Forum Review: iProRecorder for iPhone

[Ed: iProRecorder is Currently on sale for $1.99 in the iTunes App Store - Rene]

iProRecorder Forum Review by cjvitek For more Forum Reviews, see the TiPb iPhone App Store Forum Review Index!

Recorder apps are a popular sub-group of apps, and each of them seems to offer a slight variation on the same overall theme. Depending on what you are looking for in a recording apps (ease of use, a large number of features, online synching, etc) different recording apps are going to be good or bad. iProRecorder is an app the focuses more on features that speed of use, but the features is has are quite nice.

When you first start the app, you are presented with the recording page. To record a memo, you hit the small red record button in the middle of the page. For people (like myself) who want to have an large, easy to hit button, the relative small size of this button may be difficult to get used to.

iProRecorder offers a large array of features when recording a memo - including timed recording, appending on to the end of a recording, different playback speeds, different recording qualities, volume boosting for low volume recordings, categorizing recordings, etc. In fact, there are really too many features to go into detail in this review - suffice to say there are lots of options to customize any recording you make.

Once you make a recording, you can classify it in a category, edit the title, add a photo to the description, and sending the recording via email. In addition, there is a wifi sync option to download recordings to your computer. One interesting thing that is available - you can hide specific memos from web sharing. This means you can select a specific memo, have someone else access it on their computer, and hide all your other memos so the person can't download them. I couldn't find any option to automatically "hide all" or "reveal all" so you need to go through memo by memo to access this feature.

The voice quality of the recorder is very nice. I like the option of choosing between different recording qualities. Bad quality for just a short quick memo, good quality for something I may want to post for my students to listen to. I also really like the timed recording option - you can set the timer to record for a specific length of time. I find this particularly useful for long recordings (like a lecture), because I will often forget to stop the recording once the lecture is over. You can also enable a quick 3 second countdown to recording so that you can start a memo and thant put the iPhone down (without getting a big "clunk" on the recording).

The app comes with a detailed guide that goes over each of the various settings, which is useful because some of them may not be that intuitive. I wish more apps came with instructions like this. One thing you can do from every screen in the app is access the recording button (the microphone) to start a new recording. This is especially nice, because I have found it is easy to "get lost" in the screens on many apps, something that this apps tries to avoid.

The features this recorder offers are very nice, and they allow you to adjust a wide range of settings. You can't edit a recording once it is made (it would be nice to be able to cut out or crop a recording) but that might be asking too much. If you are looking for a full featured recording app with good sound quality, this app may fit the bill. On the other hand, if you just want something to be able to record a quick memo - this app may not be focused on ease or speed of use.

Pros:

  • Good quality,
  • lots of features,
  • wifi sync

Cons:

  • Record button is a little small

Conclusion

All in all, this is a great recording app for managing your recordings, and has some nifty features for sharing recording, as well as modification when you initially make your recording. However, for people who just want to record a quick note, it might be too much. For people that are looking for a more detailed, "business" type recorder, this fits the bill pretty well. At $1.99, the price isn't bad (although it may be going back up to $4.99)

Forum Review Rating

TiPb Forums Review: 4.0 Star App

[iPodRecorder is available via the iTunes App Store]

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Rene Ritchie says:

Fixed, thanks. Yay for typo humor!

Matt M says:

But can it record phone calls? All I want is to be able to record my phone calls!

Chris Vitek says:

I have yet to find any app that can record a phone call. I think it is probably impossible, due to both the software and the hardware.

iPhone newbie says:

Hi. I can't seem to get a straight answer anywhere about an iPhone app that lets you record phone calls. Most of the information out there just talks about "memos." Other strings go into the different state-by-state legalities of recording phone calls, which seems irrelevant. I attend a lot of teleseminars. Many are during the work day and I can't attend, although I could dial the number and hit a "record" button. I don't understand why it's so difficult to get information on this capability. Why hasn't someone made this yet?

Needy says:

I would buy an app that allowed me to record my phone calls. Are you geeks listening... $$$$$$

JesusandSupermancombined says:

I wouldn't want to live in a world where an app for secretly recording phone calls was easily accessible. My guess is that Apple has probably excluded this feature for ethical reasons. Apple is good people.

Tonyb says:

The application shouldn't be to far-fetched to produce. Prior to owning an iPhone, I used a Palm Treo. I purchased an application for the Palm OS called CallRec which is an awesome program allowing for the recording of phone calls, voice memos or business meetings.
So programs are indeed available. It's just the particular operating systems that are in question. I have already checked and the makers of CallRec do not make a program for other than the Palm OS.
Like many who own an iPhone, I will purchase such a program as soon as one is available. Hope this helps.
tonyb

C. M. Holden says:

It would be great to be able to record phone calls especially for journalistic uses, interviews, etc.

Curtis says:

I too really need a phone recorder for my iphone. I used the CalRec for palm all the time. I live in Alabama were it is legal and it has helped me so many times in court!!!

Elite says:

Depending on what type of phone you have. CALLREC is the perfect phone cording software, but its only for palm as i know. Apple has not and will not publish or post any such app into to the app store. You may be able to find what you are looking for if your a iphone user under planet-iphone.

steve says:

I am in a custody battle and have to record every phone call that I have. It would be nice to be able to do that without another device.

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