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iPhone / iPad / BlackBerry / Android Application Reviews

Discussion in 'Technical Board' started by Nettdata, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Nettdata

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    Help us find that elusive perfect iPhone app, or stear clear of that POS hackjob.



    Please try and follow the formatting of the first 2 posts, firstly listing the platform, and then the name of the app. A link would be ideal, if possible.
     
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    Re: iPhone / BlackBerry / Android Application Reviews

    PLATFORM: BlackBerry

    APP: Quickpull

    This app is a must have for anyone with a Blackberry, no matter what model, or what you use it for.

    It simulates a battery pull, meaning you don't have to actually manually take the battery out to do this every time. While this may not seem worth the hassle of downloading, the scheduling feature is. You can schedule Quickpull to simulate a battery pull every day at a given time (mine's set at 3:50 am). This keeps your internal memory at a reasonable level, keeping your phone from bogging down at random times. It also has a setting that will notify you if your internal memory drops below a certain point.

    I know I'm not the only person here who has had their message and call history completely wiped because your phone was out of memory and needed to make room somewhere. This used to happen to me on a weekly basis, at least. In the past 2 months that I've had this app, I haven't had any troubles.

    It's available in Blackberry App World as a free download.
     
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    Re: iPhone / BlackBerry / Android Application Reviews

    PLATFORM: iPhone + iPod Touch

    APP: Mixologist

    Mixologist is a good app if you like drinking and are immensely indecisive or uncreative. Its main function is a large dictionary of cocktails that you can browse, but you can also list all the booze and mixers you have on hand and it will tell you specifically what you can make. Herein lies the problem though - it doesn't 'forget' booze you had when you remove it from the list, thus listing a bunch of drinks you can't make because you polished off your bourbon a month ago and haven't bought more.

    It has few gimmicks, like shake the iphone to 'roll the dice' on what cocktail to have, as well as supporting adding your own cocktails to their large (6000+) dictionary.

    Mixologist also features a "Find closest liquor store" but couldn't find any in Canada and only 7 in the continental United States so that seems somewhat useless to me.

    Finally the app features bartending tips, which I really haven't looked through.

    It's a dollar in the app store. Up to you if you think it's worth it.
     
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    Re: iPhone / BlackBerry / Android Application Reviews

    PLATFORM: iPhone

    APP: FlightAware http://flightaware.com


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    Very cool app.

    In preparation for my upcoming flight on Friday, I stumbled upon this app that lets you track, in relative real time, the status of North American flights. It even provides you with real-time mapping and locations. If you go to the web site, it does even more.

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    On top of that, they email you various notifications, like when the flight plan was filed, wheels up, delays, re-routing, cancellations, etc.


    And it's FREE.


    Just in time for the Christmas travels.
     
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    Re: iPhone / BlackBerry / Android Application Reviews

    Platform: IPhone

    APP: Whatsapp www.whatsapp.com

    It is essentially BBM for the iphone. All your other contacts with iphones are listed in the contacts portion of the app and you can chat with all of these contacts without it being a text message. However, since it is constantly pushing for data, it does affect battery life a little bit. It is relatively new, so hopefully with updates over time it will make the battery issue moot.


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    Re: iPhone / BlackBerry / Android Application Reviews

    PLATFORM: iPhone

    APP: TowerMadness by Limbic Software.


    Stupid fucking tower game that sucks all of your time. Blink, and an hour's gone by. All to protect some stupid sheep.

    Best $0.99 I've spent in years.


     
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    Re: iPhone / BlackBerry / Android Application Reviews

    PLATFORM: iPhone

    APP: OmniFocus by OmniGroup


    It's the ULTIMATE "Getting Things Done" app for the Mac/iPhone.

    These guys make some of the best software out there for the Mac, and this is no exception.

    If you're a fan of the "Getting Things Done" book and philosophy, this app is for you.

    I've got the Mac app installed on my laptop and desktop, as well as the iPhone version installed on my iPhone.

    They all sync directly with each other, or via WEBDAV (MobileMe, etc).

    Also takes advantage of GPS/Google Maps for spacially aware tasks/contexts.

    It works really well for me.


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    Re: iPhone / BlackBerry / Android Application Reviews

    Not exactly an app, but I just found out a way to sync my iPod and iPhone to all 3 of my computers (1 mac laptop, 1 mac desktop, 1 windows laptop).

    http://www.ismashphone.com/2009/05/how- ... uters.html

    Very handy, and thought I'd share, in case others were interested.
     
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    Re: iPhone / BlackBerry / Android Application Reviews

    Platform: iPhone

    App: Simplify Media2

    I threw down the $7.99 for this app on a recommendation from a boardmember, and I must say, it was the single best App suggestion I've ever gotten.

    I have over 40 Gigs of music, so having a limit of 8GB on my iPhone can be pretty frustrating. As long as you leave your home computer (or music server) on with the free PC software running, you can stream any song from your computer straight to your iPhone. Takes a little time to get it all indexed the first time, but after that, it's plenty fast on WiFi and 3G. Definite Thumbs up!
     
