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Kristy Lee G.

Status: Beta reviewer

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

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad2- iPhone5

Description: I am the director of a company specializing in mobile technology, LadyBits Dev. We make iOS apps, mobile websites and traditional websites. We redefine awesome. Check out our website at www.ladybitsdev.com

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 0-2 - Can test apps with kids ages 3-5

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-11-07

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

Total review Karma: + 7     ?

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Her/His app reviews

The Ant and the Grasshopper v1.1 [text]

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What I liked My nephew loved the popups and being able to interact with the characters. He would get so excited when the grasshopper or ant would jump up and down.

I also liked the idea of the story being read to him so he could operate it himself, but I couldn't figure out how that was possible even though there were buttons for it.
Improvements I think the user interface could be smoothed up a bit. I'd like to see buttons along the side to swipe to "turn the page" like other reader apps as that motion is expected. The animations could also be a bit smoother and less "stiff." I feel like the characters and their motions were a bit rough around the edges.
General review For kids, I think the app is fantastic. My nephew absolutely loved it! As an adult, I do wish that the user interface was a bit more intuitive for him and easier to use so he could use it on his own. The buttons should be bigger and more natural. The app should read the text aloud to him.

iVocAudio, your memory chum (v 2.1) [text]

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What I liked I like the concept. It's a unique idea that makes memorization of facts much more interesting and streamlined. The "record" tab was quick and easy to learn and required no learning curve for setting it up which I liked. I also liked the idea of having stats for each question so you could record your progress.
Improvements The UI for the "Test" section is very confusing as is the FAQ to learn about it. I had to read the section 3 or 4 times before I figured out how to test myself. This really should be more intuitive and simpler. I think a simple "Next question" and "answer" button would be more than sufficient.
General review I think it is a great idea but the app user experience could use some polish. While it is often fun to make a non-standard UI, I think it needs some common elements to make the UI more intuitive. In general, if I have to read the FAQs more than once I have already deleted the app.

Paddle Duck in Where's Carrie Cat? An Interactive Story V1.2 [text]

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What I liked My nephew thought the bird popping out from the trees was hilarious! And when the duck fell over in the Paddle Duck Waddle, he nearly lost it. Loved it! The animations and interactivity were fun and engaging. Nice smooth transitions that don't look awkward. The graphics were engaging as well. Well done with the overall look!
Improvements My nephew is 2.5 and I feel like he would quickly outgrow this. It would be nice to see a bit more depth and options for growth. For example, if it had the option to count higher than 3 or count the lilypads. Maybe some hidden things he could find that would respond to his touch. He kept trying to press the duck's belly to tickle it as he has several talking character apps that do that. He didn't understand why that wasn't possible.
General review In general, we loved it! The characters were cute and endearing, although I don't quite understand why a duck needs a paddle... But so cute! The animations were well done. The interaction was good (although could be expanded upon and further developed). All in all, my nephew and I loved this app!

Christmas Karaoke: Christmas Carols & Christmas Songs vers 1.0 [text]

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What I liked I love the concept. There are so many christmas songs that I would love to sing but don't know all the words. The graphics are fun and festive. It has a decent repertoire of music. It's simple and streamlined and does exactly what is advertised. Perfect.
Improvements I think the user experience would be much improved if it had the option for landscape viewing, particularly when you are viewing the lyrics to songs (which is the central part of this app) or viewing on an iPhone.

Secondly, the credits page is a bit offline on the iPad. The text is too high (iPad 2).
General review Ever try and sing some Christmas song and no one at the party knows the words? Well what you need is this app to help you all along! It's fun, festive and perfect for parties or gatherings. It serves up the words to all your favorite Christmas songs in a simple easy to read interface. Enjoy!

