Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Early Bird

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Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is a game called Early Bird. In this OpenFeint enabled game, you’ll be swiping a path for the bird to flutter on top of a bullseye to catch the worm while trying to navigate through challenging levels. It’s easy to figure out how to play, but challenging to master. The graphics are bright and inviting and you’ll certainly find a ton of challenges as you play through the 96 great looking levels. Of course, the game is free today so there’s no reason not to try it out for yourself.

This game will normally cost you $0.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out all the screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Paper Camera

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Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is Paper Camera. I wouldn’t call this a camera replacement on your device, but I had some fun taking pictures with the effects it created. What’s also cool is the rendering effect is shown in real time before you snap your shot. The app is a tad on the sluggish side, but not enough to take away from the fun of snapping a few neat comic book style shots. In the gallery after the break you’ll see a shot of my sunglasses and the app did a great job of drawing in the light reflecting off the lens. This is certainly worth checking out to have some fun with and you’ve got nothing to lose because it’s free today.

This app will normally cost you $1.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the video and some of the effect’s screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Zombie Rider

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Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is a game called Zombie Rider. This isn’t a game that’s going to knock your socks off, but it’s free today right? Rider has an Excitebike feel, but you can’t create your own maps and the gameplay is a bit sluggish. You’ll accelerate by touching the bottom right of the screen and run over bumps and jumps trying to collect brain coins. The left side can be touched to break/reverse and tilting the screen will lean your rider forwards or backwards. The graphics look great and the game runs very well, but the sluggish speed of the game takes a bit away from the fun. I was waiting to really launch off some jumps, but that didn’t seem to happen. To each their own though, check it out yourself since it won’t cost you a penny today to play.

This game will normally cost you a $0.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings—>Applications on your Android device. Hit up the break to check out some screenshots and let us know what you think.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Thumb Keyboard

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Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is a keyboard replacement called Thumb Keyboard. I can’t say enough awesome things about this keyboard, but I’ll at least give you a few hot features I love. First of all, this is the first keyboard replacement I’ve used that hasn’t lagged. There is usually a bit a of lag when typing fast and hitting the space bar, but I haven’t experienced any with this on my Droid X so far. What really sealed the deal for this keyboard was it’s ability to set different layouts for portrait and landscape modes. I absolutely love the split keyboard in landscape with slightly wider keys where I feel much less cramped. There are also a ton of themes to download and more than enough options for customization. Grab it while it’s free as this may be the best keyboard replacement out there. Unfortunately, I’m not able to test this on a tablet, but I would guess it functions just as fantastic there as it does on my smartphone.

This keyboard will normally cost you $2.53, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Graffiti Pro

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Today Amazon’s free app is the stroke-based keyboard replacement system, Graffiti Pro for Android.  After enabling Graffiti as your input method, you’ll be able to draw single character text with your finger into the darkened, lower portion of the screen. This is to best serve touch screen novices that may often find themselves clunking around with the on-screen keyboard. Anyone that has any experience with Palm OS will most certainly feel right at home too.

The system also has on-screen word predictions and deciphers your letters with a more simplified alphabet requiring fewer strokes. They give as an example: “…the letter “A” is entered with a stroke that looks like an upside-down “V”, saving time that you do not need to cross the “A” in the middle.”

This app, like any new keyboard replacement,will take some getting used to. Personally, I use a note taking app with hand-writing entry so I saw fit to give this one a try. They helped me along with a pop-up for how exactly to draw the letters to get a match, which is okay once you catch on, but it leaves me wishing it could learn my hand-writing habits instead of the other way around. Also, those word predictions I mentioned aren’t quite as accurate as another favorite replacement of mine.

The Pro version of this app is usually $2.99 so if you’re still searching for a new keyboard replacement and think Graffiti is worth a shot, grab it by clicking here and entering your phone number or email address to get the download link. Remember: Check off “unknown sources” in your system’s settings to start the download.

