November 25, 2009

iPhone App of the Week: Mover Plus

Bluetooth transfer has always been a big issue with the iPhone, simply because the iPhone doesn't let you natively transfer pictures or contact information through Bluetooth. Even the iPod touch (except the first generation) has built-in Bluetooth, but aside from multiplayer games and stereo wireless headsets, there's not much use to Bluetooth.

A lot of apps help the iPhone and the iPod touch with this task, and Mover is just one of the many apps available in the App Store that let a user transfer pictures, contact information, bookmarks, or blocks of text. While the apps aren't perfect (they can't transfer between devices that aren't Apple-branded), there are some pretty creative applications that do something you'd think was so mundane.

The logic is that you can add some photos to a table. This table, after finding another iDevice, will let you gain the ability to swipe the data you want to share. It's like sliding your number across the bar table or something, only thing is, you get to keep your copy of it.

I've tried it quite a few times with a few photos, and I have to say, it works very well.

You can share your files through either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth (the new update available will also be able to activate Bluetooth even when it's off from the system settings), but you can't interact with multiple iDevices at the same time (as far as I can tell).

The simple, easy-to-use interface is a refreshing break from having to surf through tons of menus just to be able to send a photo or a contact number. Just open the app, add the thing you wish to send and after the device detects your recipient, you can just swipe the item their way. They'll receive it in no time, really. What's better is that there is also a free version that's able to interact with the paid version through the same networks: Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and the same kinds of information: photos, videos, contacts, bookmarks, or text.

Too bad that Apple has a music business to run, and thus cannot let any developer make an app that lets you send music files as well.

Rating: 8.5/10 [$1.99 iTunes Store Link, Simple Bluetooth mover that gets the job done flexibly. Free version also available with ads]

Also, from now on, I will also give the spotlight to a promising upcoming iPhone app that will most likely be featured in the future.

Here is, iPhone App Preview of the Week.

It's safe to say that Plants versus Zombies is one of the most popular casual games this year, so it's just natural that after Peggle, Pop Cap would go on to port this game into the iPhone and iPod touch.

Here's a preview from, ironically, Fox News.

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