Sortly – Moving, Organizing & Inventory by My Things App Inc. – Review

Sortly – Moving, Organizing & Inventory by My Things App Inc. – Review



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What we love…

simple, easy to use app that helps you get organized in a fast easy way

What we’d love to see…

“pre-set” with typical items in a home to allow for on the fly start rather than having snap pictures and go

Summary

Easy to use inventory app which helps you keep track of your high value belongings, warranty information as well as prepare for a move.  Perfect for a busy mom!

Our Rating

recommended

Sortly is an app for iOS which allows you to organize your life using your iOS device to document your inventory, personal belongings room by room as well as use photos, create QR tags and more.  Using the app you can make a home inventory, take photos and keep track of any collectible items, organize for your upcoming move and for small business owners keep track of your physical inventory.

We have moved six times since we have been married – and I really wish I had known about this app during our many moves including one where our items went into storage for six weeks.  It certainly would have made the packing and unpacking process easier since we re-used our boxes a couple of times and items ended up in the wrong room, wrong floor and sometimes just in the wrong place entirely.  I also used it to write down information about my kitchen appliances including the serial number, warranty information and any repair work that had been completed.  I could take a photo of the repair order and keep it in my app for future reference.  You could also use it to catalog a book collection

One of my favorite things about the app was the ability to create a home inventory using my iPad and taking photos of the items at the same time which meant if something was stolen, I had a photo that was easily accessible on my iPad.  The app allows you to backup to the cloud (200 for the free version, unlimited for the paid version) as well as print QR labels, and export your data into PDF.  I can especially see the PDF being helpful during a move, because that way you have an inventory and can figure out quickly which boxes need to be opened first upon the move.   I also liked the “tagging” feature which allowed me to create and search on tags within the app.  I also used it to keep an inventory of baby supplies at home including my supply of diapers, wipes, shoe sizes, clothing sizes so that if I happened to come upon a good deal for an item I knew immediately what vital measurements were for my children.  The video function was perfect for my high value items so I could demonstrate the item and provide a bit more history/background on it just in case I needed it for an insurance inventory.  I also found it helpful when my refrigerator failed and I needed to pull up the warranty information recently which was very easy with the app.

In terms of enhancements to the app – I’d like to see a “pre-set” which would help with the home inventory or moving checklist which contains items that you usually have in your home like a desk, washer/dryer, etc.  That way you could snap photos of your items using your iOS device and begin the inventory quickly on the fly rather than trying to create it as you went which would automate it a bit.

Overall, this app would be great for a small business, someone who was moving or even someone who needed to do a home inventory.  The free version of the app will give you a great “test drive” and then if you find it useful you can upgrade it to the full version for more features and the ability to print as well as backup to the cloud.  I know that it was a huge help finding warranty information and if I ever have to move again, I will be using it to keep track of my items ahead of time!

Sortly - Moving, Organizing & Inventory
Sortly - Moving, Organizing & Inventory
by My Things App Inc.

Category: Productivity, Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 76.42 MB

$FREE

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Monki Home by Monkimun SL – Review

Monki Home by Monkimun SL – Review



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What we love…

routines, practicing listening skills, following directions

What we’d love to see…

use of utensils and more pots in the kitchen and different activities such as sorting laundry by type.

Summary

Overall, I think this is a great app to use with a preschooler or toddler to help them learn new word associations and practice them as well as routines

Our Rating

Monki Home - Language Learning for Kids and ToddlersMonki Home – Language Learning for Kids and Toddlers by Monkium SL is a iOS app that will help your toddlers and preschoolers learn everyday words in a Spanish, English and Chineese.  The app features four different mini games, the first of which is included in the app and the others are available via in-app purchases.

In order to unlock the in-app purchases you can either pay the fee, enter your email address and subscribe to their newsletter or share the app on social media.  The in-app purchase portion of the app requires the use of a parental lock to ensure that tiny fingers are not in the iTunes store or other areas that they should not be.

The first mini game occurs in the kitchen, where character  tells you want he wants to eat.  You take the item from the refrigerator and then follow the directions like cooking it in a pan or putting it in the microwave.  My son thought it was funny to serve food straight from the refrigerator, however, Elliott showed his distaste for the food by making a sad face when you did that.  The second mini game has you putting laundry into the machine that is dirty, as you put each item into the machine it is named like socks, and shirt and after washing you hang them up.  After that you iron selected clothes to help remove the excess water.  In the next mini game you are in the bathroom where you follow a typical nighttime routine by brushing teeth and rinsing your mouth.  Afterward you take a shower and rinse and dry off and put in your hair ornaments.  In the final mini game you have to help clean up the bedroom by sorting toys according to the animals requests like “dirty pony”, big versus little,  empty versus full.  After completing you are rewarded with music and the toys dancing.  My son’s favorite part was tucking the animals into bed at night.

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I liked that the app had you follow a variety of steps in order to complete the tasks and wouldn’t let you advance until they were completed.  This helped practice sequencing in addition to language.  I also liked that the narration was clear and easy to follow for kids and that the characters switched jobs each time that you opened it.  I also liked that you had to listen carefully in order to complete a task rather than just playing “the way you wanted to”.

In terms of improvements, I would like to see that the step has to be completed correctly in the kitchen as well as the use of a fork and knife or spoon as they eat the food.  I would also like to see a few more pots in the kitchen as well as sorting the laundry by type or light versus dark.

Overall, I think this is a great app to use with a preschooler or toddler to help them learn new word associations and practice them as well as routines.  This is fun for toddlers and preschoolers and I think will provide many hours of entertainment for children in that age group.  I also think it could be used in speech therapy as well.

