App Roundup is our monthly feature which highlights a select number of mobile apps that we find to be not only useful, but fun and stable as tested by our techs. At the end of each month we put together a short list, give some basic feedback and details on each app and provide a stability rank. This month our selected apps include gaming and entertainment.
Stability rank based on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being most stable.
For those not familiar with G4TV, they are a television channel with programming based around tech gadgets, the web and video games. For more detailed information, you can search your local cable provider for G4 channel listings. Keep in mind the G4TV app requires absolutely zero knowledge of the TV channel to be useful.
G4TV is a highly graphical app that uses images and videos to enhance and illustrate topics such as video games and tech gadgets. The app supplies reviews from the G4 staff on products and video games, including the popular X-Play 5 star gaming reviews. In addition to reviews, the app provides News, Videos, Cheats and in game images from their extensive library of video games making G4TV’s app the best source for gaming information in a mobile platform.
For those who prefer all things tech, not related to video games, there’s plenty of that too. Attack Of The Show (AOTS) is G4TV’s all-in-one tech show. The G4TV app brings you all the latest from AOTS, including hilarious videos from around the net, tech news from the daily feed, product reviews, interviews, expo coverage and more.
The G4TV app covers a vast array of tech topics and while we’ve mentioned many of them, there are many more available. Although the app is heavy in terms of content, it’s relatively lite and quick which is somewhat rare with feature rich apps. You could spend quite a bit of time inside the app and as a result drain your battery quickly, which is typical of video integrated apps. There were times during E3 when we experienced infrequent, sudden app exits, but aside from special circumstances like that the app was completely stable and we’re willing to forgive hiccups like those in exchange for the live streaming coverage. If you’re looking to stay in the know on tech and video games or just want a quality tech related app, then the G4TV app will fit the bill. G4TV is a free Android and iOS app.
Stability Rank: 5
3D Bio Ball HD
Need another game to pass the time? 3D Bio Ball HD could be the answer. The object of the game is to roll your ball through a series of courses with obstacles and pitfalls placed throughout the game. You manipulate the orientation and movement of the ball by tilting the phone. As the phone tilts to the left, the ball rolls to the left, etc. The levels get more challenging as the game progresses with added pitfalls and barriers placed to prevent completion.
3D Bio Ball HD is great for killing some time or ideal for a quick distraction. The only nagging flaw with the app itself is its lack of an exit option. Beyond that, we had an occasional issue with the app exiting on its own after extended periods of gameplay. 3D Bio Ball HD is a free Android and iOS app.
Many of us have come to love the Marvel characters, ranging from Wolverine and Cyclops to Iron Man and Captain America. The Marvel app brings those characters and many more to your mobile device. The app is basically a listing of comics. There is a Marvel Store which has comics sorted by series, creator, most popular, free and Arcs. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, Marvel provides a search feature for the store.
Beyond the store are a number of free comics which can be downloaded directly to your mobile device. While not extensive, there can be close to 20 free comics at any given time. You’ll need a Marvel account to make purchases or download content and the app organizes your comics in a separate tab for easy access. We experienced no stability issues with the Marvel app, it was quick responsive and easy on the battery. Marvel is a free Android and iOS app.
Keep in mind although we test the apps, some react differently given the wide range of phones. Always read reviews to help with decision making and make sure you read the app descriptions and info for additional details regarding functionality.
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