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    Platform: iPhone

    App: Orb

    This goes along some with what Simplify does. You let the Orb program run in the background on your pc(pretty sure no mac support), and you can connect over wifi or 3g/edge and view whatever folders you allow on your pc to be viewed. I setup orb last year before there was any Slingbox support so that I could connect with my tv tuner and stream Cubs games while I hid my phone under my desk.
     
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    Re: iPhone / BlackBerry / Android Application Reviews

    Platform: iphone

    App: Logitech Touch Mouse

    This free app turns your iphone into a touchpad, great if you have your computer hooked up to your TV. Or if you just want to amaze your friends. My only complaint is that the keypad doesn't act like the iPhone keypad. The shift key sticks on, instead of turning off after one letter, and the double-space period shortcut has disappeared. But it's still pretty amazing how quickly the app works.
     
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    Re: iPhone / BlackBerry / Android Application Reviews

    Platform: iPhone

    App: MLB.com At Bat 2010

    Price $14.99

    I've only paid for two apps since I got my phone back in june. At Bat, and At Bat 2010. If you follow a baseball team at all this app is great. Last summer I spent a lot of time at my girlfriends who didn't have cable, so I would follow all of the games on my phone. You can get live audio feeds for all games (both home and away feeds). When I was driving across the state I would lose the station on my radio, and switch over to my iphone. You can watch select live games, or all of them if you subscribe to MLB.tv. You can watch highlights, browse videos, check stats, all sorts of stuff.
     
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    Re: iPhone / BlackBerry / Android Application Reviews

    Platform: Multiple

    App: Shazam

    Cost: Free

    Shazam will attempt to identify music that's being played. The phone "listens" to the song and compares it to a central database of songs. It returns any results it finds. It's great when something is playing that you've never heard or are unsure of.

    It works surprisingly well, even in less than optimal conditions like clubs or noisy bars. It identified everything we tried, although everything that was being played was fairly popular so I don't know the extent of their database. Still, a cool app that comes in handy.
     
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    Platform: iPod touch/iPhone

    App: Round Timer

    Cost: .99
    If any of you do interval style cardio, this app is ridiculously useful. It basically lets you set the number of work periods, and the length of the work period and rest period. It uses both sound and a background change to signify the switch. The sounds are customizable, but nothing special but the color change is pretty damn noticeable. You can also play your own music (I think, I use a shuffle when working out) while the app is running.

    App: Alarm clock pro.

    Cost: .99, has a free version
    Ever wanted to wake up to Rammstein (I actually use a combination of Rammstein and Buckethead)? Now you can. You'd think Apple would include an option to use your own music in the packaged clock, but this works just as well. You have to leave it running to work, but you can lock your ipod and it'll still work although it does use up a decent amount of battery life overnight.

    App:
    Air Video Free

    Cost: 2.99, has a free version

    Best for the last. This one was just featured on lifehacker, but its so ridiculously awesome and easy to set up I had to mention it: Air Video. It lets you use your pc as a content server for your iphone/ipod touch/itampon, so now all you have to do to surf your ENTIRE porn collection at work is leave your computer on. It's literally a two step process: turn the remote server on, and enter the pin into your device. The best thing about this is that there's no pre-conversion required since the app can actually convert while streaming...it even plays .flvs and there's minimal buffering delays. I've only used the free version so far, which only lets you browse three random videos from each directory at a time.
     
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    Quoted because I can't edit. I just paid the three bucks for the full version since I was so impressed by the free one, and holy shit...this thing converted a 720p episode of Spartacus on the fly with less buffering delays than I've had watching some youtube videos with the normal youtube app.
     
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    Anybody know of any Android apps that work along the lines of Air Video?
     
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    Is there anything like Air Video for music? I have an FTP server running on my computer at home, and I've tried a couple of Cydia FTP apps to download music from the computer to the iPhone, with no success. Last.fm scrobbling would be a definite bonus.
     
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    <a class="postlink" href="http://www.orb.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.orb.com/</a>
     
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    Re: iPhone / BlackBerry / Android Application Reviews

    Just upgraded from a crash-happy 3G to brand new 32GB 3GS today, and holy shit what a difference. So much faster.

    This is the first time I've ever upgraded, so I'm unsure how everything gets transferred. How do I put apps that I've paid for (for example, BestCamera), onto my new 3GS without having to purchase it again? Sorry if this is a basic question, I'm still new to the whole Apple world...
     
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    Plug in your 3G and make it sync. If you don't have the 3G/it doesn't work, you're going to have the data of the last time you synced it.

    Unplug the 3G.

    Plug in the 3GS. iTunes will say, "I detect a new phone. Do you want to A) make it a new phone, or B) transfer the shit over from your old phone?"

    Select "Transfer my shit, bitch."

    Shit becomes transfered.

    Phone is happy.

    I don't like iTunes at all but it makes it ridiculously easy to move phones.