Want to See on the Apple Watch

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 2nd, 2015

So, the Apple Watch launch is very nearly upon us, presumably changing our lives in ways that we can only imagine, much like the iPhone before it. Failing that, hopefully it’ll be a cool and useful watch to own. We thought we’d take a look at four of the games we’d love to see make their way to the device, bearing in mind the limitations that its size might offer.

Snupps Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 16th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: USEFUL LISTING
Got a huge collection that you need to organize, or just want to share with others? Snupps has it covered.
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bookkeep Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 11th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
Its simplicity is both its strength and its weakness, but Bookkeep will be a handy companion for avid readers not fussed about wanting to share what they're reading with others.
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148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up - Documenting Your Year With iOS Photography Apps

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 26th, 2013

For the past two years I've been recording my life with photographs. Every day, I've taken a photograph with my iPhone before sharing it via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For the most part it's fun to do, for a multitude of reasons.

It enables me to share my life with friends and family that I don't get to see as often as I'd like. It sparks conversations about whatever happened that day. More importantly, it means that at the end of the year I can look back at what I did and savour those memories. It's pretty much a photo diary in that case. Of course, some days it can be tricky. Not every day of the year can be fascinating, meaning that sometimes I have to get creative. And yes, sometimes I succumb to the ease in which I can snap a photo of my pets or my freshly cooked meal. It's a cliche, but it's surprising how many people enjoy looking at food even despite all the cynicism.

I use many different apps for such a purpose. While few (excluding Instagram) are used every day, they're a handy arsenal of tools just waiting for me to improve a photo in some way. I've made myself a rule that I only use iOS apps to adjust photos and it's working out for me well.

PRJCT Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on November 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLE TIME TRACKING
PRJCT is a clean and simple tool for tracking the time needed for freelance projects, which strikes a good balance between simplicity and function
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My.Shopping Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: OVERWHELMINGLY VARIED
My.Shopping certainly offers plenty of powerful features for those looking to organize their shopping list. Sometimes that can be overwhelming, though.
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Favorite 4: Single-iPad Multiplayer Games

Posted by Carter Dotson on May 13th, 2013

Hey, that iPad of yours has a nice big screen. Why keep it all to yourself? Grab some friends and play some games together with them! Here's four of my favorites.

Fingle: It's time to get intimate with this two-player iPad game. It starts out simply enough: each person moves their finger to the dashed box on screen. Sure, we can do that! Then multiple fingers get involved. Then the target boxes keep moving. Then the targets move in and out of the other person's hand, and action is getting incredibly touchy-feely here. Oh, and the game's use of innuendo means that it knows what's up. So grab a friend and be ready to become really close...or make things really awkward. Great memories or terrible memories are sure to come.

Bloop: Some of these games are fun for just two people, but here's one for up to four people. The objective? Each player picks a color on the screen, and when the action starts, they need to tap it whenever it pops up. Oh, and the colors are rapidly popping up all throughout the game, so reacting quickly to where colors are coming up is extremely important! Expect to be shoving others' arms out of the way all while playing this. It's got the best facets of an iPad multiplayer game: an easy concept to pick up on and plenty of chaos that creates for memorable moments.

Monkey Boxing: Sure, abstract competition is great. But sometimes friends just need to beat each other up by using simian avatars. That's exactly what this game provides, with two players on one iPad. The two-button gameplay is easy to dive in to, and there's enough variety to keep things from ever being monotonous. Don't just jump in to the game, though. Make sure to customize your monkey's outfit before fighting. Half of success is looking good while doing so. That's a fact.

Hundreds: This is something of an out-of-left-field choice in that it's not really a multiplayer game, right? Well, what you made you think that it was explicitly a singleplayer game? Given that the game is very much based around multitouch, get some other people and try to solve some of the fiendish challenges that the game throws out. However, more independently-working fingers means more opportunities to screw up, so it really just brings a different approach to the title that can really change the game.

Thinglist Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 26th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BASIC LISTS
Attractive to look at, Thinglist suffers badly for being far too basic for the price, despite offering a handy place to store ideas and thoughts.
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This Week at 148Apps: December 24-28

Posted by Chris Kirby on December 30th, 2012

This week at 148Apps.com, everything was about end of the year wrap-ups and countdowns. Carter Dotson compiled an extremely helpful multi-part 148Apps Top Apps of 2012, and he also gave us his Favorite Things of 2012: "In particular, Super Crate Box and Super Hexagon both left me in states of constant desire, wanting to get that high score while tackling the immense difficulty both games presented. Yet there was one consistent thread in both: failure was usually my fault, the factor of poor execution rather than random chance. It makes success feel all that more empowering. The byproduct of it is constant failure, and frequent profanity usage."

Oprah has nothing on Carter. Read his full list of Favorite Things on 148Apps.

What's a New Year's celebration without pizza? Is it any wonder, then, that Amy Solomon at GiggleApps.com reviewed Bamba Pizza: "This is the fourth year my son will receive play food as a large part of his holiday and birthday gifts from my husband and me. Although he has different hobbies as well that are demonstrated in the other toys he plays with, not a day goes by that it isn’t a birthday for a doll or stuffed animal where pizza is always served, along with cake, cookies and many other selections.

Although I would never expect Bamba Pizza or other apps like it to take the place of playing with toys in the real world, my son also enjoys playing with these types of apps when away from the house or when lying in bed before or after a full night’s sleep, when play food items are not welcome."

Read all of Amy's review at GiggleApps.

The holidays also present endless opportunities for taking photos. AndroidRundown.com reviewer Tre Lawrence showcases a venerable iOS photo app, now making the transition to Android: "There was a time, not all that long ago, when cameras on phones were not too hot. The hardware was rudimentary, and the accompanying software bordered on the silly. Pictures were not that great.
Since then, it has gotten better… much better. So much so, that for many people, their smartphone cameras are the cameras for everyday use.

Snapseed (from Nik Software) is an app that looks to perfect the picture-taking experience. It is a photo-editing title that incorporates a lot of the features people have come to expect with apps of this type. Being chock-full of fan favorite filters definitely makes it an interesting offering."

Read Tre's full review at AndroidRundown.

By this time next week, we will be in 2013, so all of us at 148Apps would like to take this moment to thank you for your constant readership throughout 2012. Without you, loyal reader, we simply wouldn't exist! Thank you, and Happy New Year from 148Apps!

iPIM Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 6th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: USEFUL
Organizing everything possible in life, all through one app.
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Pocket Lists Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Greg Dawson on January 16th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ORGANIZE!
Pocket Lists offers all the basics of most of the free to-do apps, but goes much further and offers syncing with Google Tasks and iCal as well as with other mobile devices via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
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ScatterBrain Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Gianna LaPin on July 28th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HAS POTENTIAL
ScatterBrain captures every fleeting thought simply and easily, from grocery lists to random to-dos, and looks good doing it.
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