Developer: Binary Thumb
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.01
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Offering a fairly flexible approach to organizing one’s life and projects, Grid might seem a little strange to use initially, but it turns out to be pretty handy for a variety of uses.

Rather than offering a list based structure, users can adjust things however they want. The only limitation is that the screen is laid out in a grid pattern. Other than that, users can stretch their fingers around the screen in order to create a series of tiles to lay out the information. Once a square or rectangle of tiles have been placed, it’s possible to add information such as text, imagery, a location or even a contact from the user’s contacts list.

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It’s simple to do and offers quite a lot of flexibility. Grid requires signing up to an account, which is a little annoying for those not interested in using collaborative features, but by doing so, the app offers a selection of sample grids, demonstrating the potential. It’s just as easy to use the app as a shopping list, as it is to plot out a simple project or even as a flashcards system.

Those collaborative features are quite useful when planning a project with a partner located elsewhere, even more so given that Grid is so consistently easy to use. Mildly frustratingly, there’s no way of sharing content away from the app, either by emailing or exporting to a different format, but it’s still a handy tool for those who want to use their iOS device exclusively for plotting out ideas.

It’ll take a few minutes to acclimate to the way that Grid is laid out, given it’s so open, but I am impressed at how many different purposes it can be used for. It’s particularly ideal for those who thrive on visual thinking rather than list-based methods.

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