iPhone Apps Review

Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone [Review]

Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone [Review]

It has been a long time coming, but Microsoft Office is finally available on the iPhone. Strangely, it is not available on the iPad, and for both iOS and Android tablets Microsoft still recommends using the web-based apps for free SkyDrive accounts. The iPhone client can only be used by those with an Office 365 subscription, which costs $100 for an annual subscription. If you are a subscriber, you download and sign in or create an account.  What you get is an application which is practically a direct port of the Office suite found on Windows Phones.

Playable Pro plays Xvids and more on your iPhone [Review]

Playable Pro plays Xvids and more on your iPhone [Review]

Watching videos on the iPhone and iPad has never been an easy process. What with having to wait for iTunes to transcode and then copy videos from your desktop to your mobile device. Yawn. It all takes too much time. Playable Pro is a third party video player, which you can add videos to via iFunBox, and happily watch without conversion. Read on to find out more.

Watch live TV in the UK on your iPhone and iPad with TVCatchup [Review]

Watch live TV in the UK on your iPhone and iPad with TVCatchup [Review]

In the UK, we have a TV streaming service called TVCatchup. Despite the name, it is not a catch up service, but instead allows the streaming of live broadcasts of free-to-air (known here as Freeview) channels. This means it’s possible to watch live UK television on your iPad or iPhone. Here’s our review of the iOS app for TVCatchup.

Create annotated audio recordings on your iPhone with Recordium [Review]

Create annotated audio recordings on your iPhone with Recordium [Review]

Using a smartphone, e.g. the iPhone, as a Dictaphone isn’t a new trick. I’m sure you have done it from time to time, and there are many times we’ve seen impromptu press conferences on the TV news with journalists increasingly holding their phone aloft much more often than we see a tape recorder or standalone digital recorder. Besides such glamorous occasions, there’s also the increasing trend of students recording their lectures. All of this is great, but leaves the tricky question of in-situ editing and remembering where the most interesting parts of a recording are. Recordium steps in to answer these problems by providing the ability to not just edit, but annotate your audio recordings. Read on to find out more.

Track the rain in your area with Dark Sky [review]

Track the rain in your area with Dark Sky [review]

Weather apps are a dime a dozen on any smartphone platforms, iOS even has a built-in Weather app. They can try too hard to show you what’s going to come from the skies above, though. Sometimes you just want a clear message of what’s happening now and in the immediate future, that’s what Dark Sky offers. Now that, the application has been updated to give weather forecasts in the UK, we take a look at test it against the English weather.

Manage business card scanning with CamCard [review]

Manage business card scanning with CamCard [review]

Smartphones have become have replaced our address books and as such inputting information has become a new challenge. For those of us who move in circles where people exchange business cards, the task of input has been reduced to an issue of scanning.  CamCard is a popular business card scanner for iOS, here’s our review.

Wake is a new smart alarm clock app for iPhone [review]

Wake is a new smart alarm clock app for iPhone [review]

Whether you’re a heavy sleeper or are just bored of the standard iOS apps, you may well be looking for a new alarm clock, of which there are many upon many in the iTunes store. However, you might want to consider an app called Wake. This is a new app for the iPhone which brings an intelligent design, both aesthetically, and dynamically to the humble alarm clock genre.

Fantastical – a slick replacement to iPhone’s stock Calendar app [Review]

Fantastical – a slick replacement to iPhone’s stock Calendar app [Review]

The built-in Calendar app on iOS does its job pretty well, but if you feel like having a change there are plenty of options out there. One of these is Fantastical. This app gives a simpler interface than the built-in app but doesn’t skimp on functionality. Read on to find out more.

Dots – a very addictive strategy puzzle game for iOS [Review]

Dots – a very addictive strategy puzzle game for iOS [Review]

Dots is a game that takes a stylish new twist on a tried and tested game genre. The objective of the game is to collect dots by connecting like colours in horizontal and vertical lines. It sounds simple, but you are playing against the clock. If you think your brain is up to some fast pattern recognition, read on.

Scanner Pro: The ultimate document scanning app for iOS [Review]

Scanner Pro: The ultimate document scanning app for iOS [Review]

You might not realise, but you’ve got a document scanner in your pocket. Remember all those spy films where the hero pulls out a tiny camera to take a copy of the villain’s plans to take over the world? You too can do that because your iPhone’s camera is more than capable enough to take high quality document snaps. While just the built-in camera app alone is fine, it’s always difficult to avoid perspective distortions and have shadows get in the way. Scanner Pro is here to help with all of that, read on to find out how.