Kalimah: iPhone Written App Review
After reaching the number one position in the educational app category and number two spot in the entire Pakistani App Store, the beautiful Kalimah iPhone app has reached the U.S. App Store. Designed to facilitate learning and memorizing the six Kalimahs, this application from RBM Technologies delivers logical educational help in a sleek package. If you’re trying to memorize these yourself, or have a child who needs help doing so, our iPhone app review of Kalimah could be worth a look.
The six Kalimahs are the cornerstones of Islam, and Muslims worldwide consider it part of their duty to learn and memorize the words of testimony, purity, unity, glorification, rejecting disbelief and penitence. The Kalimah iPhone app makes it easy by breaking each Kalimah down. You can peruse the full Arabic written version, which includes a transliteration (helpful for those who don’t speak Arabic!) and extremely clear pronunciations of each word.
Or, you can review and practice the words individually in the parts section, or hear them as partial phrases in the split portion of the app. For even more help, there are full English and Urdu translations of each Kalimah, with more languages on the way. It’s obvious that the app’s developers put a lot of time and effort into making this app clear, direct and full of helpful reinforcements, creating an ideal learning environment for young and old alike.
If you get confused help is just a tap away. Every Kalimah has an info button that will point you in the right direction and make using the app easy. But more about that after the cut. Share options include direct links to Facebook, Twitter and email.
One feature would push this app up to a five star rating. We wish it had a verbal testing feature. Yeah, that’s a lot to ask for, but this is a great app so we are dreaming big.
Layout & Design:
While it’s not a truly universal app with an optimized iPad version, Kalimah is extremely well made and easy to use. The sleek design features a separate section for each Kalimah, with alphanumeric and Arabic labels, numbered in Arabic from one to six.
Each section is clearly labeled and laid out. The app features varying shades of grey and bright pops of green and a tasteful scroll pattern. We didn’t have any trouble navigating the Kalimah iPhone app, and found the design both in good taste and visually appealing without being flashy.
There’s a reason this app made it to number one in Pakistan, it’s really good. Other than wishing for more explanations of the teachings for non-Muslims and thinking the app would benefit from a verbal testing feature, we have no complaints. This is an ideal app for memorizing the six Kalimahs and we think a bright future is in store for it. Oh, and the extremely reasonable price tag of $.99 doesn’t hurt Kalimah’s chances.
Kalimah 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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