Developer: Tee-App
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 2.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that stick out the most. MechaClock is a digital clock app, something that the App Store has a huge wealth of, as well as the inclusion of the built-in stock app. In many ways, MechaClock doesn’t o anything particularly revolutionary either, but that doesn’t stop it being quite attractive.

Its significant selling point is the reason why it’s named MechaClock. Looking like a clock with a life of its own, the numbers are formed out of drill bits and construction-based stylings. When time moves forward, these pieces move around in order to create the next relevant number.

mechaclock4mechaclock2Options reside that place screws on screen to indicate that six seconds have passed. Alongside that is the option to add a battery indicator with a similar mechanical feel to how it looks and changes. It’s simply done yet attractively so, with options to rotate the iOS device also affecting how things look.

Controls are just as straightforward too, with a tap on screen bringing up the minimal options on offer. Brightness can be adjusted through a sliding finger up or down the screen, proving particularly convenient when setting up the app to be a bedside clock.

The downside to MechaClock is also its strength. It’s a little too simple at times. While it’s possible to change between 12 and 24 hour clocks, as well as hear a sound effect at the turn of each minute, that really is as complex as MechaClock gets. It’s not possible to set timers or alarms, or anything like that which we’ve all come to expect from clock apps. It’s merely a visual treat rather than something particularly practical.

Those looking for an attractive way of telling the time will enjoy this, but it won’t be long until one feels restricted by what can actually be done through the app.

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