Pre-K Kids Will Have Fun Learning Their ABC’s With Chifro ABC

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Price: Free
Rating:
Chifro ABC: Kids Alphabet Game
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Jim Desposito

Reviewed by Jim Desposito

Chifro ABC is an educational learning game from Classteacher Learning Systems that your young child will love to play.

It starts with colorful letter images and an upbeat jingle and once you start the puzzle game by pressing the “play” button, it’s simple for your child to move from letter to letter trying out all the puzzles and learning their ABCs.

Concept and Functionality

We have all seen books, videos and apps that try to teach kids their ABC’s by associating letters with words and trying to be as entertaining as possible. Chifro ABC does this as well as anyone and also offers the opportunity to trace out the letters in both upper and lower case, and a nice kid-friendly animated recital of the ABC song. This app does not try to do too much and we see that as a good thing.

The app works well on either an iPhone or an iPad and while the free version does have ads, they do not run along the bottom or come up while your child is using the app. They are full screen ads and only appear when you leave the activity or at the beginning when, presumably, an adult is setting it up.

The game in the app is a puzzle game that is fun and simple enough for the target age group to enjoy. The task is to put together the image of whatever is representing the current letter and it’s done is a way that will entertain and not frustrate young children.

As you move the three or four sections of the image into the outline of the puzzle the pieces get larger and, as long as you’re near where they should be, they “snap to” the spot in the puzzle where they belong.

Chifro ABC iPhone App

Chifro ABC iPhone App

Features

Chifro ABC is designed well for its intended audience. The graphics are colorful and engaging and its layout is simple enough to be easily navigated by young children. Children who are not yet of reading age should be able to find their way around the app and play with it with minimal adult intervention.

With just a little bit of practice this ease in navigation allows children to explore the puzzles, letter tracing and ABC song in the app with more freedom than they would have if a parent’s guidance was always required. That being said, if you expect to leave your child along to play with this app we suggest you opt for the two IAPs available. You can remove ads and open all letters for $1.98 ($0.99 for each IAP).

We would like to see the audio of the app expanded a bit, the jingle, while to two activities, puzzles and letter tracking, have their own little jingles and are upbeat as mentioned before, they also repeat fairly frequently and can get annoying, at least to the adult sitting with the child.

When the game first starts you have the options to rate the app, see more apps from the developers in App Store by pressing the little circle with three stars in it in the upper right corner, or start the app by pressing the “play” button. We suggest you avoid pressing the little stars if you want to stay in the app.

Value

As a free app there’s certainly nothing to lose by downloading it and checking it out. In fact, we commend the developers for that. It allows you to try the app, check out a few letters and then decide if you think it’s worth $1.98 to enjoy it to its fullest.

Chifro ABC offers a well designed and enjoyable experience for your little one and so it’s well worth the $1.98 it takes to unlock all the letters and remove the ads.

chifroabc-qrChifro ABC requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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LifeBox Will Entertain You With Its Fun Animated Stick Figures

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Price: Free
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LifeBox
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Developed by Daisuke Sonobe, LifeBox provides users with interesting and unusual entertainment through its animated stick figures.

Available for free through January 13th through the iTunes Store, LifeBox is definitely a one-of-a-kind app.

Features:

LifeBox is a unique app that features movable stick figures, each encased in its own little box. Suggested for audiences 17 years old and up, some of these actions might seem a bit inappropriate for some, although potentially entertaining for a given audience.

Each box can be arranged as you desire on your iOS’ screen, and the app’s developers encourage users to play around with arranging their character’s boxes as a way of creating a fun, unique set of wallpapers to suit their personal preferences.

The starting screen features all black and white characters, but other color options (red, green, and yellow) can be selected. Arranging boxes or adding new ones into your screen in LifeBox is easy to do with just a few swipes of your finger.

I found this app to be fairly easy to use and oddly compelling. Trust me, you haven’t seen anything like this before and you’ll watch with fascination while you wonder what they figures will do next.

Overall, LifeBox is definitely a unique app. For anyone looking for an app or game with a definite “purpose,” then LifeBox probably isn’t the one for him; the random arrangement of characters will definitely be more appreciated by an audience that does not mind an app not having a set “point” to its functions.

