Lumiappaday #19: Coin Toss OMG! (+) demoed on the Nokia Lumia 800

| December 5, 2011 | 23 Replies

Heads or Tails? This app has absolutely zero use value other than perhaps being interesting to look at and possibly substituting a coin for the indecisive person that just needs to get A or B. Let the coin decide. (I had a similar app on my N8/N97 )

OK just before I added a link to press publish I noticed that there’s a completely ad free version of this app that is still free and has some subtle improvements. These are in blue. Note the video is of the older version.

#19) Coin Toss OMG! (+)

Price: Free with or without adverts. The ad-free version is called Coin Toss OMG!+

Free: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-GB/apps/4a277e62-489e-e011-986b-78e7d1fa76f8

Free (without ads and has more features): http://www.windowsphone.com/en-GB/apps/bfa8b4a5-51c8-40ed-901e-1d961bf65661

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOSxEZF9FNs

Rating: 9.5

Design: 9

It’s really beautiful. The coins are realistic and spin about completely in 3D and land like a real coin (sometimes falling on the side if it’s against the edge or you’ve just managed to balance it perfectly). Watch the video because it’s hard to see it in stills.

Friends I’ve showed it to didn’t know what to think of it until they started playing with it and just kept flicking and tossing the coin much longer than I thought they would.

You can change the type of coin from US cent, British Pound, Euros from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the New Zealand Dollar.

The background can be changed to various different things, paper, wood, stone, chess board, electricity, mirror and money.

Finally the camera can be changed so it can view above, side or follow.

Sound effects accompany the coin…you’ve got that shrill of the typical spinning flipping coin or the chink of change as it lands.

The start up of the + version is nicer, it zooms in to the coin.

Usability: 9

It’s a really simple app to use and straight forward. The menu is simple although perhaps could be made easier to press?

Additional features include being able to change the gravity tilt so it uses the accelerometer. This way you can roll the coin around or make it land in different areas depending on where you were tilting the phone.

You can also change the shake feature so it either automatically flips when motion is recognized or realistic so the coin will move around like a real coin might if it were stuck inside a Lumia shaped box.

I’m updating this post already as the app I filmed actually has a better version without ads, and there’s a quick button to change views. When you press it, you can see the camera pan down for the top or side views.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the + version you can also change gravity strength from low, normal or zero.

 

Performance: 10

Yeah it just works. Fast and stable. The accelerometer is really quick so it slides around as expected. With 1 coin or up to 5 coins the app is still as responsive.

I guess the only thing I would want is improved sound so it’s much more reactive to the movement.

Opens fast and multitasks.

 

Price: 10

It’s free with ads. You get the option to allow GPS to serve you locally relevant apps.

Oddly just checking for the link in market place, there’s a free version without ads. Will have to update stuff (in blue).

Conclusion:

Again, I know this doesn’t really have any uses. It’s just there for fun and possibly to show off the Lumia (I have much more impressive looking games but I need to block off time to review and do it some justice.)

The next apps this week are a little more ‘functional’.

Download the + Version. Polished job.

 

Category: Applications, Lumiappaday, Nokia, Video, Windows Phone

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  1. inept says:

    Scraping the bottom of the barrel here a bit, aren’t you? Maybe you should switch the feature to Lumiaappaweek before you’re reduced to reviewing vuvuzela and fart apps.

  2. Viipottaja says:

    Not useful? Are you kidding me?!?! This would keep my son entertained in the car for at least half an hour which is priceless! **and obviously has kept Jay entertained at one of those boring uni lectures too!** :D

    • MyNokiaLife says:

      I think they should use golds coin instead of fiat currency. It would be a life lesson as well.

      Well I just ordered the 800 at Amazon for my fathers Christmas present. Jay talked me into this with all these apps.

      • Viipottaja says:

        oh the gold coins and diamonds are already safely stashed away in between the car seat cushions etc. are you referring to the US$ as fiat currency? ;) :p

        • MyNokiaLife says:

          I think the U.S. dollar is way,way past the term “fiat”, the term “fairy dust” might apply. I like those Perths and Pamps much better.

