TiPb Picks of the Week
Every week a few of us from team TiPb 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, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.
To see what we picked this week, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!
Alli's pick: BiteSMS (Jailbreak)
Deserving of a truly in-depth app review, I'm going with Cydia's BiteSMS since I consistently list it as one of my three reasons for jailbreaking. BiteSMS replaces the messaging app, with tons of options (which is why it deserves more attention) including individual contact sms tones.
As you can see from the screenie, it gives you contact pics with the message list as well as on incoming message. Of course, the option I like best about BiteSMS is that it pops up on top of whatever you're doing, so that you don't have to exit a game or an email to respond to a text. And if you go back to your game or email (or whatever else you happen to be doing) and remember something you need to text, you can invoke BiteSMS without exiting the app.
You can trial BiteSMS for about 10 days. When the trial is up you'll be bombarded with adverts, or you can shell out $8.99 and buy it from Cydia. Well worth the cost if you are a textaholic!
Ally's pick: Display Recorder (Jailbreak)
Display Recorder is a wonderful jailbreak utility that allows you to record what is currently being displayed on your iPhone. It's great for bloggers or techies who want to post up tutorials or reviews. It can also be used to show someone how to do something. Another neat feature is connecting it to a web server. There is actually a live mode that will show on a computer screen what you are doing on your phone in real time. This is excellent for demonstration purposes as well.
The only downside to the app is that it doesn't currently have an option to record audio. I've been using the voice memos tool as a convenient way around this for now. It would be nice to see it in an update.
Display Recorder is available via Cydia for $4.99. You can also find out more about it on the Display Recorder website
Andrew's pick: NotifyMe 2
NotifyMe 2 is a great ToDo notification app that utilizes both cloud notifications as well as iOS 4 local notifications. You can input any type of notification you want, categorize (custom categories included) the notification and set a time & date. The customization level of each notification is very well thought out, and includes 9 different notification tones to choose from.
The great thing about this app is that it comes with a desktop web-based client as well (free), which allows you to set up or review any cloud notification on-the-fly if you're at a Mac or PC. NotifyMeCloud will sync any notifications made on the desktop to your iPhone or iPad app.
Speaking of the iPad, NotifyMe2 Control Center for iPad extends the functionality of the iPhone app even more! Or, you can use it as a standalone ToDo app with local and cloud notifications included.
NotifyMe 2 for iPhone is available in the App Store for $5.99, with its iPad counterpart selling for $9.99. Although these prices may seem a little high, the payoff is well worth it given the polish and functionality of this great app. Go grab it now!
[$5.99, iPhone - iTunes link]
[$9.99, iPad - iTunes link]
Brian's pick: Boxcar
Boxcar is the perfect app if you want push notifications for apps such as FaceBook, Twitter and E-Mails. As soon as you get a notification in FaceBook you will be made aware of it via a push notification from Boxcar. If you are a Twitter user, anytime someone mentions you or sends you a DM you will get a push notification informing you of the new message waiting for you. If you are using e-mail that doesn't have push you can use Boxcar to alert you right away of any new messages awaiting in your inbox. This is the perfect app to keep you informed instantly of whats happening in your online life. Best of all the app is free and they have pushed over 100,000,000 push notifications.
[Free - iTunes Link]
Farbod's pick: iFile
iFile is a file manager running under user root. It is available on Cydia ($4.99) for Jailbroken devices such as iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad.
It allows fast navigation through the iPhone file system. You can directly view and run files of various types, e.g. various movie files, sound, text, HTML, Microsoft Office files (doc, xml, etc.), PDFs, and various compressed formats. Files can be sent as email attachments. Text files and property lists can be edited. Folders and files can be bookmarked. ZIP packing and compressed file unpacking are also supported. In addition, files can be uploaded and downloaded from iFile's built-in web server.
George's pick: iTorch 4
iTorch 4 turns your iPhone 4’s LED-flash into a standard flash light. When you launch the app, the light turns on and to turn it off there is a single on-screen button. Thats it! Its an extremely simple, yet incredibly useful app. There is an option to shake your iPhone 4 to activate/deactivate as well. The best part about this app is: its FREE! (Warning: constant use of the flash will drain your battery).
[Free - iTunes link]
Georgia's pick: Bomberman
Ever since the Nintendo 64 I have loved Bomberman. Though I have to agree with most people that the controls are not extremely easy to use, it is still quite a fun game.
You are able to run around and bomb the ground in search of more power ups. If you have played and loved the Nintendo 64 version than this game is for you.
It is also enabled with Openfeint.
[$0.99 - iTunes Link]
Leanna's pick: Social for the iPad
Now that it has been confirmed that Facebook will not be making a Facebook app, you may be interested in a 3rd part option. One of my favorites is Social for the iPad. It has the same traditional Facebook look (without the ads) as well as the ability to chat and upload photos. The only thing I've found that Social doesn't allow, is tagging friends in a status update. But if you desire to send private messages, create groups, events, and pages, or check-in at Starbucks, you can do it all with Social. If Facebook on Safari leaves you desiring more, check out Social.
[$1.99 - iTunes link]
Rene's pick: 2010 MacBook Air
It's got to be the new 11-inch Macbook Air. We received one here at TiPb HQ just this week and we'll be putting it through it's paces and seeing just how well it stacks up against our hometown champ, the 9.7-inch iPad. At $999 the MacBook Air is twice the price (baseline models) for half the battery life and it's multitouch trackpad is just not the same as a full multitouch screen, but it has a full hardware keyboard and can run Mac OS X software.
Unlike the original Air it also has a high-density, higher resolution screen and 2 USB ports (and the 13-inch model even has an SD card reader). I used a second generation Air for most of 2009 and was extremely happy with it -- except the battery life and lack of ports. It's still the anti-netbook, with an okay CPU, good GPU, and amazing build quality, but that's just exactly what some people want in their ultra-portable.
Standard configurations come with slower CPU and 2GB of RAM but you can build-to-order with speed bumps and 4GB. And since there's no HD or SSD, only NAND Flash right on the board, it flies. The performance is much better than you'd expect and you often forget just how "small" a computer you're using.
If you want a Mac instead of an iPad and you're not going to be doing pro-level video or similar work, check out the 13-inch MacBook Air. If you don't mind sacrificing size for portability, check out the 11-inch. They're the sexist laptops in the world today and very likely a precursor of where Apple's entire laptop line is headed.
You’re part of the team as well, so jump into the comments and let us know your pick of the week!