Use Dwellable to Find Your Ideal Vacation Rental

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Price: Free
Rating:
Dwellable Vacation Rentals
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Dwellable Vacation Rentals makes finding and booking a vacation rental easier than ever before.

Developed by Dwellable, it’s available for free through the iTunes Store and is linked with Apple pay to allow users to actually book their choices for select locations if desired.

Features:

As indicated by its name, Dwellable helps users find lodging options for their vacations. Featuring a swipe interface similar to that apps like of Tinder, Dwellable makes browsing through an impressive number of vacation rentals remarkably easy to do.

Users are able to easily make a list of their favorite options for a location, as the app automatically keeps a record of all of their “swipe right” choices.

In addition to simply looking at options, Dwellable also allows users to actually book their reservations directly through the app for certain locations.

A search bar makes it easy to find places within your destination city; search filters can also be applied for travel dates, specific areas of a city, price per night, bedrooms, or amenities if desired as well.

Using Dwellable is a snap as there is no need to create an account prior to using it.

Dwellable Vacation Rentals iPhone App

Dwellable Vacation Rentals iPhone App

As a whole, Dwellable is an excellently designed app that is perfect for anyone looking to plan his or her vacation with ease.

Appearance and Layout:

Dwellable is a photo-based app, and the pictures used in it definitely do not disappoint.

On-screen information is kept to a minimum, allowing users to quickly find relevant info at a glance. Fonts are all easily readable, and icons used within the app all are readily understandable as well.

The layout of Dwellable also makes it very pleasant to use; the “scroll/swipe” interface makes it easy to quickly browse hundreds of vacation rental options in a minimal amount of time.

Since the app also allows you to build a collection of your favorite options, going back through to book your dream vacation rental can be done quickly and easily as well.

Overall, the layout of Dwellable is arguably one of its strongest features.

Value:

As mentioned previously, Dwellable is a free app.

For anyone who is looking for a fun, quick way to browse through unique vacation rental options, Dwellable Vacation Rentals is a great way to do that.

It’s easy to use and quick to “get the hang of.” While some users will probably prefer to do more in-depth research on a location before booking it, this app is still a good way to quickly make a short list of ideal vacation rentals, whether or not you actually use it to book your reservations.

dwellqrDwellable Vacation Rentals requires iOS 8.0 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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Practice Your Magic Skills with Bogga Magic

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Price: $1.99
Rating:
Bogga Magic
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Bogga Magic gives kids a “magical” entertaining experience with an educational twist.

Developed by Boggatap, children will have fun and learn while playing with this app.

Features:

Ted, the friendly teddy bear, invites kids “on stage” to perform charming “magic tricks” in this new app.

These tricks range from creating plants from your drawings to spinning a Wheel of Fortune-type color wheel on the stage in order to change the color of Ted’s suit.

Figuring out the “magic tricks” for this app is definitely part of the fun, and kids will enjoy exploring Bogga Magic to discover all that they can do  in it.

The tricks are all very simple, but they will probably please young children, even if they seem repetitive to adults. For parents wanting to strengthen their child’s color recognition skills, the color wheel “level” can be a good option for this.

Bogga Magic iPhone App

Bogga Magic iPhone App

Other parts of Ted’s magic show are better designed to increase creative thinking skills. While the app does have a download fee, the good news is that there are no third-party ads within Bogga Magic, so parents do not need to worry about anything unwanted popping up while their child is playing this app.

Appearance and Layout:

As mentioned previously, Bogga Magic is an app designed with kids ages 2+ in mind, and the graphics of the game certainly reflect this well.

The cartoon characters and are friendly, age appropriate, and the bright color scheme keeps it visually appealing.

I felt that this app worked best on the larger screen of an iPad, but it would probably be just fine on smaller screens as well, once you get the hang of it.

The layout of Bogga Magic is perfect for kids, with little arrows directing much of the app.

Writing within the app is appropriately kept to an absolute minimum, as most of the users of Bogga Magic probably can’t read yet.

Value:

Bogga Magic is a fun app that will no doubt do the trick for many kids.

As already mentioned, there is a one time fee of $1.99 that provides users with the full version of the app. The developer claims this is a 33% discount, but we think it’s a fair price and encourage them to keep the price where it is.

The benefit of this is that besides being ad-free, there are also no in-app purchasing options for Bogga Magic.

As a whole, this app is a charming one that will probably prove entertaining to its target audience.

