I first tried Geocaching a couple of years ago, after some BookCrossing friends told me about it. At the time I had an O2 XDA Mini S phone and found a free GPS app for it, and I bought a bluetooth GPS receiver on ebay for a fiver. I thought my kids would love it – a walk in the countryside with an end goal, the modern day treasure hunt. The first cache we found was Clumping Around at Badbury Clump, on a day out with a friend. I thought it was really exciting; he humoured me but the kids just thought it was boring! I made my son come with me to find another cache, the one near Faringdon Folly (now gone), and while he seemed to enjoy himself at the time but then he said he’d never do it again. Boo. As it was, the phone packed up shortly after that and I never got round to buying a proper GPS receiver to have another go.
Until now, because I discovered the iPhone Geocaching app. Continue reading
I’ve been interested in lomography for a while after I saw some pics taken by a friend with a Lomo camera. I loved the unpredictability of the results – the vignetting, the colour saturation and the overall snapshot quality brought something different to the pictures. I’ve even gone as far as looking at Lomo cameras on ebay but never got round to buying one – partly because, having got used to digital cameras, I didn’t want to go back to film!
So you can imagine I was pretty excited to come across various lomo apps for the iphone. Continue reading
OK so I’ve had my iPhone a couple of weeks now … and I have to say I love it. In fact, I love it so much that I’ve bought a snazzy purple case and screen protectors to make sure I don’t damage it – because I’m not the most careful of people. I love the ease with which I can check both my work and home emails, and I love being able to get to Twitter and Facebook quickly through their apps (I use Echofon for Twitter at the mo.) I like the way the text messages are displayed, in conversational threads, and I love the fast smooth scrolling of the screen. I’ve also been having fun downloading apps!
All but one of the apps I’ve tried so far have been free – good job given that someone told me that downloading every app would cost around $3million! I’m amazed at the variety and quality of most ( but not all) of them. So far I’ve enjoyed playing with games like Bubble Wrap and Mancala, the demo of Angry Birds, VoicePlus (voice changer) as well as useful things like AllAround, iFootie, the F1 app and the Independent newspaper. Having the Sky+ app is also fab as I can set my box to record wherever I am!
However, I have two clear favourites at the moment – MoreLomo and Geocaching and I’m going to do a little review of each in the next posts. I may well add further reviews as I get to play with more apps.