Third-party iPhone applications are generally cheap, but we really expected a rather better price-to-play time than we got from Galactica. Like Tube Deluxe it only costs 59p, but we can't see many downloaders getting anywhere near a minute's worth of pleasure from each penny they spend. You might get five minutes' mild amusement …
If you happen to find yourself covering apps for more extensive smartphones, then Fring is a damn fine app
Not being funny, or anything...
But if you're going to start reviewing some of the billions of iphone apps, make them ones that you recommend?
If you're a Cylon you'll see the Eye of Jupiter in it.
i can actively see power being wasted
paris - just because
you should try it while on some trippy drugs, that might be much more interesting.
A bit harsh
I bought Galactica, and although it is just a toy, I think you're being a bit harsh. I thought the graphics were very nicely done, and have found myself going back to it from time to time. The two-point touch activating gravity function is a bit odd, and the flick detection not sensitive enough, but I liked it.
Perhaps you could tag App Reviews as such?
This is more of a suggestion than a rant, but perhaps these reviews could be tagged as "App Review" so that I know not to bother reading them? I don't have an iPhone or Android handset and am not planning on getting one. I don't have all the time in the world to read The Register and so would rather be able to spot at a glance which articles to read.
Does anyone else agree?
For a more a balanced review...
The AppPodcast said "tugs at my creative loins" .. "definitely recommend" ... "pretty magical"
AppCraver awarded Galactica 9/10.
148Apps awarded Galactica 4/5.
TouchReviews.net said it "will certainly enthrall you with it’s dazzling visuals",
"Even if it were free, it would be hard to recommend" ... rating 40%
Maybe I'm stuck in pre Web 2.0 thinking but I'd have expected 0% as absolutely avoid, utterly useless to 100% for an essential, cannot live without, must have, with 50% being so-so, good for some, not so good for others.
So how does a not recommended, hard to recommend even if free, app score a 40% ?
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@ AC 20th June 2009 09:17 GMT
One would think so. Maybe the reviewer was so disappointed with his <£1 purchase that he just HAD to share.
@ Jason Bloomberg
Do you see anyone out there rating according to such an onerously realistic and useful scale? It might not be most advisable if you are actually relying on ad-revenue.
@ Philip Teale
Dubiously labeled articles are part of the fun of this site, but I agree that such a label would be helpful and appreciated.
You mean the Fring that is also free on the App Store? ....
Oh, the ~20-39% range would be buggy, crash the phone every so often and such, 15-20% rating it loses info when it crashes, 15% and below insults your mom while doing all that, at 10% it's forwarding your contacts to telemarketers, for a 5% rating it's stealing your credit card info, and for a 0% rating an app should also make the phone spontaneously combust.
There is a free app ..
Spawn Lite it is similar play with particle effects, only it has a free and a pay version, I just use the free but I can see how someone might like it enough to pay a $1.
For something like that I'd want to try then buy.
What does $1 buy you in *any* other are of life?
Clearly this reviewer has some personal issues they need to resolve. This unjustified and unprofessional rant at this app and the developer is frankly pathetic. This level of 'journalism' is well below The Register's usual standards. How disappointing?
Suggestion: why not write a proper article on the state of mobile development, how big name and indie developers are doing, etc?
The Reg is a fantastically good read, but frankly, reviews pap for an Apple devices that is neither a good mobile 'phone nor a better than the rest music player is really scrapping the barrel.
If you must, really really must, then please follow these simple rules :
1 ; don't do it in the Reg Hardware site, do it somewhere else.
2 : Stop pandering to corporate balls by calling these turgid programmes 'apps'. Applications if you must, or programmes. These words have served us well for, oh, ages....
3 ; Don't.
Why, pray tell, will you be "regularly reviewing iPhone apps?" I understood this to be a website for IT professionals or at least people of a certain level of technical ability. No techie worthy of the name - Apple fanbois excepted - are going to have an iPhone.
Leave it for Mixmag.
Not as good
Still not a patch on Geiss or Milkdrop for Winamp (free to download, even better when linked to projector or HD TV, class A (or B) drugs not included).
Well, considering you've trounced the App completely, maybe you'd prefer Bloom, or even Noise.io Pro? That is if you are actually bothered by these types of apps...
@Jimmy Floyd "No techie worthy of the name - Apple fanbois excepted - are going to have an iPhone." Not so. Many have, and many shall in the future. If it's not your bag, fair enough, but please do not speak for everyone else. I am a Tech (of the Cisco, HP, and MS variety) and I have one. Not a brilliant device, but it certainly keeps me entertained :o)
Paris, because she likes to make sweet, sweet music..
"There's a button for screengrabs."
Was there anything wrong with the existing printscreen command built right into the iPhone/Touch? (home and power button simultaneously)
Ehm, I'm here about the request?
It seems they have now the "Citrix Receiver for iPhone". Now isn't that just what we where waiting for? Accessing our Citrix applications from /anywhere/ wow. Impressive. How big was that display again? Is it really possible to wiggle a function into a spreadsheet on an iPhone? A fair and balanced review would meet an enthusiastic reader. Thanks ;-)
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