You might not know it, but Tom Hanks (yes, that Tom Hanks) is somewhat of a manual typewriter enthusiast. In fact, he's more than that — with a knowledge of models and their intricacies that borders on encyclopedic, he's passionate about them. And now he's aiming to bring the joy of the typewriter to the iPad with Hanx Writer. This free app recreates the experience of typing on a manual typewriter, complete with on-screen "paper", documents with their own personality that can still be emailed/shared, and a bevy of available models, each of which has its own look and sound.
When the iPhone first launched, it gave us a whole new way to make phone calls and connect with people. But in the years since its launch, the Phone and Contact apps haven't changed a whole lot. Humin is out to fix this. By acting as a replacement for both apps, it gives you the ability to search your contacts on more natural terms — say, when/where you met them, where they live/work, or what they do, all by leaning on information from Facebook, LinkedIn, and even Gmail. It also gives you reminders on who you're scheduled to meet with, connects you with friends when you're traveling, and lets you know when friends are visiting nearby. Put simply, it's a smarter phone.
Instant gratification — that's what a big part of the mobile experience is all about. Instant access to the Internet. Instant access to your friends. Etc. Which is what makes 1-Hour Photo so novel. This free app lets you shoot photos as soon as you open it, but with one big caveat — you can't see the results for an hour, as the app forces you to stay in the moment and applies a smooth black and white film emulation. It might not make sense, but it's also free, so you have little excuse to not give it a try.