Saturday, August 15, 2009

iPhone Stylus

These things came out shortly after the release of the original iPhone, and I have been dying to try once ever since. Silly silly me. These styluses boast that they function due to what they call "electron transfer". That's really it for their descriptions. Basically, it's magic. I wish I could offer more insight to how this works, and I am throwing around the word "works" very loosely, but alas, I cannot. The only reason I purchased one of these is because I found one cheap enough on Amazon that if it didn't function, it wouldn't hurt my feelings.
From the moment I tried to use this, I realized that this is far from being a real stylus. I tried sliding the unlock button using about as much pressure as I would with a regular stylus, but nothing. Several swipes later, I realized that I basically had to jab the stylus at the screen to
get it to work. Vince's first words when trying it were, "This crap doesn't work!". I couldn't agree more.
Using the agility of a master clock maker, I managed to unlock the phone using the stylus. Next came the issue of selecting an app. A simple tap was not sufficient enough, far from it. Then came the aimless stabbing at the phone, but still nothing. Finally, I realized that I had to "roll" the rubber end of the stylus over and app to get it to select it. Not very effective, but it "worked".
Using the keyboard was just as unnerving. More strange rolling to select a letter, and even then, it was not always accurate. The typing speed decreases by so much it physically hurt my body and mind.
Alas, here comes it's final flaw. The rubber tip leaves some kind of strange residue all over the screen. It's nothing that a little wipe across the shirt won't fix, but who really wants to use a product that leaves gunk on another device?
I will give the stylus this, it does look good. It actually looks like it might actually be manufactured with a legitimate design. It also functions pretty easily on my MacBook Pro's trackpad, albeit, it still leaves a gray residue.
To sum it up, just stay away from these products. If the iPhone was intended to be used with a stylus, and not our fingers, Apple would have made the phone that way. But it's not. The iPhone's screen is very intuitive and intelligent, even for those with big fingers. Just stick to the original. Believe me, you'd regret purchasing this with actual American dollars.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Flight of the Hamsters

A pretty cool game that reminds me alot of Kitty Cannon. This version has to do with hamsters! This game is called Flight of the Hamsters. Your hamster will be set up on a spring board. There will be a little meter in the top left that has a slider. It will move up and down pretty quickly. Your goal is to tap the meter when it gets right in the middle or a little above. While your hamster is in the air tap or tilt your iPhone to make your hamster float in the air. I think this feature is a little weak and its not executed perfectly. While in the air try and catch the items. They help you progress through the level. It is a really fun game for the iPhone, but dont take my word for it. Check it out in the App Store today for $0.99! :D


Here is a pretty cool app I found! It is called iGlowStick. Basically you break the little clear tube by sliding your finger to the side and watching the stick bend in the middle. (Just like a real glow stick). From here the stick will begin to glow in the middle. Now begin the shaking! Shake your iPhone to get the whole glow stick to light up. Once it is lit up you can use the glow stick as a flashlight. This is a really cool feature and works very well if you use the orange or yellow glow stick. Check it out in the App Store today! It is FREE. :D

SpinArt (Updated)

As promised, I am doing a review on SpinArt's new update. They basically took care of all my complaints from my original review. You can now upload your own photos to add a little effect to them. There is also the option to make the canvas all one color rather than having to color the whole thing yourself. I like to believe they made these changes simply because I listed them in my review...I can dream can't I? Go check out this app. Really entertaining to play with. $.99 in the AppStore.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


This is another clone of popular online game of a different name. CubicMan is a puzzle game and could very well be one of my top five favorite iPhone games of all time. The object is to move the rectangular prism around using swipes across the screen to get it to stand up straight on top of the goal square. The prism rolls around, so you have to be careful to not let it roll off the maze. It takes alot of patience sometimes to find just the right moves that need to be done in order to get through the maze. This game is perfect for either short plays when waiting to do something or longer play when you need something to do. Versatile games are my favorite. This most definitely not one of those games that you feel buyer's remorse for purchasing. It's worth it. There are two versions: The Deluxe Version for $2.99 and has 100 levels and a Lite Version which only has the first 10 levels to try it out. I highly recommend this game. It will always be in my top five hall of fame.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Speck featured our blog again!

Speck, the heaven-sent case company, has featured one of our reviews on their website again! This time for our review on the Speck AftPack. This is seriously a really fun and down-to-earth company. Please go check them out at their website!

