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Word Forward Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 19th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FUN WORDPLAY
Create words from tiles in order to get the lowest score in this simple yet enjoyable word game.
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148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up - How My Grandmother Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Going Mobile

Posted by Mike Deneen on December 31st, 2013

I'm the kind of person who my entire family comes to with any tech or game related question. For my soon-to-be career in the IT world, I've probably already heard every silly computer related question I can think of; such as my parent's worrying I deleted all of their email in their Yahoo! email account when I reformatted their computer to my uncle calling me to tell me how this site he saw on an infomercial cleaned up his PC. Every facepalm, of course to those in the know, was from lack of knowledge of computers and technology.

So when it came to my grandmother - who is old, fragile, and not in the greatest of health - needing an upgrade from her ancient Mac Book this year, I candidly suggested she go to an iPad instead of a new computer. "Why?" my family asked, "How can a tablet replace a computer?" To which I gave them a brief summary of all the reasons I could come up with to justify the purchase of a $500 tablet versus a $1200 MacBook. The iPad's size, weight, cost, and usability were all crucial to my argument for the iPad versus another laptop.

Me with my grandmother at my wedding in 2010.

Eventually I won out in this discussion, thus beginning a sort of experiment to see if my dad's mother could adopt to a mobile touch screen device. To many in our age group, the idea that someone may have trouble with an iPad sounds almost absurd. But keep in mind this was part of a family that I had to verbally instruct over the phone as to how to launch Skype on their MacBook.

The first baby steps of this experiment were to introduce her to popular apps, such as the iPad email interface, Safari, and Facebook. Facebook took great strides in 2013 to make their mobile app to have nearly all the functionality of the browser based version. I was even able to help her figure out how to hide the posts from a distant relative who'd post quite frequently about Justin Bieber and how much she'd spent on clothes. My grandma is cool like that.

Next up was showing her various forms of entertainment on the device. Now again, this amazing lady still owns two SD TV's, so an iPad with it's Retina display is by far the best visually striking screen in her house. I showed her various video apps; such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and even lesser known ones such as VUDU. Because I also deal with iOS games on a consistent basis, I introduced some simple but really fun games I thought she might be interested in trying. Two of them, which appeared to catch on with her, were games I considered to be some of the best but most overlooked games of 2013: 4 Thrones and FlowDoku.

There have been a couple of challenges in this adventure however, as anyone going from the familiar to the unknown can be a little daunted. My grandmother had issues figuring out her email, having been used to browser based clients. However, I was able to introduce her to the wide array of Google apps available on iOS, merging the Google and Apple worlds into one. She found the Google Mail client pretty useful for her needs, as well as Google Drive, so I could send her stuff such as wedding photos from the event that occurred some 3 years ago. Additionally, I was able to set her up with Skype on iOS so she could watch my sister's wedding, as well as the TED Talks app so she could see the various topics discussed.

There was also a little trouble getting my elderly grandmother adept at using the on-screen keyboard. Luckily the keyboard on an iPad is relatively big with easy to read buttons, especially in comparison to any Android device. It also responds perfectly to touch, with little to no issues responding appropriately. Once she learned to adapt to using a touch screen to not only replace the mouse but the physical keyboard as well, things seemed to go much easier.

The farm I spent a lot of time on as a kid at my grand parents.

My grandmother means the world to me, and it's absolutely devastating knowing she is nearing her final days on this Earth. But the notion that I could help simplify her life a little bit makes me feel a tad better. From helping her get a device that her frail body will be able to manage to setting her up with and showing her how to use some apps that were similar to what she was using on a MacBook, I feel as though my grandma has a great computing device, an awesome means of communicating with the outside world, and something that will help improve her life overall; regardless of how long or short that may be. Technology has many uses beyond business, entertainment, or whatever else. Sometimes it's just as simple as using it to aid the ones you love.

Division Cell Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 3rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MINIMALISTIC MANIPULATIONS
Simple to look at and learn to play, Division Cell is quite a satisfying puzzle game all about symmetry.
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10 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 22nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THE MAGIC NUMBER
Keeping things minimalistic, 10 is a satisfyingly challenging puzzle game about making 10 out of smaller numbers.
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KAMI Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STYLISHLY CHALLENGING
Tranquil and relatively minimalistic, KAMI is a charming puzzle game focused on a very simple concept.
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SpellGrid+ Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 3rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FLEXIBLE WORD CREATION
Create as many words as possible from one larger word, in this open ended and enjoyable word game.
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I am Box Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on September 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLE YET HARD
A fast-paced color matching puzzle game that’s virtually impossible to beat.
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Chipotle Scarecrow Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: POSITIVELY FLAWED
Its heart might be in the right place, and it might be briefly fun, but Chipotle Scarecrow lacks staying power.
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Sumhold Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on August 29th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SIMPLE AND AWESOME
Sumhold may look like just another calculator, but its elegant interface, ability to store numbers, and running total feature help make it one of the best simplistic iOS calculators available.
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rymdkapsel Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BETTER LIVING THROUGH GEOMETRY
It's hard to tell just what rymdkapsel is with nothing but screen shots to go on, but rest assured that whatever it is, it's awesome.
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VideoPlay Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 10th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ATTRACTIVE YET BASIC
Offering a simple if somewhat basic way of creating videos with filters, VideoPlay isn't an all-in-one solution but it does the job for most users.
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Beejumbled Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE WORDPLAY
A simple but cute word game, Beejumbled should keep word game fans bzzzzy for a time.
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Bucketz Ride HD Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 13th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DUNKING GOODNESS
Throwing rocks into moving buckets with faces has never been quite so much fun, no matter how weird it may sound!
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Greedy Grub Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 23rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A CUTE CRAWL
Greedy Grub is certainly adorable, but it's not particularly ground-breaking.
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Dots Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 13th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MINIMALIST ADDICTION
Simple to look at and play, Dots is a rather fun game about connecting as many dots as possible within a short period of time.
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