Complete Every Goal with iTask App

iTask - TopLineSoft Systems

Reviewed by Philip Chan


Price: $0.99

Are you looking for a complete project and goal manager for your iOS device? If so, check out iTask from developer TopLineSoft. It’s an interesting task manager iPhone app with some unique features for users to utilize.


I enjoyed this iPhone app review, and found that right from startup, iTask has a fairly simple set of options. Users may View Projects, see their ToDo list, or see their Done list. Tapping on the “+” button allows users to add a project to the list.

When adding a project, you’ll be prompted to name and add a description to your project. Then, you may edit the project with more info. One of the options is for a flow chart, where you can add different steps in the project and connect them via arrows. It’s remarkably easy to add, edit and delete different points in this task list.

After you’ve finished editing the task, you can add it to the list of ToDos. Once you’ve done this, you won’t be able to go back and edit it. Mark the different steps as completed in the ToDo list as you complete them. Then, once all steps are done, you can see the finished project under Completed Projects. It’s a fairly simple yet effective goal system that is really nicely done. My only critique is that I wish there was a visual of the flow chart under the View Projects. Currently, you have to edit the project to see the visual. I would prefer if simply tapping on the project should show the visual. Other than that, the features of iTask really are great!


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Bonnie’s Brunch: Serving Up Some Hot Dish

Bonnie's Brunch - Funny Lab Studios, Inc.

Price: $.99

Bonnie’s Brunch iPhone Video App Review

Bonnie's Brunch app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

Bonnie is taking her four-wheeled brunch machine on the road to Paris. Along the way she will hone her brunch making skills, meet some characters and see the world in Bonnie’s Brunch from Funny Lab Studios, a fast-paced dash style app for iPhone.


I found out helping Bonnie fill her customers’ brunch orders at maximum speed is the name of the game while performing my iPhone app review. It starts out easy enough; a bagel here, a croissant there. But very quickly it becomes apparent that Bonnie’s Brunch iOS game is seriously challenging.

There are 50 challenging levels and a lot of brunch slinging fun in the Bonnie’s Brunch app. A story telling approach tutorial will walk you through the basics and help when new items and customers come visit your brunch wagon. Make the customer’s order as fast as possible to earn either good, expert or master levels. Meet goals and try to win three stars on every level to fill up your trophy room.

There are a lot of dash style games out for iOS. A fun road trip story line, interesting locations and bonus levels keep you guessing in Bonnie’s Brunch for iOS.


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Giggle Bear: By Kids, For Kids and Just as Cute as it Sounds

Giggle Bear - Giggle World Productions, LLC

Giggle Bear iPhone app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer


Price: $1.99

Who better than a kid to create an iPhone app for other kids? The creative juices of a smarty pants teenager named Brooklyn helped bring Giggle Bear to life at Giggle World Productions. Create, customize and don’t forget to laugh with Giggle Bear.


I still remember the lines that used to form when Build-A-Bear Workshop opened in the mall near my house. Stressed parents brandished pint sized wardrobe pieces and fluff filled the air, and that was just in the waiting line. It’s a more civilized world these days. With the great new iPhone app Giggle Bear you can put the experience of creating, dressing and playing with customized stuffed friends right in your child’s hands without waiting in line or even driving.

Starting in the “Creative Center” your child can choose from a bear, rabbit or moose, customize their face, gender, clothing, stuffing and even record three high quality sound effects that their Giggle Bear will make while they play. Once your friend is born (there’s a birth certificate to commemorate the event) the real fun starts.

There are dozens of hidden surprises in this iPhone app. Four additional educational games are tucked in to the playroom and yard outside. Tap the shelves and doors to explore. Giggle Bears are interactive, say your fun recorded greetings and make this room a lot of fun. One closet door takes you to a room where you can customize outfits for each Giggle Bear.


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ProtectStar iShredder Pro: A Vicious (Deletion) Cycle

ProtectStar iShredder Pro - ProtectStar Incorporated

Price: $4.99

ProtectStar iShredder Pro iPhone Video App Review

ProtectStar iShredder Pro for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

ProtectStar has graced our site before, last time with their free version of ProtectStar iShredder, a high-quality data-deletion app for the iPhone, iPod and iPad. They told us it was coming, and lo and behold, ProtectStar iShredder Pro has finally landed, bringing with it even more security options and innovations.


