Category Archives: iphone

App Review: TouchFish

touchfishIf you like the idea of keeping fish, but you don't feel like cleaning the tank all the time, it might interest you to know that virtual fish are much easier to take care of; and with TouchFish™ for for your iOS device, they're a lot more fun to interact with too.

TouchFish lets you create your own virtual aquarium and fill it with decorative items including a variety of marine plants, objects and of course, fish. You can drag and place objects using a really simple multi-touch interface to build the perfect environment for your fishy friend and the possibilities are almost endless.

touchfishYou can raise and nurture over 50 different varieties of freshwater and saltwater fish, feed them, play with them, or even sell them. Once your fish is swimming around in its newly furnished tank, you can interact with it in all the ways you would expect from a virtual pet, including the ability to pet and stroke it using the touch-screen.

touchfishThe interaction doesn't end there - you can also play a variety of mini-games using the in-game currency, 'Plays', and as the name suggests, 1 'play' lets you play 1 game. These mini-games are well thought out and add some depth (pun intended) to the app.

What should be immediately obvious, is that the graphics and presentation are nothing short of spectacular, with some stunning backgrounds and animated fish that respond to you with real character, this is an app that oozes quality and offers a great deal of variety to keep your eyes entertained while your finger is busy.

TouchFish is one of those apps that will appeal to users of all ages, and there is a wealth of things to do that will occupy you for many hours. Go grab it!

Platform: iOS
Price: FREE
Appseeq Listing: http://www.appseeq.com/app/997/touchfish
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/touchfish/id680013428?ls=1&mt=8

App Review: College Match

college matchWhether you're aiming for the prestige of the Ivy League, or your aspirations are little more humble, choosing a college is one of the most important decisions you can make; and thanks to College Match, you can now make an informed decision based on several criteria tailored to suit your individual needs.

Deciding on something as important as your education doesn't have to be difficult when you have an app that not only walks you through the process, but actually makes it fun. College Match for iOS lives up to this promise by matching you with schools that you're likely to get into, and perhaps more importantly, those most suitable to your own interests and requirements.

college matchBy answering a few questions about yourself, this app presents you with several college profiles, which you can swipe through depending on your personal preferences, to arrive at a selection of colleges that meet your needs. You'll be presented with each school's Instragram, demographic data about the student body, photos of the grounds and facilities, and even information about weather and financial aid to help you make the right decision in the palm of your hand.

You can use this information to manage a school list, which presents your matches with 'Match Points', giving a good indication about which colleges to apply to. This is a service which empowers students to select the right path for their education, taking the guesswork out of the application process, and it works really well.

college matchThe interface is slick and intuitive, and information about each college is concise and well presented, and because the results are tailored to you as an individual student, it can actually make you more confident about your final decision.

If you're at the stage where you're considering your future, College Match is an essential part of your decision-making toolkit, and an app that's both thoughtfully designed and easy to recommend. The world really is your oyster if you have access to the right information. Go try it.

Platform: iOS
Price: FREE
Appseeq Listing: http://www.appseeq.com/app/995/college-match
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/college-match/id922515855?mt=8

App Review: Picbury

picburyPicbury is a photo-sharing iOS app that immediately piqued our interest due to the unique and really clever way it captures photos at your current location, and shares them with other people who visit the same area later on. Similar to a time capsule, Picbury digitally 'buries' your images in the place they were taken, and allows you to discover and 'dig up' photos wherever you go.

picburyIt works by keeping track of your location with the GPS on your device, and storing the coordinates of each photo at the moment it was taken; the app then tells other Picbury users how many buried photos are nearby, with a prompt to dig them up and see the area from someone else's perspective.

There's even an option to have Picbury automatically take photos throughout the day, and send a push-notification later on, allowing you to look back on key moments once you get home, although only the most extrovert of travelers would keep this on permanently.

picburyThe social aspects of sharing photos with strangers who happen upon them as they follow in your footsteps is where this app really shines, and the ability to like and comment on buried pictures turns your every step into an interactive treasure-hunt that makes the world feel more rich and engaging.

