Every week a few of us from team TiPb will bring you our current favorite, most fun and 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, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!
Agenda is a beautiful, usable, sanity restoring calendaring alternative from App Savvy. I've been beta testing it since WWDC, so I've had the opportunity to spend some time with it and I'm enjoying it quite a bit.
Agenda is elegantly black and white, and the default list view presents large dates on the left and spacious event listings on the right. You scroll dates with a flick, and the next update will even bring you back to today with a tap of the title bar. A left arrow at the bottom will back you into a month view, where color coded dots give quality and quantity to your appointments. Left again is a six-month view for easy date lookup and month switching. A right arrow will move you to day view. Right again will take you to a single event view.You can scroll both month and day views as well, with just a hint of elasticity to keep you from doing it unintentionally. You can also swipe horizontally between views, which has a similar tension and I prefer.
So basically, each level back gives you a higher viewer, each level forward a more granular view, with up and down providing the timeline. The cross navigation metaphor works really well in this context.
Outside Agenda, on the home screen, today's date is displayed using the notification badge work around. It's not ideal but it's all Apple currently allows and does give glance-ability to the icon.
There's a bit of a spartan, Windows Phone Metro UI vibe at work in Agenda, but unlike Panorama, none of the text is cut off which may remove the hint of information beyond the screen but prevents my typographer from cringing, so it's a fair trade. Overall, it looks great.
If Apple's built in Calendar app is too loud or too much and you want a more tastefully sedate way to manage your schedule, give Agenda a try. It just might become your new go-to event viewer.
[$1.99 - iTunes link]
It's true, I've gone Mac. But there are still a lot of things I need on my pc, and more often than not - I need them when I'm not home. So I rely on CrazyRemote Pro, which allows me to use my iPhone to take total control of my pc from anywhere in the world.
With CrazyRemote Pro, I can start any app on my pc, email myself that document that I totally forgot about, or double check how an app is supposed to work on a pc. One of the fun things I can do with CrazyRemote Pro is turn on the webcam to see what's going on at home while I'm out. I can also view my home surveillance system - which doesn't have an iPhone app.
There is no end to what I can do on my pc - from my iPhone. So if you're still tied to a pc for many things, give CrazyRemote a try - light version also available.
[$19.99 - iTunes link]
My pick of the week is a fun game called Fragger. The game seem to be somewhat similar to Angry Birds, but instead of throwing birds you are throwing grenades. Your goal is to frag each of the opponents using a limited number of grenades. In some cases, you simply have to adjust the angle and strength of your throw to reach the target. In other case, it almost takes on a puzzle like feel as you have to use grenades to destroy or move objects to make the target accessible. Just like some other seemingly simple concept games, this game is highly addictive – I spent all week playing the last few levels. There are some free versions as well as an HD version for the iPad. There are over 300 levels, so the enjoyment of destruction should last for quite some time.
[$0.99 - iTunes link]
I've always been a big fan of word games. Hanging with friends has been keeping me pretty entertained. It was created by the same developers of Words With Friends (another one of my favorites).
Hanging with Friends is simply a comical spin off of hangman. You make a word and your opponent has so many strikes to guess it. If they miss it, they lose a balloon and get lowered closer to the lava. Once someone loses all their balloons, the game is over and they lose.
There is a free version and a paid version. The paid version just doesn't contain ads.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing was released on Thursday; but it is already my favorite game. It is a fantastic game to waste a few minutes flying round a track in a strange looking kart firing missiles and dodging your opponents traps. The game has 10 characters and various modes of transport to choose from. These include cars, monster trucks, bikes, planes and even bananas! There are 25 missions to complete and three Grand Prix Cups. You can challenge your friends as long as they are within Bluetooth connectivity distance or play online with up to three friends with Game Center.
The game was an absolute steal at $1.99 but that offer has expired. It will now cost you $4.99; but it is still worth every cent! It is also a universal binary so you can play it on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad in all its glory!
[$4.99 - iTunes link]
Speedtest.net has always been the preferred bandwidth test for me, and they also have a great iPhone app that offers many of the features included on the website. The animations are nice and fluid giving your a rich and enjoyable experience, and up until now I didn't think testing my bandwidth could actually be considered 'fun'.
The app lets you choose from a list of surrounding servers to get the best results, or picks the best server for you based on ping time. I've had to use this app quite a bit lately because of the trouble we've had with our internet provider, and it's never failed to impress with its style and quick results. Although it doesn't let you login for a fully personalized experience, the app does a great job as a bandwidth test and I haven't seen anything that looks as good -- give it a try!
[Free - iTunes link]
Banana TV is a great little Mac application for those people (like me) who dont have a Apple TV, but do have a Mac that they would like to Airplay to. At the moment Airplay doesnt support streaming to a Mac, but with Banana TV installed on my iMac I am able to stream from the video app, YouTube app and the camera roll in the Photo app. Meaning that I can watch all that content fullscreen just using my local WIFI network.
Banana TV is a fantastic application and fills a hole until Apple allows us to Airplay to Macs.
[$7.99 - Banana TV]
You’re part of the team as well, so we will be choosing one reader to make a submission each week! Just look for the announcement on twitter or our Facebook page each weekend for a chance to be picked! In the meantime, jump into the comments and let us know your pick of the week!