Most mobile geeks sporting the latest and greatest new devices have been asked at least once to hand over their precious device to an admirer, which can make for an uncomfortable situation for people that have private information stored within.
App Protector Pro sets your mind at ease by securing sensitive data by password protecting your apps.
From the main screen a user can added apps to a protection list or use a filter to identify apps that are currently launched.
When one of the sealed apps is selected, App Protector prompts for a password before giving a user access. There are a few modes to heighten the level of security. Using the more secure "always-locking" mode will automatically re-lock an app when you exit. Utilizing the widget shipped with the app, you're able to easily enable/disable locking modes from the home screen, which greatly simplifies the process.
Keep in mind if you're using a task killer to manage apps, you'll need to make sure you ignore App Protector so it remains active.
Luckily users can try before they buy, the developer offers a 7 day trial sporting all the features of the pro version.
Head to Head: Mobile Video Editors
If you've yet to get your hands on an iPhone 4, you won't be able to try out the new iMovie app exclusive to the newest device, but there are alternatives for your older model.
Even if you've never had any experience with video editing, these apps offer easy-to-use functionality and are a lot of fun.
ReelDirector ($3.99) is a full-featured movie-editing app for wannabe mobile directors. The user interface is highly intuitive and allows users to easily add things like pictures and video, record audio, import music, trim, splice, pan and zoom. The mini editor offers a lot of bells and whistles you'd find in desktop applications, such as the ability to add a soundtrack, create transitions and insert text for opening and closing credits. One of the more handy features eliminates the need to manually add transitions between every clip.
Under the Properties menu, you can select to use one transition for the entire project. When you have a finished product, you can render the video into high, medium or low quality. Although it's missing an option to upload to YouTube, ReelDirector does allow you to export and save to your device's media library. Overall, using this app produces a beautifully assembled video in minutes, and it's great for spur of the moment editing. Stylized filters not currently found in ReelDirector would surely elevate this already complete app.
With Video Ninja ($2.99), you can record a video within the app as well as access previously recorded clips from your device's media library and then upload a finished product directly to YouTube. Once you have one or more videos to work with, the clips can be trimmed down and added to a timeline, which displays them in the order they were added. There's no limit to the length of the video(s) you can insert, although the longer the clips the longer the processing time. While you can share via e-mail, Video Ninja's ability to upload straight to YouTube is its best attribute.
However, I encountered technical issues with the current release: despite numerous installs, the playback function failed to work. As well, you're not able to add music to the movie, which leaves you wanting more. The ability to add clip transitions is also missing.
The Bottom Line:
The ability to add transitions, soundtracks and pan and zoom are impressive features for a mobile app and consequently ReelDirector takes home the award.