Monday, August 10, 2009

20Q Mind Reader

Many of us played 20 questions as kids, and then there was the electronic version that could guess almost anything you were thinking (so long as it was appropriate...believe me, I've tried). 20Q Mind Reader is a clone of the popular electronic toy. The new user interface is a little interesting, but nonetheless, intuitive. It's a really basic and fun game. There are two versions, a free one and a $2.99 version. The "premium" version includes four other mind games to play, whole the lite version is just the original 20Q most people are looking for. Go check it out.

Facebook PixSter

The current Facebook app is fine and all, except that it can't upload photos, and it is pretty janky (in my opinion). Facebook PixSter seeks to solve the janky problems of uploading photos and updating your Facebook status. The user interface is really simple and easy to use (as ALL ui should be). When you open the app, you are greeted with a screen that works very much like starting a PowerPoint. "Tap here to add a picture" "Tap here to add a caption". Very easy to use. And when selecting a photo, you have the option to preview the photo first rather than just tapping the thumbnail you think might be your picture. This app also allows you to update your status seamlessly while at the same time posting a link to your current location using your iPhone's GPS. Really snazzy. It is currently $.99 in the AppStore. If you are an avid user of Facebook, then this app is a must for you!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


There are plenty of To-Do apps in the AppStore, but not too many of them are this organized and well thought out. ReQall allows you to organize all of your tasks in very easy to find ways. Simply by placing certain words in the task description, reQall will place the task in it's appropriate category. Another great feature is the voice-to-text ability. When you add a new task, you are given the option of either typing out the task, or speaking it and letting reQuall's voice-recognition software decipher your words and write it out for you. I have played with it a little bit, and it seems to work pretty well so long as you speak fairly loud and clearly. The really exciting part of this app is the ability to use push notifications! But don't get your hopes up. Just like a couple of other apps in the AppStore, in order to use the push notifications, the company is requesting that you open a payed reQallaccount for $25 a year. That seems just a tad bit ridiculous for me. In the meantime, I'm desperately waiting for any To-Do app that has FREE push notification. Nonetheless, reQall is free in the AppStore. Check it out!

Let's Golf!

And here is post number 2 or 2 for my trip to Pismo Beach with @mhelvey. Day number 2 of our trip will be spent on the golf course. I thought it would be cool to review a golf game app that I have always wanted but never really had a reason to get. (I still don't really have a reason to get it), nevertheless, I am getting the game and about to review it. This game, created by Gameloft is called Let's Golf!. Let's Golf is just like Hot Shots Golf, the game for your gaming system: the PS3 or Xbox 360. This game has 63 holes of golf among the 4 courses featured in the game. The courses include: the Fiji Beach, the American Mountains, the English Countryside, and finally the Scottish Lochs. In addition to 4 courses, there are 4 different characters you can choose to play as, with each one having different strengths and weaknesses. You are also able to customize stats and their clothing. You are able to play this game through Wi-Fi with a friend who has an iPhone and the same game. Another really cool feature is that you can spin the ball while its in the air to try and influence where it lands. This was a feature first included in Tiger Woods PGA Tour for the home systems.The game play/user experience for this app is incredible. It is super easy to play with some taps of the finger. It has pretty good graphics and the game play is smooth. If you really like golf and golf games, check it out in the App Store today! :D

Xtreme Quad Racing

In honor of me and @mhelvey taking a final trip to Pismo Beach before I head off to CU Boulder, I have decided to write a trip-themed post. At Pismo Beach we are going to do some golfing and ATVing. First I am going to review an ATV game app for the iPhone. This game is called Xtreme Quad Racing. Just like the name suggests, this is a racing game performed on quads or ATV (all-terrain vehicles). This game has 5 courses and each course must be raced faster than the CPU for you to win the game. There are 4 different ATVs you can ride. Each one having different vitals and different strengths and weaknesses. Another good part of this game is that there is a 1st person view as well as a 3rd person view. Good stuff. Now on to the user experience/game play. Its bad. Just flat out bad. You play the game in landscape mode, but it definitely doesnt seem like it. I had to turn my iPhone until it was almost vertical. By then I could not even see where I was going. The accelerometer seems very delayed/not working for this app. Its $2.99 in the App Store, and totally NOT worth it. But if you want to find out for yourself check it out in the app store today! :D
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