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AIR HORN {HOMEBREW} [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (60%)

Air Horn turns your webOS device into an air horn and is released by AwesomePalmPre127.

“Have you ever wanted to make a sort-of loud bang with your webOS phone but couldn’t? With Airhorn, your problems are over!”

This application does exactly what it claims, it allows you to make a loud noise with the Touchpad.

Air Horn is a simple. one function application. It works and does that function (as long as you do not tap or hold too long.)

The airhorn graphic is OK and the sound effect sounds fine too.

The user interface is just a photo of an air horn, tap it for the sound, hold a little and the info screen appears.

On the upside:

  • Turns your webOS device into an Air Horn.
  • Annoy your friends and enemies alike.

On the downside:

  • Only runs as emulation on the Touchpad.
  • Can accidently trigger the information page rather than sound the horn.

Overall, this is a simple app, that does the task it is designed to do. I have given a lower rating as on the Touchpad it is not full screen and the issues with triggering the sound. If you want to have an Air Horn, or like annoying others, then this application is well worth the download. Otherwise, there is nothing to see here.

Rating: 60%

Size: 1 MB

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Air Horn – AwesomePalmPre127

 
 

SLIDESHOW PRESENTATION HD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (80%)

Slideshow Presentation HD is a digital photo frame tool and is released by Apps by Chris.

“Create stunning and custom slideshows and photo projects that you can set to music. Turns your TouchPad into a beautiful digital photo frame!”

This application opens to an information screen that tells you a bit about the application and how it works, along with telling you not to switch off while the application is saving.

The main menu once opened is well layout out and immediately allows you to jump into designing your first slideshow.

You can add any photo from your Touchpad into the slideshow, by either folder or selecting them manually out of the picture selection screen.

The application offers you lots of customisation on how the images will be displayed and added to the slide show. You can really customise everything from the order they are displayed, adding Captions, Transitions and display durations.

You also have the option at add music tracks to the Slideshow, or you can leave it with no music if you wish.

You can even create and store more than one slideshow, so you can create as many as you wish and swap between them to suit your mood.

The user interface is generally good, some of the options are simple to find to use, others you will need to guess at or hunt for, however, the developer has added a useful help section.

On the upside:

  • Really nice slideshows can be made.
  • Plenty of options and settings to get the exact photos and display settings you want.
  • Simple to add your facebook galleries into the slideshows.

On the downside:

  • The odd user interface issue with menu items (oversized text on buttons or thumb nails not displaying.)

Overall, the key features of the application as easy to set up and use. The developer has clearly taken time to consider all the possible options someone would want from a digital photo frame. My parents own a digital photo frame, and this application really puts that devices options in the shade. If you love viewing photos, then this applications is well worth a look.

Rating: 80%

Size: 9.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.99 (developer.palm.com claims $1.29 in U.S.?)

Link: Slideshow Presentation HD – Apps by Chris

 

CASH FLOWS [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (70%)

Cash Flows is a investiment calculator released by Lakshmi Solutions LLC.

“Cash Flows is an easy to use “Time Value of Money” financial assistant. The application allows you to perform complex financial calculations on single payments, equal payments & growing payments flows.”

Cash Flows is a very simple application that allows you to calculate returns on investiments depending on the original amount, interest rates and length of the investiment.

You can select between 3 payment methods, which will get some different options, these are:

  • Single Payment – One off payment and see have the interest alone will grow it.
  • Equal Payments – A starting amount, and then a regular payment added along with the interest.
  • Growing Payment – Acts as a guide to your monthly payments to make it equal over time.

The application does work well, and you can leave some of the boxes unchanged, but you do need to enter some of the date. The Present Value, Interest Rates and the Date Period / Number of Months.

As with all these types of applications, these are guidelines and no-one can guess interest rates for any period of time.

I would have personality have liked a way to entered a good, average and poor interest outcome to give myself a better idea of outcomes. As it stands I just had to enter the details three times and do this manually. 

The user interface is nicely layout out and simply, however, to select between the payment types you need to tap the brown bar at the base of the screen, simple when you know it, but just not clear to a first time user.

