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- TikTok iOS Android TikTok is a social networking application for iOS and Android by ByteDance. The app has quickly become one of the industry leaders with a user base of over 2 billion viewers and creators. Using the app, you can watch, create, and share short videos with a variety of unique visual effects. It’s a great way to have fun and gain publicity on the web if you’re a creative person. The app is free for everyone.
Hands-Free Camera – 5/5
Well, TikTok may look a bit confusing when you launch it for the first time. The app consists of several screens on which you can do different things. The interface on each tab is also unique. It takes around 5 minutes to understand and remember how things work. But mastering the app’s capabilities may take days and weeks as it offers a whopping number of creative tools for self-expression and implementation of your creative ideas.
Full-Stack Fun Hub – 5/5
TikTok has two sides. On the first side, you can use this app to entertain yourself on the go, scroll the feed, and watch hundreds of user-created videos about anything you are interested in. People here do crazy things, and it’s really exciting to watch them.
On the second side, you can become one of those cool guys who make awesome content and get millions of views. And the best thing is that TikTok has all the needed tools built-in for that. The app lets you record, edit, post videos for free at no time, and become famous!
Ever-evolving – 5/5
This app is the fastest developing online environment for content creation. You can learn new stuff for creating cool videos almost every day and even come up with your video editing tricks to surprise everyone.
Only Mobile – 3/5
On the one hand, TikTok is an excellent social network and video editor. On the other hand, there’s no official way to visit and manage it on a computer! Why so? Nobody knows! This app needs a desktop client or website to let creators do routine stuff and viewers to watch their videos on a big screen.
With TikTok, you will never have to think “how to kill time” anymore as this network will become one of your favorites quickly. But don’t forget that it’s not only about watching cool videos. It’s more about making and sharing them! 4.6
- Snapchat iOS Android Snapchat is a popular social networking application for mobile devices by Snap Inc. The app is designed to let you communicate with your friends and other subscribers by posting attention-grabbing visual content. Due to a variety of integrated tools, you can create bright content on the go and boost your following. Snapchat is perhaps the friendliest social network for iOS and Android!
Use Friendliness – 5/5
This app has a straightforward interface design that makes communicating and creating visual content really simple and intuitive. The app includes several sections, in which you can view updates by other people, record videos, edit content, chat privately, and more. The entire app is colored in white and yellow, so it looks really friendly and can make your mood a bit better when you launch it.
For Avid Creators – 5/5
Snapchat is a virtual space for people who want to look and sound louder and brighter than other networks let them. Here you can record, edit, and share dozens of short snaps every day without annoying anyone. The versatile editor lets you add GIF animations, text, emojis, images, and other objects onto your snaps to make them catchier and share them with particular users, groups, and all users in a couple of taps.
Moreover, you can target your posts geographically and by user interests to ensure that only the right people see your posts at the right time. This feature makes Snapchat a unique marketing tool. You can use it to gain the following for your blog, personal brand, or business without any difficulties.
Watch & Show – 5/5
Even though Snapchat isn’t the largest network like Facebook, it offers higher retention rates and more interactive experience. The app is designed to boost user activity in multiple ways, so its quite easy to start sharing and chatting with people even if you don’t know them.
At Home & On The Go – 4/5
The full version of the app is available for iOS and Android, but you can also access your account from any web browser. The web version is somewhat limited to original features, but it’s very convenient for marketing and other time-taking tasks.
Snapchat is a cool app to make your socializing, blogging, and marketing campaigns much brighter and catchier. The app lets you create loads of exciting content on the go and interact with users in a variety of unique ways. 3.5
- Fortnite iOS Fortnite is a third-person multiplayer shooter game by Epic Games, the developers of Unreal Tournament, Gears of War, and many other cult titles. In Fortnite, you can create a unique avatar to represent yourself and start battling with up to 99 players per round. The game is available for all major platforms, including computers, consoles, and smartphones for free.
Proprietary Gloss – 4/5
Although many gamers don’t like the style of Fortnite, the majority love it for the awesome funky style. The game is powered by the proprietary graphics engine, Unreal Engine 4, so you can be sure to receive excellent performance in the multiplayer along with cool visual quality on any platform. Of course, the best quality is achievable only on powerful PCs, but you will enjoy it anyway.
It’s Battle Royale! – 5/5
Fortnite is the second Battle Royale game in history and one of the most popular titles in the genre as well. It lets you experience classic Battle Royale gameplay along with loads of unique mechanics. The game is full of weapons and support gear that’s incredibly interesting to search for and master. You can traverse the battle island in any direction you like, which is just a pleasure. But be careful! All the 99 players will try to shoot you down when they see you! Well, you have to do the same to win, so bow up and have fun!
