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I’ll be frank: there’s a lot of stress and frustration in my life. My full-time job is stressful, my medical problems are stressful, and trying to balance those together is overwhelming. Some days, all I want to do is punch something. With Angry Baba, now I can—and I won’t even need to pay for repairs. [...]

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I’ll be frank: there’s a lot of stress and frustration in my life. My full-time job is stressful, my medical problems are stressful, and trying to balance those together is overwhelming. Some days, all I want to do is punch something. With Angry Baba, now I can—and I won’t even need to pay for repairs.

Angry Baba is available on both Google Play and Apple. It’s free initially, but may later give you the option of in-app purchases as you move up through the levels. The graphics are nicely designed; the scene of the game is a barbarian in the midst of volcanoes. The soundtrack is probably my favorite part of the app. The backup music is very well done and fun to listen to, even though its Oriental flavor doesn’t necessarily fit with the game. If you find the music distracting, it’s easy to turn off.


The tutorial clearly lays out how to play the game: hold your finger down as the meteor comes towards the barbarian waiting on the left side of the screen, then release just in time for him to punch it across the sky. As the meteor flies, it will hit pelicans carrying rubies in the pouches of their beaks. Quickly tap the rubies to get as many points as possible before the meteor falls. When it lands on the ground, you’ll be presented with your stats: how many meters the meteor went, your timing, and your angle. As you get better at the game and advance through the levels, you’ll be able to hit other objects rather than only meteors. And if you’re competitive, the app provides achievements, leaderboards, and challenges.

The app’s English is very poor. It’s full of typos and badly written sentences such as “Are you start the game?,” “Achieve,” and “Thank you for install.”

But if you can look past the glaring grammatical errors, Angry Baba doesn’t have many drawbacks; for the most part, it’s a fun, unique, and well-made game. Angry Baba is a fun way to spend some time relieving the stress of your everyday life.

 

 

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Belong: Medical Bookkeeping Made Easy https://thesmartphoneappreview.com/reviews/belong-medical-bookkeeping-made-easy/ https://thesmartphoneappreview.com/reviews/belong-medical-bookkeeping-made-easy/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:27:27 +0000 https://thesmartphoneappreview.com/?p=32485 The Smartphone App Review - The Smartphone App Review - High Quality App Reviews for Smartphones and Tablets

Available on Apple and Google Play, Belong is an app that wants to partner with you and work towards #BeatingCancerTogether. Although I don’t have cancer, I do have multiple other long-term medical problems, and I’m notorious for doing a terrible job keeping track of all my medical paperwork. That’s why I was so excited about [...]

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Available on Apple and Google Play, Belong is an app that wants to partner with you and work towards #BeatingCancerTogether. Although I don’t have cancer, I do have multiple other long-term medical problems, and I’m notorious for doing a terrible job keeping track of all my medical paperwork. That’s why I was so excited about Belong’s bookkeeping capabilities.

The Belong app is free and utilizes a clean blue-and-white theme. Its main features are support groups (full of both medical professionals and fellow patients), access information on relevant clinical trials as well as a convenient way to store all of your paperwork.

Everyone knows doctors require lots of paperwork, and for patients who are in a long-term treatment program, even more documents are necessary. It can be difficult to keep up with all of these important files, so Belong lets you store them electronically from your mobile device. From the app’s homepage, simply tap “Files,” and you’ll be presented with eight sub-choices: blood tests, insurance, my uploads, other, pathologies, PET/CT/MRI, physician visits summaries, and prescriptions. You can add your own folders as well. To upload something, simply open a folder and pull the document from iCloud Drive.

With Belong, you’ll never have to worry about misplacing that prescription or forgetting to bring the result of your last MRI to the doctor’s office. Belong lets you keep all pertinent documents in your pocket. You can even share the documents directly with family or listed doctors.

There isn’t much I’d suggest to improve the app as the setup process was simple and user-friendly. I did wish there was a simpler way to streamline the information as the sheer volume of user content over professional content made the app’s usability slightly intimidating. However, I’m sure with a bit of practice you could quite quickly cut it down to only see the things that are of immediate interest to you – it will just take a bit of trial and error.

