MyGiftster: Written iPhone App Review
As the holiday season approaches, it’s very likely that you’re starting to think about gift ideas for friends and family. Unless you’re someone who tediously keeps track of every thought that pops into your head, it’s also likely that you end up forgetting what that perfect gift was for your boss, significant other, friend, or relative.
Luckily there’s an app for that! MyGiftster, developed by MyGiftster Corporation, puts the power of Giftster.com in the palm of your hand. For those of you who have never heard of the site before, it’s basically an online social network where you can create and share wish lists and gift registries with friends and family. Never buy a duplicate or boring gift again!
Concept and Functionality:
As someone who is always in search of the perfect gift which will be talked about for years to come, wish lists and registries tend to be my best friends. I never knew about Giftster prior to this review, but I can honestly say it’s a service which can and will be used this holiday season.
MyGiftster was developed to give you easy access to all the features of the website. It’s extremely simple to navigate, which means you spend less time sifting through menus. Seeing as this app was also designed to allow you to save gift ideas on-the-fly, responsiveness and a clean interface are imperative. The last thing you want to do is spend five minutes trying to add a single toy to your list.
When you open the app, you’re greeted with a welcome screen which allows you to sign up for the site, login with an existing account (you can connect the app with your Facebook account if you like), search for a current member, or learn more about the app and service.
I created a Giftster account through the app and found the app doesn’t save your login information. This means you have to reenter your account credentials every time you open the app. This is likely a means of keeping friends and family from accessing your account and spoiling surprises.
Once you’re signed in, you’re presented with a nifty navigation bar at the bottom of your screen. You’ll start at the “Shop for Others” screen, which allows you to start or join a group. This is where the social networking aspect of the app comes in the play. Groups allow you to easily connect with people who have created gift idea lists for others to see. You can also view your personal gift lists, groups that you’re a member of, an activity feed, and a even more features in the “More” tab.
One of the greatest aspects about MyGiftster is the fact that the app syncs with the website. This means that you don’t have to worry about adding the same gift multiple times on different devices. Also, MyGiftster is compatible with both iPhone and iPad.
Another great feature is the ability to manage your Giftster account right from your device. You can invite friends and family members to join groups, and you can import contact information from your phone.
Lastly, you or members of your group can rank gift ideas using a 5 star rating system. This is great because it allows everyone to give their opinion on how good or bad a gift would be.
If you’re someone who gets a thrill out of buying the perfect gift for someone and you enjoy collaborating with friends and family, this is the perfect app and service for you. You definitely can’t beat the value, and avoiding the hassle and frustration of double gifting or poor choices is a huge bonus. Remember, MyGiftster isn’t limited to holiday use; feel free to use the app and website all year round!
MyGiftster is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
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