HowBig for iOS Connects You to the Hunting and Fishing Community

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

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Fishing and hunting are pastimes that countless people enjoy. The only thing better than catching a big fish or hunting an elusive trophy deer is showing off your accomplishment to friends and family.

What if you could share your hunt with like-minded individuals around the country?

HowBig lets everyone easily share their prize fish, deer, and more with others who also hunt and fish.

This mini social networking app includes plenty of features, from an event calendar to a comprehensive outfitter directory.

Concept and Functionality:

HowBig, an iPhone and iPad app by Sylvain Analytics, Inc, does a terrific job of accomplishing a very specific purpose; helping outdoorsmen and women connect with others by sharing photos, joining groups, and competing in events.

In order to use the app you have to create an account using your email address. The registration process is pretty simple and you’ll be exploring the app in no time.

HowBig sports an interface that’s easy to use and navigate.

The home screen view lets you toggle between member upload by day, week, month, and all time. You’re able to see the location of the upload, as well, which makes it fun to try and find great hunting and fishing spots nearby.

While HowBig is an excellent photo sharing app, it also includes an extensive outfitter directory that lets users find sanctuaries and more by state and animal.

This is great if you’re someone who likes to hunt or fish for sport and you’re looking for a way to find outfitters in a particular location.

HowBig iPhone App

HowBig iPhone App

I do want to mention that the developers are running a contest for the user with the highest rated photo within the app.

The winner receives a 3-day trip for two to Rancho De Chavez, NM for a buffalo hunting experience including meals, flight, transportation, and room.

This contest ends August 30th. In order to rate a photo you must double-tap it, then tap the stars.

Features:

HowBig includes tons of great features for all users, such as an event calendar that shows the location and details for hunting and fishing events around Canada and the U.S. I noticed that the calendar doesn’t include a filter feature, but you can use the search bar at the top to find events by state.

HowBig lets users interact with each other by double-tapping on photos to see additional details about a user’s catch or hunt. This includes weight, size, location, and more. You can even leave a comment on a user’s upload, which is definitely a plus.

Value:

HowBig is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. There are no in-app purchases to worry about.

Overall, HowBig is a great app for anyone who loves hunting and fishing. It’s perfect for browsing what others have caught, exploring events, and finding places to go on your next adventure.

howbig.jpgHowBig requires iOS 8.0 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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Top 10 iOS Apps for Runners

Sport is our life.

Top 10 iOS Apps for Runners
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Written by Jim Desposito

Lots of people think about running, and some of those people actually do it. It’s not easy and, unfortunately, thinking about it doesn’t burn many calories or improve your muscle tone.

To really reap the benefits of running, and there are many, you have to get into a regime of working out that succeeds over the long haul. That is not a simple task, keeping up your motivation is hard, and running isn’t so easy either.

So how do you do it? As you might have suspected, apps to the rescue!

The apps we’re highlighting approach the challenge of running from different angles and do it in different ways, but they all have one thing in common; they do an excellent job of keeping you motivated and keeping you running.

No one app does it all and many of the apps have overlapping functionality.

Which one works best for you depends on what kind of running you do, where you’re starting from in your training and what you think will help you reach your goals.

Whatever you decide, there are a few points that you should be aware of:
1) GPS usage is a battery drain – a frequent warning included with these apps is “Please note that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.” This doesn’t mean you should avoid the app, simply that you should be aware of this and plan accordingly.

2) Location Services   – apps should offer the option of using Location Services only when the app is in use instead of only providing the option of “Always” or “Never”.

If you see an app that you like and it doesn’t have this flexibility, we encourage you to contact the developer and urge them update the app.

3) Subscriptions – just because an app is free to download, that doesn’t mean it’s free to use. Many of the apps require you to subscribe on a monthly or annual runkeeper1basis to get the best and most useful options.

Again, this doesn’t mean you should avoid the app, just be aware of what your annual cost is likely to be.

OK, with that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff. Here are the Top 10 iOS Apps for Runners.

PS – We’re particular fans of the last app since it takes such an interesting and fun approach to motivating you.

