Vuvuzela 2010 for iPhone review

Vuvuzela 2010 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is a free app that hopes to recreate the noise of the trumpet-like horn seen and heard at every World Cup game this summer. The Vuvuzela has divided audiences, between those who find it annoying, and those who find it deeply annoying. Heard on every TV and radio broadcast, it’s said to distract audiences and players alike, emitting a loud monotone noise. Apparently a traditional South African instrument, if two feet of plastic is traditional, it’s reported to make a din so loud it’s been measured at 127 decibels.

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Vuvuzela 2010 tries to recreate that sound and fails, unless of course you hook your iPhone up to a pair of Spinal Tap 'these go to eleven' style speakers. The output sounds pretty puny even when you shake your iPhone for a continuous drone, although we built up a sweat while doing so, which may actually reduce blood pressure while watching England play. As a novelty app, Vuvuzela 2010 is bare bones. It pretty much feels like trying to flick through a one page book, you can change the colour of the horn, but that's about it. In one word: poor.

OUR VERDICT

While you can admire the makers behind Vuvuzela 2010 for iPhone for at least being topical, the app under performs and is simply annoying. The sound limitations of Apple's portable devices reduce the impact significantly, which makes this app a poor substitute for the real thing. If needs must, invest in a proper Vuvuzela.

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