While the price is obviously higher than that of the many free children’s apps available today, the fact that there are no ads or optional in-app purchases that children could potentially make without their parent’s realization is definitely appreciated.

boggaqrBogga Magic requires iOS 5.1.1 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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Bob and Bobek: Ice Hockey Is a Fantastic New Game for iOS

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Price: Free
Rating:
Bob and Bobek: Ice Hockey
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Bob and Bobek: Ice Hockey is an incredibly fun and entertaining game for iPhone and iPad.

Developed by VUISS TECHNOLOGIES s.r.o., this brand-new game is perfect for both hockey fans and gamers who are looking for something different to try.

Concept and Gameplay:

Bob and Bobek: Ice Hockey includes two very popular Czech cartoon characters, Bob and Bobek. These adorable rabbits are prepared to help you on your way to hockey glory by showing you how to perfect your skills.

To start, you’ll have to complete a series of tutorial levels before unlocking single player and multiplayer modes. The tutorial levels show you how to shoot the puck, move around the ice, and more. Your player is controlled by an on-screen joystick and there’s a button on the right side of the screen for shooting the puck.

When it comes to gameplay, I found Bob and Bobek: Ice Hockey to be very easy to learn. Controls are pretty intuitive so you’ll quickly get the hang of moving around the ice and shooting the puck and then you’ll be scoring goals like a pro. As you play, you’ll earn carrots that can be spent on unlocking various features.

Also, the gameplay environment is fantastic and almost feels like a real hockey match. Bob and Bobek: Ice Hockey includes lifelike arena sounds and realistic gameplay action such as fouls and checks.

Features:

Bob and Bobek: Ice Hockey

Bob and Bobek: Ice Hockey iPhone Game

As mentioned above, Bob and Bobek: Ice Hockey includes various gameplay modes for players to enjoy. From casual single player matches to the 2015 Ice Hockey World Championship, there’s plenty of different ways to play the game.

Another awesome feature of Bob and Bobek: Ice Hockey is the ability to customize your player by unlocking each of the 16 championship teams.

Not only will your player become a member of the team, but each team features its own stats for an even better playing experience.

Value:

Bob and Bobek: Ice Hockey is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

In terms of value, Bob and Bobek: Ice Hockey does have in-app purchases for quickly unlocking content, but they’re not necessary if you’re willing to spend time playing in order to collect carrots so you can unlock all of the goodies.

Overall, this is a fantastic game that offers quite a bit of content to players, especially those who are competitive. And if you’re a hockey fan, this is definitely the game for you. Plus, it’s also available for Android from Google Play.

bob_and_bobek.jpgBob and Bobek: Ice Hockey 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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Utterize for iOS Lets You Practice Your Accent in Any Language

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Price: $5.99
Rating:
Utterize
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Learning a new language is something that doesn’t happen overnight. Like many other things in life, you have to figure out what works best for you, not necessarily what works best for everyone else.

Utterize is an amazing language learning tool that helps users perfect their foreign language speaking skills.

Developed by Alexey Zamiatin, this tool allows users to break up audio files into bits that repeat, helping them practice their accent.

Concept and Functionality:

A prior version of Utterize was reviewed on TheiPhoneAppReview.com back in August 2014. The goal of Utterize is to make repetition as easy as possible.

In order to take advantage of the app, you’ll have to download media to your iPhone or iPad via iTunes. The app uses your device’s music library, so be sure you have a lesson or song preloaded before using it.

Once your song or lesson is picked out, Utterize opens it and allows you to select bits of the file to repeat. You can easily navigate the audio file and customize the repeating sections for optimal learning.

The ability to easily repeat selected audio bits can also be very helpful for someone trying to learn a music riff, lines in a play, or an upcoming speech.

The interface is a little tricky to get used to at first, but you won’t have any issues once you’re acquainted with settings.

Utterize iPhone App

Utterize iPhone App

As you’re speaking, a timer triggers and it tracks how much time you’ve spent working on an audio clip. One thing I want to stress about Utterize is that it doesn’t actually analyze your voice.

Instead, it provides an environment for you to easily repeat a section of audio and practice on your own.

The best advice I can give when it comes to Utterize is to use it in a very quiet environment with little or no ambient noise. The microphone is very sensitive and will begin tracking your practice time as soon as the slightest noise is heard.

Features:

When it comes to features, Utterize is pretty simple and straightforward. The app gives plenty of control over dissecting audio clips, which is perfect for those who decide to download audio language lessons.

Also, Utterize provides users with a handy graph that shows how much time they’ve spent on an audio file. This is perfect for those who want to visualize their progress.

One major drawback of Utterize is that it requires media from your device’s library, which means you either have to import media to your device via iTunes or purchase media from iTunes. This can get tricky if you find the perfect clip to use, but you don’t have your computer handy.

