Yesterday's App Review was about an App that allowed you to create your own custom ringtones from the built-in loops. Today I'm reviewing a similar App for people that just want to use their songs. Ringtone Wizard Pro is all about creating iPhone ringtones from your music library on your iPhone. I've reviewed similar Apps in the past, but the thing that earns Ringtone Wizard Pro a spot on BestAppSite.com is that it seems to be the most full featured of the Ringtone Apps I've seen to date. I love the fact that you can turn on a fade with a simple on/off switch. I also love the user interface with simple sliders to pick the portion of the song you want to use as your ringtone.
It does the job
Not only does it work like the other Apps in this category with the same (Apple imposed) restriction of not being able to put the ringtone right on your iPhone from your iPhone, but in addition to allowing you to sync the ringtone back to your computer Ringtone Wizard Pro allows you to email it as well. While you'll still need to plug in at some point to get the ringtone back onto your iPhone I like the email option for sending it ahead of time. While the App definitely works as advertised I'd like a way to quick scrub to the end of your selection to hear how it fades out. Currently it seems like you have to play the whole ringtone to hear the ending. Otherwise I love this app!
You can get Ringtone Wizard Pro on sale for $0.99 here from the
I love custom ringtones on my iPhone. I have over 50 contacts that I've assigned their own ringtone. This helps me know at first ring whether or not it's a work call, call from a buddy or family member (I just wish that the iPhone would allow you to assign a ringtone to an entire GROUP of contacts!). With that said I found the built-in ringtones to be pretty boring. Not to mention that with all the iPhones out there when you hear one of the built-in ringtones you might immediately think it's your phone ringing. While Apple has loosened the restrictions over the years in making your own ringtones they have really only provided Garageband to literally "mix" your own tune. Sure you can use songs, but what if you want to make something unique that only you would have? While Garageband is great, it's Mac only and not dedicated to the task so there's a lot of stuff in the user interface that a user would have to learn. Ringtone DJ gives you that Garageband feel right on your iPhone.
Make your own unique ringtones
With Ringtone DJ you can mix your own ringtones using any combination of the over 150 professionally created music samples. This way no two iPhones will ring the same way.You'll definitely know it's your iPhone ringing because it's a that you created. You can build and sample your own mix right in the App. Although I thought that I was all set with my existing ringtones that I've made from various songs, I had a blast mixing some new ones in Ringtone DJ. Once you make your custom ringtone in the App the ringtone is saved in the app until you plug in your iPhone into your computer.
Unfortunately Apple doesn't currently allow developers access to putting the ringtone directly on the iPhone from the App. You will first have to get it from the App via iTunes and then drag it right back into iTunes and sync it to your iPhone as a ringtone. I know this sounds silly and cumbersome, but the App developer's hands are tied until Apple adds this support in the SDK. In the meantime the process of copying it off the iPhone and then back into iTunes only takes a about a minute or less. I look forward to even more loops as the App gets updated. Right now if you want a fast, fun way to create your own iPhone ringtones, this is it!
You can get Ringtone DJ for $0.99 here from the
A little while ago I reviewed VLC for the iPad. At the time it was the only app that I used to play my .avi’s and Divx formats. Since then I have completely ditched VLC in favor of CineXPlayer and I bet you will too!
Why the switch?
So why was I even looking for a new app for my video playback? The reason is twofold. First, I review apps, that’s what I do, so I’m always checking out new apps for you guys (and girls). Second (and more importantly) I was having issues with HD playback with the other app. Sometimes I would get random freezing mid playback and the app would completely crash. I have been using CineXPlayer for a couple of months now and not once has it even stuttered during HD playback. So that’s why I was testing CineXPlayer, but there were other huge advantages that have made me happy. Transfer time for the video files to the iPad is faster. I performed an unscientific speed test where I transferred the same video file to CineXPlayer, and then to VLC. It took twice as long to transfer to VLC as it did to CineXPlayer. Secondly while the code isn’t a universal binary (same app working on both iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad) there is a version of CineXPlayer for the iPhone. It has the same UI (user interface) feel and plays back .avi videos just as well.
Make the UI Attractive!
If I have any complaint at all about CineXPlayer, it’s that the UI is bland. You get rows with your video titles, no option for thumbnails or previews. With the introduction of Airplay in iOS 4.2 I’m waiting for streaming integration to be added to this app. Other than that, this app has everything that could want.
You can get the iPad app from the iTunes store for $2.99 here from the
You can get the iPhone app from the iTunes store for $1.99 here from the
What started out as a Halloween themed version of my favorite iOS game has now evolved into a "holiday" themed version. Angry Birds is one of the most successful games on iOS. I'm not a gamer and I look forward to playing it and the new levels whenever I have the time. I bought the Halloween version without a second thought not so much because I'm into Halloween (I'm not), but because it would give me the chance to play my game again. Everyone that bought the Halloween version was treated to a free update last week as the game has now become Angry Birds Seasons. This update has introduced a Winter or Christmas themed layout. There are more challenges and it's a nice refresh to a game that I thoroughly enjoy. It also now has Game Center support in iOS 4.2.
What's the object of the game?
If you're new to Angry Birds at first the game might look a little silly. However, what you don't see at first glance is that the game is really all about strategy. You're given a set number of "angry birds" and a slingshot. You use your finger to pull back the slingshot and launch the bird at the structure that the "pigs" are hold up in. Each bird has its different properties. Some can drop bombs. Some explode like grenades. The yellow ones have accelerated flight and hitting power, some are boomerangs, etc. Tapping the screen while the bird is in mid flight will expose the bird's particular powers. The reason I say it's all about strategy is you have to plan where to hit the structure to do the most damage and smash all of your pigs. That's where the addiction comes in. You'll quickly find yourself saying "one more try". Hours later you'll wonder where the time went.
One bit of frustration
This version seems to be counting down the days til Christmas. While that in and of itself is no big deal, the developer has decided to only allow you to go to the next level on the next day. That's right! Once I complete the level for December 6, I can't play level "7" until December 7. Now I suppose if you really really wanted to play all the levels immediately a quick change to your iPad's date might do the trick (I haven't tried this). While I'm willing to play one level a day, it would be nice if we had the "option" to turn this off and play all the levels we wanted. At least the way it's currently implement it keeps me from getting sucked in for hours at a time
You can get Angry Birds Seasons HD for iPad for $1.99 here from the
You can get Angry Birds Season for iPhone/iPod touch for $0.99 here from the