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that there's plenty of poor apps out there as well as the really good ones. That's why
we've sampled the very best from the App Store to bring you over 240 outstanding
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YOUR iPHONE EXPLORE
Discover the appeal of the iPhone and iPod touch ... page 6 Streamline your travel plans........................................... page 58

6 Meet the iPhone and iPod touch 60 Sat-nav on the iPhone


16 25 things to do with your iPhone 64 Apps for out and about

TUTORIAL ENJOY
Download apps, and back them up ............................ page 24 Find an app for every part of your lifestyle ............... page 70

26 Install apps with iTunes 72 Can an iPhone get you fit?


30 Install apps with your iPhone 76 Lifestyle & Leisure apps
32 Back up your apps 84 Social networking apps
88 Media & Entertainment apps
94 Research & Relaxation apps

CREATE
Edit photos, make movies and create music............ page 34

36 Edit photos on your iPhone


WORK
Turn your iPhone into a mobile office ........................ page 96
38 Photography apps
42 Art & Visual apps 98 Access your iDisk on your iPhone
48 Music & Sound apps 100 Office tools
106 Utility tools
112 Apps for internet assistance
YOUR iPHONE The iPhone family

Say hello

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to iPhone
Discover the appeal of all the
iPhone and iPod touch models
you can buy today

T
here are over a quarter of a million apps
you can use on your iPhone, providing
everything from the simplicity of tip
calculators and fart noise generators to the
sophistication of ‘augmented reality’ tools that
present live information on your iPhone screen
based on what you’re looking at through its
camera. And, of course, there are tens of thousands
of games, from solitaire and quizzes to 3D virtual
worlds and racing games of the kind you normally
expect to see only on a PC or PlayStation.
But you can’t have apps if you don’t have an
iPhone. Over the next 10 pages, we introduce you
to the complete iPhone family. We start with an
overview of all available models, explaining the
key distinctions and offering a full run-down of
every iOS device you can buy. Then we go in depth
to look at the iPhone 4 and its pocket-sized
siblings, the iPhone 3GS and the new iPod touch.
Although iPad apps aren’t covered in this guide,
we round out the iOS range by briefly introducing
you to the potential of this magazine-sized device.
Whether you’re getting your first iOS mobile or
upgrading from an older model, we’ve got
everything you need to make an informed buying
decision. Let’s get started…

Whether you’re getting


your first iOS mobile or
upgrading, we’ve got
everything you need for an
informed buying decision
A LONG WAY… Launched as recently as 2007, the original iPhone (left)
has inspired three subsequent models, as well as the multi-touch iPod and
innovative new iPad. iPhone users have over 250,000 apps to choose from

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Choose your
ideal iOS device
Pick between an iPhone, an iPod touch or an iPad

E
ach iOS device that
Apple offers has a
distinctive set of
characteristics that
define it, but it’s just as
important to look at
what unites them. What
are the key attributes that
iPhone all three iOS products –
pricing iPhone, iPod touch and
iPad – share?
The iPhone prices we Every iOS device design
quote are typical if you
take out a Pay & Go tariff. is dominated by its screen,
You can get any iPhone a sheer glass plane you
model for much less – or can touch to activate
even for free – if you get
a pay-monthly contract.
controls. Inside the case is
Visit your local phone the processor that runs the
carrier store for details. device, solid-state storage
to hold your data and apps,
and a highly efficient
battery. There’s also wireless
networking, enabling each
device to connect to Wi-Fi
networks in your home, in The iPad can be used in landscape or portrait mode, with the screen rotating automatically.
your office or in hotels, coffee
shops, pubs and transport hubs Building on this foundation, each iOS The other pocket-sized device in
while out and about. product within the range offers a the iOS range is the iPhone 3GS, which
Then, of course, there’s the combination of further features to suit preceded the iPhone 4 and remains
iOS itself: this is the name of different needs and budgets. The available as a more affordable option.
the operating system (the iPhone 4 is the most complete package, Although it’s a very capable phone, its
equivalent of Windows or Mac with call and messaging functionality built-in processor is slower than its
OS X on a computer) that all alongside wireless networking, plus a successor’s and the display offers a
these devices run. Formerly high-resolution display that’s more like lower resolution.
known as iPhone OS, iOS reading from paper than a screen. The final iOS device is the iPad: a
provides the framework that There’s also GPS, the technology that’s wholly different proposition from the
enables anyone to write apps for more colloquially known as sat-nav, others. This magazine-sized machine is
you to use, as well as offering a enabling the iPhone 4 to feed your more suitable for using around the
set of built-in apps you can run
from the first time you switch
on your iOS device. iOS is
Building on one foundation, each iOS product
periodically updated to offer
new features: the latest release is
offers a combination of further features to suit
iOS 4. All the iOS devices shown different needs and budgets
opposite are able to run this
version, although iOS 4 won’t precise location to relevant apps, like home or office than on the street. Its
be available for iPad until Maps and Camera, with the latter much larger screen means that apps
November. iPhone 3GS’ slower logging where you are while taking look and behave more like they do on
processor means that it isn’t able each photo, for example. a computer. All iPads offer wireless
to support some of iOS 4’s Alongside the iPhone is the iPod networking, but you can also choose
features, such as the Camera touch, which looks very similar to its a model that can use a 3G mobile
app’s HDR exposure system. sibling but has a few important phone network – although only for
differences. There’s no phone or GPS data use like the internet rather than
4THOUGHT The iPhone 4 offers a new form inside, although wireless networking is making phone calls. Unlike the iPhone
factor and some exciting new features, such as supported. The display is not quite as and iPod touch, the iPad doesn’t have
a front-facing camera for video chat good as the iPhone 4’s, either. a built-in camera.

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iPhone
Released June 2010
iPad
Released May 2010

iPhone 3GS 8GB iPhone 4 16GB iPhone 4 32GB


£419 (Pay & Go) £499 (Pay & Go) £599 (Pay & Go)
• Available in black • Available in black or white • Available in black or white
• 3.5-inch widescreen • 3.5-inch widescreen • 3.5-inch widescreen
• 320x480 pixels • 640x960 pixels • 640x960 pixels
• Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
• Quad-band GSM, tri-band 3G • Quad-band GSM, tri-band 3G • Quad-band GSM, tri-band 3G
• Assisted GPS • Assisted GPS • Assisted GPS
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
• Photo and video geotagging • Photo and video geotagging • Photo and video geotagging
• Battery lasts up to 30 hours • Battery lasts up to 40 hours • Battery lasts up to 40 hours
(audio) / 10 hours (video) / (audio) / 10 hours (video) / (audio) / 10 hours (video) /
12 hours (talktime) 14 hours (talktime) 14 hours (talktime)
• 62.1x115.5x12.3mm • 58.6x115.5x9.3mm • 58.6x115.5x9.3mm
• 135g
• Requires Windows XP SP3, Vista
• 137g
• Requires Windows XP SP3, Vista
• 137g
• Requires Windows XP SP3, Vista iPad 16GB
or 7 / Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later or 7 / Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later or 7 / Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
£429 (Wi-Fi)
£529 (Wi-Fi + 3G)
• 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen
• 768x1,024 pixels
• 1GHz Apple A4 processor

iPod touch
• Up to 10 hours surfing on Wi-Fi, watching video
or listening to music
• 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
• Built-in speaker
• Microphone
• 189.7x242.8x13.4mm
Released September 2010 • 68g (Wi-Fi model) / 73g (Wi-Fi + 3G)
• Requires Windows XP SP3, Vista or 7 /
Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later

iPad 32GB
£499 (Wi-Fi)
£599 (Wi-Fi + 3G)
• 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen
• 768x1,024 pixels
• 1GHz Apple A4 processor
• Up to 10 hours surfing on Wi-Fi, watching video
or listening to music
• 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
• Built-in speaker
• Microphone
• 189.7x242.8x13.4mm
• 68g (Wi-Fi model) / 73g (Wi-Fi + 3G)
• Requires Windows XP SP3, Vista or 7 /
Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later

iPod touch 8GB iPod touch 32GB iPod touch 64GB


£189 £249 £329 iPad 64GB
• Up to 1,750 songs • Up to 7,000 songs • Up to 14,000 songs
• Up to 10,000 photos • Up to 25,000 photos • Up to 50,000 photos £599 (Wi-Fi)
• Up to 10 hours of video • Up to 40 hours of video • Up to 80 hours of video £699 (Wi-Fi + 3G)
• Available in black • Available in black • Available in black • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen
• 3.5-inch screen • 3.5-inch screen • 3.5-inch screen • 1,024x768 pixels
• 640x960 pixels • 640x960 pixels • 640x960 pixels • 1GHz Apple A4 processor
• Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) • Up to 10 hours surfing on Wi-Fi, watching video
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR or listening to music
• Nike + iPod support • Nike + iPod support • Nike + iPod support • 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
• Battery lasts up to 40 hours • Battery lasts up to 40 hours • Battery lasts up to 40 hours • Built-in speaker
(audio) / 7 hours (video) (audio) / 7 hours (video) (audio) / 7 hours (video) • Microphone
• 58.9x111x7.2mm • 58.9x111x7.2mm • 58.9x111x7.2mm • 189.7x242.8x13.4mm
• 101g • 101g • 101g • 68g (Wi-Fi model) / 73g (Wi-Fi + 3G)
• Requires Windows XP SP3, Vista • Requires Windows XP SP3, Vista • Requires Windows XP SP3, Vista • Requires Windows XP SP3, Vista or 7 /
or 7 / Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later or 7 / Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later or 7 / Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later

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F
ollowing all the hype and hysteria
we have come to expect with the
MOBILE PHONE launch of Apple products, the
iPhone 4 has landed in the UK. For the

iPhone 4
first time, it’s been launched
simultaneously with the US and has
appeared on most UK phone operators’
rosters straight away.
As you may know, the arrival didn’t
go as smoothly as Apple might have
wished, with a troubling signal loss
Reception issues for some don’t issue for anyone holding the iPhone 4
stop the new iPhone being the ‘incorrectly’. Who even knew prior to
iPhone’s June debut that there was a
best mobile you can get ‘correct’ way to hold mobiles? You live
and learn…
There is no denying, though, that the
iPhone 4 is a stunning-looking piece of
tech. It’s 24 per cent slimmer than the
3GS at just 9.3mm thick; beautifully
compact, but with considerable heft;
and has a hard-edged industrial
sexiness instead of the more
curvaceous, tactile charms of the earlier
iPhones. The glass front and back is
very tough: we’ve dropped ours a few
times, and it’s come up smiling… so far.
A more contentious design feature is
the steel band that separates front and
back – not for aesthetic reasons, but
because it’s also the aerial, and the
cause of the iPhone’s well-documented
reception issues, seemingly something
to do with contact between it and
human skin. We’ve found we can live
with it. You may take a different view.
Bizarre reception flaws aside, the
5 iPhone 4 is a great showcase for Apple’s
technological and design prowess, with
the new iOS 4 operating system and
a noticeably faster processor than the
3GS, making operation a smooth and
enjoyable experience. It all chugs along
nicely, from the media player to the
apps to the web browser. The latter
app is better than ever, despite the
lack of compatibility with Flash for web

The details KEY INFO


4 1 Noise-cancelling mic:
A new noise-cancelling mic
for clearer phone calls

2 Two cameras: Five-meg


cam with LED flash on the
back, and a front-facing cam
115mm

for video calls using FaceTime

3 Volume controls:
These are now individual
buttons – bigger and easier
to locate with one hand

4 Stainless steel band:


This band acts as part of
the iPhone 4’s antenna. You 59mm
can blame it for all those 9.3mm
pesky reception issues Price 16GB, £499; 32GB, £599
Screen 3.5-inch, 640x960 pixels
5 Micro sim: Insert your
smaller SIM into this
space-saving slot
Processor 1GHz Apple A4
Storage 16GB or 32GB solid-state
Connectivity 7.2Mbps HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR,
802.11b/g/nWi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm audio
Battery 7 hours 3G talk, 10 hoursWi-Fi browsing,
6 hours 3G browsing, 10 hours video, 40 hours audio
Camera 5 megapixels with tap to focus; LED flash
Video 720p; up to 30fps
Size/weight 59x115x9.3mm/137g

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KEY FEATURES OF THE NEW OPERATING SYSTEM video. That’s just not going to happen,

The lowdown:
according to Apple, so get used to it.
And in any case, more websites are
starting to use iPhone-friendly
alternative technologies.
The processor is the same sprightly

iOS 4 revealed
Apple A4 chip found in the iPad. You’d
think that this much power would
drain the battery at speed, but we can
confirm the new iPhone’s battery life
is slightly better than the 3GS.
These all come as standard on the iPhone 4, and The 3.5-inch Retina Display is a big
improvement over the 3GS’s screen –
can also be applied to the iPhone 3GS. Some and those of all other mobile devices,
features also work on the 3G and iPod touch for that matter. With an 800:1 contrast
ratio and 960x640 resolution, it sets a
new benchmark for mobile displays,
Multi-tasking being a joy to use indoors and at most
outdoor light levels. It becomes
Long overdue unless you
jailbroke your 3GS – and of
reflective and difficult to admire when
course you didn’t do that, in direct, bright sunlight, but it’s still far
because it would be evil – superior in this respect to the displays
multi-tasking on iOS 4 is a bit found on most new Android phones,
of a fudge at present.
To get at it, you double-tap for example.
the Home button. This brings The only downside is that older apps
up a sub menu of apps, so you and their icons can appear dated and
can quickly swap between
eBay, Safari, email and games.
grainy on the Retina Display – app
The latest Spotify app is developers will have to improve their
an example of how to do multi- wares for the iPhone 4.
tasking well, while developers Another area they’ll have to look at is
of messaging apps such as
Windows Live Messenger and multi-tasking. As expected, iOS 4 brings
IM+ have been quick to this to the iPhone table – but at the
support iOS 4 fully. moment, by no means all apps support
Most apps, though, still
require you to log out and then
the feature: they have to be updated.
back in as needed. No doubt It’ll be interesting to see if iPhone
this will change over time. purchasers start clamouring for all apps
to support multi-tasking, or whether
they’ll conclude that it’s really only
iBooks music and social networking apps that
require it…
The iBooks app and store have been available since the
launch of the iPad, which is obviously ideally suited to
Apple’s iOS 4 has other tricks up its
displaying books. The iPhone is less ideal, but it makes sleeve. You can create folders for your
a decent fist of ebookery. Reading from the 3.5-inch apps – a great addition – and set your
screen is only bearable for short periods of time, but it’s own home screen image, scrapping
great for short commutes. Apple’s iBookstore offers over
60,000 new books along with free out of print titles, the any-colour-as-long-as-it’s-black
which you download to a virtual bookshelf. The choice is approach of previous models.
piddling compared to Amazon Kindle, but the user
experience is better, and there’s a Kindle app should you
want more. Attention to detail is fantastic: as you turn
pages, you can even see the copy through the page. In just 12 months since the iPhone 3GS
launch, Steve Jobs and his band have
More key features again redefined mobile handsets
Email accounts you flick through endlessly
Control multiple email to find anything, iOS 4 lets
accounts for Gmail, Yahoo, you organise apps into
iBooks makes the jump from iPad to
Exchange and more from folders. Simply hold down iPhone with the arrival of iOS 4 and
one unified inbox and an app and move it over a offers up text of impeccable clarity,
organise messages by second to create a new thanks to the Retina Display, although
thread. It makes reviewing folder. Click a folder to go
messages far simpler. inside and view the apps obviously the type is of insufficient size
lurking within. for anything more than half an hour or
Spell checker so of comfortable reading. Crystal-clear,
Compatible with Mail, Background
Notes and other apps. Bored of the black
well-defined fonts similarly enhance
backdrop? Pick your own. web browsing, email and all other text-
iAds based functionality.
Starting to filter Gift apps The on-screen keyboard is visually
through now, these allow Lets you buy apps and gift
developers to place them to a fellow Apple unchanged and still excellent. We
interactive ads with video user, just as you already would have liked to have seen support
and online content in apps. could with music in iTunes. for numbers and punctuation on the
They can make use of the
location services to offer Game Center
same keys as the letters, as on the HTC
advertising tailored to Included in the iOS 4.1 Desire, but auto-correction of your
where you are. Boy, are we update, Game Center is spelling seems even better than in
looking forward to that… a social gaming network the previous iOS.
for iPhone, letting users
Folders challenge each other and The camera’s been improved, too.
Instead of having compare scores. It’s very Don’t get your hopes up too high: stills
numerous home screens early days for this one. are not suddenly of compact camera

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DISCREET DISPLAY The


iPhone 4’s Retina Display
is brighter and less NOW EVEN BETTER THAN EVER
reflective than other new

Killer features…
display technologies

of the iPhone 4
1 iMovie
To make the most of
the iPhone 4’s excellent 720p
varies depending on which
of the five themes you select.
Bright and Modern are the
video capability and sound, most unobtrusive, but we’d
aspiring video editors need have liked a few more to play
the iMovie app, available on with. Once you’ve finished
the App Store for £2.99. editing, you can export in
iMovie’s been available as one of three resolutions, the
part of the iLife suite for best being 720p HD.
ages, so the user interface Unsurprisingly for an app
will be familiar to many Mac that’s cheaper than a pint,
users. It’s just as slick and there are limitations. You
easy to use on the iPhone 4, can’t control the volume, and
with the A4 processor music can only go at the
speeding things along nicely. beginning of a clip. But by
Tap video footage to bring making video-editing
up video-trimming tools, capability accessible to
and double-tap to add anyone on the move, iMovie
transitions, the style of which is an essential iPhone app.

quality, but they are much better than


on the 3GS (as well as the HTC Desire)
2 FaceTime
Remember when
everyone thought that video
users on Macs. Quality is far
better than existing 3G
mobile video calls, displayed
and also bigger at five megapixels, with chat would be the future – at a decent resolution. The
the welcome addition of an LED flash. then it arrived and nobody option to switch to the rear
Video has undergone an even more used it? Apple hopes to cam to show your chat
striking improvement. The 720p HD change that with FaceTime, buddy what you’re looking
footage looks pristine, both on the the iPhone 4’s video-calling at is a nice touch, and there’s
Retina Display and when uploaded to function, which uses a front- no noticeable lag if you’re
your computer, although some detail facing camera to facilitate both on a decent broadband
seems to be lost when compressing for 30fps video conversations. internet connection.
direct uploading to YouTube. In-camera You activate FaceTime via FaceTime’s a nice idea, but
editing is also straightforward, and you your Contacts; for it to work, it needs to work over 3G and
can add the iMovie app (£3) if you want the person you’re calling with other devices if it’s ever
more sophisticated editing. must have both Wi-Fi and to take off. Video calling’s
In addition to the main camera on an iPhone 4 (or new iPod been tried before and made
the rear, there’s a second, front-facing touch) of their own. You can’t little impact: we’re not
one. This is to facilitate Apple’s attempt yet make video calls to other convinced anyone’s
to popularise mobile video calling with devices – not even iChat clamouring for it now.
its Skype-style FaceTime app. It’s more
fun than essential – it needs to work
over 3G rather than just Wi-Fi, for a
start – but it’s a worthwhile addition.
Finally, iPhones have always been
great media players, and that’s still true.
3 Camera
One regular complaint
about earlier iPhones was
Sharp, with decent contrast
and bright colours, results
are better than the iPhone
Should you choose to use Cover Flow, the mediocre camera. 3GS. The LED flash means
it seems slightly quicker to us, as do Apple’s upped the quality of you can finally use the
syncing and copying tracks, though the iPhone 4’s one and also camera in poorly lit areas.
improvements are minimal. hiked the resolution to five We would have preferred a
The iPhone 4 is another classic slice megapixels, letting you xenon flash, of course. You
of Apple. In just 12 months since the produce 13x10-inch prints, also get a 5x digital zoom –
3GS launch, Steve Jobs and his band if you’re that way inclined. not a lot of use, in truth –
have again redefined mobile handsets. Composing pictures on the and the ability to geotag.
From the simply beautiful Retina sharp screen is so natural The iPhone 4’s camera is
Display to the addition of HD video, and enjoyable, and tapping great for taking snaps on the
and from the idiot-proof user interface the screen is a simple way to go. There’s no way to adjust
to the attempted reinvention of video focus. There’s still no solid settings, so it’s no challenge
calling, the Apple iPhone 4 is a majestic shutter, but response time to a compact camera – but
piece of kit that will no doubt steal is quick, and you can also in terms of general quality,
hearts. As long as that signal-loss issue switch from stills to videos it’s easily in the top rank of
doesn’t prove to be a killer, anyway. ● in a trice. smartphone cams.

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KEY INFO
Price £419
Screen 3.5-inch, 320x480 pixels
Processor 600MHz ARM
Storage 8GB solid-state
Connectivity 7.2Mbps HSDPA,
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 802.11b/g
Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm audio
Battery 5 hours 3G talk, 9 hours
Wi-Fi browsing, 5 hours 3G browsing,
10 hours video, 30 hours audio
Camera 3 megapixels
with tap to focus; no flash
Video VGA (640x480); up to 30fps
Size/weight
62.1x115.5x12.3mm /135g

SUBTLE The iPhone 3GS looks


identical to the previous iPhone 3G
model – not great for show-offs!

MOBILE PHONE

iPhone 3GS 8GB


An affordable option for anyone who doesn’t need an iPhone 4

P
robably the most technically 3GS still lacks a flash, but brings a MobileMe gallery or YouTube, or email
advanced smartphone available 3MP-resolution camera with a macro or MMS it to a friend. Bear in mind that
today, iPhone 4 is a highly capable lens to the party. Focussing is it takes a long time to send video, even
device: so capable, in fact, that some automatic, but you can also tap on the on a Wi-Fi connection, so you’re only
people may feel that it provides more area of the screen to focus on that spot. going to want to send very short clips.
power than they actually need. If The white balance and exposure are Uploading to YouTube was flawless;
you expect your app use to be too automatically adjusted too, which is MobileMe (perhaps slightly predictably)
infrequent to justify an iPhone 4, Apple pretty clever. The extra megapixels help proved less reliable.
maintains its predecessor the iPhone enormously in picture quality, but The oil-resistant screen is fantastic:
3GS as a more affordable option. taking pictures in low light levels just wipe the screen on a piece of
The 3GS is essentially an enhanced remain a problem. The macro lens takes clothing and the smudgy fingerprints
version of the iPhone 3G, which was good close-up shots, without the made during regular use are gone. Also
released in 2008. Thanks to a faster blurring that afflicted previous new to the 3GS is Voice Control. Press
processor, it feels much snappier than generations, but it’s still only and hold the Home button until you
the 3G. In a side-by-side hear a beep, then call a
test over Wi-Fi, the BBC The iPhone 3GS is video-capable and can contact from your

4
News site loaded in address book by saying
seven seconds, edit… drag the start and end points of your “Call Graham”, for
compared to 12.5 example. Voice Control
seconds on the 3G. clip, tap the trim button and you’re done also works in the iPod
The battery life is app, where you can
much improved, too: we can last comparable to a camera that some request music by voice command;
a whole day without going low four-year-old mobile phones have. however, this can be a bit hit-and-miss
on power. Apple isn’t claiming any More importantly, the iPhone 3GS with exotic band names.
increase in talk time over the previous is video-capable. And the really clever
model, but video, music playback and thing is that it has capabilities for For first-timers
web browsing all show improvements. editing video on the phone as well – If you’re a potential first-time iPhone
A great introduction to the just drag the start and end points of owner who hasn’t made the jump yet,
world of iPhone, but get Better camera your clip and tap the Trim button and then the time is now – the iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4 if you want a The iPhone 3G was rightly criticised you’re done. It all works surprisingly has got everything you’ll need to
better display and a more for its poor 2.0 megapixel fixed-focus well. Once you’ve shot your video, become a paid-up member of the
capable camera camera without a flash. The new iPhone you can upload it straight to your iPhone revolution. ●

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The iPhone family YOUR iPHONE

KEY INFO
Price 8GB, £189;
32GB, £249; 64GB, £329
Screen 3.5-inch, 640x960 pixels
Processor 1GHz Apple A4
Storage 8GB, 32GB
or 64GB solid-state
Connectivity Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR,
802.11 b/g/nWi-Fi, 3.5mm audio
Battery 7 hours video,
40 hours audio
Camera 0.7 megapixels
with tap to focus; no flash
Video 720p; up to 30fps
Size/weight
58.9x110x7.2mm/101g

TOUCHTASTIC
The new, thinner
iPod touch has
a Retina Display
and cameras for
FaceTime video calls

PORTABLE AUDIO PLAYER

iPod touch
A better screen, two cameras and video calling grace this updated device

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here the iPhone leads, the iPod services, they’re invariably less accurate iPhone 4. Now, iPod touch users can
touch follows – and the latest than on the iPhone, because there’s no join in the fun, because you no longer
update brings the flagship GPS. Instead, the device uses Wi-Fi make a regular mobile call first. When
iPod arguably closer to the iPhone than networks to work out where you are. you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network,
ever before. You get the Retina Display, The cameras are a welcome addition you call someone using their iPhone 4
A4 processor, FaceTime video calls and to the iPod touch, but they’re not the mobile number or their FaceTime email
HD movie recording, all at a much same as those on the iPhone 4. The address. Making calls worked without
lower price than the iPhone 4. And, of rear-facing one shoots stills at just 0.7 a hitch, although we found that we
course, there are no extra costs like megapixels (compared to 5 megapixels didn’t get any notification if our
phone contracts involved. on the iPhone). There’s no moving focus recipient’s device wasn’t connected
The Retina Display in the iPod touch either, so while this can do the job if to a Wi-Fi network.
isn’t quite the same as the one on the you’re out without your ‘proper’ camera, General performance is on a par
iPhone: the viewing angles aren’t as any cheap compact model from the last with the iPhone 4, thanks to the A4
good. This wasn’t a problem when we five years will trounce it. processor (which also powers the iPad).
were using it on our As a portable gaming
own, but when a group As a portable gaming device, the iPod device, the iPod touch

5
crowded round, there is great, and will only
was a noticeable touch is great, and will only get better as get better as the new
difference compared to Game Center grows in
the iPhone 4. That said, the new Gamer Center grows in popularity popularity. If you’re
the display is still after a music player
fantastic: text is crystal-sharp, and When it comes to video, however, that can double as an internet device or
colours are bright and vivid. things are different. The iPod touch phone when you’re at home, look no
records 720p HD footage that’s better further. Even if you do want to use the
Not so wireless in some ways than the iPhone 4. We web when you’re out and about
The iPod touch can’t connect to a preferred it for everyday point-and- occasionally, an iPod touch and a MiFi is
mobile data network, which means no shoot footage, since panning was cheaper than an iPhone. While we’d like
phone calls, or web browsing outside a smoother. You can then edit and to have seen a lower price, especially Get yourself iPhone 4
Wi-Fi signal. There are ways around this, publish your work by buying iMovie for the 8GB model, and the camera is a performance and some
of course, such as Novatel’s MiFi device, from the App Store. disappointment, the new iPod touch is great features at a fraction
available in the UK via the 3 network. Then there’s FaceTime video chat, an incredible package, at a price far of its price. The iPod touch
While the iPod touch supports location which until now was limited to the below the iPhone. ● just got even better

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things you never


knew you could
use your iPhone for…
F
rom the moment you turn
it on for the first time, your
iPhone can make calls, access
the internet, send and receive
emails, and even tell you what the
weather is like in Kuala Lumpur.
But it can do much more besides,
thanks to the App Store… This
list highlights the ingenious
applications that can transform your
iPhone into a television, a plumb
line, an atomic clock and more.
Over the next eight pages, we’ll
show you the fun and possibly
unfamiliar uses for your iPhone.
Most of them will work with the
iPod touch as well – although the
lack of camera and always-on
internet may mean they become
less useful or less convenient – and
all are available, either free or for a
small fee, from the App Store. You
can buy them through iTunes on
your Mac or PC, or download them
direct to your iPhone via its own
App Store app. Turn to page 24 to
find out how it’s done.
So, let’s discover some great new
uses for your iPhone. Who knows
what it’ll become next? ●

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1 Radio & TV 2 Unit converter


with Tuner Internet Radio and BBC iPlayer with Measures and Convertbot

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here’s a bunch of ways of hether it’s Celsius and
getting media on to an Fahrenheit or gallons
iPhone. The BBC’s iPhone- and litres, there are
optimised iPlayer website far too many different and
(www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer) is very conflicting ways of measuring
good, offering new and recent the same thing. With Measures
BBC TV and radio programmes Unit and Currency Converter
to stream. Its high quality (59p/99¢) on your iPhone,
means that it requires a Wi-Fi however, you’ve got a great
connection, though, and you way of quickly converting
must be in the UK to access it. between pretty much any
You could also record TV direct measurement units that
to your computer using, say, you can think of.
one of Elgato’s TV tuners, then Measures has a whopping
export the content to your 1,000 units in 38 categories to
iTunes library, ready to be choose between. What makes
synced to the iPhone. the app a joy to use, though, is
As far as apps go, try Tuner the great interface, which uses
Internet Radio (£2.99/$4.99), scroll wheels for selecting
a centralised service for different options. You can also
thousands of streaming radio wipe to clear the input and start
PLAY TIME The iPhone-optimised iPlayer site from stations from all over the world. a new conversion. CONVERT Turn your iPhone into a convenient unit
the BBC is a textbook example of mobile web apps It works over Wi-Fi and 3G. We also like Convertbot converter with the lovely Measures application
Also, Last.fm (free) is a (£1.19/$1.99), which is able to
brilliant service that creates recognise mixed units; it’ll
personalised music stations convert 5 feet, 9 inches into
tailored to your tastes. ● metres, for example. ●

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3 Dictionary 4 Instant library


with Concise Oxford English Dictionary with Classics and Stanza

Y A
ou may have access to an pple has launched its
internet-full of definitions own electronic book app
with an iPhone, but web with iBooks (free), and
dictionary pages can be slow to Amazon’s Kindle app (free) is
load and are rarely optimised also popular, thanks to its huge
for the iPhone’s screen. selection. But Classics (£1.79/
Step forward, the Concise $2.99) offers something neither
Oxford English Dictionary of these apps do: a ready-to-
(£11.99/$19.99). It’s a native read library of high-quality
app, so once it’s launched, it’s literature without you needing
much snappier than a website. to browse through bookstores
The interface could be more or spend time downloading.
elegant, and the quality of Offering over 20 of the
spoken pronunciations could greatest works ever written,
be better, but it’s great to have from Homer to Kafka, Classics
the OED in your pocket. is polished throughout, with
If £11.99 seems like a lot of a bookmark that keeps your
money for an app, bear in mind place when you switch
that the equivalent print edition between different books. You
costs at least £16, even through can’t add your own books to
bargain online booksellers – it, but the developers are
STUCK FOR WORDS? Get your dictionary definitions and you can’t carry the Concise committed to adding more. LOVE LITERATURE Become well read (or have it just
in an instant with the Concise OED (and optional OED’s 240,000 words and If you’re looking for a more to look like you’re well read) with a library of Classics
thesaurus) for iPhone
phrases around as easily with a extensible reader, Stanza (free).
1,700-page hardback. You can can read many text formats, so
get the same dictionary app you could fill up your iPhone
with a thesaurus for £17.99. ● with copyright-free classic texts. ●

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5 Retro camera 6 GPS logger


with CameraBag with Trails GPS Tracker

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sing CameraBag (£1.19/ f you want to track where you’ve been
$1.99), you can apply while hiking or riding a mountain bike,
special effects either to Trails (£2.39/$3.99) records your position
pics – whether they’re taken at regular intervals, then plots the path
directly with your iPhone’s you took on to a satellite or terrain map,
camera or transferred over via complete with altitude data, for you to
iTunes – to make them look a review. You can also export the waypoint
lot more interesting. All of the data to use in other GPS devices or
effects are based on the results computer software. ●
generated by various camera
models throughout the
generations. You can apply a TURN YOUR iPHONE INTO A…
super-saturated effect called
Helga, go mono, use a fish-eye
lens effect, make it look like a
7 Lightsaber
Lomo shot, apply a Polaroid
effect, or make the shot look with Lightsaber Unleashed
as if it were taken in 1962 or

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1974, if you really wanted to. e’re happy to recommend fluff,
The effects are remarkably and it doesn’t get much fluffier
convincing, and we like the fact than Lightsaber Unleashed (free),
BYGONE BAG Go retro with your photos by using that, if you set the preference, which whums and buzzes convincingly as
CameraBag to emulate classic cameras of the past the app will save the original you move your phone around. You can
shot from the camera as well as choose your light colour and hilt to emulate
the cropped, edited shot, ready your favourite Star Wars character, and can
to be emailed or transferred to even create a custom character with photos
your computer. ● from your collection. ●

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8 Rock group 9 Tape measure


with Band with iHandy Carpenter

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ou can think about Band guitar, an interactive appreciative ulerPhone (£2.39/$3.99) calculates
(£2.39/$3.99) in two ways. audience, the drum kit shown lengths by getting you to take a
It’s either a little tinkering below and a fun 12-bar blues photo of what you want to measure
device for songwriters on the creator. You can layer instruments with a credit card placed in the scene for
move, giving them a pad that they together and overdub them as reference. iHandy Carpenter (£1.19/$1.99)
can jam with to try out ideas; or you start to put together your goes further, packing a ruler, two spirit
it’s a pretty meaty multi-track mini musical masterpiece. levels, a protractor and plumb line into a
recorder that you could, in theory, It’s not perfect; the timings single app. You can measure not only
use to create a whole piece of can be tricky to get right and the lengths, but distances and angles. ●
music from scratch. export options are a little limited,
There’s a range of musical by the nature of the iPhone, but
instruments included in the it’s good fun and is a great app to TURN YOUR iPHONE INTO A…
application: a keyboard, a bass have to show off your iPhone. ●
10 Games console
with Super Monkey Ball et al

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ne of the first
iPhone games to
be seen in public
before the App Store
launched, Super Monkey
Ball (£1.79/$2.99) got
iPhone gaming started.
Now the gaming scene
has exploded, with over
65,000 titles. Check out
our reviews of the best
MUSIC MAKER If you have the patience, Band is a great little creative app for making music on the move games from page 114. ●

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11 Digital housemaid
with Bathomatic and Rimote

U
nique Automation’s Bathomatic (free) enables you to remotely
control the company’s bespoke bath management systems. This
actually lets you turn on the taps and run a bath to your chosen
temperature while commuting home. Sister app Rimote (free) controls
your Bathovision network-enabled high-definition TV. The catch? You’ll
need a fully-automated home control system by the likes of Crestron or
AMX, costing in excess of £20,000. Need a cold shower after seeing that
price? Unique’s iShower app (£2.39/$3.99) has that covered. ●

