I am sure, like me, few of you are ever without your phone. Basically, we have all come to rely on the ability to contact each other 24 hours a day. Texting is probably the easiest since a quick message can easily be sent with the understanding that the receiver will answer at fist convenience. Sometimes a text just does not convey a message that requires a certain tone. A small group of my hunting buddies like to communicate via voice messages. It is not always convenient to call and leave the message, so we rely on phone apps. After trying several walkie-talkie applications, we have settled on using Voxer. The screen shots in the review are from Voxer to protect the identities and conversations of my buddies. Read on to see what sets Voxer apart.
Turn your phone into a Walkie Talkie.
Don’t waste time on phone calls and voicemails.
Voxer® is a Walkie Talkie app for smartphones. Send instant Audio, Text, Photo and Location messages to one friend or a group of your friends. Your friends can listen to your message while you talk or check it out later.
★ LIVE WALKIE TALKIE
★ Cross Platform Messenger
★ VOICE, TEXT, PHOTOS and LOCATION
★ GROUP CHATS
★ EVERYTHING is FREE
★ No annoying advertisements
★ Works over WiFi, 3G and any other data network
★ Get notifications for new messages
★ Create messages even offline
★ Play voice messages faster
★ Connect with Facebook friends on Voxer
Voxer brings much more to the table than just being a walkie talkie application. Voice messages, text messages and pictures can all be sent, not just from one app, but also from one message thread. Voxer does a wonderful job providing an intuitive UI making messaging easy and fast. The first screen shot shows the Chats screen. Tap on a conversation to open the string and continue communicating. The number of unread messages is included on the bottom right along with the a preview. It will even reflect when a friend is talking so you can quickly open that message.
Sending a message is pretty straight forward. Tap and hold the talk button at the bottom to send a voice message. A beep will signify the message being live and also the end to help avoid talking while the app is not recording. If the other participants in the conversation have the thread open, they receive the message nearly instantly. Leave the app open and it truly does work as a walkie talkie. To send a text message, tap the text icon and type away. I told you it was straight forward! To send a photo, you guessed it, tap the photo icon and upload or take a pic. This may be what the iPhone messaging app should have been! The speaker icon in the top right corner opens some options. Listen to the messages over the speaker or ear piece like a phone call. If I am in my office, I never listen over the speaker, for privacy. Also, let’s say I have a friend who is driving. He can speak a message to me and I can text back. We can communicate at whatever way is easiest for us at the time.
Probably my favorite extra feature of Voxer is the ability to communicate in group messages. Chatting with a group of friends works no different from communicating with a single person. If you are in the market for a new messaging solution that adds cross-platform walkie-talkie capabilities, Voxer is perfect. I was amazed how many of my friends were already using it and signing in with Facebook will also add those friends. Talk, send pictures or text on a single message thread with an intuitive UI with Voxer. Download the appfor free.
What I like: Easily send voice, text and photo messages in whatever method is convenient at the time. Group messaging.
What could be improved: I guess about the only thing that annoys me is getting a push message every time a friend adds the app.
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- 8 different camera views
- Real-life physics with 3D movement and collision calculation
- Highly detailed 3D graphics
- 100% compatibility with iOS 5
- OpenFeint and Game Center support (Note: Game Center isn’t supported by the tables which have been released after Wizard since they allow to create 25 leaderboards in all)
- Retina Display support on iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S
- Special effects (glass and shadow)
- 5 challenging game modes (Classic Pinball, Hardcore Pinball, Running Ball, Checkpoint Mode, Target Shooting)
- Various in-apps (Flipper Pack, Ball Pack, Blocking Gate, Retro SFX and Used Table for 80′s and Drain Blocker and 5 Balls for 90′s)
On sale from $5.99 to Free
★ Massive multiplayer real-time PvP across the globe
Players from around the world can go online in WonderCraft at the same time and enjoy zero latency real-time combat! Choose your own nation in the game and fly your country’s colors as you sink ships from enemy nations on the high seas! Also, AI-controlled enemy ships will intrude player battles mid-fight; when that happens, players must combine forces to defeat the formidable enemy fleet.
★ Fire at will!
Simple and direct gameplay is the crux of WonderCraft’s casual concept. Speed boats, merchant ships, battlecruisers, even submarines and carriers are targets of your gunfire. You just need to click them, and then your gunfire will strike at the heart of these ships, turning them into scrap metal and sinking them into the deep ocean.
★ Massive item variety to enhance the casually competitive experience
Be the first to own a powerful missile for major area destruction, or instantly become an indomitable juggernaut with one of many entertaining items that will change the course of battle and make your gameplay more fulfilling.
★ Unique ships and medals of honor
What type of ship do you prefer? Offensive, armor-clad or stylish? We’ve got them all.
You’ll definitely find your favorite from one of the many fantastic battleships berthed at our harbor. Modify and level your battleship so that it will aid you in conquering the seas. WonderCraft also has medals of honor, which are the proof of your naval exploits, and are a standard that all commanders should aspire to.
★ Classic naval battles in the Pacific and Atlantic arenas
If you know how epic the ocean is, you would know that conquering it is no mean feat. WonderCraft lets you take over the world’s waters any way you like. Expect different enemy ships in the variety of oceans; if speed boats and cargo ships are small fry to you, why not challenge the submarines and imposing carriers of other waters? They should prove a match for you.
On sale from $1.99 to Free
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