On the upside:

  • Functionality works well once learnt.
  • Good selection of periods and date ranges.

On the downside:.

  • Navigation was not immediately clear.

Overall, this is a very simple application that can help you plan your saving based on interest rates and time. The application feels like it is worth the purchase price, so if you are looking at help planning your savings it is worth a look.

Rating: 70%

Size: 2.8 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79 ($0.99)

Link: Cash Flows – Lakshmi Solutions LLC

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in App - Life Style, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

COIN FLIGHT [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (48%)

Coin Flight is a flying collection game and is released by Imperial Pengiun.

(Screenshot taken for App Catalogue, as not possible to take on Touchpad, image not as displayed here.)

“Fly your sport plane and collect coins in this simple, but challenging and addictive 3D arcade game. Coin Flight features 50 randomly generated levels of increasing difficulty to insure that the game is different every time you play it.”

Take to the skies in this game and collect the coins that float in the air.

The basic ideas of the game is launch on a mission, which is allows collect coins. Collection them and get more than 80% and then move onto the next level (So at least 80 out of 100 coins).

That is basically it for the game, there are no additional plane, options or power ups. There are lots of other games out their on the Touchpad that offer so much more than that.

The gameplay is reasonable, but the collection of the coins is dull to say the least, it is dull on level 1 and repeating this afterward just is not appealing.

The game is controlled (default) by tilt control, which even after calibration is a little poor. You do have a virtual joystick on offer and that works much better.

The graphics reasonable, although apart from the plane you feel the developer has just photographed their pocket change for the rest of the graphics. There is no music and the sound effects are annoying at best, and I turned them down almost immediately.

Another disappointment in the game was that the game stays in portrait and looks nothing like the screen shots. Words are cut off on buttons, the virtual joystick is just on the screen and the coin total is off screen most of the time.

On the upside:

  • Lots of random levels.

On the downside:

  • No music and poor sound.
  • Dull gameplay.
  • No worth the price tag.
  • Only works in portrait, which looks different from the screen shots on the App Catalogue.

Overall, I found this game a big dissappointment. Gameplay was dull, sound effects annoying and a real lack luster application that I do not feel the developers ever played on the Touchpad themselves. An old application, that is best avoided. 

Rating: 48%

Size: 8.6 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Coin Flight- Imperial Penguin

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Game - Arcade, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

GLTRON [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (75%)

GLtron is a “Tron” lightbike game and is released by Studio 3D.

“A last player riding light cycle game loosely based on the movie Tron.”

For those who remember the light cycle sequences for the Tron movie will immediately know the type of game on offer here.

You are pitted against three computer controlled opponents as you race around the grid, your goal is be the last survivor as you try to block off opponents and dodge their walls.

The game design stays close to the film, there are no power ups on offer here and the only way to defeat the other racers is to block their path with the wall that follows your bike.

Gameplay wise, you are thrown straight into the game as soon as you tap start. There is no training or practice modes. Luckily you start far enough away from the other bikes to give you time to learn the controls before you enter battle.

The artifical intelligence of the computer controlled bikes is set at the right level, with them no overpowering you and they mostly do not make stupid mistakes.

One of the strange issues with the game design is bikes do not travel on the grid line, but away from them. The computer controllled opponents can appear to travel along almost the same line as another biker, a skill that you will find very hard to replicate, giving the computer an advantage.

The controls are done via either a tilt controls or swiping the screen to move left or right. There are some issues with the controls as the tilt is not sensitive enough and the swipe has issues due to the other touch screen controls for changing views and zoom.

The graphics are great look like the Tron film and sound also good.

On the upside:

  • Fun gameplay.
  • Great visuals.

On the downside:

  • Multiplayer would have been nice.
  • Controls just need tweaking to make them better.
  • Lack of difficulty levels does make the gameplay very similar for game to game.

Overall, this is a really enjoyable game. The controls could do with a tweak and I would have liked to have seen something extra added to the gameplay. The game is fun and worth the price tag, especially if you have fond memories of the Tron film.

Rating: 75%

Size: 11.5 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79 ($0.99)

Link: GLtron – Studio 3D

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Game - Arcade, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS