How to Turn Your iPhone into a Media Powerhouse

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If you’re like us, you likely purchased your iPhone because of all its innovative features and hardware. This includes a lot of connectivity equipment, like Bluetooth, built-in WiFi, etc. Yet, we find that most users are not getting this most possible out of their iPhone’s potential. Are you sure you are?

If you’re looking to turn up the volume on your iPhone’s media capabilities, then use our handy tips below!

  • Get an Apple TV

The first thing we recommend you do is buy an Apple TV. They are inexpensive ($100 or less if you buy refurbished) and add mountains of potential to your device. They are also easy to setup, requiring no extra cables for most televisions. If you have a standard tele purchased at any major retailer, then the Apple TV will connect, we promise.

With your brand new, Apple-branded brick, you can use your iPhone to interact with your television. You can send any media from your iPhone to the big screen. Want to watch that funny video in a larger format? Click the “Apple TV” button that now appears inside your YouTube app. This will appear just by having the Apple TV, in case you were wondering. The video transfers instantly, and you’re set to roll.

The same mechanic works for games like Angry Birds, song players like Spotify, and a host of other media utilities. You can also use your iPhone as a standalone remote for the player, too.

  • Bluetooth Your Home & Car

Recently, we added Bluetooth speakers to our entire house. It isn’t as expensive as you think, and because of native Bluetooth support, the results have been incredible. With Spotify running on the iPhone, I am free to wander the house, without losing sound quality.

The same applies to your car. If you’re car already supports BT Audio and Phone Support, then make sure to connect your iPhone to the dash. This will allow you to go from your home to your car without losing a call.

  • Maximize Streaming Potential

Now matter how much hard drive space you’ve got, you can get more out of your iPhone’s media potential if you make the swap to streaming. Ensuring all your media is on the cloud allows you to do more with your device.

But how do you get the job done?

It’s simple: The iPhone comes packaged with iCloud support. This in conjunction with iTunes for all your rentals and purchases, means you’re ready to roll.

Don’t want to pay for iCloud? Get a premium DropBox account, and the move your iTunes music library to your local DropBox folder. Using the DB app for the iPhone, you can now take all your songs, videos, and audiobooks with you, and only using the Cloud. It’s safe, simple and will preserve a lot more room on your hard drive. That means more video games, and more media. It’s a win-win!

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Note taking is a breeze on the iPad with NoteLedge

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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

I use my iPad for a lot of things, including notes. Though sometimes it’s much more complicated than using a physical notepad, the versatility of the iPad is one of the things that makes note taking so much fun.

NoteLedge takes notes to a higher level, bringing about a plethora of features to make this app a great companion at meetings or in the classroom. Developed by Kdan Mobile Software LTD, Noteledge is an innovative and useful note app for iPad.

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My first impression of NoteLedge was that the interface seemed to be fairly cluttered. Though everything is located on the edges of the screen (writing tool, options, extras), I felt like the writing area itself was way too cramped. After using the app and playing around with it for a bit, I definitely get the feeling that NoteLedge is trying to put everything it can right in front of the user. A noble goal indeed, but a real challenge for the UI.

Seeing as NoteLedge can feel a bit overwhelming at first, I’m happy to see a tutorial included that goes over pretty much every aspect of the app. Users can view tutorials in PDF or video format. If you’re on a WiFi iPad, though, make sure you’re connected to the internet because these tutorials are downloaded on the spot.

As far as taking notes goes, NoteLedge certainly gets the job done. You could even use NoteLedge as a sketchbook or a diary. I especially like how the app allows you to display note pages in a variety of ways, including full screen and like individual pages in a notebook. There are a few standard features, as well, including a palm rest that’s very adjustable. In terms of functionality NoteLedge clearly keeps up with the competition but could do more in terms of ease-of-use to stand out from the crowd.

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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

The free version of NoteLedge includes plenty of features that make it a viable note app for iPad. Users can freely add text, images, tables, and even audio and video clips into their notes. I will say that doing so is very easy, and I like how NoteLedge doesn’t complicate the process of filling notes with extra material.

