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.

Features
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.

Interface
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
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.

Stability
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 Pixotale Pixotale
by LOCQL, Inc.
read review screen shots Social Networking iPhone Apps 07-23-14 FREE
28.4 MB Connect through visual storytelling with Pixotale. It's easy to create your story using your own images, map locations and text. You can also start fo... read our full review
2 Adobe Photoshop Mix Adobe Photoshop Mix
by Adobe
read review screen shots Photography iPhone Apps 06-26-14 FREE
91.0 MB Photoshop Mix lets you easily combine, edit and share photos, even while you are on the go. This is the only app that allows you to simultaneously edit and... read our full review
3 POPSUGAR Active POPSUGAR Active
by POPSUGAR Inc.
read review screen shots Health and Fitness iPhone Apps 06-23-14 FREE
58.3 MB Are you so active that you have trouble finding time to be active? POPSUGAR Active is a fitness app for the iPhone and iPad that lets you take your workout... read our full review
4 Shadow Puppet Shadow Puppet
by Shadow Puppet Inc.
read review screen shots Photography iPhone Apps 06-11-14 $1.99
20 MB Have fun making personally narrated videos using your own photos and the Shadow Puppet iPhone or iPad app. Text a video of silly selfies to friends, talk a... read our full review
5 Cupcakes! Cupcakes!
by Maverick Software, LLC
read review screen shots Entertainment iPhone Apps 06-11-14 FREE
43.9MB You can put on your pastry chef's hat and bake, decorate and eat virtual cupcakes. Bake a dozen chocolate fudge cupcakes in seconds, then spend your t... read our full review
6 Snapguide Snapguide
by Heavy Bits, Inc.
read review screen shots Lifestyle iPhone Apps 06-09-14 FREE
36.9 MB Snapguide is a beautiful, easy, and fun way to find and create how-to guides. It allows you to explore other user's recipes, DIY projects, ideas for f... read our full review
7 Coach's Eye Coach's Eye
by TechSmith Corporation
read review screen shots Sports iPhone Apps 04-15-14 $4.99
24.9 MB High-speed sports movements can be captured, replayed, slowed-down and diagrammed with this intuitive sports video app. Coach's Eye supports HD video,... read our full review
8 Mosaic Mosaic
by Interactive Memories, Inc.
read review screen shots Photography iPhone Apps 04-07-14 FREE
31.2 MB The Mosaic app lets you create a personal photo book using images straight from your phone or tablet. You're limited to 20 photos, but the process for... read our full review
9 Animal Planet for iOS Animal Planet for iOS
by Discovery Communications, LLC.
read review screen shots Entertainment iPhone Apps 02-27-14 FREE
22.0 MB Watch the best of Animal Planet on the go and keep track of when your favorite shows air by adding them directly to your calendar. Stay connected by watchi... read our full review
10 City Birds City Birds
by Chunky Apps
read review screen shots Arcade 02-21-14 FREE
20.3MB The Wildlife Reserve needs to round up escaped birds, but the birds will put up a fight not to be caught. This fast-paced game throws obstacles as you atte... read our full review