Simple & Challenging – 5/5
The controls in Fortnite are perfectly adapted for all the existing input types (excluding VR). Besides, there are plenty of setting to adjust your controls for high-speed multiplayer. The PC and mobile versions let you connect an external controller and dramatically boost your performance on the go.
To Infinity & Beyond – 5/5
The replayability of Fortnite is extremely high. The entire game is focused on multiplayer battles that take a limited amount of time, depending on the course of events. The competition is so intense that you will wish to play more and more rounds after another to train and become strong enough to win battles.
Fortnite is definitely a phenomenal multiplayer title. It offers one of the most dynamic multiplayer experiences and many opportunities to have a lot of fun battling millions of people online. 3.5
- Hulu: Watch TV & Stream Movies iOS Android Hulu is a famous TV show and movie provider, bringing all its best features to your smartphone. Watch TV shows that you like and discover so much more while resting at home.
Design — 4/5
With its simple yet innovative interface, Hulu brings the best TV shows, movies, channels, and more to your home. When browsing for something to watch, the options are displayed as tiles or a list, to your taste. By clicking on a show, you enter the menu giving you the most important information about it. Add it to your favorites, put aside to watch later, or jump right to it.
Features — 5/5
The app combines essential features you can want from a streaming service. With its in-built AI, the platform shuffles and chooses shows and movies you might like to watch. Based on your preferences and watching history, it notifies you about the new, upcoming seasons and episodes of your favorite picks. Besides this, you can share your picks with friends and family if they have a Hulu account. Synchronize two devices at the same time and mirror your shows on them.
If you’re planning on going offline, all the movies and TV shows can be downloaded on your laptop or smartphone. You can choose the language, subtitles, speed, and even more streaming options to turn it into a personalized experience. As long as you have a subscription, all the features are free of charge and have no limitations.
Usability — 4/5
To control the app, all you need is a subscription and a stable Internet connection. After setting up an account, the platform asks you a few questions about your preferences. Based on that information, it’s going to create your streaming lists, so that you don’t have to shuffle through the endless lists of options. By switching to the ‘Live’ mode, you access a variety of TV channels, like ABC, Fox, TNT, etc. on the regular Cable.
Cross-Platform Use — 4/5
The platform can connect to your Facebook account to provide you with sharing features. This way, your friends and family are always updated on what you’re currently watching. Also, you can log in to your Hulu account on multiple devices. Whenever you pause your streaming on one of them, you can easily start the place left on the other.
Though Hulu has some minor deficiencies, it is still one of the best for portable and handy binge-watching. 3
- Netflix Android Netflix is a streaming platform that has become astoundingly popular over the last few years. The service lets you view hundreds of high-quality original titles by Netflix studios from all over the world on a large variety of platforms. It's home to such excellent franchises as Stranger Things, Peaky Blinders, Narcos, and dozens more. You can start binging with a free trial on a variety of devices.
Tap & Watch – 5/5
The service has a large library, which is just impossible to scroll through without good assistance. Fortunately, the interface of the app (independently from the device you use) is intuitive and very assistive. All the shows are divided into various categories, making it easier for you to find something to watch in just a few minutes. Besides, the smart menu learns your choices and always tries to offer you something that you may like.
Original Excellence – 5/5
If you think that watching only original shows can be dull, you're mistaken. Netflix has proven that making hundreds of original shows under one brand can be a good idea. The library is full of top-chart shows in various categories, including Kids TV, criminal dramas, comedy, anime, thrillers, action movies, documentaries, soaps, and many other types. Another great feature is the ability to entire binge seasons without the need to wait for new episodes. This rule works for the majority of titles, so imagine how you can spend your next weekend!
Quick Satisfaction – 5/5
Unlike other streaming services, Netflix lets you plan your day and watch as many episodes as you want. Besides, it costs relatively cheap and lets you download episodes onto your device without any extra costs. Regional limitations cause the only inconvenience. If you want to watch episodes (even downloaded), if you're traveling abroad, you have to use VPN to tell the app that you're still in your country.
Everywhere – 5/5
You can install the app not only on Android and iOS smartphones, but also on a variety of other platforms, including Smart TV, Roku, Chromecast devices, Amazon Fire TV, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and many more.
Netflix is one of the best choices when it comes to streaming TV shows and documentaries. The app makes the process highly convenient independently from the device you are using and lets you binge entire seasons as soon as the first episode comes out. 4.5
- ZOOM Cloud Meetings iOS Android Zoom is a video conferencing service that includes clients for smartphones and computers. The app provides capabilities for conducting online meetings with multiple participants and spectators. You can use the app for meetups, informal purposes, remote technical support, e-learning, and more. Zoom is available for free on Google Play and the App Store.
