Category: iOS App Reviews

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Guitarhoo!

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Guitarhoo! is a free app available in the Apple app store for guitarists who want to improve their skill in the trade by learning from other profesionals. This free app is jam packed with numerous interviews, videos, and reviews of professional guitarists and guitar songs.

Upon first launching the app, it asks you for your birthday information, you will understand what this is for as you continue reading, and how often you want to be updated with the latest Guitarhoo! news. The Guitarhoo! news is great as it compiles opinions and favorite songs of different guitar masters with different musical backgrounds and musical style.

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Interviews Section – Upon clicking on the interviews section, you are greeted with a large list of guitar playing professionals ranging from K. K. Downing aka Judas Priest to Gary Lucas who has over 40 years as a guitarist and songwriter. Here you can watch video interviews of each individual.

Most if not all of the individuals in this list of interviews are well known and have a long history of music behind them. It’s captivating to watch and listen to people who have built their entire life around music and were able to make a living out of it. It’s difficult to make a living in the music world, so if you want tips from professionals who have been there and done that, this app is definitely something you want to download.

guitarhoo-3Fave 5 – Similar to the interviews section, this section has a large number of individuals except instead of talking about their history and background in a video interview, the Fave 5 are articles asking about the five songs or albums that have influenced the guitarist the most and what it taught them. It’s interesting to read some of these articles as you learn exactly how a song can change an individual’s life.

guitarhoo-4Videos – In this section there are a mix of different videos. Some videos are videos of songs, others are lesson videos, and some are even interview videos. So far it appears this section has not been fully developed yet as there are only a limited number of videos listed and most of the videos are just songs. If you visit Guitarhoo.com you can find many more videos featured by Guitarhoo that way.

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Reviews – In this section you will find articles that review different songs, bands, albums, concerts, and even programs or apps. The reviewer talk about many aspects of what is being reviewed and it is interesting to get a different perspective.on certain soundtracks or albums. The reviews are usually accompanied by a video of what is being reviewed, so you can judge for yourself if you think the reviewer was right in the opinions given.

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Related Links:

Guitarhoo.com – The website that the app accesses

Guitarhoo! iOS App – Link to the iOS app itself

You may be wondering about what asking for your birthday information was all about, as the app doesn’t seem to have any use for it. Whether you are watching interviews or reading reviews, your birthday seemingly has no use with the app. Well let’s just say if you keep the app installed long enough, an easter egg will cheer you up on a certain day!

Review Written on: 4/3/2014
Last updated on: 8/26/2016

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Peer Renters

Today we take a look at Peer Renters, an iOS app that works similarly to Craigslist, which allows users to buy, sell, rent, and rent out products. The first thing you will notice when you first run the app is that it will ask you for login information:

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Because we need an account to use Peer Renter, we will first need to register. Registering is easy. First thing that we will do is click on the New User button. From there we simply enter our email address and soon after we are sent a password we can use to log in with. We have shown that it is very easy to register an account, so this next step you might be uncomfortable with:

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If you don’t fill in all the correct information, you won’t be able to use the app. In my opinion this highly limits the app because it is asking for way too much information. A username would be a better and more comfortable substitute to First Name and Last Name. Telephone number should not be a required field to fill in as even big time companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram do not ask for such private information from their users. Home address is also unnecessary as even large companies like Craigslist and Facebook simply use City as the only address field available.

After logging in you are greeted with this screen:

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From there you can use the easy to use search feature by tapping on the top right button and searching for different terms.

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As you can see if you search for the term “Computer” you will get a couple of results. There are currently not that many other users using this app at the moment which explains the limited number of listings. However, this is extremely useful as you can trace down the exact location of different items that you want to purchase or rent. This is a creative and awesome use of the Google map feature in combination with the listing of items to be sold.

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As you can see the computer for sale wasn’t really a computer, but just a computer chair for sale that only had the keyword “computer” in it. This app is mostly intended for renting or renting out different products instead of buying and selling, however you can do both. After clicking on the “Buy this Item” button you can then easily purchase the product by clicking on the Pay button, however it does require a $2 deposit from Paypal. You will then need to contact the seller or vice versa, and agree to meet up at a nearby location so you can pick up your new product.

If you don’t want to use the map feature to look for items to purchase, you can use the listing feature as well to list out all the different items in different countries all in a list. This is what the list feature looks like when searching for the letter “a” and a doing normal search for the word “car”:

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As you can see the search results are not completely perfect but that might also be due to the fact that there is a lack of listings available at the moment. As this app gains in popularity then certainly there will be more products listed here.

Adding your own product to be sold in this app is very easy:

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As you can see we have put in false information in the address field simply because it asks for too much. It would be better if you were allowed to enter a generic location address such as “The orange supermarket in downtown Lost Angeles” and plan out a more specific location or a different location with the buyer. It shouldn’t make sense that the person buys the item from your house, because you may not want them to come over to your house. If it were more like Craigslist, it would simply have the City field open and the rest of it redundant and unnecessary.

