MicBook: Creative Name, Confusing Purpose

Price: $0.99   Score: 5/10   By Anna PapachristosMicBook

“There’s an app for that.”  The saying was created for a reason because there truly is an app for everything – apps that serve purposes most never would have even dreamed of themselves.  And while it is good to think outside the box and perhaps create something that caters to a need that may have gone overlooked, there is a point where ingenuity borders on obscurity.

MicBook by Sunny Clark presents an interesting concept, packaged with a catchy name, but fails to actually register in the practicality department.  With MicBook, users can sync voice recordings with their contacts list.  Simply choose a contact from your list, which you can access right within the app, and record whatever you wish.  Each contact will have a separate list of recordings.

If you have photos of your contacts already assigned to their information, you will be able to see the picture alongside their name as well.  Tilting your device to landscape mode will enable what MicBook calls its “3d flow.”  This feature is reminiscent of sifting through album cover art when flipping to landscape while in iTunes.

Users may also email recordings directly from within the app, or use MicBook to call, text, add or delete a contact.  The only pitfall here is that MicBook quickly becomes pointless for any and all iPod Touch users.

With an iPod Touch, users may still be able to benefit from MicBook’s love of recording if they have the microphone attachment for their device.  However, only iPhone users can use this app to its full extent because all calling and texting features are lost on the iPod Touch.

Also, when it comes to practicality, the concept is lost.  I simply cannot recall the last time I had the need (or desire) to specifically record the voice of anyone on my contacts list.  And I certainly never thought of keeping such recordings in an organized list such as MicBook provides.  The Voice Memo app (which now comes standard) is adequate enough to sufficiently take care of any voice recording needs I may have.  While I enjoy organization to its fullest extent, redundancy is the plague that is cluttering up my iPhone’s various pages.  If I can get away with having only one app that satisfies my needs, there is no reason to purchase or use anything else.

MicBook requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch (with microphone attachment). A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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