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The iPhone gave us the ability to have our music and our phone in one convenient location: our pocket. No longer did we have to juggle a cell phone and an iPod, it was all in one unit. But what about that Music app, huh? Not so great. It’s one of the weak links in the iOS ecosystem, if only because it’s just so clunky and awkward to use. If only there was a cool app that could take Music’s place. If only …

Let me introduce you to Beat Music Player. First off, it’s just a buck, so it’s not pricey. Second, it’s beautiful — and I don’t say that lightly. The app not only has a great collection of clean and simple fonts, but every song plays against a spectacular etherial background. Oh, and there’s the cool touch interface, too.

But let me back up a minute so I can give Beat its due. Let’s say that you want to listen to an album on your iPhone, but you’re driving so you don’t want to have to check it all the time to switch tracks. Open up Beat Music Player, start the album and let the car ride begin. When you want to skip tracks, albums, playlists or any number of different tasks, just swipe the phone with your thumb to navigate through the various elements. And if you have your iPhone propped up on the dash, you can pick between a number of pretty backgrounds that won’t distract you like album art might, but still provide a nice look. It’s safer, better looking and easier to use than the stock Music app. That’s good enough for me.

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We do a lot of weekly sponsorships here, but there’s something you should probably know. We don’t just do these reviews for everyone who wants one; we hand pick every one to make sure it fits our standards. That’s why you should know that we picked Beat Music Player because it serves a function: play music on your iPhone, but do it better, cleaner and prettier than the stock app. Not only does it do it well, but so much so that it became my new primary music app.

If there’s higher praise than that, I can’t think of what it could be. There’s no better way for you to spend a buck.

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People talk all the time about the release of a “low-end” iPhone. What denotes low-end? Sometimes it’s a lower amount of memory, other times it’s a non-Retina display. But whatever they say today, the concept is that Apple needs to release some kind of free iPhone at the same time that they release whatever the next model happens to be. So, in theory, there would be an iPhone 5S (or 6, or whatever), and this hypothetical low-end iPhone.

What do you think? Do you want a low-end iPhone or do you care? Let us know in the poll to the right!

Somewhere along the iOS path, Apple introduced its panorama feature, whereby you could use your iPhone’s camera to take panoramic images just by holding it steady and sliding it to the right. Neat, right? So why would you need another app that does the same thing and even has the name Panorama? Well it turns out that Apple doesn’t have everything figured out with the panorama situation, and the team at Wondershare has a few ideas to improve on the stale premise.

You start off with an open shutter and a camera view, just like you’d have with your regular camera app. But this time, you start by picking out a filter to use for your photo, just like you would on Instagram or similar apps. Next, you take your pic. Now you think that’d be it, but you can also add a second filter on top of the first, giving you even more options to choose from.

Soak that in for a sec. That means that you’ve got dozens of options for your shots. No two panoramic images will look the same. How cool is that?

Plus, there are other great features as well. Edit photos, send them wirelessly to friends or just share them with your friends to any of the dozen or so social networks you can connect to the app. Not too shabby, right?

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Panorama is available right now for just $0.99, a price that’s well worth it. If you’re looking for other camera apps, the Wondershare team also has a ton of other cool options, including PowerCam which has tons of live effects including color splash, tilt-shift and more. They also have PowerSketch, an easy-to-use sketching application. But don’t just take our word for it, go out and get it now!

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With the release of the iPhone on T-Mobile, now every U.S. carrier has access to the device. This means that everyone has a choice of carriers, and T-Mobile is pushing hard to make it so that you pick them. Now the iPhone — the 4, 4S and 5 — is available on our favorite pink carrier, and we want to know if you’ve switched over yourself.

Did you preorder or buy a T-Mobile iPhone? Are you planning to? Let us know in the poll to the right!

Ever played Super Mario Galaxy before? There’s this one level where you have to blow up this giant rock-like thing and to do so, you have to use these ghosts that also act as bombs. To catch the ghosts, you spin the controller to whirl them into a sling, and then you swing the ghost into the rock thing. Do it enough times and you win the level.

I bring that up because our Weekly Sponsor, Robi: Cosmic Savior, uses a similar mechanic. You play as Robi, a little guy whose planet is in trouble. See, there was this big brouhaha out in space that caused all of the meteors to go our of whack. Next thing Robi knew, they’re flying towards his planet, and he’s the only one with a way to stop them.

To do that, Robi has a little assistant robot deal that he can control. With each meteor that comes onto the screen, he can send off that assistant to mine the meteor for minerals, spin it into orbit (to protect the planet from other meteors) or just fling it off away from you. And that’s how this all relates to the aforementioned Super Mario Galaxy.

This is another one of those simple and fun games that I love to play. It’s free, it utilizes the touch mechanic in a simple and clear way, plus it’s easy to pick up and put down. To me, that’s pretty much everything that a game needs to be, and Robi: Cosmic Savior has all that and more.

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So here’s the pitch: Robi: Cosmic Savior is a fun, frenetic game that uses the iPhone (and iPad, this is a Universal App) to its core strengths. The question becomes, should you get it? For me, the answer is pretty clear. Why wouldn’t you? 

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Here in the U.S., T-Mobile has been the last carrier without the iPhone — at least officially. Unofficially, people have been buying iPhones and jailbreaking them to use on T-Mobile for years, because the AT&T model could be used with a T-Mobile SIM card.

But now, T-Mobile is carrying the iPhone, and they’re doing it without a contract. That’s right, you pay $99 for the iPhone initially, then $20/month for two years for a total of $580. The overall numbers aren’t quite a slam dunk, but it’s still pretty nice for people who want to get away from contracts.

If you live in the U.S., would you switch to T-Mobile for the iPhone? Let us know in the poll to the right!

A friend of mine bought a new car recently, and it came equipped with a Bluetooth connection that let him pair his iPhone with the stock stereo. It was super cool — much better than the dock connector input I have in my older car. And now Chevrolet is integrating Siri into some of its cars, taking it one step further.

Do you use your iPhone in the car? If so, is it just as-is, or do you connect it to the vehicle in some way? Let us know in the poll to the right!

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My wife and I have been talking about her making a career change, and that necessitates her going back to school. Back when I went to school, the smartphone wasn’t even invented, much less a tool for getting anything done. Today, AppStorm reviews apps all the time that are designed for helping out with homework and assignments, and that means that she could use her iPhone for school. Sounds great, right?

But what about you? If you go to school, do you use your iPhone for keeping track of your homework or anything else? Let us know in the poll to the right!

Spring Training is just winding down around my part of the U.S., but that just means that we’re that much closer to opening day. It used to be that I had to subscribe to specific TV channels to watch my favorite team play, but now I can just prop my iPhone or iPad up next to my desk and watch while I work. Turns out I use my iPhone to follow pretty much all the sports I watch, whether it’s just to catch up on the score or delve deeper into the system.

What about you? Do you use your iPhone to follow sports? Let us know in the poll to the right!

I’m in front of a computer during most of the day, with my iPhone to my left and my iPad to my right. When it comes to cruising my favorite social networks, I find myself using my computer for Facebook and Tumblr all the time, but rarely for Twitter. In that case, it’s all about the iPhone and iPad, and not much else. With my wife, she’ll only use Facebook on her iPhone, bar none.

What about you? Is your iPhone your main social media tool or do you mix it up a bit? Let us know in the poll to the right!

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