Free Clock: Written and Video iPhone App Review
In Japanese, Tokitama means “time drop.” And that’s what the Free Clock iPhone app from Taichi Shimizu does, it drops the time like a hot beat, wrapped up in a cool, interactive, colorful interface, sure to delight even the grumpiest so and so out there.
Free Clock is a clock application. Startling, I know. It’s a full screen clock app that has a pretty sweet set of extra features. The time and second counter bounce around the screen, accompanied by little shimmering, changing dots or spots or stars or specks. There’s a lot of beauty and variety here, but more about that after the cut.
Feature-wise, Free Clock allows you to enable sound (supplied by a wooden xylophone) run a timer, set an alarm, customize the look, add a personal photo background and even input text into the app to be displayed floating around like the time. There are four unique modes, and three different color settings. It even integrates to Twitter, although I’m really not sure what info from the app is worth posting. In other words, it may be free, but the Tokitama Free Clock iPhone app is anything but boring.
Layout & Design:
The Free Clock iPhone app is truly beautiful. The different themes are really fun and different, and I love the floating, bubbling, fluttery and normal modes. This app is colorful, interesting, and ever-changing. Definitely a home run, but I do wish the app gave you an option to lock in a certain look. It’s way too easy to touch the second timer accidentally and undo all your customization in an instant.
As for the user interface, it’s all about the tap. Tapping and holding the time brings up the timer/alarm menu. Double tapping brings up the main top menu where you can access the info section, change settings or upgrade the app. There were a few glitches in the app. If you are holding the time and playing with it, the timer/alarm menu will still come up, annoyingly. There’s also one theme that when you access it, the app instantly asks you to input text. So while the app is really nice, there’s some work to be done ironing out bugs.
For a free app, Free Clock is put together quite nicely. It works well, and is pleasing to the eye. Not bad, free app, not bad. There are advertisements at the top of the screen, however. You can make a small in-app purchase to get rid of them if you so desire. If you’re installing this app for a child, you may want to consider the upgrade just for your own peace of mind. Otherwise, the ads are really quite minimally invasive.
Free Clock iPhone app requires iOS 3.2 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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