Raah: iPhone App Video and Written Review
In our not so humble opinion, one of the absolute coolest things about the iPhone is its never-ending potential to introduce new concepts and new creations to us. What we mean is, it seems like every other day we’re being given some new utility that we never would have invented on our own. Today’s option is called Raah, and it’s produced by the developer of the same name. It allows users to track their goings about using nothing but their iPhone and a desktop or mobile browser. It’s a world of cool functionality, and if your curiosity has been piqued, you need only to head on down below the break to view our entire review of the app.
Concept and Functionality
As stated, Raah is intended to be used as a means to track (quite precisely) your movements and your speed. It does this by resting in the background of your iPhone’s processor, churning out GPS points which are immediately beamed to the central Raah servers. These points are preserved and marked with a time lock, as well as used in calculating your average speed. Using this set-up, one could take the car out for a spin with Raah turned on in the background, only to return home and view their entire output on the computer. If you’re concerned about your average speed, or want to check that your teenager isn’t going where they should’t—at speeds that aren’t recommended— Raah offers a quick and convenient way to so. In fact, no matter what your reason for wanting to track your movements using your iPhone, the app has you covered. And in our tests with the app, it does appear to be quite accurate, even when in-doors, as we were in the video review.
Design and Interface
As much as we liked the functionality that Raah had to offer, though, we weren’t such huge fans of the interface it supports. The interface itself is rather bland, or spartan as we occasionally put it. This is hardly a deal breaker, but it certainly isn’t a notch in the right direction. Furthermore, we really would have liked to see Raah’s desktop features integrated directly into the iOS app. We didn’t mind bouncing back and forth between app and browser—especially as everything you can do on the desktop is also doable on the iPhone—but it would have been nice to have all our eggs in one basket.
Still, at the end of the day, Raah is easily one of the best and cheapest GPS-based trackers that we know of on the iPhone. It’s incredibly simple to use, and no part of it is dysfunctional: Perhaps just not very well integrated. And when all has been said and done, the dollar you’ll pay to use the app is hardly a steep price to ask. If you’ve been looking for a tracking app like this, you’ve got nothing to wait for. Raah comes recommended.
Raah requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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