Things Mac and iPhone Review

Developer: Cultured Code
Price: $49.99 for Mac app, $9.99 for iPhone app. $60 for both.
Versions reviewed 1.2 for iPhone, 1.0RC2 (493) for Mac

iPhone to Mac Integration Rating: 5 stars
User Interface Rating: 5 stars
Re-use/Replay Value Rating: 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5 stars

General:

“Things” is a task manager for the Mac & iPhone. There are several other task managers that I have tried out, but “Things” is special because the application is really focused and really intuitive. For instance, it has a List called “Someday” for to-dos you want to do eventually. I have a lot of invention ideas that I want to make into prototypes, but I don’t have a specific due date for it and I don’t want it clogging up my inbox, so I can put it into the “Someday” list.

iPhone:

The user interface of “Things” on the iPhone is really sophisticated. The icons, labels, and buttons look perfect and are positioned exactly where you want them to be. The layout is so simple, even an idiot can figure out how to use it (that’s right, an idiot!). The bottom bar always has one button in the bottom left hand corner of the screen; the “New [task]” button. The rest of the buttons in the bottom bar change depending on what list you are looking at. Adding a new task is really easy and simple: just click on the “New [task]” button and type in your new to do.

At $10, “Things” for the iPhone is expensive, but with it’s amazing interface and simple but powerful layout, $10 is a bargain for this app, and I definitely recommend that you buy it.

Things (App Store Link)

Mac:

The Mac client is better than the iPhone client if you can believe it. The interface is elegant, and the Mac app is very complete (there isn’t anything left out). The best part is the sync feature which lets you sync your to-dos seamlessly with the iPhone & Mac client. One thing that should be added is an icon in the menu bar on the top right corner (you know, where the date, time, and volume controls are). Then you can quickly add a to-do without having to go the whole application.

Mac Client of Things

Mac Client of Things

Overall:

With a Mac and iPhone client which are both excellent, Cultured Code is not joking around when they say that “Things” offers the perfect balance between ease of use and powerful features. The Mac version costs $49.95, and the iPhone version costs $9.99. At $60 for the whole shebang, it is a little expensive, but it is well worth it. Luckily, since the first non-beta version of “Things” is being released at MacWorld, the developer, Cultured Code, has a sale going on that lowers the price of the mac version to $39.99, making the Mac + iPhone bundle less expensive at $49.95. You must us the code:

20% discount
THINGSPRESALE20
coupon valid through January 15th, 2009

GET A FREE COPY OF THINGS!!!
If you follow us on Twitter, we will be giving a free copy of Things away on January 6, 2009.

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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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The iPhone Unit Converter

Developer:  Crossroad solutions
Price: $0.99
Version reviewed 1.6.5

iPhone Integration Rating: 4 stars
User Interface Rating: 5 stars
Re-use/Replay Value Rating: 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 stars 

One thing I love about my iPhone is how there are so many educational apps on the appstore, so I decided to review a program called Units.  Units is a unit converter that acts like a calculator.  It has a number pad like a calculator, but it has 4 buttons along the top: mode, from, to, and setting.  There are even three user-swappable buttons on the side for your favorite conversions.  The picture below explains what I’m saying.

Units Interface (looks like a calculator)

Units Interface (looks like a calculator)

The interface is really simple and looks fantastic, but it takes about 5 minutes to get used to.  It feels like an aluminum Casio calculator, nice brushed aluminum and nice plastic keys.  One thing that the company should add though is a landscape (sideways) mode, giving you more user-swappable buttons, currencies, and extra features directly on the screen.  

Overall, Units is a pretty awesome app.  Costing only 99 cents, Units is a must have for students. Period. 

 Check out the developers website at: crossroad solutions – iPhone – Units

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Tap Tap Dance iPhone Review


Does the word Tapulous ring a bell?  If it doesn’t, they are the creators of some of the most finest iPhone apps like Tap Tap Revenge, Collage, and Twinkle; just to name a few, and they just created another app called  Tap Tap Dance.  The app is very polished and is a “bag of fun!” 🙂 .  I don’t really see where the whole “dance” idea fits in there because it seems like a better version of Tap Tap Revenge, but still it is a pretty sensational app.  Like my review of MotionX Poker Quest,  I will divide this review into parts.  The parts are Graphics, First Impressions, Reuse Value, and Final Verdict.

Graphics:
We have seen a lot of Tapulous’ apps, and saying that they look nice is a huge understatement, and Tap Tap Dance stays up to par.  The game user interface (UI) is really straightforward and pretty nice looking.  They also got creative with this one by putting really cool decorative designs during gameplay.  The graphics are nice, but it is a little coarse and rough when playing a song, especially in two player mode.  Knowing Tapulous, this will probably be fixed in a upcoming update.
First Impressions:
When you open Tap Tap Dance, the interface looks a little bare.  It only has three buttons labeled One Player, Two Player, and Options & Tutorial.  When you click on the One Player or Two Player button, it opens up a nice little check list of 4 songs.  You have to complete the first 3 songs with an accuracy of 85% or higher to unlock the last song of each level.  Personally, I like this strategy better compared to the app Tap Tap Revenge, because it gives you something to work   play for.  
menu-taptapdance 
When playing a song, you are greeted with a interface similar to Tap Tap Revenge, only waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy better.  The scenery is different for the last song of each level.  The basic interface is shown below:
 primary-taptapdanceNow, you might be thinking that this is no different from Tap Tap Revenge, but believe me, you will feel the difference.  Gameplay is way funner (yes, I know that isn’t a word) when compared to Tap Tap Revenge because when you press on the dot or circle at the correct time, it emits a beautiful looking wave confirming that you hit it.  It also keeps the beat of the song.
Reuse Value
My favorite category I like to review is how many times I use the application because there are some really nice iPhone apps that I have, but  I never use them, and personally, I think that this game is addicting all the way through.  I was opening this app at bus-stops, during lunch breaks, basically whenever I got the chance.  Therefore, I think that this app has a very high reuse value. 
Final Verdict: 
With awesome graphics, fun game play, and awesome songs to jam to, Tap Tap Dance gets 4.5 out of 5 stars.  Tapulous justs needs to remove some bugs. 

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We got a flip mino HD!


Hey, guess what?!  We got a Flip Mino HD!  It will be arriving at our place in a week or so.  If you don’t know what this is, it is this wicked video camera that is the size of a cell phone.  The website is www.theflip.com.  Check it out!