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12 Weight scale
with WiScale

N
ot content with measuring your weight, the
Withings Connected Scale also beams the
results for computer analysis. It’ll weigh you,
calculate your body fat percentage – by running a
low intensity current through your body where
your feet make contact with the scales – and figure
out your body mass index (BMI), a rough indicator
of whether you weigh what you should.
With the accompanying WiScale app (free),
information about the extent of your portliness is
sent via Wi-Fi to your iPhone, where you can use
the data to make graphs that track your weight,
BMI and body fat percentage changes.
This speak-your-weight machine for the iPhone
era mirrors the stylish look of Apple’s device, with
tempered glass over a curved metallic back.
Hopefully it’ll help reduce the size of your curved,
non-metallic front… ●

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13 Remote control 14 Number pad


with Remote, Air Mouse and LogMeIn Ignition with NumberKey

T T
here are so many ways he keyboard on a laptop is fine, but
to use your iPhone as a if you have to punch in loads of
remote control that we numbers using the horizontal strip
can barely fit them in. Apple along the top of the keyboard, it’s a pain.
makes two apps: Remote (free) NumberKey (£1.19/$1.99) connects to your
controls your iTunes library laptop (or desktop computer if necessary)
over your Wi-Fi network, and via Wi-Fi, so you can use the iPhone screen
Keynote Remote (59p/99¢) as a numeric keypad. It makes entering
enables you to control figures into spreadsheets so much easier. ●
presentations running in the
version of Keynote that comes
with iWork ’09. TURN YOUR iPHONE INTO A…
Air Mouse Pro (£1.19/$1.99)
gives you a virtual keyboard
and mouse on your iPhone that
15 Translator
you can use to control your
computer (using either with Talking Phrasebook
Windows or Mac OS X). You can

T
control the cursor trackpad- he iPhone is a life-saver when you
style or by waving your iPhone need the right phrase for the occasion
around. LogMeIn Ignition on holiday. Coolgorilla’s Talking
TAKE CONTROL The Air Mouse Pro app gives you (£17.99/$29.99) lets you assume Phrasebook series is among the best:
a virtual keyboard to remotely control your Mac full control of your computer French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese
over the internet, so in theory and Spanish are free through a deal with
you can access it from lastminute.com; Dutch and Japanese are
anywhere in the world. ● also available for 59p (99¢) each. ●

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16 Storage device 17 Ice-breaker
with Air Sharing with OldBooth

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e have a soft spot for Launch Air Sharing, and it tells you

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the slick FileMagnet app what IP address your phone is on hen the conversation lulls, just pull
(£2.99/$4.99), which lets the network. You can then use out your iPhone; with the right
you load docs onto your iPhone Connect to Server on the Mac to app on display, you’ll be the centre
and view many popular file types mount it as a network drive. It of attention. OldBooth (£1.19/$1.99) is a
when you’re on the go. But it does works on Windows XP and Vista brilliant app that enables you to put the
mean you need a helper app and Linux too, so it should be faces of your friends and colleagues onto
installed on the computer you possible to connect Air Sharing the heads of American yearbook-style
want to connect to. Air Sharing from any computer. Performance shots, so you can all see how you might
(£1.79/$2.99) gets around this is good, and while it struggles a have looked in another era. ●
by effectively turning your iPhone little when asked to view complex
into a little NAS (network-attached documents on the iPhone, it’s
storage) device. mostly very robust. ● TURN YOUR iPHONE INTO AN…

18 Atomic clock
with Atomic Clock (Gorgy)

W
hen only the precise time will
do the job, Atomic Clock Gorgy
Timing (£1.19/$1.99) syncs with
Apple’s European or US time servers over
the internet to get the most precise time
possible outside the Royal Observatory, the
London home of Greenwich Mean Time.
Yes, it’s pointless, but we think it’s fun, and
the display mimics that of a classic LED
clock created by time-measurement
specialist Gorgy Timing. You can also use
NETWORK DEVICE Load files from your computer to an iPhone and view them on the go with Air Sharing the app to set really precise alarms. ●

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19 Shopping mall 20 Phone!


with Amazon et al with Truphone

Y Y
ou can buy and directly download es, you already have a phone (unless
stuff with Apple’s App Store and you’re an iPod touch owner), but
iTunes Store apps, but that’s just the Truphone (free) could offer a cheaper
start! Amazon Mobile UK (free) enables you alternative. It makes calls over the internet
to browse the giant store, check your wish rather than your mobile phone network.
list and place orders. You can also buy Calls to users of Truphone, Skype and
direct with apps from the likes of Next Google Talk are free, while a £8 monthly fee
(free), Game (free) and Debenhams (free). ● gives you unlimited international calls. ●

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21 Seismometer 22 Arbitrator
with Seismometer with MotionX Dice

O I
f course, Seismometer (59p/99¢) f you need to make a decision but don’t
isn’t much use for seismologists: have a coin to flip, try iHandy Coin Flip
there’s no scale on the display, for a (59p/99¢). Alternatively, the physics of
start. But it’s nevertheless quite fun seeing MotionX Dice (free) will dazzle you as you
the accelerometer record jolts to the iPhone roll them to make decisions. (Apparently,
on the table; and features such as the some ancient civilisations used dice to elect
ability to export data might encourage kids their governments.) Of course, you can use
to explore geological science further. ● the dice for conventional purposes too. ●

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23 Guitar amp
Then, using the AmpliTube app (the basic
version is free, but you can pay up to
£11.99/$19.99 to add more pedals), you
can listen to your guitar with a variety of
with AmpliTube different effects, such as Chorus, Delay and
Wah, or through different types of amp –

T
he AmpliTube iRig is a hardware and Lead, Bass and Crunch.
software combination that turns your It’s all great fun. The dials on each effect
iPhone into a fully featured guitar amp, pedal can be adjusted endlessly, and
complete with effects pedals. Just plug the combined to form many variations. The app
iRig device into your iPhone’s 3.5mm stereo itself looks great and is intuitive to use,
headphone minijack and the other end into although the buttons for switching pedals
your guitar, using a standard guitar cable. are a little small to hit accurately. The effects
There’s another 3.5mm port on the iRig for themselves sound fantastic, and produce rich
you to attach headphones. tones that sound just like the real thing. ●

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24 Cardiograph
with ithlete

A
imed largely at serious runners and other
sportspeople, ithlete (£34.99/$59.99)
measures heart rate variability, a research-
proven way of getting all-important feedback
about your body’s reaction to daily training and
stress. It involves you spending one minute every
morning following simple on-screen instructions,
breathing in and out while a plug-in receiver
(which you can get for free from ithlete’s publisher)
picks up a signal from a chest-strap monitor (which
you need to buy yourself).
You can track daily changes in the health of
your nervous system, indicating stress levels from
training and daily life. As well as on-screen graphs,
ithlete gives you a daily indicator that indicates
whether you should train hard, train easy or rest up
completely. Some expensive heart-rate watches
perform a similar function, but we like ithlete’s
simplicity of use and value for money, making it
a great way to train effectively. ●

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25 The world’s best takeaway menu


with Domino’s, Ocado, Wagamama and Yell.com

Dial a Domino’s… Order Ocado… Want Wagamama? Or just Yell.com


Yes, Domino’s delivers. And it has Many supermarkets’ online You can order some light, tasty Of course, there’s always the Yellow
an ordering app (free) you can ordering should work on your Japanese-style food from the Pages. The Yell.com app (free) can
add to your iPhone. Deep-pan iPhone, but none offer optimised Wagamama app (free). Sadly, the determine your location so that
pepperoni pizza (other toppings websites. Happily, Waitrose, company doesn’t deliver; once when you look for local takeaways,
available!) is a few taps away. Just through its Ocado brand, has an you’ve made your selection, you’ll it tells you which are nearest. Tap
remember to wipe your hands app (free). Use it to order, so long need to leave the house to pick it an icon in the app to call it directly,
before you touch your iPhone. as you live in an eligible area. up at your preferred time. and save favourites to Contacts. ●

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TUTORIALS
B
efore you can use an app, you have to get it onto your iPhone.
There are two ways to do this: by downloading the app direct
to your iPhone via its App Store tool, or by downloading the
app to your computer using iTunes, then transferring it to your
iPhone when you next synchronise your computer and iPhone. Here,
we walk you through both approaches, so you can choose the
technique that suits your way of life better.
Backing up your apps and their associated data is vital in case your
iPhone is damaged or stolen. We explain how it’s done.

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30 Install apps with your iPhone
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TUTORIALS Master iTunes

DESKTOP INSTALLS

Install apps
with iTunes 1
Find out how to download and organise
iPhone apps using your computer 3

O
WHAT YOU’LL NEED ne of the main selling points of
● Any iPhone or iPod touch Apple’s touchscreen devices are
● iTunes forWindows or Mac the mobile applications, or apps,
OS X (free from www.apple. which can be downloaded and used on
com/itunes) the iPhone or iPod touch. An app can
be a game, a set of recipes, or the
services provided by a website such
as Google, repackaged in a standalone
program. Some
An app can be a game, a set are incredibly
useful, such
of recipes, or the services as RadioBOX,
which enables
provided by a website you to access
thousands of
internet radio stations, while others are
entertaining time-wasters, such as the
4
gloriously addictive Draw Race.
Apps vary in price, and while there’s
an extensive free catalogue, many cost
from 59p upwards, few go over £2.99,
Top Tip but some can be a fair bit more. You can
To re-arrange your apps use nearly all iPhone apps on an iPod
on an iPhone, press any touch, with the exception of a few that
icon until they all shake, require the iPhone’s network access.
then drag icons around.
Press the home button Some apps written for the iPad also
to revert to normal. work on an iPhone; look for a + sign
in the price label in the App Store. ●

HOW TO… Install your first app

1 Download iTunes
Before you can do anything with your iPhone or iPod touch, you first
need to download iTunes. This can be downloaded quickly and easily from
2 Visit the iTunes Store
You can download and install apps from iTunes and put them on to
your iPhone. All downloads are from the iTunes Store, so you need to click
www.apple.com/itunes, and needs to be installed on your computer. It then on the link in the left-hand pane of iTunes. Then you are transported into the
finds your music, and registers your iPhone so it can be used. magical world of downloadable content…

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Master iTunes TUTORIALS

Jargon buster
From iTunes to iPhone ● Download
1 App Store You have to visit the iTunes Store to download
the apps. At the top of the home page is a link to the App
Store, where you can find all of the available app downloads,
Save a file from the
internet onto your
computer to use later.
free or otherwise.
● Home screen
2 Virtual screen This is a representation of how your iPod
touch or iPhone looks. You can drag the app icons around
so they’re best placed for your needs.
The screen that’s
displayed when you first
turn on your iPhone.

3 Device screen When your iPod touch or iPhone is


connected, it shows up here. Click this option to start
setting up your device, not only for apps, but for music, video,
● Sync
Short for synchronise –
photos, podcasts and much more. updating files on two
devices, such as an iPhone

4 App list All the apps you’ve bought or downloaded from


the store are displayed in this list, and you can choose
which are kept on your iPod touch or iPhone by simply ticking
and a computer, so the
same files are on each.

or unticking them. ● Touchscreen


5 5 Sync Once you’re happy with your settings, click the Sync
button to sync your iPod touch or iPhone with your iTunes
Technology that senses
the movement and
location of your fingers on
library. If you don’t want other media to be synchronised, you a screen, which is used to
can deselect them individually. control your iPhone.

3 App Store
The first screen that opens is the iTunes Store main page. Assuming
that you can keep your credit card holstered, you need to click on the App
4 Find free apps
There are loads of free apps available in the Apps store, but many
cost up to £3, and some cost even more. You can find popular free apps
Store link in the top bar, to be taken to a specialised store where a wealth of by clicking Free Apps in the right-hand Top Charts pane, or browse the
exciting apps is on offer to download. store for a selection of excellent paid-for ones.

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TUTORIALS Master iTunes

5 Download an app
To download your app, click Get This. You are asked to confirm your
iTunes user name and password (click Create New Account if you don’t yet
6 Plug in your iPhone
If you haven’t already, you need to plug your iPhone into your
computer using the supplied cable. Your device is then recognised by iTunes
have a user name), then the app is downloaded to your iTunes library. See all (unless it’s the first time, in which case the device needs to be registered),
your available apps by clicking the Apps tab in the Library pane. and you are ready to copy the app to your iPhone.

7 Sync your iPhone


You need to make sure that your apps are synchronised with
your iPhone. Do this by selecting your device from the list, choosing the
8 Organise your apps
In the Applications menu on your device page in iTunes, you can
organise your apps, even if they’re already installed on your iPhone. You can
Applications tab, and then ticking Sync Applications. Once it’s ticked, click tick or untick any of the apps from the list: only ticked devices will appear on
Apply and your apps are copied across to your device. your iPhone. Use the Sort By and Find option above the list to pinpoint apps.

9 Arrange your apps


Next to the list is a mockup of your iPhone’s home screen. Here, you
can drag around app icons, positioning them so that the ones you use most
10 Play! Once you’ve synced your applications, disconnect your iPhone.
Congratulations: you can now use your apps wherever you are. Then you can
are on the home page, and apps you downloaded for fun are on the final have fun experimenting with applications, and see which ones make the
page. Click Apply to make the changes on your connected iPhone. biggest difference to your life. ●

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GET APPS ON THE GO

Install apps with your iPhone


Learn how to install third-party apps from the App Store with these tips

T
WHAT YOU’LL NEED hird-party apps are a good way of pay using the credit card details stored
● Any iPhone or iPod touch getting more out of your iPhone in your iTunes account, so there’s no
or iPod touch. Every iPhone fiddling about entering all your details:
comes with some great apps, such as just click and buy.
Maps, Weather and Safari, but with When you next sync your iPhone
third-party apps (those that aren’t with your computer, any downloaded
written by Apple itself) it can do so apps are backed up in your iTunes
much more. There are over 250,000 of library, and any you’ve downloaded on
them available on the App Store, and your computer are transferred to your
more are being added all the time. device. Of course, there could be
The applications do just about situations where you don’t want a
everything; there are games, books, particular app to be transferred to your
business, health and fitness, and music iPhone. You’ll find settings in iTunes for
apps, to name but a few of the different disabling certain apps from syncing.
types available. The games you can get Just go to the Applications tab when
are particularly good, and classics such you connect your iPhone, and you can
as Super Monkey Ball from Sega make choose not to sync particular apps.
full use of the iPhone’s accelerometer Apple has allowed third parties to
as a novel control mechanism, so you charge whatever they like for their
guide the action by tilting the screen. applications, so exercise caution and
Top Tip As we’ve just seen, you can easily don’t go on too much of a spending
download, organise and install apps on spree. There are many
Quite often there’ll be two
versions of an app on the your iPhone using your computer and great little programs
App Store – the full paid-
for app and a Lite version,
iTunes. But you can also search for and
download apps using the App Store
that are free, so if you’re
looking for something in
There are more than 250,000
which is usually free and
enables you to try the
app your iPhone. Any app you buy this particular, it makes sense apps on the App Store, and
way is ready to use as soon as it’s to check them out before
more are being added
program before you buy it.
downloaded. If the app isn’t free, you parting with your cash. ●

HOW TO… Download apps direct to your iPhone

1 Browse the App Store


On the iPhone, you can access the App Store
using its built-in app. In the Featured section
2 Get more information
To find out more about an app, just tap on
its name when you’re browsing. You’ll get a text
3 Purchase the app
To buy an app, just tap the price label of
the app (or Free if it’s free), then tap Buy Now. The
you’ll find New and What’s Hot selections. The description of the app, written by its author. Scroll app’s icon appears on your Home screen saying
Top 25 section is also a great place to browse down for a screenshot and customer reviews, ‘Loading…’ and a blue progress bar indicates the
for the most popular apps. which are great for feedback. download’s progress.

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Install apps TUTORIALS

HOW TO… Update your apps from your iPhone

1 Check for updates


Updates for your installed apps improve
stability or speed, and occasionally add new
2 Install updates
To install any or all of the updates, tap the
App Store icon, followed by Updates at the
3 Update All
You can tap Update All at the top of the
Updates list to have all your apps updated in one
features. The App Store checks for updates every bottom of the screen. Your updates are listed go. It’ll be quicker to update them if you’re
week, but it also checks every time you launch here. Tap an app to find out more. Updates are connected over a Wi-Fi connection, but the
the Store. When an update is available, a number usually free: tap the Free button or the price label process will still work over the cellular network.
appears on the App Store icon. to install the update. Your mobile phone network may charge for this.

Top Tip
There are many great
applications that can
help you navigate the
underground transit

4 Remove apps
You can delete apps from your iPhone.
Normally you’ll restore them from your iTunes
5 Free restore
Make sure you’re signed in with the account
used for the original purchase and launch the
systems of the world’s
major cities, so you can
plan your journey
wherever you go. Have a
library when you sync with your Mac or PC, but App Store on your iPhone, or use the iTunes Store look in the Travel category
on the App Store for your
if you delete a paid-for app before backing it up, on your Mac or PC. Locate the app and click Buy options, then tap to buy.
then you can still retrieve it… App to download it for free.

Write an app review


You can write your own review of an app to tell
people what you think about the program, and
Apple will add it to the App Store for the world to
read, provided it’s of good enough quality. Everyone
appreciates constructive criticism rather than
thoughtless whinges, after all. App reviews can be
written either in iTunes on a Mac or PC, or direct
from an iPhone or iPod touch.
On your iPhone, load up the App Store and locate
the app you want to review. (It needs to be one
you’ve bought or downloaded for free.) From the
Info screen of the app, tap Reviews, followed by the
Compose icon (which looks like a pad and pen) in
the top-right corner. Tap Write a Review and fill out
the form using the on-screen keyboard. You can
enter a nickname, description and title for your
review. Run your finger across the star ratings to
award the app a mark out of five. Once you’re happy
with your review, tap the Send button.
You can also write reviews in iTunes when
browsing the App Store on your Mac or PC. Just click
on Write a Review and type away.

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TUTORIALS Backup

SAFETY FIRST If you lose


your iPhone, fear not –
if you’ve got it safely
backed up at home

SAFEGUARD YOUR DATA

Back up your apps


Keep all your iPhone’s data safe on your computer – and recover from disaster!

N
WHAT YOU’LL NEED ot so long ago, it was a full- to your computer’s hard disk. It doesn’t Backing up isn’t just useful for lost
● Any iPhone or iPod touch blown calamity if you lost your copy media such as songs and videos in or damaged iPhones. If you upgrade,
● iTunes forWindows or Mac OS X mobile phone. All your carefully your iTunes library, since they’re already say, from an iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 4,
gathered phone numbers, all your text there, of course. then when you plug your new iPhone
messages from your partner, all those If you restore from a backup, first all into your computer, you’ll be given the
photos you took – gone! And even your data (applications, their settings, option of setting it up as a new device
when you’d been through the rigmarole SMSs, network settings and so on) is or restoring it from an existing backup,
of getting a replacement phone, you’d sent to your new iPhone, and then your making it child’s play to upgrade. It
have to enter all that information again. media will be synchronised. It does works with the iPod touch, too, so if you
But, as will come as no surprise by now, remember which data to sync, though. have an iPod touch and then decide to
it’s all much easier with the iPhone. This means that if you lose or damage buy an iPhone, you can simply copy
Every time you connect it to your your iPhone, once you’ve sorted out a over all the data via iTunes using
computer, replacement you can simply plug it into a streamlined procedure.
Every time you connect it to everything on
your iPhone
your computer and it’ll be exactly like it
was the last time you used it. For this
For more information on iPhone
backups – and what exactly is backed
your Mac or PC, everything is backed
up, safely
reason, if no other, it’s worth plugging
your iPhone into your computer as
up – see the Apple Support article on
the web at http://support.apple.com/
on your iPhone is backed up duplicated frequently as you can – daily, if possible. kb/HT1766. ●

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Backup TUTORIALS

HOW TO… Back up, restore, wipe and migrate your iPhone data

1 Automatic backup
The good news is that every time you plug
your iPhone into your Mac or PC using the
2 Manual backup
If you’re feeling a bit paranoid – or, say, need
to force a backup since you know you’re about to
3 Manage your backups
You can have multiple iPhones and iPod
touch devices synced to a single iTunes library,
supplied USB cable – or even passed through via migrate your data to a new device – then right- and can check their backups from the Devices tab
a connection on another piece of hardware, such click on your connected iPhone in iTunes’ left- in iTunes’ preferences. Hover over an entry and
as a speaker dock – your iPhone is backed up hand Source pane, and choose Back Up from the check the phone number, serial number and
quickly and automatically. contextual menu that appears. hardware IMEI reference to identify it.

Top Tip
You’d do well to manage
your backups through
iTunes, but if you really
want to, there’s nothing
to stop you from poking
about in the backups
manually. On a Mac, they’re
stored in Library ➜
Application Support ➜
MobileSync ➜ Backup.
Windows XP puts them in
Documents and Settings
➜ [user name] ➜
Application Data ➜ Apple
Computer ➜ MobileSync

4 Delete backups 5 Wipe your iPhone


➜ Backup; and if you’re on
Windows Vista, look in
From this same preferences window you You’ll rarely want to wipe your iPhone – Users ➜ [user name] ➜
can also delete old iPhone backups. You might unless you’re selling it or giving it away – but it’s AppData ➜ Roaming\
only see your most recent backup if you have the easy to do. Select your iPhone under Devices in Apple Computer ➜
MobileSync ➜ Backup.
one device, but if you’re a bit of a power user then iTunes’ Source pane and click the Restore button
you might see backups for old devices too, taking in the Version section of the screen. You’ll be
up hard disk space. given the option to back up first.

6 Restore from a backup


If you connect a new, blank iPhone OS
device to your computer, iTunes will offer to
7 Pick a backup
You may have multiple iPhone OS devices
backed up to the same iTunes library, so after
8 Migrate to a new device
If you’ve bought a new iPhone or iPod
touch, it’s easy to migrate your apps, settings and
restore to it from an existing backup. (See step 8.) you’ve right-clicked on the device you want to more from your old one. Plug the old one in,
You can also force this restore manually, perhaps restore and picked Restore From Backup, iTunes perform a manual backup (see step 2) then
because you’ve added an app that’s causing will ask you which backup to use. Ensure your connect the new device. iTunes will ask if you
problems and you want to roll back. devices have unique names! want to restore from an existing backup.

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CREATE
Y
our iPhone unlocks a whole new world of creativity, egging
you on to achieve things you might not have believed you
were capable of. Now you can’t just take photos with your
iPhone: you can edit them on the move, making them look better
or having some fun with special effects before instantly sharing the
results with your friends. You can also sketch, make movies or even
sculpt. And there’s a huge selection of musical apps, too, with
options for accomplished musicians who have an idea on the move
or complete beginners looking for imaginative ways to make sounds.

36 Edit photos on your iPhone


38 Photography apps
42 Art & Visual apps
48 Music & Sound apps

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CREATE Enhance photos

BETTER IMAGES

Edit photos on
your iPhone
Bring iPhoto-like functionality to your handheld Apple device

A
WHAT YOU’LL NEED lthough the iPhone is primarily balance, levels and rotation. See
● An iPhone or iPod touch intended for consuming media, www.mobile-pond.com for more
● iPhone OS 2.2 or later (OS 3.0+ innovative developers and their on the app’s capabilities.
required for email and copying apps ensure that an iPhone, iPod Photogene’s intended as an
to the clipboard) touch or iPad can also be used for accessible editing environment for
● Photogene 2.5+ many creative tasks. Currently, one of iPhone photographers while they’re
the most exciting creative sections of on the move; you can take a photo
the App Store is the Photography from within the app or you can grab
area, where there are dozens of one you took earlier via your Camera
fantastic and affordable apps for Roll in your Camera app.
editing and modifying photos on the While you can also import images
fly – often in a fraction of the time it from albums in your Photos app
would take to do something similar (thereby ensuring iPod touch users,
using a desktop app. who may not have a built-in camera,
In this tutorial, we’re using aren’t excluded from using
Photogene, a user-friendly, low-cost Photogene), be mindful that iTunes
app, which costs £1.19 at the time of reduces the size of photos sent to
going to press. Photogene brings to your device, which means they’re
your iPhone the kind of editing perfectly adequate for sending in
features you’re more likely to expect emails and viewing on a small screen, THE FULL EDIT Photogene is a complete image-editing app you
on your Mac in iPhoto – cropping, but not so great for printing out and can carry in your pocket. Crop, rotate and straighten your photos,
straightening, sharpening, colour sticking up as a poster! ● then adjust the colours or apply special visual effects

HOW TO… Improve an image in Photogene

1 Get started
In Photogene, you start with a simple menu
of options. Tap Take photo to snap a picture to
2 Import a photo
Let’s work on a photo you’ve already taken.
Tap Edit new photo, navigate to your chosen
3 Straighten your image
Tap the toolbar’s Rotate icon. Use the
buttons in the horizontal row to rotate or flip your
work on, Continue last session to work on an image and select it. The photo will load into image. Alternatively, drag the Straighten slider
existing in-progress edit, or Edit new photo to Photogene. Here, we’ve selected a photo of a underneath to straighten your photo, assisted
use a photo from the Photos app. fetching red postbox, but it’s wonky and dull. by the grid that appears.

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4 Enhance levels
Tap the fourth icon down. Select Levels
from the bottom toolbar and tap the Auto
5 Boost and amend colours
Tap Colors in the bottom toolbar and use
the sliders that appear to amend saturation and
6 Crop your image
Tap the Scissors icon at the top of the main
toolbar to access crop tools. Drag the crop area’s
button. Photogene will automatically adjust the colour. Boosting the former and dropping the corners for a live update of its dimensions. Tap
levels, adding punch to colours. Drag the sliders latter produces a nice effect on most images. Crop to confirm, or crop to a specific ratio via
to fine-tune its settings to your preferences. Tap RGB for channel-specific controls. the depicted menu.

7 Undo and reset options


Changed your mind? To undo or redo
multiple actions, use the icons towards the
8 Save your image
Once you’re happy with your changes, tap
the Tick icon at the bottom of the main toolbar
9 Share your photo
Photogene enables you to share images
with your friends. Re-enter the Done screen. Tap
bottom of the main toolbar. Effects are non- to enter the Done screen. Tap Save to save the Copy to clipboard to place the photo on the
destructive and can be removed by tapping image to the Camera Roll. Tap Resolution if you clipboard; otherwise, tap Share to share
Reset. Crop and straighten are reset as one. wish to amend the output size. the image via Twitter, Facebook or email. ●

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VIDEO FOR OLD iPHONES

Qik VideoCamera
£1.79 Get video recording on your pre-3GS iPhone!

W
ith Qik VideoCamera, anybody
can add video recording to the
3G iPhone. It shoots up to
15fps .mov videos and is packed with
features such as digital zoom, volume
and brightness boost and fun video
effects, which includes turning people’s
skin blue, so they look like Avatar’s
Na’vi. Video resolution is limited to
400x304 or 200x152 and it can be used

5
in portrait and landscape mode. Qik
contains its own gallery of clips, or you
can export them to your Camera Roll or
email them right from the app. Our
favourite feature though is the IP
address it generates, which you simply
type into your Mac’s browser to
download the videos wirelessly without
having to sync them to your iPhone.
Because of the inferior camera and
slower processor on older iPhones, the
FEELING BLUE Indulge your secret KEY INFO videos Qik produces will never compare Probably the best app for
Smurf fetish during a tea break UK price £1.79 Download size 3.9MB to the iPhone 3GS’s quality. In fact adding video recording to
US price $2.99 iPod touch compatible Yes they’re pretty poor, but it’s a lot better old iPhones – and good
Web qik.com Requires iOS 4.0 or later than having no video at all. ● value at £1.79!

STEADY CAMERA DELAY CAMERA

1Shoot QuadCamera
FREE May replace your built-in Camera app… £1.19 Embracing the iPhone’s snapper!

T L
he iPhone’s Camera app ong before the iPhone’s
is limited to firing the original camera was being
shutter when you press criticised, enthusiasts
a button on screen. 1Shoot, exploited the low-fi effects from
however, has three modes. In Holga and Lomo’s cameras. All
its most basic it lets you tap produced images with crazily
the whole screen to trigger the saturated colours and
shutter, and another mode lets prominent vignetting.
you set a five- or 10-second Now, that ability and more
timer. The most exciting feature, has come to the iPhone, and
uses the iPhone’s accelerometer it feels right at home. With
to gauge when you’re holding QuadCamera, you set a delay
the phone still enough to take between the shots, aim and
a good shot, then grabs it. press the trigger. The shots are
Pictures need to be reviewed taken and stitched together –
and added to the camera roll. you can choose between a 2x2,
It could use some in-app 4x1, 4x2 or 8x1 grid – then the
help, though, and you can’t use vignette is applied to each one.
the 3GS’s tap-to-focus feature You can use a range of other
to define a focus and exposure effects, and the sequential firing
priority point. ● adds an element of time. ●
HOLD STEADY KEY INFO KEY INFO TAKE YOUR
1Shoot UK price Free UK price £1.19 TIME
decides when QuadCamera
your hand is US price Free US price $1.99 creates a
steady Web 1shoot.wuonm.com Web artandmobile.com Lomography
enough to Download size 5.8MB Download size 1.0MB effect
take the shot iPod touch compatible Yes Useful features, but the interface The interface is a little odd, but the iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 3.1 or later is cryptic and you can’t tap to focus app exploits the camera well Requires iOS 4.0 or later

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PHOTO STITCHER

AutoStitch
Panorama
£1.79 Create stunning high-resolution panoramas

Y
ou can measure how them together to create
disruptive the iPhone seamless panoramas costs less
and the App Store can than the price of a takeaway
be when an app that takes latte. To put it in perspective, a
individual shots and stitches Mac app such as Stitcher costs

4
more than a 32GB iPhone 3GS
on a cheap tariff!
And the results are good,
especially as it really is all
completely automatic. Sure,
the differently exposed shots
sometimes create a slightly
patchy appearance, but we’re
completely sold. The app keeps
the originals so you can always
MULTISTITCH The app can stitch in vertical, horizontal or mixed arrangements
edit them in another program
This is terrific fun and and restitch. It can take a while KEY INFO
a great way to combat (particularly since you can create UK price £1.79 Download size 9.1MB
the iPhone camera’s lack SEAMFREE You can create hi-res panoramic high-res panoramas) but it’s US price $2.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
of wide-angle shooting images of up to 20 mega pixels easy, fun and cheap. ● Web www.cloudburstresearch.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later

PHOTO ENHANCER IMAGE EDITING

Photo fx Adobe Photoshop


£1.79 A capable image editor with great results
Express
P
hoto fx is no Photoshop-
wannabe – you’re limited FREE Quickly and easily edit your photos
to applying edits and

R
effects globally, and you can’t ather than being a full-blown
add more than one effect at a application in its own right,
time without saving the first Photoshop Express is a
round of changes to a new customised iPhone front-end for
image and then loading and Adobe’s online photo sharing and
manipulating the second editing website. The service offers
version – but it’s spectacular rudimentary photo fiddling (crop,
stuff nonetheless. straighten, rotate, flip), plus a
Effects are split into five beginner’s array of filters, effects,
sections, and you control how borders and colour balancing.
much each edit affects the The app takes the website data
image with an intuitive set of and filters it through an interface
sliders and presets. They look customised for Apple devices. It
good too, and while there’s not boasts more options than the Mill
much that can be done to fix Colour app – and more than makes
the disappointing results from up for the lack of photo-editing
the iPhone’s camera, we happily functionality from Apple. Share
recommend it. ● images at Photoshop.com. ●
EFFECTIVE KEY INFO KEY INFO EASY EDIT
Photo fx UK price £1.79 UK price Free Adjustments
offers an can be made
impressive US price $2.99 US price Free at the touch
choice of Web www.tiffen.com Web mobile.photoshop.com of a fingertip.
effects Download size 19.1MB Download size 6.6MB Obviously!
iPod touch compatible Yes Perfect for portraits, and some Image edits on the hoof; another iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 4.1 or later fun stuff too; useful and cheap boost to the iPhone’s abilities Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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CREATE Photography

CONTEXTAWARE IMAGE SCALING 3D MODELLING

Liquid Scale 3DVIA Mobile


£1.19 Smart-resize your pictures £1.19 Combine photos with 3D models

T T
ake the hassle (and here’s more to 3DVIA
scissors) out of cutting Mobile than dropping
your ex from your old virtual sofas into a picture
photos with Liquid Scale. of your living room and
Normally, when you scale an uploading it to mydeco.com.
image, everything scales in the The 3DVIA website encourages
same proportions. Liquid Scale its community to create and
lets you define areas – faces, say upload their 3D models online.
– that should be protected, and At the time of writing, there are
some that are expendable. over 20,000 models in the
When you drag the handles 3DVIA database and over
of the image to resize it, the 200,000 registered users.
expendable areas are collapsed, Need a render of an aircraft
while retaining the subject. or a dog? You can then drop
Photoshop itself only got this the models into your photos
feature in version CS4, so it’s and share them. As an
impressive to find it in an app. extension of the 3DVIA website,
However, some details can go it’s a must-have for community
‘wonky’, and, short of reverting members. You don’t need to
to the original saved pic, there’s be an expert, though – for
no easy undo. ● everyone else, it’s a bit of fun. ●
EDIT THE EX KEY INFO KEY INFO 3D HELP New
Cut out UK price £1.19 UK price £1.19 to all this? Go
elements of online to
your pic and US price $1.99 US price $1.99 check out the
merge the Web www.savoysoftware.com Web www.3dvia.com tutorial…
remainder Download size 1.3MB Download size 1.5MB
without iPod touch compatible Yes Astonishing tech, decent results; Incredible detail, affordable price iPod touch compatible Yes
distortion Requires iOS 3.0 or later another reason to love the iPhone and strong community element Requires iOS 3.0 or later

NOVELTY EFFECTS CARTOON CAPTIONS

CameraMagic Comic Touch


Effects £1.79 Add comedy captions to photos

P
ub nights out will never
£0.59 Add visual effects to your photos be the same again…
Comic Touch lets you add

B
illed as delivering visual effects four different types of speech
for the iPhone, this lightweight, bubble (speech, thought,
novelty compositing tool whisper or exclaim) to photos
comes with 214 objects that you from your library or taken fresh
can insert into your photos. All with your iPhone.
compositing is done with copies You can add a caption,
of your pictures, so your original control the size of the text, add
photos remain untouched. as many bubbles as you want,
It serves no serious purpose other and save or email the resulting
than to fulfil the ‘fun for five minutes’ image from your phone.
cliché. Despite boasting no less than You can also apply effects such
33 different royalty-free UFOs, as bulges, dents, pinches and
miscellaneous cloud, smoke and fire light tunnel effects, and there’s
effects, various aircraft, the space now a smudging tool, too; drag
shuttle and several kinds of missile, your finger around the screen
even birds and animals… you’re to move the focus of the effect.
unlikely to sit back and think that it’s It’s easy to email the results to
the best 59p you’ve ever spent. ● any of your contacts, too. ●
ADDON KEY INFO TOONTASTIC KEY INFO
ANTICS UK price £0.59 Add a little UK price £1.79
Digital comedy to
stickers for US price $0.99 your shots… US price $2.99
your pics Web www.addfone.com Web plasq.com
Download size 65.8MB Download size 1.9MB
iPod touch compatible Yes It’s fun and inexpensive – but the iPod touch compatible Yes A great, fun app – tap witty
Requires iOS 3.0 or later fun can only last so long… Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later captions on your photos for hours

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PHOTO WEIGHT GAIN FACE MANIPULATOR

FatBooth Face Melter


£0.59 A bit of fun or a dire geek warning? £1.19 Remember Power Goo?

