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AMSOURCE APP REVIEWS SEPTEMBER

Friday 25th September 2015
JAVVY
“Learn how to code in Java, whenever, wherever. Java is the most popular programming language in the world ... and we're making it fun. Javvy is the easiest and most entertaining way to get acquainted with Java and learn how to code in general. It picks you up at the very start and gradually takes you to more advanced stuff like classes and HashMaps.”

WHAT DID WE THINK?
“Since I specialise in java development I have had a desire to learn how to code to further understand my market. Javvy is quick and easy guide on the basics of Java Programming. It sets out brief tasks that increase in difficulty once completed. I found it useful and interesting but if you do not understand what Java is or its purpose I could imagine it to be quite confusing to the everyday person.“

“I’m by no means a whiz when it comes to technology, before I tried this app I found the concept of learning Java to be daunting. However Javvy is a really good app, I actually found it quite enjoyable. The app is really easy on the eye, lots of colour and animation which makes it interesting to use. Javvy is a great concept to get more everyday people into programming and to bridge the skills gap especially for the younger generations who I think would really enjoy using this app.”

TRIP ADVISOR

Trip Advisor is the world’s largest travel site enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip.

Users of the Trip Advisor app are able to find millions of traveler of restaurants, excursions and hotels, photos and maps. As well as uploading their own personal reviews which will then be made public and help other fellow travelers.

WHAT DID WE THINK?
“TripAdvisor is my go to app when looking for some where new to eat either in my local area of Yorkshire or if I’m I am looking to visit another area. It’s also a handy tool when deciding on which hotel to book, with hundreds of other reviews from visitors you can weigh up the good and the bad and come to a decision easily.”

“The usability of the app is also easy and functional, it’s simple for the user to find what they want to find quickly. The use of lots of imagery, and scroll functions make it interesting and interactive for the user.”

“I am a religious user of this app. Whenever I am looking to book a hotel or restaurant this is my go to place. I only used this app last week as I was booking a trip to New York and wanted to find the best hotel in the best location for the best price. I easily found a hotel that ticked all the boxes that had numerous great reviews off people that had stayed there previously.” 

"A negative, which isn’t necessarily a fault of the app itself. Tripadvisor has been faulted in recent months for false reviews, which will make it hard for users in future, if it continues, to trust the comments on the site. Which may put people off of downloading."

“I find this app great for information on restaurants that I’ve heard about but haven’t visited yet and also for researching hotels for breaks away if I don’t know the area. As I know the layout of the app, it’s often the quickest way for me to get address details of a restaurant, hotel or attraction that I’m going to rather than searching through an individual site.”

“Not easy to use, much prefer the web version.”

YUMMLY
According to its description on ITunes app store Yummly is a cooking app that allows user’s access to millions of recipes all around the world.
“Why waste time sifting through the wrong recipes? Yummly’s unique search filters allow users to find the perfect recipes quickly whether that be by taste preference, cook time, cuisine, and diet requirement.”

WHAT DID WE THINK?
"This app is great! Very glad I was introduced to it this month. Love how personalised it is to your likes and dislikes.

The app is really easy to use, interactive and easy on the eye – lot’s of good imagery which makes you really excited to try out the various recipes! I will definitely be using this app a lot in the future. I would recommend to anybody looking to improve on their cooking skills, or those who like to entertain and are looking for some new interesting recipes to impress their guests."

“Didn’t think the interface was great – hard to navigate around with no real logic.  After adding my preferences it just sent me random recipes not related to those preferences.  Also it’s very American with no option to change the weight measurements to UK.”

"Love that you can filter the recipes it searches for, ie. No meat, no mushrooms, gluten free etc. Really good for fussy eaters, vegetarians and vegans and people with special dietary requirements."

NETFLIX
NetFlix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and films on your phone wherever you want!

Netflix is a rolling monthly membership. Membership allows users to browse and access an unlimited number of TV programmes, movies and documentaries whenever they want straight from their mobile device.

WHAT DID WE THINK?
“Netflix is an app I use regularly. The user experience of the app is great, really simple to use and providing you have Wi-Fi or a good 3g/4g connection the app requires minimal buffering or stall times. I would recommend this app to any of my friends, yes there is a monthly fee. But for me it’s completely worth it given how much I use it, and how much you can access. Perfect for long train journeys!”

“I have had this app on my phone since it got released. Although I haven’t had to use it much this month, as I haven’t been away from home it does come in very handy! It offers a great selection of shows, some exclusive to Netflix such as Narcos, and is fast and efficient. I am going on a course away next week and no doubt I will be using it to watch a film or TV show at night.“

“It’s the 21st century…. Who goes to a high-street store on a busy Saturday and wants to route through a huge selection of overpriced movies just so you can relax on an evening. Netflix has taken the stress out of watching films at home and on the go.”

