Timer Review

Our Review by Angela LaFollette on June 5th, 2012
Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CLEVER
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Timer is a one-tap app designed with a well-polished interface that makes keeping track of multiple timers a breeze.

Developer: App Cubby
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

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

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

The developers that brought iOS users Launch Center, have created a new essential lifestyle app that aims to make users' lives a lot simpler.

Timer isn’t just an ordinary time management app. Instead of focusing on a multitude of features and options, it presents users with a simple-to-use and impressive interface that sets it apart from others. With only a couple of small inconveniences, it is one of the better timer apps available.

The design is simple yet ingenious. The screen is split into a a grid of 12 buttons. Nine of these buttons are randomly colored and have default preset times and the bottom three buttons are designed to be used as custom timers for users on the run.

All the timers are completely customizable. While tapping on a square starts and stops a timer, holding down on one lets users change the color, time and alarm sound.

The greatest features are that users can set all the timers at once, and Timer doesn’t have to be left open to work. Users can surf the web or listen to music while they wait for the timer to sound. An alert pops up on the screen whenever the timer sound plays, and then the timer begins to count up until users tap on the square to stop it.

I tested Timer to see how long the alert lasts, and it appears that the sound only continues to go off for around 30 seconds before it stops completely. However, the alert remains on the screen, the square continues to blink and the timer counts up until users acknowledge that the timer is complete.

While it's almost perfect, there are two small issues that I noticed. One is that while it is compatible with the iPad, there is no universal or HD version. Since the iPad doesn’t have a native timer app, bridging Timer over to the larger screen would be beneficial for both iOS users and the developer. The other is that there is no way to name the timers, so if users set more than one, they may forget what the timer is for in the long run.

All in all, Timer is perfect for users who need to manage their time well. The huge buttons, colorful interface and simple gestures make the app easy for anyone to use. Save time with this impressive app today because every second matters.

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