R G
emember AgingBooth? o on! Take a picture of
The app that takes a shot someone’s face and shake
of family, friends and foes it about a bit. Mess it up
and makes them disturbingly and stretch it out of shape
wrinkly and old. using your finger to do the
Now comes FatBooth; it’s the distorting on the face of your
same basic idea, but this time it iPhone. It’s wicked and naughty
appears to add a few stone of but it’s just so much fun.
weight to people you shoot. It’s Make the boss look bug-
easy too: snap a portrait shot, eyed or give your loved-one
drag markers into place for bee-stung lips. Just do silly
eyes, mouth and chin, and things. When you’ve finished,
it does everything else save the result or undo your
automatically. The results are mischief with a quick shake of
genuinely rather good – and your iPhone. Your ‘adjusted’
the app copes well with glasses images can be animated to 25
and beards – though they’re frames per second, and the app
best when working on offers morphing movies, too! A
especially thin people. universally appealing app, just
Pictures can be shared by be wary about laughing too
email, Facebook or Twitter. . ● loud on the train home… ●
SUPERSIZE KEY INFO KEY INFO MELTDOWN
ME Thinking UK price £0.59 UK price £1.19 Improve an
of gaining a expression,
few extra US price $0.99 US price $1.99 or disfigure
pounds? Get Web www.piviandco.com Web www.facemelter.de a visage
FatBooth to Download size 6.6MB Download size 6.4MB
see how you’ll iPod touch compatible Yes Good results from the right photos. Buy it! You know you want to. Get iPod touch compatible Yes
look first Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later Guaranteed to get you to the gym some fun out of the iPhone camera Requires iOS 3.0 or later

ADDON YEARS RETRO LOOK

AgingBooth OldBooth Premium


£0.59 See what you’ll look like when you’re old £1.19 The best iPhone app ever. Maybe

T O
his app does one ldBooth’s concept is an
essentially frivolous thing, old one. It’s a 21st-century
but does it well. Its job is re-imagining of the
to age your photo so you can seaside cut-out that you stick
see how you’re going to look your head through to have your
after the ravages of time have photograph taken. The style
taken their toll. here though is more ‘vintage US
You either take a photo with yearbook’. Pick a gender and
the app (perfect for a night out choose a style for the photo.
with friends) or choose a You can then select a shot from
picture from your iPhone’s your library, or snap one with
photo gallery. Once the app has the iPhone’s camera.
detected the face in the photo From here you can pinch to
you manually adjust on-screen change the size of the shot, use
guides to fine-tune the position the rotate dial to get the angle
of the eyes and mouth, then let right, and adjust the brightness
AgingBooth do its work… The of both the shot and the
finished image is a terrifying template. Your efforts are saved
glimpse into the future. The to the camera roll, and can then
results are convincing but most be emailed or saved to your
faces get similar treatment. ● Mac or PC. ●
HELP THE KEY INFO KEY INFO BACK TO THE
AGED Snap UK price £0.59 UK price £1.19 FUTURE
a friend and Travel back
put 20 years US price $0.99 US price $1.99 in time and
on him! Web www.piviandco.com Web www.getapp.net see how you
Download size 8.7MB Download size 10.7MB might look in
iPod touch compatible Yes Good fun on a night out, but Superb! Make fun of your friends iPod touch compatible Yes another era
Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later you might not like the results! for endless entertainment Requires iOS 3.1 or later

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CREATE Art & Visual

PAINTING TOOL

Layers
£2.99 Unleash your creativity

T
here are countless painting
apps on the Store, but this
one’s special. It’s not just
that its surprisingly decent
natural media brushes (you get
10 to choose from) produce
some genuinely good results,
aided by a slider to control
opacity and an eyedropper
to suck up colour. As the name
suggests, it’s the fact that you

4
can add up to five layers, and
even export your creations as
layered PSDs, which makes this DIFFERENT STROKES Choose from 10 different
brushes then start erasing and smudging…
app stand out. You can even
choose a photo as a layer; just The square canvas and fixed
use the eyedropper or eraser pixel dimensions can feel a bit
and you can cheat at creating restrictive, and the limitations
decent stabs at art. of the iPhone platform – a lack
Download the Layers Replay of pressure sensitivity, plus a
Viewer and you can sync your small screen that necessitates
FINE LINE It’s easy to adjust how fine you want the brush stroke to be
drawings with your Mac, then controls having to be called up
KEY INFO replay your work, export as JPG separately with a shake of the Limited by the
UK price £2.99 Download size 5.4MB and PSD, and create QuickTime iPhone – can be irksome, but it’s iPhone itself, but
US price $4.99 iPod touch compatible Yes movies for sharing online with still a good app to satisfy those accomplished and fun
Web www.gotow.net Requires iOS 3.0 or later your friends. creative urges. ● for artists and kids alike

PHOTOSHOP CONTROLLER PAINTING TOOL

PhotoKeys Sketchbook Mobile


£1.79 A tool panel companion for Photoshop £1.79 A mobile version of SketchBook Pro

T T
his is ideal if you like the his painting and drawing
look of the Art Lebedev application can prove
Maximus keyboard (www. highly effective in the
artlebedev.com) but don’t fancy right hands. For starters,
spending $1,700 (£1,183). It’s Sketchbook Mobile provides a
designed as a companion to full-screen workspace, a 1,024x
Photoshop and gives you 682 canvas and a 2,500% zoom
access to many of the tools and for fine-detail work. If you’re not
commands from the main impressed by its 25 brushes,
screen and the Edit screen, colour swatches and colour
which controls selections, wheel, the ability to work across
stroke and the like. up to six layers is bound to
It works well, although the make you look twice.
concept is a little flawed; you Touchscreen control will
have to look carefully before never be as fine as a graphics
you can stab at the correct tablet, but that hardly matters;
button, and you can’t edit the you can export your artwork
layouts. Professionals should as a PSD file and touch it up
stick to learning the keyboard later. Test-drive the app by
shortcuts, but it might help downloading the free version,
Photoshop newbies. ● Sketchbook Mobile Express. ●
SHOP KEY INFO KEY INFO PAINT POWER
SHORTS UK price £1.79 UK price £1.79 You get the
Keep same paint
Photoshop US price $2.99 US price $2.99 engine as
commands Web mobilemouse.com Web usa.autodesk.com you do in
at your Download size 0.6MB Download size 8.1MB Sketchbook
fingertips iPod touch compatible Yes A nice idea, but you’re better Very capable features; again only iPod touch compatible Yes Pro…
Requires iOS 2.1 or later off learning keyboard shortcuts limited by the iPhone itself Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later

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COLOUR COORDINATOR

Color Expert
£5.99 Find the perfect colour mix in seconds

D
esigners across the world, and invited to spin around one
rejoice! This app does two ‘anchor’ colour, while others
things. First, it’s a reference change in relation to that colour.
library of colour swatches. You You can pick the relationship –
can choose between HTML or monochromatic, analogous,
web-safe colours, or access complementary, split
coated and uncoated Pantone complementary or triadic – and
and Pantone Goe swatches. Like you can choose whether the
us, you’re probably suspicious of colour wheel use the artistic red/
anything claiming to offer yellow/blue or the scientific red/
colour-accurate Pantone green/blue system. The result:

5
swatches on a display that hasn’t four other colours that match
been calibrated, but be prepared and complement your anchor
to be impressed. Viewed even colour in different ways… You
under fluorescent lighting, the can then examine these colours
colours on-screen were very – optionally matching them to
close to the chips in the Pantone equivalents – name
reference swatches we placed them and save them. You can
next to them. Sure, you should also send a rich email through
check with a proper swatch the iPhone’s Mail apps.
book before pressing Print, but it You can punch in RGB,
BEAUTIFUL Complement your anchor colour then send the results via email
proved plenty accurate enough Pantone or hex anchor values, or
Feature-rich and polished on our test iPhone 3G. even use the iPhone camera to KEY INFO
colour-picking app; proved The meat of the app, however, pick a colour. This last isn’t a very UK price £5.99 Download size 3.8MB
remarkably accurate as a is the colour mixing stuff. You’re accurate capture method, but US price $9.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
Pantone library, too presented with a colour wheel it’s good to have the option. ● Web www.code-line.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later

FONT IDENTIFIER PHOTO GRADING

WhatTheFont Mill Colour


FREE Find out if it’s Serif or Sans FREE Refine images with this photo-edit app

E L
ver looked at a page and ondon’s VFX outfit The Mill
wondered what font has has produced a photo-
been used? WhatTheFont editing app. Mill Colour is
turns your iPhone into a font part calling card, part image-
detective powered by MyFont’s grading mini-tool.
service of the same name. In the Mill’s own words, it
The theory is sound, but a “emulates primary grading
couple of things let it down. techniques used in a high-end
First, the back-end service isn’t digital suite”… What this means
infallible, and because it can’t in practice is that you can select
know all the fonts in the world, an image from your iPhone’s
you’ll sometimes slip one in photo library or take a new one,
that it can’t identify (it does then apply predefined styles to
offer close matches though). it – for example a warm golden
The main problem is the tone, or a washed-out 1970s
iPhone’s camera. It works fine palette look. If none of the
with the iPhone 3GS, but if you supplied filters suit your needs,
have the older 3G or 2G then you can always fiddle around
the lens can’t focus enough to with Lift, Gamma, Gain or
take usable images of anything Saturation to spit-and-polish
under 40pt. ● your favourite snaps. ●
FONT FAQ KEY INFO KEY INFO THROUGH
The mobile UK price Free UK price Free THE MILL
service Give your
connects US price Free US price Free photo a basic
directly to Web www.myfonts.com Web www.the-mill.com style, then
MyFonts’font Download size 0.2MB Download size 2.1MB fiddle further
identification iPod touch compatible Yes Good attempt and decent service, A very specific app but it does iPod touch compatible Yes with the
service Requires iOS 2.0 or later but the iPhone camera lets it down what it says on the tin very well! Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later colours

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CREATE Art & Visual

ANIMATION TOOL ANIMATION TOOL

Kineo Animation Creator


£1.79 Flip your finger-drawn masterpiece £1.19 Create your own moving sketches

T A
here are dozens of nimation Creator offers
sketching apps on the you a suite of sketching
iPhone, but this one is tools that enable you
a bit different – it’s the digital to draw and generate a short
equivalent of a flipbook. Draw animated clip, frame by frame.
a picture using your finger, tap The software supports frame
the lifted flap (bottom right) to positioning and rotation,
turn to a new page then draw zooming and panning, plus the
the next picture, using the now useful ‘onion-skinning’ feature
greyed-out image from the (which gives you the ability to
previous page as a guide. You see the previous or next frame
can flip through all your pages as a ghost image). However,
using the slider along the there are no starting templates
bottom, and tap the play icon and it’s quite a fiddly operation
to animate the series. Drawing just to get to the tools menu.
fine detail with your podgy At a push, it’s an app that
finger is tricky, though the might prove useful for
shake-to-undo feature is quite prototyping or pre-viz
nice. While you can save experimentation. Although
animations, unfortunately the ability to add sound would
you can’t export them. ● be a welcome feature. ●
FLIP IT KEY INFO KEY INFO SIMPLE
Just slide UK price £1.79 UK price £1.19 SKETCH A
to animate… variety of
US price $1.99 US price $1.99 options but
Web www.kineoapp.com Web www.red-software.com some basic
Download size 1.4MB Download size 2.4MB elements
iPod touch compatible Yes A fun way to animate your doodles; A number of great features but iPod touch compatible Yes could be
Requires iOS 3.0 or later lack of export options though no templates to get you started Requires iOS 3.0 or later better

ANIMATION TOOL 3D CREATOR

FlipBook iTracer HD
£2.99 Make your doodles come to life £1.79 3D modelling and rendering application

F 3
lipbook sells itself D modelling and
primarily as a mobile rendering on an iPhone?
animation tool and the Yes. Download iTracer and
results (in the right hands) can you can build simple 3D models
be impressive. Head to flipbook. or scenes and render them
tv to find The Flea Cannon from any viewpoint. It lacks the
Catastrophe, a shining example extended feature set of a fatter
of just how professional the desktop package, but iTracer
app’s animated content can be. boasts a material editor, opacity
For computer animators, and refraction effects, while
Flipbook has some merit as a multiple light sources can be
pocket pre-viz tool; you can set up for complex shadowing.
sketch a sequence from scratch It’s astounding to have even
or import photos from your half of these features on a
iPhone’s photo library and trace mobile device. The addition of a
over them. The toolset also 2D curve editor and support for
includes an onion-skinning generic triangle meshes with
feature, which shows a ghost per-vertex normals makes the
image of the next or previous price point an absolute steal.
frame. There’s a free Lite version You can also save the images
to try out, too. ● as PNG or compressed JPG. ●
TOP LEVEL KEY INFO KEY INFO MODEL APP
DOODLE A UK price £2.99 UK price £1.79 Great
great mix of functionality
control and US price $4.99 US price $2.99 and suitable
creativity Web www.flipbook.tv Web fabio.policarpo.nom.br for a range
Download size 0.9MB Download size 3.3MB of abilities
iPod touch compatible Yes A great starter for animating; The options are impressive yet the iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later we look forward to upgrades… app is surprisingly simple to use Requires iOS 3.2 or later

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MOVIE EDITING

iMovie
£2.99 A demo of the power of the iPhone, but limited

Y
ou can now shoot HD the app, and then arrange them
video, edit the clips into on a timeline. Tap a clip to bring
a movie with titles, up trimming handles; double-
transitions and a soundtrack, tap to add a title and remove
and publish it to the internet… audio. Clips can be rearranged
on a phone. Amazing. on the timeline, and you can
It’s a shame then, that this add a soundtrack from your iPod
app, technically only available (copyright nightmare!). You can
for the iPhone 4 (though some apply one of the themes with
have hacked it to run on some cool transitions. Finished
previous models) is so basic. projects can be exported to your

3
It reminds us of iLife 08; the camera from where you can
revamped iMovie app was fast upload to YouTube, for example.
and easy to use, but it wasn’t Frustratingly, even though the
until the enriched iLife 09 videos are in 720p, they get
version appeared that it became downsampled to 568x320 pixels
sufficiently capable for all but when published.
the simplest movie projects. There’s no option to split a
And we suspect that this will clip – though you could import
be the case with this app; it’s it twice and trim – and while
a great basic movie-editing soundtrack audio ducks, there’s
MOBILE MOVIE MOGUL Incredible ability yet we’d still like to see more…
engine, but it will only become no control over levels, fading or
It’s good enough, and compelling with future updates. looping. Also, it has a baffling KEY INFO
cheap enough, that it’s You can import video clips interface; many reviews on the UK price £2.99 Download size 35.1MB
worth buying, but we and still photos from your App Store criticise it for lacking US price $4.99 iPod touch Yes
hope for better later… camera, or shoot directly into features that are present… ● Web www.apple.com Requires iOS 4.1 or later

3GS MOVIE MANIPULATOR SCENE SETTING


Storyboard Composer can

ReelDirector
help to flesh out your
initial movie concepts

£2.39 Real video editing for professionals KEY INFO


UK price £11.99

A
full-blown video-editing US price $19.99
app on a mobile device? Web www.cinemek.com
Yes – with one catch: it’s Download size 2.1MB
only available for the iPhone iPod touch compatible Yes
3GS and iPhone 4, not the 3G. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
It enables you to stitch together
video clips with an intuitive MOBILE STORYBOARD

Storyboard
drag-and-drop timeline. You
can add audio by importing
your own music files or by

Composer
recording a voiceover. You can
also add text overlays using a
variety of fonts and styles. One
satisfied customer comments:
“I’m a director of photography £11.99 Mobile storyboarding and pre-viz tool
and last week I took some

S
videos and stills on my 3GS toryboard Composer is one of the it as a PDF. It’s all very
whilst on a recce for a film priciest apps here. But this mobile impressive, but Cinemek has
location. In the half-hour Tube storyboarding and pre-viz tool is missed a trick by not letting
journey back to the office, I had aimed squarely at professionals. The users export the rough-cut. ●
a rough edit of the scene…” ● app enables you to build a storyboard
AND CUT! The KEY INFO sequence using photos, directions and
ReelDirector UK price £2.39 pre-defined graphics. If you’ve taken
interface is
very easy US price $3.99 location shots with your iPhone, you
to use Web www.nexvio.com can import these images into the app,
Download size 9.2MB then drag them into a rough running Quite simplistic considering its
iPod touch compatible Yes A little limited on features but order, then add traditional elements. core audience but very useful
Requires iOS 3.1 or later does enhance 3GS capability You can export the storyboard and save for the ideas stage of a movie

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ZEN CREATIVITY PHOTO EFFECTS

Artisan Fluid FX
£0.59 Doodling with realtime fractal webs £1.19 Warp photos at the tap of a screen

A A
rtisan’s imagery is based utodesk is the biggest
on interacting with name in 3D animation
fractal webs that dance software, making
and swirl according to touch complex (and expensive) tools
(similar to EoD’s particle-based for the movie industry. Powered
app, Spawn Illuminati). You can by some of the technology
control the number of ‘breeders’ seen in programs like Maya,
to make the image more or less Fluid FX is simpler and fluffier in
complex. However, if you slow intent, offering a light-hearted
the web movement down you way to play with photos. You
can generate curvaceous, solid- just load a photo, choose your
looking 3D images, which can effect and run your finger
then be saved to your iPhone’s across the image. One effects
gallery (as long as you’re quick; set warps the photo in various
the images are constantly amusing ways, and works great
evolving) or uploaded to on portraits. A second set adds
the dedicated Flickr group. assorted particle effects over
Admittedly, it’s more of a your image, and can enhance,
novelty than a tool, but it say, a landscape photo. You
proves an aesthetically pleasing can save a still at any point or
way to while away the time. ● record a video (iOS 4.1 only). ●
SWIRL OF KEY INFO KEY INFO PIC PLAY
ART A visusal UK price £0.59 UK price £1.19 There are
feast that can effects and
prove quite US price $0.99 US price $1.99 there’s Fluid
addictive Web www.eodsoft.com Web usa.autodesk.com FX…
Download size 1.6MB Download size 8MB
iPod touch compatible Yes An inexpensive stress buster/ Great fun, and capable of some iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 2.1 or later time waster; improved menu amazing effects Requires iOS 3.2 or later

PRETTY POETRY MAGICAL MATHEMATICS

For All Seasons iFractal


FREE Create interactive pieces of text art FREE Mandelbrot and Julia sets

T N
his exercise in offbeat, ow you can explore the
monochromatic classic Mandelbrot and
animation has been Julia sets on your iPhone,
produced to such a professional zooming in and in and in to the
standard that it’s well worth a engaging equations, admiring
look. Ported from the desktop the repeating fractal structures
version, For All Seasons applies and the extraordinary levels of
various seasonal effects to a visual detail and response.
single page of black and white Of course, this isn’t just about
text and enables you to pan, the mathematical artwork – nor
zoom or rotate the view. is it about the various features,
For example, the Spring which include over 100 colour
setting transforms the words palettes, an animated zoom,
on the page into blossoming screenshot capture (and
vector flowers. The letters that export), plus a 3D view. It’s also
form the words act as petals for an amazing technology demo
each electronic flower and can that shows just what Apple’s
be sent spinning into the air hardware is capable of. The
with a deft finger-flick. The app ability to share and explore the
shows off the power of the fractals created by the users of
iPhone – for free. ● the app is a boon. ●
TEXT TEST KEY INFO KEY INFO HIGH VIS
You either UK price Free UK price Free Check out the
‘get this’app demo videos
or you don’t! US price Free US price Free on the
Web www.nanikawa.com Web iphone.alpheccar.org Alpheccar
Download size 0.3MB Download size 2.8MB website
iPod touch compatible Yes Incredible effects but might only Another addictive app that puts iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 2.0 or later appeal if the poetry strikes a chord the power of the iPhone on display Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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MELODY MAKER

Bloom
£2.39 Part instrument, part composition, part artwork

B
loom is an endless music by a full-screen subtly-coloured
machine – a music box for backdrop. Pressing the screen
the 21st Century. You can triggers the playing of lightly
play it, and you can watch it ‘clangourous’ tones – the nearer
play itself” – according to it’s the bottom of the screen you
co-creator Brian Eno. This is press, the lower the pitch – and
a neat summary for what is an expanding circular ‘ripple’
essentially an interactive effect graphic.
generative music application The application is effectively
from Eno and Peter Chilvers. The on a short recordable loop that
musical landscape is represented allows you to add more notes to

4
the piece, while a continuous
drone plays in the background.
Pitches are restricted to notes
within a pre-defined scale, very
much in the style of Eno’s
ambient works as you would
expect. A little more mood
variety would be appreciated…
This app may not be very
useful in the studio, but it is a
MESMERISING MOOD See if you’re you in tune with your creative side…
beautiful piece of sound and art
A truly pleasant iPhone work nonetheless. However, it KEY INFO
experience… step into would only really be worth the UK price £2.39 Download size 12.2MB
your own world of visual/ NO ABILITY REQUIRED You don’t need to be money for fans of Eno and US price $3.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
audio harmony a musical genius to create digital melodies generative music. ● Web www.generativemusic.com Requires iOS 2.2 or later

INTERACTIVE SCREENSAVER INTERACTIVE VISUAL

Spawn Illuminati Pulsar: Interactive


£0.59 Create, control… kiss time goodbye! Particle System
T
he idea behind Spawn
Illuminati is that it £0.59 Generate vibrant graphics
displays particles on the
screen that move around and Described as a portable visual
make pretty patterns, but you synthesiser, Pulsar is a particle physics
also have some control over app that responds to the way you
their behaviour. By pinching touch, swirl or flick the screen. It’s
various parts of the screen you obviously pointless: an idle
can affect the particles’ size, experiment with light, movement
colour, speed and tail length, and colour that spits 57 varieties
and if you tap and hold, they of sprite (from symbols to stars to
swarm towards and around fighter jets) across your mobile
your fingertip. A double-tap display. In terms of interactivity,
causes each one to burst into you can adjust the on-screen effects
a head of new trails. The using a selection of sliders. Gravity,
iPhone’s accelerometer is used explosiveness, sprite size, particle
to determine which way is count and edge behaviour can all
‘down’ and so the particles are be modified. The website is very
affected by a kind of weak helpful for starting out and you can
gravity, consistently dropping save some of your creations, but this
towards the ground. ● app’s appeal quickly wanes. ●
QUEUE UP! KEY INFO KEY INFO SLIDE SHOW
You’ll be UK price £0.59 UK price £0.59 Use your
looking for fingertips
a queue to US price $0.99 US price $0.99 and the slider
stand around Web www.eodsoft.com Web www.RGB.nu/pulsar to play with
in just for an Download size 4.6MB Download size 1.1MB your particles
excuse to play! iPod touch compatible Yes Pretty pattern maker that’s Entertaining but not necessarily in iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 3.0 or later simple but effective the ‘can’t stop playing’ bracket… Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later

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CREATE Music & Sound

PLAY ALONG Tap out TURNTABLE DRUM MACHINE


your own tune to the

Spoke
harmony provided

£1.19 Get with the beat

T
his cheap app from one of
our favourite developers
is so simple and effective
that we can’t believe no one
else has done it before. Spoke
uses a circular format with a
GENERATIVE MUSIC play head that rotates 360

Euphonics
degrees per bar. Each coloured
discs represents a different
drum sound. With no
quantisation or grid markers,
£0.59 Create your own layered tunes there are absolutely no
restrictions on the rhythms

T
he main screen is divided into KEY INFO you can create – so as you can
three sections: an arpeggiator, UK price £0.59 imagine, things can get pretty
a chord selector, and a keyboard. US price $0.99 rowdy! Tap tempo and four
These are used to control four musical Web www.frozenape.com loop-storage slots make Spoke
elements: a pad, a bass, an arpeggiated Download size 8.5MB a great performance tool. It’s
synth sound and a sampled piano. The iPod touch compatible Yes just a shame you can’t load
chord selector sets the tonality of the Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later custom samples. Maybe that’ll
pad and arpeggiator, and defines the appear in the next update… ●
bass note. The polyphonic piano- KEY INFO PATTER ON
playing keyboard only displays a single UK price £1.19 THE PLATTER
There’s no
octave, but the instrument has a three US price $1.99 restrictive
octave range. Euphonics is pretty Web thestrangeagency.com grid to adhere
simple and has a couple of interface Even those with limited talents Download size 1.1MB to, just free-
problems, but it’s a pleasing diversion can create music with this Easy to use, fun to play, addictive – iPod touch compatible Yes flowing beats
and cheap as chips – cheaper, in fact. ● affordable app in other words a good app! Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later

MUSIC GENERATOR DOODLE DITTY


Gliss looks good

Trope
and sounds great!

£2.39 Infinite Eno in your pocket…

D
o you love Brian Eno’s
ambient music? And do
you wish you had access
to an infinite Eno soundtrack in
your pocket? Welcome to Trope.
As you tap on the screen or
drag whirls of colour around, SOUND & COMPOSITION

Gliss
you can create a soundcape
that builds, loops and repeats in
an Eno-esque way. And it’s not
surprising really, as this app was
developed in collaboration with
the man himself. It can take
£1.79 The Sims invade your iPhone

C
some getting used to and it ategorising Gliss is so difficult that KEY INFO
doesn’t help that the different we’re probably best off leaving it UK price £1.79
moods and drawing shapes are to developers TeaTracks, who US price $2.99
so fancifully named that you describe the app as “a hybrid of Web www.teatracks.com
struggle to work out how to sequencer, game, instrument and Download size 2.4MB
create specific sounds or even generative music system”. iPod touch compatible Yes
particular moods – but it’s a Five colours represent notes, Requires iOS 3.0 or later
pleasant way to zone out. ● sequences and sounds, each of which
MUSIC KEY INFO can be triggered and sequenced
MEDITATION UK price £2.39 by drawing lines on the screen (full
Eno describes
Trope as US price $3.99 instructions at the website). The tempo
“more Web www.generativemusic.com and direction of play is controlled by
introspective, Download size 25MB tilting your phone, which is excellent Freeform music creation. It’s
more iPod touch compatible Yes No way to record, but that fits in fun and surprisingly powerful for really easy to create some
atmospheric” Requires iOS 2.2 or later with Trope’s ephemeral charm creating interesting loops. ● excellent sounds with this app

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01 02

03

Sweep your finger across the


01 04
screen and see what happens
to the sound and Bebot’s expression

You get a number of loaded


02
presets to chose from

Move the Pitch slider up


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or down to access higher
or lower notes

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Bebot’s charms? This is
one supercute robot

KEY INFO
UK price £1.19
US price $1.99
Web www.normalware.com
Download size 4.5MB
iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 3.0 or later

POLYPHONIC SYNTHESIZER

Bebot
£1.19 Part robot, part polyphonic synthesizer

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ometimes the simplest pitches to the nearest note and can instrument or simply an amusing audio
applications are the best, and restrict playback to a certain scale and toy – either way you’ll find it addictive.

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Bebot is no exception. Opening multi-touch lets you build chords. The quality of animation, by graphic
this app, you are presented with a retro- Basic effects include a variable designer Lily McDonnell, is excellent
graphic robot in a tux. Touch the screen feedback delay and overdrive section (T-shirts are available), and certainly
and he emits a ‘talking robot’ tone, with and what’s more the synth is broadens the app’s appeal.
pitch changes as you move from left to polyphonic. The app is highly It’s unlikely, but just in case you are
right, and a variable formant filter as customisable; you can make struggling to get started with Bebot,
you move upwards. Tap the screen for adjustments to effects (echo, chorus, check out the user manual (www.
one short note or keep it down to make and a warm, buzzy overdrive) or the normalware.com/bebotmanual) –
the sound last longer. Double-clicking scale itself. The ability to customise although it does advise to put the
on the bottom right of the screen the scale makes it easier to use other manual aside and just play around!
accesses three other synth modes instruments, and you can save presets. Alternatively, Jordan Rudess,
(including Sawtooth, Pulse, Sine and Bebot really scores in its immediacy keyboardist for the progressive rock
PWM) each with a small set of editing and yet it’s sophisticated enough to band Dream Theater, has put together May seem like a gimmick
parameters. For more accurate pitching be used on commercial projects. a video, that may well provide the but this is music creation
Bebot can show a graphical note grid Working musicians rate the app highly. inspiration you need (check it out with plenty of possibility
(with zoom). Autotune mode snaps You may see it as an inventive musical at www.youtube.com). ● and personality!

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WIND INSTRUMENT TAKE IT TO 11 You can pass


Thereminator through

Ocarina
your amp…

£0.59 Wind instrument for the iPhone

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mule Ocarina’s magical
appeal comes from its
clever use of the iPhone’s
microphone as a breath sensor.
Blow into the mic to play the
app, just like you would if you
were blowing into a real ocarina POCKET THEREMIN

Thereminator
(in case you’re not familiar, an
ocarina is an ancient instrument
that’s a bit like a flute). Vibrato
can then be applied by tilting
the phone. The result is a simple
app with a physical appeal.
£1.79 Sci-fi sound generator

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Once you’ve mastered your s Léon Theremin’s eponymous KEY INFO
ocarina technique, you can instrument approaches its 100th UK price £1.79
record your melodies and mail birthday, it seems fitting that it US price $2.99
them to your friends, play your should be brought into the 21st Web www.yonac.com
songs to other users on the century with an iPhone tribute. You can Download size 1.6MB
online community, or listen to drag your finger across the screen to iPod touch compatible Yes
the performance of others just play the instrument – horizontally to Requires iOS 3.0 or later
by hitting the globe icon. ● change the pitch, vertically to change
KEY INFO EVERY the volume – but the real fun comes
UK price £0.59 BREATH from switching on accelerometer
YOU TAKE
US price $0.99 Use your control; waving the iPhone around
Web ocarina.smule.com breath or to play a song seems to make perfect
Download size 5.1MB cover the sense. Built-in reverb and tremolo Select a wave and start playing
Simple yet effective – and with iPod touch compatible Yes holes to effects make Thereminator our pick – or select a wave and start
a real nod to social networking Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later make music of the virtual Theremins. ● waving the iPhone around!

MUSIC GAME ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENT

Leaf Trombone Melodica


£1.79 Music just got challenging… £0.59 A Tenori-on with 99.92% off the price!