      • Jay Montano says:

        Wow, lucky father :) hope he enjoys. Glad these videos have been useful for you :)

    • Jay Montano says:

      I think what some people forget is that they aren’t the only consumers that exist in the world.

      As Nokia fans we can make fun of ifans and fart apps but the truth of it is, they have a huge range of users. Some will like just plain random apps, some will like productivity, some will like imaging, some will like certain tools, or games or whatever. There are different types of apps for a huge range of people. Given the rating of this app on marketplace, it’s well received amongst the users. Secretly I think we knew what huge range of apps there were on iOS and that some, were absolutely beautiful and could be jealous of. I know I was. But those type of useless yet polished apps are coming to WP too along with the thousands of other types of apps.

      What I wanted to show here was a well made app. It looks good. It has no other use than being a flipping coin. It’s responsive, and darn good for what it is.

      We have seen similar apps on Symbian (though not as polished, but that was 2 years ago) and vuvuzela apps (which was just a picture and a sound). Here some work has obviously gone into it, to make a 3D coin in different real currencies that respond to touch and accelerometer. I showed off a 3D teapot on Maemo that did nothing except spin and that was said to be awesome. :S

      Sorry for long rant. I kinda feel I have to keep explaining myself each and every time.

      I think I might have to change the format of my posts so I just demo the app, don’t review it. That way I can put out more demos. Hmmm…but then that’s never really how I work.

      • MDF says:

        before every app review you should post this to keep away the trolls lol

        any updates on the noob and his lumia experience?

        • Jay Montano says:

          May have to.

          On the smartphone n00b, he was away last week so was unable to film. Will be catching up with him tomorrow :) I’m surprised how he’s getting along with it. He’s always using the thing, and finding some great apps before I have.

          Just showed him and another friend surfcube – the impression is always the same, just “wow” and “what is the name of it” so they can download it. The other had an Android so don’t think they’ll be getting surfcube.

      • Just Visiting says:

        Well Jay, your ‘critics’ are either going to criticize your for reviewing apps such as this, or they will criticize you for reviewing what would be considered useful. Not only will they criticize you, but they will also hate on the app, no matter how great it is.

        Soooooooo…..

        Just keep bringing us the reviews :) I love that you’ve introduced this segment on your blog and look forward to seeing the demonstrations. You’ve already reviewed a few apps that are on my list download as soon as I get a Nokia Windows Phone.

      • Viipottaja says:

        Perhaps just take a break in reviewing entertainment focused apps that are perceived as not being useful and put in some reviews of “useful” apps at a slower pace, and save some of the entertainment apps you have lined up for later. You write so many stories that no one will blame you for slowing down a bit or even notice. :)

  3. Jesse says:

    Pretty awesome physics.. I like it.

  4. Patata says:

    looks nice, but I’ll wait for the ROFL LOL IMAO !1111 edition, that should be much better than that lame OMG! release :p

  5. Eddie says:

    What a waste of time make apps that everyone can use in day to day life.

    • Oh Hei says:

      Hmmm, well that would leave every platform app store with about, oh, less than 100 apps total; and not everyone will need, or find all of those useful.

      Then, you’d probably complain about 100 apps in the Nokia Store stating ‘there are too many useless apps in this store, they should only approve useful apps for the store’.

      What you think is useful, is different from what others think is useful. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with having themes, or fun apps(be it games or novelities such as this app), in an app store.

      The good thing about Windows Phone is that a lot of everyday functionality (from Business to games) is already built into the OS, so it’s good that they have, in your words, useless apps, for people to have fun with.

      Don’t be so stodgy!

  6. Viipottaja says:

    Btw, Jay, I would love you to have a look at this app and let readers know what you think. It seems to have potential to address some of the concerns of people who don’t like the monochromatic look of tiles (while of course risking the readability of the tiles). A nice addition to the app would be allowing users to have a pic of their own as background to the tiles (and not just on the tiles) on the homescreens.

  7. larryg968 says:

    Can u please show some games. WP fanboys mention XBOX and y WP doesnt need dual core and i’ve yet to see u show any graphics intensive games.

    Can the old qualcomm processor handle it. Even on other websites i see no mention of cool games for WP.

    Maybe im not looking hard enough. Can someone show me some links

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