Get Out and Explore Your City with Strol for iOS

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Strol
Price: Free
Rating:
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

During the summertime it’s great to go outside for a walk, but you can easily get bored with the same route. What if there were an easy way to discover cool things about your city while going on a walk?

Pokémon Go isn’t the only app that wants you to go outside.

Strol is an awesome app that not only auto-generates a walking route based on a few factors, but it also tells you cool info about landmarks you might otherwise miss.

Concept and Functionality:

Personally I love going for walks in the morning and the evening. However, it can be tricky to figure out the best way to go if you’re facing time constraints.

Strol, by Strol LLC, not only tells you about areas of your city, but it tells you the best route to go in a given period of time.

I’ve never come across an app like Strol and I definitely think it’s a breath of fresh air.

Even if you’re not really interested in landmarks and/or you don’t even live in a city, the app is incredibly useful. Not only that, but you’ll actually be encouraged to walk in order to discover new places.

When it comes to usability, Strol has been extremely well designed and so isn’t hard to figure out.

You’ll be able to pick the app up and use it within minutes of taking your first walk. This is great news for iPhone users who don’t want to tinker with an app and would rather open it and begin using it immediately.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Strol iPhone App

Strol is incredibly feature-rich, and the best way to take advantage of all the features that are offered is to use the app when you’re located in a new city.

Even though it’s designed to be used everywhere, you’ll definitely get more out of the app in terms of learning about new landmarks.

Another cool thing about Strol is that it features achievements and the ability to keep a running history of all of your journeys.

The only drawback to this is that it seems you have to connect a social media account with the app in order to take advantage of these features.

According to the developer, you’re supposed to “Use social networks to invite friends to a scenic stroll with you or share a great city walk you had so your friends can enjoy it too.”

I agree with this to a certain point, but I don’t think that users who aren’t involved with social networking should be locked out of features like achievements and history.

Value:

Strol is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. There are no in-app purchases that I could find, and the app is not supported by ads.

Whether you’re exploring a new city or you want to find a new walking route in your neighborhood, Strol is certainly worth a try.

Strolstrol.jpg requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Liven Up Messaging with Rawr

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Rawr Messenger: 3D Avatar Chat
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Rawr Messenger: 3D Avatar Chat brings your text messages to life like never before and makes texting a far more entertaining experience.

Available for free, this messaging app takes texting to a new level.

Features:

To get things going, Rawr Messenger, from Futurefly, lets you create your personal avatar, complete with different outfit options.

Through different hashtags you can make your avatars act on different animations within your conversations. I thought the range of hashtag options was very impressive–ranging from dancing to commenting on the latest UK vote.

Changing the backgrounds of your conversations is also a possibility. Having other friends using the app is really needed to make your communication equally entertaining on both ends, but the app also does let you connect with other Rawr users around the world if you’d prefer to do that (instead of just chatting with your own contacts).

When actually using the app I did not experience any noticeable lag, and this helped to keep the pace of the conversations flowing smoothly.

Appearance and Layout:

Rawr iPhone App Review

Rawr iPhone App

Even if you’ve never used any personal avatar-creator apps before, setting up your character on Rawr Messenger is extremely simple to do.

A step-by-step process guides you, and figuring out how to use the app is pretty much entirely intuitive; first time users should have no problem with getting used to sending messages through Rawr Messenger.

The characters created through the app are fun and the personalization options are actually variable enough that most users can probably create at least somewhat of a likeness of themselves.

Value:

As mentioned previously, Rawr Messenger is a free app. However, some of the features of the app can only be fully enjoyed with in-app purchases; options for these purchases range from $0.99 to $14.99.

While some of these cheaper packages might make sense for users who find that they use the app frequently, the more expensive options seem hard to justify; other similar apps can offer almost the same features but for far cheaper.

As a whole, Rawr Messenger is a fun app that can spice up messaging with your friends. However, it’s hard to see any need for spending more than a few dollars on add-ons.

download (9)Rawr Messenger requires iOS 8.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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The Little Mermaid – a Magical Augmented Reality Book Is Simply Awesome

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The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If there’s one technological movement that I’m all for, it’s virtual and augmented reality.

It’s pretty cool to be able to point your iPhone at something and make a scene come to life.

The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book is an incredibly fun augmented reality book that’s off to a great start.

This innovative eBook, by Books & Magic for iPhone and iPad, provides an amazing augmented reality experience and kids will no doubt enjoy using it.

