Review: Asus ZenFone 2 from an iPhone user’s perspective

By Jeff Benjamin on May 21, 2015

Today, I picked up the ZenFone 2 from Asus. It’s a mid-tier Android phone with flagship specifications.

This phone is actually quite good from a pure specs perspective. It features 4GB of RAM, and it’s one of the first phones to do so. It also packs in a 64-bit quad-core 2.3 Ghz Intel Atom processor, and 64GB of flash storage, expandable up to 128GB.

The screen is 5.5 inches, and it’s roughly the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus, though a bit thicker. Needless to say, this ZenFone is firmly in the realm of the “phablet” and although it’s selling at mid-tier prices at $299, it’s got some decent specs.

In this review, which won’t be your typical review where I spout off statistics and benchmarks, I look at 5 things that this phone does right, and 5 things that it does wrong—all fed through my iPhone-tinted glasses. Read More


Tower Slash review: fast fingers score big in this fast-paced swiping game

By Lory Gil on May 21, 2015

When I think of games that require impeccable timing and impossibly fast reflexes, I think of Flappy Bird. That game was once a hugely popular title, which generated many, many addicted players.

Tower Slash almost fits into that category. Except, it is slightly easier to score high and provides unlockable new characters when you reach certain goals. We’ve got a full game review of Tower Slash for you right now. Read More


Seagate Backup Plus Fast: a good external drive for Mac users?

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

As a MacBook Pro with Retina Display owner, disk space is at a premium. My MacBook features 256GB of SSD flash storage, which isn’t exactly tiny in most use cases, but is downright microscopic when it comes to editing video and audio.

My video files are extra large due to the fact that I shoot in 4K the majority of the time. In fact, simply gathering the footage for this video review was somewhere in the neighborhood of 25GB, and that’s not even an in-depth video like an iPad review or an Apple Watch review.

With this in mind, it became apparently clear that I was going to need an external storage solution. But I also needed something that was fast enough to adequately handle the throughput required by 4K video.

After lots of research, I ended up purchasing the Seagate Backup Plus Fast drive. It’s a 4TB RAID 0 drive, so it’s fairly fast. A couple of weeks into my purchase, I’ve accumulated several hours of hands-on experience with this drive. Does it live up to my expectations? Read More


Noodles! review: a complex puzzle game (with absolutely no heptagons)

By Lory Gil on May 19, 2015

When you are relaxing with a nice, simple puzzle game, do you prefer it to be mindless and easy, or are you the type of gamer that likes things that are hard to solve?

Noodles! is a simple puzzle game with a nice, solid challenge. It isn’t so hard that you give up, but it is hard enough to make you feel smart when you finally solve a puzzle. Check out our game review of Noodles! below. Read More


Galactic Nemesis review: a retro arcade space shooter that Galaga fans will love

By Lory Gil on May 18, 2015

One of my earliest video game memories are of playing Galaga in my local arcade. It was the first game that I could actually play for more than five minutes without dying.

So you can imagine how happy I was to discover Galactic Nemesis, which pays loving homage to such space-themed shooters that I grew up on. We’ve got a game game review of Galactic Nemesis for you today. Read More


Battle Camp review: raise a pet on Apple Watch, battle it on iPhone

By Lory Gil on May 15, 2015

Being an app reviewer, I am most interested in the type of content available to me on Apple Watch. Sure, there are dozens of great productivity apps to help keep you connected. But what about games?

Battle Camp has been a battle pet RPG game for a couple of years. But, shortly after the first run of Apple Watches were on the wrists of early adopters, the game was updated to include a mini game that allows you to raise a pet to adulthood for a special prize. We’ve got a game review of Battle Camp for our Apple Watch fans out there. Read More


Cooped Up review: don’t let your expectations cage this gem

By Josh Gallagher on May 14, 2015

One of the first iPhone games I, and certainly many iPhone owners, ever played was Doodle Jump. It came out while the App Store was still in its relative infancy, and the iPhone was beginning its meteoric rise in earnest. Since its release in 2009, we have seen numerous games that copy its pencil and paper art style or gameplay mechanics. So many, in fact, that it has become relatively hard for any game that looks even remotely similar to stand out.

When you first look at screenshots of Cooped Up, I have no doubt that Doodle Jump, Mega Jump, or any number of other apps will be the first thing to spring into your mind. Cooped Up is more than just a cheap knock off, though. What makes this game different? Well, that’s going to take a bit of explaining. Read More


GMYLE Book Case for iPhone 6 Plus review: fake it ’til you make it

By Jeff Benjamin on May 10, 2015

The original BookBook case for the iPhone 4 was a trendsetter and one of my favorite iPhone accessories ever. Unfortunately, the version for the iPhone 5 didn’t hold up nearly as well for me, and started coming apart at the seams after just a few months. With the BookBook case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Twelve South appears to be back at their winning ways with some innovative new features.

Due to the company’s success, it’s not surprising that several copycat cases have surfaced online. One such case, the GMYLE Book Case, is a shameless copy of Twelve South’s popular case line. In fact, it’s so shameless that my curiosity got the best of me, and I had to order one. Read More


Kayos review: fly across a dangerous minimalistic landscape at the speed of sound

By Lory Gil on May 8, 2015

When I first came across Kayos, I was mostly interested in its visual aesthetic. I knew nothing about the gameplay, but assumed it was a puzzle game based on the simplistic look and various shapes.

