Fit Phone Keeps Track of Your Workouts

Written iPhone Health App Review

Price: $4.99    Score: 7/10    By Shaun Campbell Fit Phone

Fit Phone is a digital workout journal for the iPhone from developer Blaine DaRonco. Fit Phone keeps track of your workouts and aims to replace the old pen and paper method of recording your progress in the gym.

This is not an app for people who are looking for exercise descriptions, pictures or instructions. Fit Phone is purely a workout journal for recording exercises, weights, reps, date etc. Having said that though, these are very valuable functions for anyone who is serious about their personal fitness. Fit Phone also has a useful function for calculating your one-rep max for any lift, which is a handy stat to have.

Workout information (name, date & exercises) are entered into the app, along with weight and reps for each. Fit Phone comes with a list of exercises, categorized by muscle group, which you can scroll through and add to your workout. The list is by no means exhaustive, but covers the basics. You can also add your own exercises as you please.

Fit Phone stores all your workouts, and allows you to list your results for particular a particular exercise or even generate graphs of your progress. One major down-side of Fit Phone is that the reporting features, which include the graphs and charts features, are only available if you have an internet connection. Your workout data is sent online in order to generate the graphs,

Fit Phone sells in the App Store for $4.99. A little overpriced for what it is, but worth it if you spend a lot of time in the gym.

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CosmoHero (Space Storm) Review

Written iPhone Game App Review

Price: $0.99    Score: 7/10    by Shaun Campbell Space Storm

Cosmo Hero is a new side-scrolling shooter for the iPhone from developer Dava Consulting. Cosmo Hero follows in the wake of the success of Space Deadbeef – an arcade-style shoot-em-up that hit number one in the free app store following its release.

Cosmo Hero puts you at the helm of a little spaceship in the heat of a galactic battle. In true side-scroller tradition, the ammunition flows freely & upgrades are a-plenty. You don’t actually even have to fire your weapons – they’re stuck on auto-fire. You just plow the sky.

There are several different weapons at your disposal in Cosmo Hero. You pick up new weapons via upgrades, which are released by destroying enemy ships. Unfortunately, I found that the weapons themselves are not that impressive. Other upgrades include increased life, speed and power. Cosmo Hero also has a unique game feature called Time Warp, which you can activate when things get a little out of control. Time Warp slows down the enemy (including enemy fire) allowing you to the time to take them out.

Cosmo Hero features a short tutorial which shows you the ropes, but its easy to jump straight into the action. You can swap between touch and accelerometer control as you please. I found touch control to offer a little bit more precision, which is especially helpful when dodging missiles or asteroids.

Great graphics and a rockin’ guitar powered soundtrack fill out what is, for 0.99c, a very solid game.

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Easy Clock Steals the Night

Written iPhone Alarm Clock App Review

Price: Free    Score: 7/10    by Daljeet Singh

The iPhone basically replaces most of the gadgets in your house. But the great thing about it is that better versions of what you’ve already got just keep appearing! And here’s the prime example: Easy Clock from developer Rock iPhone will be the new bedside clock, whether you’re a fan of the glow-in-the-dark digital clock or not.

Easy Clock pretty much has everything Night Stand does and then some! The only exception being that Easy Clock doesn’t allow you to change the day the week starts on because it doesn’t clutter the interface with the whole week dimmed out – it just gives you the day straight off. And just like Night Stand, Easy Clock is free!

One of the first things to note is you can change the interface to any hue you desire. Night Stand gives you three color ‘themes’, but Easy Clock gives you an RGB meter to adjust each color as you see fit. The settings options are available within the application, meaning you don’t have to go to the settings app as you need to with Night Stand.

There are 3 different ambient modes: a bright mode for those who need a night-light and clock all-in-one, a dim mode for those who like their clock visible but not TOO visible, and a sleep mode which allows the keypad to lock. You can also choose to get rid of those creepy lines behind the clock that make it look like the old digital ones your dad used to have.

There are also the usuals you expect from a clock: 24/12 hour time and the seconds, day and date display options. The coolest thing would be the ability to switch between analog and digital interface. There’s something elegant about an analog clock that isn’t quite captured in a digital one.

The only thing I see missing would be an alarm clock – but I guess Apple did build some applications right and included an alarm function, so it’s not strictly necessary here. It would be nice to have an application that can replace my Apple clock, but I guess we can’t have everything we want.

My only criticism of Easy Clock is that the developers made numerous spelling errors (e.g Wendesday), which detract from the overall finish of this app.

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Vinnie Jones Wake Up Call is An Alarm With Attitude

Written iPhone Alarm Clock App Review

Price: $1.99    Score: 6/10    By Shaun CampbellVinnie Jones Wake Up Call

The Vinnie Jones Wake Up Call is for all those mornings when it will take nothing short of a tough-guy yelling abuse to get you out of bed. The app was developed by Branded Research in association with Jones’ himself and features 19 different quotes from his movies and 8 recorded just for iPhone.

The Vinnie Jones Wake Up Call is simple enough to use – choose a wake-up time, select a wake-up quote and you’re set.

There are a few quality lines, like this classic from Snatch,

  • “The fact that you’ve got replica written down the side of your guns, and the fact that I’ve got Desert Eagle .50 written down the side of mine, should precipitate your balls into shrinking along with your presence. Now get lost.”

A selection of the others – some more appropriate as a “wake-up” call;

  • “Oi Elvis! Two beers!”
  • “If you think you’re hard, I’ll show you what hard is mate.”
  • “A busy mind is a happy mind”
  • “If you wanna be a pro footballer, you’ll never do it smoking like that son.”
  • “Get up. It’s a man’s game”

The quotes in this app weren’t actually just pulled from their various movies, they were re-recorded with Vinnie himself. If you were planning on using The Vinnie Jones Wake Up Call for said purpose, rather than just comic relief, there is a unique wake up call for each day of the week, e.g

“Oi! It’s Monday morning – GET OUT OF BED!!”

I prefer to be woken up a bit more gently in the morning, but if you need the encouragement and don’t mind the $1.99 price-tag- The Vinnie Jones Wake Up Call isn’t a bad option.

If an angry English soccer hooligan can’t get you up, nothing will.

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Chess Pro is Serious Chess

Written iPhone Game App Review

Price: $3.99    Score: 7/10    By Shaun CampbellChess Pro

Chess Pro is all about serious chess. From developer 99Games, this game makes use of the open-source Sjeng GNU chess engine (v11.2). Chess Pro is for players who know what they’re doing and looking for a real challenge.

Chess Pro has a simple, intuitive and easy to use interface. You can drag and drop pieces, or use taps to select and move to the desired square. The 3D graphics aren’t astonishing, but the game also includes a nice, clean B&W 2D theme which is a bit more practical.

A notable feature in Chess Pro is “legal moves”, which can be toggled on/off in the options menu. It’s great for anyone needing a little bit of a refresh on the rules – tap on a chess piece and the squares that you can legally move that particular piece to are highlighted for you. There are also very handy undo and hint buttons along the bottom of the screen.

Chess Pro features three difficulty levels – easy, medium and hard. Be warned that easy is incredibly easy. I’m no Kasparov, and it still only took me three minutes to finish off the computer. As for medium and hard…well, I didn’t fare so well.

If you’re new to chess, 99Games also has a trimmed down version of the game available for 0.99c. It’s called Chess Lite and lacks some of the more advanced options (game variants, opening book, difficulty levels, 3D themes) that come with Chess Pro.

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