Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad (third-generation)
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OnePAD is a text-editor app with daily pages. Apps don't get much simpler than this, but I found OnePAD incredibly useful and diverse enough for everyone to get something out of it.
On booting up the app, it immediately becomes ready to use. The only tutorial or instructions available are optional. I'm particularly fond of apps that use the app itself to explain how to use it. This one immediately asks the user if they would like the instructions to be added to today's note. The instructions are unnecessary though, the app is incredibly simple and intuitive. Swipe left and right to navigate between days, tap "Today" to navigate to the current date, tap the date to navigate to a specific date, and tap the magnifying glass to search all of the notes for specific text.
The uses for the app are literally endless. Of course, the first thing most will think of is a diary because of the way the app is set up (a book with dated pages). It can also be used as a simplified version of a daily planner. I think I'm going to use it as my go-to notes app. I organize notes to myself by date anyway, this will easily keep them organized that way.
I couldn't find anything wrong with the app. It's universal. It works in both landscape and portrait mode. It's snappy (although I wouldn't mind a quicker animation when swiping between days). While simple, it's interface is still aesthetically pleasing. The theme has various browns for each button and text color. It would be cool if an update would allow users to change the theme. It would be a simple addition and something people frequently ask for in these types of apps.
I'd like for the app to, in some way, include Dropbox support. I'm a heavy Dropbox user and I like everything to be backed up and accessable with Dropbox, especially text files. If the app could create a OnePAD folder with each day accessible as a single document, I would use the app heavily every day. Even better, the app could organize the files in Dropbox by month. So when I go into Dropbox, there should be a OnePAD folder with month folders within it.
OnePAD is a simplified solution for nearly any notetaking or journaling scenario. It's one of those apps that takes the users on creativity to discover its most useful functions. No one will miss their dollar buying this one.