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Top Android App: Tie Deluxe

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 in Lifestyle, Top Rated Apps | comment

Tie Deluxe is the fastest way to learn to tie your tie!

  • Version: 1.1.0
  • Size: 3.59 MB
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Price: $0.99

This Android app will teach you to tie 13 different knots: Simple, Double, Small, Half Windsor, Windsor, Kelvin, Saint Andrew, Pratt, Balthus, Neoclassical, Cross, Cavendish, Atlantic, and a Bow Tie.

Each tie style comes with step-by-step directions on how to tie it. Use the back/next (or swipe the screen) to navigate between steps. This app makes it surprisingly simple to tie your tie, even if you’ve never done it before. Each step is explicitly drawn to avoid any confusion. You can even play a step-by-step animation (with options  to vary times between slides) if you want to try tying as you go.


  • Step-by-step instructions for tying your tie
  • Easy to understand diagrams

Areas for improvement:

  • Complete videos would be a nice addition

Conclusion: The easiest way to learn to tie a tie from an Android app.

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Top Android App: 23,000 Great Quotes

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 in Lifestyle, Top Rated Apps | 2 comments

23,000 Great Quotes is an Android app that gives you just that!

  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 9.93MB
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Price: Free

This app features 23,000+ quotes from over 7,000 authors. All of the information is available directly from the app itself and doesn’t require an active internet connection! Basic functionality includes scrolling through quotes or using the menu to search by keyword, browse by authors, or check out some of your saved favorites. You can also choose to share a specific meaningful quote by using Facebook, Gmail, or Bluetooth. You can even copy the text directly to any other app/sharing platform you choose. For additional info about a particular author, click the “i” info button next to their name.


  • A plethora of quotes! (historical, entertaining, philosophical, etc.)
  • Quotes stored and loaded independent of internet connection

Areas for improvement:

  • With 23,000 quotes, ways to view multiple quotes in one page is a must
  • Option to sort quotes, e.g. by topic, era, etc.
  • Navigation should be improved to enhance usability

Conclusion: A wealth of knowledge, in quotation form, by some of the world’s most famous, influential people, all in one Android app!

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Top Android App: Deluxe Moon

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 in Lifestyle, Top Rated Apps | 6 comments

Deluxe Moon beautifully displays the moon phases and zodiac circles, giving you a glimpse into both astronomy and astrology.

  • Version: 1.32
  • Size: 4.66MB
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Price: $5.77 (Free Trial)

Deluxe Moon lets you view the various moon phases based on a specific calendar date. Drag your finger on the moon to advance/backup the calendar. The default homescreen for this app includes information like the date, day of the week, location, moon phase, moonrise, moonset, moon age, astrological sign, and more!

If you click on the current moon percentage (e.g. 9.6% illuminated in the screenshot above), you can access the month long calendar of moon phases and zodiac signs. Tap on the astrological sign next to the moon (e.g. Sagittarius) to open the sidereal, tropical, and astronomical zodiac chart (check out the “?” button inside the app for more information on these astrological definitions). Lastly, if you want very detailed information about the moon’s current and future positions, click on any of the remaining information on the screen (e.g. Moonrise or Age). This will let you see real-time data about the moon age, distance, ecliptic plane latitude/longitude, and moon azimuth.


  • Extremely sophisticated UI and graphics
  • Extensive astrology/zodiac sign details and information
  • Multiple homescreen widgets
  • Great resource for astronomers and astrologers alike

Areas for improvement:

  • Price is rather steep (would suggest ~$2-3 for the current features)

Conclusion: For anyone interested in astronomy or astrology, this Deluxe Moon app is for you!

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Top Android App: Hello Vino – Wine Pairings

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 in Lifestyle, Top Rated Apps | 1 comment

Hello Vino takes the confusion and intimidation out of picking the perfect bottle of wine.

  • Version: 1.03
  • Size: 874KB
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Price: Free

Hello Vino gives you wine recommendations for food pairings, special occasions, holidays, and taste preference. When you first open the app you will have to download the latest wine data (should only take a minute). Then you can narrow down your search based on the options above.

For the example shown in the screenshots below, the selections made were: pair wine with a meal -> meat -> poultry -> chicken -> grilled. This will then return three wines; one with high acclaim, one with a great value, and one at random. From there just select the wine name to get the full details, which include its region, average price, vintage, points awarded, and a description. If the first three wines don’t fit your fancy, click the “get more recommendations” button to refresh the list.


  • Thousands of wine & food pairings
  • Efficient questions help you find the perfect wine, fast
  • Conquer the wine aisle like an expert

Areas for improvement:

  • Larger database of wine reviews/ratings
  • Social share function (SMS, Facebook, Twitter…) to get others’ opinions

Conclusion: The best wine related Android app currently available. Become a true wine aficionado.

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Top Android App: Relax and Sleep

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 in Lifestyle, Top Rated Apps | 2 comments

Relax and Sleep is a handy app that will help you ease stress and escape from your surroundings, even for just a few minutes. If you need help falling asleep, look no further!

  • Version: 2.13
  • Size: 2.40MB
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Price: Free

Relax and Sleep allows you to choose and play from a list of ambient sounds. Examples include ocean, summer rain, forest birds, and acoustic guitar melody. Simply check the box next to the sounds you’d like to play. You can independently adjust the volumes and mix and match different sounds to create your own personalized relaxation melody. Once you have done this, don’t forget to save your personalized melody in the menu. Next time, load your preset combination from the menu to start relaxing immediately!

If you’d like to use this app to help you fall asleep, make sure to set the timer so that the sounds will mute after a specific length of time.


  • Very easy to use, can run in the background
  • High quality sounds with long loop times
  • Timer for use as a sleep aid


  • Can only have one saved preset melody
  • When timer ends, sounds are only muted, app doesn’t quit
  • More sounds!

Conclusions: If you want help relaxing or falling asleep, you should definitely download this app!

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