Talking Pics iPhone Review

talkingpics_iconDeveloper:  Big Stone Phone
Price: $6.99
Version reviewed 1.3

iPhone Integration Rating: 3 stars
User Interface Rating: 3 stars
Re-use/Replay Value Rating: 5 stars
Overall Rating: 3.7 stars 

Talking Pics is not your run-of-the-mill voice recorder. The developers thought of a great idea that makes it far more useful than just voice. Talking Pics can associate pictures with your recordings. If a map would be more relevant to your note, say you’re trying to remember where you parked, you can choose a map and set that as your image. This feature allows you to see what was happening—it’s a great way to recall what was happening during one class, meeting, or idea. Better yet, you can add text notes to the notes. Your notes are organized into projects, not unlike a task manager application.

You might be wondering, ‘How will I ever get my memos back on to my computer?’. Luckily the developers thought of that already. There is a clean web interface for downloading your notes from the computer. Activating the web interface is just tap away and allows you to archive notes on the computer.

The whole app feels well though out and complete. Because of the numerous features and well thought out interface, Talking Pics has found a permanent home on my iPhone.

Talking Pics is a good application for anyone who needs to record things. The additional functionality of the image and the text notes accompanying the audio truly makes this an awesome deal for anyone who has an iPhone or iPod touch (with an external mic).

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Twittelator Pro iPhone Review

 

Developer:  Big Stone Phone
Price: $4.99
Version reviewed 1.6

iPhone Integration Rating: 3 stars
User Interface Rating: 3 stars
Re-use/Replay Value Rating: 5 stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 stars 

I have to admit it, I’m a twitterholic.  That’s why I decided to review twittelator Pro which is a twitter client for the iPhone.  The reason I chose to review this application was because it is very feature complete.  Here are some features of Twittelator Pro:

Tweet themes: Robin, Canary and Martin to match your mood
As many Twitter accounts as you want
Switch between accounts fast
Post pictures, library images and maps of your location
Post high resolution photos to TwitPic.com
Full access to complete Twitter Search
Persistent Searches for “re-searching”
Copy tweets and paste links and images
Send links from Safari to new Tweets
Large font for very readable Tweets
Explore Public Timeline
Explore Friends of Friends of Friends…
Help! button in case of emergency
Bookmarks for tweets and searches
Built-in web browser to view links
Tap top bar to scroll to top of Tweets
Bottom bar has page down control
Log file to see Twitter.com server info
Turn off capitalization and auto correction
Emoji  Button when adding tweets

As you can see, the app has a lot of innovative features.  One that I REALLY love is the Copy and Paste feature.  I know what you’re thinking: iPhone doesn’t have copy and paste!  But in Twittelator Pro, you can copy and paste tweets within the application.  This is really useful for re-tweeting  or if you want to paste one message or tweet across many Twitter accounts since you can set up multiple twitter accounts with Twittelator Pro.

The user interface (UI) is mediocre.  There are 5 buttons that are squished along the bottom of the app.  The buttons are:
Refresh
Settings
Tweet button 
Scroll Down Button
Server Access Log

I feel that the developer only needs to put two buttons on the bottom bar of the app: The Tweet and Settings button.  The reason I am saying this is because most people don’t really want to see the server access log, and if you really want to see it, it should be in the settings panel or some other preference screen.  The developer should also eliminate the refresh button and instead enable the user to shake the iPhone to refresh your tweets.  But honestly, I think that the most awkward button is the Scroll Down button.  Why?  Because you can already flick your finger to scroll down and it comes so natural to every iPhone user. So why would you need another scroll method to scroll down your tweets?  I been testing this app for a week and a half, and I never needed to use that button.  So just to recap what I’m saying, the developer should remove the Refresh, Scroll Down, and Server Access Log button from the bottom bar. 

Overall, Twittelator Pro is the best iPhone twitter client I have used so far, but it badly needs some UI cleaning.  Besides that, Twittelator Pro is a pretty satisfying app.  I wouldn’t recommend buying it at $4.99, but I would definitely recommend buying it if the developer lowers the price to $3.99 or $2.99.

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