Stanza is a name familiar to a large part of the iPhone/iPod Touch owning population, having been one of the first to really drive eBook reading to the mainstream. The name inspires nostalgia for the single app that made your iPhone into a Kindle, when the only alternative was to actually buy a Kindle.
Bloom HD is part of the growing category of musical instrument apps on iPad, but with a difference. This application was developed by Peter Chilvers in partnership with Ambient/Electronic music wunderkind Brian Eno. So for anyone familiar with Eno’s music, playing into this app immediately brings about the same ethereal, introspective ambient atmosphere he is so well known for.
Wolfram Alpha for iPad is a strikingly clean and familiar frontend to the “knowledge engine” of the internet, but is it still useful off the desktop?
Flight Control on the iPhone spread like a plague: a whirlwind of simple, addictive gameplay seamlessly mashed together with top notch production values.
Coming from the previously unknown developer Firemint, it had a very impressive reign at the top of the iPhone apps chart. And the new iPad incarnation is no slouch, continuing Firemint’s tradition of quality.
An unlikely concept for a AAA game, you take on the role of an air traffic controller. A god figure, sitting in the sky directing planes and helicopters from flying catastrophically into one another.
A little change of pace today, with an iPhone/Touch app review.
If you’re in Australia, you may know CHOICE as one of the better sources for independent product reviews. For those in the US, Consumer Reports is your equivalent and in the UK, Which?.
CHOICE has released two new buyer’s guide apps for Strollers and Digital Cameras. The applications are designed for iPhone/iPod Touch but are also compatible with the iPad.
The apps are particularly interesting due to the number of reviews they throw at you at no cost, especially in the case of the Cameras app. The apps serve as detailed pocket compendiums for most popular cameras/strollers available in stores today.
Yesterday we saw the blandness that was Feedler with the trial period that catches you by surprise one week into using a supposedly free application. If there was a better example of how best to piss off possible customers, I haven’t come across it yet (but we’re only just beginning, give it time!)
Today is a good opportunity to hit the other side of the spectrum. If Feedler is an example of When Feed Readers Go Bad, what is example of the right way to approach feed reading on the iPad platform?
Feedler is a fairly spartan feed reader for the iPad with a nasty surprise for those expecting the free pricetag to actually mean the app is free.
Feedler is basically an iPad wrapper for your google reader account (you do have one right?) and it fulfils this function fairly well. The app is quick to load and initially asks you for your google account email and password, which I must admit, I was reluctant to give to an unknown free app from the iTMS.
My inbox hasn’t been flooded with penis enlargement and horse porn as a result… yet. To be fair, reviews on the App Store are generally negative but certainly not because of misuse of user’s Google accounts…