Category: Reviews

Apps, games, accessories, and other iPad-centric reviews.

Focused Work 4 – a review

I’m faced with one of the worst things there is for a writer: Editing your manuscript. While I’m delighted to see my book getting published (in Swedish, sorry to most of you, but Swedes can tag along if you like), I know that the editing phase is horrendous. This proves to be no different, and I’ve been putting it off for over a month.

That changes now, or rather, I started to change it last Friday, and I’m doing it thanks to an app called Focused Work. The fourth version, as it were.

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Jetpack Joyride 2 – a review

Jetpack Joyride is one of those classic App Store games that everyone played. Developed by Halfbrick, who also did Fruit Ninja and Dan the Man, Jetpack Joyride has been going strong ever since. The game features Barry (and, later, Betty) who tries to escape a mad scientist’s lab with a jetpack that shoots bullets. You tap and hold the screen to fire, which makes you go up, which is, basically, the main mechanic of the game. It’s one of those casual action games, perfect distraction elements designed for mobile devices.

The sequel, exclusive to Apple Arcade (so you’ll need a subscription for that, but it’s worth it), is similar, but fleshed out, to say the least. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it.

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Lululook Magnetic iPad Stand – a review

Magnetic iPad stands are all the rage these days, and it’s easy to see why. Just like the Magic Keyboard invites you to be productive in a familiar, laptop-like sense, a magnetic stand does the same with a more desktop-y feel to it. I’ve tried quite a few, and what they all have in common is that they offer the same sense of usage freedom as the Magic Keyboard does. Type away, then pull the iPad off to do something else. It’s no surprise that Apple went with magnets for this sort of thing.

Apple doesn’t make any stands, though, and while I do like the Magic Keyboard, I definitely don’t think it’s the perfect angle or setup. At home, I have my iPad Pro wall-mounted, and I control it with a bluetooth keyboard and Magic Trackpad. That’s not always possible, however, and might be a bit extreme for most people. Hence, getting a stand, and that stand could very well be the Lululook Magnetic iPad Stand.

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Keychron K6 – a review

I love keyboards. I’ve owned hundreds over the years, which might sound like a crazy number, and that is obviously because it is. Today, I think the number is just shy of twenty, not counting older keyboards I might’ve forgotten in a drawer somewhere. Yeah, I might have a problem, but then again, if it weren’t for my keyboard curiosity, I wouldn’t have stepped out of my comfort zone (Keychron K4) and picked up the wireless and mechanical Keychron K6. And, I’ve got to tell you, I love this keyboard.

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Zavala – a review

Zavala is an app, available for iPad obviously, but it’s also on iOS and macOS, that helps you create outlines. That is, outlines in terms of a tree of items, with indention to clearly state where an item is in relation to other items. You’ve done plenty of those, I’m sure, using bullet lists. Well, that’s what this is: An app to create bullet lists.

And I like it. I do feel that the best way to tackle this review, is to show you. So, here’s my outline (and review) of Zavala.

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Pro Snooker & Pool 2022+ – a review

I don’t know if you know, but the snooker world championships is happening now. It’s an event I enjoy a lot, for some reason. I also enjoy playing both snooker and pool, in person as well as in digital form, so when Pro Snooker & Pool 2022+ popped up on Apple Arcade, I was all over it.

Most people know what pool is, usually played in 8-ball or 9-ball in sleazy bars, but snooker might not be as known. It’s a tricky billiards game that involves massive tables, small pockets and balls, and quite a bit of strategy. Snooker isn’t as fast as pool, and, I’d say, it’s a lot harder to get into. That’s why I like it. It also makes for pretty good slow TV, if that’s your thing.

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Silent Dot – a review

I’ve been looking for a casual game for my short breaks these past couple of weeks. Something to take my mind off things – work, as it were – but not in such a way that I got too stuck, wasting away hours, like I can do with, say, Slay the Spire.

I picked up Silent Dot, a premium release with a very wallet-friendly price because the look and feel of the game felt like it could be a contender. After having played it on and off for a while, I’m uncertain if this is what I was after.

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Remind Me Faster – a review

I’ve been using Reminders for my to-do lists lately (see Switch to iPad #85). I like to rely on the default options, and while I’ve run into some smaller things with Reminders, I’m happy with it for the time being.

The Reminders app isn’t the best when it comes to adding actual reminders, though. While it does have natural language support, meaning that you can write “Call Helena tomorrow” and get the date set to tomorrow’s date, you have to actually tap the suggestion for it to get added. It misses the point, I think. And don’t get me started on all the things that are several taps away, hidden away behind that information icon – it’s just not as sleek as it could be.

Luckily, there’s an app called Remind Me Faster that sort of solves this.

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Logitech MX Anywhere 3 – a review

Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is, as you can see, a mouse, not a trackpad. That means that things like swipes and gestures are hard, downright impossible, to do. This is limiting in iPadOS, definitely, and also a reason why most people, including me, would recommend Apple’s Magic Trackpad over a traditional mouse.

But what if you want to use a mouse? Or have one for your Mac, maybe, and need it for your iPad at times? That’s where the MX Anywhere 3 comes in.

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Slay the Spire – a review

Slay the Spire is a critically acclaimed rogue-like card game. I think that’s what I’d call it. You draw cards and use them to kill your opponents, thus climbing hour on the three act long ladder. The more you play, the more cards you unlock, and other things too, making progress easier, but also more varied.

I’ll say this right away: This is a brilliant game, and you will either love it or hate it.

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