Appearance and Layout:

LifeBox iPhone App Review

LifeBox iPhone App Review

The layout of LifeBox is interesting, and customizing the figures on your screen to your preferences is definitely doable, just as it is advertised to be. The stick figures featured in the app are also fairly impressive (for stick figures) and their animations are decently long-lasting as well.

The layout is clean, and the boxes keep distractions to a pleasant minimum. Moving tiles/figures is easy to do, and the app’s official product description provides a clear explanation of how to operate it as well. Overall, the appearance of LifeBox is probably its strongest feature.

Value:

As mentioned previously, LifeBox is currently available for free. (The price is set to increase to $0.99 around mid-January.) At the same time, LifeBox is a bit of a large app—a fact that is made evident by how long it takes to download it, even on the latest iOS devices.

This is not a lightweight app by any means though. At about 350MB, anyone looking to conserve room in his/her library might want to pass this app up.

However, for anyone looking for a fun app that’s different and entertaining, we suggest you give Lifebox a go, it just might stick around in your app collection.

lifeboxqrLifeBox requires iOS 7.0 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 to speed up the publication of this review.

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Turn Your Selfies into a Timelapse Keepsake with MyLapse

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Price: $0.99
Rating:
MyLapse
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Selfies are a great way to take a snapshot of yourself, but what if you want to take them over the course of days or weeks to show progress? Luckily there’s an app for that, and it’s pretty nifty.

MyLapse provides users with a unique way to capture a moment every day, whether alone or with a friend. Developed by Nathan Rzeppa, this new selfie app gives users the opportunity to create something truly special using a photo a day.

Concept and Functionality:

If you love taking selfies, there’s a cool new way to turn them into something precious.

MyLapse is a fun app that lets you take a series of selfies and compile them into an animated GIF that is stored within the app.

To use MyLapse, simply open the app and choose whether you want to take a solo selfie or a duo. Once the frame is loaded, simply snap a photo. The app does the rest by automatically saving the photo to one of your lapses.

There are a ton of ways to use the app besides just taking a selfie for the sake of it. For example, you could use MyLapse for progress pictures during a vacation, bachelor party weekend, trying on different outfits, or whatever you’re doing that would be fun to see how things change from beginning to end.

Also, the subject doesn’t have to be a person’s face.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

MyLapse is a very well-built photo app, and there are a few great features which make it even better. For example, you can easily create different lapse albums, which helps to keep photos organized.

Also, MyLapse includes optional reminders for you to take your daily photo. Reminders are very customizable and can be set for different days with ease.

Lastly, MyLapse lets you easily share your lapse GIFs via SMS, E-Mail, or Social Media right from inside the application itself. This makes it incredibly easy to export your creations for personal use, too.

Value::

MyLapse is available to download from the App Store for $0.99 and is designed for iPhone.

Overall, MyLapse is definitely a fantastic idea with great execution. This is a great way to easily capture a small moment of your day without really having to go out of the way to do so. Built-in reminders make this even easier, so I definitely recommend the app for anyone who likes selfies.

MyLapsemylapse.jpg requires iOS 7.1 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 to speed up the publication of this review.

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Buzking Pro Is a Fun and Unique Music Game for iOS

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Price: $1.99
Rating:
Buzking Pro
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

 

If you’re a fan of music games, do yourself a favor and checkout Buzking.

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Buzking Pro lets users experience music from a spectator’s perspective, which is something quite unique.

Developed by The Hive Limited, this fun and challenging music game is a great way to experience your music in a whole new way.

The art of busking, which is street performing, is artfully ported to iDevices. You get to play the role of a spectator who is watching a busker play music from your iTunes library.

The goal of the game is to throw coins into your busker’s guitar case in order to keep the song going.

Buzking Pro features six different buskers to choose from, covering pretty much all music genres.

Players can customize their busker with specialty instruments, as well. Overall, Buzking Pro is a fantastic music game that gives players a new perspective as far as music games.

Buzking Probuzking_pro.jpg 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 to speed up the publication of this review.