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Bamba Books by Bamba – Review & Giveaway

Bamba Books by Bamba – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

bright colorful graphics, good problem solving for the characters, use of parental gate

What we’d love to see…

Tweaks to the bookshelf area allowing you to directly access apps you already own and have downloaded as well as the use of “safe” YouTube video previews like after you read the book.  Would also like more interactivity in the books

Summary

Fun app that allows you to read a variety of books about characters and then see a video performance after it is completed.

Our Rating

Bamba Books Bamba Books by Bamba is an app for iOS featuring a variety of storybooks with characters from other Bamba apps. The app has three modes, you can either “read the story yourself”, have the story read to you with a narrator or watch a video about the story.  The video tab requires the solving a simple math problem and after solving it, pulls you through to YouTube to watch the video.  The app narration is available in English, Spanish, German, and Russian.  The free portion of the app contains three books and with a IAP you can purchase an additional three books.  In addition, you can click on the video tab to see YouTube previews of various Bamba apps (and later other videos since you are pulled directly to YouTube); and finally a bookshelf of Bamba apps, you are required to solve another math problem before being pulled into the iTunes store even if you already own the app and have it installed on your device.

Overall, I like the concept of “one stop shopping” for the books.  The narration and graphics are well done.  It is easy to turn on and off the narration via  tap of the “lips” at the top of the screen allowing an independent reader more control.  I love the creativity within the app during the reading of the books, especially making the cake with candy, books, flowers and ice cream!  For the farm story, I also really liked how sequential the app was and followed along nicely especially for new readers.    Each of the stories also has the characters that practice problem solving such as how to decorate the cake, how to get the animals back in the pen and how to navigate the airport.

I would like to see word highlighting within the stories as they are read aloud.  For the stories, such as the birthday cake, I’d like to see more interactivity.  Right now it is really a story being read to you and the only element of the story you can interact with is the tapping of an arrow rather than mixing the cake, putting it in the oven, frosting the cake.  I’d also like to see more stories added to the IAP version of the app to give you more value for the dollar.

Oddly, after you finish reading the story,the app does have the video play without pulling you through to the YouTube version so I’d like to see consistency on this throughout the app.  For the YouTube video portion, I’d like to see the video’s play within the app rather than requiring you to solve a math problem and pulling you through to YouTube.  Although when you go through the first time, you are taken directly to the video you selected, if you tap on the video’s to the left you will see advertising as well as other choices for video’s.  In terms of other improvements, it would be nice if you clicked on a Bamba app that you owned and was installed on your device if it would open up skipping the iTunes store directly.  Right now, this section is really an advertising area which shows the preview of the app and if you click “download now” it requires the solving of a math problem in order to access iTunes.

The first three books in the app are free, and the other three books require an IAP of $3.99.
Bamba Books – Mezmedia

Bamba Books - Read and sing-along to interactive stories
Bamba Books - Read and sing-along to interactive stories
by Mezmedia

Category: Education, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 513.02 MB

$FREE

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Abaquest by Rajnikant Rao – Review

Abaquest by Rajnikant Rao – Review



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What we love…

Comprehensive curriculum that allows you or your child to practice math skills using an abacus and encourages learning at their own pace

What we’d love to see…

More natural “narration” especially of US English, clicking sound when beads are moved into place on the abacus

Summary

Comprehensive learning curriculum designed to teach math to all ages

Our Rating

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Abaquest by Ranjnikant Rao is an abacus based learning course designed to teach or enhance fundamental math skills using an Abacus.  The first four levels (A – C) are free allowing you to try the app before purchasing the remaining content via in-app purchase.  The app starts with basic concepts including an introduction to the abacus and then continues through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division all using the beads on the abacus to complete the steps.  The app allows for multiple users meaning it can be used in a home school situation as well as in a more traditional classroom.

Using a six step methodology it provides an understanding and then allows you to observe examples, identify errors, guess various expressions, do the physical movement and then challenge yourself with math problems.

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The app provides a huge amount of content that will allow you to practice learning basic and more advanced math skills – I enjoyed trying out the harder levels and honing my skills.  There is also a parent dashboard which allows you to see how your child has done as well as allowing them to earn a “certificate” for successfully completing each level.  If your child has trouble with a level, it continues to drill you on the content to ensure that you have learned it prior to moving on to more complex problems.  There are three narrated voices including American English.  The voices within the app are: US English (computer generated), UK English (human narrated) and Indian English. For purposes of the review I used “Lisa” the computer generated US voice to provide narration. The voice can change between levels if you wish – although if you switch you may have Lisa on one level and Emily on another. As a parent, I suggest testing out the voices yourself and then picking one and staying with it for the entire app. My son was confused at times when I was trying out the different voices. I also liked that the app would move as fast or as slow as necessary to ensure that concepts were taught and learned within it.

In terms of enhancements I would also like to see rewards somehow incorporated as my son when using the app at times felt like the “level” was taking a bit too long especially when he was struggling to complete a section. I would also like to see more natural narration of the voices in a future version.

The app contains a parental gate which requires the solving of a math problem to ensure that the parent gets access to the IAP or other parental locked areas.  The gate works well and will not allow your child to “guess” the answer.  The developer is continuing to add new content to the app as well as enhance it providing more educational content.  

This app provides a comprehensive math curriculum designed to teach or enhance math skills for all ages.  I would recommend trying the first four levels (A-D) free first to ensure it is a good fit, and then purchasing the remaining content if it is a good fit for your child/children.  In addition, I would suggest that you work with children first to help them understand the physical abacus before using the app as my son at first had a hard time grasping the concept. As a parent, I also liked the app as it allowed me to “brush up” on my fundamental math skills and encourage my son to continue learning math concepts.


Abaquest: Mental Maths Abacus Course
Abaquest: Mental Maths Abacus Course
by RAJNIKANT RAO

Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 4.75 MB

$FREE

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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