Sketches – £3.49 well-spent!
Sooo… I haven’t got a new iPhone 3G. But I’ve got the next best thing: iPhone version 2.0 software!
Now, bear in mind that, unlike a lot of people, I’m not an un-critical Apple fanboy. I’m the proud owner of an Apple
TV Brick. And also, I’ve been more enraged than the Hulk in a Post Office queue on Giro day at the way Apple have taken my beloved Logic and turned it into shonky bloatware.
I will give credit when it’s due. The new iPhone software is marvellous, hasn’t crashed once and has basically given me a brand-new phone, thanks to the new apps you can now install.
So, here’s a little rundown of all the apps I’ve installed and enjoyed so far!
What absolute, stupid, FREE fun! Click the cards to reveal the cutesy Jirbo characters, trying to match any two. Simple, slick, very addictive.
The Facebook mobile version on Safari is very good. This app feels a bit more… umm… app-like and has a killer addition: you can snap pics with the iPhone’s camera and upload them instantly to Facebook, all via the app. The only downside is that I haven’t, so far, found a way to write on anyone’s wall. 🙁
I wondered what the point of the Apple Remote app was. Until I installed it. And then I marvelled at how smoothly it became a super-remote for my iTunes library on my MB Pro. I love the way it transfers the iTunes art for each song. An essential free app.
HAH! Completely pointless and definitely essential. The iPhone senses you waving it about like a loony and plays back lovely light sabre noises, even down to the classic clash sound if you do a violent stop. Can’t be long before someone breaks their iPhone using this app and then sues the developer!
This free weather app displays both a one-page summary and even satellite images of your area. It only loses any points at all for not being to display the temperature in centigrade. But, for free, that’s a churlish niggle.
Band isn’t free but it’s still amazing value for £5.99. Honestly, I’ve tried fully-fledged “pro” software that’s less usable than this.
The drum machine is great fun. Good samples, nice layout full marks for using a standard layout. Hopefully, this will help newbies if they ever move on to buy a real drum machine.
The piano bit shows off iPhone’s multi-touch tech: yep, you can play chords rather than being limited to tapping out monophonic melodies as on other mobile music platforms (that’s if you even get to tap anything at all).
Super Monkey Ball
Oh wow! This is currently the top app on the iTunes App Store and it’s not hard to see why.
Your six quid buys you a near-perfect implementation of the simian locomotion classic. Like all the best apps I’ve tested so far, SMB makes brilliant use of the iPhone’s capabilities. The graphics look a ton better than anything I’ve seen on the Nintendo DS, fluid and detailed.
But the killer part is that you control your ape by tilting the iPhone. This may sound a bit rubbish but trust me, it’s a lot more fun than the Wii’s rather counter-intuitive motion sensing.
Bad point? It’s too bloody hard! 🙁
Sooo, that’s what I’m rocking on my superduper old-skool iPhone Classic so far. Now I’m impatient! BRING ME MORE STUPID APPS!