Value:

Utterize is available to download from the App Store for $5.99, which is a steep price to pay. However, when you factor in the fact that it’s a universal app AND it doesn’t limit users to any particular language, the price becomes a bit more reasonable.

Overall, Utterize is an incredibly flexible learning tool for iOS.

Heck, you don’t even have to use it for languages. As mentioned, you could use Utterize to repeat and memorize lines, lyrics, speeches, music passages and much more. The possibilities are endless.

Utterize.jpgUtterize 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 to speed up the publication of this review.

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Use Silent Beacon for Added Personal Safety and Peace of Mind

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Price: Free
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Silent Beacon – Alert loved ones instantly in an emergency. Now with live tracking!
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

In this day and age, personal safety should be everyone’s number one priority.

Even if you live in a safe area, danger could be lurking right around the corner. It might sound like something out of a movie, but unfortunately crime is everywhere.

Luckily technology has advanced and there are apps that watch out for us when we’re in trouble.

Silent Beacon is a must-have free iPhone app that not only keeps track of your location, but it allows you to quickly and easily contact multiple people in case there’s an emergency.

Concept and Functionality:

Keeping some sort of emergency app handy might seem silly because you think you’ll never need to use it.

Far too many people believe “It’ll never happen to me”, but if it does you have to be prepared.

Silent Beacon, developed by Silent Beacon Inc., helps iPhone users contact anyone, even 911, in the event of an emergency.

Silent Beacon iPhone App

Silent Beacon iPhone App

To start using Silent Beacon, you’ll need to create an account using your first and last name, phone number, email address, and password.

You’ll receive a 6 digit code to verify your phone number,and once that’s done you can set up your first emergency contact.

From there, you can either begin using Silent Beacon immediately or fine-tune settings.

This includes calling 911 if the beacon is activated, customizing SMS and email messages, and much more.

Personally I found the app to be incredibly easy to set up and navigate, so much so that users could download it and have the app running within a couple minutes.

Features:

From multiple emergency contacts to being able to send distress messages multiple ways, it’s clearly obvious that Silent Beacon was created with user safety in mind.

Users can even choose to keep the GPS running in the background, but this option will likely drain battery quickly.

Therefore, it’d be best to keep the GPS running constantly only if your device is plugged in (for example, while driving).

Also, Silent Beacon is completely free to use and doesn’t require a membership or in-app purchase in order to use all of the features.

This is truly great, as many similar apps do require users to pay for features.

Value:

Silent Beacon is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. When it comes to safety, there should never be any sort of price to pay.

Silent Beacon definitely doesn’t skimp on features and functionality simply because it’s free to use, which is fantastic.

silent_beacon.jpgSilent Beacon 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 to speed up the publication of this review.

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Find All Is a Fun and Educational Game for Preschoolers

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Price: Free
Rating:
Find All – Fun learning game for kids and toddlers to develop attention and fine motor skills
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

One of the best things about touchscreen devices like the iPhone and iPad is that kids are naturally drawn to them.

Find All is a great educational app for iOS that encourages kids to study surroundings by having them find all of the hidden objects in each game.

Concept and Functionality:

Find All, developed by Kateryna Salatova, aims to help kids develop fine motor skills, concentration, focus, and visual-active thinking. Each game has a handful of objects that match the theme of the game (butterflies in a garden, for example) and kids must find each object.

When they’ve located it, all they have to do is tap and the object will scurry off the screen. Once all objects have been located, a fanfare plays and the next Find All game begins.

One of the things I noticed about Find All is that objects occasionally appear too close to the top of the game screen, making it almost impossible to tap them due to interference from the iOS time/battery bar.

Not only will this likely frustrate kids, but it could also lead them to bring up the Notification Center and get into something other than the game.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Find All is a very simple game, which is perfect for curious young kids who just want to have fun.

There are educational aspects to it, though, which is perfect for parents who want to make sure their child isn’t mindlessly mashing their fingers on the screen.

I like to think of Find All as challenging, but certainly not impossible.

One thing I do want to mention, though, is that Find All is a fairly sizable download. The app requires over 200 MB of space, so be sure to double-check your device’s storage capacity before downloading.

Value:

Find All is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

The free version comes with 6 games, and the full version can be purchased for $1.99. This unlocks 8 additional games for kids to enjoy.

All in all, Find All is definitely a great game for kids because it’s a bit challenging, and we think that’s a good thing since it helps to build focus and concentration.

Another plus is that Parents don’t have to worry about external links or distractions, which is always a good thing.

find_all.jpgFind All 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 to speed up the publication of this review.

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