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his app turns your iPhone ou may not have heard
into a trombone. Albeit, of of the electronic musical
the forest variety… You instrument called Tenori-
blow into the microphone at on, but you can get a not-quite-
the bottom of the phone to as-good software version for
produce a note, and move the your iPhone. (Which is just as
slider on the on-screen leaf (a well, as a real one costs around
bit like a party blower) to £750.) It presents you with a
change the pitch. grid of squares; tap them to
The community is working to light them up. It ‘plays’ in a loop,
create more music for your leaf from left to right, sounding a
trombone; it’s similar to Guitar note when the playhead hits
Hero in that little leaves stream one of the activated squares.
into view telling you where to It’s no good for serious
position the slider and when to composition, of course, and
blow. The result is dependent though you can save creations
on the skill of the player. The within Melodica, there’s no way
best bit is that you can perform to export them. But it’s almost
on a world stage where other impossible to create a tune that
users can log on, listen to you, doesn’t sound great in a quirky
and rate your performance. ● Japanese way. ●
TROMBONE KEY INFO KEY INFO LIGHTS,
CHALLENGE UK price £1.79 UK price £0.59 ACTION! Go
You may start random or
in a casual US price $2.99 US price $0.99 draw a shape
style, but Web www.smule.com Web www.candycaneapps.com then listen to
things will Download size 5.3MB Who cares if soaking your dock Download size 29.7MB the musical
soon turn iPod touch compatible Yes connector in spittle voids your Fun for kids of all ages; would be iPod touch compatible Yes interpretation
competitive Requires iOS 3.0 or later warranty? It’s fun! great to get tunes out of the app Requires iOS 2.2 or later

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ELECTRONIC DRUMKIT ELECTRONIC DRUMKIT

iDrum InstantDrummer
From £0.59 A choice of styles for this drumkit £1.79 Six variations on a drumming theme

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rom 59p, iPhone users ore fun than playing
can get a mobile taste of along to a metronome
iZotope’s excellent iDrum, but not quite as flexible
a simple and customisable as a full drum machine,
drum-sequencing program for InstantDrummer allows songs
Mac and Windows. The app is to be pieced together from a
available in several versions to selection of patterns. Each
suit a variety of genres, from section can be adjusted using
club to 8-bit. There’s even a controls for ambience, variation,
beatbox edition! The editions intensity and gain. Like iDrum,
by big-name producers are this app is offered in a choice of
particularly worth checking editions. Heartbreaker includes
out; the Wu Tang Clan’s RZA drum patterns recorded by
contributes a New York hip hop Death Cab For Cutie’s Jason
version, while Major Lazer offer McGerr, while AirWrench and
up their blend of electro Combustion feature Nashville
reggae. The option to export session drummer Tony Morra.
drum patterns as ringtones is You could use InstantDrummer
also a cool touch, and you can for backing tracks, but we think
exchange projects with the it’s best for keeping you in time
desktop version of iDrum. ● during practice sessions. ●
CHOOSE YOUR KEY INFO KEY INFO VARIETY ACT
STYLE iDrum UK price From £0.59 UK price £1.79 each The six
editions editions on
include US price From $0.99 US price $2.99 each offer range
contributions Web www.izotope.com Web sonomawireworks.com from rock to
from some Download size Varies Download size Varies country
big-name iPod touch compatible Yes Great quality, especially if you’re Simpler than iDrum, but a nicer iPod touch compatible Yes
musicians Requires iOS 3.1 or later looking for dance and club beats variety of styles across editions Requires iOS 3.0 or later

A GRAND IN YOUR POCKET GUITAR SIMULATOR


Just slide your fingers to

iShred
roll along the keys

£2.99 Music notepad for guitarists

G
reat for those infuriating
moments when you have
a killer riff in your head
but no guitar to hand, iShred:
Guitar & Effects is an all-in-one
guitar simulator app that allows
KEYBOARD you to play an on-screen axe

Virtuoso Piano
through virtual stomp boxes
and an amp simulator.
A huge built-in library
of chords, scales and songs
£0.59 Tinkle your iPhone ivories provide the inspiration, while
effects including distortions,

W
ith seven octaves of sampled KEY INFO delay, dual chorus and a wah
grand piano ready and waiting UK price £0.59 are all on hand. Once you’ve
at your fingertips, Virtuoso US price $0.99 finished punishing the
Piano is one of the most authentic Web www.peterbmusic.com fretboard, hit Record, play your
piano apps on the market. A built-in Download size 32.8MB song and then share it online or
metronome, basic reverb and recorder iPod touch compatible Yes save and export as an audio file.
(with overdub capability) add some Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later Also offers support for left-hand
reasonable extra functions. There’s guitarists, too. ●
nothing particularly groundbreaking TO GREAT KEY INFO
about Virtuoso Piano, but it’s a solid EFFECT You UK price £2.99
won’t find
piano app at a great price. It’s also yourself short US price $4.99
worth checking out the Virtuoso Piano of effects Web frontierdesign.com
Celesta for iPhone, which offers similar A really good piano sound, with iShred Download size 20.4MB
features but with four octaves of celesta some useful features, and iPod touch compatible Yes A challenge to some more costly
samples instead of piano. ● a truly affordable price Requires iOS 3.0 or later desktop applications…

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01 02

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The piano might only be two


02 01
octave but it sounds great,
and the Multi-Touch display means
you can play complex chords

As well as the cheaters’Funky


02
Drummer module, there’s a
pretty complete drum kit as well

Use Band’s recording features


03
to layer up a rich recording, or
just bash down a few notes for
on-the-hoof inspiration

Band lets you create your


04
own tracks easily with the
instruments it puts on your iPhone’s
screen, including piano, bass guitar
and drum kit

KEY INFO
UK price £2.39
US price $3.99
Web moocowmusic.com
Download size 8.9MB
iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later

VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTION

Band
£2.39 Not the most useful app, but guaranteed to bring a smile to your face

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nyone who watched the iPhone- in minutes. The multitrack recording comments found online, it’s a problem
centric keynote at WWDC means you can layer on more detail – experienced by other users. Professional
(Worldwide Developers the ‘audience’ instrument is perhaps our drummers and musicians, beware: this

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Conference) back in 2008 – it’s at www. favourite here, overdubbing the sounds is not a tool that you can use to keep
apple.com/quicktime/qtv/wwdc08 if of cheering and applauding fans on your hand in when you’re on the road,
you’re interested – will know about this your mini-masterpiece – and keep but the ability to knock out and save
stunning little app. It’s not, we’ll grant re-recording until you get it right. The a tune is handy for when inspiration
you, the most useful of tools, but it’s instrument recording and management strikes. You might want to check out
huge amounts of fun and is a great system is a little clunky, and we’d like to MooCow’s other app options, such as
way to show off the iPhone’s tech. see a little more care taken over the Pianist or Guitarist, if you’re looking for
Essentially, it puts a bunch of polish of those screens that aren’t more accurate instruments.
different instruments on the screen instruments, but these are quibbles. It’s easy and fun, though, and while
that you can play, record, overdub and The one criticism that really matters it’s unlikely ever to be more than a
more. Some – the piano, bass guitar here is that it can be difficult to get your diverting novelty, we reckon it’s a
Do not buy this app to and drum kit – are facsimiles of real timings right. Work with the system for couple of quid well spent. If you’re not
make great music. Do buy instruments, but our favourite is the an hour or two, and you’ll anticipate the sure about splashing your cash though,
it to keep you and your 12-bar blues instrument with which you beat correctly, but we did get frustrated you can always check out the video at
friends entertained! can build your own 12-bar blues track when we first picked it up. Judging by moocowmusic.com. ●

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ANALOG STYLE SYNTHESIZER

bleep!Synth
£2.99 Top technology that’s surprisingly ease to use

T
he interface offers navigation of
sound generation, motion control,
global parameters, live playback
and sequencer. Parameter editing is
cleverly arranged to make the most of
two-handed input; a virtual scroll wheel
fits under your thumb, while a trigger
pad can be used to play sound.
The three-voice synth is great; its
ability to work polyphonically suits

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gated strings and evolving pads, and it
includes excellent routing possibilities.
Switch between editing the parameters
for the two oscillators, three two-stage
envelopes, single filter or modulation
options. Each set of parameters appear
as a list of sliders, and while they’re easy
to modify, the program doesn’t seem to
recognise more than two touches at a
time. The highlight of this app is the
user-defined matrix in Play mode. Notes
Offers the kind of features are triggered from a grid of buttons, KEY INFO SWING FOR IT The 16-step sequencer
you’d expect to see on and when combined with one of the 21 UK price £2.99 Download size 12.9MB includes trigger probability and
swing and we like the user-defined
expensive software different scales on offer, the output can US price $4.99 iPod touch compatible Yes matrix of the Play mode
synthesizers sound unusual and fantastic. ● Web www.bleepsynthapp.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later

MONOPHONIC SYNTHESIZER

Argon
£1.19 Create new sounds with fantastic editing control

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rgon is a three-oscillator
subtractive monosynth.
Oscillator waveforms include
sawtooth, square wave, sine and white
noise, plus a formant oscillator for
vocal-style effects. Frequency
modulation, three LFOs and a resonant
multi-mode filter with low-pass slopes
allow thousands of timbres. There are
64 presets, with a further 512 user

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preset slots available.
Argon’s step sequencer allows
complex patterns to be set up and
played like a customisable arpeggiator.
It’s a great way of creating riffs with
ease. The clipboard feature allows
Argon audio data to be copied and
pasted into compatible apps. The copy
and paste function is finally starting to
emerge as an inter-app standard,
allowing you to create loops and
With so many features to patterns and then send them to KEY INFO MODULATE TO ACCUMULATE
choose from, Argon is one Beatmaker for use in your sequences. UK price £1.19 Download size 0.9MB The range of sounds you can
create is staggering
of the best monophonic Once you start doing it, you won’t US price $1.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
synths for iPhone believe you ever managed without it. ● Web iphone.icegear.net/argon Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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MODULAR SYNTHESIZER

Jasuto
£3.99 (Pro); £1.79 (Classic) Fully functioning modular synthesizer

I
f you’re looking for a synth app with
instant results, you’re going to be
disappointed. However, once you get
the hang of the basic structure, you’ll
find that Jasuto is capable of creating
incredible sounds. The mixture of
subtractive, additive and granular
synthesis plus sample playback, effects
and sequencing make Jasuto one of our
favourite iPhone apps.

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Jasuto’s huge range of modules
(known as nodes) includes samplers,
oscillators, filters, envelope generators,
effects and sequencers, so you’ll need
to know the basics of synthesis to get
the best results. It’s easiest to start by
modifying some of the demo patches,
but you’ll soon figure out how to
construct from scratch, linking nodes
and moving them around. The range
of sounds is mind-blowing and the
PITCH PERFECT Put the time in to KEY INFO sequencer allows you to trigger Truly remarkable to find
learning what to do (download the UK price £3.99/£1.79 Download size 9.1/8.2MB patterns from within the app. We such high-end technology
PDF manual from the website) and
you will be rewarded for your efforts US price $6.99/$2.99 iPod touch compatible Yes strongly recommend the Pro version, working so well on the
Web www.jasuto.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later which pushes to the next level. ● humble mobile phone

INSTRUMENTAL Not just SESSION MANAGER


a piano face… The technoBox comes with a
Pianofly app offers a session manager which
huge bank of instruments allows you to load or save
work in realtime without
stopping the sequencer

SCROLLING KEYBOARD VIRTUAL STUDIO

Pianofly technoBox
£1.79 Part piano, part synthesizer £2.99 Authentic emulation in your pocket

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ianofly’s very simple interface KEY INFO echnoBox, a 303 and 808/909 KEY INFO
hides a surprisingly powerful UK price £1.79 sequencing app comes with top- UK price £2.99
FM synth with plenty of editing US price $2.99 notch credentials coming from US price $4.99
options. You can either pick a preset to Web minimusic.com AudioRealism, the makers of ABL2 and Web www.audiorealism.se
play with or create your own sounds Download size 0.5MB ADM, a 606,808 and 909 drum machine Download size 2.8MB
from scratch. One of the app’s cleverest iPod touch compatible Yes emulator. In terms of its ABL-derived iPod touch compatible Yes
features is the way that it overcomes Requires iOS 2.0 or later 303 programming, technoBox is a Requires iOS 3.0 or later
the limitations of the iPhone’s small winner, with much of the possible
screen. Dragging your finger along the squelch and depth that you require. The
screen slides the keyboard along, drum section is fine-sounding, with a
meaning that you can move up or choice of 808 or 909 soundsets, but
down the piano as you play rather than there is nothing in the way of sound
being limited to a single octave or We like the ability to play an parameter editing here. This application 303 bass, 808 smooth and 909
having to stab a tiny button. It’s a neat entire keyboard – although is simple, effective and looks great, but punchy – a great combo for
solution, if occasionally a little fiddly. ● it’s easy to slide accidentally it does lack some desirable features. ● easy to use sequencing

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MUSIC PRODUCTION

Music Studio
£8.99 Complete music production sequencer

T
his is a fully fledged sequencer
with a slick interface. The
Keyboard page enables you to
play two instruments simultaneously
by splitting the screen; the iPhone
touchscreen excels here and you can
play some surprisingly complex parts.
Music Studio uses sampled instruments
rather than synthesized sounds, with a
selection of 21 presets to choose from

4
(including pianos, drum kits, organs,
brass, guitar, etc). The drum sounds are
good, although it’s a shame they use a
keyboard interface – pad-style input
would’ve been preferable. The Tracks
page offers mixing and editing of up
to 128 tracks, and Music Studio has
excellent sequencing capabilities with
great attention to detail.
Finally, the Effects page offers a basic
but useable reverb, tempo-synced
Search the internet and delay, three-band EQ and amp KEY INFO PLAY IT AGAIN When inspiration
you won’t find a bad user simulator with adjustable overdrive. UK price £8.99 Download size 228MB strikes capture the sounds on
Music Studio’s intuitive yet
review – for good reason, Each of the effects can be applied to US price $14.99 iPod touch compatible Yes comprehensive sequencer
there’s a lot to this app the master out or used for FX sends. ● Web www.xewton.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later

TECHNO MICRO COMPOSER

ReBirth
£3.99 Relive the early days of computer music

T
here are two ways to view
Propellerhead’s port of the
seminal ReBirth. The first is as
a new music production benchmark
for the App Store. The second is as a
rather ill-fitting fingermare that users
will frequently find frustrating.
Both are right… The interface scales
smoothly but not ‘pleasantly’ – it’s
bitmapped rather than vector-based,
resulting in blurry text and fuzzy knobs

3
at high zoom. And no concessions have
been made in terms of making it ‘fit’ the
iPhone – it’s literally the Mac/PC version
shrunk down.
But ultimately, and considering the
price, none of that really spoils the
party. This is ReBirth – two 303s, an
808, a 909, the Pattern Controlled Filter,
the compressor, the delay, the step
sequencing, the song mode… There
are even five user mods included with KEY INFO DANCE TRANCE Step back into
Indulge yourself in Techno, the software (the mighty PBE among UK price £3.99 Download size 16.5MB 1997 with Propellerhead’s ReBirth
Electro, House, Hip Hop, them), while you also have the ability US price $6.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
Electronica… to share your projects online. ● Web www.propellerheads.se Requires iOS 3.1 or later

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MOBILE DJ SOFTWARE SCRATCH THAT Stuck in


a queue? Why not perfect

Cue Play DJ
your turntable technique
while you wait…

£5.99 An industry standard DJ interface

D
utch trance legend Ferry
Corsten knows a thing or
two about DJing, so his
involvement with this DJ app
instantly grabbed our attention.
The result, Cue Play DJ, is a real
winner, with the use of Wi-Fi TURNTABLE

Flare Scratch
for track uploading and mix
streaming a particular highlight.
The app features virtual knobs
and sliders, crossfading,
simultaneous playback of two
tracks and auto BPM detection.
£2.99 DJ app with iPod library access

T
The latency issues that Wi-Fi he little brother to the iPad’s KEY INFO
connections suffer from means Baby Decks app, Flare Scratch is UK price £2.99
that regular headphone definitely worth considering in its US price $4.99
monitoring isn’t possible, but a own right. It’s aimed squarely at scratch Web www.async-games.com
number of different headphone DJs, with just one deck on screen. Load Download size 6.4MB
mix options make it easy to get files from your iTunes library (or upload iPod touch compatible Yes
the hang of this slightly your own MP3/AAC/WAV files via Wi-Fi) Requires iOS 3.0 or later
different approach. ● and cut, tear and transform to your
KEY INFO MIXING heart’s content. The responsive deck is
UK price £5.99 MADE excellent, but a slightly larger volume
EASY
US price $9.99 Cue tracks fader would be nice.
Web www.capsulatedsoftware.com on your Flare is a simple but highly effective
Download size 76.9MB iPhone turntable simulator that can be used to The iTunes access has really
Whether you DJ professionally or iPod touch compatible Yes add realistic scratch sounds to tracks. upped the ante on this fun app;
as a hobby, this is a good value app Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later Put the needle on the record… ● Facebook upload next please…

VISUAL MP3 MIXER AUDIO/MOTION MUSIC

Touch DJ 2 RjDj
£11.99 Multi-deck visual DJ tool FREE Reactive music at your fingertips

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ouch DJ solves the iPhone his is not your
cueing conundrum using conventional DJ app!
real-time waveforms on Reality Jockey’s game-
screen – ‘visual mixing’, if you changing RjDj is an augmented
like. We’re not convinced that reality music app unlike
mixing without listening anything else. Load a ‘scene’
is the right approach for and discover how the music
everyone, but it’s a novel way to reacts to inputs such as finger
do things. Auto BPM and beat gestures, phone movement and
detection make things a little ambient sounds. No musical
easier, while three-band EQ, low knowledge is required. Each
pass filters and a handful of scene has its own set of sounds,
very basic effects increase your allowing you to create your
sonic options. Unfortunately, own unique arrangements of
the slightly high price puts everything from hip hop to
Touch DJ 2 at a disadvantage dub. Downloadable packs allow
against its direct competition. you to add new scenes. You’ll
You’ll need the AudioSync find that music becomes
facility in place to (http:// software and software becomes
amidio.com/dj/) to upload music in an inspirational
your own tunes. ● multisensory experience. ●
KEY INFO SPACE KEY INFO SET THE
UK price £11.99 INVADERS UK price Free SCENE You
Or Touch DJ 2? can download
US price $19.99 The interface US price Free more free
Web amidio.com is futuristic Web www.rjdj.me and paid for
Download size 186MB and a little Download size 53.4MB scenes from
Suitable for amateurs and iPod touch compatible Yes ‘busy’ Easy, addictive, and extendable iPod touch compatible Yes the RjDj store
professionals, at quite a pro price Requires iOS 3.1 or later through new scenes: we like Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later

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CHORD LIBRARY GUITAR TUNER

Chordmaster Guitar Toolkit


£1.19 Strike a chord… £5.99 An essential tool for any guitarist

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t’s time to say goodbye to nyone who owns both
your dog-eared chord book. a guitar and an iPhone
Select a Major, Minor, should buy this app. Its
Dominant or Diminished root main function is as a chromatic
note, dial in your chosen tuner but it also features a
intervals and Chordmaster metronome (with 13 sound
will display the fingering. effects and 12 time signatures),
Choose from left- and right- a list of scales for each note and
handed diagrams for over a chord look-up function – with
7,500 chords – quickly switch a library of over 500,000 chords!
between different positions on The tuning feature works well;
the neck and play the strings to by default, it does standard
hear how each chord sounds in EADGBE tuning, though there’s
digital audio. Chordmaster is a bewildering array of
an excellent tool. Sadly there alternative tuning modes to
are no augmented chords choose from if you’re feeling
included in the database, but experimental. Guitar Toolkit
otherwise this well priced app provides support for six- and
can’t be faulted. Great for 12-string guitar, four-, five- and
beginners but suitable for any six-string bass, banjo, ukulele
level of guitar enthusiast. ● and mandolin. ●
KEY INFO DON’T FRET KEY INFO THE RIGHT
UK price £1.19 Chordmaster UK price £5.99 NOTE The
will show you Guitar Toolkit
US price $1.99 the correct US price $9.99 interface
Web www.planetwaves.com finger Web agilepartners.com looks really
Download size 8.2MB position Download size 9.1MB professional
A genuinely useful learning iPod touch compatible Yes Encompasses all the elements iPod touch compatible Yes
tool for budding guitarists Requires iOS 3.1 or later any guitarist might need Requires iOS 3.0 or later

TAB READER

TabToolkit
£5.99 A vital tool for the aspiring guitarist

T
he internet is awash with free tab
files showing you how to play
your favourite songs on a guitar,
and TabToolkit does a good job of
bringing them to life on your iPhone.
You transfer tab files to your iPhone
via Wi-Fi. TabToolkit does a decent job
of displaying plain text tab files, but the
fun starts with the Guitar Pro and Power
Tab files, which it can play. They contain

5
both tab and standard musical
notations and a guitar fretboard or
keyboard shows you which frets to
finger as the song plays. At any
moment you can pause to move
forward and backward, should you
need extra help with the difficult bits,
or select a different instrument.
The concept works beautifully on
iPhone – just plonk yourself down on
the sofa with your guitar and prop the
If you’re a guitar player iPhone on a cushion. Being able to loop KEY INFO SWITCH IT With the Tab Toolkit, you
and iPhone owner then a section of tab would be a welcome UK price £5.99 Download size 9.8MB can switch between instruments –
you can also hear as many as 112
the TabToolkit app is a feature, but we’re impressed with US price $9.99 iPod touch compatible Yes instrument voices simultaneously!
vital purchase what’s offered here already. ● Web agilepartners.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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EXPLORE
W
hether it’s the daily commute or a trip around the world,
travelling has been changed profoundly by the iPhone. Now
you can check train times or plan your route through the
London Underground as you travel, not before you leave. You can
also get up-to-the-minute weather forecasts, plan a day out or carry
a phrasebook in your pocket. But the biggest impact the iPhone has
had on travel is its ability to use satellite-based navigation. Here, we
test several of the major sat-nav apps you can buy, as well as finding
out what they’re really like to use…

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Sat-nav on
the iPhone
There’s a healthy choice of apps that promise to turn your
iPhone into a sat-nav. We test five options to find out how
they, and the iPhone itself, perform while on the move

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hen it was announced that the healthy choice of location-aware
iPhone 3G had a proper GPS navigation aides for iPhone, from
chip inside it (the original simple free tools like OffMaps to the
could only work out its location very full-blown counterparts to sat-nav
roughly by looking at which cell phone devices that we’re looking at here.
masts were nearby), we got very iPhone’s built-in Google-powered Maps
excited at the prospect of using the app shouldn’t be overlooked, either;
iPhone as a turn-by-turn satellite updated for iOS 4, it offers directions for
navigation system. The idea that you routes by car, by public transport or on
could jump in your car, slot the iPhone foot, with the GPS chip monitoring your
into a cradle and have it direct you to progress along the route.
your destination, guided by billions of All the same, most serious travellers –
dollars of satellite infrastructure, was and motorists in particular – will look
beguiling. Especially since even the to specialist apps that fulfil the
cheapest standalone sat-nav device role of a sat-nav device. The
costs more than £100… map graphics are designed
The dream took a little while to for clear legibility while
become reality, but there’s now a driving; there are

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SUCK IT AND SEE The EasyPort


often services such as speed camera
window sucker, part of the TomTom databases and live traffic alerts; and SIGNAL STRENGTH Mounting the iPhone above the dash is best for reception
Car Kit for iPhone the maps are typically stored on your
iPhone, so you don’t need the constant leap. Although the iPhone’s screen Voice prompts could be the answer –
internet connection that Maps requires. seems a generous size when it’s in your but sadly, the built-in speaker on all
Many of this class of app are adapted hand, it can seem a little on the dinky iPhone models to date is too weedy to
from proprietary products where the side in the interior of a car, and we’d be be used. It’s fine for hands-free calling
software is built into the device you happier if the screen was just a little at your desk, but at the volumes
buy: TomTom is the best-known bit brighter… necessary for spoken instructions to be
example. That means the hardware is The biggest issue, however, is that heard above the noise of the engine
specifically geared towards sat-nav, you need to position your iPhone in and the tyres on the road, the audio
whereas the iPhone is designed to be your car in a safe position where you can get unpleasantly distorted.
a phone first and foremost. So if you’re can see it comfortably. The problem is Power is also an issue. Any iPhone
considering a navigation app, it’s worth that there are relatively few iPhone car fulfilling the role of a sat-nav needs a
being aware of how the iPhone mounts available, and some of those constant supply of power for all but
performs as a sat-nav device. that we’ve tried are ungainly and the shortest of journeys. The big, backlit
There are, you see, some significant inelegant for sat-nav. General-purpose screen itself is pretty power-hungry:
issues before you make the sat-nav in-car solutions such as the otherwise you don’t normally keep it on
excellent Belkin TuneBase FM with continuously, but you’ll notice
It’s worth being aware of how the Hands-Free are fine, but because the
cradles plug direct into the lighter
significant battery drain when it’s
displaying a map constantly. And,
iPhone performs as a sat-nav device. socket, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able
get the screen into a position that’s safe
of course, it takes a lot of power to drive
the GPS circuitry that’s keeping a lock
There are some significant issues to use when driving. on the satellites. Standalone sat-nav

HOW WE TESTED...
On the road, in the car
As well as testing the five apps here, we set
ourselves a challenge. We defined five different
waypoints around the city of Bath, beginning at
Royal High School. Then we asked the system to
find a local petrol station as a point of interest
(POI), which they all did. Next, we wanted to test
postcode look-up, so we entered the postcode of
Prior Park, a local landmark; here, some stumbled
through, not supporting full postcode look-up.
Then it was off to the train station: the TomTom
CoPilot Live Navigation for Western
and Mobile Maps apps tried to take us down a UK & Ireland Europe – iGO My Way 2009
road that was closed except for access. From the £19.99/$32.99 £39.99/$69.99
station, we tried an address in our contacts; some Frankly, we’re impressed. At half the price of This app was a real disappointment, even though
failed to parse it, and some tried to route us via bigger names, you’d be forgiven for thinking that its provision of maps Western Europe makes it
a road that’s always closed to traffic between it had fewer features. In fact, this was one of our seem like good value. It’s not just that the
10am and 6pm. favourites. The basic route-finding functionality interface is clumsy; it also fails in some pretty
Of course, it would be wrong to extrapolate worked great, though it did try to take us up a basic tasks. You can’t enter postcodes, for
performance for other locations based on this road that was closed to cars at the time. We liked example, making entering of destinations
sample, but it does indicate some of the problems how, at the end of a journey, it asked us if we unwieldy. Although it was tested in the same
you may encounter with some apps. wanted to add another destination, and that it circumstances as the others, it sometimes lost its
ducked background audio during spoken satellite lock. Instructions were often confusing,
instructions. The user interface is gaudy, but well and we had to take the iPhone out of our car kit
engineered to save on-screen clutter. to relaunch the app.

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devices use a lot of power as well, of


course – but you don’t expect your sat-
nav to be ready to make calls and send
emails when you get to your destination.

Kitted up
Happily, these problems can be easily
solved, albeit at a price. The reception-
boosting TomTom Car Kit may cost an
eye-watering £99.95, but for our money
it’s an essential purchase. The locking
window-sucker, which is the same
EasyPort device used in the current
crop of TomTom sat-navs, is smart and
reliable, and enables you to place the
iPhone exactly where you want it. It lets
the whole thing pivot through 360
degrees, so you can flip your iPhone
easily into portrait or landscape
orientation. (This has the bonus of
allowing the power cable to trail the
correct way; usually, right-hand drive
cars have to double back the cable.)
The Car Kit also has a built-in
speaker: spoken sat-nav prompts
have plenty of volume, although music
sounds no more than workmanlike. You
can use it for hands-free calling too – it U-TURN No matter how efficient
includes a microphone, and does a your GPS system is, there’s bound
decent job. to be the occasional error
The only real drawback with the devices cluttering up our lives gets competition driving innovation, with
TomTom Car Kit is its price. Given that our vote. It’s great to arrive at your price comparisons for nearby petrol
you’re going to have to add a sat-nav destination with a fully charged battery, stations and even local advertising
app as well, it’s a costly proposition on and unexpected perks such as the promotions, giving you a discount for
top of the iPhone itself, given that you ability to navigate to contacts already a local restaurant, for example. iOS 4’s
can get an all-in TomTom device for synched to your device rather than in-app purchasing is already leading to
£120 or less. laboriously entering them by hand useful add-on services and features,
is most welcome. and the pace of iPhone development
Worth the effort What’s more, this is just the means we shouldn’t have to wait too
If all of this sounds overly negative, it’s beginning. Although some apps use long for much better sat-nav. ●
just because we want you to be aware the iPhone’s wireless 3G internet
of the drawbacks. The experience of
using your iPhone as a sat-nav is
connection to supply live traffic
updates (a service you normally have to
The experience of using your iPhone
generally excellent, especially if you pay extra for), none of them really take as a sat-nav is generally excellent,
invest in a proper car kit; and anything advantage of the facility as much as
that means we have fewer individual they could. We’re looking forward to especially, if you invest in a car kit

Navigon MobileNavigator Mobile Maps TomTom


British Isles UK & Ireland UK & Ireland
£34.99/$59.99 £29.99/$49.99 £42.99/$74.99
The first GPS app to launch remains one of the The strong, graphic interface of this app from By far the most polished of the apps here, but
best. The spoken and visual instructions are clear Sygic is more than just cosmetic: it’s easy to follow also the most expensive, TomTom’s system feels
and helpful, and it gently ducks background the clear on-screen map. It’s just a shame that the like the app Apple itself would make. Menus are
music so voice prompts are clearly heard. A text- text in the menu systems – and indeed even in clear and data is easy to enter with copy and
to-speech engine effectively reads out road the information bar at the bottom of the screen – paste, while the crisp, reserved on-screen graphics
names. Annoyingly, though, postcode search is is on the small side, making its legibility poor. are a joy. But although it’s capable of some
an extra £1.19 via in-app purchase, so you can’t Happily, it does full postcode searching and brilliant insights about which route to take –
rely on inputting postcodes to get you to your contacts look-up, though it can struggle to parse thanks to its IQ Routes technology, we assume,
destinations. Despite this, however, it made the non-standard addresses. It made one bad which knows at what time of the day certain
best decisions about how to route us through decision in our routing challenge, but it also roads are busy – it did make a couple of bad
Bath during our challenge. picked a good route that no other app found. mistakes in our route challenge.

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01 02 04

As well as this portrait view,


01
you can use TomTom in
landscape orientation

IQ Routes knows where


02
and when congestion hits
– and it routes accordingly

Although there’s no traffic


03
information, you can manually
03 avoid roadblocks

To stop the iPhone’s screen


04
dazzling you at night, the
screen’s brightness adjusts

SATELLITE NAVIGATION

TomTom Western Europe


£79.99 Quality GPS navigation on your iPhone

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hile it took some time to businesses, and fuel efficient routes.
welcome turn-by-turn sat nav Sure, there are things we’d like to see
devices to the list of gadgets added – exploitation of the iPhone’s

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the iPhone can transform into, thanks always-on data connection for fuel
to term changes to the iPhone SDK prices, for starters – but it’s the slickest,
there are now plenty of navigational most complete solution we’ve used.
apps to choose from… the TomTom It’s better than the cheaper Navigon
brand probably has the biggest cachet offering, which is hampered by not
right now though. enabling full postcode look-ups.
The app itself is superb. It’s polished, There’s no doubt that it’s expensive,
very easy to use and features TomTom’s though, especially compared to, say,
smart IQ Routes system, which changes CoPilot Live. The dedicated car kit costs KEY INFO
its route recommendation at different a further £99.95 and, while the handset UK price £79.99
times of the day, since it knows when itself is well made and offers a decent US price $74.99
Doubtless the slickest sat particular roads get busy. Other speaker, GPS chipset and hands-free Web www.tomtom.com
nav app for the iPhone, but facilities include being able to email facility, when you’re talking about £180, Download size 1.85GB
expensive; and the iPhone a route to a contact, an emergency you’re talking about a lot of money to iPod touch compatible Yes
car kit costs £99.99… menu, Google powered search for local spend on an app and an ‘accessory’. ● Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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SATELLITE NAVIGATION

Sygic Mobile Maps UK & Ireland


£29.99 It’s cheaper than TomTom’s, but is it good?

S
ygic’s Mobile Maps UK & Ireland
satellite navigation app for the
iPhone has a very distinctive look
– almost cartoon-like, almost like you’re
looking at someone’s mock-up of what
a sat nav system could look like. You
may or may not like the style of screen,
but it does mean that some of the
interface elements are rather small, and
they can be tricky to read when driving.
There are plenty of features – it can

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do a full postcode search, and the view
zooms in and out as your speed
changes as you need to see less or
more detail. You can quickly search for
addresses for contacts in your iPhone,
get advice on which lane you should be
in, and you can even get updates on
how the weather might affect your
journey. The app doesn’t, however,
duck playing music to let spoken
instructions be clearly heard, so that’s KEY INFO CAR CARTOON The visuals are quite
Good, and good value, but down to manual control, and you’re UK price £29.99 Download size 297MB appealing but details are quite small
lacking polish; auto-volume dependent on finding a good, powered US price $49.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
control would be useful cradle for your car. ● Web www.sygic.co.uk Requires iOS 4.0 or later

SATELLITE NAVIGATION

Navigon Mobile
Navigator Europe
£69.99 Navigator with some nice features

N
avigon might not be as you’ll need a cradle like Griffin’s
recognisable a brand as WindowSeat, and the iPhone’s
Garmin or TomTom but it speaker is a little distortion-
has a good pedigree. It contains prone at sufficient volumes for
maps for the whole of Europe the spoken directions. GPS plus
– a UK-only version is available the always-on screen eats

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for £53 – so is a hefty 1.83GB. battery life so you’ll need a
Before we pick away at the power adaptor. Then there are
edges, it’s worth saying now that the app niggles; you can start
it works. The overall feel is, while music playing before launching
there’s room for improvement, the app, but it won’t duck to let
Navigon has put a lot of effort the spoken instructions stand
into getting things right; the out, and street names aren’t
iPhone display toggles happily displayed in the 3D view.
from portrait to landscape, you More seriously, you can’t do
can easily find addresses for full UK postcode look-ups, and
BIRD’S EYE VIEW The default aerial ‘3D’view helps you to get your bearings
anyone on your contacts list, there’s no support for traffic
Some nice features, easy and there’s the handy Points updates, something that could KEY INFO
to follow maps and user- of Interest facility. easily be added (presumably UK price £69.99 Download size 1.83GB
friendly interface; again, So, the problems. Some are for a cost) through the iPhone’s US price $119.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
you’ll need a decent cradle not the fault of the app itself; data connection. ● Web www.navigon.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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skobbler
UK/Ireland Lite
FREE Turn your iPhone into a sat nav – for free!