Concept and Functionality:

The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book is the first interactive storybook by Books & Magic, and I’m definitely willing to say that it’s a home run.

In order to use the book you need to either have a secondary Apple device (another iPhone or an iPad) handy.

You also have the option to purchase a physical book, and I’ll talk about that in greater detail later in this review.

Once you’ve acquired the book via secondary device or you picked up a physical copy, you can open The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book and point your primary device towards an open page in the book.

This will make illustrations come to life and kids can interact with all sorts of mini games while learning about the classic story of The Little Mermaid.

When it comes to ease-of-use, parents don’t own a secondary Apple device are at a bit of a disadvantage because you’re pretty much limited to purchasing a physical copy of the book.

I couldn’t find an option from the developer to purchase a digital copy of The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book in PDF format (or another digital format).

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

The Little Mermaid iPhone App

As you could probably imagine, The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book definitely includes tons of great features that make it an amazing app for youngsters.

Not only does it allow 3-D exploration, but there are plenty of fun mini games that follow along with the classic storyline.

Parents will also be happy to know that The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book doesn’t include advertising or distractions, so kids are much less likely to divert away from the game while using your device.

Value:

The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. You want to purchase the full book digitally, you can do so via in-app purchase for $9.99.

If you want a physical copy of the book you’ll be spending much more; it’s just over $37 USD free shipping.

Overall, The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book is an incredible book that makes it very easy for kids get excited about the world of augmented reality.

It’s a little bit tricky to set up and it has its disadvantages if you’re not a multi-device household, but once you get it going it’s something that your child will definitely enjoy.

The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Booklittle_mermaid.jpg requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Get Lucky with Pure Vegas

vegasPure Vegas – Real slot machines & Casino classic games. Spin and Win in the best slots tournaments!
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Pure Vegas is an exciting realistic casino simulation that offers an impressive number of fun slot machines.

Available for free with in-app purchases, Pure Vegas, by Naladex CB, offers an impressive number of different slots machines.

Features:

The name of Pure Vegas really aptly tells of its features. The app is a digital slots game. However, instead of other apps that only feature one or two different machines, Pure Vegas has an entire lineup of digital slot machines.

While playing slots can seem pretty repetitive to many people, this variety in the in-app slots can help to keep players interested for longer periods of time.

You can purchase different coin packages for optimal playing experiences, or you can just use the free coins that are provided here and there throughout the app; if you’re particularly lucky, you’ll be able to just play on these free coins alone.

In addition to an impressive lineup of slot games, Pure Vegas also features the ability to join online tournaments or play against your Facebook friends. Games run smoothly, with no lag at all.

Appearance and Layout:

Pure Vegas iPhone App Review

Pure Vegas iPhone Game

Players of Pure Vegas will be impressed by the graphics of this slots app. Like any real slots experience, the colors of Pure Vegas are bright and enticing.

The in-app light animations also help add to the feeling of a “real” slots experience. The main area of possible improvement that I could identify within the app, however, was the layout.

While it does not take an extensive amount of time to figure out your way around Pure Vegas, the layout is still not necessarily purely intuitive and a little bit of a better intro tour within the app would probably be appreciated by many users.  

Value:

As mentioned previously, Pure Vegas is a free app. In-app purchases for more coins can easily be made, and most frequent players of Pure Vegas will probably opt for this option.

While you are given free coins and different winnings within the app, you’ll probably run out of these free coins fairly quickly unless you happen to be very lucky.

As a whole, Pure Vegas is arguably a well designed app and will appeal to players of digital slot games. Its variety of machines sets it apart from many of its competitors, making it a unique playing experience.

download (7)Pure Vegas requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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Top 4 Home Decorating Apps You Should Try

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No matter how much you love your home’s decorations, you will eventually want to make some changes. When that time comes, turn to these four apps. They offer features that will inspire you to bring a new aesthetic to the rooms in your home.

ikeaIKEA Catalog

Price: Free

Available for: iPhone

IKEA catalog lets you browse the amazing catalog with iPhone or iPad so you can transform your home’s current look. The app provides information on more than just big furniture items, it also helps you with small, decorative pieces, but you will, of course, also find larger products like chairs and tables.

If you like one of the products that you find, then you can purchase without leaving the app. This gives you an easy, secure way to buy the things that catch your eye.

chairishChairish

Price: Free

Available for: iPhone

Chairish is similar to IKEA, but with this app you get to buy items from individuals as well as a store. That makes it possible for you to access a wider range of products through Chairish, including:

  • Antique furniture
  • Artwork from professional painters, sculptors, and designers
  • Knickknacks that will add flair to your home

In most cases, you will have to pay for shipping and handling, but sellers can also offer a local pickup option. This is a convenient way to avoid shipping fees, especially when you buy from sellers located in or near your city.

