In Flow: The Scientific Pursuit of Happiness

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In Flow: Written iPhone App Review

Here at the iPhone App Review we’re always going on and on about the endless benefits of iOS as a platform. Yes, we’re always feeling a bit too pleased with ourselves because we bring you apps that improve the quality of your life. However, every now and again we find an app that’s so far up this tree that it knocks our reviewing socks off. In other words, it’s an application that’s so immensely powerful and so unbelievably useful that we’re left in awe. Today, we’re looking at In Flow by developer Empatika, which is most certainly in this category. The app offers you a truly incredible look at your own happiness, and if that sounds like something you’d like to hear more about, skip on down below the break.

Concept and Functionality

At its core, In Flow uses a concept that’s very loosely based on FourSquare, or some other check-in service. Every day, or whenever you like really, you can log-in to the app and clock away your mood, your location, and your current activity. The app then registers and retains this information, and you go about your day. Sounds simple enough, right?

For the most part, it is. However, the real benefit here is the metric data that’s given to you after the fact. You can use the application at any time to view in more detail what’s going on in your life. Want to know when you’re happiest? Just look at the graph! Wondering what really bums you out the most? Same deal. In fact, as all of this data is shoveled up to the In Flow servers, your check-ins are helping the developers analyze and promote healthier living by using your actual data. In essence, you’re helping yourself and immediately helping others in the process. That’s a powerful combination, and one that we cannot get enough of.

Design and Implementation

That being said, In Flow would be nothing without its quality design. The app has obviously been given a lot of attention, and the end result shines quite a lot. For instance, we loved the abundance of activity categories, all of which are actually relevant and uncensored. Furthermore, the quick sliding wheel of emotions is a brilliant way to enter data. And lastly, the graphs and data points are presented in such a way that it’s nearly impossible not to walk away with something from them. All in all, it’s a beautiful package, and one that fits the needs of the app perfectly.

Overall Value

At the end of the day, In Flow is simply a must-have. No matter what walk of life you come from, or what your motivations for wanting to be happier, you cannot get there as quickly without In Flow. The app offers a brilliant idea, a great presentation, and absolutely all the tools you need to get some hard facts on your own well-being.

In Flow requires iOS 3.2 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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