Also, there’s a handy navigator and browser tool that’s built into NoteLedge. The navigator allows you to pinpoint areas in your notes, and the browser is useful for researching without having to switch between the app and your preferred web browser.

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NoteLedge is available to download from the App Store for free and is compatible with iPad. There’s a premium version of the app which can be downloaded separately or unlocked via in-app purchase for $4.99.

Overall, if you’re looking for a quick way to take notes without committing to the app too much, NoteLedge is definitely worth a look. However, I can’t recommend spending money on the premium version, as there are definitely better alternatives on the App Store that will give you many more features for your money.

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Keep Organized On-The-Go with Daylite 5

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 Keep Organized On The Go with Daylite 5

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Daylite 5 is an app developed by Marketcircle that helps small businesses stay organized. Created to be used in conjunction with the Daylite program for Mac, this app brings this popular program to the convenience of your favorite iOS device.

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Named to follow after the afore mentioned Mac Daylite program, Daylite 5 is the ideal way to stay on top of all your scheduled activities and to-do tasks, even when away from your normal workstation.

It can be used to set reminders to yourself to get certain tasks done by certain times, to keep all of your work-related objectives all neatly organized, to store information on business contacts, etc.

In fact, I found that this app seemed to have a spot for just about any business related need that I could think of. Information stored through the Daylite system can be categorized by its importance level (among other things), allowing users to quickly remind themselves of items of high priority.

Because this app is meant to be used in conjunction with the basic Daylite Mac program, information inputted into the app also appears on the laptop versions for users, and vice versa.

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Daylite 5 iPhone App Review

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Daylite 5 helps you manage all of your scheduling needs, contact information, work objectives, and more. As such, it wouldn’t be too surprising if the app’s screen appeared cluttered. However, the designers of Daylite 5 have done a pretty good job at keeping unnecessary on-screen clutter at bay, and the design of this app is fairly clean overall.

I appreciated the easy-to-use navigation system for the app, with buttons that don’t interfere with viewing your data stored on the Daylite server.

Overall, I was extremely impressed with the functionality of Daylite 5. Its organization of a hefty load of information into a tidy, easy-to-use layout was much appreciated.

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This app is currently available for free through the iTunes Store. For users who are already familiar with the Daylite Mac program, it will definitely be a welcome addition to their iOS devices.

Anyone not already making use of the Mac program might not find Daylite 5 to be as useful. However, for its intended audience, Daylite5 is a well-designed app that can make staying on top of schedules and tasks while away from a laptop easier than ever before.

Marketcircle is a company that develops simple business management software and CRM software.

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theBoxes! Is Arcade Style Fun For All Ages

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Reviewed by Adam Itkoff

Every once in a while, you stumble upon a little arcade style game that just fills you up with “oohs” and “aahs”. theBoxes! game, from Ramzan Dalaev, qualifies as this type of title; bridging the gap between fun and adorable in a seamless style.

This app will have you poking at the screen until your thumbs and forefingers cramp up! Tap your way to bliss and let your box hop across the screen to advance from stage to stage.

Dodge fire blasters, avoid pitfalls and collect precious goods on your way to glory in this itsy bitsy action title.

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We love the action in this game that comes loaded with dozens of levels and various strategies to advance from one stage to the next. You can build your boxes on top of each other, have them jump up and around, or simply let them line up one by one.

You’ll learn your way around the app easily in a nicely constructed tutorial level, and then have to fend for yourself through the rest of the game. Levels get harder and harder as you go along, and will challenge you to improve technique throughout.

The game itself is free, and is updated extremely frequently. The last update came less than two weeks ago, and ensures that the app runs smoothly at all times. New levels are added consistently to this title, and in-app purchases are an optional way to add even more features and incentives while you play.

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theBoxes! iPhone Game Review

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This concept is a fun one, and gameplay is easy yet comprehensive. We’ve been animals, ninjas, presidents and dozens of types of protagonists before, but never a box.

The developers pay close attention to the performance of this app, updating frequently and ensuring top quality gaming for all users. The app itself is designed for both iPhone and iPad, and packs a punch when it comes to strategy and development capability.

