Over the last few months there have been what seems like hundreds of LEGO related apps released for mobile devices. The need to scan barcodes on the collectable minifigs provided a good excuse for developers to write them.
This week, the best barcode scanning app, Mini Collector for iPhone, has been updated to v1.1 and it will run on non-camera enabled devices. It can't of course actually scan the barcodes without one, but you can use it to track your collection.
However the big news this week is that there is a new Brickset app for the iPhone and iPad available.
Brickset Mobile allows you to manage your collection of LEGO sets on your iPhone. It uses our web services to provide native access to the Brickset database. The more observant among you may have seen this in the app store a few weeks ago. Unfortunately v1.0 had a few bugs which Stuart, the developer, wanted to sort out before I announced it. That's been done and the new version is available in the app store now. One of the best things about it is that it works off-line with a locally cached version of the database -- including your owned and wanted lists -- which it synchronises automatically with the website. Here's a full list of features:
- Off-line access to the full Brickset database - no internet connection required - perfect for iPod Touch users and locations with low strength mobile signal.
- Browse by Theme and Year.
- Search by Theme, Set Name or Set ID with no limitation on the number of results displayed.
- Register and display sets that you own or want.
- View set details and open Brickset.com for more details and user reviews, minifig details and more.
- Read news from the Brickset.com RSS feed.
- iPhone, iPod and iPad compatible.
- It's free!
If you have a compatible device, I strongly encourage you to download it and give it a 5 star review in the app store!
Note: this should not be confused with the other Brickset app, iBrickset, which offers similar features. Try them both and stick with the one you like!
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