App of the Week: Timer for iPhone
If you read my review of Timer earlier this week, you know I'm a huge fan of App Cubby's newest app for setting timers. Its primary attribute is its simplicity. To start a timer, you just hit the big button that represents the time you want.
Here's what App Cubby's David Barnard has to say about Timer and the theory behind its design:
And ultimate it is!
With the ability to set up to 12 timers at once from the same screen, Timer is incredibly efficient at setting timers. It's also very beautiful.
Now, one of the main negative responses I received about Timer, despite its efficiency, was that asking Siri to "set a timer for 5 minutes" is actually faster than opening Timer and hitting a button. And this is true. However, Siri uses the iPhone's internal clock and timer which has a couple of limitations including the inability to set multiple timers. Also, if you ask Siri to set a 30 second timer, she'll reply with "I can't set a timer with seconds. Sorry about that."
Timer doesn't have either of these restrictions. Now, I'm not denying the convenience and just plain awesomeness of using Siri to quickly set a timer, but for those times when Siri and the iPhone's built-in clock can't do what I need, Timer is the perfect substitute.
Just the other day, I was baking a banana creme pie from scratch. This recipe required about 3 different timers going at once and Timer was my hero. The huge buttons made it super easy to start the timer I needed while covered in various ingredients (knuckles work great on the iPhone's touch screen!). I also appreciated the count-up timers for those times when I had to perform a task for, say, 8-9 minutes.
Seriously, Timer is the ultimate app for setting timers. Super easy. Super fast. Super awesome.
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Using the Reminder feature with Siri is just as consistent, and has the added benefit of alerting you on all of your iCloud-connected iOS devices simultaneously... ie: Siri, remind me in 20 minutes the pizza is done.
3rd party timer apps might look pretty, but the native iOS Timer and Reminder apps teamed up with Siri can't be beat when it comes to sure-fire consistent alerts...
(I hope this is what you wanted me to say Rene) didn't want to seem too harsh
I don't run the app picks, Leanna does
It may -- just may -- be possible that smart devs are great on podcasts, and also happen to make great apps.
Kind of like Joss Whedon might be great on an interview show the same week Avengers comes out.
Now back to playing Galaga...
And i wasn't kidding about my world record.
So, please do check out http://www.elapsedapp.com – you’ll find it to be a significant upgrade from the default Clock app. Oh, one last thing… its FREE!