Simple Connection – 4/5
The interface of Zoom is designed to be straightforward and functional at the same time. That’s why it may look a bit cluttered when you launch the app for the first time (especially on a computer). However, it doesn’t take too long to get used to it. You should consider this app as a professional solution and be ready to watch tutorials on YouTube if something is not clear from the start.
Universal – 5/5
Zoom app offers a universal specter of options for formal and informal communication. Using the app, you can join (if you have a link) and create virtual rooms to conduct meetings. Users can share their screens, set virtual backgrounds, use whiteboarding, send instant messages, and more.
The capacity of your room depends on the plan you choose. The basic version starts with 100 participants and 40 minutes per meeting, while the maximal subscription lets you talk up to 1000 people for up to 24 hours.
Handy Tool – 5/5
It’s fair to call Zoom a Skype of the new era. This service offers more capabilities than Skype and the majority of its analogs without causing any difficulties. You should take a while to adjust to the interface, and you will see how convenient it actually is. Almost al the controls that you may need are located on the primary positions making it easy to control the process.
For Everyone, Everywhere – 5/5
Zoom is an easily accessible multiplatform service that can be accessed on all major operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android. The simplest user experience is offered by the mobile version, while the computer client offers the highest versatility.
Zoom is a universal service for video conferencing. It has an astounding number of free features that can be applied for both private and business purposes. Besides, it’s one of the most convenient services in the category. 4.3
- Messenger – Text and Video Chat for Free Android Messenger is one of the most popular mobile instant messengers that lets you get in touch with over 2 billion people worldwide. Do you have a Facebook page? Then you’re a messenger user already even if you don’t have it yet! This app by Facebook lets you communicate with any Facebook member for free using instant free texting, open calls, and Facebook Stories. You can download the app on the App Store and Play Market.
Neat – 5/5
Facebook Messenger is a slick messaging application with a clear user interface and almost perfect accessibility. The only thing that may confuse you is the passion of the developer to experiment with new features. Sometimes they are right, sometimes not, but the app always remains the best when it comes to its main features. Due to the neat interface, you won’t have any difficulties.
International Hub – 5/5
Using the Messenger app, you can chat with your Facebook friends individually, or create groups for multiple participants and share messages and files with them all in no time. Besides, the latest version lets you create rooms for video chattings, which is a useful feature for both business and everyday needs.
Besides, you can use Messenger to post your stories on Facebook, plan meetings with friends, and share a variety of media files. The app currently supports audio messages, images, video, and several types of documents unless they are smaller than 25MB.
Reliable Companion - 5/5
With Messenger, you can be sure that you can get in touch with almost anyone around the globe without the need to install any other apps on your smartphone. It’s easy to use and adjust to your needs. Moreover, all your contact who already have the app will be automatically added to your contacts.
Everywhere Access – 5/5
The Messanger client is available for Android and iOS, but you can also use all its features right from your Facebook account via any browser on any computer. Of course, the web service is a bit cluttered with other elements, but it’s still easy to access.
Facebook Messenger is a convenient way to communicate with people from all over the world on the go. It provides everything you may need to talk with your friends and colleagues anywhere you go. 4.2
- Telegram iOS Android Telegram is one of the most popular messengers at the moment. About 400 million people use it every month, and this number is only growing. Besides, the app development does not stand still; developers regularly add new features and expand its capabilities.
Telegram Interface (5/5)
Chats with your contacts occupy the main part of the screen. In the top left corner, there is the main menu with access to profile settings, contacts, and functions. You can find a search bar in the upper right corner where you can look for friends, channels, messages, and files.
Main Features (5/5)
This easy-to-use messenger has quite extensive functionality. In addition to the usual chats and audio calls with friends, you can send them files of almost any format and links that can be viewed right in the app. You can even have a chat with yourself as some kind of cloud storage. If necessary, you can create a secret chat protected by end-to-end encryption technology and additional security measures (for example, a self-destruct timer).
There are also a lot of useful bots here. They help organize polls among your channel's readers, advise you what to read next, and even create a funny meme.
Telegram is also can send notifications about scheduled events that come in the form of regular messages. Besides, the app has a vast system of settings. You can control which content can be downloaded, change the look of each chat, choose where the sent videos start and even manage your online visibility.
The only thing Telegram lacked was video calls. However, the developers have already started testing this function (on iOS devices so far). It won't be long to wait.
Telegram Usability (4/5)
The messenger's main functions are in a prominent place, but the app has so many additional features and settings that a simple user may not even find them. To do this, you will have to spend time studying all the tabs.
