An Ordinary App: iPhone Video App Review
An Ordinary App is the extension of the inspirational Ordinary Words program, from author and blind visionary Danish Ahmed and Ordinary Words Inc. This daily devotional contains nuggets of wisdom, advice and links to additional content designed to improve your life. If you’ve been looking for a bright source of illumination, our iPhone app review of An Ordinary App may have the most extraordinary effect on your life.
Every day, the An Ordinary App updates with a new inspirational message. Now that might be from a spiritual practice, from popular culture or from one of Danish Ahmed’s own writings. Some of his work that appears in the app can’t be found anywhere else, so it definitely has a draw for fans of his Ordinary Words programs.
Along with the inspirational words, the app has links to further writings that expand on the quotes’ themes three times a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Saturdays the day’s devotional will contain a link to a multimedia presentation that drives the lesson home.
One of our favorite features is the journal. You can pontificate on any message you see in an editable journal, and go back to see your journalings in a scroll style interface. That’s a great way to save messages you find particularly moving. Unfortunately you cannot scroll through the past days’ sayings, but you can shake your iPhone to refresh the one displayed. It’s a neat way to access additional content, even if it does require quite vigorous shakes. We wish there was an easier way to see more.
A helpful about section, short app tutorial, share feature and link back to today’s insight round out the app. One of our other wish list items for the app is an in-app browser, since so many links take you to out of the app.
Layout & Design:
There are a few customizable features in the app’s settings menu. You can choose from a few different background colors or update your font style, size and color. That should be handy for folks who need larger letters.
Otherwise the app is quite plain, design-wise. The content is great, but sometimes hard to access. This app could use a bit of a face lift and some additional options for accessing interesting insights.
Other than our few design qualms, we think An Ordinary App is like a motivational calendar with a few cool extras. It may not be the most polished app out there, but it definitely deserves a place in the App Store. It’s going to cost you $2.99 to add An Ordinary App to your app library. We’d be a bit more comfortable if it was $.99 or $1.49, but doubt fans of Ahmed’s work will balk at the price. If you’re in the market for a little boost in your day, give An Ordinary App a try.
An Ordinary App 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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