 

runkeeperRunKeeper – free, iPhone, Apple Watch

This app will let you track your run pace, measure workout distance, chart weight loss, reach your training goals and more.

footpathWe like how simple RunKeeper is to use, which means that it will likely be used and hopefully you’ll find yourself running more and achieving better overall fitness.

This app has a lot to offer regardless of the level of training you’re at. So whether you’re just deciding to get off the couch for a 5k, biking every day, or deep into marathon training you can benefit from using RunKeeper.

One way to stay at it is to have an easy way to see your progress, and this app give you that. The feedback it provides over time is a great way to assess what’s working and what’s not.

 

footpathFootpath Route Planner, free, iPhone, iPad

Footpath is a great app for easily setting up your running route.

This app takes an interesting approach that we like quite a bit. Instead of focusing on recording the run you’re doing, it’s purpose is to keep you running by helping you avoid the boredom that can come by running the same route over and over again.

The app makes it very easy to lay out your route by simply drawing it. Footpath automatically moves your lines to the roads and trials it knows. You can also just indicate two points and have it give you the route connecting the them.

strava1A nice touch is the way it will show you the elevation profile of the route so you can assess the difficulty and maybe opt for a different route.

And, as with many of the apps we like, it makes it very easy to share and keep your running buddies up to date on your progress.

 

stravaStrava Running and Cycling, free, iPhone, Apple Watch

As the name says, Strava is an app that works well for both runners and cyclists, and is especially good for those actually competing.

This app is a combination of two apps that it previously offered, Strava for Running and Strava for Cycling. It let’s you track your runs or rides with GPS and does so quite accurately.

Besides mapping your route and tracking your pace, it also provides a wealth of other data, some that it estimates and some that it gets from various phone sensors such as: calories burned, elevation, average speed, max speed, and, if you wear a compatible monitor, your heart rate.

A feature of this app that we love and really sets it apart for competitive types is how it lets you join challenges and see how your running compares with your friends and your own best times.

 

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vimaVima – GPS Run Tracker, free, iPhone, Apple Watch

Vima distinguishes itself by being a very effective GPS based tracking app for people who want to keep track of their running goals without all the frills.

If you’re looking for a very well-designed app that excels with it’s minimalist approach and simplicity, not to mention a very nice Apple Watch extension, Vima is for you.

You can easily keep track of your runs without a lot of distractions or unnecessary stuff getting in the way.

As with many of the better apps in this category Apple Watch integration is a huge plus.

While running you can just glance at your watch to see key data, such as distance run, current speed, how long you’ve been running and your current altitude to your Apple Watch.

In addition Vima goes further by letting you easily start, pause, resume, and save a run without ever getting your phone out of your pocket.

 

runtasticRuntastic Pro – $4.99, iPhone, Apple Watchruntastic1

Runtastic Pro is an app that goes well beyond running to help you with other training activities as well.

On those days that you’re working out instead of running, for example,

Whether you’re running, working out in the gym or just out enjoying the day (and getting some good walking in) Runtastic is monitoring what you’re doing and reporting back to you about it. You’ll also appreciate how it lets you manage your running tunes right from your wrist. Quite handy.

We’re big fans of the new user interface and like how the app works so well with Apple Watch.

It covers all the basics such as calories burned, distance traveled, time spent in the activity, average temperature based on your location, the route covered (plotted on a map using GPS) and has a slick new interface for making everything easily accessible.

You can opt for live tracking of what you’re doing and even add additional details when you’re done. There’s a lot to this fine app.

 

runmeterRunmeter – GPS Pedometer, free, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watchrunmeter1

Are you a fool for data? Do you want to know everything there is to know about your run? If you consider yourself a data nerd, this app may be just the ticket.

Runmeter is a powerful fitness computer and loves to show off what it can do using maps, graphs, splits, intervals, laps, announcements, zones, training plans and more.

It provides you with a very nice integration of the Apple Watch and does so with some terrific alternate displays, some more functional and others just more visually appealing.

It sports a clean easy-to-use interface that makes sure you can get at all the data your thirsting for. We’ve happy to say that while it collects a wealth of data about what you’re doing, it also gives you the options to manage what data you share and what you don’t.

