iPhone App Reviews – Top 5 iPhone Apps of 2013

top 5 iphone apps

There are more than one million apps on the App Store. There is an app for everything these days, literally. The common perception is that the gaming apps are the most popular ones. But that is not necessarily the case. You’ll be surprised to see how many non-gaming apps are frequently used by people.

To get the most out of some of these apps you’ll need a fairly powerful device. As iPhone is sort of a given, I would like to provide an Android alternate for Android users.  Therefore, look no further than the Nexus 5 which performed extremely on the GFXbench tests earlier in the year and considering its affordable price point, it is ideal for both casual and hardcore mobile phone gamers.

Top 5 iPhone Apps of 2013

Here we go, here are the top five:

Afterlight

Afterlight is a photo editing app that allows the iPhone users to crop, rotate and edit photos. There is an advance set of tools such as filters, gradients, color shades, bordering and texturing etc. The good thing about this app is that it can turn an ordinary photo into an artistic one. You can get this amazing app just for 99 cents.

afterlight app

Duolingo

Duolingo was recently nominated as “app of the year” by Apple. It is a teaching app that allows users to learn new languages. At the moment there are five languages it can teach: German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. There is both verbal and visual assistance provided to the users. And remarkably enough, this app is free!

duolingo app

Temple Run 2

You probably knew that this app would make the list. Even though it is a free app, it is the most widely played iPhone game in the world. Great graphics, adrenaline rush, skill, hand-eye coordination – this game will push your limits. Based on the sample principle of collecting coins and trying not to fall or get hit by objects, this game has been treating iPhone and Android users the day it came out.

temple run 2

Venmo

Venmo is another creative app that addresses a very common problem: retrieval of small loans you give to your friends. Don’t worry about that $5 you lent! This app enables users to connect their checking account with the app and pay money with a click or a ‘touch’ would be more appropriate. The best part is that there is no processing fee for Venmo, the transactions are completely free! The app is not only about payments, one can also use it for “recovery”. The app sends reminders to your friends, family and coworkers to send your money. And hold onto your hats: Venmo is a free app.

venmo app

ThirdLove

ThirdLove is another example like Venmo of a small technology solving a real life issue. When ordering clothes online, there is always a threat that the clothes won’t fit. This is lingerie making company’s app that allows woman to send pictures so the appropriate bra-size can be determined. It is another useful app that is free. However, since the company that owns the app is an online store, they make money when you purchase anything from them.

thirdlove app

Projector Phone- What Can Be More Unique?

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The Projector phone is the latest innovation the world of cell phones today. These phones, as their name suggests act as a mini projector for your various viewing needs. It is actually quite fascinating to see how cell phones have evolved over the years. From being bulky and having only one or two features to being extremely portable and having hundreds of interesting features, the cell phone has grown like no other product. Today, you get cell phones with touch screens, music players, web browsers and access. And now finally, you can view your favorite videos using this latest technology.

The projector phone comes with a built in mechanism and the necessary software to project your favorite videos and images on to larger surfaces for better viewing. There are four main parts which make up this fascinating process. They are the laser lighting supply, electronics, scanning mirror and combiner optic. First, the video or images are converted into electric signals. Then the laser lighting supply throws a laser on to these signals with different colors. The combiner optic then combines the various light paths into a single unified path and copies all the images and videos to finally project them on to a surface.

The fascinating thing about the projector phone is that it confines the entire projecting system into a small area inside. This new feature doesn’t make the cell phone unusually bulky. Also this exciting feature has brought so many different and unique aspects as far as usage is concerned. The mini projector can be used to showcase your favorite images and videos on a larger display item like a wall. No more itsy-bitsy images, now you can show off your favorite pictures to family and friends in a larger than life way.

A projector phone also has many advantages for the user. First is of course, the ability to play mobile games on larger displays. You won’t have to squint your eyes to play your favorite games anymore, get ready to play PlayStation or X-Box style. Also, when you view images on normal cell phones, there are various viewing restrictions which completely vanish when using the mini projector function in the cell phone. It is important to note that these phones offer the best viewing quality only in dark rooms.

While the cost of a projector phone may be more than the normal ones, it is areasonable price considering the features you’re getting with it. These phones obviously will not be better than actual projectors, but at the same time the quality they offer isn’t bad either. Many different companies are bringing out their own models and so you have a number of incredible options to choose from. One wonders what great innovation lies ahead for cell phones after the projector phone.

