Every day you make countless decisions. Everywhere you turn someone wants you to choose. Paper or plastic? Right of left? Sushi or Schezuan? Flipping a coin is so clique. Letting your iPhone use unfathomable random algorithm software to flip it for you sounds much more mysterious and trustworthy. Let Help Me Decide , an iPhone app from iAstute Inc. take the stress out of life’s little decisions. You won’t regret it. Or, if you do, you can blame it on your iPhone.
While testing the range and scope for my iPhone app review, I found myself strangely drawn in by Help Me Decide. To get you started Help Me Decide has several preloaded options you may use. For instance, if you aren’t certain what type of shoes to wear today simply load the preexisting options, tap on “Apparel” then “Shoes.” They haven’t been in my shoe closet, I can tell because if all I had to choose from was “Black,” “Boots,” “Brown” and “High Heels” we might not be having this discussion, I’d be shopping instead. But you get the picture. Press the blue plus sign in the upper right-hand corner to add more options. You can also tap the red negative sign to remove an option.
Once the screen displays your choices shift your attention to the bottom of the screen. There are four animated randomizers to choose from. My favorite has a parrot fly in and pick for you. Not much interaction there, but it’s pretty funny to see a parrot decide that today I’m wearing leopard print flats. If you want to make it best out of five use the same randomizer five times and press the red arrow in the bottom right corner for a history of your results.
Can’t decide which randomizer to use? Not surprising. Press the randomizer randomizer, depicted by a puzzled looking cartoon all the way to the right. In the end, even if you don’t make any decisions, you’ll have your answer!
Help Me Decide is a colorful iPhone app with fun animations and interactive features. It is also extremely customizable, which is helpful. Decision making can be so complex. It is not the slickest animation I’ve ever seen, but the randomizers work very well and navigation is clear and easy. I’ll take clarity over jumped up graphics any day.
We all have decisions to make. Letting this little app make a few small decision for me was a pretty big relief. I’m surprised how much I liked it. The ability to enter custom options or add and remove items really does make this app helpful. Tonight I’m going to the movies instead of bowling thanks to Help Me Decide, and I’m sure I’ll have a fabulous time. But if I don’t, no big deal. Best out of ten, anybody?
Help Me Decide iPhone app requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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