After you have confirmed the listing then your listing will be available in Peer Renter’s product listing:

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As you can see it’s not a bad app to use if you want to buy and sell products. However in summary the limitation of the app comes from the amount of information that the app asks for. It simply asks for too much information when registering and when listing items. If you want to download the app and test it out yourself, feel free to do so at the following link:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/peerrenters/id807333155

Review Written and published on 4/28/2014.
Last updated on: 6/26/2016

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Squarewords

SquareWords is a brand new game that has recently been released for the iOS platform. It’s a game similar to Words with Friends although instead of the game being based on Scrabble, SquareWords is more of a free-form crosswords multiplayer game where your goal is to make as many words as possible and get more points than your opponent.

How to play: Every round you’re basically given a few letters to play, some of them being random, and you have to play these letters in a crosswords square board trying to match up as many words as possible both horizontally and vertically. For every word that you make, you get a few points. You want to get as many points as possible and make more words than your opponent whose board you do not see. Partials of words don’t count, so for a word like “Caring” the word “Car” will not grant you any extra points.

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It’s a very fun and challenging game that can get addicting depending on who you’re playing against. This game is a lot harder than Words with Friends due to the fact that you’re given a number of random letters per round that you have to play, and most of the time you don’t know what to do with those letters initially. You’re also not able to see your opponent’s board, which is another reason why this game requires a lot of strategy and strong wordplay ability.

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Where would you place these two letters?

This game only recently came out a few days ago, and while testing the game out yesterday, there were 0 reviews and only around 3-4 ratings. Checking out the game now, there are 3 reviews and 17 ratings! That just goes to show how quickly a game can become popular through word of mouth. The game has a leaderboard for every language contained and it remains roughly the same today as it was yesterday:

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Overall this is a brand multiplayer new game that is both challenging and fun to play. The game has a lot intuitive features such as the ability of choosing whether to play against a human or a bot, leaderboards, and also easy registration. Unlike most other games where you have to have a username and password, all you do to register for SquareWords is enter a username and you’re all set to go.

You can download and play SquareWords by visiting SquareWords at the iTunes App Store.

Review Written on: 5/4/2014
Last updated on: 8/26/2016

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Sheep Shave and Sheep Shave Pro

Today we’re going to take a look at a brand new game available for mobile platforms called Sheep Shave. Sheep Shave is an arcade game where you shave sheep going down a conveyor belt and pick up bits of fluff that drop on the floor in order to gain bonus points. We’re going to play and review these aspects of the game: Gameplay, Features, Graphics, and sound.

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Gameplay 7/10:

The premise of the game is simple, a sheep appears and you have to swipe your fingers the direction that the arrow points to in order to shave the sheep and move onto the next one. You get 30 seconds to shave as much sheep as you can and earn the most points possible. For every successful shave you get a multiplier point and once you get enough multiplier points, your multiplier increases.

Each time you successful shave a sheep by swiping your fingers in the right direction, three pieces of wool drop to the ground. Each piece of wool is hard to pick up as you have to accurately tap on the small white ball on the bottom of the screen in order to get its benefits. Each picked up wool will give you points towards the Golden Sheep mode which is unlocked once you pick up enough wool balls. As a bonus, sometimes a wool ball will also give you extra multiplication points, score points, or extra time in seconds. In Golden Sheep mode, the amount of points you earn per shaving sheep is increased significantly.

If you make a mistake in shaving the sheep however or if you don’t accurately tap on the wool ball, you can either lose multiplier points or lose your multiplier completely, which is bad for your gameplay if you want to get the most points as possible. If you accidentally swipe in the wrong direction, your multiplier is reset to 1. If you misclick on a wool ball, that could make you lose time and if you don’t shave the current sheep in time, you lose multiplier points.

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The gameplay and rules makes complete sense but it’s way too simple and there’s not much variety from one round of playing to the next. It’s definitely fun to play at first, but it simply gets old and boring after a few games. It’s the same swiping then tapping, swiping then tapping, it’s repetition that doesn’t do much to make the game stand out as something people want to play over and over again.

Features 8/10:

This game features a full high score board which both the iOS and Android versions are connected to. It also has multiplayer functionality through Skillz which allows one player to play against another player online by comparing scores. This might be where the gameplay becomes more addicting as the ability to play against other players online is a fun feature to have.

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The high score and multiplayer features definitely add a lot of extra juice to the gameplay quality, but the gameplay is still the same from round to round even if these features did make it much more desireable to play those same rounds over and over.

Graphics 4/10:

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The graphics are very well drawn but there’s not really much of it to see. Even the main menu of the game has roughly the same exact graphics as the gamplaye itself only without the main menu text. There’s usually nothing wrong with the main menu having similar graphics to the rest of the game, but the game is less enjoyable because it’s the same graphics over and over again.

Overall there should be much more of these well drawn graphics throughout the game as well as more graphic special effects.

Sound 2/10:

Basically the only sounds you will hear in this entire game are the “Baa” sounds of the sheep and the two other sounds in this game, the conveyer belt noise and the electric shaver noise, but mostly the “Baa” of the sheep. There’s no music, no background noise, and no other sounds other than the three mentioned.

Background music can make a game more exciting, the lack of any kinds of fun sounds in Sheep Shave make it less fun to play and less enjoyable as well.

Overall score: 19/40

Overall the game is fun to play but could definitely use a lot of graphical and musical improvements.

Download the Pro iOS Version of Sheep Shave

There are also Android Play Store versions of Sheep Shave for Android users.

Review Written on: 5/14/2014
Last updated on: 8/26/2016