TiPb Back-to-School Picks - GPA+, EleMints, Wikipanion, Appigo Todo, Cocktails+, ACT MATH Foundation, iHomework, GRE Connect, iStudiez Pro, QuickOffice, reQall


Every week a few of us from team TiPb, bloggers and forum crew alike, will bring you our current favorite, funnest, most useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they're iPhone (or iPod touch) related, they're fair game.

So who's on deck this week and what are our picks? Find out after the break!

Chris' Pick: GPA+

While still lacking some features (as of our review) this app offers a wide variety of options and settings for tracking courses, assignments, and GPA over the school year. You can add courses and individual assignments, you can track your semester or cumulative GPA, and it provides tools to determine how well you need to do to improve or maintain your GPA. While a little buggy at times, and limited in some cases to the type of data you can enter, it provides an all-in-one solution for any student who wants to track their semester in one iPhone application. Some of our concerns in the review were addressed with various updates that have been provided. [$1.99 - iTunes link]

EleMints - A full featured periodic table of elements, with enough data and versatility for most students. A little more expensive, but the features should wow any potential chemistry student (plus with the updates I have read about, it should address some of the issues I had in the review). [$4.99 - iTunes link]

Wikipanion - While Wikipedia should never, NEVER be used as a reference in a paper, it can be used to get some general information about a topic. Wikipanion is a great iPhone app that interfaces with Wikipedia. Students can use it as a source of general information to look up a variety of topics for just about any class they may take. [Free - iTunes link]


James' Pick: Appigo's Todo

Back in May, I selected Appigo's Todo as my pick of the week.  While I use it more as a business app, this does not exclude its ability to be a robust app for students as well (students have things to do as well, no?).  Todo offers students the ability to create projects with different sub-tasks and prioritize them accordingly.  Don't take my word for it...TiPB's Matt Sawyers (aka msbaylor on the forums) reviewed Todo in his Round Robin. [$9.99 - iTunes link]

Appigo Todo

Justin's Pick: Cocktails+

I guess I've been out of school too long and haven't used any apps I think are "Back to Schoolish". Unless it's back to party school college! then I guess I would say Cocktails+ [$2.99 - iTunes link] and a very good free one called 5800+ Drink & Cocktail Recipes Free [Free - iTunes link]


Leanna's Pick: ACT MATH Foundation

f you're in high school and thinking about college, then the ACT exam is likely in your future. Since studying is high on your priority list, you could go to your local bookstore and purchase a heavy review book, or pick up ACT MATH Foundation from the App Store. This app reviews 361 topics that are covered by the ACT Math exam and has practice tests with instant detailed score results. Indriam Inc. also offers similar apps for the GED, GRE, SAT, and GMAT. Studying has never been so fun! [$1.99 on sale - iTunes link]

Act Math Foundation

Matt's Pick: iHomework

After coming from a palm pilot, I used DueYesterday and missed it very much. Having said that, there are several options out there, but iHomework seems to be the best assignment & grade tracker (and the closest to what I used to use). The application can easily track multiple classes and multiple assignments in each class. One of the really neat things about the app is its grade tracking. It has the ability to do simple grade tracking and more advanced tracking (weighted assignments). With these two types of systems, this makes it a perfect solution for both high school and college students. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

GRE Connect - Recently I have been preparing for the GRE and I scouted out a number of different apps. So far GRE Connect seems to be the best. It not only has a wealth of information - explanations, questions & answers, but it also has some very nifty progress tracking, diagnostic test and quizzes to prepare you for the GRE. Further more if you buy their Desktop application, you can sync with it and keep everything up to date. This, however, will set you back an additional $20, but you are still able to backup for free. [$9.99 - iTunes Link]

iStudiez Pro - iStudiez Pro has the best graphical interface for tracking assignments, but lacks any type of grade tracking. If all you want to do it track assignments, then this has a very nice calendar-view feature. [$1.99 - iTunes Link]


Rene's Pick: QuickOffice

Though higher education and I agreed to cease hostilities and go our separate ways many moons ago, based on my dim and distant memories there was some need to write and perhaps calculate... stuff. Kidding aside, if you need any type of document editing capability, QuickOffice will help you get your learn on. [$12.99 on sale - iTunes link]

reQall - reQall for iPhone is a client for reQall's web service (free or pro for $30 a year). David Pogue shows it off with typical... Poguiness on YouTube but the quick version is reQuall lets you capture and organize ideas and tasks in a variety of easy and efficient ways. [Free - iTunes link]

Quickoffice Mobile Suite

Your Pick?

You're part of team TiPb too, so what's your pick? What app was your absolute fav last week? Let us -- and everyone -- know in the comments!

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TiPb Back-to-School Picks - GPA+, EleMints, Wikipanion, Appigo Todo, Cocktails+, ACT MATH Foundation, iHomework, GRE Connect, iStudiez Pro, QuickOffice, reQall


I choose to use things as a homework to do list, however may look into iHomework looks good.
I like to use Evernote for my business work as I work on my macbook so like how its synced up to study any time on my phone

hi i'm really interested in istudiez pro and ihomework but i don't know which to choose. i don't really need the grade tracking.
which one should i buy? thanks.

My app this week is iSticker, which is a post-it note app that lowered its price to FREE this week. Handles multiple stickies, different colors, several pages. You can e-mail them too. Worth a look.

@Bohemian03 go with iStudiez Pro if you don't need the tracking, it has a better GUI.
The only thing I didn't lile was the fact that no matter in which view you created the new assignment, you always had to pick which class it was associated with from a list.

I would have to say Appigo's ToDo is my pick as well. Especially since as of yesterday it now supports PUSH NOTIFICATIONS for tasks. Best task manager by a lot in my opinion and it syncs beautifully with Toodledo and Remember The Milk.

I had the puerslae to write a guest post on the blog of Craig Villamor, my manager, about UI differences between Android and iPhone. Categories: Uncategorized LikeBe the first to like this post. Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

I finally broke down and bought Quickoffice last week, and it's Word editing is pretty slick for "very simple" documents. Although I was disappointed with it's lack of formatting, no style editing, and limited color palette, it is worth $12.99... and pretty powerful for a mobile doc editing app. The devs really seem to be on the ball with updates as well. Just be sure your desktop files are supported before purchasing.

My pick is ihomework. It's got the most features for the best price. The tracking's great and if you don't need it, it doesn't take away from the app at all, just skip right over it. Lots of customization in it too.

This is a shameless plug, but we here at JotNot really feel that students (or anyone who takes notes) can benefit from our app (not surprisingly called JotNot). It allows you to "scan" notes from paper and whiteboards into PDFs that you can email using the iPhone's camera.

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@abe is it possible in your jot note app to integrate evernote, id deffinately buy then

and to think all that gear costs is your life sianvgs if your not on contract the i phone is 1000 dollars the ipad starts at 500 the usb is standard and no idea what the other tool he uses costs

iStudiez Pro does have grades tracking, assignments AND schedule tracking, instructors info, and it is available for both iOS and Mac OS platforms. So, I consider it the best one for college students.

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