A little known fact about iOS is that, when a user removes an app’s data, the unwanted information is not immediately deleted. Instead, the iPhone’s system marks that chunk of data for deletion and overwrite, meaning sensitive information from nonexistent iPhone apps lingers around until another iPhone app comes along and boots it out. This isn’t a big deal for most personal users, but if you’re a corporate executive carrying vital information on your iDevice, knowing that your finances are in secure shape is essential.

What ProtectStar iShredder Pro offers is the ability to overwrite all flagged data, replacing all those compromising bits of information with comfortable zeros. The app offers a multitude of ways to get the job done, using just about every algorithm you can think of. If you aren’t familiar with the German BSI/VS-ITR Standard or HMG InfoSec don’t worry—the app’s excellent in-house documentation will explain everything. Once a deletion method is selected, ProtectStar iShredder Pro takes off, erasing data in multiple passes until it’s finished. It’s worth nothing that, though the app is thorough, it’s not entirely efficient. Even on the simplest algorithm, ProtectStar iShredder Pro still takes quite a while to clean out your data. This may be unavoidable, and the app can ran in the background, but your iDevice will still be occupied for quite a while.


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Weekly iPhone Apps Roundup: Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of The Week

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Another week comes to a close here at t the iPhone App Review, and what a week it was! We’ve looked at so many great iPhone apps and iPad apps this week that our App Reviewing  fingers are pulsing. But don’t think we’re done just yet: We’ve got our Top 5 App Roundup for the week ready to go, but first here’s a sneak peak at some of the stellar reviews we did this week!

This Week’s Stand-Out Apps

It was a productive week all-around here at the iPhone App Review—literally! We showed you how to do some retro math using RetroCalc, up your professional organizational skills with Next! and HQ, and even become a walking Webster with Hyper Facts. It wasn’t all work and no play, though: This week brought us some great games, like SpaceArena and Crazy Bunny.

That does it for our Sneak Peek of the week, but as promised, we aren’t finished just yet! Check us out after the break for an in-depth look at our Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week.

Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week

Roger Ebert's Great Movies

Roger Ebert's Great Movies


Roger Ebert’s Great Movies – $ .99

Can’t decide what movie to watch this weekend? Want to hit the theater with a group of friends, but just can’t tell the garbage from the gems? No matter how you feel about him, Roger Ebert’s movie reviews are now in the bay and ready on the iPhone.

The much-lauded movie critic’s Roger Ebert’s Great Movies app is available for a whole dollar in the AppStore, and for that money you’ll get over 300 movie reviews. Written reviews range from old classics like “Casablanca” to modern gems like “The Hangover.” So if you’re unsure about what flick to spin this weekend, spend the dollar and cast out all cinema doubts—these films come recommended.


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Phantom Probes: Things That Go Spinning In The Night


Price: Free

Phantom Probes iPhone Video App Review

Phantom Probes Universal App

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

I have performed many iPhone app reviews, and I can attest that it is very rare for a totally unique concept to float its way into the AppStore: It seems like most ideas these days have been rehashed multiple times elsewhere. However,the Phantom Probes iPhone app, by developer Entertailon, is certainly an odd one, bringing with it a plethora of interesting ideas and fun gameplay that are non-existent elsewhere in the market.


Phantom Probes is, if anything, a puzzler. The iPhone app challenges you to discover a hidden object by hurling various probes (usually falling particles) at it. You’re also allowed to rotate the object using a spinner in the middle of the screen. By watching the way the various probes interact with the phantom shape, you must then pick the correct image from three shapes along the bottom. If you choose wisely, you pass on to the next level. If you choose poorly, you turn into dust and miss out on the Holy Grail—just kidding!

Phantom Probe’s game mechanic is unique in the AppStore to my knowledge. It’s actually quite fun, too, and can very often be difficult. The game gives you the option to turn on hints, which highlight parts of the shape when hit. With this aide off, it’s sometimes impossible to know for certain which shape you’re looking at, meaning you’ll be forced to make an educated guess. But though the tenseness inherent to the gameplay is exhilarating, there’s no reason to go back and play the levels again. The shapes do not change, and with no important scoring system to speak of, there’s simply not much incentive to go puzzling again.


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