As with many of these fine apps, Runmeter provides a free version, that may be all you need, but goes the extra mile (get it?) for those who opt for their Elite plan to access a host of advanced features. If you’re planning on using this app on a regular basis the Elite plan, at under $5 per year, is the way to go.

 

run5kRun 5k (GPS & Pedometer), $1.99, iPhone, Apple Watch

couchapplewatchThe name of this app really says it all and is perfect for anyone planning to complete their first 5K run.

If you are looking to get off the couch and start on a healthier lifestyle that includes running, this app will be a good fit for you.

Whether you plan to run indoors, outdoors or a combination of the two, Couch to 5K will keep track of the distance you run. For outdoor running it uses the built-in GPS and for when you’re on the treadmill is uses the pedometer that is part of the iPhone 5s, 6, and 6 Plus.

It does a very nice job of extending its usefulness to the Apple Watch providing key information and functionality in a well-designed and attractive layout.

We especially like how the developers have really focused on the newbie by including features that while arguably useful for any runner, are very important to anyone just starting out. These include voice coaching, easy viewing and full details on the run including a map of the route

It also lets you easily track your progress over time which should also help in the motivation department.

Even though this app is $1.99 for the download, you can check it out during two weeks of the running plan and then, if you think it’s a fit, you can unlock the full plan with one simple in-app purchase.

 

springSpring – Workout Music, free, iPhone, Apple Watchspring1

If you find it’s easier to be active while listening to music, this app is worth checking out.

It goes well beyond just playing tunes on a iPod or iPhone and provides a very interesting and enjoyable workout experience via the 35,000+ handpicked songs in its library.

Using its Apple Watch extension, with just this one app you can control your music, view distance, pace, and time with directly from your wrist.

By synchronizing your movement to music you may very well find that you’re running or walking faster and further with the same effort than what you did without it. You’re probably already working out to your own playlist but with Spring varying the beat of the music to the intensity of your activity, you’ll experience it in a whole new way.

Let’s face it, running or working out is tiring (duh!) and can also get boring. Spring will provide you with that extra push to help you reach your goal.

 

runopiaRunopia, free, iPhone runopia1

This app is a relative new comer and approaches running from a much more social point of view.

The focus of Runopia is to connect you with other runners in the physical world. By hooking you up with runs, groups, and even coaches in your area it helps people motivate, engage and inspire each other.

Runopia doesn’t try to boil the ocean, it has carved out its niche and does it very well. It’s a simple app that will help you get involved with the running community nearby. Be it casual jobs or Olympic level training, you can use this app to find your running mates.

What’s really cool about this app is that not only can you find planned run in your area just about any day of the week, but you can easily take it up a notch by setting up your own runs and managing who can join in.

 

zombiesZombies, Run!, free, iPhone zombies1

We love this app! It takes a totally unique and creative approach to motivating you and is more fun to use than you can imagine.

Do you play zombie games? Are you a fan of The Walking Dead or the grandpappy of the genre, Night of the Living Dead? Well what if those menacing zombies could do more than just shuffle their feet, what if they could run as fast as you can?

It’s a fascinating premise and while a bit spooky, when you use this app we guarantee it’s the most fun you’ll ever have working out.

You won’t just hear the sound of an approaching mob or loud footsteps, you’ll hear guttural breaths, rattling groans and other sound effects that, once you stop laughing, will make you run, run, run!

We applaud the developers and the co-creator, award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman, for the premise, execution, and overall quality of this masterpiece.

Start your own zombie adventure, that includes playing songs from your own playlist and actually working your way though an immersive game, and live to talk about it. And by the way, if you don’t include Michael Jackson’s Thriller in your playlist we’ll be very disappointed.

 

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Triple Prime for iOS Is Similar to 2048, but Better

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Price: Free
Rating:
Triple Prime – A tiny number matching puzzle
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Games are incredibly popular on the App Store and it’s no surprise that developers tend to put their own spin on popular titles.

It’s rare, but sometimes spin-offs turn out to be more popular than the original game.

Triple Prime is an addicting free game for iPhone and iPad that closely resembles the immensely popular 2048 game, but it has its own twists that make it lots more fun to play.

