Cross Pipe Is Similar to Tetris but with Many Twists

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Price: Free
Rating:
Cross Pipe
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If you’re a fan of puzzle games, Cross Pipe is something you definitely have to check out.

Cross Pipe is a fun and addicting game for iPhone and iPad that’s somewhat like Tetris but is unlike anything we’ve reviewed before.

Concept and Gameplay:

The goal of Cross Pipe, developed by 10oz Labs, Inc., is to arrange pipes on a map in order to make water flow from the start point to the end point. This sounds fairly easy to do, but I can assure you that it’s anything but simple.

Not only do you have to rush in order to place pipes as quickly as possible, but you have to strategically plan ahead to make sure you don’t waste any pipes.

Cross Pipe includes tons of levels for players to enjoy as well as extras such as characters to unlock, levels to attain, and much more.

I do want to mention that I had a little bit of trouble understanding exactly how to play even after completing the tutorial, but everything made sense after a bit of practice.

When it comes to graphics and audio quality, I fell in love with the cheerful and upbeat theme in Cross Pipe. The game is downright adorable and nice to look at, and music/sound effects definitely add to the high quality gaming experience.

The interface itself is well-organized and easy to navigate, though it does take a little time to figure out where buttons are and what everything does.

Features:

Cross Pipe iPad Game

Cross Pipe iPhone Game

Cross Pipe includes most of the features you’d expect from a game that’s this complex. For example, users have the option of connecting the game to Facebook in order to compete with their friends for the highest score. I’ve always liked this feature because it encourages players to do better for bragging rights.

Players can also earn achievements via Game Center, which is one of my favorite things to do. Again, this is another feature that helps players get more out of the game.

Value:

Cross Pipe is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. Players can choose to purchase in-game currency with real money if they don’t want to watch ads in order to unlock things like extra keys.

Overall, Cross Pipe is a very addicting game that adds a few new twists to a very saturated genre.

The game is a little tricky to get the hang of it first, but once you know the basics you can zip through levels with ease.

I highly recommend checking out Cross Pipe if you enjoy puzzle games that keep you on the edge of your seat.

cross_pipe.jpgCross Pipe requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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BCast for iOS Lets You Broadcast Video in Real Time

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Price: Free
Rating:
BCast
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Sharing live video streams seems to be all the rage these days, what with Periscope and Meerkat getting so much attention. But are there other options that may be a better fit for you?

BCast is a great way to share live video broadcasts with the rest of the world.

Developed by FullCircle GeoSocial Network, Inc., this handy and free app for iPhone and iPad allows you to record and save videos quickly and easily.

Concept and Functionality:

While there certainly isn’t a shortage of broadcasting apps available on the App Store, not all of them are incredibly user-friendly.

BCast is an exception, though, because it’s very easy to set up and use. The app avoids complicated interfaces and pro-level controls and instead delivers an extremely well-designed UI.

The first thing you have to do when you download BCast is create an account using your email address or connect the app to Twitter or Facebook. From there you can choose to browse videos that other users have already uploaded, tweak your profile, or immediately upload your own video.

One thing I do want to mention is that all videos uploaded to BCast must be recorded live, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the app so you don’t miss a great moment.

This shouldn’t be difficult because BCast is very self-explanatory.

Features:

BCast iPhone App

BCast iPhone App

One of my favorite things about BCast is the fact that it gives users total control over their broadcasts.

When you begin a new broadcast you can tweak settings such as giving your broadcast a name and description, choosing privacy options, and selecting archive options.

BCast also provides a website that provides its full capability from your browser. This is a great option for when you’re at your laptop and want to watch some game videos, news videos or even do your own broadcast.

Many broadcast apps don’t give you these features, so this is a big plus for BCast.

Another cool feature is the ability to connect with other users by following them and leaving comments on the video uploads. You can also easily share other videos via social networking sites.

Value:

BCast is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. There are no in-app purchases, subscriptions, or ads to deal with.

What you see is what you get, and what you get is an awesome broadcasting tool that allows you to share current events or whatever interests you with the rest of the world in real time.

bcast.jpgBCast requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Airelive for iPhone Offers Video Chatting and Much, Much More

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Price: Free
Rating:
Airelive, The Video Communication Platform
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If you’re looking for a very easy way to communicate with friend and family using your iPhone, Airelive is an app you definitely have to check out.

Developed by Aire Incorporation, this amazing social networking tool combines tons of different elements into one.

Airelive features group video chatting, live video streaming, complete social network functionality (friends, liking and commenting on uploads, etc.), and much more.

Up to four people can FaceChat using either WiFi or your cellular data connection.

International users are not left out either as it also supports nine languages.

A nice fun touch is that you can choose one the many avatars available or you can easily create your own.