Belong recently surpassed 100,000 users, and it’s easy to see why. For a completely free app, Belong offers important services that can ease the stress of cancer patients, and it’s something I would absolutely download and use every day. Belong can be found on the App store or Google Play.

 

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Privacy4Cars iPhone Review https://thesmartphoneappreview.com/reviews/privacy4cars-iphone-review/ https://thesmartphoneappreview.com/reviews/privacy4cars-iphone-review/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 03:42:04 +0000 https://thesmartphoneappreview.com/?p=32458 The Smartphone App Review - The Smartphone App Review - High Quality App Reviews for Smartphones and Tablets

Privacy and personal data is an ongoing safety concern these days. How do you keep your data safe and out of the hands of those that should not have it? Phone and computer trade-ins are common talking points when it comes to wiping your information clean, but what about your car? Privacy4Cars helps users clean [...]

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Privacy and personal data is an ongoing safety concern these days. How do you keep your data safe and out of the hands of those that should not have it? Phone and computer trade-ins are common talking points when it comes to wiping your information clean, but what about your car? Privacy4Cars helps users clean old data from their car systems before trading in or selling old cars to keep their data safe. Here is some of the app’s description from the App Store:

YOUR PERSONAL DATA IS AT RISK: Used vehicles are changing owners with prior personal data (e.g. phone logs, navigation history, cell phone address books, etc.) remaining in the vehicle’s Infotainment, Bluetooth, Navigation, or other in-vehicle technology.

WHY CAR DATA PRIVACY MATTERS: Media, regulators, advocacy groups, lawyers, and industry experts are increasingly concerned about the growing amount of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) stored in vehicles and the potential impact of electronic PII being exposed to third parties, or exploited by criminals. Leaving PII in your vehicle when you sell, trade-in, or return a rental car puts you at risk for identity theft.

Privacy4Cars has two options for account setup, register for an account with an email address or sign-in with an existing Google account. Find the manufacturer, model and year of your vehicle in the scrolling logos and name wheels. There is also the ability to search for a vehicle’s VIN or partial VIN as well. Next, find and select the sound system that is closest to the one you have. Swipe through the pictures and when the similar system is found, tap start process.

The next screen will show you a step-by-step visual instruction for what to do next to clear out data on the system and doing a master reset. After following all of the steps, all personal data from the infotainment system should now be cleared. The app will ask if the steps were successful and ask to rate the instructions and add any comments.

Privacy4Cars allows 10 info wipes total with the ability to buy more. This is at $1.99 per vehicle or in multiple packs, 5 at $8.99 up to 50 at $69.99. The app is ad supported with a small banner that runs at the bottom of the screen. It is the largest and fastest growing database of visual instructions of its kind, and I would have to believe it. I was able to browse many car makes and models with years going back as far as 2009 with many results. I found it very simple to use with the photographic depictions included making it easy enough for anyone to follow.

Privacy4Cars is a one-of-a-kind app that helps users protect their privacy everywhere they drive. The app is available in the App Store now for free.

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Moneymailme Android Review https://thesmartphoneappreview.com/reviews/moneymalme-android-review/ https://thesmartphoneappreview.com/reviews/moneymalme-android-review/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:04:18 +0000 http://thesmartphoneappreview.com/?p=21131 The Smartphone App Review - The Smartphone App Review - High Quality App Reviews for Smartphones and Tablets

Moneymailme, available for Android through the Google Play store, is an interesting and unique mix of instant messaging and mobile banking. Now, that may seem like an odd coupling, but it actually makes great sense, especially as it has been implemented very well here. The app allows you to create an account very easily, and [...]

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google play badgeMoneymailme, available for Android through the Google Play store, is an interesting and unique mix of instant messaging and mobile banking. Now, that may seem like an odd coupling, but it actually makes great sense, especially as it has been implemented very well here.