Featuring endless gameplay and Game Center integration, this great game is a must-have for anyone who enjoys puzzles.

Concept and Gameplay:

If you’re familiar with 2048, you won’t have any issues with figuring out Triple Prime, developed by Carlos Pessoa.

Even if you’ve never played the popular puzzle game, Triple Prime has an incredibly helpful interactive tutorial for new players.

The goal of the game is to slide numbers around the board and line up at least 3 of the same numbers. Tapping on them combines them and adds points to your score. The higher the numbers you combine, the more points you’ll earn.

One thing that sets Triple Prime apart from similar 2048 games is that each game gives players two free lives.

If you happen to run out of moves, you can use one of your lives to reset the board and line up your numbers so you can combine them again. The best part is that these lives are automatically given and you don’t have to wait for them to replenish.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Triple Prime is a pretty simple game, but it does have extra features that make it even better. My favorite feature is Game Center integration, which lets you compete against other players around the world for the highest score.

You can also earn a variety of achievements while playing the game.

Not only is Triple Prime fun and addicting, but it also serves an educational purpose. This fun game helps children learn prime numbers simply by playing it.

The best part is that both kids and adults will get hours of entertainment out of this challenging puzzle game.

Value:

Triple Prime is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. The only in-app purchase is to remove ads for $0.99, but the ads aren’t intrusive.

However, we encourage you to go for the upgrade since it’s a great way to support these talented developers who have produced a fantastic game that’ll provide you with hours of fun.

Overall, Triple Prime is very easy to learn but difficult to master. I really like the fact that extra lives are a given and the game actually gives you a chance to get a high score. I can’t recommend it enough!

triple_prime.jpgTriple Prime requires iOS 6.0 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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Auto Repair Will Challenge and Entertain Your Budding Mechanic

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Price: $0.99 (until 6/30/15)
Rating:
Auto Repair
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Auto Repair is the perfect fun app for the budding little mechanic and along the way inspires creativity and problem solving.

Available for $0.99 through the iTunes Store until June 30th, and $2.99 after that, this app makes learning about vehicle repair fun for little ones.

Features:

As indicated by its name, Auto Repair, by 5baam, is a game that guides children through the process of learning how to “fix” common problems that a vehicle might have.

These problems include needing to fix the timing belt, change the oil, or even scrub away rust while fixing light bulbs. Four different vehicles are featured in the app, including options that both little boys and little girls are sure to find entertaining.

There are over 20 repairs that need to be made on the cars and once a repair has been completed, a “snapshot” of that repair is added to the player’s corkboard, showing that he/she has completed the task.

Auto Repair iPhone App Review

Auto Repair iPhone App

However, the developers of this app have also designed it to show kids what would go wrong if they make the wrong decision about how to do a task, and I thought this fun little features was particularly impressive. Go ahead, try to clean the windshield with ice cream and see what happens.

Overall, I found the animations and tasks presented throughout Auto Repair to be both unique and entertaining, in short, perfect for kids.

Appearance and Layout:

Although this app focuses on real life automobile problems, it features cartoon graphics which are actually perfect for its target audience.

The drawings in Auto Repair are bright and friendly and keep the app visually pleasing, particularly to the eyes of a child. In fact, the graphics of this app are arguably one of its stronger features, and even adults will be impressed by the level of detail used in the drawings.

Navigating through Auto Repair takes a little longer than ideal on the first try (picture icons are used throughout the app instead of words), but once you have figured out where to go once, things become much simpler after that.

That being said, the images used should not really stump any child with experience using other apps and games. For example, “back” arrows direct users how to find their ways back to the home screen in the app.

Value:

As mentioned previously, Auto Repair is currently available through the iTunes Store for $0.99 until June 30th and $2.99 after that.

This is a one-time fee, and the app features no in-app ads or purchases, so parents do not have to worry about being charged any additional fees once an initial purchase has been made.

When considering the strong features, animations and graphics, Auto Repair is clearly an app of great value.

autoqrAuto Repair requires iOS 5.1.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. 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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Jott Takes Messaging to a New Level

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Price: Free
Rating:
Jott Messenger
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Jott is an innovative messaging app that lets you communicate with your friends anytime, anywhere, online or offline.

