Apps I’m Using This Week 9/7/12
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so I’m going to do a little catch up in this one. This will be a collection of the best apps that I’ve discovered or have been using in the past several weeks. Enjoy!
Drafts for iPad: Drafts is the best app for quickly jotting down text the moment it happens. I have been a user of the iPhone version since it came out, and it’s become one of my favorite apps. The iPad version takes advantage of the larger screen estate and even includes a new keyboard extension that makes it easy to navigate between characters and insert common punctuation marks, including those for Markdown syntax. All of your settings and actions are kept intact between iPhone and iPad thanks to Simperium Sync as well, which works flawlessly. If you write on the iPad at all, make sure to get Drafts for iPad — you won’t regret it. And grab the iPhone version if you haven’t already.
Pronto: This gorgeous and simple app makes it easy to plan upcoming events. Keep items organized in categories, and then create event lists and add to-dos that need to be completed for the event in question. You can even have due dates and times, and create monthly or annually recurring items.
Mixel: Previously thought to be dead, Mixel came back on your iPhone. This app allows you to combine multiple photos into one alluring collage to share with the world. There are six different styles to choose from, each with their own unique layout and filtered look on photos. It’s collages made easy.
Weathercube: This is a unique take on weather. It’s Clear-like interface is pretty intuitive since it relies on swipes and pinching gestures. You can get a six-day, daily, and hourly forecast, and even share your weather with friends on Facebook or Twitter. Pick a color theme that suits your style and listen to the whimsical sound effects that the app will emit when you play around with it. It’s a great UI experiment for weather apps, but can still use a bit of tinkering (current temperature is shown in the Hourly view, not Daily, which is default). It’s a great concept, though.
Bastion: This is my first time playing this fantastic action RPG, and it’s going to be one of the best games you can buy on iOS this year. The gorgeous visuals, amazing soundtrack, captivating story, and excellent reactive narration make for one incredible action RPG that should not be missed. Make sure to grab it today if you want an in-depth gaming experience.
The World Ends With You: Solo Remix: Square Enix has released one of their best games as a port to the iPhone and iPad. Relive the story of Neku and The Reaper’s Game in this unique action RPG that is not like anything you’ve ever played before. Get stunning Retina visuals, stylish hip-hop soundtrack, and a distinctive combat system in this game. The only negative thing about it is the fact that Square Enix made two versions for the iPhone and iPad, with the latter being $19.99 rather than $17.99. It’s a great port of the original DS game, though, and I believe it’s worth every penny.
Super Hexagon: A simple, twitchy game that tests your reflexes. Control a triangle in the center hexagon and move it so that it doesn’t hit an encroaching wall. The action is fast-paced in this game and it will definitely take some practice before you get the hang of things. Test your skills in three difficulty levels, and unlock three more if you can survive through the entire test!