If there’s a friend you’ve been dying to pull a prank on, listen up. This iPhone app review is of iCrack from Allapps, an app that simulates a broken screen on your iPhone complete with realistic sound and crack progression.
So if you’ve always wanted to punk your pals just like (pre-Demi) Ashton Kutcher, read up.
Picture this if you will. A friend hands you their iPhone to check out a pic or a sweet new app. Suddenly the screen cracks. You can hear it, and it looks like the crack is spreading. The shock would be epic, and, if your friend has the iCrack app, they’ll be laughing at your predicament.
That’s the idea behind iCrack. Set a timer or select a sensitivity that sets off the app’s realistic cracking motif. Additional options kind of open up the app’s possibilities.
There two different crack settings, a one-time blast or a progressive crack that shatters three times.
Let me be honest, the concept of a faux cracked screen is not new. iCrack has quite a few customizable features that are pretty cool. But these apps have been old news for so long that a new one has a chance of catching people unaware, so it’s worth a try.
Also, it’s worth noting that on the retina display this app is pretty unrealistic in bright settings. Give it a try in dim light for best possible results.
I handed my iPhone to my husband with the iCrack iPhone app activated. It went off and I heard him gasp, then he had a puzzled look on his face and handed it back to me. He wasn’t too surprised. Oh well.
The iCrack iPhone app settings are relatively easy to adjust. Most of the settings are toggled on and off, and the boxes need to be a little bit bigger. Other controls are on sensitivity slides. These function easily.
While the app is active an iCrack app icon will appear in your iPhone’s dash and a thin line goes around the edges of the screen. At a cursory glance that might not give the app away, so there’s still a decent chance of it working.
I had a little bit of trouble with the voice sensitivity function of the iCrack iPhone app. It took quite a while to work and there was no specific range that did it, even if I tweaked the setting. I do not suggest using it for a progressive crack unless you are punking a screamer.
On the other side of the spectrum, the one touch crack feature went off before I could even hand the phone to anyone, rendering it useless.
If you have an especially gullible friend on your hands, who likes to talk really loud and deserves a little practical joking, give the iCrack iPhone app a go. Or, if you’re mad at your iPhone and want to see it suffer but don’t want to pay to get your screen fixed, iCrack is also a pretty good fit.
iCrack iPhone app requires iOS 3.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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