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Always Stay Connected with Hotel My Phone

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Price: Free
Rating:
Hotel my Phone – Phone Share with Friends
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Hotel My Phone, by pplconnect Inc., is an innovative app that helps to make sharing a phone with a friend a more practical feat.

Specifically speaking, users can call and message friends through their own phone number but on someone else’s phone if their own phone is not easily accessible.

Features:

The concept of Hotel My Phone is quite interesting and is the app for anyone who has ever found himself unable to use his phone but needing to stay in contact with others.

Created to be used among friends and family members alike, Hotel My Phone allows users to access all of their messages and even call others through using their own phone numbers, just on someone else’s phone.

Remote access to your phone number is done through checking in to a “smartphone hotel,” such as the app on your friend’s phone.

Using the Hotel My Phone app is free, allowing friends to use it through each other as often as they need to, and users are encouraged to expand their networks of “hotels” (friends and family members) so that they can earn more in-app stars.

Hotel My Phone iPhone App

Hotel My Phone iPhone App

Since users check in and log out of the app, both the host/hotel owner can rest in knowing that his phone information is secure, and the guest can also feel secure knowing that his/her exchanges will remain private as well.

Appearance and Layout:

Featuring a clean, bright, solid-colors-based graphics scheme, Hotel My Phone is definitely a trendy app that should appeal to its target audience quite well.

All in-app fonts are easily readable and navigation icons are prominently displayed, making it very easy to find your way around the app.

The app’s main icon is even an attractive piece of art, and when using Hotel My Phone it seems obvious that attention to design was definitely a good part of the creation of the app.

Setting up an account can be done in a matter of seconds, and data stored through the app feels decently secure.

Value:

Hotel My Phone is currently available for free through the iTunes Store—a fact that should definitely help it grow in popularity.

Overall, this app really is a good execution of a unique concept.

The graphics are above average, and once you have set up your Hotel My Phone account fully, the app is fairly easy to use.

Obviously it is most useful for friend groups who all have the app, but since the app is free, encouraging your friends to create accounts through it also should not be too difficult, and if any of your friends are using Android, there’s an Android version for them.

hotelqrHotel My Phone requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Share Your Adventures Through ShutterBee

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Price: Free
Rating:
ShutterBee – Travel Photo Sharing, Chat & Check In
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

ShutterBee, from Auslogics, is the perfect app for any adventurer traveling around who wants to keep friends and family in the loop.

Available for free through the iTunes Store, ShutterBee provides iOS users with a convenient way to keep a record of their journeys and update friends/fellow users on their travel adventures.

Features:

Aimed towards globetrotters and backyard adventurers alike, ShutterBee features an easy way to keep track of all of your trips.

Travel updates can be made with just tapping a few buttons, and an automated check in option also exists for added convenience. Four different styles of posts can be made; these options feature different combinations of different sizes/styles of photographs with various styles of captions.

Local weather and current location information can also be posted to your updates as well, allowing fellow travelers and friends alike to keep updated on your current conditions.

ShutterBee is meant to be a social traveling experience, and users are encouraged to share their experiences through social media platforms such as Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Foursquare.

Additionally, this app is designed to help users locate other travelers who have been similarly stricken by wanderlust. This way, ShutterBee not only helps users keep their current friends informed on their adventures, but it helps them find new travel partners as well.

ShutterBee iPhone App Review

ShutterBee iPhone App

As a whole, I was very impressed with how well executed the concept of ShutterBee was. The app is very user-friendly and seems to feature a community of travelers from around the world—a community that will hopefully continue to grow as this app grows in popularity as well.

Appearance and Layout:

Perhaps one of the strongest features of ShutterBee is its clean layout.

Easy to use and simple to navigate through, this app really does make keeping track of your travels a very easy, streamlined task.

This clean layout doesn’t leave any room for confusion over how to post an update or how to locate different information regarding your past traveling experiences.

Additionally, even though this app allows you to include a decent amount of information in each post, the screen never feels too cluttered.

Value:

As mentioned above, ShutterBee is currently available for free through the iTunes Store. Overall, this “value” of ShutterBee is pretty great, particularly for anyone who falls into the app’s target audience.

ShutterBee is well designed, simple to use, and the clean interface will definitely appeal to anyone who appreciates streamlined social media experiences.

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

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