Day One Journal Review
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Day One Journal Review

Our Review by Jennifer Allen on January 24th, 2012
Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE
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Day One is a journal app that has some neat ideas such as syncing with a Mac app of the same name, but it needs a few more pertinent iOS features to be essential.

Developer: Bloom Built
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.5.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Re-use Value Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar


Diaries and journals are a fantastic resource for social history, both on a mass scale and simply for allowing someone to look back at their life. While I don't tend to keep a hand written journal any more, unlike during my teenage years, I am a regular user of Momento which allows me to micro-blog as well as to link everything up to my many social networking accounts.

Day One focuses on the diary aspects of such an app rather than the ability to store tweets and status updates (although it does allow for entries to be tweeted). The simplicity behind Day One makes for a double edged sword in comparison to something like Momento.

The interface for accessing Day One is very simple to use. Everything is laid out in a clear and concise manner. The only thing that takes any time to set up is the syncing functionality with iCloud or Dropbox, iCloud being the faster of the two to configure.

After that, it's simply a matter of typing entries as and when the user wants to. These entries can then be viewed chronologically or via a calendar interface for those who prefer that way of searching. Entries according to year can also be accessed.

It's all very straight forward but that's when the lack of features becomes prominent. There's no way of tagging each entry for quick consultation later, which also leads to no searching functionality. The ability to add photos is also missing, along with any security other than a passcode lock option.

What is available in Day One works well but it does feel limited compared to the splendour of Momento. Future updates are promised to include more functionality however so hopefully this will make Day One more of an unmissable journal app. For now though, stick with Momento unless universal app support is vital.

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