O
ne of the compelling downloads and caches maps as
reasons to choose a phone needed; great for low-capacity
running Google’s Android iPhones, but it does mean that
OS over an iPhone is that some you need a data connection to
recent models include free sat get going.
nav. There are many sat nav apps The app itself is good; it was

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for the iPhone 3G or later but created by a splinter group of
they can be expensive. Now, we developers from Navigon, and it
have a free alternative. shows both in the styling and
The idea’s solid: the expensive feature-set. You get good voice
thing in sat navs is the map data, prompts (including text-to-
but skobbler uses data from speech renderings of road
OpenStreetMap, a community- names) and, as well as the
created map to which you are option of controlling iPod audio,
invited to contribute bug automatic ducking of the
reports. While this keeps costs background audio when voice
NICE STYLING This app was designed by a splinter group of Navigon developers
down, it does mean that map prompts are given. It’s not yet
KEY INFO data can be sketchy – or flat-out iOS 4-aware for background It’s free, so it might do if
UK price Free Download size 3.5MB wrong – especially in rural areas. navigation, however. Address you’re stuck, but we’d think
US price Free iPod touch compatible Yes The app itself isn’t a multi- look-up is poor too, and there twice about trusting it for
Web www.skobbler.co.uk Requires iOS 4.0 or later gigabyte download because it are no points of interest. ● crucial journeys

LOCATION SERVICES GPS TRACKER

Vicinity Trails
£1.79 You won’t get lost with this app! £2.39 A great geologging and geotagging tool

G T
ot yourself lost? Need to rails’ main feature is to
know where the nearest record your position as
cashpoint is? Want a quick you travel and plot it on
coffee? Just want to find out to a map so you can see where
more about where you are? you’ve been. It records speed
Vicinity is for you. Once it has a and distance covered, and can
lock on your current location it show the results itself or email
will provide you with a list of a standard GPX file that you can
nearby amenities – cafes, import into any app designed
pubs, restaurants, taxi firms, to work with these trails, such
takeaways, petrol stations, etc – as Google Earth. Unfortunately,
and optionally give you Maps- once you factor in the GPS, it’s
based directions to what you a real battery hog. Worse, it’s
need. It’s surprisingly detailed – unstable, but the developers
we’re used to these kinds of promise improvements.
apps being very US-centric You can also use it with
– though it isn’t infallible. Some another app on your Mac to
excellent extra features really geotag photos you took on a
add to its appeal, like viewing separate camera as you walked
geotagged pictures through your route; it just matches up
Flickr or Panoramio. ● the timestamps for you. ●
WHERE AM I? KEY INFO KEY INFO TRACKING
Somewhere UK price £1.79 UK price £2.39 DEVICE You
new and need can switch
a sandwich? US price $2.99 US price $3.99 between
Vicinity can Web www.activeguru.co.uk Web trails.lamouroux.de road or
help you… Download size 0.4MB Download size 3.4MB topographic
iPod touch compatible Yes Find your way around a new town Record maps while you’re out on a iPod touch compatible Yes views
Requires iOS 2.2 or later or get street directions instantly hike and share them with others Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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RAIL INFORMATION

UK Train Times
£4.99 Route planning and live departure boards

W
hen using Britain’s rail hotspots limits its usefulness.)
system, you need to be When you first launch it, the
able to plan journeys app will prompt you to set your
efficiently and anticipate delays ‘home’ station based on your
as far in advance as possible. current location. (You also have
Well, information from the the option to add other stations,
National Rail Enquiries website is as well as journeys.)
now available straight from the Planning a journey is simple
horse’s mouth with this, the and the live departures board is
official iPhone application. (It useful, showing a summary of
will work on an iPod touch, but the departing trains and any

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its dependence on Wi-Fi delays, but also enabling you to
tap on any service and see its
progress. Frustratingly, there’s no
access to this information when
you plan a journey, or indeed
any way to access it when you’re
already on a train and want to
check progress or upcoming
stations, but the other features
are truly useful.
TIMETABLE Plan for a long trip or just check the time of the next train home
Our favourite feature is ‘Next
Fairly pricey, but if you train home’ that looks up your KEY INFO
commute by train or often nearest station and checks the UK price £4.99 Download size 2..8MB
go on long distance STATION MASTER Built-in Google Maps time of the next train you can US price $7.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
journeys, it’s very useful help you locate the stations you need catch to your home station. ● Web www.agant.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later

CAR FINDER TUBE PLANNER

Sally Park London Tube


£0.59 Where did you park your car? £0.59 Visiting London? You’ll need a Tube map

T Y
his is a great idea: whip ou could, in theory,
out your iPhone when download the PDF of
you park in one of those the Tube map and save
vast shopping centre car parks, it to your iPhone using, say,
let Sally Park use your 3GS’s GPS ReaddleDocs. And then you
to pinpoint its location, and could bookmark mindtheapp.
then easily find your way back. com/tubes in Safari to get the
Despite a lush design and latest information about any
the addition of handy parking- current delays on the London
specific features – a note field Underground.
to record your zone, say, and But at this price, you’ve little
the ability to take a photo – to lose. London Tube gives you
Sally Park isn’t an especially a scrollable map, information
good tool. That arrow doesn’t about what lines run through
really seem point you in the each station, and details on
direction of your car; instead it your nearest station. It can also
merely points north. You tap an calculate optimum routes, but
icon to bring up a map showing it can’t take into account live
you and your car’s location, but status information. It’s worth it
it’s no different to dropping a for the scrollable map, but it
pin in Maps. ● could offer a little more. ●
PARK IT KEY INFO KEY INFO MIND THE
The app looks UK price £0.59 UK price £0.59 APP The
great but isn’t trip planner
really what US price $0.99 US price $0.99 helps you
you’d call a Web www.doseido.com Web www.presselite.com determine
pinpointer… Download size 1.7MB 59p isn’t much for a perfectly Download size 2.8MB your route
iPod touch compatible No A good idea, and lovely design, but decent Tube map, but the app iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 3.1 or later the built-in Maps app is as useful could be better Requires iOS 3.1 or later

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SURVIVAL MANUAL

SAS Survival Guide


£3.99 The legendary survival handbook comes to your iPhone

L
ofty Wiseman’s well The content is, of course,
respected guide to good and comprehensive,
surviving in difficult though the first aid section has
situations, covering topics such drawn some criticism for being
as making camp, navigating, and slightly out of date.
even trapping and preparing The app, though, could use a
food, has now arrived on the little more work. The icons look
iPhone. While a book is great but the information lacks
decidedly more reliable in a clear visual hierarchy, and it’s
emergency situations (it doesn’t sometimes presented in an
need to be charged, for a start) order that makes it difficult to
the idea of an app still appeals track down information you

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(and is a lot lighter to carry need in a hurry.
round). Not only ought you to The command to alter text
be reading and familiarising size takes ages to kick in,
yourself with the techniques meaning you often tap multiple
described before you’re put in a times only to see the text
survival situation, it means you balloon in size.
also get video tutorials and a It is, however, a useful app.
couple of handy utilities. It would be folly to rely on
The sun compass is a good an electronic device in an
KEY TO SURVIVAL Take Lofty’s app on your next expedition and it could help out
use of the iPhone’s tech, and the emergency, but on the basis
KEY INFO wild food advice is handy for that you’re more likely to have
UK price £3.99 Download size 188MB foragers. Admittedly, the Morse your iPhone with you than a There’s lots of good info
US price $6.99 iPod touch compatible Yes code converter is probably more specifically packed book, we here; it’s just not presented
Web www.sassurvivalguide.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later cool to play with than it is useful. can see the appeal. ● especially well

STARBUCKS COMPANION ATTRACTION FINDER

MyStarbucks National Trust


FREE Fancy a coffee? FREE Looking for a day out with the family?

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e feel odd featuring an ith 200 houses and
app that pushes you almost 1,000 square
towards one company, miles of land, many
especially when that company people can find a National Trust
is, for some, controversial. But property nearby. This app
the Starbucks app is so good, enables you to browse a map –
we’re making an exception. that will show you properties
It lets you find nearby stores, on a Google map – or list
showing opening times and properties in order of proximity.
facilities. Best of all, though, It can ping you out to the Maps
it lets you explore the drinks app proper to get directions,
menu, customising to your and you can browse all
heart’s content, and, happily, properties as well.
then telling you what mocha- It’s handy and well put
venti-frappa-demi-cappu-tastic together, but there’s nothing
incantation you need. in the app for National Trust
Nutritional info is shown, members; we’d like to have
too, though not for highly been able to store our
customised ones. We’d like to membership details in the app
see prices and Starbucks Card so we didn’t have to remember
integration added. ● to take our cards. ●
COFFEE TO GO KEY INFO KEY INFO IN YOUR
Not sure what UK price Free UK price Free AREA The app
to ask for in will pinpoint
store? Create US price Free US price Free you, then
your ideal Web www.starbucks.co.uk Web www.nationaltrust.org.uk provide info
drink on your Download size 7.5MB Download size 6.2MB on what’s
iPhone first iPod touch compatible Yes A beautiful, well engineered free Doesn’t cover Scotland, and iPod touch compatible Yes around
Requires iOS 3.1 or later app – a gold standard for others nothing for members, but useful Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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WEATHER FORECASTER

Met Office Weather


FREE Official weather advice for the UK

T
he built-in Weather app is an app that’s really worth
on the iPhone is perfectly installing, and not just because
good enough for getting it’s free.
a quick overview of what the Because it’s the official app of
weather’s going to get up to the UK Meteorological Office,
over the next five days. But, the data’s as good as you’re
saying that, Met Office Weather going to get. (Yes, it’s often a
bit off; but, as you’ll know, the
British weather’s a particularly
tricky thing to predict.) You get
forecasts and animated satellite
maps of weather patterns.

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However, the interface feels
ugly and distinctly un-iPhone-
like, and, while our experience
was fine, some have reported
instability. The app will offer to
set your location automatically,
but tends to dump you over in
London regardless. However, fret
not, as you can set your location
MET DATA The forecast may not be good but at least you can trust it!
manually. For a five-day forecast
in your area to decide on the KEY INFO
It’s not the most visually best day for a barbecue or if UK price Free Download size 2.7MB
appealing app but the POOR OUTLOOK The interface could be a little you’re planning a hike, this US price Free iPod touch compatible Yes
data’s good, and it is free better styled for iPhone use could be the app for you. ● Web www.metoffice.gov.uk Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later

TRANSLATION TOOL INTERACTIVE GLOBE

Talking Google Earth


Phrasebook FREE The whole world in your hands

G
oogle Earth was an
FREE/£0.59 Simple phrases for your holidays application born for the
iPhone – and it’s free! It

A
vailable in many languages, presents you with a globe,
including French, German, letting you search for places,
Italian and Spanish, these businesses and more. All the
phrasebooks give you essential lingo images are satellite and aerial
to get by abroad. They’re not as shots, and you automatically
polished as some offerings – the get the most recent pictures.
Lonely Planet ones are considered You can spin the view
comprehensive – but they’re pretty around with two fingers and tilt
good. There are key areas, such as the phone to change the angle.
Travel, Food and Accommodation to Geotagged photo links are
Shopping, Beaches, even Romance, shown, along with links to
and you’re not just limited to trying to Wikipedia articles about what
read text and guess pronunciation; you’re looking at; it’s a great
each phrase has a native speaker so way to explore an unfamiliar
you can repeat the phrase or just hold city. You sometimes feel a bit
your phone up and have it speak for lost, and it’s a little sluggish
you. Many of the phrasebooks are and occasionally crashy, but
free via Lastminute.com. ● we love it nonetheless. ●
KEY INFO PARLEZ KEY INFO SMALL
UK price Free/£0.59 VOUS? These UK price Free WORLD
phrasebooks Travel the
US price Free/$0.99 are a must if US price Free globe,
Web www.coolgorilla.com you have an Web www.google.com wherever
Download size 9.1MB iPhone and Download size 13.4MB you are!
Ideal travel companions, and iPod touch compatible Yes you travel Fantastic technology, although iPod touch compatible Yes
the native voice is a great touch Requires iOS 3.0 or later it could use some optimisation Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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obile phones have already transformed the way millions of us
live, thanks to innovations such text messaging and pocket-
sized cameras. Now the iPhone is changing our habits and
behaviour to an even greater extent, with an app for almost every
occasion you can think of. You can’t just send texts and emails: you
can tweet to Twitter and chat via Instant Messaging.
There’s also a wide selection of apps to enhance your lifestyle –
including, as you’ll discover over the page, apps that promise to
make you fitter…

72 Can an iPhone get you fit?


76 Lifestyle & Leisure apps
84 Social networking apps
88 Media & Entertainment apps
94 Research & Relaxation apps

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Can an
iPhone get
you fit?
We challenge a slightly lardy iPhone user to get fit with the help
of apps on his device. The catch: he only has a tenner to spend

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echnology’s great – but it’s part So I decided to do something about
of the reason waistlines are it – and to get technology to help
expanding. These days, many rather than cause. I’m going to find
people do little physical work, and rely out if the iPhone can help me get
on cars rather than their legs for getting fitter rather than fatter.
around. As a writer, I’m immersed in Instead of spending time playing
technology daily, but my morning iPhone games, I’ll spend a few weeks
commute only involves going upstairs trying out exercise apps. Since the
to my office. Unless I specifically make iPhone’s expensive, the decision was
an effort to exercise, pounds gradually made to restrict my app budget to a
creep on, even if I’m not shoving a crisp (well, digital) tenner on the App
chocolate bar in my face every night. Store – the sort of ‘impulse purchase’
Lately, exercise has taken a back seat, sum most people would be happy to
and I’ve noticed myself becoming unfit. spend to get in shape.

Getting started
Exercise has taken a back seat, and After researching options on the App
I’ve noticed myself becoming unfit… Store, I decide on five apps: four
exercise aids and one weight tracker.
iFIT The iPhone isn’t just about
I’m going to find out if the iPhone can The most expensive, at £5.99, is
RunKeeper Pro, a GPS tracker for
gaming and streaming video: it
can also help you plan your exercise
get me fitter rather than fatter walking, jogging and running. Using regime and gauge your fitness levels

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the magic of technology, it logs where


you go and integrates readings and
Exercise and your iPhone progress with an online account.
At 59p each, GymFu apps CrunchFu,
PushupFu and SquatFu are designed to
1 Take your time train you over a couple of months to
Pace yourself and don’t rush complete a number of ‘reps’ – 200
exercises. If you’re using a crunches, 100 push-ups and 200 squats,
GymFu app and it tells you to respectively – in a single session. That
rest for a couple of minutes, do might sound easy to fitness gurus, but
so until you know you can skip my arms tried to make a break for it on
breaks without straining hearing the number ‘100’ followed by
yourself. Similarly, walk or the word ‘push-ups’. My chosen weight
slowly jog at first with tracker, Weightbot, is a £1.19 app with
RunKeeper: you can gradually a fun, noisy interface: even if pounds
improve your pace and aren’t shed, at least you’ll enjoy
lengthen your covered distance inputting your weight.
over the days to come. Although Weightbot initially proves
the most fun to tinker with, RunKeeper
2 Exercise properly and the GymFu apps are engaging
Before you start exercises, enough to get me excited about the
learn how best to perform STRETCH Warm up and down before and prospect of using them for serious
them. For crunches and squats, after exercise to reduce the risk of injury exercise. The GymFu apps in particular
TICK LIST The four GymFu apps track your exercise and
the correct posture is important seem designed for newbies, providing encourage your progress towards the ultimate target
for good results and to avoid hell per fortnight. If you need information about how to do good-
strain. Also, remember to warm encouragement to keep quality crunches, push-ups and squats.
up and down and stretch before yourself motivated, GymFu Along with mentioning warm-ups and to see my route within a Google Maps
and after runs and other apps send regular challenges, stretches, they note you should take box, how elevation affected my speed,
exercise. Don’t do stretches and RunKeeper has online 48-hour breaks between training and how many calories I’d used. I can
without warming up first: you integration that enables you sessions to give your body time to also add my wife – a long-time
can do your muscles more to create a ‘street team’, which recover. My plan therefore evolves RunKeeper user – to my ‘street team’.
harm than good. can include RunKeeper-using For the first time
in a year, things
friends worldwide.
My first attempt with RunKeeper are looking up
4 Learn app quirks
Figure out how each app best
involves several ‘wow’ moments. for my sagging
paunch.
works, and adapt your usage. The app gets a GPS fix in seconds, The following
RunKeeper is more accurate day with GymFu
when your iPhone has Wi-Fi and I scoot off to the local park isn’t so smooth,
disabled, so use General however. I’ve
section in the Settings app to to working with the GymFu apps and tested CrunchFu before, but not the
turn Wi-Fi off before you run. using RunKeeper on alternate days. other apps, and it takes a while before
As for the GymFu apps, you I figure out how to best hold the iPhone
may find they work better Exercise regime so the apps don’t keep barking “Half!”
when your device is held in a My first attempt with RunKeeper at me for incomplete reps. In the end,
certain way, so practise before involves several ‘wow’ moments. The having the iPhone in my pocket for
training properly. app gets a GPS fix in seconds, and I SquatFu works well, and holding my
scoot off towards the local park. Along iPhone at a slight angle on my thumbs
5 Don’t splash out… the way, the app periodically barks my during crunches works better than
DIY HOLDER Use elastic bands to fix the By all means buy a sports time and pace, and I can see how I’m having it at my chest.
iPhone to your arm during push-ups armband if you get heavily into doing at any point via the well- Over the following week, my routine
exercising with your iPhone. designed display. On returning home, continues – with the occasional slip. It’s
3 Get into a routine But to begin, hold your device the run is sent to the RunKeeper during this time that RunKeeper’s one
Doing a load of exercise one or put it in a pocket; or use website; on logging in, it’s possible failing becomes apparent; although it
day and then nothing for two elastic bands to strap the
weeks is a bad idea. 20 minutes device to your arm if you’re
per day beats three hours of using PushupFu.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY ANDY MCLAUGHLIN

TAKE TIME Don’t rush your reps: your form will suffer and the speed won’t make you any fitter
HARD GRAPH Weightbot enables you to view how your weight has fluctuated over the year, and whether you’re on target

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Your £10 exercise kit


RunKeeper Pro
www.runkeeper.com
£5.99
An iPhone-only app due
to its use of GPS location
tracking, RunKeeper Pro
is a great buy. Its activity
tracking is excellent,
and the clean, simple
interface ensures strong
usability. Website
integration and activity
sharing enable you to
easily share progress
with friends. A free
ad-supported version
is also available.

CrunchFu,
PullupFu,
RUN CLUB RunKeeper’s online service keeps your info safe and makes it shareable with members of your group
PushupFu
and SquatFu
provides weekly and monthly totals exercising regularly for the first time www.gymfu.com
(activities, distance, time, calories), it’s in nearly a year – and that’s mostly £0.59 per app
not obvious how you’re progressing down to the iPhone apps. The GymFu range
if you stick to the same route and Admittedly, I’m a sucker for graphs comprises four apps: one
distance every day. and games, and seeing a downward each for crunches, push-
By comparison, after a few days trend in GymFu or an upward trend in ups, squats and pull-ups.
GymFu’s apps graph your reps from Weightbot gets me doubly motivated Each app provides tips
training and ‘battles’, which come via to reverse them. Surprisingly, GymFu’s on how to exercise,
Twitter from the GymFu ‘Fubot’ and, Twitter challenges also help, since my training routines, a graph
very sporadically, real humans across brain doesn’t seem to realise that showing progress and a
the globe. (You can challenge others they’re (mostly) automated. way to challenge people.
by score or max reps, but I find in I’ve noticed changes in my basic Voice packs are available
practice that few battle requests are fitness, too. GymFu’s founders reckon if you fancy switching
answered.) Having a graph detailing that 40 per cent of people double their Fubot for a grizzled
progress is really encouraging and reps after starting to use one of their ‘sarge’ or strict ‘missy’.
definitely spurs me on. apps, and I can already comfortably do
RunKeeper falls further by the twice as many push-ups and squats as
wayside as the weather dramatically when I first started. Granted, hitting
the final GymFu
targets is a long
GymFu’s founders reckon that way off, but now Weightbot
40 per cent of people double their I’m confident that
I’ll eventually get
www.tapbots.com
£1.19
reps, and I can already comfortably there. Although
RunKeeper isn’t in
There are various ways
to track your weight – a
do twice as many push-ups the mix as much as pad and Biro pen, Excel,
I’d like (due to my the Notes app – but only
deteriorates, but this simply ongoing ‘wuss out of running because Weightbot makes it fun.
demonstrates to me the importance of the rain’ syndrome), I now use it to The metallic interface is
of having a set of apps that enable track dog walks rather than just runs, engaging and emits cute
indoors and outdoors exercise. And and challenge myself to beat my noises. Rotate your
my effort in GymFu increases, even walking times – much to my dog’s device one way to view
if my overall exercise level drops. annoyance, it seems. your weight goal; rotate
So while I’m not going to be running it the other to see your
Work in progress the London Marathon any time soon or progress over time.
A few weeks have passed since I began joining an athletics team, I have got Imperial and metric
this experiment. Weightbot stubbornly started on the path to better fitness, options are available.
refuses to say I’m at my target weight; for the kind of money that’s less than
in fact, it doesn’t think I’ve lost more a week’s membership at my local gym.
than a rounding error. But before this And what’s more, I still have the
experiment is chalked up as a failure princely sum of £1.05 left over to
and I start eating too many Jaffa Cakes spend on a Mars bar. Er, protein bar.
again, it should be noted that I’m To spend on a protein bar… ●

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SHOPPING LIST PACKAGE TRACKER

Groceries Delivery
£1.19 Let your iPhone help with the shopping
Status touch
A
dd items to your
Groceries shopping list – £2.99 Track your parcels from your iPhone
jot things down as you

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think about them throughout urrah for Delivery Status touch,
the week – and it automatically Mike Piontek’s iPhone version
sorts them into aisles for you. of the Dashboard widget that
As you walk round the store, we’ve been using for years. It plugs
tap items to mark them as ‘got’. into the delivery systems for Amazon,
The list of products isn’t Apple, FedEx, Parcelforce, Royal Mail,
especially UK-friendly, but you UPS, USPS and more, and consolidates
can easily add your own, and all your deliveries onto one screen.
we love that you can assign The level and precision of detail
quantities (number, weight and varies depending on the carrier, but
so on) and also add notes to you can simply tap the left-hand part
items. You can reorder the aisles of each line to flip up the page, Maps-
to match your favourite style, to reveal the full tracking site;
supermarket’s layout and create some even offer map tracking. It does
multiple lists. Shopping lists can sync with the Delivery Status Desktop
be emailed and items marked widget, but we’d like a Safari
as favourites. A calculator bookmarklet to make adding items
would be handy though… ● a whole lot easier. ●
RETAIL KEY INFO KEY INFO FINAL
THERAPY UK price £1.19 UK price £2.99 COUNTDOWN
Organise your The main
products into US price $1.99 US price $4.99 view counts
aisles and you Web www.sophiestication.com Web www.junecloud.com down until
can easily Download size 8.2MB Download size 1.9MB your
reorder them iPod touch compatible Yes Is it necessary? No. Does it make Attractive and functional, recent iPod touch compatible Yes estimated
Requires iOS 3.0 or later the weekly shop less stressful? Yes updates make this app even better Requires iOS 3.0 or later delivery date

DATA TRACKER AMAZON STOREFRONT

Limits Amazon Mobile UK


£1.19 Weight? Expenses? Track anything FREE Buy, buy, buy! Plus some freaky tech

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imits is essentially a his is really just a storefront
system that can track to Amazon, but the app
anything quantifiable. The has one more function
idea is simple: create a new than just to help you buy online:
tracking task, give it a limit – Amazon Remembers.
or target, depending on how It’s a genius service. Using
you’re thinking about the task – your iPhone’s camera, take a
then enter the units you’ll be photo of a product, which is
measuring in. then uploaded to Amazon
Now all you need to do servers. If it can identify it
is enter your values – hours automatically (it works best with
worked, weight gain (or loss; CDs, games and books) it pings
negative values are allowed), the result back instantly, ready
whatever. Limits shows a simple to be bought or added to a
bar to illustrate how close to wishlist. If not, it’s anonymously
your target you are. It’s a decent turned over to Mechanical Turk
system, though you’re forced to workers who try to identify and
think laterally about how to link it to a product on Amazon.
frame your limits, and you can’t Results can be freakily accurate,
edit or remove items from the but some are off, and there’s no
history or export the results. ● way of alerting Amazon. ●
NEAR THE KEY INFO KEY INFO NEVER
LIMIT Stay UK price £1.19 UK price Free FORGET
on track by Amazon
monitoring US price $1.99 US price Free Remembers
your targets Web www.juicycocktail.com Web www.amazon.co.uk identifies
Download size 0.1MB Download size 2.5MB products
iPod touch compatible Yes Flexible, but inelegant; even at An average shopping portal, but iPod touch compatible Yes when you’re
Requires iOS 3.0 or later this low price it’s a little expensive Amazon Remembers is astonishing Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later out and about

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BILL SPLITTER

Bistromath
£1.79 Don’t panic! This bill splitter is out of this world

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he App Store is groaning genius is that you can define
under the weight of tip anything as being shared among
calculators, but they’re more than one person. A bowl
of limited usefulness. Even in of chips that three of you stole
beautifully finished apps such as from? The cost is split three ways
Tipulator you just enter the total and allocated to each person.
of a bill from a bar or restaurant, You can type people’s names
telling it how many people are in manually, or hook into your
in the group, then they add a tip Contacts app to pull them in,
and split it. But what if you had which also shows people’s
soup and your friend plumped photos if you’ve tied them into

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for a steak? Or three of you had the address book database. Or
a soft drink each, but a couple you can add them in Bistromath.
shared a bottle of wine? And Once you’re done, and have
what if Sandra has the correct decided on a tip percentage,
money, but Peter only has a fifty Bistromath shows how much
pound note? And what’s the tip? each person owes. Better still,
Bistromath solves it all. you can tell it how much each
It only takes a few taps to person has put in the pot, and it
enter the cost of the meals will calculate how much change
everyone’s having – if you have they need. You can even email
WORK TOGETHER Over Bluetooth up to four people can collaborate on a bill
the time, you can tap to pick receipts to folks who were at
It goes beyond anally from a handful of configurable the meal. And as if that wasn’t KEY INFO
retentive, but does a tricky options to keep track of whether enough, up to four other people UK price £1.79 Download size 0.6MB
job with elegance. A little you’re entering a drink, a main, a can easily collaborate on a bill US price $2.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
US-centric, however side or whatever – and the real over Wi-Fi. ● Web www.blackpixel.com/bistromath Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later

TIP CALCULATOR CINEMA LISTINGS

Tipulator UK Cinema Times


£0.59 Make sure you always leave a tip £0.59 Comprehensive listings, just a tap away

W Y
e don’t obsess so ou could use a web app
much about tip to find out what’s on at
calculators in the UK the flicks, but this app has
as our American friends, but both flair and responsiveness.
this one is so pretty and well Pick a cinema from a list, or
designed that we’re happy to tap to display those close to
feature it. There are free ones you, and you’ll see the films and
that do the same thing, but their times. Tap through and
we love the attention that has you can see a short description,
been lavished here. a poster and even watch a
There are options for adding trailer in some cases.
percentage tips that are The data isn’t that detailed
rounded up, down or left exact, – you can’t see which
and you can split the bill performances are subtitled,
however you like. It picks for example. But you can tap
up your localised currency on the phone number of the
automatically, based on your cinema to call it. Also, you can’t
iPhone’s regional settings. tell the app what film you want
There’s also a checksum/ to see and have it suggest local
palindrome function, to help times. Updated graphics for the
you avoid fraudulent bills. ● iPhone 4 are due soon. ●
A QUICK TIP KEY INFO KEY INFO EN ROUTE
The app now UK price £0.59 UK price £0.59 Get your
supports local cinema
multitasking US price $0.99 US price $0.99 details and
on newer Web www.sophiestication.com Web www.raptorapps.com directions via
iPhone models Download size 1.2MB Download size 1.1MB Google Maps
iPod touch compatible Yes Good looking and functional; A fast app, but it should be able to iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 3.0 or later ensures the waiter stays friendly work from the film of your choice Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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FILE SERVER

WeightBot
£1.19 Keep to your new year’s resolutions!

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o, as 2010 draws to a close, way to categorise yourself as
will you keep your new either ‘ideal’, ‘overweight’,
year’s resolutions? Luckily, ‘underweight,’ or ‘obese’.
the iPhone is here to help. It forecasts too, based on how
This little app is designed to much weight you’re gaining or
do one very simple thing: track losing on average. So you’ll be
your weight. It’s not using your able to see when, if you keep
iPhone to weigh you – we going the way you are, you will
recommend you don’t stand achieve your target weight. It
on small pieces of expensive uses the calculated average, so
consumer electronics – so you’ll blips are ironed out. If you’re

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still need a set of scales. trying to lose or gain weight by
You can put your weight in up a particular date then it’s ideal.
to once a day and then see your What really makes it stand out
stats plotted on a graph, so you for us is the polish. It’s a very
can gauge whether the general pretty application, and feels very
trend is up or down. You can get well thought-out. Entering a
year-long and day-long graphs new weight is as simple as
too, so you can see your scrolling left or right to pick
performance over particular the day (‘today’ is selected by
date ranges. You can set a target default) tapping the screen,
KEEPING TRACK You can enter your weight in either kilos or stones and pounds
weight too, so that you have dialling in your weight, then
KEY INFO something to aim for. tapping again to save. You can A beautiful, well rounded
UK price £1.19 Download size 5.4MB Once you input your height, edit weights or pick a day and and well featured app, with
US price $1.99 iPod touch compatible Yes the app will calculate your BMI – shake to remove it entirely if passcode lock and remote
Web www.tapbots.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later Body Mass Index. This is a handy you’re feeling too guilty. ● secure backup

UNIT CONVERTER UNIT CONVERTER

Units Convertbot
£0.59 5.4BTUs/minute = 0.127hp; of course! £1.19 The conversion app glowing with style

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his is a useful little unit hile we love Units (see
converter with support review on left), this
for area, currency, energy, fairly new tool is
temperature, time, length, nothing if not charming. The
weight, speed, volume and interface is stunning, although
more. You can store three of it’s not the most efficient way
your common calculations as of picking unit types and units
shortcuts on dedicated buttons themselves. Regardless, it’s
at the right, but there are pleasant to use; rotate the dial
buttons to help switch different to pick currency, weight, area or
units on the fly without having whatever, then tap to pick the
to flip the calculator round. from and to units; then enter
We can’t help but think the the value you want to convert.
very pretty calculator skin isn’t We found some more
the most efficient UI paradigm, unusual units aren’t supported
but it’s cheap. You can calculate – you can’t convert hectares, for
a wide range of useful sums, instance, and the currency list
such as the carbon dioxide is small. Still, these could be
emissions of your car. And added later, and in most
currencies are automatically circumstances you’ll be satisfied
downloaded every day. ● with the supported units. ●
GET JIGGY KEY INFO KEY INFO ON A ROLL
Simply shake UK price £0.59 UK price £1.19 The interface
to clear the is appealing –
screen and US price $0.99 US price $1.99 simply rotate
perform a Web crossroad-solutions.com Web www.tapbots.com the main dial
new sum Download size 3.3MB Download size 4.4MB
iPod touch compatible Yes Nicer than using Google’s calculator Handy, but check the supported iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later features, and this is cheap units if you need unusual ones Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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01 03 04

View your monthly expense


01
mileage and see what’s left
in the tank

You can just as easily discover


02
what you’ve been spending
the most on

View a day-by-day
03
breakdown of your ongoing
02 financial outlay

You can add little reminder


04
notes to specific expense
entries on the fly

KEY INFO
UK price £1.79
US price $2.99
Web www.designbyaknife.com
Download size 0.7MB
iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 2.2 or later

PERSONAL FINANCE RECORDER

Pennies
£1.79 Keep track of what you’re spending… in style!

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he App Store is stuffed full of expense category. You have the option a note attached in the expenses list
apps designed to help you track of General, Food, Amusement, Travel, are shown with a paperclip icon.
business expenses, but this one is Household, Auto, Hobby, Personal, There are only two minor criticisms;

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a bit different. Pennies is designed to Electronics and Groceries, and while firstly, that you can’t backdate any
help you keep track of how much you may prefer the ability to define entries that you forget to enter on the
money you’ve spent from your personal custom categories, we’re happy that correct day. Frustratingly, you also can’t
bank accounts in a given month – the presets cover all the day-to-day edit any of your existing expenses if
particularly important in these outgoings you’ll need. you’ve made a mistake, so any incorrect
challenging financial times. How much money is left in your entries have to be completely deleted
You set yourself a budget – and this budget for that month is then shown and re-entered.
is one of our only gripes as it can be on a simply fuel gauge-style display. In It’s a really slick application, and
hard to set the amount using the slider addition, the home page display shows the ease with which you can enter
input method provided; we’d have you how much you’ve spent per day, transactions is commendable; handily,
rather seen a plain keypad. Then every and also identifies the top three things if you’re travelling it also supports £, $
time you spend any money, you simply you’ve spent your money on so far. Each and €. Most convenient for when you’re A great way to keep track of
fire up Pennies, tap once to add an individual expense can have a note out and about, Pennies is a cracking your spending, and analyse
expense, enter the amount with a linked to it if you need to add extra little app, and we have no hesitation your habits. The interface
keypad, and pick the appropriate details, and those expenses that have in recommending it. ● looks gorgeous, too

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PERFORMANCE MONITOR

Awards
£1.19 Track performance and issue rewards

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n app that’s handy for You can also create your own
using both at home and tasks and assign them a star
at work, using Awards value, then add them to that
you can track achievements for person’s history. Then you set
your children, workforce and appropriate rewards for the
more. With a range of tasks stars they earn – an hour of
people around you have to homework might be worth five
complete – from washing gold stars, for example – which
up and walking the dog, to you can issue to the recipient
completing a presentation and via email as a pretty graphical
training a new employee – you’ll Award certificates; they’re
find this invaluable for business redeemed in the same way.

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and leisure. Configuration can be a little
You begin by adding people tedious, however, and we’d like
from your Contacts list, which is to see some tie-in with a web
handy since it means it’s easy to service so that the people you’re
issue any awards they’ve earnt monitoring can see what
to the email addresses saved on rewards they’re eligible for.
these entries. You then go on You can manage an unlimited
to award gold stars for any number of people, and check
achievements. You can either through their Award and Event
ON TRACK You can view Award details for each person in the system
add them manually or tap a task history to monitor their
KEY INFO from the built-in list of Events progress. There’s also a colour-
UK price £1.19 Download size 0.3MB and Awards – ‘tidied room’ or coded star count next to each A handy, pretty system, but
US price $1.99 iPod touch compatible Yes ‘handed work in ahead of person’s name so you can see there’s optimisation and
Web www.awardsapp.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later deadline’, for example. their status at a glance. ● enriching work to be done

AUCTION TRACKER QUICK ITEM SELLER

eBay Mobile eBay Selling


FREE Keep track of your buying and selling FREE Use your iPhone’s camera as a barcode

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irst, the bad news: you he joy of eBay is really
can’t use this app to create how fast and efficient it
listings – something we’d is at listing items for sale.
like to have seen given the This has just got even faster
iPhone’s built-in camera – but with eBay’s latest iPhone app
a recent update means you can which uses the in-built barcode
now use it to pay for won items. scanner to make listing an item
The listing limitation is still a one-click process. As you
irksome to say the least. might expect it doesn’t include
Otherwise, it’s a great way to the full selling options from the
browse and search eBay’s website, but you can use the
auctions. Results can be filtered iPhone camera to snap your
in the usual way, but mainly it’s product, then upload it straight
a way to keep track of auctions to the eBay website. Also, with
you’re involved in, either as a iOS 4.0 you can also use the
buyer or seller. The home barcode scanner to identify
screen summarises what you’re items while out and about to
watching, buying and selling – see if there’s any of those items
just tap a button for a more for sale on eBay. A worthy
detailed rundown of the addition for any keen iPhone-
auctions you’re involved in. ● owning eBayer. ●
KEEP BIDDING KEY INFO KEY INFO SCAN IT!
Monitor all UK price Free UK price Free Make use of
your watched your iPhone’s
items as the US price Free US price Free camera to sell
auctions near Web www.ebay.co.uk Web www.ebay.co.uk and look up
their end Download size 3.1MB Download size 4.3MB items on eBay
iPod touch compatible Yes A handy way to keep tabs on A real timesaver, but doesn’t iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 3.1 or later activity but you can’t list from here always recognise products Requires iOS 3.1 or later

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IPHONE DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKER

eScrap App
£1.19 Get your craft on with this digital scrapbooking app!