Math Mathews 1.0 [text]

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What I liked I absolutely love the drawings as well as the storyline! The handdrawn style gives it a lot of character. So adorable. My nephew and I had a blast reading through the "ship's log" and learning the story behind it. Combining math with pirates is a great idea.
Improvements For the most part, I quite enjoyed the app. The music was engaging and interesting, the animation was cute and fun. My only qualm was I kept getting the same multiplication problems. I would like there to be a bit more variety and challenge with the multiplication problems.
General review Overall, I thought the app was great. It's a great way for kids to learn their multiplication and practice without the stress of of timetables. The story line and the artwork was fantastic. I particularly enjoyed reading the history behind the characters

He is Risen, An Easter Story [text]

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What I liked I loved the pictures on each page of the book. The graphics were great and added a lot to the storyline. I also really liked having lots of other games to play that add to the storyline. In particular, we liked the easy word jumble. I do wish it were capable of dragging the letters around.
Improvements The maze is just too difficult to use for kids. I had trouble using it as an adult! The path needs to be wider and the touches more responsive. My finger kept getting ahead of the figure and losing connection with the path or figure. It took too much effort to navigate and was inconsistent with the accuracy.

I would also like to see page swipe on the book, similar to how kindle and other digital books do it.
General review All in all, I like the concept of this app. I think you have some great ideas. I do think it needs some more flourish spent on the implementation. It's a bit slow and heavy with the transitions and it lacks some of the standard and expected features that help in intuitive usability (ie. page swipe on the book and dragging for the word games).

Fractions+ [text]

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What I liked I did like how the app created a game out of math. There was a lot more depth to the game than i initially thought. It was fun to learn new levels and get various extra tools like the hammer. I did get stuck once and twice and didn't know how to complete the game, but hadn't lost so I had to restart the app.
Improvements I would like to see a bit more variety with the fractions. If it is actually meant for adults as well as children, it needs more room for difficulty. Even children would outgrow it quickly. I think the graphics could be improved as well. They were a bit boring for children. This final point is minor, but the buttons on the left side (Mute/Quit/Hint) are too small and difficult for children to use.
General review I kind of feel like the app should be geared for either adults or children and not both. it's difficult to appeal to both and doesn't seem to do either well because of that. i like the concept and I like the game aspect to it, but I think it would probably be best to focus more on appealing to children who are learning fractions.

The Miracles of Jesus [text]

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What I liked I like the paint/color feature. I also like how you added a zoom button. Makes coloring with the finger much easier! Also, very nice that you have different brushes! Nice, easy to use interface. Lots of pictures along with the stories, which is also great for younger readers.

Improvements I still think the page turning interface could use some smoothing out. The buttons along the top are okay but for tiny hands and kid's motor control, it would be better to also have a swipe or tap on the sides of the pages to improve usability.

The story and the app content/function are great, but the interface in general could also use some smoothing out. The page numbers are off center. Since you have the main menu collapsed, you could use that real estate for larger pictures or larger font. and I find the background behind the book to be a bit confusing and distracting.
General review Overall, I think kids will enjoy the app and I like it as well. I really like how it has more depth than just a book, but aids learning through the activities as well as the discussion questions. It's more than just a book, but a tool for parents to teach their kids.

Phonics Fun Readers (version 1.2) [text]

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What I liked I am on iOS 6.1.3, iPad 2 and I get nothing but a blank white screen. The app does not load. I deleted and reinstalled 3 times, with and without wifi. Nothing but a blank white screen. I am on iOS 6.1.3, iPad 2 and I get nothing but a blank white screen. The app does not load. I deleted and reinstalled 3 times, with and without wifi. Nothing but a blank white screen.
Improvements I am on iOS 6.1.3, iPad 2 and I get nothing but a blank white screen. The app does not load. I deleted and reinstalled 3 times, with and without wifi. Nothing but a blank white screen. I am on iOS 6.1.3, iPad 2 and I get nothing but a blank white screen. The app does not load. I deleted and reinstalled 3 times, with and without wifi. Nothing but a blank white screen.
General review I am on iOS 6.1.3, iPad 2 and I get nothing but a blank white screen. The app does not load. I deleted and reinstalled 3 times, with and without wifi. Nothing but a blank white screen.
I am on iOS 6.1.3, iPad 2 and I get nothing but a blank white screen. The app does not load. I deleted and reinstalled 3 times, with and without wifi. Nothing but a blank white screen.

