Momento Review
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Momento Review

Our Review by Ryan Wood on March 22nd, 2010
Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DIARY DELICIOUSNESS
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Momento takes keeping a diary to the next level with its ability to tag and sort posts and upload pictures to each entry. It's a must try for those that enjoy keeping a diary.

Developer: d3i
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.3

Controls Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarstarstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarstar

Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

I’m not one for diary entries, not in the traditional sense of the word at least. I post occasionally in Facebook, and I visit twitter even less, but these two social networks, and many like them, are re-developing the way we approach the idea of a Diary. With it, more and more programs are coming out to assist in making this process easy. Momento, a new diary app from developer d3i, is one of these programs.

Momento functions much like one would imagine a diary app would. There is a location for entries to be made on a specific day, and the user can poor out all of the bottled up emotion from the day into the app for safe keeping. The app even has a password system to further protect the entries from prying eyes.

It’s not what Momento does standard that makes it so great, however. It’s what Momento does above and beyond the simple diary standards. Momento allows for a specific entry to be rated on a star system, from one to five stars. Additionally, different items can be tagged into a specific entry, including a specific person, place, event, or a custom tag set up by the user. Each entry can have photos attached to it as well, for a more complete entry post that encapsulates the entire content that is being recorded.

What takes this information to the next level is Momento’s ability to do searches based on specific tags. Interested in reliving the magic of your current main squeeze through the various dating entries made into the app? A search by person will bring up all the posts that have the specific person tagged. Want to look through some of the best times in life? A search of all entries that have a five star rating will bring up all the best times that are rated at this level.

Momento takes it farther as well, by allowing for a complete upload of Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and a few other specific social networking sites into Momento’s record. Any status changes or tweets show up within the calendar tab and can be reviewed alongside entries put specifically in Momento. Entries imported in this way can be searched by website and a summary of all entries listed for easier searching capabilities.

The lack of an iPhone limited my ability to use certain functions, but not to the detriment of the app itself. For instance, I don’t have any contacts entered into my iPod because I have a phone with all of that information stored. Momento allows uploaded tags directly from the contacts list, but allows manual input options as well, so no harm there. Additionally, Momento allows the export of data through email, but I was unable to utilize that option sufficiently.

Momento has become a staple on my iDevice, and it has made it easy to gather all of my life’s recordings into one place. I don’t know how much I will utilize it for entries directly into Momento, but for those big into diary entries, this is a great app to do just that. For me, the Twitter and Facebook records that go back to the beginning of my accounts being opened are well worth keeping the app around.

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