Version Reviewed: 1.0
iPhone Integration [rating:5/5]
User Interface [rating:4/5]
Reuse Value [rating:5/5]
MyWebClip fills a niche I never knew existed... and is one of those apps that made me say, “Eureka!!!” when I figured out what it was for. Simply, it’s used for managing Internet bookmarks that have icons just for the iPhone.
It’s app management system is extremely well executed... so well in fact that I think Apple could possibly use it as an intuitive way to institute app management in future OS versions.
Once I opened MyWebClip and started poking around its interface, it made sense. Typically, I am a person who reluctantly puts apps on my iPhone and always rearranges them... painstakingly I might add. I have just found no good way to keep a lot of apps on the iPhone. As challenging as it can be with regular apps, the last thing I want to do is have a web app taking up screen real estate and have something else to sort through.
Thankfully, MyWebClip fills this app management void while also doubling as an alternative to using Safari. By allowing you to place bookmarks inside of itself, It acts as a super handy one-stop-shop to check your favorite sites and browse the web. My personal favorite touch is the ability to customize the background screen. You can choose one of the included pictures, go blank like the iPhone (boring), and choose pictures from your iPhone’s photo library. For instance, check out how wonderfully this piece from Explodingdog ties into the overall atmosphere of this app.
This app is so iPhone-like it is really amazing. Besides the settings button, the interface is so familiar that it is very natural to use and requires little time to get used to. To move or delete web apps you do the exact same thing as you would for an app on the home screen, just hold the icon for a few seconds. They start wiggling and have an ‘X’ in the corner to delete them.
When a page loads the menu bars fade out. To get this menu bar on screen again you tap the screen. If there’s not a lot of blank space on the screen you may perform an action on the webpage you did not intend. But this is probably just because of my Homer Simpson hands and I can’t really blame the developer for that.
This is a well thought out app. It fills a need for people like me who like to minimize the clutter on their home screens. It also shows a few new ways Apple could think about using managing the iPhone’s UI when it comes to managing apps. The developer has a great sense of design (maybe too good in this case) because MyWebClip blends so well into the iPhone’s interface that you will forget it is even there. This is an amazing feat to accomplish, and for that it deserves a permanent place on your iPhone... at least until Apple adds its own similar feature.