Jump past the break for a brief video showing the Graffiti entry for a calendar event.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Symphony of Eternity

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Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is an RPG called Symphony of Eternity. This game has a definite old school Final Fantasy feel with it’s turn based battles and attack system. The battle actions do take up a lot of real estate on your screen, but it didn’t seem to take away any of the action for me. There are two stories that eventually mix together throughout the game. The first being a quest for a legendary weapon called “Regratlute” where the holder of this weapons desires come true. The second story follows members of a royal family being killed by the traitor Safario who wants to take over the world. In FF style there is world travel with turn based battles along the way and certainly matches the old school graphics of say FF IV or V. As far as game play time, you’ll probably get a good 20-25 hours out of this one.

Normally, this game will cost you a mighty $10.45, so you might as well give it a try for free and see if it’s your cup of tea from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the game video after the break and let us know what you think.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Cut The Rope [Hands On Video]

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I would say that most of the time Amazon’s Free App of the day is generally not that appealing, but today is an exception with Cut The Rope. It was a huge hit with iOS before hitting Android 3 months ago. When it debuted, it was available for free via GetJar, but ad supported. After one week’s time it became available as ad free on the Android Market for .99cents, which is a bargain. Today, everyone gets another chance to try it out for free, but this time it’s the ad free version.

Cut The Rope was created by ZeptoLab, and it’s a highly addictive puzzle-style game. Your goal is to make sure the candy gets to the little green monster, named Om Nom. You will do it by cutting a series of ropes while trying to capture all the stars. There are 7 levels which include 25 different puzzles per level. That is a total of 175 puzzles so there’s enough to satisfy your addiction.

The best thing about games like this is it doesn’t take a lot of time. Whenever you have a few minutes, you can quickly play a level. Check out our quick hands on video and hit the source link to download this one. You won’t be disappointed.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Handrite Note

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Well, it looks like Amazon was a bit slow today getting up their free app of the day, but here it is. Up today is Handrite Note, and app that let’s you write notes to a notepad with your finger on your android device. The app is very well put together where what you write is magnified on the screen and then shrunken down to the notepad when you stop writing a word or letter. You can even change the type/color of the paper that’s in your realistic looking notepad. At first glance, I wondered why I would want to use this instead of creating a voice note or just using voice to text for a quick note. It turns out you can use your built in keyboard in conjunction with the app as well as writing or drawing on the notepad with different pen styles and colors. This app is very well done and looks great, so why not give it a try yourself since for today it’s free.

Normally this app will cost you $2.99 to buy, so you might as well give it a try for free and see if it’s your cup of tea from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Don’t forget to let us know what you think.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Treasures of Montezuma 2

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Up today for free on the Amazon Appstore is Treasures of Montezuma 2, the sequel to a hugely popular PC game. Normally, I don’t like the Bejewled types of puzzle games, but having not really played one I think I’m now converted. The catch here in Treasures is that, besides having to line up 3 alike colors, you’ll also need to get to certain ones with jewels in them to progress through the levels. This added a little bit more than just lining up the colors on their own. There are three levels of difficulty as well as a hint button if you need a hand during play. You’ll be awarded throughout the game to purchase upgrades and bonuses as well.

Heck, for a game that will normally cost you a whopping $3.07 to buy, you might as well give it a try for free and see if it’s your cup of tea from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Screebl Pro

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Up today in the Amazon Appstore is another fantastic app for free called Screebl. With this app you’ll never have to worry about your screen shutting off on you again while reading a long e-mail or showing off a picture on your phone. Based on your phones orientation, you’re phone’s screen will be kept on until it’s placed outside of the orientation range you’ve set. This is based on the fact that when you’re using your phone you not holding it perfectly parallel to the ground  or perfectly perpendicular with it standing straight up. To test where you range is set, the icon in the notification bar will display green when activated and white when deactivated (you can also disable it from displaying in the notifications as well). There’s a huge handful of configuration options including allowing the app to work when inverted (laying down with your phone), stillness detection, disabling when docked, and much more. Be sure to check out the video after the break for a history and full details on the app. So far Screebl is working perfectly and is a great app to have in your arsenal.

This app will normally cost you $1.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the video and some configuration screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.

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