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Julia P.

Status: Reviewer

Categories of apps she/he wants to review: Books - Education - Entertainment - Games - Lifestyle - Photography - Productivity - Utilities - Other

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad3- iPhone4S

Description: I'm a young adult who teaches english as a foreign language, so I'm interested in education apps. I also love to travel and play music, so language, music, and travel apps interest me. I love to discover original games, electronic books, sleek photography apps, and fun new utilities.

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 3-5 - Can test apps with kids ages 6-10 - Can test apps with kids ages over 10 - Gamer

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-08-26

User who invited him/her: Jean-Eudes L.

Total review Karma: + 1     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Ride a Pony with Kate and Harry v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I like the vibrant graphics in the app - I think they really appealed to the target audience. The fun sound effects are similarly appropriate. I also like the intuitive aspect of the app, in that you can't press the wrong buttons or get stuck at any point in the game. Kids enjoyed being able to just touch the screen and be taken to new locations and be constantly amused.
Improvements In a future version, I'd like to see more for the kids to interact with. The walk to the castle was actually fairly boring to them, as there were only a few things to click on and interact with. While I understand that a back button would be too complicated and clunky for the game concept, kids were frustrated at not being able to go back immediately and choose a different option in their horse design.
General review While I think it's a little too small for the target audience to use on an iPhone, I thought the game was beautifully simple and appropriate for young kids (especially girls). The trade off for an intuitive, simple interface is that there isn't that much customizability for the kids when they want it, making this more suitable for 2 or 3 year olds. The app could benefit from adding even more interactive elements to keep kids engaged.

Wubbzy's The Night Before Christmas [text]

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What I liked I loved that the app has 3 main reading options that allow for a lot of adaptability. I enjoyed the interactive games interspersed throughout, as well as just the interactive aspects of each page. I like that you can click on each word and have it read out loud - this would be a great help to young ones learning to read on their own. The thoughtful questions at the end of the story are a great touch. I also like that the story remembers your place and you can pick a page to return to. The app is well organized and appealing.
Improvements Everything you read or click on in this app is extremely small on an iPhone. It's hard hard for kids to click on specific things, which can be frustrating. Other than that, I loved the app and it would be a stretch for me to come up with further suggestions.
General review This app allows for a lot of adaptability and is thus appropriate for a wide range of ages. The interactive games and pictures make reading fun, and the story itself is engaging. Although the text and the pictures are a little small for kids using an iPhone, the app is still ideal for young ones learning to read. I will definitely use this to keep my kids entertained and learning this Christmas!