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Review: Cigar iPhone/iPad Apps

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Whenever I’m enjoying a cigar, I usually have my phone with me .. an iPhone. Usually it’s there so I can “chat” with other BOTL’ers on Twitter*. Other times, I’m making fun of my friends’ status updates on Facebook. I usually have Sirius XM or other Internet radio stations playing, too.

When it comes to apps .. those nifty little programs you can put on phones, as well as things like the iPad and iPod Touch .. I’m actually the type of guy who uses few of them. But the ones I do have get a real workout.

I found myself wondering if any helpful apps existed for us cigar lovers, so I decided to look at the iTunes App Store. When I searched for “cigars,” the store spit out 24 matching apps.

And, oh, look: almost all of them cost money … the ones that appear to be good, anyways. Isn’t that nice.

Since we blew the budget for the next two months on our splashy press release from last week, we ain’t got no funds. To do this article justice, we either had to go out to the street corner with a “Please give – need cigar iPhone/iPad apps” sign, or depend on the ratings of the people who already have bought the apps. I wisely chose the latter.

Sooo … here are the Top 5 cigar apps available for the iPhone, iPad and/or iPod Touch, as rated by their owners in the iTunes store. A particular app had to have some kind of rating to be considered for this list; quite a few didn’t have enough ratings from users, so they were automatically disqualified.

Name of App: Havana Good Time
Cost: $2.99
Rating: 4.5/5 stars for current version (7 ratings)
Device(s): iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Details: City guide to Havana. Well-researched, with 125-plus entries. Not of any real use to US citizens, unless they get to Cuba through, um, “other means.” Its rating, though, was the highest I saw of any of the cigar-related apps. So even though it’s pretty much useless to us Yankees, I felt it should be included here.

Name of App: Perelman’s Pocketcyclopedia of Cigars
Cost: $3.99
Rating: 3/5 stars with 7 ratings for current version; 4/5 stars with 18 ratings for all versions
Device(s): iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch. Must have iOS 3.0 or later.
Details: A searchable database of cigars sold in the US. Covers handmade, machine-made and those annoying small cigars. Perelman knows of what he speaks; he’s written 50 books on cigars and other subjects, like the Olympic games. If you think that’s a weird combination, just think back to a certain Canadian women’s hockey team. Some Olympians like their stogies .. and brewskis, too, eh?

Name of App: Puff.com Cigar Reviews
Cost: $3.99
Rating: 3.5/5 stars with 83 ratings for all versions
Device(s): iPhone, iPod Touch. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Details: Cigar Review by Puff.com is a comprehensive resource for cigar lovers and enthusiasts for the iPhone. The app lets users access a massive user-submitted review database, containing more than 6600 cigars from almost 11oo brands. Also contains a Top 100 list for affordable cigars, and a Top 100 overall cigar list.

Name of App: Cigar Shapes
Cost: $0.99 (BEST-BUY AWARD)
Rating: 3.5/5 stars for both current version (6 ratings) and all versions (18 ratings)
Device(s): iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Details: You can probably guess what Cigar Shapes by AmazingCigarBargains.com does for ya. You can look up cigar shapes and sizes to tell the difference between, say, a Double Robusto and a Cigarillo. You can compare sizes side by side, too. Also has a ring gauge and a ring-size ruler.

Name of App: My Cigar Collection
Cost: $4.99
Rating: 3/5 stars, 18 ratings for all versions. (There were a lot of 3/5 ratings. I judged this one to be the best of that lot, based on comments made by users.)
Device(s): iPhone, iPod Touch. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Details: If you like the Stogie Rate software for your computer by Doc Stogie Fresh, you know what this is about. If you’ve never heard of that program (like, um, me), this is a mobile cigar inventory app that keeps your collection and tasting notes in your phone. You get access to an online database, and access to the Doc Stogie Fresh podcasts and videos—one of which was our Spotlight video last week at Stogie’d TV. By the way, this app interfaces with that desktop software program we mentioned.

Of the free ones, most were actually about quitting smoking. While I’m betting most of those are about cigarettes and not cigars, I didn’t really care enough to check. But with the way the PC Patrol likes to go after us stogie lovers, who knows.

Looking at the top 5 list, I may buy the Pocketcyclopedia or the Puff.com app. But most definitely not all of them. I’d rather sink that money into, um … cigars.

And while the Cigar Shapes app is aimed at mostly newbie cigar smokers, I’m going to give it a second award (besides the Best-Buy Award): The One of These Things is not Like the Others Award.

By the way, our Stogie’d Weekly Video Cigar Reviews is available as a video podcast at the iTunes store. Hopefully soon we’ll have audio podcasts as well.

*If you’d like to chat it up with me on Twitter, you can follow me at my personal account: @bobatstogied . My wireless data plan thanks you.

We’re interested in cigar apps for other phones platforms, too, like the Blackberry and the Android. (Please, no one say, “Wad d’bout Windows Mobile?” I’ll break any phone running that system in half.) If anyone knows of such apps, please either leave a comment below, or use our Contact form to drop us a line. Thanks.

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About Bob Woods

A cigar lover for many years, Bob is combining his appreciation for cigars with his experience and expertise in a wide variety of digital-related areas with Stogie'd. When he's not working on Stogie'd, Bob is creating all kinds of content for his company, CruxBridge Media. He is also vice president/general manager of Electric Advisors, Inc.'s residential division.

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