“Though there are hundreds of available shows to watch the way you scroll through to see the genre you want Netflix only provides the top 20 of each type and then you have to actively type in what you want to watch. Not the best when you don’t know what to watch!”


TINY SCANNER
“The little app that scans everything”

Tiny Scanner turns your iPhone/iPad into a portable scanner. Scans are saved to your phone as images or PDFs. Name and organize your scans into folders, or share them by:
- Email
- Airprint
- Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or Box
- Wifi directly to your computer
- Fax using Tiny Fax

WHAT DID WE THINK?
“Tiny scanner makes it really easy to send documents as a PDF when you don’t have access to a scanner.  The main benefit is that I can do this on the go. It is easy to use and by saving anything I may need to an album in my photo gallery, I can quickly get to those documents.”

“Tiny Scanner is a great little app designed to help you when you need to send a document when you have no scanner available. The amazing technology that is available in portable devices such as phones is making what used to be an absolute must in an office, such as a scanner redundant. You can now quickly take a picture of what you need to send and instantly email it to who needs it most. Very simple and easy to use.“

“Love this app, easy to use, simple, great results and quality on the documents.”

"It genuinely works really well and really fast. I use it mostly for scanning on the go - receipts etc- but it also works well as a replacement for my home scanner which, not being networked, is a pain to use. This app produces as good if not better in quality to my old dedicated scanner."

BBC GOOD FOOD
This app allows users to browse through thousands of recipes all around the world from the BBC good food recipe catalogue, each recipe can be reviewed by users so that others can be guided on which recipe is the best to use.

“Whether you’re looking for weekday inspiration, trying to cook the perfect steak or attempting your own homemade ice cream, get cooking with the new BBC Good Food - Recipes, tips and cooking tools app. This app lets you buy and store all the existing BBC Good Food cookbook apps, and organise your favourite recipes and shopping lists in one place.”

WHAT DID WE THINK?
“I have recently started on the latest of my many attempts to stick to a good diet in order to lose some extra weight. One of the main problems I am usually faced with is that I just eat something that is convenient (which is usually bad for you) using this app enables you to look at a variety of healthy recipes which means you never get bored of eating the same thing.”

‘I use this app a lot for inspiration when trying to think of something new to cook. I recently used it for our Amsource Charity bake off where I found a lovely Malteser Tiffin recipe. The app makes the recipes easy to navigate. Would definitely recommend to friends.’

“Love the website version, the app is awful. Hard to use, poor interface, poor performance.”

"One massive improvement would be. When you're looking at different recipes, click on one.. Then click to go back... The page always goes right to back to the top... so if you were halfway down, you have to scroll right the way back to where you were. Annoying."


IKEA
Ikea is a world famous home furnishings retailer. Their app allows users to download the latest edition of the IKEA Catalogue and other IKEA publications. Just like in print, IKEA digital publications are packed with inspiration, home furnishing knowledge and ideas for free. 

WHAT DID WE THINK?
“The IKEA app means I have the entire contents of the Ikea catalogue available on my phone. Going to an IKEA store can be a real pain (unless you can go when no-one else is there). "

"The app makes it a bit easier as I can look through the catalogue beforehand, I can look at how certain items will look in my own house and can make a shopping list so that when I do have to go to the store I am armed with all the product info I need to make it a quick visit. The app itself is fine to use but I sometimes find that the catalogue pictures don’t have all of the products on them meaning you have to search for them through the search bar. “

"Love the picture function on the app which allows you to take a picture of the room your looking to decorate/ redesign and insert the product from IKEA's catalogue to see what it would actually look like."

"The user experience of the app all in all is good, most functions are available through swiping which makes it quick and easy to get to where you want to be on the app. Would recommend to friends looking to make home improvements."

ANGRY BIRDS 2

A fun game to access on the go from your mobile device. Angry birds first found popularity in 2011 and is now back with a new generation of the game.

“The Angry Birds are back in the sequel to the biggest mobile game of all time! Angry Birds 2 starts a new era of addictive slingshot game play with stunning graphics, challenging multi-stage levels, scheming boss pigs and even more destruction.”

 WHAT DID WE THINK?
“I did enjoy playing this app, I don’t usually play games on my phone but I did find this app both enjoyable and frustrating when I didn’t knock the towers down. A good app if you just need 10 mins to think of nothing but the game.“

“Addictive and good to see they’ve really developed from the first versions.  Great that it’s now free, but it’s really frustrating with the number of sponsored pop up videos.  Would much prefer to pay £1.99 for the app.“

"Graphics are great and a great improvement to the earlier versions. Great for killing time on long journeys. Definitely one I would recommend to friends just for fun. Although it is slightly addictive."

Have you used these apps before? If so what we're your thought's? What apps are your favourites at the moment? Drop us a comment below or feel free to tweet us @AmsourceTech.
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