Alphapass: iPhone App Written Review
On a daily basis, we use maybe a dozen different passwords, all with a unique function and design that can’t be mixed up with any other. To be honest, it gets maddeningly confusing, especially as with every passing year, we just keep adding new codes. Thankfully, though, we don’t have to remain confused any longer. If you’ve been looking for the ideal password keeper for the iPhone, may we humbly present Alphapass, a brilliantly simple and effective title from Eamonn Fox that allows you to securely store all of your various pass codes without worry. It’s a real life saver for the tech-heavy user, and if you’re interested, you can check out our full thoughts on the app below!
Concept and Functionality
As stated, Alphapass serves as a digital vault for all of the passwords you use on a daily basis, as well as those you don’t. The app allows users to create groups, like Amazon, Facebook, etc. and then attach their password to that group. In essence, it’s like having a digital equivalent to the small notepad in your desk that keeps all your vital information. However, unlike that notepad, Alphapass is fully protected from outside invasion, thanks to a log-in code provided by you. This code is created the first time you load the app, and can then be used at any point in time later. Additionally, users are also free to create new and secure passwords using the app’s alphabetic generator. The app takes the password you enter, and then creates a substituted variant, which is then immediately saved to the specified group. It’s quick, effective, and makes it simple to create passwords only you know. And to top it all off, there’s also a l33t demo that will turn your passwords into full on hax40r speak at the push of a button.
Design and Layout
From a purely design standpoint, there’s nothing too particular about Alphapass to get the blood pumping. That’s not to say the app isn’t pleasant or easy to use—it really quite is. However, with so many stock iOS elements (tabbed navigation and lists, drop-down menus, pleated background) we have a feeling users will feel more comfortable with the app than wowed by it. Additionally, there were a few quirks that bothered us, like the fact that Alphapass didn’t automatically log us in when our key code was entered. Likewise, there’s no exporting your passwords to eMail or DropBox, allowing for no syncing support whatsoever.
At the end of the day, though, the price is certainly right for Alphapass. The app makes it simple and effective to store our passwords on our iPhone, and though it isn’t the prettiest or most integrated offering we’ve ever seen, we’re thankful for that bargain at least. If you’re in need, the app can be a real lifesaver.
Alphapass requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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