Airelive is an app that you have to try out if you want a convenient way to stay in touch with others.

airelive iphone app reviewAirelive requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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YourCal is a Worthwhile Upgrade From the Standard Calculator App

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Price: Free
Rating:
YourCal
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

The cool thing about calculators is that they can be as simple or as complex as you can think of. Long gone are the days of having to carry an actual calculator around thanks to smartphones, but it’s fun to see what developers come up with in terms of calculator apps.

YourCal makes it easy to calculate basic math problems as well as 5 of your own custom formulas.

The app, a new iPhone app by Stanley Philippe, also has a few extra features for those who need to make calculations on the fly.

Concept and Functionality:

At first glance, YourCal looks like a basic calculator app that allows users to easily figure out basic math equations.

Looks can definitely be deceiving, though, and this particular calculator app has a few tricks up its sleeve.

The actual calculator function is pretty basic, straightforward and simple to use. There are two other calculator functions located at the bottom of the screen, which is the Formula function and Percentage calculator.

Tapping on Formula takes users to a new calculator interface where they can add values for A, B, C, D, and X and easily solve equations based on those values. The Percentage calculator lets users easily find a percentage of the amount on the Calculator screen.

When it comes to usability, I found YourCal to be pretty easy to navigate. I’ll admit that it took me a little while to figure out how to use the app effectively because there are no instructions or walkthroughs.

I do like the layout of the app, though, and I find that it’s fairly intuitive.

Features:

YourCal iPhone App

YourCal iPhone App

YourCal really shines when it comes to offering users more than just basic calculator capabilities.

As good as the app is, I think there are a few features that would really add to the overall functionality of the app.

The first feature is a calculation log which would keep track of values so users can easily go back and retrace their steps, as well as save calculated values for later reference.

This is a feature that’s rare to find in calculator apps but it’s something that would help to set YourCal apart from the rest.

As I mentioned before, a brief walkthrough of the app for new users would really help them understand the layout of the app, especially how to set up the formula calculator so it can be used effectively. I’d also like to see the ability to save different sets of formulas so users could get even more out of YourCal.

Value:

YourCal is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. The app is supported by ads, but I couldn’t find any in-app purchase screens or anything of the sort.

Overall, this is a very good calculator app that offers quite a bit in the way of extra features.

There are a few improvements that could be made, but as it stands it can handle whatever basic math you can throw at it.

yourcal.jpgYourCal requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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ShopSavvy vs RedLaser: A Shopping App Showdown. Who Won?

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ShopSavvy vs RedLaser: A Shopping App Comparison
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Written by Sarah Hanlon

Comparison shopping is a must if you’re looking to save money on purchases. However, doing the legwork yourself and searching websites individually for the best price takes a ton of time and effort.

There are plenty of tools available to help you find the best price both online and locally, but which one will help you the most?

For this test I took a look at two incredibly popular comparison shopping apps, RedLaser and ShopSavvy.

Both apps have been around for many years and are well-known amongst the iPhone community. Both apps also have a reputation for being the best at what they do.

This comparison is broken down into a series of tests where each app is assessed for factors such as ease of use, features, quality of search results, and more.

Test 1 – Usability

When using a comparison shopping app, chances are you’ll be out and about in a store. You’ll want to use an app that’s easy to navigate and quick to capture barcodes even in mediocre lighting. You also want an app that’s stable.

RedLaser features a pretty clean interface and it’s easy to access everything the app offers as soon as you open it.

The main screen shows a list of items you’ve recently searched for, as well as local stores and access to local store deals.

However, I did encounter quite a few crashes when testing RedLaser, which became incredibly frustrating after awhile.

ShopSavvy has a slightly different interface, including a well-organized menu at the bottom of the screen that sorts deals by online and local listings.

I was surprised to see that the app includes links to online sales, too, but I found it to be a little clustered. You can sort them by category, though, which helps a bit.

Winner: ShopSavvy

Test 2 – Search Results

This is the sticking point of my comparison, primarily because I wanted to see which app provided the best search results.

What I was looking for was scanning speed, the amount of information provided on the product page for search results, and the number of results that each app returned, both local and online.

I had a bit of trouble with the barcode scanner in RedLaser because it took awhile to scan codes even in decent light.

Many of the products I scanned came back with a UPC code and the name of the manufacturer, which wasn’t very helpful.

When browsing products via search, RedLaser showed a few online prices, but rarely any local prices. I also noticed that the ratings area lacked data most of the time.

On the other hand, ShopSavvy was the polar opposite in this test. Many times the barcode scanner picked up on the product before I could finish placing my device over the item. It returned accurate results and almost always included plenty of online and local stores, as well as product details and overall rating.

Below I’ve provided two examples of product barcodes that were searched for in RedLaser and ShopSavvy by typing the barcode number into the search bar.

Search results example 1 – “Samsung 32-Inch 1080 LED TV” (Barcode #887276089621)

shopsavvy results samsung tv        redlaser results samsung tv

 

As you can see, ShopSavvy (left) provides more comprehensive and detailed results than RedLaser (right). Also note that RedLaser doesn’t include a product photo, nor product ratings. Regarding RedLaser having the lower price, I did notice that it’s for an open box product, not new.

Search results example 2 – “ZAGG InvisibleShield Original for Apple iPhone 6” (Barcode #848467026320)

shopsavvy results for zagg invisibleshield        RedLaser results page for Zagg InvisibleShield for iPhone 6

 

Both search results pages included product images, but ShopSavvy (left) features product ratings, a lower online price, and 3 local stores compared to RedLaser’s (right) one local store listing.

Winner: ShopSavvy

Test 3 – Extra Features

While both apps are centered around comparison shopping on the fly, I wanted to take a look at extra features that help them stand out from the rest of the apps, especially each other.

RedLaser includes a few extra features such as loyalty card tracking and providing local store fliers for users to access and view the latest coupons and deals in their area.

I like the loyalty card tracker because it’s easy to forget them, but once again I had issues with the app crashing while I was trying to use it.

ShopSavvy features item tracking and deal alerts so you’re never out of the loop. You do have to create an account with the service in order to use them, but it’s not a hassle to do.

ShopSavvy also allows you to track deals on the go via constant GPS monitoring, as well as navigate online sales.

Overall, ShopSavvy is geared more towards online and local sales while RedLaser focuses primarily on local deals. I find this ironic because RedLaser almost never included local results for product searches.

Winner: ShopSavvy

Conclusion

As you can see, there’s a clear winner when it comes to comparing RedLaser and ShopSavvy. Both apps try to help shoppers save money, but only ShopSavvy does so without frequent crashes.

ShopSavvy also provides the most comprehensive list of online and local stores so you have a better chance of saving more money.

If you’re looking for an app that will save you cash without frustrating you, ShopSavvy is definitely the way to go. RedLaser could certainly use some stability improvements, as well as improvements for search results. I also want to mention that RedLaser is limited to iPhone, while ShopSavvy is a universal app.

RedLaser on the App Store (Free)

ShopSavvy on the App Store (Free)

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Editor’s Note: Although this comparison was sponsored by ShopSavvy, every effort was made to be completely objective, fair, and accurate in our assessment of these two fine shopping apps.

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Dynetix Fitness is a Simple and Powerful Workout Tracking App

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Price: $1.99
Rating:
Dynetix Fitness
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If you’re looking for a simple fitness app that will help track your progress without a clunky interface and complicated settings, Dynetix Fitness for iPhone and Apple Watch is worth checking out.

Dynetix Fitness offers powerful workout tracking features with an intuitive interface that gets the job done quickly and easily.

Concept and Functionality:

Personally I believe that fitness apps should be simple to begin with so they don’t take away from your workout experience.

The last thing you want to do when you hit the gym or before a run is fiddle with your iPhone for 5 minutes trying to navigate a flashy interface and fancy tidbits.

Dynetix Fitness, by Dynetix Design Solutions Inc, is very easy to set up. Initially you’re asked to grant permission for the app to pull data from the native Health app, as well as enable location services.

Next you’re asked to enter your weight, but initially the screen asks for the value in kilograms. I double-checked on this in the app’s settings tab and it says pounds, so it looks like a minor mixup.

dynetixwatchOnce the initial setup is complete, you can begin using Dynetix Fitness immediately. The app tracks data such as steps, workout time, flights of stairs climbed, calories burned, and much more.

I really like the clean Apple Watch interface that gives you key information at a glance and let’s you easily control the app.

Another big plus is the fact that you can toggle GPS tracking, as well, so you can conserve battery life.

Features:

Dynetix Fitness iPhone App

Dynetix Fitness iPhone App

My favorite part about Dynetix Fitness is the fact that you can easily set up individual goals for your workout session.

All you have to do is tap the goal button next to each tracked item and input your value. The app automatically alerts you when you achieve your goal.

This is a great feature because it allows you to customize the app to fit your personal workout goals instead of being forced to set goals like many other fitness apps.

Dynetix Fitness also logs your workout sessions so you can easily access them at a later time. Lastly, the app features Apple Watch compatibility so it’s even easier to track your workouts.

Value:

Dynetix Fitness is available to download from the App Store for $1.99 and is designed for iPhone and Apple Watch. Personally I think the price is decent seeing as users who enjoy the app will get a lot of use out of it.

Overall, this is a great fitness tracking app for users who aren’t looking for extras like social sharing, global leaderboards, and other fancy features.

It’s simple and straightforward, which makes Dynetix Fitness a very viable fitness tool for everyone.

dynetix_fitness.jpgDynetix Fitness requires iOS 8.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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