Articles by Joel Klassen

Parkbud: A Refreshingly Beautiful Utility App (Video Review)

Parking your car can be an extremely frustrating experience. If you have a both a bad memory and a messed up sense of direction such as myself, looking for your car among the hundreds of other vehicles is a reoccurring ordeal. ParkBud ($1.99) by Wunderstadt GmbH attempts to solve this problem by helping you find parking, remembering where you parked and reminding you how much time you have left on your meter. The app is very well built with beautiful graphics and a wonderfully intuitive design. Watch a review of the app after the break!

The Best New Time Waster: Tiny Wings for the iPhone

First there was Doodle Jump, then Angry Birds and now there is Tiny Wings. What do all these games have in common? They’re inexpensive, very addictive and have dominated the app charts in their time. Tiny Wings is a game by independent developer Andreas Illiger. Within a week after it’s release, it was number one on the app store charts, bumping Angry Birds off of the top. In the game, you are a bird who dreams of flying however, your wings are just too small. To fulfill your dream, you slide down hills to gain speed and then shoot uphill into the sky gaining height. It’s simple, yet terribly addicting and if you don’t already have this game, go get it now. Watch a review of the app after the break.

Create Photo Stories with Diptic for the iPhone and iPad

Photography is my passion and I like to believe that a good photograph can tell a story. Sometimes I find it hard to find one picture that can sum up a story. If I have two or more, a photo collage is a great way to tell a story with photographs. Diptic, from Peak Systems, is an app which allows you to create customizable and interesting photo collages. The name comes from the word diptych which is an art piece that has two panels. You can also create triptychs or tetratychs which have three and four panels, respectively. In the app, you can snap pictures on your iDevice or take them from your photo albums, Facebook or Flickr and create an interesting photo collage with many customizable options.

Even Checking the Weather Can Be Fun with Outside for the iPhone

If you’re still using the limited default weather app for the iPhone, it’s time to move on. You’ll find hundreds of weather apps on the App Store (there’s even a whole category dedicated to them) and they all do a pretty good job of telling you the weather conditions. There is, however, one app by Robocat stands out from the rest. Outside ($2.99) is a beautiful weather app which displays the current weather conditions as if you are looking out a window. Watch a review of the app after the break!

Have Your Own Planetarium in Your Pocket with Star Walk for iPhone

Star Walk is an app for the iPhone that lets you study the night sky by simply lifting your iPhone up at the sky. The app motion tracks with your iPhone and shows you what stars, planets, constellations or satellites you are looking at. Filled with educational and entertaining information and with a fantastic interface, Star Walk is one of the best apps on the iPhone today. Watch a review of the app after the break.

Take Out Your Road Rage on Driver for iPhone

You might remember Driver from the good old original PlayStation. Well, Gameloft has brought the game to the iPhone and has revamped everything. You are an undercover cop who joins a crime gang as a getaway driver to bring down the city’s underground crime organization. You drive criminals to different destinations, tail enemies, smash property and try to avoid the cops while doing so. Driver features over 40 different levels and many game modes for hours of fun. Pick it up today for $4.99 from Gameloft. Watch a review of the app after the break!

Slow Down and Avoid Speeding Tickets with AudibleSpeed

Stop the speeding tickets with AudibleSpeed (GPS Speed Monitor). This $2.99 app uses the iPhone’s built in GPS to track your speed. As you enter different custom set speed ranges, this helpful app emits different sounds to let you know your speed. If you find it hard to keep track of your speed without constantly checking your speedometer, this app will let you know your speed with different sounds. Watch a review of the app after the break!

Be the Doctor You Never Could Be with Amateur Surgeon

Ever wanted to grab the closest sharp object to cut someone open and save their life? Well it turns out you’re not alone. Amateur Surgeon is an iPhone app ($2.99) where you use your tools at hand (pizza cutter, stapler, lighter and more) to save and cure random stranger’s ailments. From the strange developers Adult Swim, comes a fun and slightly controversial (for apple that is) app. Play Amateur Surgeon and be the doctor you never could be. Watch a review after the break!

Robot Unicorn Attack for iPhone – Video Review

Robot Unicorn Attack is the recent popular game from [adult swim] that looks like it was designed by a five-year-old girl. The game is full of sparkles, fairies, unicorns, rainbows and flamboyant pink and purple backgrounds. In the background a sugary sweet song plays on repeat: the 90’s pop hit “Always”. At first glance, this may look like another AppStore disaster but actually play the game and you’ll be feverishly addicted.

Where To? – GPS points of interest for iPhone – Video Review

“Where To? – GPS points of interest” gives you points of interest for specific genres. For example, looking for a sushi restaurant near you? Just select the “Food & Drink” category, then the “Sushi” selection and see sushi restaurants close to your location. Get the restaurants address, phone number and website or click get directions which will direct you to a navigation app such as Navigon, TomTom or the default application on every iPhone, Maps. Winner of the “Best feel like a local app” award in the Best Ever Awards 2010, Where To? is an app you can’t pass by without giving a try. Watch a review of the app after the break!