Find Your New Home with Ask Avenue

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Ask Avenue – Free Real Estate Advice
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by MC

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Ask Avenue makes connecting with realtors to find your dream property easier than ever before. A free app, Ask Avenue is a unique way to connect with local real estate agents.

Features:

Ask Avenue, by Avenue Interactive Inc., is a pretty cool real estate app. Instead of you just having to browse through all of the local listings on your own, this app connects you (virtually) with a certified real estate agent in your own area that can help find you the homes/apartments/living spaces that interest you the most.

Past conversations with agents can be reviewed or deleted if they’re no longer of use to you, and searches for homes or agents is not limited to the GPS region of your iOS device.

Specifically, Ask Avenue allows you to change  your city of location prior to making inquiries, making it possible to house-hunt prior to ever actually arriving in a location.

While actually using Ask Avenue was a really easy experience, it is important to note that use of the app is tied to your Facebook account.

For interested users who don’t wish to connect their two accounts or for anyone who does not have a Facebook account, using Ask Avenue isn’t really an option; this factor can definitely detract from the overall appeal of this app.

Appearance and Layout:

Ask Avenue iPhone App Review

Ask Avenue iPhone App

Ask Avenue has a fresh, clean feeling about its user interface. The design is very user-friendly, and its layout makes it easy to get around the app even when you’re just starting to use it.

This user-friendly design is one of the stronger features of the app and makes working with it a pleasure. Resetting your searches to be area-specific instead of GPS-based is also easily done.

This app has very few things cluttering the screen at any one time, and I felt like this minimalistic approach was great for keeping my focus on the photos provided by the agents.

As a whole, the layout of Ask Avenue is easy to understand, and personalizing the app to best fit your own real estate needs is very easy to accomplish.

Value:

This is a free app. It’s easy to use, and I felt that questions were answered in a timely manner. However, with the prevalence of easy-browse real estate apps already on the market today, it’s hard to recommend Ask Avenue over those already more popular apps.

Additionally, we’d like to suggest the ability to register with an email address since the connection to a Facebook login will definitely deter some potential users.

download (6)Ask Avenue requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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FaceTrackCam Is a Great Idea with Lots of Potential

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Price: $1.99
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FaceTrackCam – The Face Grabber!
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Not only do smartphones replace our computers on most occasions, but they also make fantastic cameras. Gone are the days when you had no choice but to carry around a dedicated point-and-shoot. Naturally this means there are a ton of apps to help you capture your favorite moments.

FaceTrackCam  is an innovative app designed to make sure faces are always the focal point of your photos and videos and features a special zoom effect that is quite amazing.

Concept and Functionality:

As I mentioned above, FaceTrackCam, an app by Tatsuya Sato, takes an existing idea, Apple’s automatic face detection feature, and makes it better.

There are plenty of occasions when you would want to be able to automatically zoom in on someone’s face, whether it be a child’s birthday party, sporting events, or family photos.

Trying to zoom in while taking videos can make your device shake all over the place, leading to less than desirable results. FaceTrackCam offers a plethora of customizable features for you to adjust based on your subject and conditions.

You can easily use the on-screen slider to adjust the level at which the camera zooms in on a face, as well as the speed at which your subject is moving. You can also disable face tracking altogether if you want to capture photos and videos normally.

Unfortunately there is one drawback to FaceTrackCam that I found, which is frequent crashes when you slide the speed option all the way to the left (for a still subject). It seems that the camera works so hard on zooming smoothly that it over works itself and crashes.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

FaceTrackCam iPhone App

FaceTrackCam does offer quite a few customization features as far as adjusting for conditions, but it also has basics such as flash toggling.

You definitely won’t find any extra features like filters or editing capabilities, which is definitely disappointing. I think that FaceTrackCam would benefit from these features because it would mean that users don’t have to use additional apps to apply filters and effects.

Value:
FaceTrackCam is available to download from the App Store for $1.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

When it comes to value, I think the price is a little high for an app that is prone to crashes. Plus, FaceTrackCam lacks any additional features that you come to expect from a paid photo app such as filters and editing tools.