The app allows you to create an account very easily, and you can top up your balance at any time. You get charged 2.5% of what you load onto your balance, but this is the only fee you ever pay, so after you have topped up, you don’t get charged at all for sending money to your friends or to charity.Moneymailme – Android Apps on Google Play

Charity and good causes are a big part of what Moneymailme is all about, and there is even a special tab dedicating to donating to the charity of your choice. It is a great way to put your cash to good use.

The app operates in the same way as many standard chat apps work, aside from the whole financial slant. You can add friends, send messages and do many things that you can do within other apps here. This part of the app works well, and although it isn’t as comprehensive as mainstream chat apps, what is here works well and is secure enough to give you peace of mind. If you really want, you can further improve security by using the app with VPN software.

You can choose to send money in three different currencies, US dollars, Euros or British pounds. This does cover large portions of people, but not everyone. Hopefully more options are on the way for different countries.

I would also like to see Paypal added to the app. Blackberry allows you to use Paypal for instant money transactions in BBM, and it works well there, so it would be a perfect fit for this app on Android.

Moneymailme is a very good app, with decent chat options supplemented by an excellent and pretty unique idea. The banking options could be a great way to easily share money with friends in real-time, and I liked the very simple fee system. The charity options are also very welcome.

Overall, if you can get some friends to also grab the app, this is a superb way of sharing small cash transactions with them.

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WaveStation Music iPhone Review https://thesmartphoneappreview.com/iphone/wavestation-music-iphone-review/ https://thesmartphoneappreview.com/iphone/wavestation-music-iphone-review/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:53:53 +0000 https://thesmartphoneappreview.com/?p=32476 The Smartphone App Review - The Smartphone App Review - High Quality App Reviews for Smartphones and Tablets

WaveStation Music for iOS is a great way for new and upcoming artists to publish and share their content, and is also a pretty decent method for listeners to find the latest tunes that probably can’t be found anywhere else. For artists, this is a fantastic way to upload songs, videos and even entire albums [...]

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WaveStation Music for iOS is a great way for new and upcoming artists to publish and share their content, and is also a pretty decent method for listeners to find the latest tunes that probably can’t be found anywhere else.

For artists, this is a fantastic way to upload songs, videos and even entire albums for people to listen to, and to hopefully spread the word about their music. What is even better than that, however is the fact that musicians (and podcasters!) can actually get paid for using the app to promote their tracks.

People using the app can buy ‘WaveTokens’ via an in-app purchase, and then donate them to artists whenever they like. So, create a good tune that people like, or likewise an album or video, and the chances are that you will get a few WaveTokens for your trouble, which can then be cashed out for real money.

You probably aren’t going to get rich, but it might be a nice extra revenue stream for budding musicians just starting out, or who have yet to be noticed. WaveStation even have event sponsorship, and the ability to track performances by local artists.

Here, straight from the developer, are the app’s best features:

– Upload tracks, albums & videos directly from your phone
– Streamlined portfolio displays your music, videos, events & social links
– Use WaveStation to promote your music, videos and upcoming events
– The Interactive map makes it easy for local artists & events to be discovered
– Like, comment and interact with other users’ content
– See top artists and creators in your local area – and beyond!
– Dedicated messaging system to connect with other creators, artists & listeners
– Users, artists & creators can securely donate and trade money using the app

The app is really targeted at two audiences; artists and listeners, which could have easily led to a fragmented user interface. Yet, it is impressive just how streamlined everything is, and how well the developer has managed to make everything as seamless as it is.

Uploading tracks and videos is really easy for artists, and pure listeners can completely avoid these areas of the app if they so choose, with the music browsing side of the app feeling complete and unaffected by the parts designed for artists.

Overall, this is a great way to find some brand new tunes if you are hungry for some raw, unknown artists, but it is even better for up and coming new talent to create albums, promote their sound and make a bit of cash on the side.

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98 Cents: Donate and Send Money to Others, available for Android through the Google Play store, is an interesting take on a charity app. Many apps offer charity options, and some of the biggest charities in the world have apps that can help you to donate to help with many of the world’s biggest problems. [...]

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98 Cents: Donate and Send Money to Others, available for Android through the Google Play store, is an interesting take on a charity app.