Available for free through the iTunes Store, this social networking app, by Juxta Labs, Inc, takes messaging to a whole new level.

Features:

Anyone who has ever been on a school bus ride and wanted to message a friend on the bus but didn’t have cell reception and didn’t want to use his/her wifi data is definitely the target audience of Jott.

Using the app’s “air chat” feature allows members in that situation to still be able to send messages to their friends, even without the traditional means (reception, internet).

I particularly appreciated how using this messaging service does not require you to connect your iOS app’s device to your actual phone number; instead, usernames and pre-set networks (like your school or workplace) are used to connect friends.

Another feature of Jott that makes it stand out from a traditional messaging service is its privacy options. These options include making messages disappear after they’ve been viewed and a screenshot detection function to let you know if someone has taken a screenshot of one of your messages.

Jott Messinger iPhone App

Jott Messenger iPhone App

The developers are clear to state, however, that actually preventing any screenshots from being taken is not among the features of Jott.

Appearance and Layout:

Part of the appeal of Jott can definitely be attributed to its appearance and layout.

This layout is mostly user-friendly, making it easy to figure out how to quickly navigate the app even on your first try; the only part I had mild difficulty with was figuring out how to adjust my chat settings to either connect/disconnect from the internet.

Fonts are all easily readable, and search features allow you to easily locate other friends who are users of the app. Photos are displayed with good quality in the app.

Setting up an account takes little to no time at all, particularly if you opt to login through an already existing Instagram account. It’s important to note that this account linking just helps you locate your friends within the app; no photos from your Instagram account are shared through Jott without your permission.

Value:

This app is a great value for its target audience.

It’s easy to use, features an attractive layout, does its job well and doesn’t cost anything.

While it can’t prevent others from taking screenshots of your messages after you send them, at least you’ll know if it happened.

Overall, it’s a good option for anyone looking for a way to communicate with friends without the need for wifi or cell reception.

jottqrJott requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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Guess My Accent Is an Addicting Quiz Game for iPhone

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Price: Free
Rating:
Guess My Accent
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Guess My Accent is a brand-new title that’s both unique and fun to play. If you enjoy quiz games, this one’s for you.

Developed by RVSLabs Software EIRELI, this addicting quiz game will test your listening skills.

Concept and Gameplay:

I’m a huge fan of quiz games but they tend to get repetitive. Guess My Accent aims to change that by requiring players to rely on their ears rather than their knowledge. In order to play you must create an account using your email address or connect the game to Facebook.

Guess My Accent lets you play by yourself or against other players, which is fantastic and definitely something that not all quiz games offer.

Solo play consists of pre-recorded audio clips of someone reading a phrase. You must guess the country that the reader’s accent is from. You have four countries to choose from and can replay the clip a few times. If you guess correctly, you’ll earn points and achievements.

When it comes to difficulty, I found Guess My Accent to be a challenging trivia game that will definitely give players a run for their money. It’s not hard enough to make players give up, but it’s not easy enough to let you zip to the top of the leaderboard without effort.

Features:

Guess My Accent iPhone Game

Guess My Accent iPhone Game

Like most quiz and trivia games, Guess My Accent comes with a few extra features that make gameplay more exciting.

Players can use a variety of hints and boosts to improve their chances of finding the correct answer. Hints and boosts include bombs that remove incorrect answers, extra playbacks, and skips.

Guess My Accent also features integrated achievements and leaderboards, but unfortunately the game doesn’t include Game Center integration. I really like the achievements that you can earn and the detailed leaderboard, but I believe the game would greatly benefit from Game Center because players could easily connect with friends and challenge them.

Value:

Guess My Accent is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. There are ads and in-app purchases for coins to purchase boosts, but the ads aren’t too intrusive.

Overall, Guess My Accent is a fantastic quiz game for iPhone that’s perfect for anyone who thinks they know their accents. Not only is the game fun to play solo, but it’s fun to play against others and have them try to guess your accent, as well!

guess_my_accent.jpgGuess My Accent requires iOS 7.1 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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