Version Reviewed: 2.0.1
iPhone Integration [rating:4]
User Interface [rating:5]
Re-use / Replay Value [rating:5]
Delivery Status Touch is a well designed app that can track deliveries from services all around the world. A partial list of shippers includes UPS, DHL (US and Germany), DPD (Germany) and FedEx. Several popular online stores such as Amazon.com (as well as Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.co.jp, Amazon.de, Amazon.at, and Amazon.fr!), Apple and Nintendo are also supported.
While you can add deliveries directly into the app on your iPhone or iPod Touch, you can also create an account on June Cloud's web site and add them from there. June Cloud also provides a favorite that can be used to grab deliveries from e-mail messages or order pages displayed in a web browser. Deliveries added through the web site are synced to the app running on the device, which then contacts all of the services and provides you with status updates.
The app shows a list of all of the deliveries you are tracking as well as the status of each one. When you click the status icon of an entry, this top "sheet" peels off using a slick animated page turn, and provides you more information on that delivery. This is shown seamlessly within the app while giving the appearance of being provided by the shipping service or store itself. Dismiss this info and you are returned to the list.
Delivery Status Touch appears to be a reliable app. Only once during a week's usage did it fail to update a subset of the deliveries, and this was while tracking multiple shipments from services and stores in the United States. The problem appeared to be an issue with the U.S. Postal Service's servers and never occurred again. It otherwise quickly provided updates and detailed information.
When adding shipments there is no real-time validation, regardless of whether you add them from the app or the web site. This means you only find out that you've entered an incorrect tracking number, order number, e-mail address or password when you ask the app to give you updates. Also, June Cloud is asking you to trust yet another web site with your private password information. You can just enter tracking numbers without having to do this, but integration with online stores requires you to provide information you may not want to trust to a relatively unknown source.
There are a couple of similar delivery tracking solutions for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and online web sites such as Google have long offered such conveniences via add-ons. Most don't provide such a comprehensive selection of services though, and having them all in one place and while on the go is definitely a good reason to consider Delivery Status Touch. Since it optionally requires you to create an online account and never forces you to provide passwords or other private information unless you require it to integrate with online stores, it at least gives you some flexibility and control over the situation.