One of the biggest drags about the iPad—especially in comparison to some of the newest Android tablets—is its lack of universal video-format support. Videos must be loaded in an Apple-supported format, meaning you’ll have to bend over backwards just to watch all those saved Golden Girls reruns. However, CineXPLayer by developer NXP Software goes a long way towards smoothing over media playback on the iPad.
Features and Functionality
Durin my iPad app review, I found that CineXPlayer offers the ability to play just abut any video format you can load onto the iPad. This includes the ubiquitous and unofficially supported .AVI video formatting, alleviating many a headache for power iPad users. The app supports full HD playback as well as VGA/HDMI output for your fancy new tele. A slightly more interesting addition is the ability to convert 2D video into 3D, though you will have to pay for this goodie. However, considering most users simply want to watch their videos on the go, that likely won’t be a major selling point for the app.
CineXPlayer is not without its faults: Though it could play every format I threw at it, save some more obscure Linux offerings, the app did occasionally hiccup on the audio, leading to some interesting robotic censoring. You also have to attach CineXPlayer to iTunes before you can load any videos, and movies contained in CineXPlayer are stuck to the app. Likewise, you cannot load movies that are in iTunes via CineXPlayer. However, the app does have plenty of fine touches that make it even more comfortable on the iPad, including closed-captioning and social-networking integration.
Before embarking on a fabulous vacation to a distant land go and get pricked. That’s what well known Malaysian doctor Nor Ashikin Mokhtar (Dr. Nora) suggests in iTravelJab, a health conscious iPhone travel app that helps you plan and keep track of immunizations. Travel smart and stay healthy.
As a traveler, I was extremely interested in performing an iPhone app review on iTravelJab. International travel can be exciting, but exotic places sometimes house exotic diseases, and its best to be prepared. Some immunizations need to be taken in a series, or months before you leave. Take the worry out of preparing with the Dr. Nora’s informative iTravelJab iPhone app, as available for the iPad and iPod Touch.
Enter your travel location and the date of your trip to see Dr. Nora’s travel immunization report. View a list of diseases that commonly occur in the area you are traveling to, complete with symptoms, general information and a suggested time frame for visiting the doctor to be immunized.
You can also create a record of your current immunizations for easy access. The iTravelJab app is rounded out with travel tips, a message from Dr. Nora, and several informative sections detailing diseases and special travel concerns for children, pregnant women and adults. The only feature I found myself wishing for was a calendar like time line, or scheduled events that appeared in my iPhone’s calendar. The record section does provide an option for future dating events, so for now that will have to suffice.
Can you name all 44 people who have been President of the United States of America? How about which one was called “Old Hickory?” Which one did not have a Vice President? If historical trivia and education is your thing, consider trying out Presidents by the Number, an impressive iPhone app from JM Digital Consultants. It’s available for iOS devices running version 3.2 or later, for $1.99 through the Apple iTunes Store
Presidents by the Number offers far more than just some drab historical data. It features facts on not only all the different Presidents, but also on the Vice Presidents, Supreme Court Justics, videos, poems (“Presidential odes”) and much more. Upon starting up the Presidents by the Number iPhone app, users can choose from the above options on a tab-like layout. The quiz section is pretty impressive, with lots of different quizzes (six different ones, with more promised to be on the way), along with a bonus a quiz. The quizzes are arranged in multiple choice format, with 10 questions per quiz. There’s also a Presidential portrait slideshow/video with accompanying music included with this iPhone app, helping users put faces with names of the different leaders.
While I’m not the biggest fan of poetry, I was impressed with the eloquence and whit of the poems featured in Presidents by the Number. Some of them are very creative and certainly make remembering facts about the different Presidents much easier!
Get ready friends! Here is a look at the iOS 5 Video Introduction
Courtesy of Apple
It’s no secret that iOS 5 is going to be the new sliced bread of mobile operating systems. Developers already have their eager little hands all over that shiny new platform, while end users sit pining after iOS 5’s fall debut.
Don’t worry, there’s plenty to go around. Apple is promising more than 200 new features, iCloud integration and a whole heap of improvement to existing functions. What does all this buzz mean for you? Here’s a taste of five of our favorite new iOS 5 features for your sampling pleasure. These top picks are just the tip of the iOS 5 ice berg. Stay tuned to theiPhoneAppReview.com for more.
Gone are the days of pop up notifications spoiling your iOS gaming or socializing experiences. With iOS 5 a small window will appear at the top of your current screen when you receive a new notification, disappearing after several seconds and leaving your current application uninterrupted.
A new pull down notification center will save notifications for you to peruse and dismiss at your leisure. Tapping a notification will launch the app and take you right where you want to go. New lock screen notifications may be accessed directly by swiping them.
Are you looking for a new action puzzler iPhone app? Do you want a little bit of chicken-coop flavor added to your strategy? If so, then look no further: Rolling Eggs , an iPhone app by developer Creview, will certainly ruffle your feathers.
My iPhone app review unveiled that the gameplay of Rolling Eggs is best described as a puzzler with a twist: The player is charged with directing an egg—which is unceremoniously launched from a chicken at the top of each level—to a target nest along the bottom (or elsewhere, depending on the layout). To do this, the user must navigate several different obstacles by directing the egg’s trajectory with wooden planks. The egg will roll, bounce, and teleport its way about the level until it (hopefully) lands in the proper place.
Rolling Eggs’ game mechanic offers a lot of complexity, and best of all the developers have well-spaced the app’s new features. Every four or five levels a new obstacle is introduced until the levels themselves become more expansive and more challenging. This sets an even rate of play for the app, and helps goad the player along.
The newly updated version 1.1 offers Gamecenter integration, which adds to the overall fun factor and competitive aspects, raising the enjoyment of this game up a notch.
Space Shuttle Mission, by developer Chris Gbandi, is a Flight Control clone iPhone app that offers heaps of fun gameplay at a quality price. The iPhone app will need a few more updates before it’s a recommended offering, but what’s present now is both fun and engaging, making it a steal nonetheless.
My iPhone app review discovered that if you have ever seen the runaway hit Flight Control for the iPhone and iPad, then you know exactly what Space Shuttle Missions has to offer. As you play, space shuttles will fly into the screen, requiring you to safely direct them to a landing strip in the center of the level. To do so you’ll have to drag a path from each shuttle to the strip with a finger. Wherever you put the path, the shuttle will go. If you draw well, it lands safely and disappears. If you don’t, the shuttle will drift off back into space, potentially creating collisions, explosions and a Big-Fat-Fail.
Space Shuttle Missions’ gameplay is certainly nothing new, which isn’t in and of itself a problem. However, the app certainly feels a bit flat, as it offers no new vehicles other than the stock space shuttle and very few improvements on the original. In fact, Space Shuttle Missions is far pickier: Shuttles must be landed exactly on the strip to secure them, which is often problematic as they are frequently unresponsive to touch. However, there’s plenty of potential for future improvements via AppStore updates.