Chairish is more than just a place to purchase new and antique items for your home. You can also use it to make money from things that you no longer want. If you have a table that doesn’t match your new decorating scheme, then you can sell it on Chairish. It’s free to list items on the app, and you get to keep 80 percent of the selling price.

colorschemerColorSchemer

Price: Free 

Available for: iPhone

Mixing and matching colors is essential to making your home look beautiful. The last thing you want to do, however, is buy new furniture, decorations, and paint without comparing color schemes. What looks good in your head doesn’t always translate so well to reality. That could mean that you waste a lot of money on ideas that aren’t as attractive as you imagined.

The ColorSchemer app gives you an opportunity to see exactly what various colors will look like together. You can use it to automatically generate concepts based on complementary, monochromatic, and triad colors.

ColorSchemer also lets you draw inspiration from previous concepts made by over 450,000 members of its COLOURlovers community. If you see something that you like, you can copy it or make a slight alteration to get the perfect color scheme for your room. In the end, this app can help you save a lot of time and money.

snapshopSnapShop

Price: Free

Available for: iPhone and Android devices

Just because a piece of furniture looks beautiful in the showroom doesn’t mean that it will look equally nice in your home. In some ways, you can’t really know what a couch or chair will look like in your living room until you move it in.

For obvious reasons, shoppers don’t want to move heavy pieces of furniture into their homes before they know whether the furniture will look attractive. Until recently, people had to rely on educated guesses. Today, they have SnapShop.

SnapShop is an augmented reality app that lets you see what new furniture will look like in your home. You just choose the item you might want to buy, open the app, point your cell phone’s camera where you want to place the furniture, and your display will show you the piece placed within the space you chose. The combination of a fast, reliable network and smartphone with large display and high-definition camera makes SnapShop a perfect home decorating app. If you still aren’t sure whether you like what you see, you can share the image with friends to get feedback. It’s one of the most effective ways to choose furniture without unnecessary lifting.

The next time you want to make some changes to your house or apartment, these four inspiring apps will help make the job easier. Instead of doing all the work on your own or hiring an expensive decorator, download these apps to revitalize your home.

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Operator Puts Personal Shopping Assistants at Your Fingertips – for Free

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Operator – search, shop & buy with our professional shopping experts
Price: Free
Rating:
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If you’re like me, you tend to avoid shopping for new things simply because you never know what you want. You’ll spend time meandering through aisles searching for something, then you’ll end up buying things you don’t need just to make the trip worthwhile.

Operator is an awesome iPhone app that puts you in touch with real people who are ready to do the shopping legwork for you.

Whether you’re searching for clothes, electronics, tickets, or something else, chances are you’ll be able to find it and have it delivered.

Concept and Functionality:

The first thing I noticed about Operator, by Operator, Inc., is the highly intuitive layout. I didn’t have any trouble with figuring out how to find my way around the app, which means you’ll spend more time shopping and less time navigating.

When you first open Operator, you’ll be prompted to chat with “WelcomeBot” and provide your name and phone number. Once everything is set up, you can begin shopping for items in categories such as fasion, shoes, beauty, and home.

One of the things I really like about Operator is the way it’s designed. It’s very similar to communicating via text message, so conversations with individual operators (who are real people) seem very warm and personal.

You definitely get the feeling that they’re genuinely helping you find what you’re looking for.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Operator iPhone App

As if Operator couldn’t get any more helpful, some cities offer the ability to have your purchases delivered straight to your door via UberRUSH.

This is made possible due to the fact that Uber’s co-founder is in charge of Operator. Imagine being able to find what you’re looking for and have it delivered to your door in no time flat.

The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words still holds true, and you can optionally include a photo to send to your operator in order to help them with their search.

Remember that awesome picture on the wall at your friend’s house? Just snap a photo and send it via Operator; they’ll find it for you!

Value:

Operator is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. I couldn’t find any in-app purchases, and I’m not sure if a small fee is included with a purchase through the app.

Overall, Operator is the perfect app for anyone who lives a busy lifestyle and doesn’t have time to wander around brick-and-mortar stores.

It’s even better if you live in a city where UberRUSH is supported.

operator.jpgOperator requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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