Motorola Zoom Tablet- Will It Be the New King?

Motorola recently released the Motorola Zoom tablet. Ever since the iPad came into being many companies have flooded the markets with their own unique tablets. But so far only a few have really stood out. This zoom tablet has been made to dethrone the current king of tablets, the Apple iPad. Or at least that’s what the company hopes for. But can this tablet successfulltake over the title from Apple? Even though it might be too early to tell, it sure is a product that stands out from the many others.

The Motorola Zoom has a sturdy build and is as strong as the iPad in its construction. The Zoom tablet however is bigger than the iPad. It has a 10.1 inch widescreen display and a high resolution of 1280×800 which is actually a little better than its Apple counterpart which only has a resolution of 1024×768 pixels. The large screen improves the viewing experience by a noticeable amount, but ultimately is subject to personal preferences. It also has got a rubberized back to provide extra grip and to prevent any slippage.

The Motorola Zoom runs on the 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor and comes with 1GB DDR2 RAM. It also has a pretty good internal storage space of 32 GB and dual facing cameras with duel LED flash. The dual facing cameras are another feature in which the zoom tablet betters the iPad. It has a 2 MP camera in the front and a 5 MP camera on the rear side. Apart from having a 32 GB in built memory, this tablet also has a micro SD slot that can support an additional 32 GB of storage space. It also has flash support which the iPad sadly doesn’t have.

The Motorola Zoom runs on the new Android Honeycomb operating system and has a slight advantage over others as this new O.S is specifically designed for tablets. It also boasts a very attractive user interface. The various menus are quite snappy and screen rotation function is fast and flawless. Another exciting feature of the new O.S is that the Home, Menu and Back buttons are placed on the lower left side of the software interface. This makes navigation more convenient and easier when the tablet is tilted or held vertically. You can also get Honeycomb apps which may not be as diversified as iPad apps , but will also be available in widescreen modes to suit both tablets and other smartphones.

There are also some great accessories for the Zoom tablet to improve the user experience. There is the leather case that can also be used as a stand, a standard dock for charging and display purposes and a speaker HD dock. The speaker HD dock has three USB ports, HDMI output and built in speakers. The tablet also has an impressive battery life of about 10 hours. With so many different features, the Motorola Zoom can certainly turn out to be an iPad killer, but for its steep price of $799.99.

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An Insight into Mobile Number Portability

Mobile number portability helps mobile telephone users to hold on to and use their existing mobile phone number when changing their network provider. Number portability can be a boon or a curse depending on how you look at it and what your needs are. For some, changing their mobile numbers every time they change their mobile network operator is a hassle. They will have to send their new number to everyone in their contact list to inform them about the change. Sometimes sending your number to everyone, particularly if your contact list is large can be very troublesome.

Here’s where mobile number portability comes in. Using the number portability option will enable you to keep the same number you have right now, even if you change your service operator. But the implementation of MNP (Mobile Number Portability) is different in the various different parts of the globe. For instance, the European user will have to contact the new provider to arrange for the necessary process with the old provider. This process is called Recipient-Led porting. The new provider is the Recipient whereas the old provider is the Donor. India is the latest country to join the number portability bandwagon using the recipient led porting system.

On the other hand, the process of mobile number portability in the U.K is quite different as any individual who wishes to port their number will have to get a porting authorization code from the old provider and pass it on to the new one. The new provider will then arrange for the porting of the user’s mobile phone number. This process is called Donor-Led porting. But unfortunately this process has been criticized by some for being inefficient.

Mobile number portability unfortunately also has its disadvantages. When using the number portability facility, one has to get in contact with both the old and new service provider and has to go through various clerical formalities. This process can be frustrating especially since some countries take a number of days to complete the process. Some countries are very efficient in their approach and will finish the process in a matter of a few seconds or minutes whereas others take as long as a week.

But Mobile number portability surely cannot be dismissed as being troublesome as it still offers plenty of convenient and comfortable uses. Countries that have high populations like India or China can find many benefits to this concept as they have millions of cell phone users. But no matter how you look at it, one cannot deny the benefits provided by the concept of mobile number portability to cell phone users everywhere.

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