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This game fits snuggly between Tetris and Mario, and has you hopping joyously as a characterized block in a matter of minutes. It’s fun, never crashes, is free to download, and definitely deserves to enter your gaming rotation. Here at The iPhone App Review, we give this little box stars across the board!

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Enjoy Fast Paced Action with Smacky Cars!

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 Enjoy Fast Paced Action with Smacky Cars!

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Boasting to be the most addicting game to come around since Flappy Bird, Smacky Cars is an app developed by Capedy LLC. Whether you agree or not, there’s no denying that this app provides its users with hours of entertaining fun.

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Fast paced action is a key feature of this app, and consequently fast reflexes are pretty much a requirement for anyone who wishes to rise through the ranks among the Game Center leaders.

As mentioned previously, Smacky Cars delivers the same style of challenging game play to users as the extremely popular Flappy Bird app did. Because of this, the “features” of Smacky Car are pretty minimalistic, apparently in sticking with the overall purpose of the app.

User high scores are saved within the app and an optional Game Center login allows players to compete virtually with other players throughout the world. Simple one touch controls dictate all moves during this fast paced game, and in general I felt that that app’s response speed to my onscreen directions was very timely.

A simple soundtrack plays in the background of the app. Overall, I found the difficulty level Smacky Car to be just as challenging as promised.

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Smacky Cars iPhone Game Review

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Smacky Cars features simple retro pixel graphics. This choice in graphics is really perfectly fitting for an app of its kind, and the pixel pictures certainly keep the focus of the game on the app’s challenging game play instead of redirecting focus to the graphics themselves.

Getting around the app is also very simple, mostly because of the minimal navigational options. Smacky Cars is a vertically-oriented game, and the fact that the graphics are intentionally pixilated keeps it looking fine on both the smaller screen of the iPhone and the larger screen of the iPad.

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Smacky Cars is a free app, and for those interested in fast-paced games that will challenge their quick-thinking abilities, it’s an app that will find a welcome spot in their iOS library.

In fact, for what it is, the free price alone is reason enough to try out Smacky Cars. You can get a nice feel for the quick gameplay by checking out their video on YouTube.

Overall, while this app definitely won’t appeal to anyone who is easily frustrated with seemingly impossible-to-beat game challenges, Smacky Cars is definitely an app that should please its target audience. For those on Android, there’s also a version you can grab at Google Play.

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Best 2048 Is Mind Mashing Mathematical Fun

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Reviewed by Adam Itkoff

Puzzle fanatics are going to go crazy over this one! Best 2048, from Kuralsoft, is a highly original sliding block puzzle game that’s going to provide you with hours of mind-crunching goodness.

The primary objective of the game is to get a total of 2048 (or multiples of this amount) by combining various valued tiles with one another. This may sound like an easy task, but trust us, it’s not!

Simply swipe left, right, up or down to crash tiles together, which will then add up and reach a higher integer as a result. You’ll constantly encounter new numbers as you go along, and will always be challenged with this versatile title.

Champions will find themselves on the leaderboard, while the rest of us will settle for the “New Game” reset button.

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This app has one central point, but comes chock-full of features. It boasts itself as a Universal App, meaning that it runs on iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPod touch. This universality will make the app even more accessible to scores of fans, and shows some definite development capability as well.

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Best 2048 iPhone Game Review

Devices should be iOS Version 6.0 or higher. The game syncs with Game Center to submit and track high scores, and highly competitive players might find themselves checking the impressive ranks of the leader-board.

The app also supports offline play, which is especially handy for Internet outages and subway tunnels, in addition to a “hint” feature, which will make the game way simpler for new gamers.

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This app isn’t going to blow you out of the water with 3-D animations or anything similar. What it will do is test your mathematical ability and your ability to think on your feet.

If you hit the 2048 score, you can go further to reach 4,096 and even the highly elusive 8,192. The app constantly challenges you by rearranging tiles and making you dig deep to hit the next best score.

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This app is free, so what’s not to love? If you prefer action adventure titles, this one may not scratch an itch for you. However, if you like chess, or other mind mashing challenges, you’ll love Best 2048.

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