The Amazing Digestive Journey [text]

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What I liked I really enjoyed the expressiveness of the characters. The graphics are really well done. The music in the background is nice. There seems to be a lot of depth to the game and various points to look into which is great. Lots of great ideas built into this app!
Improvements After playing with it for a while, I still don't really understand how to use it. I didn't see any help or support and it is not intuitive at all. It needs better instructions and helpful clues on what needs to be done to complete the level and what the objectives are (if any).
General review In general, I think its a great concept and there are a lot of great ideas here. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to use the app and after fighting with it for a while I gave up. It is far too advanced for kids and needs support built into it as well as a more intuitive layout and design.

Magical Music Box v1.15 [text]

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What I liked I love it. Adorable concept and great implementation. My nephew loved cranking the handle forward and back and distorting the songs. My youngest just loved listening in the automatic mode. I kind of wish I could disable the sleep mode and let it play for longer, but overall, excellent idea and great implementation!
Improvements I find it confusing when the app goes black between screens. Some of the tones are a bit tinny and out of tune, but I suppose that is the nature of a music box.

I also feel like the preferences pull out could be a bit bigger or easier to pull out. I almost missed it there in the corner.
General review This app is a great app for young kids, even babies. The music even soothed the two month old! The interface is simplified and visually based for kids. There is also a good selection of music which I was impressed with. Overall I think you did a great job.

Wubbzy's 123 Learn & Play [text]

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What I liked The graphics were great! I really like the character Wubbzy and find the aesthetics to be fantastic. My nephew liked the characters and enjoyed the coloring section of the app. Many coloring games are difficult and frustrating. He enjoying this coloring very much.
Improvements The tracing section either doesn't work well or I don't know how to use it. The dots turned yellow once or twice, but only rarely. I'm assuming that is how you trace? I like the concept of this and my nephew would LOVE the race car but something is not working with it.

The touch animations are slow. There is a delay when you touch a bubble or some other feature.
General review I like the concept and think it could be a good app, but the tracing is too frustrating. I tried for 10 minutes to figure out how this works, even read the help. My nephew lost interest long before that. The coloring section works great and the graphics are good but the tracing is the crucial part of the app.

Good Night Wubbzy Bedtime Counting [text]

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What I liked I love the characters! They are engaging and adorable. I liked all the extra interactive parts such as the flying rockets or bouncing balls. This adds

The graphics were also fantastic and appealing.

I loved the yawning animation by each character. Very cute!

Improvements I found a few bugs in the games section. I couldn't get the clock or the pajamas section to work at all. The text on the alarm clock page stretches beyond the screen on the iPad2.

Lastly, I found the animations and the page turns a bit slow. There was a lag when when touching on an item to count, or when turning a page.
General review I think the concept is fantastic. The characters have great depth, the graphics are cute and engaging. Lots of extras to keep kids interested and make the app interactive. I do think it could use a bit more polish though. The slow speed of the animations and page turning really a deal breaker for me.

PassPro: Anatomy & Physiology Level 3 (v2.0) [text]

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What I liked I liked how you could get more info about the answer, and check it against your own. This will help you to study as well as practice taking tests. I also like how the scores include calculations according to the area so you would know what areas to focus your studies on.
Improvements The icon and the graphics do very little to attract a user. Using a photo as the background is distracting; a solid color would be more user friendly. I also think it would helpful if the app automatically navigated to the next question when you clicked an answer (Or if this were an option).
General review The content and structure of the app is great. It does exactly what you would want it to. I think it lacks some aesthetic appeal and is a little difficult to use. The arrow navigation could be a bit larger and if the questions could autoload when you answered the previous, it would be more user-friendly