The iPhone can allow you to send temporary text messages, flip a digital coin, and pretend to scan your finger. Yes, some it looks like the free iPhone application empire is the house that uselessness built.
You can look to all the free iPhone applications that
utilize fake features to show off the features that people really want on their
iPhone. Fingerprint Security Scanner is one of the most recent and popular of
these, and its primary function is to pretend as though it does a finger print
scan for security access on your iPhone.
When you open up Fingerprint Security Scanner you will place your finger
on it to begin the scan. It will scan
and vibrate a couple times and then run through a series of mock fingerprints before
it finds yours. If you buy the full
version for $0.99 it will tell you Access Granted and give you the image of an
opening vault door. If you have the free
iPhone application version you will instead see the disturbing image of a
bloody woman blindfolded while screaming pierces from your speakers. Why would this make sense for the free iPhone
version? Perhaps this is some strangely
sadistic way to ploy you into shelling out a buck for the full version. Neither one of these actually does anything
and if you have to prove how cool your iPhone is through a fake finger scan
then you are already in trouble to begin with.
Stay away from the full version.
Stay away from the free version.
Just stay far, far away.
If you have ever woken up in the morning after a long night,
head blazing, and then looked through your text messages to see how deep of a
hole you have dug for yourself then here is the iPhone application for
you. Tiger Text is built around one
primary feature: it allows you to send text messages that you can take
back. It does this, as it says on its
iTunes' App Store page, by routing the text messages through an external server
location where it stays. It does not
actually enter the other person's phone, even though it looks like a text
message. You then have the ability to
delete it any time, which is probably quickly if you are already sending a message
with Tiger Text. This would be
incredibly useful if it actually went into the regular text message area and
did not require other Tiger Text users to be on. You also have to pay for it beyond the first
100 message, fifteen day trial period.
This ends up really just making it a somewhat expensive instant message
application for your iPhone that allows you to take back the messages you have
sent. It principle Tiger Text sounds
amazing, but this is just another situation when a great concept fails to really
come into itself on the iPhone.
Hopefully another iPhone developer will take this premise and run with
it in a useful direction.
Coin Free gives you one of the most important iPhone
features that anyone could ask for: the ability to flip a virtual coin. Yes, Coin Free gives you the image of a coin
that you can then tap to flip. This will
give you the same random chance of Heads or Tails that you can get in the real
world, but is much more sterilized for those who are scared of catching swine
flu from spare change. You have the
ability to choose from a number of different coins such as
Euro, and a strange cartoon coin with the image of a really sad looking donkey
for tails. You can also change options
for how you can touch the coin because that is where the real innovation needs
to be. There really is nothing much to
identify about Coin Free other than the fact that it allows you to flip a coin
for, ahem, free. The real strange thing about
Coin Free is how incredibly popular it is.
This says much more about the culture of free iPhone applications than it
does about the benefits of Coin Free. On
the other hand, it does what it does fairly well and has a nice little bit of
coin bounce sound to round it all out.