Christmas Badge Countdown: Written iPhone App Review
The holidays are in full swing, and I love nothing more than checking out the festive apps which celebrate the season. At the time I’m writing this, there are still 12 days, 12 hours, 12 minutes, and 12 seconds until Christmas Day. How did I know that? My new holiday countdown app, of course!
Christmas Badge Countdown, developed by Michael Hoereth, is a very fun and handy holiday app that quickly and easily shows you how many days are left until Christmas via icon badge and an in-app countdown timer. With over 300 positive ratings in the App Store, it’s definitely a popular download. Plus it’s my new favorite holiday app!
Concept and Functionality:
The trouble with countdown apps is that they can be pretty simple and boring. How does one go about spicing up something that you can easily do manually via a wall calendar?
The answer is simple: make it fun and interactive! Christmas Badge Countdown is definitely the most fun and entertaining countdown app I’ve ever used. Not only does it help to remind you how many days are left until Christmas (among other holidays), but the app gets you in the holiday spirit by including music.
First, let’s take a look at how Christmas Badge Countdown works. It’s incredibly simple to use and the concept is nothing short of brilliant. Simply choose which holiday you’d like to countdown to and exit the app. The badge on the icon shows how many days are left until that holiday. You can choose to countdown to St. Nicholas Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Epiphany.
If you’d like a more detailed look at how much time is left until Christmas, simply open the app and check on the main page. Christmas Badge Countdown gives you a precise countdown to the minute, which is both entertaining and useful.
As a side note, there’s a hint on the configuration page that states, “The badge number on the homescreen actually counts the remaining sleeps and thus is always one higher than the remaining days that are displayed within the app.” Also, you need to make sure badge notifications are enabled on your device in order for Christmas Badge Countdown to work properly.
Along with a detailed countdown timer, multiple holidays, and a useful icon badge, one of my favorite Christmas Badge Countdown features doesn’t have anything to do with the actual countdown timer. Instead, it’s the interactive keyboard included in the app. This took me completely by surprise, and I absolutely love in-app surprises.
The Christmas Badge Countdown keyboard not only allows you to play your own songs, but it also teaches you how to play the most popular Christmas carols from all around the world. Way too cool!
Lastly, the app keeps track of your keyboard progress via Game Center. You can even earn achievements for each Christmas carol you play by heart.
Christmas Badge Countdown has become my new favorite holiday app. Even if you’re not into counting down days, the interactive piano is worth it. Lastly, there’s a $0.99 in-app purchase which will disable ads and unlock all playable Christmas carols.
Christmas Badge Countdown is designed for both iPhone and iPad. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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