It turns out the game is very much a traditional arcade style reflex game with a minimalist appeal. It just goes to show that looks aren’t everything. We’ve got a hands-on game review of Kayos for you today. Enjoy. Read More


Fusion – HDR Camera review: get quality shots with little effort

By Lory Gil on May 7, 2015

There are dozens of camera apps out there that promise SLR quality results, but I’ve realized that many of them don’t offer a whole lot more than what the iPhone’s stock camera app can do.

Fusion – HDR Camera actually provides something special that gives your pictures an additional boost of depth without you needing to do much of anything at all. Today, we’ve got an app review of Fusion – HDR Camera for your reading pleasure. Read More


Discover O review: a minimalist game that will keep you coming back for more

By Lory Gil on May 5, 2015

Thanks to the Internet, anyone can virtually travel the globe by browsing pictures of destination spots and reading travel blogs. But, how would you like to see the world through a minimalist’s eyes?

Discover O is a simple reflex game that tests your reaction time and takes you around the world with a minimal graphic design so you can appreciate the simpler things in life. We’ve got a full game review of Discover O for you below. Read More


Review: Logitech MX Master – a good choice for OS X users?

By Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015

The Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse has been at the top of my must-try list ever since it came out. Debuting to glowing reviews, and statements of increased productivity, I had to try this mouse out to see if it would help my workflow on OS X. Does it live up to my high expectations? Check out our review for more details. Read More


Burn it Down is a dark platformer. Literally

By Lory Gil on May 4, 2015

I like atmospheric games. I think it adds a bit of, well, atmosphere. Shadowy figures crossing dimly lit environments can help put you into the right mood. You never know what you are going to find when you make it to the next scene.

Burn It Down is an atmospheric platform game with a retro pixel art design. Players traverse the dark dangers of a mansion dungeon in search of a missing loved one. We’ve got a game review of Burn it Down for you today. Read More


Phiaton Chord MS 530 review

By Jim Gresham on May 3, 2015

While wearing my Apple Watch on week one, I kept feeling like something was missing. After listening to this week’s Let’s Talk iOS, Jeff clued me in. I was missing the music capability. It is somewhat surprising that Apple precluded Apple Watch from playing music through the speaker. Most likely, it is a move to conserve battery power and prevent a poor listening experience on such a small speaker.

Enter a renewed need or desire to have a good set of Bluetooth headphones. Coincidentally, I was contacted by Phiaton to review their Chord MS 530 headphones and happily accepted. The M-series headphones are known for bold styling with a modern appeal and high build quality. Having previously reviewed the Bridge MS 500 wired headphones, I was happy to take a look at the more robust, wireless and noise canceling older brother. Read More


Does Not Commute review: and you thought your morning drive was bad?

By Lory Gil on Apr 30, 2015

Driving in traffic can be one of the most stressful experiences of a person’s day. Navigating turns, freeway congestion, and distracted drivers can really put you off.

Does Not Commute takes the concept of daily driving and smashes it into a brick wall. After playing this game, you’ll appreciate the relaxing traffic jam you are stuck in every morning. We’ve got a game review of Does Not Commute for you today. Read More


Singularity review: a singularly enjoyable puzzler

By Josh Gallagher on Apr 29, 2015

The core concept behind many iOS puzzle games is something we’ve seen before. Whether it’s a match three or a word jumble, there is a lot of familiar ideas out there. Truly great games are able to take these ideas and expand on them. They mix in brand new concepts and create a game that is unique and exciting. The newest game from unexpected3rd, Singularity, is a tried and true concept that I think we’ve all seen in other games. The question is; does Singularity expand upon its premise enough to be considered great? Read More


Review: Forgotten Memories remembers what it means to be a survival horror game

By Josh Gallagher on Apr 26, 2015

For years, the survival horror genre has suffered from a bit of an identity crisis, with genre mainstays straying into everything from action adventures to point and click romps. With Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities, developer Psychose Interactive seeks to resurrect the ideals that made survival horror great and prove that the early games in the genre got it right the first time. Read More


Tiltagon review: a game that’s frustrating, but in all the right ways

By Josh Gallagher on Apr 22, 2015

Games using tilt controls have certainly come a long way since the early days of the iPhone. Advancements in technology and programming have taken what was once difficult and unwieldy and transformed it into a responsive, valid control scheme. Tiltagon seeks to utilize this new-found precision to create a game that is frustrating, but in all the right ways. Read More


Review: RHA T10i earphones

By Oliver Haslam on Apr 19, 2015

When I reviewed the RHA MA-750i earphones a couple of months ago, I wrote about how they made me enjoy music again, and I stand by that to this day. When I wrote that review in February the MA-750i earphones were the best I had ever used.

They’re not anymore. Read More


Smove review: use your best moves to get a high score

By Josh Gallagher on Apr 15, 2015

There aren’t many classic arcade style action games that are able to compensate for the iPhone’s lack of physical buttons. The loss of tactile feedback is just too much to overcome, but this doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy a nice score chasing romp on our phones. It just means that developers have to create new games that rely on completely different control schemes. Simple Machine’s Smove does just that. Read More

Page 112345...