It’s kind of surprising that it took this long actually. Hosted web series are everywhere these days, reviewing everything from comicbooks, movies, video games and even street food vendors. So it’s only fitting that the this month has seen the launch of two new smart phone application review web series—Revision3’s new series, AppJudgment, and indie entry iPhun.
AppJudgment is an in-house creation that will rotate hosts through known Rev3 personalities like co-founder David Prager, iFanBoy host Ron Richards, and TekZilla and HD Nation host Patrick Norton. The new series joins the network’s growing slate of tech and internet friendly hosted web series which includes standout hit Diggnation.
“Whether you have an iPhone, BlackBerry or Palm Pre, the quick 3-5 minute episodes of AppJudgment will help you find the best apps to get the most out of your mobile device,” said Norton.
Cranking out about 6 million views per month, Revision3 as a network has the edge here in terms of reach. But don’t rule out the iPhun.tv series which has its own heavyweight team behind it—internet ‘troublemaker’ Sean Bonner hosting, web series vet Rudy Jahchan (Galacticast, A Comicbook Orange) directing, and even Ask A Ninja creator Kent Nichols editing. I asked producer Tara Brown about the plans for the newly-launched site and the series.
“The plan for iPhun is to make it bite-size and communal,” said Brown over email. “We’re already doing that with our guest reviewers and rotating hosts, and the site will continue to introduce more tools for people to voice their opinions. iPhone apps are easily consumable pieces of entertainment, and so is our show. Lighthearted, fun, to the point, with something new each week.”
Brown added that iPhun will stick mostly to game reviews for now, staying mostly on those for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch platform. So far the series is in a “soft launch” while they tweak the site and format for the show, aiming to eventually release several episodes per week.
Bottom photo by Joi Ito.