Many apps offer charity options, and some of the biggest charities in the world have apps that can help you to donate to help with many of the world’s biggest problems.

However, 98 Cents is a little different, as it acts as a go-between for the needy and those who want to donate and help. Think of it as eBay for charity, even if the comparison is a little crude. You are donating to individuals who need financial help.

That can be help with paying the rent after they have lost their job, or helping to pay for some diapers when times are tough. Each person posts a photo, a little description of why they need help, and also how much they need; you can donate from 98 cents up to $9.80 at a time. 

The recipient does get all of the money you send, as although there is a small transaction fee to pay on top (30 cents is the lowest fee for a 98 cent donation), the app makes it clear that this is an additional charge.

You can also choose to create your own profile and ask for help if you need it. This is neat, as it means the app is covering both ends of the scale and I am sure it will be a cathartic moment when someone who has received help from this app then goes back to it when things are financially better for them, in order to start to help others.

Now, I know what you are thinking. How can there be a guarantee that there aren’t people on there just making a story up to make a quick buck? Well, while there is no way of knowing for absolutely sure, the app does insist on people using photos of themselves in their listings, and the developers claim that they use some kind of facial recognition technology, which would presumably be used to stop repeat offenders.

I do think that the low sums of money being asked for will put a lot of fraudsters off, as if we were talking about donating thousands then it would be a different story. However, 98 cents? I’m not so sure fraudsters will bother.

The app itself is pretty well designed, and was easy to navigate and create a profile. Donating is easy, with PayPal integration and the nice addition of the ability to leave a comment alongside your donation.

Overall, if you are looking for help, or are alternatively looking for a way to directly help people in need then 98 Cents is a great app to get help to people who need it.

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MyObits: Obituary Listings iPhone Review https://thesmartphoneappreview.com/reviews/myobits-obituary-listings-iphone-review/ https://thesmartphoneappreview.com/reviews/myobits-obituary-listings-iphone-review/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 05:17:34 +0000 https://thesmartphoneappreview.com/?p=32420 The Smartphone App Review - The Smartphone App Review - High Quality App Reviews for Smartphones and Tablets

The death of a loved one is never an easy thing to deal with. On top of losing someone you love, there are many tasks that must be attended to, one very important thing being the obituary.  MyObits: Obituary Listings is a service that wants to assist with this task by providing the ability to [...]

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The death of a loved one is never an easy thing to deal with. On top of losing someone you love, there are many tasks that must be attended to, one very important thing being the obituary.  MyObits: Obituary Listings is a service that wants to assist with this task by providing the ability to do it from your iPhone with a mobile app. Here is some of the app’s description:

MyObits offers obituary creation and sharing, as well as announcements for funerals or memorials and let you order flowers to send your condolences from the app.

MYOBITS FEATURES

OBITUARY SERVICES
– Create and send obituaries.
– Get obituary services at a low price point.
– Share obituaries publicly or privately.
– Share via Facebook, Email, Messenger or Text.

SEARCH AND GET OBITUARY NOTIFICATIONS
– Set up keyword notifications (college, church, military unit, etc) to know when someone has passed.
– Search MyObits’ obituary database for past obituaries.

MEMORIAL SERVICES
– Receive notifications for memorial services.
– Set up wake, funeral, vigil and memorial events.

SEND FLOWERS
– Order and send flowers to the funeral or grave from within the app.

The MyObits app has several login and account options. To join MyObits, users have the option of signing in with a Facebook account or signing up with an email address. Login as an existing member or continue as a guest. Even as a guest, a user can create an obituary.

The first screen of the app to place an obituary includes the name, date of birth, date of death and an optional photo of the deceased. The next screen includes additional information such as city and place of death, as well as graveside service, visitation information, etc. Family relationships can be added such as parents, spouse, children, and siblings. A field for a brief biography is also included if desired.

One really great incorporation is the ability to offer a guestbook for friends and loved ones and the ability to let people know if you are accepting flowers and gifts and even where they can send them. This makes things very helpful for users and their guests to communicate the wishes of the service. Preview the obituary once you have finished with all of the details and publish. The full information of the obituary will be on MyObits, ad-free.

MyObits cost $35 per obituary vs newspaper obituaries which can cost hundreds. The app can be used to place obituaries, create and get notifications and be used to search obituary postings. It is a great service for anyone that has the need in a time of need. The app is currently available for free in the App Store.

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Did you realize that there are over 19 million app and software developers in the world? If you are attempting to have a lucrative career in this industry, your main goal should be creating bug and error-free programs.

The modern consumer has a lot of apps to choose from, which means you will have to produce something special to catch their attention. The last thing you want is for your app to constantly crash due to errors made during the development.

Some newcomers to the world of app development think that creating a bug-free program is impossible. The truth is that with the right mindset and tools, you will have no problem creating reliable and functional apps.

If you are attempting to create a bug-free app, here are some of the things you need to consider.

Work On Using Code That is Proven

The biggest mistake that most new app developers make is trying to build everything from scratch. Doing this will usually lead to a number of coding mistakes being made. These mistakes will drastically affect the functionality of your app.

Rather than building an app from scratch, you should take advantage of the extensive code libraries available online. These libraries provide a number of free code snippets that can make your job much easier.

Before using a particular library, make sure it has a reputation for being reliable. Not only will using this proven code help you create a bug-free environment for your app, it will allow you to save a lot of time as well.

Allow Your Team to Review The Code You Have Written

Being a lone wolf in the world of app development can be a bad idea. Generally speaking, developers who work on a team are far more likely to develop bug-free apps that are wildly popular. By working in a group, you can allow team members to review the code you have written.

Getting a fresh perspective on your code can help you see where changes need to be made. With this level of teamwork, you can improve the quality of your code with ease. If a team member does have critiques about the way you are coding an app, listen instead of taking offense. A bit of constructive criticism can make you a far better app developer.

You Need to Use Logging During the Application Development Process

One of the best ways to identify bugs during the application development process is by using logging. Using logging of exceptions in Python is the only way to address coding issues before they affect the functionality of your program.

Advance logging tools will track trace threads, complete objects and distributed systems. When choosing logging tools, make sure they are both proven and advance. While finding the right logging tools will take some time, it is well worth the effort you invest.

Utilize the Power of Automated Tests

Another tool you need to use when attempting to create a bug-free environment for your apps is automated testing. Even the most inexperienced developer can use automated unit tests or GUIs.

For the most part, unit tests are used to put vital parts of your app through the paces. By using these tests, you can create a stable and reliable program without a lot of work. In order to make these tests work for you, consider the following tips:

  • Test cases need to be prepared before you begin.
  • Work on building sufficient test data before testing your app.
  • Repeated tests in different environments is the only way to find problems with your app.
  • Once you think you have fixed a bug, you need to test it again.

By taking the time to do this testing the right way, you can rest assured that your app will be bug-free once it reaches the hands of a user.

Beta Testing is an App Developers Best Friend

Once you have adequately tested your app, you need to put it in the hands of beta testers. For years, app developers have used beta testing as a way to put their programs through the paces. Whether you are using hundreds or thousands of beta testers, you can get a true assessment of where your app is by allowing others to work with it.

If you are attempting to find the right beta users, you need to start by putting ads out on your social media pages and website. Generally, this will allow you to attract the attention of people who are already interested in what you are doing.

You may also want to think about using email marketing to reach out to individuals who have shown interest in your company in the past.

Allow Beta Testers to Report Errors

Before putting your app in the hands of beta testers, you need to devise a system that allows them to report errors. Luckily, there are a number of automated exception and error reporting tools on the market. When using one of these programs, you will be able to get a report from users each time an exception occurs.

Once you receive these reports, you need to assess how serious the exception was and what can be done to fix it. You need to provide your beta testers with an error reporting template that allows them to be very detailed. Doing this will help you get all of the information you need to fix the bugs beta testers find.

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Using a Debugger is a Good Idea

Most developers think that the only way to eliminate bugs is by trial and error. Not only can this method be frustrating, it is very time-consuming as well. With all of the power debugger programs out there, you can reduce the amount of time and effort you put into optimizing your app. Taking advantage of the resources at your disposal is essential when trying to have success with a new app.

Becoming a great app developer will require many years of experience. However, by using the information in this article, you can start off creating bug-free programs.

 

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We always like reviewing apps like this here at The Smartphone App Review. Apps that are focused on a seemingly niche area, but that are designed with such care and attention that you almost start getting interested in the source subject yourself, and we have a great example of that here with Scuba Calendar for [...]

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We always like reviewing apps like this here at The Smartphone App Review. Apps that are focused on a seemingly niche area, but that are designed with such care and attention that you almost start getting interested in the source subject yourself, and we have a great example of that here with Scuba Calendar for iPhone.

A beautifully designed app that takes the idea of a scuba diving calendar and runs with it, providing features that are way above and beyond what you might expect. The app obviously lets you select a country in the world and find out about wildlife, tides, maximum depths for recreational diving and all the required information for a scuba diving expedition, but it offers a lot more.

Here, straight from the developer, are the app’s best features:

• Find where and when to find your favorite animal
• Browse applicable regulations and practical information about your selected country
• Log your sightings on a map
• Report environmental issues at dive sites
• Check what other divers are reporting from around the world, or filter by country, wildlife or time of year
• Help in creating a massive database of sightings
• Improve your animal knowledge in a fun way

You can log into a special social network for divers, which allows you to connect with likeminded people from around the globe, you can find out a tonne of information about local wildlife, all with glorious imagery to help you spot and identify sea creatures in the wild and there is even the option to share images you take from the location you are in, to show other divers or even scientists.

You can even report issues for the area you are in, for animals and plantlife, in order to help with marine conservation.

This is all wrapped up in a gorgeous interface with animated menus and lovely sliders that has a nice ocean theme, with deep blues and a silky design that makes me wish more developers would put effort into their user interfaces and theming, instead of endless vanilla iOS menus.

Overall, a beautiful app, packed with features that justify the premium price point. For prospective scuba divers, and marine scientists this is an essential app.

Price: $4.99

 

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SpamResponse, available for Android through the Google Play store, is a unique new solution to a problem that is becoming ever larger; SMS or text messaging spam. If you have had a mobile number for a few years, there is a good chance that you may become prey to weird or spammy messages through your [...]

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SpamResponse, available for Android through the Google Play store, is a unique new solution to a problem that is becoming ever larger; SMS or text messaging spam.

If you have had a mobile number for a few years, there is a good chance that you may become prey to weird or spammy messages through your text messaging app.

These can sometimes be harmless links to sites, or of the ‘want to make easy cash?’ variety but they can also take on a more sinister tone, such as scammers pretending to be from your bank, or from the government.

They are annoying in their most harmless form but they can also prove to be pretty dangerous, especially for more vulnerable people. When you combine this with many SMS apps half-hearted spam filters, especially those built in with phones, and you have a recipe for a genuinely bad messaging experience.

That is where SpamResponse comes in. Designed from the ground up to potently deal with SMS spam, this app has a laser-like focus on dealing with these unwanted messages.

When you boot the app up, it looks like a standard SMS app, with a list of your most recent messages. You simply scroll down until you find the spam message you don’t like, swipe right on it and the sender is reported for spam. You do have a few seconds grace to ‘undo’ your choice in case you swiped on the wrong message.

You can also press and hold to select multiple messages at a time. One of the best aspects of the app is the contact filtering, which if turned on stops the app from displaying anything from anyone in your contacts list, which not only makes finding spam messages faster, but removes the risk of you accidently reporting a friend.

You also get a nifty history report of all the messages you have reported as spam, with dates and times. It is important to understand that SpamResponse won’t stop spam arriving on your phone in the short term, but will help everyone in the long term, as it works with the industry to report and remove scammers.

The app explains itself well, with good guides on app usage and how it uses your data. One thing I would like to see it a bit more of an attractive user interface, as what is there now is perfectly functional, but could look a lot better, in my opinion.

Overall, if you want to help in the fight against SMS spam, then SpamResponse is a great tool to beat back the rising tide of unwanted texts.

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