By Christopher Smith on Thu, 09/19/2013
In a time where we rely on our devices and computers to keep us in the loop on many things personal and professional, it can be a bit tough to keep track. But one new app looks to provide a solution that's all about productivity with a stylish twist. Knot ($0.99) is the creation of muoj, Ltd. It gets its moniker from when reminders were created by tying string in a knot upon one's fingers before the advent of more digital means of memory.
The main purpose of the app is to serve as a touchstone for reminders via your iPhone for different things you want to accomplish, like setting your DVR to record the latest episode of your favorite show. You customize how you want to be reminded via the time and place. When the time is right, your reminder gets displayed and you can then clear it out with a tap of the finger. In addition, there's a percentage score at the bottom of the screen where reminders are listed. The more you're on top of your reminders, the higher it goes, complete with a phrase of encouragement. Or a wisecrack if you're not up to snuff.
Knot primarily works with taps and swipes over two main screens, the home screen and a screen where all of your reminders are kept until you need to access them. While Knot has an engaging design style, there is a lot to be desired in the app overall.
The concerns lie with the user interface. At first it seems simple, but there is a lot of trial and error. You don't have a lot of space in the gray bar where you type your notes, so it means they have to be brief. It can be an issue for those who need a bit more detail in their
reminders. Also, once you save a reminder there is no room for edits after the fact. With usage, the interface also can be a bit choppy; on occasion there is a glitch that covers the bottom part of the home screen rendering those tabs useless. The memory game part of the app is a nice touch, but on use it seems more prone to count missed reminders toward your score than made ones. Knot has a ways to go for the function be on par with the design, and hopefully newer versions will make it a key productivity app in the future.
Rating: 2 of 5