Overall, FaceTrackCam has tremendous potential but it needs some polishing before it’s a viable app. Once it’s stable, it’ll be a great addition to your photo app collection.

facetrackcam.jpgFaceTrackCam – The Face Grabber! requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Connectable is a Challenging and Fun Puzzle Game

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Connectable – Free Flow Arcade Puzzle Game
Price: Free
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Connectable iPhone Game

Connectable iPhone Game

Simple arcade games have a universal appeal and are great for extended gaming sessions or a quick game when you just want to kill some time.

Connectable is an entertaining “connect the dots” type of puzzle game that challenges you to find a way to connect the colored dots without crossing lines.

It’s a free arcade puzzle game that is enjoyable, simple and fun.

Connectable, from Kevin Cramp, is neither revolutionary nor unique but nonetheless it still manages to deliver a strong dose of challenging fun.

With the simple gameplay, beautiful selection of colors and tons of different levels, the creators of Connectable sure made it challenging and content-rich.

Concept & Gameplay:

Connectable iPhone Game

Connectable iPhone Game

As mentioned, the concept is based on connecting dots of the same color. This may make the game sound boring, but it’s the total opposite; it is both exciting and entertaining.

In order to pass through the levels, you need to pair up all the matching dots on the board. You will do that by dragging single continuous lines between them, which can be hard because the lines can’t branch off or cross over each other.

The gameplay is smooth and the controls are simple. All you need are your strategy skills and you are ready to be challenged by Connectable.

Features:

This game features two themes: day and night. The difference between these modes is the background (light or dark). The app also gives you additional customization features to change the setting for color perception assistance (i.e there are visual labels).

In order to keep you challenged, Connectable features 5 different modes of difficulty. We’ve played all of them and there is a slight difference in only the last few.

There are more than 375 levels and as you progress through them some do get harder, although they are vastly similar in many respects.

In order to keep you hyped and motivated to always do your best, the developers made Connectable to be integrated with the Game Center. In this way, you can compete for a better place on the leader-board and for achievements. 

Overall Value:

Connectable is a decent effort to create an addicting and challenging puzzle game. If you are already fan of such games, this one is sure to be a favorite.

If you haven’t played “connect the dots” type of game this can represent a new challenge and addiction. Although the game is not something unique or revolutionary, it is still a feature-rich game that can be a great challenge or simply a way to pass some time.

You can compete for your place on the leader-board and unlock achievements, and that can be a great additional challenge. Connectable game is free and available on the App Store and it is certainly a worthy download.

connectable-qrConnectable requires iOS 6.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Discover Local Markets with Mercactivate

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Mercactivate
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by MC

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Mercactivate opens up the world of street vendors to tourists and local citizens as well.

Designed to make the goods of nearby markets more readily researchable, this app brings local businesses into the spotlight.

Features:

Mercactivate, an app by Armando Perez Acosta, is an app seeking to bridge the marketing gap between local markets and smartphone-using, potential customers.

Specifically, users of Mercactivate can use the app to help them locate nearby street vendors and other small local markets. Information regarding the goods sold at these markets can be found through the app, and selecting specific items that they would like to purchase is even an option at some stores.

Items can be booked through the app, and customers are then informed when they are available for pick-up for actual purchasing. The app can use your iOS GPS system to locate nearby vendors, or a manually directed search for vendors in another area can also be done.

However, it should be mentioned that Mercactivate currently is only featuring very regionally-specific markets right now. To be more exact, this app is currently only featuring Spanish as the in-app language, so English-speaking (or other) users probably won’t be able to appreciate the app’s features fully.

Appearance and Layout:

Mercactivate iPhone App Review

Mercactivate iPhone App

This is a simply designed app. Clear navigational labels make it easy to find your way around. The in-app color scheme is impressively clean cut as well.

Mercactivate’s designers did a good job of creating an app that is colorful, but not overwhelmingly bright.

Features are logically organized, making it easy to find your favorite markets or to discover new ones in an area as well.

Overall, while Mercactivate doesn’t have graphics that are anything to write home about, the app still does have a cleanly designed layout with a pleasant color scheme that makes it very aesthetically pleasing.

Value:

As mentioned previously, Mercactivate is only currently available in Spanish. Because of this, anyone who is not fluent in Spanish really won’t be able to utilize this app’s features. Additionally, this language limitation really limits the areas where it can be used as well.

