App Junkie is a regular feature where Brihanna Watson, self-confessed app junkie, takes a look at an app that has got her attention. She will dissect the app in her own style, but still keep to the rigorous testing policy of the site. If you are indeed an ‘app junkie’, and find yourself spending an inordinate amount of cash on apps that you never touch more than a couple of times, then Brihanna could save you a lot of pain and money by seeing if those apps that look like sparkling little gems in their App Store descriptions are really as tempting as they appear. Today: Video Time Machine.
Lately I have been perusing the Entertainment section of the app store. It is filled with wonder and yet asinine concepts. There are some true time killers among the selection, and some true wastes of time. After finding the highly stimulating Songify earlier this week, I went back looking to find some more entertainment gold. And then, eureka!
Video Time Machine. (Is there a more intriguing title?) Literally travel through time with this awesome video app that has been loaded with over 10,ooo hand picked clips spanning the years from 1860 to 2011! Simply launch the app as it takes you to a video viewer and dial. Pick a year from the dial and then a category – either Movies, Music, TV, News, Sports, Games, or Ads. You can even choose All if you’d like to see every category from that year. Once selected a spontaneous video from the category and year will be there to play for your enjoyment. There are usually several to choose from and you can click the arrow keys to scroll through. If you can’t decide on what you’d like to see, you can tap the button with the dice for a random selection. This feature proves to be hours of fun.
The videos play through YouTube and load very quickly. It’s Airplay enabled and universal on iOS. It does require an internet connection to run, but that isn’t any different than the YouTube or other video apps. In fact, I found it to be faster loading than any video app I have. The clips chosen range from the informative, bizarre and just plain fascinating! And of course who doesn’t love to reminisce by selecting the years of their youth and watching the ads for toys and movies. As any good video app should, you can also share via Facebook and Twitter.
Video Time Machine is one of the most fun apps I’ve seen in a while, and definitely worth adding to your collection. It is a steal at $0.99 cents and will surely take it’s place on the coveted first page of your iPhone. Here’s to reminiscing!