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crapbooking hasn’t yet Layering up elements can
taken off in the UK like it be fiddly on the iPhone’s small
has in the US, but there’s screen; it’s often tricky to select
still a strong market for it. As the thing you’re aiming for as
with scrapbooking in the real there’s no zoom control. The
world, in this app you use a functions for scaling, rotating
range of preset shapes, letters and ordering page furniture can
and papers, to build up a page also be a bit hit and miss, and
of memories in the form of a you have to line elements up
digital scrapbook. by eye only.
eScrap App enables you to Still, the finished results can
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on your iPhone, importing them with friends and family on
pictures from Photos. You can Twitter, Facebook, via email, or
either use the preset ‘Quick by saving to Photos. Sadly,
Pages’ or you choose from a there’s no way to save a design
theme, which includes paper in a way that retains its
and assets, to build your page ‘editability’, and the finished
up from scratch. pages are limited to 480x320
The assets, as befits the well- pixels; don’t envisage printing
respected brand behind the app, designs at high quality.
CREATE AND SHARE You can share your creations via Twitter or Facebook
are of a generally very high It’s a fun, sweet app that
quality, though the range is has bags of potential, but the KEY INFO
A fun interactive app, and currently a little small. There are iPhone’s small screen is a UK price £1.19 Download size 96.6MB
some of the issues can be 50 backgrounds, elements, a frustration. An updated iPad US price $1.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
addressed with updates text tool and photo filters. version is promised. ● Web www.300dpi.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later

SIMPLE CALENDAR BIRTHDAY REMINDER

Years Occasions
£1.19 Miss your pocket diary’s year-to-view? £0.59 Never forget a birthday again… in theory

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ere’s a sweet take on a ou may have trouble
calendar, with a ‘less is remembering the
more’ slant. You may be birthdays of family and
unlikely to abandon the built-in friends, and Occasions promises
Calendar with its reams of to help. It integrates with
scheduling and multi-calendar Contacts, and automatically
support, but yearn for the days pulls in dates from the
when you marked birthdays, birthdays field. Even better, you
work and holidays by breaking can sign into your Facebook
out your highlighters. Years is account and pull in the
one little app that will bring information from it too, as well
back those functions. as adding optional secular and
Flip back and forth to show religious dates. Best of all, if a
an entire year’s worth of dates birthday has the year of birth
on a mini calendar, then tap on associated with it, Occasions
a month to add highlights. You will tell you their age, too.
can choose from four different It does push notifications
highlights, and once you’ve too, though we’d like a better
picked one, just tap on dates to way of telling Occasions to give
mark them. That’s it! And at this us, say, a week’s warning so we
price, it can’t be knocked. ● had time to buy a present. ●
DAYS GONE BY KEY INFO KEY INFO PLAN AHEAD
Relive the UK price £1.19 UK price £0.59 Via your
days of Contact info,
attaching a US price $1.99 US price $0.99 Occasions can
year-to-view Web www.zicronsoftware.com Web www.occasionsapp.com remind you of
calendar in Download size 0.3MB Download size 4.7MB your mum’s
your little iPod touch compatible Yes No tie-in with Calendar and you It’s a bit complicated and needs iPod touch compatible Yes birthday
black book Requires iOS 30 or later can’t add notes, but it’s charming polish, but it’s good, and cheap Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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BEDSIDE ALARM CLOCK

TimeTuner
£1.79 An elegant clock radio for your bedside

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he idea of using your It’s also possible to listen to
iPhone or iPod touch as a the radio at any time, or to hook
clock radio isn’t particularly into your iPod’s playlists to play
original, but we like this little your music through the app. A
app because it manages to pack clever, unobtrusive slider at the
so much in but at the same time bottom of the app will set a
feels elegant and useful. sleep timer that counts down
Designed to sit vertically in a so you can fall asleep to music.
powered dock (such as a speaker Sadly, the only browsing option
system), it displays a clock that is by playlist, so it’s hard to listen
shows any alarms you have set to podcasts or audiobooks.

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plus, optionally, the time in your Although BBC radio stations
home time zone; it’s a boon for are available through the service
travellers. Tap the screen once that provides the internet radio
and everything but the time for TimeTuner, they don’t
display slides away. actually show up in the app
You can set multiple alarms (with the exception of the World
and have them trigger on Service), presumably because
specific days. Opt for either an they use an incompatible codec.
alarm sound or for it to open an The app needs to be running
internet radio station. Usefully, for alarms to sound. However,
SWEET DREAMS Wake up and fall asleep to your favourite radio station
you can define a backup sound we’re paranoid, and always kept
KEY INFO in this latter case so that if it a backup alarm in Clock, Despite the BBC absence
UK price £1.79 Download size 9.8MB can’t pick up the station you although TimeTuner seemed and some other glitches,
US price $2.99 iPod touch compatible Yes defined, it still wakes you up stable, as well as clean and TimeTuner is a
Web www.dreamsurface.com Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later with the alternative alarm. attractively designed. ● recommended purchase

DESK CLOCK ALARM CLOCK

FlipTime iHome+Sleep
£0.59 Clack! Clack! Clack! It’s retro clock time! FREE Feature-packed alarm clock

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he App Store isn’t short earch for ‘alarm clock’ and
on clock apps, but with you’ll net almost 200
SpoonJuice’s Night Stand results in the App Store,
being downloaded more than but we’ve highlighted this one
three million times, there’s because it promises a rich,
clearly an appetite. This one rewarding experience. It uses
caught our eye, and though it’s ‘sleep cards’ that you configure
hardly the most feature-packed to a bewildering degree. Define
app ever developed, it’s cheap go-to-sleep music to drift off to,
and charming. rise-and-shiney music to wake
It’s essentially a software to, times, days, snooze periods,
version of an old flip clock. As wake-up mantras and more.
the seconds, minutes, hours In theory, it’s lovely. In
and days march past, the cards practice, though, music
flick down to update – and all sometimes doesn’t play, it’s a
with a satisfying (though pain for podcasts, the weather
optional) clack. widget is US-only, and,
It overrides your auto-lock depending on what speaker
settings too, so you can dock it system you use by your bed,
and use it as a sweet clock for you can be blasted awake by
your desk or bedside. ● the poor volume controls. ●
ON A ROLL KEY INFO KEY INFO MR SANDMAN
Watch time UK price £0.59 UK price Free Track your
tick by with sleeping
this retro US price $0.99 US price Free habits so you
clock and Web www.omletworks.com Web www.ihomeintl.com can see how
calendar Download size 1.5MB Download size 7.5MB much shut-
iPod touch compatible Yes If you’re a fan of analogue, retro Packed with features it promises iPod touch compatible Yes eye you’re
Requires iOS 2.2 or later styling, then this is a bargain a lot but fails to deliver Requires iOS 3.2 or later getting

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ITUNES REMOTE SKY+ REMOTE SCHEDULER

Remote Sky+
FREE Take control of your iTunes and Apple TV FREE Record programs on Sky+ remotely

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his is a remote control for ou’ve been able to
iTunes and Apple TV. So remote record on your
long as the iPhone’s Sky+ box via a text
connected to the same message or the web for a while
network, you can just click the now; this iPhone app enables
iPhone entry under Devices in you do the same from your
the iTunes sidebar. You have full iPhone. It’s quick and the
access to all the media on the searchable TV guide worked
connected Mac including all without a hitch. Once you’ve
playlists, and it even pulls the found a program to record, click
album art across to your iPhone on it, tap R and the instruction
screen as well. is sent to your Sky+ box via the
A bonus if you use Apple TV Remote Record setup.
is that you can use the iPhone’s The interface has been
keyboard to type onscreen, updated from the clunky
then tap to play, pause, rewind original; the TV guide graphics
and fast-forward. The updates are improved and you can
in version 2 include support for choose between landscape and
shared libraries in iTunes and portrait modes. It also includes
Apple TV, and compatibility an HD section, and you can
with the retina display. ● save your favourite channels. ●
TAKE CONTROL KEY INFO KEY INFO DOUBLE UP
You can create UK price Free UK price Free Make use of
and edit the the ‘Other
playlists, US price Free US price Free Airings’
including Web www.apple.com Web www.sky.com option to
your Genius Download size 14.8MB Download size 1.3MB avoid
playlists iPod touch compatible Yes With typical Apple panache, this Functional and easy to use, and the iPod touch compatible Yes recording
Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later remote control is a big hit at parties update has improved its appearance Requires iOS 3.0 or later clashes

WIRELESS AUDIO STREAMER BARCODE SCANNING

AirPhones RedLaser
£0.59 Turn iPhone into wireless headphones FREE Cashier number four please!

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ireless headphones canning barcodes may be
can be pricey, so we’re a geeky kind of fun, but it
glad to see this cheap also has the potential to
app that turns your iPhone or save you a packet.
iPod touch into a wireless audio RedLaser works by using
receiver. Just plug in some your iPhone’s camera to read a
headphones or dock it and your barcode and then asking the
iPhone becomes a speaker set. net for matching prices. But,
It needs a server app to run surprisingly, results are more
on an Intel Mac or, soon, a competent on the original
PowerPC Mac and PC, but once iPhone, over the 3GS.
that’s running they discover Results from Amazon are
each other instantly. It claims to prioritised, but it also uses
need a Core Duo, but we ran it Google Product Search to
on a 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo, match results from other
with only a little stuttering vendors. Its parsing of the
when changing volume. There barcode is flawless, though the
were occasional latency issues, back-end systems from Amazon
too, but this was only when and Google sometimes fail.
watching video. A free trial Overall, however, it can save a
version is also available. ● fair bit of cash. ●
CHECK KEY INFO KEY INFO QUICK SCAN
COMPATIBILITY UK price £1.79 UK price Free Now part
Try the free of Amazon,
Lite version of US price $2.99 US price Free this is an
the app to test Web www.airphonesapp.com Web www.redlaser.com incredibly
functionality Download size 0.2MB Download size 2.2MB useful free
before you buy iPod touch compatible Yes Harsh on the battery, but adds a Dependent on Amazon and iPod touch compatible Yes iPhone app
Requires iOS 3.0 or later handy string to your iPhone’s bow Google’s back-ends, but excellent Requires iOS 3.1 or later

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MULTI-PROTOCOL IM

Meebo
FREE Chat to your friends on AIM, Yahoo, ICQ and more

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ith everyone focused then push notifications out to
on Twitter, it’s easy to you via Apple.
forget that instant The practical upshot of this is
messaging is still around and that you don’t even have to have
still popular. However, IM on the the Meebo app open on your
iPhone has always seemed a bit iPhone in order to let people get
pointless to us. It’s not just that in touch over IM. So long as it’s
the flow of conversation can be correctly configured (just accept
interrupted by having to peck the defaults), notifications of
out a message on the iPhone’s new chats – or new replies to
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more importantly, because older over whatever you’re doing on
iPhones’ inability to run apps in your iPhone just as it would with
the background had meant that a text message. Tap on the View
unless you kept your IM app option, and you’re taken right
open on the screen, you’d be into the conversation.
offline and unreachable. Meebo supports every
Meebo changes that, because IM protocol we’ve heard of,
it uses the push notifications including Facebook Chat, and
framework that Apple many we haven’t. Your buddy list
introduced in iPhone OS 3.0. can quickly get messy if you add
FREE CHAT Meebo stays connected so you can receive messages at any time
Rather than apps running in the more than one or two services,
KEY INFO background, Apple maintains a but the fact that it handles all Suddenly, IM on the iPhone
UK price Free Download size 5.7MB persistent connection with your our IM accounts, does push, and becomes useful. Can get a
US price Free iPod touch compatible Yes iPhone over Wi-Fi or the mobile is free, means that this app is bit messy with lots of
Web www.meebo.com Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later network, and developers can staying on our iPhones. ● accounts, though

INSTANT MESSENGER IM & SKYPE

AIM Fring
FREE Slick and easy-to-use messenger FREE Consolidate your IM and SIP accounts

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lthough this IM client ooray, it’s Skype on the
from AOL is limited – iPhone! Actually, it’s
you can only add one much more than that,
account and it is, of course, but that’s the big news. Fring
limited to AIM and .Mac/ is a multi-protocol IM client
MobileMe sign-ins – it is slick (supporting MSN Messenger,
and easy to use. Unfortunately Google Talk, ICQ, Twitter,
there’s no tie-in with your Yahoo! and AIM connections)
address book on the iPhone so that also enables you to chat
all your contacts are shown by either by text or voice over the
their screen names; you can, at Skype network.
least, add new buddies, and it It isn’t the most attractive
connects to your Facebook app, and the buddy list-cum-
friends too. address book is cumbersome.
It proved a little more crash- The free Skype-to-Skype call
prone that we’d have liked, but stuff does work, however, and
unchecking then resyncing SkypeOut worked too.
sorted it out. Updates have also Voice calls made are no
reduced this occurrence. A longer restricted to Wi-Fi
version without any adverts is connections either, as it’s now
available, for £1.79 ($2.99). ● compatible with 3G. ●
TEXT ALERT KEY INFO KEY INFO MULTIPLE
You can also UK price Free UK price Free CHOICE
send a If you use a
message to US price Free US price Free SIP service for
a contact Web www.aim.com Web www.fring.com VoIP as well,
via SMS Download size 5.7MB Download size 18.6MB it enables
iPod touch compatible Yes The multiple chats function A decent alternative solution to iPod touch compatible Yes you to hook
Requires iOS 3.0 or later is a great addition to this app using Skype, and less restrictive Requires iOS 3.0 or later into that

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TWITTER CLIENT

Twitterrific
for Twitter
£2.99 Tweeting on the move just got a lot easier

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e were thrilled when configured via the settings.
the cuddly folk at The The interface is lovely,
Iconfactory brought us though, and the Twitterrific
Twitterrific – the first proper model – your tweets, mentions
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recently, its simplicity in the face all in the same view – feels
of burgeoning competition was completely natural. You can also
beginning to hurt it. However, filter the list (temporarily only) to
Twitterrific 3.0 has now arrived show favourites, mentions and
with a beefed-up features list, more. And there’s now finally
including the ability to control support for multiple accounts,
the font size. trends and searches.
At first glance, it looks less There’s little Twitterific can’t
rich and more complicated. We do, although reposting between
recommend watching the accounts can be a bit tricky. But
UNIFIED SCREEN The display shows replies, retweets, direct messages and more
‘tweetorials’ at twitterrific.com/ it has so many neat little touches
An app that repays the iphone/tweetorials. Even some that, taken together, make it KEY INFO
time you spend exploring of the really cool and basic stuff a real joy to use for avid UK price £2.99 Download size 6.6MB
it; a firm favourite for – conversation threading and tweeters. A free ad-supported US price $4.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
fans of tweeting profile lookups – need to be version is also available. ● Web www.twitterrific.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later

TWITTER NOTEPAD FULLY FUNCTIONING This


official Twitter client is

Birdhouse
packed with features

£1.19 Got something to say… later?

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t first glance, the
Birdhouse app might
seem pointless. If you
thought Twitter was vague,
indulgent and useless, look
away now; Birdhouse is a
notepad designed to enable TWITTER CLIENT

Twitter
you to draft multiple notes for
Twitter and publish them when
you choose. Frankly, we think
the idea has some merit; you
may not always want to publish
immediately – to check facts or
FREE Tweetie turns official

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spellings, for example – or you reviously, Tweetie was our KEY INFO
might want to organise favourite Twitter client to use UK price Free
thoughts for multiple accounts. on the iPhone, but updates had US price Free
As it stands, this app slowed and it started to be left behind Web www.twitter.com
performs its stated function by other, more fully featured Twitter Download size 5.2MB
well. You can rate drafts and clients. Until, that is, Twitter themselves iPod touch compatible Yes
even unpublish notes that were decided to buy it, and turn it into the Requires iOS 3.1 or later
added from Birdhouse. ● iPhone’s official Twitter app.
PLAN AHEAD KEY INFO Twitter is packed with loads of new
Prepare your UK price £1.19 features such as Geotags, Suggested
tweets as
drafts and US price $1.99 Users, Lists and (finally) new-style
edit before Web www.birdhouseapp.com Retweets. You’ve probably stuck with
you publish Download size 0.7MB the first Twitter app you used, but you This lacks push notifications –
iPod touch compatible Yes A well executed app, but dedicated now need a good reason not to switch coming soon, we’re told –
Requires iOS 3.0 or later to a task few people will need to the official app. ● but it has all the basics

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IPHONE JOURNAL

Momento
£1.79 A diary designed for the 21st century

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he idea of keeping a without tapping back to the
proper diary has overview then back in again to
tremendous appeal; if you another day. You must use the
blog you’ll know the joy of calendar view, or drill down by
wandering through old posts, place, people or tags.
wallowing in the nostalgia of The brilliance, though, is
past highs and lows, and that it hooks into four social
learning from your mistakes. networks, automatically pulling
It all takes effort, though. in tweets, Facebook statuses,
Momento is a brilliant little pictures on Flickr and tracks
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traditional journal with modern it’s not opened for days, it’ll look
notions of metadata and social back through activity on these
networks. It’s all wrapped up in a accounts and add any updates
smart interface for a device that made in the intervening period.
you carry with you everywhere. A system of icons and numbers
You can input diary entries beside each day’s entry shows
easily, even retrospectively, and you what sources are pulled in.
each entry can have a slew of Momento is making good
metadata associated with it, use of Flickr’s API to pull in the
such as a rating, people tagged picture itself. It’s not so smart as
RESOURCEFUL Each day shows which sources have been pulled in
from your contacts database, to parse in pictures posted on
KEY INFO places, pictures and more. You Twitter to popular services such A lovely mix of
UK price £1.79 Download size 2.7MB can browse your events in a list, as Twitpic in the body of tweets, traditional diary and
US price $2.99 iPod touch compatible Yes though frustratingly you can’t go and doesn’t make any links modern social network
Web www.momentoapp.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later directly from one day to the next tappable. Still, a terrific idea. ● and metadata integration

FACEBOOK CLIENT UPCOMING CLIENT

Facebook Happening
FREE Social networking hits the iPhone £1.19 Find out what’s happening around you

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acebook’s iPhone- he Upcoming service
optimised website is one gathers events such as
of the best around, so we concerts and conferences,
had high hopes for the native and enables you to indicate
application. It’s certainly faster those you’ll attend. The
than the web app, and it feels independent Happening app
slicker and more consistent hooks into this; you can then
with the iPhone’s user interface. search for events or use your
There’s a dedicated photo iPhone’s location-awareness to
capture button that can upload see events happening around
your photos directly to you. As such, it’s dependent on
Facebook. The push Upcoming’s listings; in our
notification server has now example town of Bath, there’s
been rolled out too, making apparently nothing happening.
it even better, and Facebook When we tested in London,
Chat enables you to message though, there were dozens of
anyone on your Friends list. geotagged events.
Places is currently only You can’t add events directly
available in the US, but should to the iPhone calendar, though
be compatible with UK you can subscribe to Upcoming’s
accounts in the next update. ● feed in a few different ways. ●
IN THE LOOP KEY INFO KEY INFO KEEPING BUSY
Status updates UK price Free UK price £1.19 Check full
can be details and a
refreshed by US price Free US price $1.99 list of who’ll
pulling down Web www.facebook.com Web www.happening-app.com be attending
at the top of Download size 3.5MB Download size 1.0MB for each event
the screen iPod touch compatible Yes This latest version adds even more Little to criticise about the app, but iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 3.0 or later functionality to a top iPhone app it relies on data that can be patchy Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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POSTCARD MAKER

Postman
£1.79 Send an instant postcard from your iPhone

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ostman makes little virtual
postcards on your iPhone, and
enables you to share them using
Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, email and
more. You can snap a shot with your
iPhone’s camera, load up a saved photo
– or choose from a small catalogue of
stock landmark shots – or even grab
your current location on a map in Map,
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some text. Flip it over on to the back
and you can write in a message; you
can also disable the front or back.
The interface is lovely, and there’s a
range of themes you can add. Changing
the text size, style and colour is easy,
but at the moment you can’t resize
images – coming soon, though. You can
now tap and drag text to reposition it
anywhere on the card, and use a slider
for text resizing.
A nice idea, executed with It’s easy to share your cards too, but KEY INFO GET CREATIVE Design your postcard
charm and polish; you may there’s currently no way to send directly UK price £1.79 Download size 8.7MB using a range of styles – or take a
camera snapshot!
prefer the alternative via MMS; you have to save it as a photo, US price $2.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
Postage app, however then MMS that instead. ● Web www.freeverse.com/postman Requires iOS 3.0 or later

WIFI & 3G CALLS

Skype
FREE Make iPhone VoIP calls via a wireless network

O
n the Mac and PC, Skype running on the iPhone, or when
enables you to make free it’s turned off and locked.
voice and video calls to Another issue has been fixed
other Skype users, and to make too; previously unless you had
calls to regular landlines for stored all your contact numbers
mere pence – it’s great for in international format, Skype
international calls. wouldn’t recognise them as it
Despite the initial automatically starts each
incompatibilities, on the number with +44. 01225
iPhone version you can now 442244, for example, converts to
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when you’re in range of a Wi-Fi would cause the call to fail. This
hotspot. You still can’t make has been resolved, and calls are
VoIP calls over the cellular made with no problems.
mobile network, however. While the long-promised
Skype also has an instant notification server is now out,
messaging service system, Skype still doesn’t use it yet. Any
which works well – you can missed calls or messages are
message individuals or more simply listed on a red New
than one person at once. Events badge on the tab for the
Older iPhones don’t allow particular missed event.
FREE CALLS Call other Skype users for free, or save money on landline calls
apps to run in the background. Despite this small niggle, it’s a
A great improvement on With the newer multitasking great app. Add a microphone to KEY INFO
the earlier versions of the models, however, you can still a second generation or above UK price Free Download size 7.4MB
app; it now works on 3G be contacted by your Skype iPod touch and it also enables US price Free iPod touch compatible Yes
and with multitasking callers while other tasks are you to make calls over Wi-Fi. ● Web www.skype.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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MOBILE TV

SlingPlayer Mobile
£17.99 Watch live TV on your iPhone over Wi-Fi

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ook up a SlingBox Solo or Pro
to your home network and TV
equipment, and it takes your
television signal, encodes it, and
streams it over the internet. Then
install this app on your iPhone or
iPod touch to do the same.
SlingBoxes integrate with almost
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control them remotely. But the set-up is
expensive: it’s £130 for a SlingBox Solo,
rising to £250 for the Pro-HD model,
plus the cost of this app and your
internet access. On an iPod touch you
can only receive broadcasts over Wi-Fi,
but on the iPhone 3G, 3GS or 4 you
can also now use 3G.
The quality is good and solid, but
the interface is sparse to the point of
confusing – you have to swipe across
FULLY FEATURED Receiving terrestrial KEY INFO to see more options – and channel- Live TV on your iPhone
television on your iPhone is UK price £17.99 Download size 9.8MB changing is sluggish. The fact that you
impressive in itself sounds great, but this
US price $29.99 iPod touch compatible Yes can stream over 3G on compatible is pricey – cheaper
Web www.slingmedia.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later iPhones, however, is a great addition. ● alternatives are available

EYETV CONTROLLER

EyeTV
£2.99 No SlingBox? Watch and schedule your EyeTV remotely

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eople pay good money Quality over the web is
for a Slingbox, a piece of dependent on your broadband
dedicated hardware that upload speed, or whether you’re
sits at home so you can stream on 3G. Though if you own a
TV over the internet to a PC or Turbo.264 HD – Elgato’s video-
smartphone. Now you can use encoding dongle – it can switch
your Mac to do the same thing. bitrates on the fly to give the
Add any TV tuner to your Mac best quality as your bandwidth
that uses Elgato’s fantastic EyeTV changes. Live TV streaming
application, then add this app requires a Core 2 Duo, but we
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You can watch live TV – with the Core Solo with a Turbo.264 HD.
app picking up the programme You can watch recordings
names from the EPG data in you’ve made through EyeTV on
EyeTV on your Mac – and play, the Mac, and view the schedules
pause and rewind it. You can do to mark future programmes for
it on the same local network or recording remotely. Sadly, there’s
even over the web. no way to search.
A Back-to-My-Mac-like service The app works well, though
enables you to easily find your your experience of watching live
home computer over the TV and recordings remotely
THE SMALLSCREEN Catch up on your favourite shows on your iPhone
internet, though only a few could be spoiled if your upload
KEY INFO routers fully make the speeds aren’t generous. It’s great There’s little wrong with
UK price £2.99 Download size 2.6MB connection automatically. All at scheduling and watching the app, though bandwidth
US price $4.99 iPod touch compatible Yes we needed, however, was a little recordings, but the TVCatchup can make the experience
Web www.elgato.com Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later port forwarding with our router. service is better for live TV. ● quite frustrating

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TV STREAMING SERVICE

Sky Mobile Sports &


Football Score Centre
FREE (£6 subscription) Live Premiership football on your iPhone

S
ky Sports is pretty news and sport, and unless you
expensive – a subscription have an Apple Component AV
costs £20-£40. With Mobile cable, you’re limited to the small
TV Sport for iPhone, all of Sky’s screen. But you do get all the
Sports channels (Sky Sports 1, 2, live Premiership and Football

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3, Xtra and News) plus ESPN, At League games from Sky and
the Races and Sky News, are ESPN, as well as cricket and
available to watch on Apple’s tennis. The other app, Sky Sports
device. And you don’t even have Live Football Score Centre is free
to have Sky Sports at home – and is the perfect companion for
all you pay is a £6 per month any footy fan on the move, with
subscription. Curently if you live scores and commentary,
already have Sky Sports 1&2 at The electronic programme
home then viewing is free with guide is well put together – you
this app and then just £5 per can see what’s on now and next,
SKY PLAYER Use your iPhone to watch a variety of events from Sky Sports
month from January 2011. and by hitting the arrow next to
If it worked on 3G it would Compared to regular Sky the listing, you can browse KEY INFO
be better of course, but Sports, the app is cheaper. what’s on in the next 12 hours. UK price Free (£6 subscription) Download size 1.3MB/1.7MB
even now it’s a brilliant Obviously you don’t have the When you’re watching, picture US price N/A iPod touch compatible Yes
iPhone app channel choice – this is just quality is incredible! ● Web mysky.sky.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later

TV AND RADIO LISTINGS INSPIRATIONAL TALKS

RadioTimes TED
£2.99 What’s on telly? Pass the Radio Times… FREE Don’t fire up a game; expand your mind!

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hile the programme he annual TED conference
guide in the Sky+ app brings together smart
doubles as a listings people from all kinds of
guide, it’s not ideal if you only disciplines. This app lists all the
have terrestrial TV. It’s time to talks available for you to watch,
put the queen of listings in the wherever and whenever you
palm of your hand… want. The videos are streamed
You can tell it what channels to your iPhone, and will happily
you have and preset them, or play over the mobile network;
you can scroll through by you just might have to be a
channel or time, read a little patient as they buffer.
description with RT ratings, The app itself is fairly basic –
and search for the show on the running times aren’t listed
Wikipedia, YouTube and iPlayer. and there’s no way to mark your
You can even mark shows as already-listened-to talks as
favourites to create a schedule watched, although you can
for yourself. It’s a little sluggish, select ‘favourite’ episodes. We
and sometimes confusing, but really can’t complain though, as
it has a good help system, and both the app and the talks on
you can build customised offer here are free, and they’re
channel groups. ● simply brilliant. ●
A BRITISH KEY INFO MIND- KEY INFO
INSTITUTION UK price £2.99 EXPANDING UK price Free
Personalise Free videos
the listings to US price $4.99 are yours to US price Free
suit your Web radiotimes.click365.tv watch on a Web www.motherapp.com
available Download size 0.9MB huge range Download size 1.6MB
channels iPod touch compatible Yes Sometimes unwieldy and counter- of topics iPod touch compatible Yes Some of the most brilliant minds,
Requires iOS 2.0 or later intuitive, but thorough and handy Requires iOS 3.0 or later in the most inspiring talks, for free

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INTERNET RADIO

TuneIn Radio
£1.19 Tune in and turn on to 30,000 different radio stations

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hile there are plenty of drift off at night with the sleep
internet radio apps for timer, or you can get it to play in
the iPhone, you’d be the background while you use
hard pressed to find one as fully other apps.
featured as TuneIn Radio. Yet TuneIn Radio gets around
despite its bells and whistles, the Apple’s multitasking ban on
interface doesn’t feel cluttered – older iPhones and the iPod
in fact it’s very Apple-like, touch by opening the stream in
showing a logo for the station the Safari browser. This means
with a mirrored reflection which, you can’t use Safari to browse at
when tapped, reveals some the same time while doing this,

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artwork for your currently but the app does contain its
playing artist. own basic web browser.
The interface also makes TuneIn Radio makes use of
it easy to browse stations the Radio Time directory, with
by genre, bookmark your over 30,000 stations. At the
favourites, and visit the artist same time it makes it easy to
station for the current artist on find the better stations. It also
Last.fm or buy their music on knows your location and can
iTunes. In addition, you can find local radio stations with
pause live streams for 30 ease. Playback on Wi-Fi, EDGE
SUITS YOU Pause and rewind live radio to listen at your convenience
minutes, rewind and fast and 3G was flawless. There are
KEY INFO forward, or record any station many other radio apps on the A wonderful
UK price £1.19 Download size 8.2MB you like to listen to it later. You App Store, but at this price implementation of internet
US price $1.99 iPod touch compatible Yes can set a station to wake you up TuneIn Radio offers great radio on the iPhone. Well
Web www.tunein-radio.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later in the morning and help you features in a slick interface. ● worth every penny

RADIO STREAMER MUSIC PLAYBACK

Tuner Internet Radio Attic


£2.99 Hear music from all over the world £0.59 Fall in love with forgotten albums again

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ffering radio for your his is a beautiful little app,
iPhone, this handy little and we wish we could use
app lists thousands of it to control all of our
radio stations that are music collection. Apple would
broadcasting on the web, be unlikely to approve an app
broken down by genres such that duplicates the functionality
as Classical, Dance/Electronic of the built-in iPod app,
and Golden Oldies. You can however, so we suspect this
bookmark your favourites, one’s gimmick – a way to play
search, browse the top 500 – albums you haven’t listened to
as decided by whom, it doesn’t for a long time – is just a way
say – or add your own streams. to get round this.
The interface is clean and The ‘unlistened-to albums’
simple, and because many of idea, however, is flawed, and
the streams will play even over not just because you could
EDGE, you’re never, in theory, almost do it with a Smart
short of something to listen to. Playlist. The problem is that you
It’s a great partner to Last.fm. may not have many full albums
It’s also now been updated you haven’t listened to on the
to work with multitasking on relatively small capacities of an
newer iPhones. ● iPhone or iPod touch. ●
ON THE MOVE KEY INFO KEY INFO LOOKING GOOD
Stream UK price £2.99 UK price £0.59 The attractive
high-quality interface
internet radio US price $4.99 US price $0.99 makes it an
from your Web www.nullriver.com Web atticapp.com alternative to
iPhone to your Download size 0.3MB Download size 3.8MB the iPhone’s
car stereo iPod touch compatible Yes Supports AAC+, MP3, PLS and M3U A beautiful interface but not, iPod touch compatible Yes built-in
Requires iOS 3.2 or later streams, but sadly no BBC content perhaps, the best basic concept Requires iOS 3.0 or later music player

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MUSIC SERVICE

Spotify
FREE (requires subscription) All the music in the world is yours

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one are the days when you (£119.88 a year); the 99p day
had to take your music passes don’t work here.
around with you on tape The good news is that not
or CD, as you can carry only can you stream music from
thousands of tracks on an iPod Spotify onto your iPhone, you
wherever you go. And what’s can also cache up to 3,333 tracks
next? Now you can take nearly locally. It’s a bit like downloading
all the music in the world with tracks – except you don’t get to
you to listen to. keep them – and it means you
Spotify is now on the iPhone can listen to the playlists you or
and it gives you access to a huge others have created even if you

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library of music from the major don’t have a data connection.
labels, plus a bunch of indies. As The app itself is generally well
with the Spotify app for Mac and built, though there’s currently
Windows, the catalogue’s not no support to scrobble your
exhaustive, but it is immense. listening to Last.fm. Sadly, clicks
First, however, the bad news: on a connected headphone set
though the app for the iPhone is try to control the iPod, not the
free, you can’t simply use it to playback in Spotify. Neither will
stream music as you can on the the app play music in the
desktop apps – we wish they’d background.
ALWAYS READY In Offline mode you can listen even when there’s no connection
let us pay for the iPhone app if This is great if you’re happy
The app and service work it meant we could enjoy the to consume your music on KEY INFO
well, but you may balk at ad-supported streams – and subscription, without ever UK price Free (with subscription) Download size 4.4MB
a tenner a month with you’ll need to be a premium actually owning it; if not, then US price Not available iPod touch compatible Yes
nothing to keep member. It costs £9.99 a month Spotify’s not for you. ● Web www.spotify.com/uk Requires iOS 3.0 or later

FREE MUSIC MEDIA IDENTIFIER

Last.fm Shazam
FREE Tired of your own music collection? FREE A music mastermind at your fingertips

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ith over five million hat’s the name of that
tracks available to song you can hear?
listen to for free, Last. Now you need never
fm is a bit of a phenomenon. ask that question again. Fire up
Since those in the UK are Shazam, let it listen to the
denied the superb Pandora music for a few seconds and
app, Last.fm will have to do. It’s then it’ll tell you what’s playing.
not a great hardship, though, It might stumble with obscure
as Last.fm is fantastic. tracks or when used in noisy
Give it a tag or an artist name environments, but it’s generally
and it will stream their music pretty accurate.
and – and this is the clever bit – You’re also given a direct link
similar artists, creating your to buy the track from the iTunes
personal radio station. You can Store (if it’s stocked), see
then share these with your YouTube videos, and read
contacts. It remembers the biographies associated with the
tracks you like and it’s generally track, view discographies and
very good at finding similar album reviews. It needs a mic
artists; it offers lots of additional and an internet connection,
info too – such as tour dates however, so on an iPod touch
– and the ability to buy. ● you’ll probably be a bit stuck. ●
KEEPING BUSY KEY INFO NAME THAT KEY INFO
The app is now UK price Free TUNE After UK price Free
compatible identifying a
with iPhone US price Free track, Shazam US price Free
multitasking Web www.last.fm gives you Web www.shazam.com
so it can run Download size 2.2MB links to buy it Download size 3.8MB
while you work iPod touch compatible Yes The ideal way to find new music; iPod touch compatible With mic Augment your world of sound and
Requires iOS 3.0 or later complements the Genius feature Requires iOS 3.0 or later you’ll always know what’s playing

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Darkslide is quick at
01
grabbing the thumbnails
of your Flickr photos

You can share a photo easily


02
via Twitter or email, or even
view its Flickr page

Darkslide fully supports


03
geotagging of photos, so
03 you can view location data

You can edit the full range of


04
tags and descriptions when
uploading a photo

KEY INFO
UK price £2.39
US price $3.99
Web connectedflow.com/darkslide
Download size 1.5MB
iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 4.0 or later

FLICKR PORTAL

Darkslide Premium
£2.39 Is that three billion images in your pocket…?