Supported Devices (5/5)
Telegram has apps for all popular operating systems and supports synchronizing messages on all devices. To use a mobile app on Android smartphones and tablets, make sure the system version is at least 4.0. If you have Apple products, then it should be running iOS 9.0+ or watchOS 5.0+.
Telegram has several amazing features and goes far beyond a regular messenger. Developers never cease to amaze users by adding new features. 4.3
- Instagram iOS Android Instagram is a social networking application and the largest image-sharing space on the web. The app lets you create photo and video content, share it with the world, and view works of your friends, influencers, brands, and other sources. It’s also one of the most extensive promotion services for any business niche. You can download the app for free on the App Store and Google Play.
Classic Experience – 5/5
Instagram has been around for years, and its main interface elements remain the same. There’s a convenient bright feed for checking out new content, the upper feed for stories, the camera app on the button in the middle, and so on. Developers manage to add new features without damaging the classic structure of the app, so it’s a pleasure to use it and learn if you’re a newcomer.
It’s About Beauty – 5/5
Instagram has established many new genres of video and photography, and people keep creating new crazy stuff every day. The app lets you take photos, record videos, edit them with filters, and share them via your personalized feed. Besides, you can shoot cool interactive stories and brighten them up with emojis, images, GIF animations from GIFY, insert text, and many more.
No matter what type of content you post, you can always refer to other people and products to promote them and vice versa. It’s also an excellent way to promote your products as well! Just create a Facebook store with Shopify and link it to your Instagram to boost sales. That’s what millions of businesses around the world do every day to sell more.
Always Exciting – 5/5
This app is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, fun, and communication. Loads of worthy content and a convenient interface make it one of the best user experiences. It’s easy to start sharing your life here, and you can get numerous benefits in a variety of spheres if you use this app.
Almost Cross-platform – 4/5
The best way to use Instagram is to install it on your smartphone. And the mobile version is excellent. However, you can also log in via your computer browser, but it will be much worse. It’s just a plain website that lets you watch content and comment on it.
Instagram is a must-have app for any smartphone user. It lets you express yourself and explore the endless feed of high-quality content created by other users. It’s the best platform for sharing photos and short videos. 4.5
- Secret Neighbor PC Secret Neighbor is the follow-up to the famous Hello Neighbor, making it an online multiplayer. Now you join the party of kids going down to the basement in search of their missing friend. But the notorious Neighbor can pretend to be one of them and make his malicious contribution. Download Secret Neighbor for Xbox or Windows 10 and join the creepiest trip!
Graphics and Sound 5/5
While visuals of Hello Neighbor were being discussed widely, this game just follows the tradition. The creepiest Neighbor you have seen (even when disguised as one of the kids), the 3D house full of strange passages and mysterious machines, claustrophobic interiors, and jumpscares of the neighbor – this is all the tradition of this game, despite the gameplay is changed.
As for sounds, they are both creepy and theatric. They have to work as a solid background, given that there will often be a voice chat over them. Put your best headset on, or connect your best acoustics to provide the correct stereo.
And on the gameplay. Now you team up with up to five other players and enter the house of the Neighbor to explore it. It’s still a first-person game, so no one sees the entire picture. That’s why voice communication is so important in it.
It’s better to have various classes in the team. For example, the Leader encourages others, the Brave can escape when caught by the Neighbor, the Inventor makes machines, the Detective finds the keys that you later use to open the basement, and so on. Along with the primary ability, each kid has a secondary one defined by the class.
As for the Neighbor, he’s always around, and he can appear out of the dark with one of his machines and portals. He can pretend to be one of the kids and replace the original, following the party this way. The neighbor wins if no kid reaches the basement. The kids win if they liberate their friend.
So far the game is available on Windows 10 (Steam) and on Xbox, and that’s enough to cover all the possible control options. In Windows, though, controllers are not officially supported. On the other hand, you can set your gamepad up with Xpadder manually and get the identical experience on your console and on your PC.
Lasting Appeal 5/5
While the original Hello Neighbor was a crazy complicated investigation for the hivemind, this one is rather a cybersport based on the familiar world. There are no more global mysteries to explore; it’s rather about collaboration and coordination. And that’s why the mystery solved by others still remains a mystery. So the game is here for long.
The difficulty in this game depends on the party. How many of you are there? How well do you know the setting? Is there any language barrier? Are you an established or a random party? Hardly you know unless you are a friends’ collective. And that makes the game more difficult and less predictable.
Secret Neighbor is a step from the original mystery to the sportive competition in the familiar environment. It adds some action and makes the game less creepy and more fun, some sort of ironic rebuild. But despite this reviewing of the essence, it remains an essential part of the lore built by tinyBuild, so it’s worth attention, no matter if you liked the original. 4.5