Pygmy Reviews #12: iOS Apps

Jetpack Joyride (Free)

One Line Description: Never ending side scroller that simulates riding a jetpack while collecting coins and completing challenges.

This is an addicting and fun game. I have leveled my Barry up to level 105, which is somewhat insane. I constantly find myself saying “one more game” before spending another hour playing. I just recently trounced my personal distance record after going probably a hundred games without even coming close. So much about traveling far seems to be about luck as much as skill. They are some visual changes that can be purchased, but after the initial novelty wears off, this one might get boring to some. There are some new updates coming soon, but it’s unclear whether they will offer enough appeal to bring people back.

Xbox Live (Free)

One Line Description: The official Microsoft Xbox Live app that let’s users keep tabs on things.

I have talked about this app already. It’s only truly useful features are seeing what friends are online, and sending/receiving messages. It’s slow, and doesn’t seem to remember where you last were. It’s reliable because it’s the official app, so it’s a good idea to keep it around if you ever need access to this stuff. I don’t do much in Xbox live though, but perhaps if you do this app is more useful.

Launch Center ($0.99)

One Line Description: A “shortcut” iPhone app for creating quick access to apps, or places within apps.

I talked about this one in my homescreen post. As expected, the shortcuts to specific sections of the Apple Settings app were disabled in iOS 5.1 This has greatly lessened the value of this application to me. I still have a few shortcuts setup in it, but I still haven’t been able to condition myself to use it. If I can’t consciously do that soon, I likely will stop using it because it’s useless if you aren’t using it to save yourself time.

Sparrow ($2.99)

One Line Description: A third party e-mail client for iPhone that specializes (but is not limited to) Gmail.

Another app I talked about already, although that was specifically in the context of Inbox Zero. On both the Mac and iPhone, this app has become extremely popular. In addition to my Inbox Zero gripes, I don’t like the way that it treats Gmail labels too much like “labels” and not enough like “folders.” I have heard in a recent version they added a way to navigate between messages, but it still isn’t enough for me to give it another try. I actually find Apple’s Mail on iOS to be very good. If it had TextExpander support and/or per-account signatures it would be nearly perfect.

Call of Duty Elite (Free)

One Line Description: Check Call of Duty stats and recent games and even change loadouts for Modern Warfare 3.

The app version of the paid service Activision released for Call of Duty this year. I don’t know if you can use this application without a paid subscription, but it’s free, so it would be easy to find out. It doesn’t show all of the stats the website does, and the lack of weapon stats make it especially disappointing. It is nice if you want to make a quick check of some career stats or look up a friend or challenging opponent.