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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Memory & Disk Scanner Pro Is a Handy Utility App for iOS

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Price: Free (Limited Use Trial)
Rating:
Memory & Disk Scanner Pro – Check System Information
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Memory & Disk Scanner Pro is an incredibly popular utility for iPhone and iPad that allows users to see intimate details about their iDevice.

Developed by Phan Minh Nhut, this handy app even lets users cleanup their device’s memory and remove junk files in order to free up disk space.

Concept and Functionality:

There certainly isn’t the shortage of similar apps that claim they can do the same thing as Memory & Disk Scanner Pro, but in my experience very few of them actually deliver on what they promise.

This particular app includes a memory scanner and Optimizer, as well as a disk scanner and cleanup tool.

In order to use Memory & Disk Scanner Pro all you have to do is tap the “One Touch” button on the right side of the screen. This runs both scans simultaneously. Users can optionally run each scan individually, as well.

When it comes to scan performance, I found that Memory & Disk Scanner Pro seems to actually delete junk files that it manages to find.

In terms of the memory optimizer, personally I’m not a huge fan of these tools because the iOS operating system does a fantastic job of handling memory allocation itself.

Features:

Memory & Disk Scanner Pro iPhone App

Memory & Disk Scanner Pro iPhone App

Memory & Disk Scanner Pro provides much more than scanning and optimizing tools, however. For example, users can easily access CPU information for their device and see details such as running processes and the number of cores their iPhone or iPad processor has.

Another cool feature is the ability to check out the network tab and see information on their device’s Wi-Fi and cellular network.

Though I can’t endorse the effectiveness of Memory & Disk Scanner Pro for certain, it does seem like a decent app that will make some sort of impact on your iPhone or your iPad’s performance.

What sets it apart from many other utilities that do the same thing is that this app has a very well designed user interface.

It’s pretty easy to use and figure out. Plus it offers a few extra features for experienced users.

Value:

Memory & Disk Scanner Pro is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

New users are limited to a trial in the free version that only allows a small handful of scans to be performed before being prompted to upgrade to the full version. The full version upgrade can be purchased for $0.99.

Overall, Memory & Disk Scanner Pro looks like a very handy app that can be used to improve your iPhone or your iPad’s performance by cleaning up junk files and optimizing memory.

I recommend giving it a try, especially if you use an older iDevice.

memory_disk_scanner.jpg (1)Memory & Disk Scanner Pro 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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Where’s My Eye?!: Dodgy, Brain-Soaked and So Much Fun

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Price: Free
Rating:
Where’s My Eye?!
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

It’s not often that we come across an arcade game that’s wholly original, wonderfully fun, and also involves a healthy amount of zombie brains. In fact, we can say with absolute certainty that this is the first time it’s happened.

With that in mind, let’s dive right into the bizarre, brains-soaked world that is Where’s My Eye?!, from docob.

Where’s My Eye?! is an all-ages, moving puzzler that will keep you on your toes. This game is truly something to behold, as well as something to have a deep laugh at.

If that’s got you curious, then you need only to head on down below the break for our full review!

Concept and Gameplay

Though you may not have noticed, the plot and main game mechanic are both held within the title of the game itself: You’ll play as a hapless zombie who has somehow lost his eye. In order to retrieve the organ, players must move it left or right across a puzzling layout. Doing so at the right time is crucial, else the eye will be smashed by wayward zombie fists, nasty spikes, or in some cases, even aliens.

It’s a tricky world—a very tricky one, actually. The game is pretty dang hard, but that’s hardly stopped us from having an absolute blast. I personally will never forget the first time a zombie fist burst out of the ground and destroyed my eye. It was uproariously funny, and that’s not something I’ve ever said about an iPhone game before.

Where's My Eye?! iPhone Game

Where’s My Eye?! iPhone Game

Using all of these things, the player will progress from stage to stage. Like Angry Birds, your progress is measured in threes per-level. However, there are no stars here, just brains. Get all three, plus the coins scattered about the place, and you’ll slowly earn your way up to the next stage.

It’s fun, creative and above all addictive. Of the latter, we can absolutely attest.

Design and Graphics

For a newcomer to the arcade genre, Where’s My Eye?! also happens to look pretty fantastic. It has a uniquely cartoon style about it, one that we enjoyed a great deal. The zombies caged to each stage are well-designed, as are the difficult levels. We cannot emphasize that enough—lots of work will go into keep your eye alive . . . or, dead, we suppose.

Either way, the game looks fantastic, and the controls could not be simpler. Tap right to move right, tap left to move left. Beyond this, you’re on your own! But at least the game has done everything imaginable to make it a pleasant journey. 

Overall Value

When you sum it all up, it’s impossible not to give Where’s My Eye?! full marks. We feel like happy school teachers, pleased to see one of our students truly excelling. The game is beyond entertaining, very hard to put down, and superbly crafted. With all of that in mind, what more could you possibly want out of an iOS arcade title?

qrcode.30390102Where’s My Eye!? requires iOS 6.0 or later. 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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Top 10 New iOS Games from June 2015

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Top 10 New iOS Games from June 2015
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Written by Sarah Hanlon

Whether you’re new to the iPhone and iPad gaming scene or you’re simply looking for something new to try, our list of the top 10 iPhone and iPad games from June features 10 brand-new titles that have recently debuted on the App Store.

These games are not only high-quality, but the list is perfect for casual and hard-core players alike. From casual puzzle games to immersive RPG titles and even an incredible spinoff of a popular PC franchise, this list features games for everyone.

I truly hope you enjoy playing these games as much as we do!

Fallout Shelter for iOS

Fallout Shelter for iOS

falloutFallout Shelter (Bethesda – iPhone, iPad, Free) – The first game in our list, Fallout Shelter, brings the incredible world of the Fallout franchise to iPhone and iPad.

Quite possibly on track to be named one of the best games of the year,

Fallout Shelter is a strategy game that immerses players in an underground bunker that must sustain itself and defend itself.

This is a fantastic game for anyone who likes to build civilizations from the ground up in order to create a complex and highly functional network.

 

alphabearAlphabear: Word Puzzle Game (Spry Fox, LLC – iPhone, iPad, Free) – Perfect for both kids and adults, Alphabear: Word Puzzle Game requires players to spell words in order to make bears appear on the screen.

The more words you spell, the bigger your bear will become and the more points you can earn.

If you do very well, you can even keep bears that you earn so you can use them and their power ups in future games.

Like many other games that we featured on this list, this particular one is fairly easy to learn but very difficult to master.

 

Dragon Quest VI for iOS

Dragon Quest VI for iOS

dragonDragon Quest VI (Square Enix – iPhone, iPad, $14.99) – Dragon Quest VI is a brand-new game by Square Enix that takes adventurers on an epic quest through a beautiful and highly interactive world.

Players must work together with NPC characters they meet along their journey in order to successfully embark on adventures.

The game also features plenty of extra goodies, such as an in-game casino and fun mini games. The price is a bit high but players who enjoy the franchise and/or are looking for tons of great content will find that Dragon Quest VI is worth every penny.

 

swaggySwaggy Ninja (iCustomized – iPhone, iPad, Free) – Swaggy Ninja is a one-touch vertical platformer for iOS that features simple graphics and even simpler gameplay.

In order to play, tap the screen to make your ninja jump. Your goal is to avoid obstacles like spears, ninja stars, and other assorted undesirables.

The higher you reach, the higher your score will be.

The really nice part about Swaggy Ninja is the fact that this is a game you can learn to play in only a minute or two, but you won’t be able to put it down because you’ll constantly be trying to be your previous score.

 

Hue Ball for iOS

Hue Ball for iOS

hueballHue Ball (Unept – iPhone, iPad, Free) – Hue Ball is a relaxing new iOS game that’s similar to games like bubble shooters.

This is the perfect game for unwinding after a long day because it features slow gameplay is slightly difficult basically it’s enough to keep you on your toes without making you pull your hair out because the game is too difficult.

Hue Ball also features great background music that really adds to the overall experience of the game.

Plus, the game is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

 

talesTales From Deep Space (Amazon Game Studios – iPhone, iPad, $3.99) – Even though it’s aimed towards younger players, Tales From Deep Space is a fun and addicting iOS puzzle game that’s perfect for all ages.

It takes you through a unique two-dimensional world where you encounter colorful characters and play through plenty of challenging puzzles.

The game not only features single player gameplay, but two players on the same network can link up and play together on their own devices.

The price is a little high for this game, as well, but you don’t have to worry about in-app purchases and the game itself is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

 

shootingShooting Stars! (Noodlecake Studios Inc – iPhone, iPad, $2.99) – Want laser kitties? Freedom sheep? Ever dream of saving the world in a blaze of glory?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Shooting Stars! is the game for you.

This fast-paced shoot ’em up arcade game equips players with up to 50 destructive weapons in order to take out 20+ “celebrity” bosses like Justin Belieber.

You’ll have a hard time watching your iPhone or iPad because you’ll be laughing too hard to play.

If you like random humor and stuff that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, you need to try this game.

 

Escape for iOS

Escape for iOS

escapeEscape (Ketchapp – iPhone, iPad, Free) – Another great title by a fantastic developer, Escape is a free iOS game that lives up to everything we’ve come to expect from Ketchapp.

Players must guide their ship around a series of obstacles while trying to rescue humans from a world that’s collapsing around them.

One of the things I like the most about Escape is the graphics and the fact that there are two different game modes – adventure and a daily challenge.

Overall, this is definitely a game that offers hours of gameplay.

 

piloteerPiloteer (Fixpoint Productions Ltd – iPhone, iPad, $2.99) – If you’re looking for a challenging, yet beautiful game to play, look no further than Piloteer.

Piloteer for iOS

Piloteer for iOS

This physics-based game requires players to help their jetpack pilot navigate through a series of levels and obstacles in order to demonstrate the functionality and practicality of his incredible device.

Not only is the game addicting and fun to play, but hand-drawn artwork and beautiful landscapes make it a real treat for the eye.

This is the perfect game for anyone who wants to relax with a game that’s both fun to play and great to look at.

 

soulSoul Hunters (Lilith Games – iPhone, iPad, Free) – The final game on our list of the 10 best new iOS games from June features a unique blend of real-time strategy and role-playing elements.

Soul Hunters requires players to think strategically in order to battle their way through this incredibly unique and innovative games.

Whether you decide to play solo, join up with friends, or face off with other players around the world in PVP, this awesome new game offers tons of content for a price that you can’t beat.

 

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