We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in September. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, iPad, Web, Windows, or Android apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!


When it comes to community-developed custom ROMs on Android, there are two contenders that you will hear people talk about a lot more than any of the rest: CyanogenMod and MIUI. I previously reviewed CyanogenMod stating 10 of its great features and 5 tricks to improve on its shortcomings.

Despite how much I loved CM7, I have decided to give MIUI a go, and have been running v1.09.16 for over seven weeks on my HTC Desire Z. In the following review, I will share with you my findings, stating the reasons I have loved MIUI and those that are making me consider going back to CyanogenMod. (more…)

If you’ve rooted your phone, you’ve been there. You’re deep into your rooting addiction and have flashed yet another meticulously-chosen custom ROM onto your beloved phone – and then have had the pain of trying to set everything you back to the way you had it in the days of yester-ROM. After much dismay and lost data I have often turned to other applications to help me. So have no fear, because I have a few valuable tricks up my sleeve. If you do use custom ROMs and need some help restoring things to the way you like them, these tricks will definitely help. (more…)

Curvy presents you with colorful hexagon shaped tiles covered in squiggly lines that you need to rotate to tie up all your loose ends. It looks like some kind of flying spaghetti monster when you first look at it, but there is some structure behind the randomness that becomes relevant as you play. The app only requests two permissions, neither of which should cause you concern, and is only a measly 92.29KB, making it a very quick download, especially for a game. There is a free version with full functionality and a $1.50 paid version which removes ads and allows you to track your best times.

Let’s have a look at how fun it is to play! (more…)

Over the past few months, Google has been steadily pushing out a major update to the Market, the content management system on Android phones. The update brought not only a brand spanking new interface but also book and movie rentals (in the US only, though) and a greater focus on featured content. (more…)

Whether you follow mobile technology occasionally or you are obsessed with checking the latest news every couple of hours, one fact should be quite obvious to you: premium Android devices come and go as fast as the Formula 1 cars on a straight line.

One day, it’s the HTC Incredible S, the next it’s the LG Optimus 2X, then it’s the Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation XL, Motorola Droid RAZR, and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It seems as if every month – sometimes even every couple of weeks – there is a hot new device to feast your eyes on. But is this is a great opportunity for the customer, or a major drawback? (more…)

Skitch is the well-known image annotation and editing app that has long since been a staple on the Mac platform. What makes Skitch so awesome to me is its simplicity: when it comes down to it, all Skitch really does is let you write or draw (optionally on top of an existing image) and then share it. No big deal, right?


Presented in a simple and intuitive interface, Skitch lets you do everything from drawing a stupid mustache on a friend’s photo to quickly doing a mockup of a website. I always wondered when Skitch would be available on platforms besides Mac, but I never dreamed it would show up on Android. (more…)

I am sure you have seen the recent articles in many Android blogs concerning the fragmention of Android. It’s a topic that comes up time and time again, including on this site.

In this article I’ll explain what fragmentation is, for those who aren’t quite sure, and also why Android users needn’t be concerned by it. (more…)

I expect you’ve seen DamnYouAutoCorrect before. (NSFW, in case you haven’t.) Screenshot after screenshot of embarrassing typos, all due to the auto-correct feature on the phone’s keyboard.

But why are most of the screenshots taken on iPhones?

Maybe the iPhone’s auto-correct is more prone to errors. Or mabye Android users don’t know how to take screenshots. Maybe Android users make even more typing mistakes than iPhone users, but they’re not usually very funny.

Personally, I find that I almost never make a mitsake when using the Gingerbread keyboard – or, at least, I never make a mistake that gets through to the other person. (I quite often hit “L” when I mean to hit backspace, though.) My iPhone-owning friends have told me that they often make errors because they don’t actually look at their messages before they hit Send. I guess they’re really in a hurry?

We do have a wealth of keyboards to choose from on Android, though I’m not sure whether that helps or hinders – I went through a period where I switched keyboard every few weeks, just after I’d got used to each, and that can’t have been good for my efficiency.

I’d like to know about your experiences here. Do you make a lot of mistakes? If so, are they with the stock keyboard, a hardware keyboard, or some special app? Vote in the poll and comment below to let us know!

…and we’re not talking about desserts. Read on to find out how to customise your Android 2.x handset to make it look like it’s running Android 4.0. (more…)

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