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ormerly called Exposure, and now Twitter feed (Twitterrific, Tweetie, photos, explore places, groups, sets,
available as both a paid-for and TwitterFon and Safari are all supported), tags and favourites. You can comment
free ad-supported version, email a link to the photo, or open the on pictures and add them to your

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Darkslide is the daddy of the iPhone relevant Flickr page. favourites. You can also upload photos
Flickr apps. At its most basic, it’s a portal It’s much more than that, though; it from your iPhone, complete with
to access your own Flickr pictures; it’s gives you access to all Flickr’s features permissions, tags, descriptions and
not as convenient as the iPhone’s built- in a way that’s been optimised for the embedded location information.
in Photos app, simply because it has iPhone. It can use the iPhone’s location There’s also the Explore section,
to pull the images down from Flickr’s services, for example, to show you where 500 images are featured every
servers. It does a superb job of caching those images on Flickr that are day. You can view them on your iPhone,
thumbnails, however, so even if you’re geotagged as nearby – marked as or mark them as favourite or share
only using an EDGE signal it doesn’t ‘Near Me’. You can also search the them with just one tap.
feel agonisingly slow. entire universe of Flickr photos. We’d recommend using the free
Tap an image once to load it full-size, When you’re uploading your shots version if you’re a light user and
How to make an iPhone or double-tap to bring up the Info you can access all the details within happy to view the inline adverts
app a front-end to a web screen where you can add your Description, Tags and Location. alongside your photos, but it’s worth
service; essential purchase comments. From either screen, you can Similarly, tap the More icon to browse paying for Darkslide Premium if you’re
for any Flickr user also tap an icon to post a link to your your contacts’ photos, look at featured a regular Flickr user. ●

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EBOOK READER FLICKR VIEWER

eReader Flickr
FREE Read books on the go with this app FREE Search the entire Flickr photo library

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he iPhone isn’t great as an here’s a huge choice of
eBook reader: the screen Flickr apps, but this is the
is a bit small, and keeping only official one. Flickr
it on to read will draw a lot of keeps things simple and is easy
battery power. But if you’re still to use: you can search for
not put off, eReader is great. photos from Flickr’s online
It’s the same system that you collection, or choose from a
might have used on a Palm, but slideshow of recommended
with an added benefit. If you’ve photos. Tap a photo from your
already bought books from search results to see its details
eReader, you can access your and visitor comments; from
digital library from within the here, you can see the photo at
eReader app on your iPhone. full-screen size, save it to your
Downloading books just takes iPhone or email it to a friend.
a few taps, and there are over There’s also a facility to upload
100,000 to choose from, with photos direct from your iPhone.
more added each month. The Some other features have
colour, size and background of to open in Safari rather than
the display can be customised the app, but otherwise it’s a
to suit your preferences, and it pleasure to use: attractive and
has an attractive page-turn. ● quick to download images. ●
READ AND KEY INFO KEY INFO SNAP SHOTS
LISTEN UK price Free UK price Free Flickr’s app
You can read enables you
while also US price Free US price Free to browse
listening to Web www.ereader.com Web www.flickr.com photos full
your iPhone’s Download size 5.3MB Download size 4.9MB screen
music library iPod touch compatible Yes A great way to read eBooks, though The simplicity of this Flickr app iPhone compatible Yes
Requires iOS 3.0 or later the iPhone screen could be bigger trumps others with more features iPod touch compatible iOS 3.0

EBOOK READER IMAGE GALLERY

Classics LuxGallery
£1.79 You always promised you’d read them… FREE A gallery of inspiring 3D work

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s mentioned above, rom the makers of the
screen size and battery modo modelling and
life mean that the rendering software
iPhone isn’t an ideal eBook comes this beautiful app; it
reader. However, it seems daft showcases images created
to have a compact, media- with it. So if you’re a modo
friendly device in your pocket user, the constantly updated
that you don’t use to read Luxology Image Gallery might
books. And Classics is the most be a convenient way for you to
polished app for the job. explore what other modo
It comes with a library of designers and artists have
classic novels – Treasure Island, been producing.
Pride & Prejudice, 20,000 Leagues You can search through
Under The Sea and more, each thousands of images; when
with a lovingly crafted cover. you find one you like, you can
You can flip the pages with a add it to your favourites. You
sweep of your finger. The list of can view in landscape mode,
books is limited to those the and browse and bookmark
developer provides, but they’re exceptionally nice images, but
committed to adding more there’s nothing more to this
with free updates. ● particular app than that. ●
SMOOTH KEY INFO BE INSPIRED KEY INFO
ACTION UK price £1.79 Choose to scroll UK price Free
Realistic 3D through the
page turns US price $2.99 images or also US price Free
will track to Web www.classicsapp.com view their Web www.luxology.com
your finger Download size 45.8MB descriptions Download size 21.2MB
iPod touch compatible Yes A limited range of books on offer, iPod touch compatible Yes A convenient source of inspiration
Requires iOS 2.0 or later but presented with flair and style Requires iOS 3.2 or later from worldwide modo users

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WIKIPEDIA CLIENT

Articles
£1.79 Make Wikipedia pretty and more useful on your iPhone

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ost of the negative long articles is a clever solution,
reviews on the App Store but we’d like to see section
make the point that you headers pop up so it’s easier
‘can do the same thing for free’ to see where you are.
with Safari. But even though you It’s not just aesthetics that are
can indeed browse Wikipedia on improved; Articles also makes it
your iPhone – even to the extent easier to interact with content.
of using the built-in feature of We like the way that the ‘vital
adding a specific site shortcut statistics’ summary box’s many
to your Home screen – that’s pages are hidden behind a main
missing the point. image, with an ‘i’ under a page

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Articles takes everything curl prompting you to tap.
that’s great about Safari as a way Specific pages can be
to access Wikipedia on the go bookmarked in folders that you
and improves on them all. For create, and recently viewed
starters, everything is prettier. pages are cached so you can
The developer has done a view them offline. And even
cracking job on the stylesheet finding articles is easier than
for text and tables; everything with the web view, thanks to
looks great on the iPhone’s small a Title/Content button and
screen. However, it’s still a sub- autocomplete. Plus it can
LOOKING GOOD The information looks great on the iPhone screen
optimal way to view some geolocate you to suggest
KEY INFO complex documents, but it’s articles for things around you, A jewel of an app,
UK price £1.79 Download size 2.0MB cleaner and more attractive than which is great for travelling. beautifully designed and
US price $2.99 iPod touch compatible Yes Safari. The double-tap-and-scroll There’s an iPad version easy to use; we can’t wait
Web www.sophiestication.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later trick to skip between sections in coming out, too… ● to try the iPad version

OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY HISTORIC REFERENCE

Concise OED On this day…


£11.99 Over 240,000 words and phrases FREE What happened on this day in history?

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here are other dictionaries rom the maker of the
available for the iPhone Articles app, this is another
– English Dictionary & Wikipedia-based app,
Thesaurus by Ultralingua is one focusing on squeezing every
of the best, as it includes last drop of juice from
synonyms – but there’s a sense Wikipedia about what
of security from having the happened on this day in
259MB OED at your fingertips. history. The interface enables
It’s pricey for an iPhone app you to click through from each
but less than the RRP of the event, birth or death to the
print edition, and is more related article on the
flexible. Entries are hyperlinked Wikipedia website.
to definitions, and many have It’s actually a fun way to learn
an audio recording of the more about the world, since
pronunciation. The technical rather a lot has happened in
quality of these audio clips is the course of recorded history –
a bit rough, but it’s useful. much of it you’ll never have
We’d have liked to have a heard of before. But bear
thesaurus as well, however, and in mind that the source is
sensitivity to poor spelling Wikipedia, so cross-check all
when looking up words. ● those facts before quoting! ●
SOUNDS KEY INFO KEY INFO STYLISH
RIGHT UK price £11.99 UK price Free FACTS Sophia
You can listen Teutschler
to an audio US price $19.99 US price Free makes
recording of Web www.wordwebsoftware.com Web www.sophiestication.com beautiful-
the correct Download size 259MB Download size 5.7MB looking
pronunciation iPod touch compatible Yes There are cheaper dictionaries, but A beautifully executed and iPod touch compatible Yes iPhone apps
Requires iOS 3.0 or later it’s worth it for the authority informative iPhone app Requires iOS 4.0 or later

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SIMPLE PLEASURES It’s a LEARN AND PLAY Build


basic idea, but kids love it your children’s shape-
matching skills with these
fun puzzle games

INFLATABLE FUN PICTURE PUZZLE

Balloonimals Tozzle
£1.19 Good old-fashioned party fun £1.19 Toddler’s favourite puzzle

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low into your iPhone’s KEY INFO he idea of Tozzle is to drag and KEY INFO
microphone to inflate an UK price £1.19 drop shapes to their correct UK price £1.19
onscreen balloon. Once it’s fully US price $1.99 location in a given scene. Keep US price $1.99
inflated, give it a shake to transform it Web www.ideotoylab.com getting it wrong and a little arrow will Web www.nodeflexion.com
into a balloon animal. Each shake adds Download size 17.2MB guide you. Most scenes have interactive Download size 70.7MB
another twist to until your creature’s iPod touch compatible Yes elements and some involve letters and iPod touch compatible Yes
fully formed. Then you can play with it – Requires iOS 3.0 or later numbers, so kids will learn as they play. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later
each animal knows a few amusing Tozzle is essentially the same shape-
tricks – and once you’re bored, pump matching idea over and over again, but
it up until it pops and start again with as any parent familiar with the phrase
a different colour. “Again!” knows, kids love doing the
The drawback is that young same sort of thing repeatedly, and
ones find it tricky to blow into the Great fun for toddlers but with over 30 different scenes there’s The perfect way to keep little
microphone accurately, leaving the appeal is rather short enough variety here to keep them ones amused in the car –
you with a soggy iPhone. ● lived for older kids happy for ages. ● they’ll learn as they play

TALKBACK CHARACTER BE WARNED This is the


perfect excuse for your

Talking Carl
kids to get their hands
on your iPhone!

£0.59 Carl just hasn’t learned to shut up

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ome kids’ iPhone apps
provide real educational
benefit and make you feel
good as a parent, proud that
your Apple device has put your
child ahead of the game. Then
there are apps like Talking Carl. CHILDREN’S BOOK

The Cat in the Hat


It’s not a bad app, it’s just
puerile – but in the best sense.
Carl is a little red… thing.
You can tickle him to make him
laugh or poke him in the eye to
make him scream, but the real
£2.39 Meet Thing 1 and Thing 2!

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fun is that whatever you say to he Cat in the Hat has taken its KEY INFO
him he repeats back to you in a rightful place amongst the UK price £2.39
silly voice. Your kids will love it classics of children’s literature for US price $3.99
and get progressively louder as very good reason. It combines beautiful Web www.oceanhousemedia.com
they start to shout, then scream illustration with a story full of fun and Download size 13.7MB
things at Carl. And you, dear mischief. This app is an absolute steal at iPod touch compatible Yes
parent, will grow to hate it £2.39, because it brings the story to life Requires iOS 3.0 or later
in equal measure. ● by reading it out loud and letting your
MONSTROUS KEY INFO children interact with the pages.
FUN Tickle, UK price £0.59 Any objects you touch on the
pinch and
poke Carl US price $0.99 pages are named, while swipes
and watch Web www.skype.com progress the storyline. There’s no proper
his reactions Download size 7.4MB animation, but frequent use of a Ken
iPod touch compatible Yes Complete nonsense, but kids Burns zoom effect creates the Nicely done, and potentially
Requires iOS 3.0 or later will undoubtedly love it impression of movement. ● saves you a job at bedtime!

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obile devices like the iPhone are great for casual tasks – but
you need a laptop or desktop computer when you really
need to get things done, right? Not any more: the iPhone
helps you be productive whenever it suits you, not when you happen
to be at your desk. Here, you’ll discover apps that turn your iPhone
into a mobile office, as well as tools to help you maintain your entire
computer ecosystem and alternatives to the iPhone’s built-in internet
tools. First, though, let’s find out how you can use the internet to
store and read documents using Apple’s MobileMe service…

98 Access your iDisk on your iPhone


100 Office tools
106 Utility tools
112 Apps for internet assistance

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SHARE FILES ONLINE

Access your iDisk


on your iPhone
Retrieve your online documents while you’re on the move

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED art of the MobileMe suite of stored online, MobileMe iDisk enables
● Apple’s MobileMe iDisk app, online services, iDisk is Apple’s you to share these files with other users
free from the App Store online storage solution. Available and even add a password, right on the
● A MobileMe account (£59 to everybody who has a MobileMe iPhone. To share a file you simply select
per year from www.apple. account, iDisk provides you with an it from your iDisk and enter the email
com/uk/pricing) easy way to store and share your files address of the person you want to
online, and integration with Mac OS X share it with, and they’ll be able to
means that copying files to
your iDisk is as easy as copying
files to another folder on your
MobileMe iDisk enables you
Mac. You can also access it
through a web browser, while
to access your iDisk from an
the MobileMe Control Panel iPhone or iPod touch
enables you to access iDisk
direct from Windows. download the file from a link that’s
Now, to make things even simpler, provided in the email.
you no longer have to be tied to a Mac The MobileMe iDisk app is a useful
or PC to get to these files. Apple’s free addition to your app library; you can
MobileMe iDisk app enables you to download it for free from the App Store
access your iDisk from an iPhone or in iTunes or your iPhone’s App Store ACCESS ANYWHERE With the ability to download files
iPod touch. As well as using the app to app. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how and share documents, the MobileMe iDisk app is your
view the documents and media you’ve to use it to its full potential. ● passport to efficient mobile working

HOW TO… Back up, restore, wipe and migrate your iPhone data

1 Download and log in


Download and install the MobileMe iDisk
application from the App Store. Launch the app,
2 Open your documents
You can view many files stored on your
iDisk, including movies, music, photos, PDFs and
3 Get the best view
View your file in portrait or landscape
orientation by rotating your iPhone. The
enter your MobileMe member name and documents from the likes of iWork and Office. document will rotate automatically. Swipe
password, then tap Go. You now have access To access a document, tap on it; the file will be to view multiple pages and use the pinch
to all the files and folders on your iDisk. downloaded directly from iDisk to your iPhone. movement to zoom in and out.

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4 Tap to share
Tapping a document once brings up the
controls that enable you to return to the iDisk
5 Enter an email address
Next, enter the email address of the person
you want to share it with. Do this manually or use
6 Limit the share time
If you’d rather not share a file permanently,
you can add a time limit so that the download
folder list. Other options here enable you to share a name from your contacts. You can also include a link for the file expires after a certain period of
a file with someone else. Tap the Share button personal message. To keep the document private, time. You can easily share the same file again in
to the right of a file. simply enter a password. the future, of course.

7 Download a shared file


Your email will be sent to the other user
and will include a link to a location where they
8 Control your file shares
Tap Shared Files to view a list of all the
files that are being shared. Tap the Share icon
9 Shared file data
Tap the i button when viewing shared files
to see the full details of the date and time a file
can download the file. This is ideal when you want alongside a file and you can choose to stop has been shared. Along with the date and time
to share larger files that are too bulky for email sharing that file or send the link again so that shared, you’ll also be able to see the URL where
attachments, for example. someone else can view it. that particular file is stored.

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01 02 04

Can it be true? The Holy Grail


01
of Office documents – cut,
copy and paste…

Accessing files over Wi-Fi or


02
your iDisk account is easy

Transferring files in Quickoffice


03
can utilise an authentication
procedure for privacy
03
Quickoffice enables you to
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view and edit any Excel or
Word document

KEY INFO
UK price £2.99 (introductory price)
US price $4.99 (introductory price)
Developer www.quickoffice.com
Download size 13.7MB
iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 3.0 or later

OFFICE SUITE

Quickoffice
£2.99 Create and edit Word and Excel documents on the road

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here’s no shortage of applications areas to work from – Quickword, an update that allows you to create
for the iPhone that can view Quicksheet and Quickoffice Files. You and edit PowerPoint files.
documents and spreadsheets, can create and edit Word and Excel You can grab files from (and save to)

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but what’s missing is a way to create documents (DOC, DOCX, XLS and your iDisk, or mount your iPhone over a
or edit them. On top of that, with XLSX). In the document editor, you can Wi-Fi network for direct copying from a
developments from the big name in change fonts, style and size, create Mac or PC, and it’s easy to email files
PDA-style editing, Documents To Go, bulleted lists and, by Jobs, can it be direct from the iPhone. If you purchase
not necessarily offering all the editing true… cut, copy and paste? The Quickoffice Connect (£5.99), the app
features that we might hope for, behaviour is a little fiddly, but it’s bliss also supports various cloud storage
Quickoffice is a worthy inclusion in this nevertheless. However, one problem services such as Box.net, MobileMe,
category. The app is available for just is the keyboard’s intelligence – auto- Dropbox, and Google Docs.
£2.99 as we go to press but you’ll need correction and the like – is missing, The autosave facility kicks in every
to act fast if this is the app for you, as making typing laborious. few minutes, which is great as it’s
this is an introductory price… The spreadsheet lets you enter and sometimes easy to forget to save
It has some limitations but The interface is good, if a little edit formulas, change cell formats and, changes while on the move.
actually offers pretty much clunky, and possibly lacks the flair of of course, cut, copy and paste, and the At this price, we’d recommend
the full gamut of tools the best applications from the likes of latest version now supports more Quickoffice, but it’ll be interesting to
required for business docs Tapbots. But there are three clear advanced Excel features. There’s also see what price it is after this offer. ●

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NOTETAKING APP

Evernote
FREE Some clever technology behind the scenes

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hen this app first came photo notes, and when they’re
out, it wasn’t quite uploaded, any text is
ready for prime time – automatically recognised with
there were a few glitches and OCR so you can search for stuff
usability tweaks that needed to you’ve snapped later. Of course,
be ironed out. But the designers while Evernote will work just fine
have worked hard and with an iPod touch, its lack of
frequently updated the app with built-in camera means you can’t
new features, and you now have snap and upload pics in this way.
a great free app with some very You can also record audio
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At its heart, it’s just an online an iPhone mic to allow you to
notes service. Clients already use this facility.
exist for the Mac and PC and It’s the integration of all the
now the iPhone. Nothing’s different platforms that really
stored locally; it is instead impresses; if you can get yourself
uploaded to Evernote’s servers. trained to dump everything into
The advantage is that every note Evernote, it’s accessible from
you add is accessible from any pretty much anywhere you are.
internet-connected computer You can mark notes as favourites
in the world, including your for quick access and there’s a
TAKE NOTE Write, shoot or record your reminder – Evernote will take it down
iPhone. You can set up multiple handy web-clipping URL that
Some rough edges, but a notebooks, share them, and tag lets you bookmark web pages, KEY INFO
powerful and free service notes. Best of all, though, is that too. The current version allows UK price Free Download size 8.3MB
that takes advantage of all you can use your iPhone’s for a lot more multitasking, US price Free iPod touch compatible Yes
the iPhone has to offer camera to grab (geotagged) making it really user-friendly. ● Web www.evernote.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later

MOBILE WORD PROCESSOR

Documents To Go
£5.99 Take your Word documents wherever you go

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ntil Microsoft builds Word now edit documents directly in
for the iPhone – not that ‘DocsToGo’ from any third-party
we expect that any time app that supports the ‘Open
soon – this is the best option for in…’ file sharing feature (eg
creating and editing word Google Docs, Dropbox, iDisk
processing documents on the and more).
go. In fact, there’s not a lot that The iPhone’s auto-correct
this app can’t do! keyboard intelligence is intact,
You add documents to your and you can even use the
iPhone using a companion app keyboard in landscape mode
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synchronise them across using and a tiny, single-line letterbox
Wi-Fi. Annoyingly, while it view of your document.
supports DOC, DOCX and TXT Though you can’t change the
files, plus PowerPoint, PDF and size of text, you can manage
iWork, there’s no support for RTF. lists, colours and more. You can
The real power of the system, jump to the beginning, middle
though, is document editing. or end of the document, do find/
Even before iPhone OS 3.0 was replace and word, character and
released, DataViz, the company paragraph counts. iPhone 4
behind this app, had developed users can even grab attachments
WORD UP If you need Office docs on your iPhone, this app can help you out
a copy/paste engine that feels from Exchange servers. DataViz
Consider Quickoffice for its very natural, though it meant has ironed out a lot of the bugs KEY INFO
Excel editing, but this is a you could only do the editing associated with the app when it UK price £5.99 Download size 9.3MB
great word processor for within the app. With 4th first appeared and it's now a US price $9.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
the iPhone generation iPhones, you can formidable business aid. ● Web www.dataviz.com Requires iOS 3.2 or later

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ORGANISER

OmniFocus
£11.99 No more excuses for forgetting things

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efore we go on, we’ll locations and OmniFocus will
mention that this app won keep your tasks up to date with
Apple’s Design Award for their status. Do a job then tick
Best iPhone Productivity back in it off. You can even add any
2008, so it already comes with attachments that might come
some kudos. in useful to your notes
Forgetting to pick up the dry OmniFocus is even clever
cleaning or to buy a loaf of enough to use GPS (if you have
bread during your lunch break is the iPhone 3G) or your location-
now a thing of the past, thanks aware status to tell you what
to this iPhone version of the you can achieve given your
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This handy helper app was need to buy a roll of toilet paper,
released to complement the or a bottle of wine? No problem,
desktop version for Macs. The OmniFocus will tell you if there’s
real bonus with the iPhone a convenience store round the
version is that it’s totally corner. Very clever.
portable. You can consult, tick The app works with MobileMe
off and generally manage your or your own WebDAV server.
to-do lists. Because that is There is one caveat with this
essentially what OmniFocus is. piece of software, though, you
POCKET PA Keep on top of your tasks with the omnipresent OmniFocus
It’s a to-do list on steroids. do have to be the tidy-minded
KEY INFO It’s a very simple program to box-ticking type to make it really
UK price £11.99 Download size 3.2MB use; type in your chores and tag work for you. It’s fair to say, It’s expensive but if you’re a
US price $19.99 iPod touch compatible Yes them with contexts (say, phone slovenly, forgetful and plain lazy list-maker then this has to
Web www.omnigroup.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later tasks, for example), and even types need not apply… ● be on your iPhone…

PERSONAL DATABASE

Bento
£2.99 Create databases and sync them with your Mac

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his app does the sortable in the list view, and
impossible: it makes adding records is a cinch.
databases cool. Not an Creating databases from
easy task… When the Mac scratch on the iPhone can be
version of FileMaker’s personal fiddly, and it did crash on us a
database launched in 2008, it few times. But here’s the magic:
felt like the missing module to it syncs beautifully over Wi-Fi
Apple’s iWork suite. Slick, pretty with the £30 Mac version, so you
and easy to use, it came pre- can set up full, rich databases on
populated with a bunch of the Mac and then simply sync
useful templates. them to your iPhone or iPod
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as lovely. It too has ready-built This is a great little database
templates – a recipe book, event with room to grow. There’s no
planning, expenses and more – interaction with iCal yet, though
though you can build your own. it reads your address book live
There’s support for lots of field – and the single-user Bento
types – multiple choice, ratings, model means even small
dates, times, durations and workgroups need to look to the
more, though some advanced full, scary FileMaker range. But
data types, most notably its ease of use and ability to sync
DATA AID Editing databases is easy thanks to the clearly presented display
calculations, require Bento for wirelessly with Bento for Mac –
KEY INFO Mac as well (see http://tinyurl. the latest version can sync
UK price £2.99 Download size 5.1MB com/pl3vpb). It all feels very libraries contained in folders A superb app; latest
US price $4.99 iPod touch compatible Yes iPhone-like. You can choose and maintain the order – mark improvements make
Web www.filemaker.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later which fields are visible and it out as a near triumph. ● it a steal at just £2.99

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The presentation running


02 01
on your Mac shows the
elements you’re highlighting on
your iPhone’s display…

… and all you have to do is to


02
point to the part on the slide
that you want to draw your
audience’s attention to

Any notes that you’ve added


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to your Keynote presentations
appear on your iPhone’s screen

KEY INFO
UK price £4.99
US price $7.99
Web www.wooji-juice.com
Download size 0.3MB
iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 2.0 or later

PRESENTATION TOOL

Wooji Presentation Remote


£4.99 Offers much more than simply the ability to advance presentations’ slides

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ooji Presentation Remote turns need to read the instructions to figure thrown from a projector hooked up
your iPhone into a remote out exactly how to link the two and to your Mac. Though it was initially not

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control for presentations on enable one of the app’s show-stopping possible, you can now advance slides in
your computer. Unfortunately, although features, an on-screen highlighter. this sideways-on view mode as well as
it’s a cracking application, you might be The app running on your iPhone in the portrait, presenter notes mode.
disappointed to learn that it only works pulls down slides’ titles and presenter It can be a little sluggish moving
with a Mac, since it only ties into notes (swipe up and down) from your between slides, but unless you’re trying
Keynote, Apple’s Mac-only presentation open Keynote presentations, lets you to flick through dozens of slides in a few
package; there’s no support for PCs or advance and rewind slides (swipe side minutes, you shouldn’t really notice the
PowerPoint here. to side), and features a timer. occasional delay. And there are nice
That said, it’s a very well put together Best of all, though, is that you can additional touches, such as light-on-
offering, that’s easy to use. Initial set-up rotate your iPhone, see the slide, and dark mode to reduce glare when you’re
can be a little bit of a pain; you launch tap to have details highlighted on the presenting in a darkened room, and the
the free Presentation Manager helper presentation display. It’s handled preview thumbnail of the next slide. We’d rather see more than
app on your Mac then pair it with your beautifully, too, with a subtle spotlight It’s a shame it doesn’t support just Keynote on the Mac
iPhone or iPod via Wi-Fi, enable the effect directing your audience’s PowerPoint but this is one of the most supported, but this is a
highlighter, then pick which attention to the points on the Mac’s technically impressive and creatively proficient and well
presentation to start on-screen. You do screen, or, of course, on an image satisfying apps for the iPhone. ● executed application

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BILLING TOOL

Billings Touch
FREE Track your time and expenses

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ime may be money, but from the app and sync with the
keeping track of how long Mac version. If you sync with
you’ve spent on a client – Billings on the Mac, you’ll have
or the expenses you’ve racked access to over 30 professionally
up on the job – can be tricky; designed invoice templates, and
Billings Touch helps. You create be able to analyse your data
clients – optionally sucking in using the built-in business
details from a contact in your reports. You do have access to
address book – projects and invoice templates from the free
jobs, and then simply start app, it’s just that there aren’t as
adding expenses. It supports many to choose from.

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travel expenses, other fixed If you also invest in Credit
expenses and, crucially, timed Card Terminal (just 59p from
slips, where you set an hourly innerfence) you can accept
fee and start and stop the clock payments for your invoices right
as you work on projects. (And on your iPhone or iPod touch.
yes, it keeps tracking when the The app also supports
app is closed.) multiple currencies for billing
Clever and useful touches clients in different countries,
abound, despite the surprising so you can define default
complexity of billing. The home currencies on a per-client basis.
CASH & CARRY The expenses app that’s thought of everything
screen that tracks hours and At its simplest level, being
KEY INFO money is particularly welcome. able to input your expenses Even without syncing, this
UK price Free Download size 5.3MB While the app itself is free, it while on the move will make a is terrific – and if £9 is too
US price Free iPod touch compatible Yes does cost £8.99 to unlock the difference to all those who suffer much of an outlay, your
Web www.marketcircle.com Require iOS 3.1.3 or later ability to send invoices directly from lost receipts. ● business is in trouble…

VOICE RECORDING CONTACT INFORMATION

iTalk Recorder Business


FREE Time to get rid of that old dictaphone Card Reader
W
e like this audio notes
recorder from top- £2.39 From paper to digital in one easy step
class accessory maker

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Griffin, not just because it’s he basic idea here is that you
reasonably polished and offers snap a picture of someone’s
handy features such as the business card (you need an
ability to name, delete and pick iPhone 3GS for this, though if you add
a quality level for recordings, something such as a Griffin Clarifi
but also because it makes it case to an earlier model you can get
easy to get the recordings off the focus sufficiently close) and the
the iPhone and on to your Mac app converts the picture to text and
or PC. A helper app (iTalk Sync) detects what part of the image is the
on your computer finds your name, which part the phone number
iPhone automatically over the and so on. (It keeps the photos of the
Wi-Fi network, and you can card too as a nice visual reference.)
simply drag the AIFF recordings The ability to merge with existing
to your computer. contacts, or look up on LinkedIn, is
The UI looks good and the good. The app stands out from its
quality from the mic is pretty competitors thanks to its initial
good. You can also append text aesthetic, smart graphics, and
notes to recordings. ● impressive reading accuracy. ●
TALK TALK KEY INFO KEY INFO CALLING
Surprisingly UK price Free UK price £2.39 CARD Forget
good level of that clunky
audio, even in US price Free US price $3.99 card holder,
fairly noisy Web www.griffintechnology.com Developer www.shapeservices.com scan contact
situations Download size 1.1MB Download size 18.4MB info instead
iPhone compatible Yes Solid voice-recording app, and it’s A great idea that works well. iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 3.0 or later easy to get recordings off, too Slightly high price but truly useful Requires iOS 3.1 or later

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CLIPBOARD MANAGER

Pastebot
£2.39 Copy & paste addicts can now rest easy…

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t its most prosaic, download that for free from
Pastebot is a clipboard http://tapbots.com/software/
manager for your iPhone pastebot/#sync).
or iPod touch. But rather than Filters can be applied to to
just being able to copy and then images (convert a colour image
paste a single snippet of text or to black and white, for example);
a picture, Pastebot lets you save meanwhile, text can undergo
an unlimited number of these useful transformations such as
snippets, and gives you the ‘convert to upper case’ or ‘wrap
option to organise them into in HTML tags’ applied.
relevant folders. Tap any clipping The search capabilities are

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and it automatically loads it into good, as is the metadata (such
the iPhone’s clipboard and as image size, character/word
presents you with a menu, count and creation date). You
which contains Action and can create new text clippings
Filters menus as well as a small from within the app, and send
information window. those clippings as emails or save
The impressive thing, though, images back to your photo
is that it can sync with your Mac; library. The Actions menu is file
copy a snippet of text on your specific so it’s all very intuitive.
Mac and it’s pushed to Pastebot, The only drawback to
COPY & PASTE Store information easily – and organise and sync and edit!
and vice versa. You can copy Pastebot’s use is down to the
As a stand-alone app, images straight from Finder. iPhone’s limitations… you do KEY INFO
it’s good. Add in the (You do need the companion have to go in and out of apps UK price £2.39 Download size 6.1MB
Mac syncing, and it Mac app, Pastebot Sync, for when sourcing and saving the US price $3.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
becomes great these features but you can information you need. ● Web tapbots.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later

EXTERNAL NUMBER PAD CALCULATOR

NumberKey Calcbot
£1.19 Add a number pad to your MacBook £1.19 Upgrade your built-in calculator app

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ne thing Apple laptops – ure, the built-in Calculator
and even some app is fine for some basic
keyboards – lack is a 2+2 maths (and did you
keypad, but now you can know that you can rotate your
simply use your iPhone by iPhone to landscape to get a
installing this handy app. scientific calculator?) but we
It comes with skins for the rather like this app from the
MacBook, MacBook Pro and brilliant developers at Tapbots.
PowerBook (plus a vintage Mac It’s not just that it looks great;
keyboard) and connects via a it’s universal – ready for the iPad
little helper app running on as well as iPhone – and has a
your Mac over Wi-Fi. useful history feature. It’s a bit
And that’s it; it just works. It’s like the roll of paper on a
a genuine help if you have to mechanical calculator, showing
punch in a bunch of figures for you past calculations, but you
a spreadsheet, or are doing a can also tap on previous
few calculations in Calculator, calculations to pull them into
and while you don’t get proper new ones. Swipe, and a
tactile feedback – and so have scientific calculator appears.
to look at the iPhone as you tap Our only criticism is that it lacks
– it’s still eminently usable. ● parentheses. ●
THE MAGIC KEY INFO IT ALL ADDS KEY INFO
NUMBER If UK price £1.19 UP… to a UK price £1.19
your keypad is good looking
numerically US price $1.99 adding US price $1.99
challenged, Developer www.balmuda.com machine Developer tapbots.com
invest in Download size 3.4MB Download size 9.9MB
NumberKey iPod touch compatible Yes A useful application; you’ll be iPod touch compatible Yes Features like history and currency
Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later surprised how often you use it Requires iOS 3.1 or later rounding make this a winner

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VOICE CONTROL

Vocalia
£2.39 Like the iPhone 3GS Voice Control? Have it! (Sort of…)

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here’s not that much the better matches, though there’s
iPhone 3GS has that no true phoneme editing.)
owners of earlier models So the tech works reasonably
don’t get with a firmware well, but there are problems. The
upgrade. One thing that is Bookmarks mode requires you –
3GS-only is Voice Control. With thanks to limitations of the SDK
Vocalia, however, you can add – to manually export then
this to any iPhone or, so long as upload your web bookmarks;
you add an external mic, the there’s no tie-in with Safari.
second-generation iPod touch. Worse, part of what makes
It has three modes, Contacts, Voice Control useful is that it’s

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iPod and Bookmarks, along with launched with a hardware
a big HAL-like eye that blinks as button, making it safe to use for,
you speak into the mic. Now, say, voice dialling while driving.
speech recognition is difficult, You need to look at the screen
but Vocalia makes a sterling to use Vocalia, and thanks to
effort at getting it right. Speak another Apple limitation, even
clearly with the iPhone a couple when you’ve found the number
of inches from your mouth, and to dial, you have to manually tap
the first result will often be a button on screen.
correct, even if some of the We’re impressed with the
VOICE CONTROL Fairly accurate but you have to interact with the screen
other matches seem weirdly technology here, but it’s hard to
KEY INFO unrelated. (With contacts, you recommend it when the benefits A beautiful app with some
UK price £2.39 Download size 5.4MB can type your own memorable of Voice Control are, for most, impressive technology, but
US price $3.99 iPod touch compatible Yes references – ‘the big bad boss’, negated by having to interact it’s hamstrung on the
Web www.creaceed.com Requires iOS 3.1 or later say – which usually result in with the screen. ● iPhone platform

REMOTE CONTROL

TouchPad
£2.99 Control your Mac remotely and stylishly

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or a long time this domain In addition, TouchPad is a
has been ruled by Air cleaner system; it doesn’t require
Mouse Pro (see opposite)– a server daemon, instead it just
a little app that can turn your uses the Mac’s built-in VNC client
iPhone or iPod touch into a to do the remote mousing and
remote keyboard and mouse for typing. Interestingly, you can
your Mac – especially useful if also use the app if you run a PC
you use one as a media centre, on the Linux platform or even
for instance – but now Edovia’s with a Windows computer
TouchPad app is giving it a run (although you’ll need the free
for its money… VNC server software for this).

