How about sending an email with a voice message, text, and a Google map pinpointing your location in just a few clicks?
That’s just what Geode Communicator, an app designed by Geode Technology, helps you accomplish. Lately I’ve been discovering that the apps that allow you to accomplish one task easily are the ones I’ve been using most, and Geode Communicator promises to join that list.
It’s easy enough to figure out how to use this app within seconds of opening it for the first time. You’ve got the scroll wheel with a variety of pre-composed text messages to choose from on top, a zoomable Google map on the bottom, and three buttons in the middle; Record to make your voice message, Play to hear it, and Geode Me to send your message.
Of course, the text and voice messages are optional. But if you wanted to send the full package (or Geode), here’s how it goes: open the app, scroll to a text message, tap Rec, speak, tap Geode Me, enter the email address and tap send. Your email will include the text, a link to Google Maps with a pinpoint on your location, and your voice message saved as a WAV file.
To make the process even faster, tap Configure at the bottom and add default email addresses to those few that you think you’ll be sending Geodes to most frequently. You can set them to be CC or BCC as well.
The one problem I ran into was the customization of the text spin dial. The option to add your own message to the dial is also in Configure; type the message and tap +msg 1, 2 or 3. I tried it and didn’t see my text come up in the wheel. Tried it a few more times, and nothing. I closed the app, then opened it later and one of my texts was in the wheel three times, but the others hadn’t appeared.
Honestly, it’s a minor issue considering there’s a pretty decent variety of texts to choose from. I can’t find a way to delete the texts, though, so I have three in a row that say the same thing, which is slightly frustrating.
But for me, the speed in which I can send a free voice message with map via email far outweighs that little annoyance. For $1.99, sending unlimited free voice mails makes Geode Communicator worth a try.
Geode Communicator requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer in order to speed up the publication of this review.