iPhone Apps Review

What to Look for in an iPhone App

Thirty-plus years ago when personal computing was in its infancy, the science fiction movies and television shows featured technology that seemed too advanced to be believed. Remember watching Dr. McCoy wave his tricorder over an injury and miraculously healing it or Captain Kirk flipping open his communicator and uttering the legendary “Beam me up Scotty”? While we haven’t quite attained Bones’ miraculous healing ability, we do have much of the other technology available today in the form of iPhone apps.

When Apple announced the App Store on iTunes there was great excitement over the enormous potential it would offer both the developers of the apps and the end-users. As a result, when the store officially opened, the iPhone apps that were available ran the gamut in quality, price, and topic. It is understandable that choosing reliable apps that are easy to use and actually do what they say they do can be an overwhelming dilemma. It’s important to keep a few key requirements in mind as you choose apps for your iPhone or iPod touch. Here you will find articles and objective reviews of iPhone apps to help you sift through the enormous number of options available and choose those that best meet your needs.

A quality app will have a full feature-set, whether it’s a game or a complex navigational GPS program. From customizable elements to using the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer and touch screen, to sounds and volume, the features of the application are the first sign of a developer’s commitment to his or her product.

While features are important, an easy-to-use interface is just as crucial. Many a developer has seen his or her hard work being all for naught because the interface of their programs are too confusing or difficult. The controls for an application should be easy to understand and simple to use without requiring a lot of additional direction. It really doesn’t matter how neat the idea behind the app is: if you struggle with the interface, you’re not going to use it.

Graphics are the eye-candy of the mobile app. A visually appealing program increases its value as well as shows off the beautiful touchscreen of the iPhone. Style of the graphics is different than quality. If the app is advertised as a retro-style game, the graphics should represent a retro style throughout the program, but if an app is supposed to be an elegant Zen garden, the comic style of a retro game would be inappropriate. The images should be well thought out and professionally rendered throughout the app. Amateurish graphics will become annoying and quickly cause you to lose interest in the app.

All of the previously mentioned pieces are important and desirable in a quality app, but stability is the key to the whole operation. If the program continually locks up your iPhone or iPod touch and causes it to freeze or restart, it’s certain to be discarded rapidly. And if the app wasn’t free, the pain of its instability is compounded.

Program size:
The final app element to consider is program size. Since you can’t add additional memory to your iPhone, it’s important to manage the amount of memory an application requires. Generally, most of the apps are relatively small but there are a few that are sizeable and will gobble up your storage space quickly. If you decide that there is a large app you absolutely can’t live without, by all means download it, but be aware of the memory limitations this will impose upon your iPhone.


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1 Yousician Yousician
by Yousician Ltd.
read review screen shots Music iPhone Apps 03-24-15 FREE
36.6 MB The Yousician app teaches beginners how to play the guitar in an easy, entertaining way. The video game-style, play-along interface makes learning the inst... read our full review
2 YouTube Kids YouTube Kids
by Google, Inc.
read review screen shots Entertainment iPhone Apps 03-05-15 FREE
  YouTube Kids is an interactive and lively application specifically designed for users between 0 and 5 years of age. With parental controls and advanced vie... read our full review
3 Kickstarter Kickstarter
by Kickstarter Inc.
read review screen shots Finance iPhone Apps 02-04-15 FREE
18.1 MB Kickstarter is a crowdsourcing app that makes it easy to browse and fund a variety of innovative projects, from technology to fashion. You can also use the... read our full review
4 TeamSnap TeamSnap
by TeamSnap, Inc.
read review screen shots Sports iPhone Apps 10-04-14 FREE
79.6 MB TeamSnap is a one-stop app that aids in the juggling act of organizing team sports activities without the need for complex spreadsheets, bulky address book... read our full review
5 Moda Operandi Moda Operandi
by Moda Operandi, Inc.
read review screen shots Lifestyle iPhone Apps 09-15-14 FREE
11.4 MB Moda Operandi is a fashion-forward app that puts the latest designer collections at your fingertips moments after they've hit the runway. read our full review
6 Neybers Neybers
by Amagumo Games
read review screen shots Lifestyle iPhone Apps 08-18-14 FREE
43.4 MB Neybers lets you browse an inspirational gallery of room designs and decorate rooms of your own using images of real home furnishings. Be sure to be a good... read our full review
7 Procreate Procreate
by Savage Interactive Pty. Ltd
read review screen shots Entertainment iPhone Apps 08-15-14 FREE
70.2 MB Do you have a creative side you'd like to explore? Procreate offers hundreds of different brush strokes, textures, colors and special effects. Plus, y... read our full review
8 Hanx Writer Hanx Writer
by Hitcents.com, Inc.
read review screen shots Productivity iPhone Apps 08-14-14 FREE
22.3 MB Reverting to the 1800s has never been so easy. Hanx Writer is a word processing app that adds the feel of an old-fashioned typewriter to the sophistication... read our full review
9 Crazy Taxi: City Rush Crazy Taxi: City Rush
by Sega of America
read review screen shots Arcade 08-08-14 FREE
95.4 MB An offshoot of the original arcade game, Crazy Taxi: City Rush allows you to play the role of a taxi driver weaving through traffic to get customers to the... read our full review
10 Astropolo Astropolo
by Les Trois Elles Interactive
read review screen shots Education iPhone Apps 08-08-14 $2.99
293 MB Astropolo is a construction-paper-themed space adventure for young children. Its quirky aesthetics and interesting gameplay aim to entertain kids as they e... read our full review