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It’s a little more expensive, Configure your computer and
and doesn’t offer the optional TouchPad (it really is a doddle
motion-based control of Air to set up) and you’ll find that
Mouse Pro, but it has more than commands are immediate,
enough to recommend it. It’s there’s no delay at all, and, as
more polished, for one thing, mentioned, the gestures are
with beautiful UI design and instinctive – and one, two, three
support for, say the escape key and four finger gestures are
that the Air Mouse Pro lacks. It supported. The latest version
also has a view that replicates has also incorporated inertial
HAND CONTROL A remote control app that’s designed like a… remote control!
the physical Apple remote – nice scrolling. If you’re already well
KEY INFO touch – which makes it really versed in using the trackpad It’s elegant and polished –
UK price £2.99 Download size 9.2MB intuitive to use and particularly on a MacBook, you’ll feel very with support for multi-
US price $4.99 iPod touch compatible Yes suitable for Front Row or Plex comfortable using the TouchPad touch gestures. Plus, it’s
Web www.edovia.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later media applications. app on your iPhone. ● affordable: a winner!

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REMOTE ACCESS

LogMeIn Ignition
£17.99 Control your Macs (and PCs) over the internet, from your iPhone

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he idea here is that you can log in
and control your Mac or PC over
the internet by logging in from
your iPhone. You’re presented with a
screen showing what’s being displayed
on your Mac or PC, and can control the
keyboard and mouse as if you were in
front of the computer. The cursor is
fixed in the centre while you move the
screen around it, which takes a little

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getting used to. A tap on the screen is
a click, two finger taps are a right-click,
and you can zoom out with a pinch.
You can limit the colour palette or have
it optimise automatically. It uses the
iPhone’s virtual keyboard too, and while
the lack of some standard Mac keys
is annoying, you can at least issue
commands with modifiers. We’d rather
LogMeIn was more sympathetic to Mac
users and in our testing there were still
Ignition is a brilliant idea some glitches to be worked out. The KEY INFO COMMAND FROM AFAR
that works well; could be iPhone’s limited memory caused some UK price £17.99 Download size 4.2MB Access your Mac or PC remotely
a bit more Mac friendly problems as well, with frequent low US price $29.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
(and/or cheaper!) memory warnings. ● Web secure.logmein.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later

REMOTE PERIPHERALS VISUAL DIALLER

Air Mouse Pro Camera Dialer


£1.19 Like having a mini keyboard and mouse! £0.59 Who you gonna call? Not this app…

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ir Mouse comes in two he premise is simple:
parts: an iPhone app and point your iPhone’s
a server app that runs on camera at a phone
your Mac or PC. They discover number and, hold it steady
each other over the wonders enough inside a green box,
of the Bonjour service. and your iPhone will call that
Once paired over Wi-Fi, your number. The makers say it
iPhone can act as a mouse and works best with black text on
keyboard for your Mac. You can a white background, but it’s
choose to flick between an supposed to work with other
on-screen trackpad that you contrasts, too. The problem is,
use as you’d expect, or a mode it doesn’t. In a brightly lit room
that uses your iPhone’s motion we couldn’t get it to work. It
sensor to control the cursor. would incorrectly identify a
The on-screen keyboard with number, then initiate the call
modifier keys is useful too, before you could stop it. We
though the limitation of the did get a correct reading of a
iPhone’s on-screen keyboard business card outdoors, but it
means that you can’t perform was a struggle. The option to
tasks that involve particular confirm or save the number,
key combinations. ● would be good… ●
REMOTE KEY INFO KEY INFO WRONG
ACCESS UK price £1.19 UK price £0.59 NUMBER?
Control a Mac If it works it’s
or PC from US price $1.99 US price $0.99 useful, but it
your iPhone Web www.mobilemouse.com Web gp-imports.com doesn’t
Download size 4.0MB Download size 3.5MB always
iPod touch compatible Yes An invaluable remote mouse and A good idea, but it needs to work iPod touch compatible Yes work…
Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later keyboard that actually works better than it does at the moment Requires iOS 3.1 or later

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FILE STORAGE

DataCase
£3.99 Turn your iPhone into a wireless drive

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toring data on a USB provides you with an HTTP and
memory stick is one FTP address for your iPhone so
solution to keeping your you can access your files from
files with you, but what if you any web browser. It’s really that
want to read your documents simple. While FileMagnet
or browse your photos when (below) is superb, and certainly
you’re on the move? more polished than DataCase, it
DataCase from Veiosoft requires a partner app on the
provides the perfect solution. It Mac to transfer stuff; you could
turns your iPhone into a wireless use DataCase to copy stuff to a
storage device where you can colleague’s computer without

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upload documents, photos, installing anything first.
sound files and PDFs. So, not As well as a folder for shared
only is it an easy way to replace files, there’s a drop folder where
a USB stick, it means you can others can deposit files for you.
actually look at your files and You can keep tabs on your data
read them, too. usage thanks to a large ring icon
Using DataCase is simple. Fire that displays the different types
it up and it appears on your of file on your iPhone
Mac’s Finder as a Shared Drive. graphically. You can easily filter
It’s Bonjour-savvy so it just the files stored on your iPhone
DRIVE ON Turn your iPhone into a USB stick, and work on the documents too
works. You just drag and drop by type, too. It’s a genuinely
KEY INFO files like you would with any useful app, and boasts extras A memory stick might be
UK price £3.99 Download size 0.6MB form of drive. DataCase works such as remembering where you cheaper and leave room on
US price $6.99 iPod touch compatible Yes with any computer with wireless left off in a document so you your iPhone, but you can
Web veiosoft.com Requires iOS 2.0 or later capabilities; even better, the app don’t have to scroll through. ● view files with DataCase

FILE STORAGE FILE SERVER

FileMagnet Air Sharing


£2.99 Store stuff on your iPhone in style! £1.79 Store and view files on your iPhone

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ileMagnet can turn your here are now a number
iPhone into a storage of apps that let you store
device. What’s more, it’s files on your iPhone, but
not just a way to copy files to Air Sharing is an inexpensive
your Mac, but to view them, and simple option – you can
too. Only the most common file use it to connect to a computer
types can be viewed – JPEG, running Mac OS, Windows,
GIF, TIF, PNG, HTML, RTF, DOC, Linux or even just a browser,
TXT, PDF, iWork, some movies without having to install a little
and audio files, Word, Excel, helper app first.
PowerPoint – but anything can Connection instructions are
be copied across – including embedded in the app, and it
whole folders – and that should mounts the iPhone like a server
suffice for most folk. on your desktop. Only Air
We like the fact that you Sharing docs are shown, but
can tilt to scroll – just tip the you can edit files live from your
iPhone back to move down Mac or PC. You can view many
a document. We don’t like file types, too, though you can’t
the fact you need to run the edit on the iPhone. Some solid
FileMagnet Uploader app configuration options, and
on your Mac to copy stuff. ● generally it’s fast and robust. ●
POCKET PC KEY INFO KEY INFO MAKE THE
Keep your UK price £2.99 UK price £1.79 CONNECTION
files to hand Air Sharing
on your US price $4.99 US price $2.99 really works
iPhone Web magnetismstudios.com Web avatron.com and is very
Download size 0.9MB Download size 11.9MB useful when
iPod touch compatible Yes We’d rather lose the dependence Could be prettier and easier to use, iPod touch compatible Yes you’re out of
Requires iOS 3.0 or later on a Mac app, but still useful but it’s a powerful, flexible option Requires iOS 3.0 or later the office

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IDISK ACCESS

MobileMe iDisk
FREE Access your iDisk’s files on the go!

B
efore we go any further, operating system really, rather
this app is free… but only than this application itself – or
to MobileMe subscribers. even move files into folders.
Many apps have added the You can view your files in
ability to connect to your iDisk – portrait or landscape, and open
if you’re a MobileMe subscriber iDisk documents in compatible
– and the public folders of other apps -- like iBooks for PDFs.
MobileMe members, but this is You can now stream .MP3
Apple’s own, so is it any good? and .AAC music files on your
The bottom line is, if you just MobileMe account directly to
want an app to browse your files your iPhone – and it streams the

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– and preview many file types, content at a good speed – but
including Word and Excel you can only stream one file
documents, iWork (Pages, at a time, so don’t expect the
Numbers), PDF, Images, Music, luxuries of playlists or album art,
Movies and more – then this app although you can get on with
is great. It’s slick, simple to use, other things while the music
and lets you share these files plays. The addition of this
with others by sending out an feature has sparked a lot of
email with a link that can be discussion about the possibility
password protected. of a cloud-based iTunes…
IN THE CLOUDS Access your MobileMe iDisk content from your iPhone
Still, you can’t filter the list, The app also supports local
Solid, if basic; we’d like to edit the files, attach them to an storage of up to 500MB for KEY INFO
see a suite of MobileMe email (rather than just sending offline viewing, although audio UK price Free (MobileMe members) Download size 3.4MB
apps, allowing, say, Back a link) or use it to upload files – and video files are streamed and US price Free (MobileMe members) iPod touch compatible Yes
to My Mac a limitation of the whole not stored locally. ● Web www.apple.com Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later

POPULARITY TRACKER DOCUMENT MANAGER

Ego ReaddleDocs
£1.19 Are you obsessive about web stats? £2.99 Anything it won’t do? Ah, editing…

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ll businesses know that eaddleDocs turns your
it’s vital to monitor how iPhone into a WebDAV
many people have server, so you can mount
visited their site; and for the rest it on a Mac or PC over a Wi-Fi
of us, this info just strokes – or network, and copy files to and
destroys – our ego. Either way, from it. Once on your iPhone,
Ego aims to show these figures you can view them and email
on a single, login-free screen. them as attachments. You can
It supports Google Analytics also save attachments by
and Mint, and can report RSS forwarding them to Readdle’s
subscriber numbers fed iDisk-like space.
through a FeedBurner engine. You can’t edit documents
The data’s not that granular and while we welcome the
(tap the module to cycle ability to copy files from your
between visits today, this week, iDisk and others’ Public folders,
this month and this year) and it there’s no provision to upload
would have been good to tap a documents to them, and if
button to launch us into the you wish to email or view
tracking site. But it’s still a a document, it has to be
handy app that enjoys downloaded to your iPhone
developer support. ● first, which is inconvenient. ●
STAT SLATE KEY INFO KEY INFO ACCESS ALL
All your UK price £1.19 UK price £2.99 AREAS Just
important don’t expect
web data US price $1.99 US price $4.99 to be able to
harnessed Web ego-app.com Web readdle.com edit them…
in one app Download size 1.7MB Download size 9.7MB
iPod touch compatible Yes Be it for your ego or your business, Good stab at an all-in-one solution, iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 3.0 or later stat tracking has never been easier but you can’t edit or annotate Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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SECURE STORAGE

1Password
£5.99 A very polished application that keeps data safe

O
ne of the big problems loads in the app’s embedded
with Safari on the iPhone browser and fill your details in
is that it doesn’t have for you ready to log in. We can’t
an equivalent of the Mac’s decide if not using the
Keychain, so you have to standalone Safari browser is
remember and enter passwords good or bad; there’s a security
manually each time you want to argument either way, and in any
log into a secure site. The task is case 1Password’s own browser
made no simpler by the iPhone’s will be built on the same
keyboard, especially if you’re framework as Safari.
following good practice and Usefully, you’re not limited to

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mixing lower case, upper case these site login details, either;
and symbols in passwords. you can write notes to yourself
1Password solves that that are secured – great for
problem by providing you with keeping details that you need
a secured app in which you can to present in a confidential
store login details and notes. meeting or just for keeping
Two levels of security are present ideas safe!
offered: a four-digit PIN The app can sync with the
(potentially in addition to the desktop version on your Mac
system-level four-digit PIN you (available separately through
SAFE AND SECURE Keep passwords to hand – and enter them automatically
can lock your entire iPhone the website for around £27)
KEY INFO with) and an optional master to save tedious re-keying.
UK price £5.99 Download size 5.9MB password of your choice. There is also a universal app We’re not saying it’s hacker-
US price $9.99 iPod touch compatible Yes Enter details correctly, and available for iPhone, iPod touch proof, but it’s undeniably
Web agile.ws Requires iOS 3.1 or later when you can tap on a site, it and iPad, for £8.99. ● handy; quite pricey though

SECURE DATABASE

Wallet
£2.99 Keep your personal data safe and in sync

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t its most basic, Wallet forget to close it down, too.
is just a database for Best of all though is that
information – such as it syncs with the $20 Wallet for
credit card numbers, passwords, Mac OS X application, too (check
software serial numbers, etc – out the website to purchase) –
so why not just use Bento by either seamlessly over the air
FileMaker (available for the same via MobileMe or WebDAV, or
price), say, and create your own? you can sync any time you’re
Well, you could, but we like connected to 3G, EDGE, or Wi-Fi
Acrylic Software’s Wallet for – so you can keep your main
several reasons. It’s stable and database of information in your
well designed, and while it’s set pocket wherever you go – safely

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up especially for keeping track and securely.
of web logins (though it can’t Set-up is simple and
enter them for you on mobile straightforward – there’s a step-
Safari, in the style of 1Password) by-step wizard to guide you, and
and serial numbers, you can also storing information is just a case
make things more personal and of filling in fields (you’re not
create your own database types. locked to predefined fields, it’s
The whole thing is locked also easy to add custom fields)
down with 256-bit AES ‘military or syncing data.
SECURITY Keep important numbers and passwords under lock and key
grade’ encryption, so it should The app is very thorough for
KEY INFO be secure. And, if you switch on £2.99, and includes the same
UK price £2.99 Download size 2.9MB the Lock When Inactive option features as the Mac version, yet Wallet has made itself
US price $4.99 iPod touch compatible Yes in the Wallet Settings, it the UI is very straightforward invaluable over the years;
Web www.acrylicapps.com Requires iOS 3.0 or later automatically locks itself if you and easy to use. ● the app is a great add-on

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Determine the path taken by


01
packets across an IP network
via Traceroute

02
iStat utilises the Bonjour
network to communicate
with Macs on a local network

The app can even give you


03
a thorough statistical
02 analysis of your iPhone

The sheer number of statistics


04
concisely yet clearly displayed
is impressive

KEY INFO
UK price £0.59
US price $0.99
Web bjango.com
Download size 0.7MB
iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 3.0 or later

STATISTICAL MAC ANALYSER

iStat
£0.59 Keep tabs on your Mac’s resources… over the web

T
his app’s job is to give you concise information. Processor load and how hard the CPU has been
information on how the resources and upload/download stats all show working but, unfortunately, there’s no

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on your Macs are being used. (A as easy-to-read graphs, and memory reporting of what processes are using
Linux and Solaris version of iStat Server allocation is shown as a pie chart. You the most CPU cycles. We’d like to see
is also available but some features, such can see how much space is available more help with port forwarding, too,
as temperatures, are not yet supported.) on mounted volumes, and the or a different way to connect to Macs
It works by running a daemon on the temperature and fan sensors on your over the web.
Macs you want to monitor, and then Mac are monitored and their values iStat also offers you stats for your
communicates the usage information communicated too. iPhone, including detailed battery stats
over the network to your iPhone. While Macs on your local network are and disk space, and showing Wi-Fi and
the daemon runs transparently, the automatically discovered with Bonjour, IP addresses, MAC addresses and your
server app can be used to generate but if you want to access Macs over the iPhone’s Unique Identifier. And you can
passcodes to show connected clients internet you’ll have to set up port- clear your iPhone’s memory with the
and keep a log. The iStat Server requires forwarding on your router. It’s touch of a button, which is great if it’s
Mac OS X 10.4 or later and is available reasonably easy, but because it’s starting to operate at a crawl. A fantastic presentation of
as a free download from bjango. different for each router model, you’re (Note: 59p is the current sale price as vital Mac statistics, though
The presentation is beautiful, with left on your own here. You can check we go to press, the app may be around it doesn’t tell you which
elegant colour schemes and clear, how long it’s been since the last restart £1.19 by the time you read this.) ● apps are hogging the CPU

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WEB BROWSER

Opera Mini
FREE Can Opera top Safari as the iPhone’s best web browser?

W
e joined the rest of the Opera Mini achieves its speed
world in slack-jawed by routing all its web traffic
amazement when through its servers in Norway,
Opera Mini first popped up on where images are heavily
the App Store. Compared to compressed (by up to 90 per
Safari, it’s like your iPhone has cent), which also means it costs
had a processor upgrade, you less if you’re on a pay-as-
especially over 3G, EDGE or you-go scheme since less data
GPRS. Pages load so quickly you is being downloaded.
will be amazed; the makers Unfortunately, it also means that
boast of up to six times faster sites detect your login as coming

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browsing, but there have been from somewhere that’s not your
some sacrifices made here… usual location (unless you
First of all, there’s only one actually live in Norway). So
level of zoom, so the web page Facebook, for example, freezes
either fills the screen or you a UK account if you log in
zoom in to a fixed reading level. through Opera Mini.
All text is rendered in the same Despite the flaws, there are a
font, making pages look a bit few nice features here beyond
ugly. Scrolling up and down is raw speed – the start page with
also an issue. Safari forces your its quick links, and a passable
SHRINK TO FIT Opera Mini compresses pages to offer high speeds and low costs
scrolling to be either vertical or attempt at tabbed browsing –
KEY INFO horizontal; in Opera Mini it’s but we soon found ourselves Great for most web
UK price Free Download size 1.0MB more like ice skating for the first returning to Safari when on browsing, but not as
US price Free iPod touch compatible Yes time – you never quite know Wi-Fi, just to make pages more elegant or consistent
Web www.opera.com Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later where you’re going to end up. readable again. ● as Apple’s Safari

RSS READER EMAIL COMPOSER

Reeder Email ’n Walk


£1.79 Get RSS feeds on your phone £0.59 Avoid putting your foot in it, as it were

S W
ince NetNewsWire on the hen Pocket Lint did an
Mac moved from its parent April Fool’s joke that
company NewsGator’s proposed using a
syncing service to Google smartphone’s built-in camera to
Reader, there are plenty of Mac show the view ahead while you
users who now have a choice were composing an email to
about which RSS reader to use stop you bumping into things,
on their iPhone. If NetNewsWire we thought we were alone in
leaves you cold, consider thinking that it was actually a
Reeder. It syncs with Google genius idea. We were wrong.
Reader with support for tags, Fire up this app and you’re
starred items and notes, and presented with a live video feed
lets you read your feeds either from the camera, with white
split by source or in text displayed over it – you can
chronological order. enter a subject line and the
It integrates Instapaper, body; when you hit Send, it
Delicious and Read It Later, and passes your text to the Mail app
has a built-in browser so you for addressing. Unfortunately,
don’t have to bounce out to the angle you hold the phone
Safari to see the original source. means that you miss horizon-
It’s satisfyingly fast, too. ● level obstacles. ●
FEED ME KEY INFO KEY INFO WATCH YOUR
NOW A very UK price £1.79 UK price £0.59 STEP More
cool looking useful than
reader for US price $2.99 US price $0.99 you might
your iPhone – Web reederapp.com Web www.phase2games.com think if you
and it works Download size 2.2MB Download size 0.0MB have to send
well, too iPod touch compatible Yes This app is clean and simple yet Surprisingly useful, but you have to iPod touch compatible No an urgent
Requires iOS 3.0 or later it boasts plenty of good features hold your iPhone at an odd angle Requires iOS2.0 or later mail…

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01 03 04

Tap on one site or on a group


01
of sites to load up all the
headlines; you’ll find that already-
read stories are greyed out

When you read an individual


02
story you can tap on links or
open the whole thing in Safari

NetNewsWire has its own


03
02 built-in browser, and you can
email links to stories or add them to
your clippings

The overview of all your feeds


04
lets you see at a glance which
sites have new stories, grouped as
on the desktop

KEY INFO
UK price Free
US price Free
Web www.newsgator.com
Download size 0.9MB
iPod touch compatible Yes
Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later

NEWSREADER

NetNewsWire
FREE Get up-to-date newsfeeds direct to your iPhone with this RSS reader

T
here’s no dispute that too, so that you never have to read the version of NetNewsWire, and you can
NetNewsWire is the best overall same story more than once (read stories consume your news by individual site
RSS reader for the Mac and, as it’s are greyed out). Alternatively, you can or by group.

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free, there’s no reason not to use it to save articles for later in Instapaper or NetNewsWire for the iPhone has its
keep yourself up to date with news by starring them. own version of the Safari web browser
and blogs. The same company is also The initial release of the iPhone- built in, so you don’t have to constantly
responsible for the free Windows RSS native version was a good basic app, bounce back and forward between it
readers FeedDemon and NewsGator but there have been many and the main Safari to read full posts.
Inbox for Outlook, and it has now improvements since. There’s no way to And you can email items or add them
developed this version for the iPhone. add new RSS feeds; instead the list of to a clippings file simply by tapping an
The great thing about all these feeds you’re subscribed to is pulled icon at the bottom of the screen. You
apps is that they synchronise with the down from the Newsgator servers. can even share by posting links to
company’s servers, so that regardless of Frankly we’re not that bothered about Twitter or by sending email — without
whether you’re reading your news on that for the moment, as it works so well leaving the app.
a Mac, PC or iPhone, you get the same otherwise, though an update that The display isn’t customisable, as you Arguably the best RSS
feeds that you’ve subscribed to. Not just brings that will be welcome for many. might be used to on the desktop, but reader on the desktop is
that, but individual items that you’ve Groups that you’ve set up on your it’s clear, although the grey text/white now arguably the best RSS
read are synced with Google Reader Mac or PC are preserved in the iPhone background may be tricky for some. ● reader for the iPhone

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Y
ou’ve used your iPhone to create, explore, enjoy and work: now
it’s time to kick back and have some fun! With its speedy
processor, brilliant display and touch-sensitivity, the iPhone
makes a fantastic vehicle for games on the move. There are
thousands of games available for the iPhone: so many that there’s
bound to be something to match your gaming tastes, whether you’re
a hardcore gamer who likes to play anywhere and anytime, or a
casual gamer who just likes a quick distraction from time to time.
But first, we meet some of the names behind the games…

116 Meet the game developers


120 Skill & Ability games
126 Logic & Dexterity games
134 Mystery & Adventure games
142 Simulation games
146 Racing & Action games
154 Sport games
156 Ten apps we wish existed…

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Take three… Meet three of the faces behind some of the App Store’s most popular games

A
lthough you can use your iPhone sophistication that isn’t too far off their management sims, there’s an iPhone
for work, creativity or education, equivalents on desktop computers, game for every taste. And with an
the biggest single use is simply while the multitouch screen has iPhone in your pocket, you can pick up
having fun. Of the 250,000 options to encouraged a wealth of new ways of and play whenever you feel the urge.
buy or get for free through the App controlling games – and even brand- Behind every great new game is a
Store, over 65,000 are gaming or new types of game. The iPhone’s single person or team who’s created
entertainment titles, according to cellular and Wi-Fi networking also that title: the developer. Here, we meet
Apple, and games regularly feature encourages multiplayer games, and three of the faces behind some of the
in the App Store charts. game communities where you can most popular games in the App Store:
With the technical ability of the check your high scores against we’ll find out what attracted them to
iPhone, of course, the popularity of everyone else worldwide. the iPhone, what makes the iPhone
gaming shouldn’t come as a surprise. With everything from recreated such a compelling device for them, and
The processor’s power means you can board and card games to sports titles, get a hint of where iPhone gaming
find games with a graphical and from high-octane racing to deep could be headed in the future. ●

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GOING LARGE Gordon Wood of Other Ocean Interactive notes, “Our artists were happy to have so much texture space
to play with and a phenomenal screen to show everything off!”

NEW APPROACH Ocean worked on Super Monkey Ball for iPhone


like a console game, rather than a traditional mobile phone title

Behind the scenes of...


Super Monkey Ball
Gordon Wood, from Other Ocean Interactive, reveals his love of the iPhone
Q What do you use Macs for Q How did you convert Super Monkey Q How does working on iPhone differ
at your company? Ball to iPhone? from other mobile platforms?
A All the programming on our A We were surprised at how powerful the A The iPhone uses OpenGL ES for its
iPhone titles. Our programmers iPhone was. It was clear we had to treat graphics, which means developers can
come mainly from the console world Super Monkey Ball like a fully featured get up and running quickly since most
where PCs running Windows are console game, to take advantage of this. We games programmers are familiar with
commonplace, so they had to adjust got the core game up and running quickly, OpenGL. The iPhone SDK and its
to using a Mac and Xcode. The due in large part to the flexibility of the libraries are feature-rich and easy to
transition was very smooth, and we iPhone SDK. From day one, our focus was use. In many ways, it’s like having a
now have some people who want to on pushing the hardware as hard as handheld Mac.
PROFILE use Macs for all their work, not just possible, to make the game really come
Name Gordon Wood for iPhone! to life on the iPhone. Q Are you pleased with the response
Location Charlottetown, the game got?
Canada Q How did you come to work on Q What software and hardware did you A The response has been great, but
Occupation Senior programmer Super Monkey Ball for iPhone? use to work on the game? when you’re developing a game you
Company Other Ocean Interactive A We’d done work for Sega A We used a combination of MacBook Pros, generally know the type of response
System MacBook Pro previously that they were quite iMacs and PCs to create the game. The code you’re going to get from internal
Web www.otherocean.com pleased with, so when the was written on a Mac running Xcode and feedback – our studio is full of gamers
opportunity came about to develop the iPhone SDK, while our art team mostly and we have internal testers. We were
the Super Monkey Ball demo for the used PCs since we had to hit the ground excited – we knew we had a good
Apple SDK announcement they running with this project and they were game on a good platform. Some people
believed we were the right choice. already set up. They then switched to Maya have found it quite challenging at first,
The demo went well and we entered for the 3D modelling and Photoshop for but it’s Super Monkey Ball – it’s
into a contract for the game. everything else. supposed to be challenging! ●

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PAYING HOMAGE Vector Tanks is Peter’s tribute to classic tank-based arcade games

PROUD ROOTS Adventure: Revisited is a reenactment of Atari Adventure, the first action-adventure game!

Behind the scenes of...


Vector Tanks
Peter Hirschberg explains the inspiration behind his retro game
Q How are Macs instrumental in quantity – you’re not developing for imagined as a child is how I connect the
your work? hardware variations and can develop for past with the present.
A The iPhone SDK only works with the touchscreen, accelerometer and
Macs, so I use my Mac for iPhone internet, because you know every device Q How did your game Vector Tanks
development, but beyond that I use has those same things. I sometimes wish come to be?
my MacBook for everything. For there were some hardware buttons for use A I started out wanting to create a
developing games, I work with in games, but I can also argue that iPhone’s game that utilised the control
Xcode, Photoshop and Illustrator. limitations spark developers to become mechanism of one thumb on either
more creative. side of the screen, as sliders. Tank-type
Q Why did you decide to develop I’ve long said that platform limitations games immediately came to mind as
PROFILE iPhone games? result in better games than limitless they’re best suited for that set-up.
Name Peter Hirschberg A I’ve always loved developing for hardware, since they force experimentation
Location Linden, VA (USA) mobile platforms, and the iPhone and originality. Q What are your future plans?
Occupation iPhone software is the nicest one. I like Apple’s A At the moment, I plan to work on
developer ‘ecosystem’ – it brings back the Q What particularly appeals to you about Vector Tanks updates – there are a lot
System MacBook excitement I had when I first got into retro games? of features I want to add. Beyond that,
Web www.vectortanks.com computers, back in the days of Atari A I grew up with them, and they were so I definitely want to work on some
www.peterhirschberg.com and Commodore. incredibly cool to me as a child. I guess I more retro apps – I can’t help myself!
never outgrew that sense of wonder! I Hopefully, the future will enable me
Q What do you think of iPhone as still consider old arcade machines to be to continue developing my work to
a gaming platform? amazing devices. Seeing those retro games preserve our gaming past, in ways that
A It’s near perfect, and also a known running on hardware that I couldn’t have make people happy. ●

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LEGENDARY GAME Mark’s Dark Castle is one of the few original Mac games afforded ‘classic’status

VIDEOGAME REMIX Return to Dark Castle brings the original game to modern Macs

NEW FORMAT Star*Burst is ideal for iPhone and you can even send cards to Facebook

Behind the scenes of...


Star*Burst
Gaming legend Mark Stephen Pierce thinks the iPhone is a game-changer

Q What’s your Mac history? After then, I’d mail the programmer mock- brought me back to Apple. All our
A I co-founded MacroMind, where I ups in MacPaint and animations in games are designed on Macs.
co-designed VideoWorks, which VideoWorks, and we did the game in six
became Director. I remember my months. The programmer was Jonathan Q What games are you working on?
partners there waiting in line at an Gay, who invented Flash! A We recently released maze puzzle
Apple store for the 128k Mac to game Ace Yeti Trapper. There’s also
come out! I held onto my Macs way Q How does today’s creative Star*Burst, an evolution of my Atari
into the 1990s, by which time I was environment compare to then? game Klax. Gems march towards you
at Atari so I had to abandon them. A The energy around the Mac back then – and must be flipped upwards and
which showed everyone a different way of matched. When updating the game,
PROFILE Q Before then, you created the working – is similar to what I’m seeing we inverted the playfield so it works
Name Mark Stephen Pierce classic Mac game Dark Castle – today with the iPhone and iPad. Likewise, I on the iPhone, and encourages people
Location Austin, Texas how did that come about? worked in a wonderful environment at Atari to make patterns in the gem pit by
Occupation CEO of Super A I was asked to create a game by for 15 years, with small teams creating awarding collectable cards that can
Happy Fun Fun Silicon Beach, and I suggested a innovative games, and that’s now back in be posted to Facebook.
Systems An iPhone and lots medieval theme because I knew it’d the form of the App Store. The iPhone’s I’m also hoping to get Dark Castle
of Macs sell well. Our meeting was one of the been a godsend for me – you don’t have a into production for iPhone; I like its
Web superhappyfunfun.com most inspired days I’ve ever had – publisher telling you what you can do, and side-on view and puzzles. But it was a
they had this flip chart and I literally the people buying games are the only filter. brutal game, so it’ll be a redesign that
drew out the entire game on the fly. The iPhone’s a game-changer, and it won’t be so tough! ●

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01 02 04

The large cards are easy to


01
read, and the suits are clearly
differentiated

If you don’t know how to


02
play any of the games
included on the app, you’ll find
comprehensive help is provided

If you want more game types


03
03 you can buy Solebon Solitaire,
but the five offered here should keep
you amused for some time

Sol Free keeps track of how


04
many games you’ve played,
how many you’ve won and more

KEY INFO
UK price Free
US price Free
Web www.smallware.com
Download size 1.2MB
iPod touch compatible Yes
Requirements iOS 3.0 or later

CARD GAME

Sol Free Solitaire


FREE Keep track of what you’re spending... in style!

F
ew of us can resist a bargain, and yourself with the way the game is The program keeps track of your

5
what’s better than free? Though played. Perplexed? Click on the rules stats, telling you how long it took you
we admire the sheer and all is explained really clearly. to solve the game and in how many
comprehensiveness of Mondo Solitaire, For those of us who ever whiled moves. You can switch games any time
Sol Free is an incredibly slick away half a lifetime on a Windows PC, you like and your present game will be
implementation of Solitaire on the the Klondike Deal 1 will be fairly frozen. Want to move from Klondike to
iPhone and it’s just been updated to familiar. It’s the classic Solitaire game Spiderette and keep your game intact?
include five games. You can, if you’re a where you build up stacks of alternate No problem.
real Solitaire nut, buy the paid-for coloured suits and then transfer them There’s no better way to waste time
version with its endless variations of to foundations starting with an Ace and than to idle a few hours playing cards
Solitaire games, but you don’t have to. building all the way up to the Kings in with your iPhone, and since Sol Free is,
So let’s see what the deal is here. separate suits. Got that? if you’ll excuse the repetition, free,
Firstly there’s the choice between The cards are displayed in an easy-to- there’s no reason not to install it on
Baker’s Game, Demon, Klondike Deal 1, see format and you can transfer cards your iPhone or iPod touch to entertain
Great fun and it’s free. Can Klondike Deal 3 and Spiderette. to their foundations with a simple you in a doctors’ surgery. That it’s
you ask for any more? The Confused by those? Don’t be! There are double tap of your finger. Too lazy to do beautifully-implemented and comes
most fun you can easy rules built into each type of that? Press the Auto button and have with rich, easy-to-read graphics is
have with an iPhone! Solitaire so you can quickly acquaint Sol Free do it for you. simply the icing on the cake. ●

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TABLETOP CLASSIC

Battleship
£0.59 iPhone gamers get that sinking feeling

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nless you’ve played the how the classic game could have
game with pen and been any better implemented
paper, you won’t fully on an iPhone. As well as the
appreciate this iPhone version. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth multiplayer
In the old days, two players options there’s also the ability to
would draw various battleships use one iPhone and pass it from
on graph paper then call out one to another for their turn. ●
grid references to see if their
missiles had scored a hit or not.
Later, Milton Bradley made a
fun but cumbersome electronic
version of it. Now the game has
found its perfect home, thanks

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to Hasbro and EA. As well as the
basic gameplay, this version also
boasts salvo and superweapon
modes, featuring multiple
attacks, airstrikes, mines and the
like. Graphically, the game is
spiced up with smart cut-scenes
depicting weapons being fired
WAR GAMES Pick your targets and hope you strike it lucky with a direct hit
and ships sinking, and there’s
multiplayer fun to be had across KEY INFO
local networks. Battleship isn’t UK price £0.59 Download size 10MB
A perfect version of the everyone’s ration of rum, but US price $0.99 iPod touch compatible Yes
classic pen and paper game love it or loathe it, it’s hard to see Web www.eamobile.com Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later

CARD GAME

Mondo Solitaire
£2.99 More than 100 variants of the classic tabletop card game

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here were, a week after launch,
more than a dozen Solitaire
games already available on the
App Store, but this is our favourite,
though, despite having a soft spot for
the ultra-clear and free Sol Free Solitaire
it’s very polished, has some great
personalisation options, and a couple of
very clever usability tweaks that make
gameplay very simple.

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Top of our list is the magnifying glass
that lets you see what’s in each pile in
more detail, but we’re also big fans of
the ability to slot a virtual paperclip
around a selection of cards to move
them all at once.
The customisation options –
including pure eyecandy stuff such
as changing the colour of the table
and card backs, plus more useful
gameplay settings, such as the ability
If you’re feeling the pinch, to automatically flip cards – makes the KEY INFO STACK ’EM The classic Klondike
Sol Free will do the job, game feel very well put-together. It UK price £2.99 Download size 7.6MB solitaire is supported but there’s a
cheaper version called Mondo Top 5
but Mondo Solitaire is also features a huge library of US price $4.99 iPod touch compatible Yes Solitaire that has this, too
much richer customisable game types. ● Web www.ambrosiasw.com Requires iOS 3.1 or later

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