Guardian Trace: iPhone Video App Review
When it comes to personal safety, there’s no reason to cut corners. We’ve seen some great security themed apps here at The iPhone App Review this week, and the new Guardian Trace app from Baytan Labs definitely qualifies. Not only is easy to use, some of this app’s features are entirely free, and they could help save your life in a bad situation.
With the Guardian Trace iPhone app you can create check in time intervals. That may sound simple, but the app implements them in a highly intelligent way. If you are engaging in a behavior that has some inherent risk, say, jogging in a park alone or going on a blind date, you can set up a required check in interval. If you fail to check in on the app before the timer runs out Guardian Trace will send a failed check in alert to your predefined emergency contacts. This alert will include the last tracked location in GPS coordinates, so finding you will be easy.
The free version of this app sends out alerts to email addresses, while a paid subscription (more about that after the cut) can enable a direct text alert feature. The app’s alert features and highly customizable alert settings make Guardian Trace an ideal choice for concerned parents, folks who travel alone, or anybody just looking for a little bit of extra security.
The emergency contact features in this app pull directly from your iPhone’s contact list. We wish there was an option to manually enter contact information, but unfortunately there isn’t from the app. Users can also send an on-demand alert from the app with two touches, making it the kind of app you may want to go for in case of an emergency.
Layout & Design:
The Guardian Trace app is extremely straightforward. However, the folks at Baytan Labs did try to infuse a little bit of style in it. Aside from a basic black and white UI, the app also has an armor clad warrior background motif. To be fair, Guardian Trace is a pretty serious app, so we weren’t expecting bright colors or animated gifs. Still, we think there are a few design opportunities in the app.
While the alert features did work quite well, we had a few functionality problems with the Guardian Trace app. Several times while we were trying to update our settings and save the changes, the app closed itself. Also, there seems to be a little bit of a delay in the emailed alerts that go out when a check in time interval is exceeded. While the on-demand alert went through very quickly, the interval triggered one took a few minutes longer to appear in our inbox.
You can put a price on your safety. And if you want an app that sends email alerts you don’t have to, since Guardian Trace is free. However if you’re interested in the slightly more visible text message alert feature it’s gonna cost you. A six month membership with email and text alerts costs $9.99, and a 12 month membership costs $19.99. If you’re looking for the added security that text alerts will add then a subscription is the way to go. Even without one, we think this app is quite the value.
Guardian Trace iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 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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