Even for those adverse to the idea of keeping a diary, a multimedia journal complete with voice memo and privacy settings is pretty appealing. Journal Diary, an app designed by Sulaba Inc, aims to be that type of tool. While it is in many ways successful, a few features fall short of the mark for me.
Journal Diary is simple enough to navigate. From the main menu, you have your diary, events, voice memo, the vault, and of course settings and help. I do like how customizable the app is – go into Settings to set a password, change the fonts and size, and select pictures from your photo album to be the background (either permanently or on rotation).
As for the other features, they are quite self-explanatory. Within Diary, Events or Voice Memo, you can choose a calendar date for the entry, which is displayed at the top (though without the actual day of the week, which would be nice). In Diary, choose an emoticon and type an entry. Under Events, give your event a location, title and description (which is optional). And Voice Memo lets you quickly record a message for yourself to save to a certain date.
What I was expecting was for all of this to be tied together in some way – a calendar that let me choose a date and see any events, diary entries or voice memos attributed to that day. But they remain separated, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I think it would be nice to see a date with all of the information I recorded.
The other section is the Vault, which allows you to set a six letter password on a scroll wheel to lock. Once inside the vault, you can enter two things: “Type” and “Value.” I’m not quite sure what that means, although I suppose I could use it for any information I want (both allow for letters and numbers). The help sections says “Note that the type has to be a unique value,” and I never quite figured out exactly what that meant. Although again, I think the point is you can use it to keep any information, like login info and passwords, secret.
I think a few kinks need to be ironed out and maybe a few features added before I’d call this one worth the $2.99, but overall it’s a nice start.
Journal Diary requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer in order to speed up the publication of this review.