IT-tainment: App-solutely awesome!

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With a growing collection of iPhone and iPod touch applications, it’s becoming difficult to trawl through them all. Here we’ve listed 5 applications that we think are worth your time!

Hipstamatic

Credit: Apple I-Tunes store
Credit: Apple I-Tunes store

Cost: US$1.99++

 

Film and plastic cameras have been taking over the photo world.

 This application offers the likes of old-school shooting, from the convenience of your iPhone or iPod touch.

 Likes:

This application recreates the experience of a real camera. Change the lens and film to create a myriad of different effects with the simple swipe of a finger.

 Dislikes:

At $1.99 for the main camera and starting at $0.99 for each ‘Hipstapak’ with other lens, film and flash, this application can be quite costly—just like its real film counterparts.

 Clock radio 

 

 clockradioAs its name suggests, this application doubles as a radio and a clock.

Cost: FREE

 

 Likes:

What makes the Clock Radio special is how it contains radio stations from almost every genre available—alphabetically sorted.

 Each genre also comes with a wide selection of stations from all over the world.

 What’s even better is how unlike other radio applications; the streaming for this one is smooth and buffer-free.

 Dislikes:

This one battery-sapping application!

 Bard’s dream

Credit: Apple I-Tunes store
Credit: Apple I-Tunes store

Cost: US$0.99

 

For the literature lover, this e-book offers you the wonders of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in full-colour illustration.

 Likes:

Coming in the form of a comic, Shakespeare suddenly got a whole lot more fun.

 In addition to being easy to use, the text is also easy to understand. Coming in modern English, Bard’s dream saves you the trouble of navigating around ‘thee’ and ‘thine’ and the likes.

 So although it’s probably not the best idea to substitute this for the actual text, this e-book sure has the making of a good study buddy!

 Dislikes:

With 1019 pages, it is kind of content heavy.

Echofon for Twitter

Credit: Apple I-Tunes store
Credit: Apple I-Tunes store

Cost: FREE

 

Twitter application

 Likes:

This application comes with a neat, user-friendly interface, making things like deleting tweets very simple.

 It also offers push-notifications when you receive messages from other Echofon users. What’s better? It’s free of charge and a good alternative to the more expensive pro version or Tweetie 2.

 Dislikes:

Although functional, it isn’t that intuitive.

Bad Apples

This game combines the Bejewelled “match-three” concept, with new details to make it more challenging.

credit: Apple I-tunes store
credit: Apple I-tunes store

Cost: FREE

 

 Likes:

With lots of new games in the app store every week, this one adds a special touch to the old games you’re all familiar with.

 Instead of just matching three in a row, Bad Apples challenges you to avoid the “bad fruit” in the arcade mode, and to think of the least number of moves to get to the next level with its puzzle mode!

 Dislikes:

Although the application is free, it costs $1.99 to upgrade for the more difficult versions with new “enemies”.

Writer: Fiona Liaw

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