Out of the box, the iPhone and iPod touch can sync with Outlook’s appointment calendar and address book—but not its task list. For those who live and die by the to-do, that’s a major omission. Chapura’s KeyTasks comes to the rescue, offering limited but effective task synchronization.
Quordy is a Boggle-like word game that gives players three minutes to create as many words as possible out of adjacent letters. The longer the word, the higher the score. But before you play, you first have to scramble the digital tiles by giving your iPhone a shake, like a word-nerd James Bond making a vodka martini.
A World War II-era tank game with 3D graphics and arcade action—how can you go wrong? Unfortunately, Tank Ace 1944 goes very, very wrong, with graphics and sound effects straight outta 1984 and gameplay that’s as bland as rice cakes. It has weird controls, awful 3D rendering, and dismal AI. And, yet, damn if this game isn’t kinda fun!
In addition to a metronome with tap tempo and a tuner that detects incoming pitch or plays tuned notes, a comprehensive chord chart shows the fingering for thousands of chords. You dial in any chord variation in the book, and the app will shows how to play it in as many as seven different ways.
This combo metronome/tuner provides both a flashing dot and optional audible click for the tempo. Rather than focus on guitar tuning, Orfeo lets you drag notes up and down a treble and bass clef from notes C2 to C6 and plays the tone for the selected note.
Choose from eight tunings, including standard guitar, banjo, cello and chromatic. Tones mode plays tuned reference notes for each string to listen to as you tune your instrument, while Tuner mode detects the pitch of the sound coming from the mic.
See the detected pitch in four ways: as a standard note (G2, F#4, etc.), as a string on a guitar (a green string indicates the correct pitch), as a note on a music clef, or as a waveform with its frequency in Hertz.
Metronome keeps time with a flashing red dot and an audible click. You can add presets to the eight included classically-named tempos (Adagio, Allegro, etc.). Buttons set the tempo to quarter-, eighth-, 16th- or 32nd-notes, and another button switches to double-time.
Selecting the string to tune on the app’s guitar headstock, TyroTuner’s meter shows whether you’re too low, too high or just right and as you tune. An alternate mode measures the tone coming in and highlights which string on the guitar you’re closest to tuning properly.