Developer: powerybase
Price: $9.99
Version: 2.1

Design Rating: ★★★★★
Features Rating: ★★★½☆
Integration Rating: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Earlier this year, I awarded NotifyMe for iPhone 4.5 stars for its excellent integration, minimalist approach and useful purpose. I concluded “It’s an application that every iPhone and iPod Touch user should consider installing.” Since I wrote that review in July, much work has been completed by the powerybase team. Most notably, the application has been updated to version 2 and its iPad counterpart now exists.

NotifyMe 2 Control Center provides both the front and backend of your productivity needs. You’ll get the push notifications that you want on your iPad, as well as full online control and customizability, including the ability to adjust iPhone push notification settings straight from your iPad.

Firstly, the application allows you to add and adjust push notifications and categories – just like on the iPhone version. The process, although simple, is not lacking in more advanced functions. Text, time for push notification, whether it is repeating, category, pre-alert push notification, snooze feature and sharing (more on sharing later) are all available to edit at the tap of a finger. The interface is particularly beautiful, with professional rich blue interlaced with a silver gradient to create an excellently designed application. For categories, just add the name and choose a picture from a preset list.

The account settings section of the application boasts a number of additional features. Notably, the ability to turn on/off push notifications to your iPad or iPhone is there, as well as a number of user preferences including: push sound, show the [Category] prefix and what items are included in the badge icon. You can even add a friend’s e-mail address to authorize someone to see (and even be reminded of) your push notifications. More than one account can be managed with the application’s multiple-accounts feature, saving time and effort if you handle notifications to more than one person.

NotifyMe 2 Control Center doesn’t just compliment the iPhone application – it can act as a standalone application as well. The application could perhaps be improved by implementing a calendar rather than just having a list, and its lack of due-date entry hinders its overall performance as a to-do application. Most disappointingly is the application’s lack of local notifications, meaning a Wi-Fi or 3G connection is necessary to receive any form of notification.

Nonetheless, NotifyMe 2 remains one of my favourite productivity applications, and things are getting even better with the latest iPad edition of this application. I stand by my earlier opinion: It’s an application that every iPhone, iPod Touch and now iPad user should consider installing.

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