Birthday Calendar: iPhone App Written Review
Like most people, we here at the iPhone App Review are somewhat terrible at remembering birthdays. We always seem to get distracted, forgetting when our friends are celebrating, or worse, when to send our family members a gift. However, all of that can now be avoided thanks to a simple, intuitive app by developer MobTouch: Birthday Calendar for the iPhone. The app makes it incredibly easy to load your contacts from off your phone, and then receive immediate data on when you should be sending out a message or gift. It’s a nifty utility, and for our full review of it, all you need to do is head on down below the break!
Concept and Functionality
As stated, Birthday Calendar acts like one big repository for all of the birthday-related information that you need. All of this starts, however, with loading your contacts off your phone, cloud service, or other such avenue for use within the app. Thankfully, Birthday Calendar comes with one heck of a lot of ways to do so: There’s contact importation, Facebook connectivity, Google loading, Geni support, and of course, the option to enter birthdays manually. Once loaded, all of your contacts are then sorted by the date of their birth. One better, each entry comes with the age they’ll be turning, as well as a countdown to the actual date. Click on any of these, and you’ll get even more information, such as that person’s astrological sign, and even celebs that were born on that day. It’s a powerhouse package, but it doesn’t stop there. The app will even give you statistical data on the age spread of your contacts, the number of birthdays in each month, etc. In other words, if you’ve ever wondered about your friends’ birthdays, now is the time to stop wondering and get to knowing.
Design and Layout
Another boon for the app, Birthday Calendar looks pretty fantastic on the iPhone, too. The app makes heavy use of some fairly stock iOS faire, such as tabbed navigational and list controls. However, we very genuinely like the home screen interface. It allows for a lot of quick sorting through your birthdays, and the graphs the app will generate for you at the touch of a button really can’t be missed. Where else will you get this sort of data? Best of all, we had no problems importing our contacts from any source.
The free version of the app does come with some rather annoying adverts. However, to remove these and upgrade to the pro edition, it will cost you a scant dollar. As such, we still feel like Birthday Calendar is a solid bargain no matter how you slice it. So if you’re worried about missing a birthday, now is the time to get a grip on that cake. Birthday Calendar is one heck of a steal, and comes recommended.
Birthday Calendar 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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