Surely, one of the more useful features we’ve all been waiting for on the iPhone is the support for Gmail push. While other smartphone users live the good life and receive emails notifications on the fly, iPhone users had to resort to data fetching, where the phone attempts to “pull” new mail every 15 minutes or so. Not only did this consume more battery life, but with a platform that supports over 60,000 applications, we certainly expected more. Now thanks to OS 3.0 and its push notification feature, developers like Tiverias has filled the void with GPush, an app that notifies you of Gmails the moment they arrive.
Tiverias Apps, GPush, $0.99, 0.3MB
There are pages and pages of list applications available at the App Store nowadays. Although there’s nothing wrong with them, their functions are limited usually to an item name, possibly a short description, and if you’re lucky maybe a spot for a price. However if like me you try to be prepared for everything, one of the most common lists you’ll be making is for groceries. This is where “typical” apps tend to fall short. Recently, I was fortunate to stumble across Grocery iQ, an app specifically designed for your grocery list needs.
I’m a bit of an app fiend, especially for productivity type apps. Despite already having tried some great note apps, and having settled on Momo, I couldn’t resist getting my hands on Awesome Note. The icon fairly well jumped out at me, and looking at the screenshots, I was thinking I really shouldn’t spend that money. Nonetheless, I carefully looked over the app description – it didn’t sync to any online services, have a passcode lock, or live email, URL, and phone number links. Actually, it currently doesn’t have a lot of other features either, though the passcode lock and ability to sync online are my requirements for a note app. I sent an email off to the developers (BRID), and they promptly told me that these features are in the works and coming in the next update. I was sold, and downloaded it to see just how “awesome” this app really is.
If you’re like me, you have way too many birthdays or anniversaries to remember. Eventually you’re bound to forget one of them. Well worry no more. Ascii Studios, a division of Gigabyte Solutions Ltd. have definitely got your back. Reminder Pro is by far one of the best reminder apps on the market right now and is really dynamic for something that has only been in development for 6 months. With this handy app by your side, you’ll be the best friend/spouse/sibling/etc ever. Never forgetting a single birthday, anniversary, or any other special event ever again.
For any who have read my Pocket Informant review, you already know what got me into looking for apps that sync to online services, but for those of you who haven’t read it yet, I’ll give a brief summary of my need for online back up. At first, I depended on the inbuilt notes app and calendar for everything, but my old PC decided to quit syncing my calendar app and contacts to Outlook, and of course my notes, which included my todos simply didn’t sync when I first got my iPhone 3G. To top it all off, backing up my iPhone to iTunes seemed just a colossal waste of my free time.
Quickoffice, Inc., have reduced Quickword’s price from 12.99$ to 4.99$ for the first 1000 customers. The productivity suite has overcome inherent iPhone OS obstacles to debut cut/copy/paste before the trinity’s debut in Apple’s own OS 3.0. We paid special attention to Quickword in our review of Quickoffice and later, expounded some differences between the initial release and subsequent updates.
Quickoffice, Quick Word, 4.99$, 4.5MB
Rather than calling 9-Toolbox “an” app, I would consider this a collection of apps; grouped together into one icon on the Home Screen of my iDevice, and allowing me to access nine different applications, all with different functionalities.
I kind of like this idea a lot; I really hate to have to search through many pages on my Home Screen to look for that particular app (although this will change with iPhone OS 3.0, but in the meantime it’s a pain). I now know that I only need to look for this particular app, and I can have access to “eight” useful utilities.
When I first took a look at Tap Forms, I honestly didn’t know what to think. Questions rolled around my mind. What is this? Is it a game? No? Do I need it? How do I use it? What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything? 42?
Once I got over this, I delved deep into the App. What I found was a versatile database program. It is a God-send for those, like me, who have a difficult time keep track of life and all the tiny bits of information that comes along with it. This one App takes the place of the multitude of scrap paper I have all over the place.
I remember when I first got my iPhone (it was a first generation that I had to unlock to use outside of the US), I was very amazed by the syncing capabilities. The data on the phone was exactly the same as on the computer, I could copy all my bookmarks, e-mail account settings and my entire phonebook without any problems such as duplication or the phone simply not syncing (I used to use Sony Ericssons). However I was, and still am, intrigued as to why the phone cannot sync tasks or to-dos. The reason is very simple; Leopard has it and since it could sync everything over from the computer, why not tasks and to-dos??
If you’re like me and always on the lookout for new and worthwhile productivity apps, there’s a chance you may have already come across apps developed by Readdle. Among them are ReaddleDocs, One Disk and Write A Note. Take A Note is Readdle’s fully featured Note app that offers users four note types and even allows for easy transferring of notes to and from any Mac or PC. Not only is it loaded with options, its interface is also one of the best I have seen amongst memo/note apps.