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Jonathan M.

Status: Beta 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 am a 22 year old college graduate who is passionate about technology. I am a full time television newscast director, but on my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, reading tech blogs, and learning new things. I also have a Beagle named Zoe who will be 2 years old this February.

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

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-12-23

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

Total review Karma: + 1     ?

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Her/His app reviews

SociaLink 1.0.1 [text]

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What I liked The user interface of the app is really clean and simple, which makes it easy to use. I feel like just about anybody could open this app up and figure out how to operate it within a matter of seconds. The app is great for networking and the Bluetooth pairing was faster than I expected.
Improvements I did notice a bug with the email function in the app. Every time I tried to send an email it came back with an error that says, "Invalid username or password". I like how the Facebook icon takes you right to your Facebook app, but I wish that the Twitter icon did the same for the Twitter app. Instead it just opens Safari and takes you to the Twitter website. Another addition I would like to see, would be the option to share your contact card.
General review This app is great for networking in that you can efficiently share your social media profiles with others in a short amount of time via Bluetooth. It does have a couple bugs that need to be worked out, but overall it works well. The only thing now is whether or not this app will gain the popularity that it needs to be successful.

What's Faster LITE Cars- Ultimate Trivia & Puzzle Game [text]

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What I liked The user interface is really easy to navigate and the graphics look incredible, especially on a retina iPad. I love the concept for this app. It's both educational and engaging for kids. The sound effects and music are great quality and really bring up the overall value of the app. There's a lot of variety in the comparison categories that you can choose from as well, which will keep kids entertained for a while.
Improvements I'm honestly not a big fan of "freemium" games. I'd rather just pay more for the app once and not have to purchase anything again. When the part comes where I need to purchase something else in an app, it usually just gets deleted off my device. That said, it really isn't that clear how the research in app purchase works. When you go to make the in app purchase, it asks you if you want to "purchase one research for $0.99". Is this just to unlock the research function in the app, because it should be worded differently. If it is just to purchase ONE research, then it is way too overpriced.
General review This app has a lot of potential to be a great educational game. The graphics look incredible and are really cool looking to kids. The sound effects and music really add to the entertainment of the experience.

Now for the downside... Parents beware... This app is FULL of in app purchases and if you aren't careful in setting restrictions, then you can quickly end up with a pretty high iTunes bill on your credit card

Claustrophobic, v1.1 [text]

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What I liked I'm honestly kind of surprised that this app came from an "indy" developer, because I actually think it's really good. The game is definitely fun to play and you can easily pick it up and play for a bit then put down and resume it later. The sound effects really add to the production value of it. You also really put a nice touch on the audio level controls in the settings menu. I like how you rotate the button to turn it up and down kind of similar to that of an iPod classic. I also really appreciate that you can earn the in app purchase items in the game.
Improvements I've noticed that you can only hold the phone one way (i.e. you cannot rotate it to the other landscape position). It isn't really clear how you get to the next level (Is it based on time or the amount of points, ect.). It would be nice to have some text in the main menu so you have an idea of what you're actually clicking on. On a final note, I would love to be able to play a tutorial round of the game instead of having to read through all the instructions because I'm a visual learner and it makes more sense to me when I am learning how to play the game by playing it.
General review This game is one of those great time wasters that you will keep playing over and over again to beat your previous score. There are some minor things that I'm sure will be worked out which is why I am giving it four stars for now. There are in app purchases, but you DON'T have to buy them because you can EARN them by playing the game, which is a HUGE plus in my book. Overall it's fun and it's priced cheap at only $0.99.