A lot of attention has gone into the design of the interface, which is uncluttered and easy to navigate even on smaller screens, and the focus is kept firmly on the pictures themselves. This is an app that is not only a great idea, but everything is well executed and aesthetically pleasing. It just works.

Picbury is a must-have app for anyone who likes to explore and discover new places while sharing their experiences with others. Go get it.

Platform: iOS
Price: FREE
Appseeq Listing: http://www.appseeq.com/app/978/picbury
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/picbury/id862728346?mt=8

App Review: Predator Digital Clock

predator clockIf you're a fan of the Predator movies, or you just like to surround yourself with all things sci-fi, here is an app you're going to love. Predator Digital Clock is a simple app that transforms your iPhone or iPad into the ultimate movie-inspired display piece - it's a clock that uses actual symbols from the Predator franchise to tell the time.

If someone asks you what time it is, just growl at them.

If someone asks you what time it is, just growl at them.

You think telling the time is easy? Not anymore - you'll have to decipher the symbols to make any sense of this clock face, which not only creates an interesting challenge, but it provides the perfect excuse for being late. There are several modes available; including super, easy, hard and extreme, so depending on your nerd-fu there's something to suit all skill levels.

As you'd expect from a clock (even a clock as alien as this one), there are options to switch between 12 and 24 hour time formats, a stop-watch, timers and alarm clocks with Predator-themed sound effects for that full immersive experience.

You can set alarms with Predator-inspired sounds guaranteed to wake you up.

You can set alarms with Predator-inspired sounds guaranteed to wake you up.

Thankfully, the main interface includes navigation and icons that a puny human can understand, and important settings like alarms and timers are shown in English. Navigation itself is handled pretty well, and if you don't like waking up to a menacing red hue, you can choose a different color.

The presentation is minimalist, but everything is well polished and a subtle glow on the symbols adds an authentic look to an app that is a great conversation starter, and honestly, the only thing missing is a working cloaking device.

Oh would you look at the time. It's erm..

Oh would you look at the time. It's erm..

If you're into this kind of thing, you probably don't need to be told to go and grab this app, but for what it's worth, go and grab this app - it's the most interesting clock you'll find on the App Store.

Platform: iOS
Price: $1.99
Appseeq Listing: http://www.appseeq.com/app/977/predator-digital-clock
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/predator-digital-clock/id513835976?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

App Review: CALC Premium

calcFor some people, a calculator is just a tool - something they use occasionally and never really think about; but for those who demand a more intelligent solution, particularly those in math-heavy professions (architects, programmers, accountants and so on) CALC Premium is more than just a calculator, it's a number-crunching powerhouse in the palm of your hand.

CALC is really clever. That's the official line from developer, QApps LLC, but we wanted to find out just how clever this app is, and we weren't disappointed. The 'clever' bit, comes from CALC's ability to parse and calculate advanced expressions on-the-fly; handling anything from simple calculations to tot-up your grocery bill to expressions with complex notation and parenthesis like 32.5+(4x(0.9-cos(90))).

calcMaths aside, and despite its apparent complexity, this app genuinely has one of the most elegant and user-friendly interfaces we've seen in a long time, and it really shows a commitment to a fluid user experience by the developers.

The interface is highly customizable with changeable themes, color-selector and background images so you can make it your own; and navigation is effortless, with a swipe to the right revealing a list of advanced functions, or an upward swipe to show history.

calcYou can even convert between units of measurement and currencies in a couple of taps, and everything feels completely seamless as you dip in and out of CALC's trove of features, which makes for an app that feels self-contained and complete, and the recently added 'expression dictation' feature for iOS7+ is nothing short of impressive.

CALC Premium is a slick and elegant calculator, that by virtue of its wealth of features will probably make you smarter for having used it. You do the math.

Platform: iOS
Price: $1.99
Appseeq Listing: http://www.appseeq.com/app/864/calc-premium
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calc-premium/id842563364