iOS App review – Clear (£1.49)

Clear by Realmac software (£1.49)Image

iTunes Link (£1.49): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/clear/id493136154?mt=8

Website: http://www.realmacsoftware.com/

Mac Version (£4.99): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id504544917?mt=12&affId=218325

Clear is a good app. It’s simply a to do list. But it’s much more than that. I use the app myself every day (unlocks a theme if you use it for a certain time, but that’s another topic, but while we’re here I would like to point out that I use the Night Owl theme), and I use it in all sorts of different ways.

I use it to make a list of all the possible blog posts I have been thinking of writing. I use it to make a list of all the food I need to buy (vague example shown in screenshot). Its use of pure touch and dragging is what makes this app. There are no ‘buttons’ as we know of them. Perhaps in a way they are all beautiful buttons of bliss. Tap to edit. Swipe left to ‘tick’ the task as completed. Swipe right to delete. Swipe up to go up a section and down to go down a section. Large swipes left and right change list. It is an extremely convenient way of working and requires very little effort or thinking.

I congratulate the creators of the app, however. The app may be too simplistic, in the way that there are no reminders or timed tasks. But this is not necessary. Apple gives you a dedicated Reminders app with every iOS device. But they do not give you a to do list. This, should be that to do list. It is of Apple quality and the design is just exquisite.

The Good

Easy to use. Beautiful interface.

The Bad

Nothing. Maybe it lacks in additional features, but that would ruin its simplicity.

Unlockable themes (Shh!) [List may be incomplete, and shame there’s no GameCentre achievement for unlocking them!]

  • Scorched (Follow Realmac Software on Twitter – @realmacsoftware)
  • Night Owl (Complete a task late at night, unlocked mine at 1am)
  • Ultraviolet (Use Clear every day for a week)
  • Tweetbot (Having Tweetbot installed)
  • Temple Run (Having Temple Run installed)
  • Letterpress (Having Letterpress installed)
  • Bumpy Road (Having Bumpy Road installed)
  • Path (Having Path installed)
  • Gifted (Gift the app to someone, actual purchase is not necessary, just go back to the app) Socialite (Complete roughly 100 tasks)

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I have not had the opportunity to play with the corresponding Mac version of the app, as I feel that I do not need to spend an additional £4.99, for something I already have (on my iOS Device, note: full iPad support is not yet with us). I assume it is a lot like the iOS version, and in that case, also pretty awesome.

Overall Rating: 4/5

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The app supports iCloud (mainly as a backup and to sync between iOS devices and the Mac version. An app icon badge does that, simply tell you how many uncompleted tasks are remaining, but on the home screen. As a to do list I find the status bar to be of quite importance in the way of time at least. This is now an optional extra (initially it wasn’t even possible). The sounds are beautiful, although minimalistic, just like the app itself. Vibration can be useful although I don’t need a “clap” when I complete a task. It is nice to see all these options available.

Compatibility

Device Support:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5 (Optimised!) [Confirmed]
  • iPod touch 3rd Gen
  • iPod touch 4th Gen
  • iPod touch 5th Gen
  • iPad

Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Disk Space: 4.9 MB Rated 4+ All screenshots taken on my iPhone 5.

Thanks for reading! 

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