Still, for those who are of the target demographic for Mercactivate, this free app is a well created concept. It’s logically designed and easy to use, and if local markets truly do connect through it, Mercactivate could potentially grow their customer base.

download (5)Mercactivate requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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LightArrow Organizer Is an All-In-One Productivity App for iOS

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LightArrow Organizer: Calendars, Contacts, Tasks, Notes and Inboxes in One Place!
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

When it comes to productivity, it seems like there truly is an app for everything. The trouble with this is that you quickly accumulate a bunch of different apps for different things, making it difficult to keep track of everything and consolidate.

LightArrow Organizer is very well designed and packs a mind-boggling amount of capability into one app.

If you’ve ever looked for a way to keep everything together, this is one app you definitely can’t overlook.

Concept and Functionality:

One of the first things I noticed about LightArrow Organizer, by LightArrow Inc., is that the introductory screens try to be as informational as possible. This is primarily because the app is jam packed with more features than I could probably list.

When it comes to navigation, LightArrow Organizer does have a little bit of a learning curve. However, this is primarily because the app packs a bunch of useful features on the screen.

It’ll definitely take you a little while to find everything that LightArrow Organizer offers, but the quick add buttons at the bottom of the screen are a true lifesaver.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Covering every single feature that LightArrow Organizer offers would take far too long, but I can honestly say that this is one of the most feature packed apps I’ve reviewed in quite some time.

The trouble with this is that it feels like the developers are trying to take a little too much on one time. After all, it’s better for an app to be awesome for one thing rather than just okay for a bunch of things.

I do want to mention that LightArrow Organizer functions by counting information as items. For example, a calendar event is an item, one contact is an item, and so on.

You start out with 100 free items, and that can quickly get used up if you decide to import your contacts and calendar events right off the bat.

Value:

LightArrow Organizer is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

You can purchase increases to your item limit with the of the in-app store, but the primary problem with this is that it can quickly add up for users and someone with over 1000 contacts and a full schedule could easily be forced to spend $70 or more.

Overall, LightArrow Organizer is truly an all-in-one productivity app. It’ll keep track of everything you can think of, but I definitely think that the app needs a more economical way for users to store items without going broke over in-app purchases.

lightarrow.jpgLightArrow Organizer requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Math Tales – The Jungle Will Delight Your Young Learners

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Price: $2.99
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

We feature plenty of apps and games for kids here on The iPhone App Review. Some are educational, some are entertaining and some, like this one, are a great combination of both qualities.

Math Tales – The Jungle is an brand-new interactive storybook that will excite children and help them build solid math skills while learning about different animals in the jungle.

Concept and Functionality:

Math Tales: The Jungle iPhone App Review

Math Tales: The Jungle iPhone App Review

Math Tales – The Jungle, from Marshmallow Games, definitely isn’t your average storybook. Normally you would find an immersive environment that encourages kids to engage with everything on the screen, but Math Tales – The Jungle is different.

Instead, the app focuses on having kids complete tasks in order to reach an end goal.

These tasks are math oriented and follow concepts such as logical sequences, learning numbers, and coloring. Kids will not mind having to complete tasks because they integrate with the story very well.

When it comes to navigation and interface, Math Tales – The Jungle is incredibly simple to use.

The game doesn’t feature complex menus or difficult directions. Kids will have no problems finding their way around this app.

Features:

The most surprising thing about Math Tales – The Jungle is the fact that it offers 27 different games for kids to complete. These games are spread across 9 chapters, and kids can only progress to the next chapter once the previous chapter is completed.

Another great feature is the parents section, which is protected by a math equation that changes every time you access it. The parents section allows you to connect with the developers of the game and read about core concepts and other information pertaining to Math Tales – The Jungle.

Value:

Math Tales – The Jungle is available to download from the App Store for $2.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. There are no in-app purchases that I could find.

Overall, Math Tales – The Jungle is an interactive storybook for iPhones and iPads that is definitely worth every penny.

Kids will learn valuable core math concepts while having fun with the characters in the story. I highly recommend it!

mathtales-qrMath Tales – The Jungle requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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